Winter 2014 Classes

This course is for educators or anyone who wants to discover online project design that promotes inquiry-based student learning and smart use of the web for research and Web tools. The course provides guidance in developing web-based projects with focus and purpose, and aligned with the Common Core standards requiring students to synthesize information by completing a challenge task. Use of webquests in the iPad classroom will also be explored.
This course specifically addresses the following ISTE NETS*T:
1 (a, b); 2 (a, b, c, d); 3 (a); 4 (a, b); 5 (a, b, c, d)

Class Title Instructor Date & Time Seats Available Units
Google Sites Brumbaugh Sat. 2/1
9am-3pm
30 0.5
Google Sites is a free service that helps you create your own website with intuitive visual tools and none the hassle and complexities of writing you own code. Get hands-on experience building sites with this powerful service, which includes free hosting for your web pages.
Photoshop Davis Sat. 2/8
9am-3pm
30 0.5
Unleash the power of Photoshop. Designed for hobbyists, professionals, teachers and students, this introductory course will enable you to improve pictures quickly and easily with your own digital dark room. Adjust colors and contrast, work with selections and layers, use touch-up tools, work with text, crop, resize, save for web and print, and maximize workflow with techniques to process multiple images. These simple techniques provide a foundation for digital imaging.
ePortfolios, Google Tools Heumann Sat. 2/22 & 3/1
9am-3pm
30 1
This course is for educators, students, and professionals who want to design and implement electronic portfolios. After examining best practices, using an appropriate online tool, participants will design and post a portfolio plan and implement one entry.
Presentation Design Davis Sat. 3/1 & 3/8
9am-3pm
30 1
Do you dread public speaking? Being an effective presenter is critical for anyone who aspires to be in a leadership position. In fact, presentations can be career defining. This class will introduce you to valuable presentation media tools such as PowerPoint or Prezi (a free tool) and provide hands-on experience. Studies show that audiences retain 5% of what they hear from lecture compared to 90% when media, brainstorming and collaboration techniques are used. Power Point and Prezi now support many interactive capabilities that allow you to speak, engage and even collaborate with your audience. You will not only learn how to use these tools, but you will learn how to improve your speaking skills, demonstrate with multimedia, run collaboration sessions, and create rich media.
Social Media in Class Brumbaugh Sat. 3/8
9am-3pm
30 0.5
Social medial is all around us in our daily lives. Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, and Instagram are all rich sources of information, but we also hear about how these sources of information have been used in negative ways by students in schools. This course is designed to provide you with a set of tools and guidelines to help you use Social Media to enhance your professional skills and to model appropriate use for your students. By the end of the course you will be able to use Social Media to connect with educators around the world, communicate and collaborate with other classrooms and your community.
Desktop Publishing with InDesign Davis Sat. 3/15
9am-3pm
30 0.5
Capture the freedom of publishing your own creations with In Design! Create page layouts easily and save time with this efficient system. In this hands-on overview course, learn to arrange text, illustrations, and photos for brochures, newsletters, flyers, and books with a professional touch. Learn to set up margins, layouts, guides and grids, place text and images, work with master sheets and styles, format text, add graphics, and create a page layout that conveys meaning by beauty as well as content. This introductory class is designed for beginners, hobbyists and professionals. Educators will also come away with many ideas for projects. All skill levels welcome!
Multimedia to Support Common Core Standards Caringella Sat. 3/15
9am-3pm
30 0.5
Participants will learn how multimedia tools can be used to support the Common Core State Standards by allowing students to construct knowledge and present it in digital environments. A variety of multimedia tools will be examined. Participants will also learn how students can build a multimedia project that demonstrates their learning.
Open Educational Resources Ullah Mon. 2/3 to Fri. 3/21 ONLINE 1
Tap into the wealth of free, public domain and creative commons resources available on the internet to supplement and enhance your instructional materials. This course equips educators with the knowledge and skills necessary to find, adapt, re-purpose and create accessible OER for use in education and training environments.
Photoshop Overview Davis Mon. 2/3 to Fri. 3/7 ONLINE 1
This course is designed for educators (K-14) and includes hands-on experiences that demonstrate the effective integration of technologies and 21st century skills for teaching and learning with any standards based curriculum. Emphasis is given to developing effective student-centered projects or activities using appropriate educational technologies.
Creating WebQuests Britt Mon. 1/27 to Fri. 3/14 ONLINE 2
Illustrator Overview Davis Mon. 2/3 to Fri. 3/7 ONLINE 1
Learn simple illustration techniques for print and web projects. Adobe Illustrator makes professional quality illustration and design so easy! In this class you will learn how to create simple and complex designs with shapes, special effects, custom pattern, brush styles, textures, and more! You will make full use of typography and brush styles to create your own original artwork, graphic designs and layouts.