Friday, June 24, 2011

APEX TRAINING 08/02/2011

Thank you all for taking the time out of your Friday to attend today's Workshop.

Here it the link for the GREEN DOT APEX SUPPORT SITE. This site has a PLETHORA of information related to Apex and Green Dot:

Some of the important things to look at are: Course Policy Manual (Summer), New Teacher Training Videos:
https://my.greendot.org/instructionaltechnology/SitePages/APEX.aspx

Find all the resources including Class Syllabi here:
http://apexlearning.com/

For any GREENDOT APEX POLICY and Questions related to Green Dot Apex, please don't hesitate to contact me. I'm good at putting out fires and helping calm teachers, counselors, and admin who feel way over their heads ;)

For any EDUCATION CONSULTING questions regarding Apex Learning, (like: what is the recommended best practice for supporting a student who....? or what do you recommend for teaching...? or how do I prepare for day 1? or where can I find this for a student? etc.), please feel free to contact the AMAZING Ann here: annb@apexlearning.com.

Thanks for being AWESOME! I am at your disposal at any time during this summer.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

New Technology Course Description ** DRAFT **

Introduction to Technology is a 2-semester, 5-credit course focused on tech literacy and productivity in the educational and professional settings. Through project-based lessons and assessments, students learn 21st Century Skills in critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, digital citizenship, and productivity (Technology Frameworks NETs, METIRI, P21).  Students taking this course will become proficient in basic computer skills. They will learn how to use and understand basic computer-related terms, identify basic computer hardware components and peripheral devices, and perform basic computing operations (Standard 1).  Students will be asked to create products employing productivity software applications for Multimedia presentations, Desktop publishing, Word processing, Spreadsheets, and/or Web development. In addition, students will be exposed to new and emerging Web 2.0 tools (blogs, social networking, etc.) that foster collaboration and digital publication to audiences beyond the classroom (Standards 3, 4, and 5). The course will survey various current and historical issues and concepts related to technology (legal, social, and ethical), while also examining the ever-evolving interaction between technology and society (Standard 2).