Category : Teaching

IT Specialists, Professional Development, Teaching, Webinars

Why Schools Need Curriculum Mapping – Webinar Re-Cap

PrintWebinar led by: Dan Beerens & Mike VandenBerg, Dynamics Internet Solutions

Dan and Mike uncovered many reasons why schools need to be mapping curriculum. Their digital solution is unlike any other. During this webinar, Dan gave us a virtual tour of Curriculum Trak, the web-based tool that Christian schools use to drive their school improvement process. In this webinar he also explored the new faith learning integration tool. Check out the latest way to track curriculum over subject areas and grade levels. This tool even allows schools to network, sharing great ideas, curriculum standards and lesson plan ideas.

View the webinar recording here.

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Blended Learning, Guest Post, Professional Development, Teaching, Webinars

When We Start with Kids: Personalizing Learning with EDIFY

student-laptopsGuest post by: Meghan Daniel, Senior Education Consultant for Kickstand, LLC

Christian Schools International was recently introduced to the folks at Kickstand, LLC and their latest individualized learning product, EDIFY. Take a moment to explore their website to see how EDIFY is being used by students and teachers. Dan Hoekstra, a science teacher from Grand Rapids Christian High School (a CSI member school in Grand Rapids, Michigan) is currently piloting the program in his classroom. He will be sharing his experiences in a webinar hosted by Kickstand, LLC on April 13, 2015. Register here to attend.

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Online Learning, Professional Development, Teaching, Webinars

ACSI ConNexus – Webinar Re-Cap

Webinar Presenters: Sam Barfell and Shannon Bomar from ACSI

ACSI ConNEXUS Premium provides Christian educators with the continuing education needed to grow professionally and teach with excellence. With over 500 hours of continuing education courses in 40 topic based channels, ConNEXUS Premium provides on-demand professional development.

Christian Schools International invited ACSI to present their dynamic new professional development platform and professional networking tool via webinar. These exciting new opportunities are already helping thousands of educators further their learning and connect with others in the field of education from around the world.

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Devices, Guest Post, Teaching

Love God. Love kids. Love to teach.

10177777-smallGuest Post By: Janelle Sievert, Assistant Adminstrator, Curriculum Director, and Resource Room Staff at Zeeland Christian School located in Zeeland, Michigan. Zeeland Christian School serves students in grades PreK-8.

Love God. Love kids. Love to teach. At Zeeland Christian School, we pray that these words are at the heart of who we are and what we do every day. When we look at each area of our school, we continue to try to do the very best that we can to put these words into action, and technology is no exception.

We spend a significant amount of time talking about and planning for technology. From equipment needs to more complex issues such as what types of experiences we want our students to have through technology, the conversation is never done.

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Blended Learning, Devices, Guest Post, IT Specialists, Teaching

Are iPads the Best Educational Tool?

iPad-for-education Guest Post By: Dan Cooke, IT Director for Kalamazoo Christian Schools in Kalamazoo, Michigan

At Kalamazoo Christian Schools we have been in the process of answering that question as we have adopted, implemented, and now evaluated a 1:1 iPad program utilizing more than 600 iPads within our district for our middle school and high school students (approximately 460 students in grades 5-12) and their teachers.

Like many others who are venturing down the path of adopting some kind of 1:1 program, we have learned some lessons along the way.

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Blended Learning, Online Learning, Teaching

Training Teachers to Teach Online – Professional Development Course

Learn-Online-EducationChristian Schools International has completed a pilot of the course “Building a Blended Course.” During this eight-week course, teachers and administrators gleaned useful materials that allow them to create their own blended unit, taking their top-notch curriculum into the digital age. They were then able to use it immediately within the courses that they teach. It was such a success, it’s being offered again! This course was created by Christian Schools International and developed by online learning specialists at The Learning Well.

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Devices, Teaching, Webinars

Lessons Learned – 1:1 Technology at Unity Christian – Webinar Re-Cap

MacbookWebinar Presenter: Karl Kaemingk, IT Director from Unity Christian School in Iowa

For schools investing in the future of online learning, 1:1 computing allows each student to use a school-provided laptop or tablet to access the internet, digital course materials, and digital textbooks. Starting 1:1 courses can be a transforming educational experience that requires constant maintenance and reflection. Learn how Unity Christian in Orange City, Iowa, arrived at its current implementation.  Discover what the school is doing to keep their 1:1 program on track.

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Blended Learning, Online Learning, Teaching, Webinars

Best Practices for Blended Learning – Webinar Re-Cap

Blended LearningPresented by Miriam Taylor, The Learning Well

What does blended learning really mean, and how can I put it into practice in my classroom? During this webinar, Miriam taught us how to articulate the various meanings of blended learning. She spent time exploring ways to implement this in your classroom from both an instructional and technology standpoint.

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Online Learning, Sevenstar, Teaching, Webinars

Teaching Online: First-Hand Experience and Best Practices — Webinar Re-Cap

50-FE4-TeachingOnlineMany classroom teachers have begun to migrate toward online education as a place to broaden their teaching experience and deepen their impact with students. Andrew Vanden Heuvel led a webinar about what it’s like to teach in an online environment, utilizing the interface to enhance both traditional classroom experiences and fully virtual programs. He discussed helpful skills needed to be a successful teacher in the online format as well as suggested resources and best practices that are key to online teaching success. This webinar recording is a great opportunity to glean advice from an online teaching veteran who understands the pros and cons of pursuing online teaching career opportunities. Administrators are encouraged to invite teachers and faculty to explore these opportunities to enhance classroom effectiveness and as a means of earning additional income.

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