Virtual Course Offering Strategies for Mobile Learning
The Verizon Mobile Learning Academy (VMLA) is a free, 10-week virtual professional development experience designed to help teams, schools, or districts implement or improve their mobile learning strategy. Delivered by ISTE, in partnership with The Verizon Foundation, VMLA supports various approaches to mobile learning, such as 1:1 and BYOD. Proven, practical, and grounded in the ISTE Standards, VMLA prepares teams to supercharge mobile initiatives by discovering how to design creative learning experiences, identify effective management strategies, gauge student readiness, and teach safe online practices. Participants will benefit from connection to other teams and VMLA alumni in a private Google+ community and have access to experienced ISTE faculty and instructional coaches who will facilitate the online course. Participants will also earn 2.5 Continuing Education Units from Johns Hopkins University, as well as a digital badge to showcase their skills. The next course cycle will run from September 25 through December 8, 2017.
With active shooting situations in schools no longer uncommon, the USDepartment of Homeland Security is offering freeonline training for educators and first responders to prepare for such a disaster—right on their computers. The training is explained in “Enhanced Dynamic Geo-Social Environment (EDGE) Virtual Training Revisited,” a video on the department’s website.
The National Science Foundation’s STEM Guitar Building Institute provides innovative professional development to teams of high school and community college faculty to take part in an intense, five-day guitar design-and-build project. Each faculty member will build a custom electric guitar and will engage in student-centered learning activities that relate the guitar design to specific math, science, and engineering topics.
Integrating portraiture into the classroom provides exciting opportunities to connect students with history, biography, visual art, and many other subjects. The National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC, is offering two opportunities to attend a summer institute in 2018: June25–29 or July 9–13.