Technology Certificate Courses

Coming soon! The STEAM-3D Maker Lab will be offering technology-related certificate courses for educators. Each of the courses offer professional development in the area of makerspaces, technology integration in the school & classroom, and technology tools for the writing process. To learn more about the current course selection, keep reading or click on the course title that interests you:

  1. Online Maker Modules
  2. Coding and the Curriculum
  3. Digital Tools for Educators
  4. Digital Tools for the Writing Process
  5. The Digital Leader

Online Maker Modules:Image displaying various internet-enabled devices.

Learn more about the makerspace approach to teaching and learning, including accompanying maker tools, and about ways to incorporate these tools into lesson plans and the STEAM curriculum. These modules were designed with a thematic focus on eco-social activism. The course consists of the following five online, self-paced modules:

  1. Introduction to Digital Making
  2. Electronics
  3. Wearable Technology
  4. 3D Printing
  5. Coding, Gaming, and Programmable Robots

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Coding and the Curriculum: 

Educators will learn about a variety of unplugged activities, apps, and online programs that facilitate the learning-to-code process. As a result, they will also learn computational, analytical thinking and problem-solving skills that relate to coding and programming.

Underscoring the learning in this course will be a theoretical foundation in good practice and pedagogy when it comes to the incorporation of technology, digital tools, and coding in the curriculum. A curriculum-connections emphasis will be placed on storytelling in Language Arts, patterns/geometry in Mathematics, and circuits in Science. Other noteworthy connections that will be explored include movement and music.

Participants will also learn about the various affordances and constraints of a variety of coding tools — digital, tangible, and unplugged. They will learn how to use the tools in general, and will also be shown and asked to co-develop ideas on how the tools could be used in their subject/place-specific learning environments. The sessions will be positioned within a maker pedagogies framework (which involves constructionism and inquiry-based learning), so the participants will understand the pedagogy and best practices associated with the tools.

This course will consist of four 3-hour sessions, including:

  1. Tools to Support Computational Thinking & Problem-Solving
  2. Making Curriculum Connections
  3. Delving Deeper with Scratch
  4. Bridging Block Coding with Language-Based Coding

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Digital Tools for Educators:Laptop with different app icons coming off of it.

Learn the various benefits and considerations associated with a variety of digital tools for traditional and non-traditional learning environments. Co-develop digitally-based lessons and activities.

This course will consist of four 3-hour sessions, including:

  1. Tools to Support Multiliteracies
  2. Information Curation Tools
  3. Online Learning and Collaboration Tools
  4. Social Media Tools for the Classroom

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Digital Tools for the Writing Process:Image of a persons hands typing on a laptop keyboard.

Expand your knowledge on the writing process and learn different apps and online programs that can support and enhance various stages of writing, including brainstorming and structure. During this course, you will also learn more about the affordances and constraints of these digital tools, as well as co-develop digitally-based lessons and activities.

This course will consist of four 4-hour sessions, including:

  1. “Writing” Multimodal Texts
  2. Descriptive Writing, Immersive Learning, and Digital Tools
  3. Creative Non-Fiction: The Memoir
  4. Digital Poetry

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The Digital Leader: 

This course will introduce you to the social media and collaboration apps that can support communication between staff, parents, and the community. As always, you will also learn about the various affordances and constraints of these digital tools.

This course will consist of four 4-hour sessions, including:

  1. Digital Citizenship, Footprints, and Privacy
  2. Leaders of Social Media (Facebook, Twitter & Instagram)
  3. Makerspace and Genius Hour
  4. Cool Tools

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Stay tuned for more details, including course pricing and scheduling.