Category : Teaching

Blended Learning, Devices, Professional Development, Teaching
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EdTech Team Summit – Featuring Google for Education

EdTechTeamEveryone is invited to Google Apps for Education — June 23-24, 2016!

Sioux Falls Christian Schools in Sioux Falls, South Dakota is excited to be hosting the 2nd Annual “EdTech Team Summit – Featuring Google for Education.” This two-day event (with an optional pre-summit “dive deep” sessions on June 22nd) includes two keynote presentations, eight breakout sessions each hour, a demo slam competition, and a closing capstone session. Participants will be able to attend beginner through advanced sessions on the uses of Google Apps in the classroom for iOS, Chromebooks, Macs, and Windows machines. All presenters are Google Certified Teachers, Google for Education Certified Trainers, Google Employees, or teachers with local success stories in the integration of Google tools!

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Devices, Guest Post, Online Learning, Social Media, Teaching
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Students Learn How to Leave Positive Digital Legacy

Digital Citizenship Guest post by: Bryan Winfrey, Director of Communications and Student Recruitment at Valley Christian High School in Chandler, Arizona

You can’t watch the nightly news without being exposed to a story revolving around social media. Unfortunately, many of the stories are about the inappropriate or misuse of social media by teenagers. Understanding the new and broadening challenges students are facing, this year Valley Christian implemented a digital citizenship component to students’ computer curriculum. “Digital Citizenship teaches online ethics to give a moral compass to everything we do online,” first-year faculty member and computer teacher Tom Croke said. “We live in an age where we all have digital footprints; digital citizenship is understanding what footprints we leave and how they impact us.”

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Blended Learning, Online Learning, Professional Development, Teaching
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Space for Student Voice

studentvoicePost by: Marita Damghani, online learning consultant for Christian Schools International

In a classroom full of a variety of students, it’s important for educators to find creative ways for individual students to have a voice in classroom conversations. For some educators, like Tyler Amidon from Denver (Colorado) Christian, it means giving students a platform to share their ideas and express themselves. For Tom Deelstra, high school vice principal at Chatham Christian Schools in Chatham, Ontario, it means students are actively involved in their learning as givers and not just receivers of information and ideas. And for Rachel Diephouse, a middle school teacher at Holland Christian School in Holland, Michigan, it means giving her students the opportunity to share what they know, think, and believe. In an environment where ideas like these are shared, questions can be asked and ideas can be stirred up by others. For great teachers, this is optimal and exciting learning. But Dan Meester, superintendent of Holland Christian Schools, points out that before any of that can occur, students need to care about what they’re learning enough to want to share it.

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Blended Learning, Devices, Professional Development, Sevenstar, Teaching, Webinars
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Flipped Classroom Adoption

flipped-classroomWritten by: Marita Damghani, Online Learning Consultant for Christian Schools International

Educators are often asked to set aside traditional education models to try something new. Flipped classrooms are often the new challenge. Those who are looking to make the switch can learn from those who are already doing it and are teaching others to do it successfully. I got the opportunity to be a panelist on a Sevenstar-sponsored webinar presented by teacher, researcher, and speaker Aaron Sams. This post is a collection of his tips and resources.

Educause, a digital tech-for-education non-profit, defines the flipped classroom as “a pedagogical model in which the typical lecture and homework elements of a course are reversed. Short video lectures are viewed by students at home before the class session, while in-class time is devoted to exercises, projects, or discussions.”

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Online Learning, Professional Development, Sevenstar, Teaching, Webinars
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Dual Credit is the New AP – Webinar Re-Cap

WebinarWith so many options and so little time to work ahead, high school students are looking to school administrators and guidance counselors to have creative solutions to help them get the biggest bang for their buck before they graduate. Are you prepared with a myriad of great options?

John Pohlman and Lou Anne Beadle, from Sevenstar, discussed how online dual enrollment opportunities are becoming game-changers for Christian school students. The need for these kinds of courses is growing, and Sevenstar is expanding program offerings to meet those needs! CSI member schools get access to these options through CSIonline Academy.

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Blended Learning, Teaching
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Using MinecraftEdu in the Classroom

minecraft_largeSay the word “Minecraft” in a group of middle- or high-school students and ears are sure to perk up. The interactive computer game gained popularity in 2009 as a mainstream computer/video game. By 2011, educators had begun utilizing the Minecraft program to teach everything from history and math to science and social studies. The game allows students to control their characters while achieving tasks like building communities or societies, reconstructing settings, journaling experiences, engineering buildings, and creating models while practicing ratios and scale. Educators have found this teaching vehicle to be dynamic because a wide range of ages are already acquainted with the user interface.

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Blended Learning, Devices, Givaway, IT Specialists, Professional Development, Teaching, Uncategorized
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Back to School Giveaway Celebration!

giveaway1Welcome to the new school year! We want to celebrate this milestone with you by starting off with two exciting drawings. Today, we’ll introduce you to the GoogleFEST giveaway and opportunity happening in Lansing, Michigan. Then, in just a couple days, we’ll post the information about two online course scholarship drawings! So, stay tuned.

 

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Announcing GoogleFEST!

Many schools are making use of the apps, devices, and programs Google has created to make education more efficient and student centered. The folks at Google have created GoogleFEST, a one day professional and personalized learning conference for educators. The topics being covered by the keynote speaker, author and teacher Pernille Ripp, and the workshop leaders will surely enhance how you use technology in the classroom. We want to encourage you to sign up for the registration give-away ($95 value – covers one participant’s registration and parking) below and share the opportunity with your administrators and staff.

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Blended Learning, Online Learning, Teaching, Webinars
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Challenging Students with Digital Learning: Best Practices for Academically Talented Middle School Students – Webinar Re-Cap

logoWebinar presented by: Becci Zwiers, CLC Network/The Learning Well

Academically advanced middle school students can easily get bored by grade-level content, but that doesn’t mean they have the emotional maturity to take courses with high school students. Learn why online courses can be a good option for these students, and what to look for to make the experience effective and fulfilling. Becci Zwiers, online teaching consultant for CLC Network, will review the advantages and pitfalls of digital learning.

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Blended Learning, Guest Post, IT Specialists, Online Learning, Teaching
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Using Blended Learning to Offer AP Courses

Steenstra_APCS_1 Guest post by Mark Steenstra, technology director at Calvin Christian School in Escondido, California

This school year Calvin Christian High School in Escondido, California, offered a new course, AP Computer Science. This was possible because we utilized the blended learning model.

I teach a variety of technology-related courses at Calvin Christian School, including Computer Programming. A few years ago, I discovered there were several students that desired to take AP Computer Science. Our school did not have the time or resources to establish a traditional AP Computer Science course, so I recommended that students take the class online. Finding a high-quality online course is difficult, and I confess the one I recommended had some shortcomings. Not that I took my recommendation lightly; in fact, I was directly impacted because my son was one of the students.

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Blended Learning, IT Specialists, Online Learning, Professional Development, Teaching
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Building a Blended Course – A Summer Professional Development Experience

Professional_Development_Logo“Blended learning” is the catch phrase in K-12 education today. Christian schools span the spectrum of participation integrating blended learning into their classrooms: some are fully on board, while other schools have yet to dip their toes in. The online class Building a Blended Course is a great opportunity for educators to understand blended learning and to be equipped with helpful tools for implementing their own blended learning courses.

This summer, Christian Schools International is offering the Building a Blended Course for the second time for K-12 teachers and administrators. Beginning June 15, 2015, the course is asynchronous and allows for summer vacation schedules; it’s designed to cover seven weeks of content but allows eight weeks for completion (ending August 3).

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