July 22, 2014

Professional Development

Registration for all AKLN professional development classes can also be found on the Alaska Staff Development Network website.

Summer AKLN Opportunities

GIS Camp

Background and Purpose

The Alaska Department of Education & Early Development is looking for 10 teacher/student teams to participate in a pilot blended course for environmental science.  This pilot course, through Alaska’s Learning Network and sponsored by Kenai Peninsula Borough School District and has room for 10 Alaskan teachers to bring two high school students each to Seward, Alaska the week of August 6-10, 2012 with a follow-up course in the Fall 2012 semester online.  Students will receive 1 semester credit in Environment Science and teachers will receive 2 credits from the University of Alaska Fairbanks.  APPLICATIONS DUE: April 2, 2012

PILOT BLENDED LEARNING:

1-week, face-to-face in Seward, Alaska (Aug. 6-10, 2012)

1-semester distance education follow-up (Fall 2012)

Details posted online:  http://gis.asof.org/

Cost:  Each team will be provided $2,000 to help cover the cost of travel to/from Seward.  All other expenses are paid for once in Seward, including:  Enrollment fees for courses, room and board in Seward, field trips in Seward, ESRI (GIS/GPS) site licenses for each team. Camp participants (including teachers. students, and facilitators), will stay together at AVTEC (Alaska Vocational Technology Education Center) in Seward.

Deadline for submissions: Monday, April 2, 2012

GIS Camp Application

For more information, contact Roxanne Mourant: roxanne.mourant@alaska.gov / 907-465-8578

Spring 2012 AKLN Opportunities

Using Technology to Differentiate Instruction

featuring Bill Ferriter and Alaskan Educators

Webinar Series: February 14, 21 and 28, March 6, 13 and 20 (6 sessions)

Two 500-level professional development credits are available in conjunction with this webinar series.

  • 100 full scholarships have been awarded to attend this webinar series.
  • Course materials will be provided at no cost to the first 50 enrolled.
How can technology help you engage ALL students in your classroom?
What technology tools are teachers using to differentiate instruction in Alaska’s classrooms?

We invite you to join us for an exciting six-part webinar series that explores how to meet the unique needs of Alaskan students through technology. Hosted by Doug Penn, District-wide Principal for the Baldrige-Award winning Chugach School District, this webinar series features a diverse group of exemplary Alaskan educators showcasing effective tools and web 2.0 processes they use with students.

The first two webinars will provide a foundation in differentiated instruction from teacher mentors in the Alaska Statewide Mentor Project, and an investigation of best practices with Web 2.0 tools from William Ferriter, a national presenter, practicing middle school teacher and the author of Teaching the iGeneration. The final four webinars will feature exemplary Alaskan educators sharing real-life effective practices and tools.

Teaching Effectively Online – Spring 2012

APU EDUC 58075 - 3-credits, graded.   This is a 500-level professional development course that can be used for teacher re-certification.

20 scholarships were awarded to Alaskan educators.

Course Description

A practical introduction to the emerging best practices in online distance learning including a review of newer platforms and new Web 2.0 tools. This course surveys the dominating K-12 Internet curriculum design methods for creating effective web-based lesson units, to include but not limited to; self-paced online courses, “live” and archived webinars, and asynchronous video courses. An emphasis will be on learning to incorporate existing rich media content as a strategy to minimize the time required to generate new online courses. Emerging careers for online teachers and the impacts of innovative commercial e-learning businesses will be reviewed.

Mobile devices, such as Iphones and Ipads, and trends in mobile learning, will be reviewed for their motivational aspects for K12 students, informal community education, and “youth not in school.” We will review social media tools for creating and sharing instructional videos and “show me” video captures.

This course is designed to support innovations related directly to over $180 million in new rural broadband infrastructure in Alaska including developing 21st Century workforce readiness skills and behaviors for growing an entrepreneurial culture. Instructor:  Frank Odasz

Social Media for Educators – Spring 2012

APU EDUC 58073- 3-credits, graded.   This is a 500-level professional development course that can be used for teacher re-certification.

20 scholarships were awarded to Alaskan educators.

Course Description

A practical hands-on introduction to purposeful educational applications related to the booming social media phenomenon. Participants will learn by doing, as we explore key tools and trends, including cultural expression and village sustainability, and smarter info-diets as the basis for 21st Century Alaskan lifestyles. Participants will explore the digital counterparts for character education, civic engagement, service learning, entrepreneurship, and effective communication using many new media tools.

Mobile devices, mobile learning, and mobile commerce are impacting both educators and students in this era of accelerating change. With social media rapidly evolving to serve as our “personal learning networks,” managing information overload via effective online collaboration is becoming increasingly essential. An emphasis will be on teaching how educators and youth can develop their ability to collaborate, think, and act, with innovative imagination.

This course is designed to support innovations related directly to over $180 million in new rural broadband infrastructure in Alaska including developing 21st Century workforce readiness skills and behaviors for growing an entrepreneurial culture.
  Instructor:  Frank Odasz

Fall 2011  Activities

Creating A Digital-Rich Classroom

with Meg Ormiston

Webinar Series:   September 29, October 6, November 10, December 1, January 12, 19 and 26  from 3:45 – 5:15 ADT (7 sessions)

100 Scholarships were offered through AKLN.  136 Alaskan educators enrolled in the webinar series.

Two optional 500-level credits were offered for attending the webinars and completing follow up work online. Forty-seven educators enrolled in the credit course that can be used for teacher re-certification.

Series Description

Outside of school, today’s students are accustomed to a high level of interaction and collaboration—with one another and with technology. Inside school, we ask them to power down, assuming that we can help them achieve their fullest potential through traditional stand-and-deliver textbook-driven methods of teaching. It shouldn’t surprise us that these students are bored and disconnected from learning.

Instead of asking students to power down during class, power up your lesson plans with digital tools. Design and deliver lessons in which technology plays an integral role. Engage students in solving real-world problems while staying true to standards-aligned curricula. This webinar series provides a research base and practical strategies for using web 2.0 tools to create engaging lessons that transform and enrich content.

Teaching Effectively Online – Fall 2011

APU EDUC 58075- 3-credits, graded.   This is a 500-level professional development course that can be used for teacher re-certification.

20 scholarships were awarded to Alaskan educators.

Course Description

A practical introduction to the emerging best practices in online distance learning including a review of newer platforms and new Web 2.0 tools. This course surveys the dominating K-12 Internet curriculum design methods for creating effective web-based lesson units, to include but not limited to; self-paced online courses, “live” and archived webinars, and asynchronous video courses. An emphasis will be on learning to incorporate existing rich media content as a strategy to minimize the time required to generate new online courses. Emerging careers for online teachers and the impacts of innovative commercial e-learning businesses will be reviewed.

Mobile devices, such as Iphones and Ipads, and trends in mobile learning, will be reviewed for their motivational aspects for K12 students, informal community education, and “youth not in school.” We will review social media tools for creating and sharing instructional videos and “show me” video captures.

This course is designed to support innovations related directly to over $180 million in new rural broadband infrastructure in Alaska including developing 21st Century workforce readiness skills and behaviors for growing an entrepreneurial culture. Instructor:  Frank Odasz

Social Media for Educators – Fall 2011

APU EDUC 58073 - 3-credits, graded.   This is a 500-level professional development course that can be used for teacher re-certification.

20 scholarships were awarded to Alaskan educators.

Course Description

A practical hands-on introduction to purposeful educational applications related to the booming social media phenomenon. Participants will learn by doing, as we explore key tools and trends, including cultural expression and village sustainability, and smarter info-diets as the basis for 21st Century Alaskan lifestyles. Participants will explore the digital counterparts for character education, civic engagement, service learning, entrepreneurship, and effective communication using many new media tools.

Mobile devices, mobile learning, and mobile commerce are impacting both educators and students in this era of accelerating change. With social media rapidly evolving to serve as our “personal learning networks,” managing information overload via effective online collaboration is becoming increasingly essential. An emphasis will be on teaching how educators and youth can develop their ability to collaborate, think, and act, with innovative imagination.

This course is designed to support innovations related directly to over $180 million in new rural broadband infrastructure in Alaska including developing 21st Century workforce readiness skills and behaviors for growing an entrepreneurial culture.
  Instructor:  Frank Odasz

Spring 2011 Activities

The ITLP (Individualized Technology Learning Plan) course, designed by SERRC Technology Director Ryan Stanley and brought to life by Christina Hum  team, begans with a face-to-face meeting of the cohort where participants discovered tools for online collaboration and formed connections. As a learning community they returned to their home schools and continued working on their ITLP with assistance from each other and AKLN coaches. Technology is a vehicle, and learning to use it effectively is important, but the focus of each ITLP is on educational outcomes.

AKLN’s first ITLP cohort, comprised of 31 staff from 16 districts across Alaska, met in Anchorage February 23rd-25th 2011 and  completed their learning plans by June 30.

ITLP Cohort #1 Members

Chatham School District
Jessie Soder (3-5th Grade Teacher)
Mary Duncan (1-6th Grade Teacher)

Wrangell School District
Marilyn Burgess (6-12 Grade Science Teacher)
Jennifer Davies (Elementary Teacher)

Petersburg School District
Dan Sullivan (5th Grade Teacher)
Jo Ann Day (High School Teacher)

NW Arctic School District
Joe Groves (Distance Delivery Teacher)
Jay Denton (Middle/High School Science Teacher)
Reney Finkenbinder (Staff Development Specialist)

North Slope Borough School District
Kathleen Fisher (Middle School Teacher)

Lake and Peninsula School District
Jenny McArthur  (Secondary Math Teacher)
Kasie Pletcher (Itinerant School Counselor)

Kodiak School District
Jennie Schauff (Elementary Teacher)

Juneau School District
Linda Pardun (ELL Teacher)
William Ralston (Special Education (Program Learning/Plato))
Tom Milliron (Principal)

Hoonah School District
Nanci Spear (Special Education/Math)
Mackensey Cassidy  (Teacher)
Michelle Amundson  (5/6th Grade )

Copper River School District
Tamara Van Wyhe (Director of Teaching and Learning)

Ketchikan School District
Mark Woodward (High School Teacher)

Annette Island School District
Shauna Scudero (6th Grade Teacher)
Sharon Brooks (3rd Grade Teacher)

Yupiit School District
Janet Underwood (High School Science Teacher)

Nome Public Schools
Robin Johnson (Director of Technology)
Susanne Thomas (High School Teacher)

Fairbanks Northstar Borough School District
Kevin Marsh (Teacher)
Shane Wiegand (Elementary Teacher)
Laura Fantazzi (Elementary Teacher)

Lower Yukon School District
Moana Tavares (Elementary Teacher)
Brook Reynolds (4th Grade Teacher)