Podcast: Professional Learning with Dr. Courtney Orzel

Dr. Courtney Orzel will soon take the role of leading professional development for the IASA: the Illinois Association of School Administrators.

In this episode, Dr. Orzel discusses her love of professional learning and shares her views on the current challenges and future directions for professional learning in Illinois.

Connect with Dr. Orzel:
Twitter Handle: @DrOrzel
Website: Courtneyorzel.wordpress.com

Extend Your Learning With Online Courses and Book Studies

We are excited to announce our Spring 2020 Online Learning Courses for education professionals! These free or low-cost courses can be taken on your own schedule in the comfort of your home, office, or classroom. These learning opportunities will support your professional growth in the areas of classroom technology integration throughout your career. Plus, we can also provide you with Illinois Professional Development Credits to support your License Renewal activities.   

Spring 2020 Online Learning Courses

Join us for these FREE Online Courses to learn more about Google’s GSuite tools:

  • Save Time with an Organized Google Drive (2 PD credits) 
  • Maximize the Power of Google Classroom (2 PD credits) 
  • Understanding the Power of Google Docs (2 PD credits) 
  • Google Forms Essentials: Creating Digital Assessments (2 PD credits) 
  • Google Slides: More Than Presenting Content (2 PD credits) 
  • More courses, including Google Drawings and others!

These FREE Online Courses will allow OPEN ENROLLMENT, which means you can start the course that interests you most within a just few days of registering. When you’re done you can register for another course and complete that one at any time during the semester. Registration for any of these courses opens February 1. All courses will close May 4, 2020. 

If you’re interested in taking your professional learning to the next level, try: 

  • Transforming Instruction with Digital Tools (Mar. 1- Apr. 19; 14 PD credits; $50) 

Spring 2020 Online Book Studies

Last, if you’d like to join in a community of learners in both synchronous and asynchronous discussions surrounding recent releases in books about technology integration, join us for our Spring Online Book Studies: 

Tech with Heart: Leveraging Technology to Empower Student Voice, Ease Anxiety, & Create Compassionate Classrooms, by Stacey Roshan (Feb. 23 – Apr. 5; 5 PD Credits; $35 plus book, available from Amazon and other booksellers)

DON’T Ditch That Tech: Differentiated Instruction in a Digital World, by Matt Miller, Angelia Ridgway, and Nate Ridgway (Apr. 1 – May 10; 5 PD Credits; $35 plus book, available from Amazon and other booksellers)

Get all the details and register at ltcillinois.org/online. We’re looking forward to learning with you!

Next Round of Google Online Courses Begin in November

Our first offering of these online courses, which were created by the LTC Regional Educational Technology Coordinators last October, was highly successful, and we have refreshed and realigned the content to ensure an even greater learning experience.

We are offering the same 5-week courses from November 18 through December 20, 2019. All courses will be free-of-charge and can be taken on your own time in the scheduled week. The topics will include: 

  • Getting Started (2 PD credits) 
  • Save Time with an Organized Google Drive (2 PD credits) 
  • Maximize the Power of Google Classroom (2 PD credits) 
  • Understanding the Power of Google Docs (2 PD credits) 
  • Google Forms Essentials: Creating Digital Assessments (2 PD credits)

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Digital Citizenship Resources for Every Classroom

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What is Digital Citizenship?

Digital Citizenship is more than just teaching students how to be safe online. Good digital citizens know how to use technology to foster better online communities with both local and global relationships. They can identify the validity of information and use technology to communicate responsibly and respectfully, even with individuals who don’t share their views. Good digital citizens use technology in a positive way to share ideas and participate both locally and globally.   

Why is Digital Citizenship Important?

Data (2019) from Cyberbullying Research Center shows that 37% of students – more than 1 of every 3 – have experienced some form of unwanted harassment or mistreatment with technology. This represents an increase of 35% over studies from 2016. Research done by the Pew Research Center suggests this number may be much higher among teens, perhaps up to 59% of this age group has been affected. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, those affected by bullying have increased risk of depression, anxiety, academic problems, and a number of other factors that lead to decreased quality of life.

According to the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), teaching digital citizenship can “help create thoughtful, empathetic digital citizens who can wrestle with the important ethical questions at the intersection of technology and humanity.” Helping our students develop into good citizens, digital or otherwise, empowers our communities to become more positive places in the future. 

Digital Citizenship Teaching Resources

A number of resources are available to support educators and parents as they work together to improve students’ digital citizenship skills.  

  • Common Sense Education has developed a free, comprehensive digital citizenship curriculum for all grade levels.  Resources include both online and offline activities, and parent engagement ideas are also available. Make sure you check out LTC’s webinar discussing these resources!
  • Google’s Be Internet Awesome curriculum is also free and is supported by a series of fun and challenging interactive games called Interland.  
  • Edutopia has curated an extensive listing of resources that can be used by educators and community groups to support digital citizenship. 
  • ISTE had developed a variety of resources supporting digital citizenship in schools, including classroom resources, professional publications, and an online course on teaching digital citizenship.

Closing

Teaching digital citizenship has never been more important to building a positive, collaborative, and safe online community. In addition to the resources noted above, follow the hashtags #DigCit and #DigCitCommit on social media to stay up-to-date on the latest developments and trends in digital citizenship instruction. 


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Today’s students have access to more information than ever before. Many students enter the data-rich world with few skills to manage the myriad of opportunities and pitfalls they might encounter. This is when the concept of Digital Citizenship becomes relevant and evermore important. 

Learn Online On Your Own Time

You’re at school all day long, and at the end of the day you just want to go home and relax. However, you know you have to earn all those PD Credits (the credits formerly known as CPDUs) and you can’t find an affordable conference nearby that interests you or fits into your busy schedule.

THE LTC CAN HELP YOU!

The Learning Technology Center (LTC) is happy to announce its Fall 2019 Online Course Catalog! You’ll find lots of great ideas that you can pursue on your own time to help meet all your professional learning needs. They’re more affordable than most college courses, and the best part is: You can finish them all from the comfort of your own home! Courses include: 

  • Save Time with an Organized Google Drive (2 PD Credits) 
  • Maximize the Power of Google Classroom (2 PD Credits) 
  • Understanding the Power of Google Docs (2 PD Credits) 
  • Google Forms Essentials: Creating Digital Assessments (2 PD Credits) 

Looking for more of a challenge? Try… 

  • Transforming Education with Digital Tools (14 PD Credits!) 

Maybe something in-between (and just in time!) How about…

  • Book Study: Classroom Management in the Digital Age (5 PD Credits) 

Need an Administrator Academy this year? 

  • Growing a Culture for Effective Technology Coaching: The Principal-Coach Partnership (AA Course # 1841)

Get all the details and register at ltcillinois.org/online. We’re looking forward to learning with you!