We are excited to announce our Spring 2020 Online Learning Courses for education professionals! These free courses can be taken on your own schedule in the comfort of your home. 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 help you renew your Professional Educator’s License.
Summer 2020 Online Learning Courses
Join us for these FREE Online Courses:
Save Time with an Organized Google Drive (1.5 PD credits)
Maximize the Power of Google Classroom (1.5 PD credits)
Understanding the Power of Google Docs (1.5 PD credits)
Google Forms Essentials: Creating Digital Assessments (1.5 PD credits)
Google Slides: More Than Presenting Content (1.5 PD credits)
Getting Started with Google Hangouts (1.0 PD credit)
Pages for Mac and iPad (1.0 PD credit)
Keynote for Mac (2.0 PD credits)
You can start on these free self-paced courses when you’re ready, take breaks and complete what you want when you have a few minutes, and come back to finish them whenever you’d like. When you’re done you can register for another course and complete that one at any time during the summer. Registration for any of these courses opens May 11, and all courses will close August 14, 2020.
Our online courses have become extremely popular for educators interested in learning professional development hours from home. We are expanding our course catalog to include new interactive self-paced, video-based lessons that you can complete on your own schedule. These courses are available now, and they are completely free. Our newest courses include:
Getting Started with Google Hangouts (1 hour)
This course gives participants an overview of the basic features of Google Hangouts. Hangouts is the consumer version of Google Hangouts Meet and Google Hangouts Chat, and has become very popular during remote learning. Having a basic working knowledge of Google Hangouts’ video and chat features will support teachers using these platforms to interact with students through video and text.
Pages for Mac and iPad (1 hour)
Apple’s very popular and powerful Pages application for word processing is free for any Mac or iPad user. This one-hour video-based course will provide the basic knowledge needed to use Pages in your classroom with students. The course covers the basic functions of pages for Mac and shows how these skills can be transferred to an iPad. The course closes with several ideas to help you integrate Pages into your elementary or secondary classroom. Note: the use of a Mac is highly recommended for this course.
Keynote for Mac (2 hours)
Keynote offers an extremely flexible and powerful presentation platform for Mac users. Keynote can also be used on an iPad or even on a PC. This course will help educators learn the basics of Keynote as well as some helpful tips to make your Keynote presentations more engaging for your students. Note: This course does not address the use of Keynote on an iPad. The use of a Mac is required to complete this course.
These courses are offered in addition to our existing free courses:
Save Time with an Organized Google Drive (2 hours)
Understanding the Power of Google Docs(2 hours)
Maximize the Power of Google Classroom (2 hours)
Google Forms Essentials: Creating Digital Assessments (2 hours)
Google Slides: More Than Presenting Content (2 hours)
In a remote learning situation, many students may not have a reliable internet connection at their home to complete their school work, and many of these students may turn to using their smartphone, or parent’s smartphone, as a hotspot. The hotspot feature allows the smartphone to broadcast a wireless signal that the Chromebook or other wifi capable device can connect to. When the device is connected to the hotspot, the student will be able to access the internet.
How do you enable the hotspot on both Android and iPhones and then connect a Chromebook? These short videos below will assist in demonstrating how this is done. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to us for support!
How to Enable Your Android Hotspot
Connect to a Hotspot on Chromebook
Enable an iPhone Hotspot and Connecting to a Chromebook
Ben Sondgeroth (@Mr_Sondgeroth) is a Regional Educational Technology Coordinator at the Learning Technology Center and works in Northern Illinois. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.