OAS hosts online PD courses for Caribbean Educators - 2012

OAS hosts online Professional Development courses for Caribbean Educators

The Organization of American States (OAS) in association with INTEL Corporation is hosting two free online Professional Development courses for Caribbean Educators this August 2012 vacation.

Intel® Teach Elements: Thinking critically with data - 1st edition

Course description:

Intel® Teach Elements: Thinking Critically with Data is an interactive e-learning course that examines critical thinking with a focus on data analysis in our information-rich world. In this course, teachers explore practical skills and strategies to draw on when teaching students to think critically about the information around them.

Teachers will understand how to design student projects and assessments that address critical thinking skills when collecting and analyzing data. Additionally, they will see how technology can support students’ collection, organization, and presentation of data. The course also offers practical tips for implementing projects that ask students to think critically with data.

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Intel® Teach Elements:Project-based approaches - 1st edition

Course description:

Using specific classroom scenarios, teachers explore characteristics and benefits of Project- Based Learning (PBL) in 21st century classrooms. Throughout the course, teachers consider their own teaching practice as they follow a teacher new to project-based learning in dialogue with a mentor teacher; they review their current integration of ICT and consider methods to further develop this in the future.

Planning and project design modules guide teachers through organizing the curriculum, the classroom, and students for successful 21st century projects. The assessment module demonstrates strategies for assessing students' 21st century skills throughout an open-ended project. The course offers opportunities to apply ICT integration and PBL concepts with action planning exercises.

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Duration: Both courses are 7 weeks duration.

Cost: tuition is free for both courses, for selected participants.

Eligibility requirements:

Participants must:

  • Be currently employed as a primary or secondary level school teacher or administrator (a scan copy of the last payslip will be required)
  • Possess basic computer skills (use of email, Word documents, etc.).
  • Be fluent in English.
  • Be able to dedicate approximately 10 hours per week for course activities.
  • Have a personal e-mail account (e-mail accounts cannot be shared).
  • Be(come) a registered user in the Educational Portal of the Americas (www.educoas.org)
  • Have unrestricted access to a computer with Internet with following minimum technical specifications:

Evaluation and Certification

Participants who successfully complete the course requirements and upon the tutors' evaluation and report will receive an OAS Certificate for the successful completion of the course.

Registration deadline for both courses is July 10th, 2012.

You can register online at the OAS Education Portal of the Americas

Please note: Registration is limited, so you are advised to apply early.

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