Self-Paced Courses

Check out the latest courses from InspirED. Our self-paced courses give you the knowledge you need, while taking your busy lives into consideration. Choose from our list of 5-hour professional learning opportunities that will help educators, adapt and embrace new ways of teaching.

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    Introduction to Using Game Based Elements in the K-12 Classroom

    Classrooms of the 21st century are vastly different than those of just 10 years ago. One of the ideas that is increasing motivation and collaboration of students world wide is that of gamification. Gamification is the term that is used to describe when game elements are implemented into a non-game setting, such as a business, or a classroom. This course will take you through the steps to start implementing these ideas into a unit of study that you already do. So grab your unit and get ready to gamify!




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    Everyday Experiences: Tools for Making Multidisciplinary Connections

    Why do I need to learn this? When will I use this in my life? These questions are only two of the many students may ask about their learning. Although we know the relevancy, often times the connections are lost by our students. Even if we tell them why they need to know math, science, history, or whichever subject that you teach, students are often still unconvinced. This course will provide you with strategies for overcoming this challenge by helping you create more meaningful, real-world, multidisciplinary connections for your students, or more so how to help your students make the connections themselves! Strategies will focus on implementation of project-based learning, inquiry-based approaches, STEAM pedagogy, reflective practices, and usage of collaborative protocols as the primary tools for making connections in the everyday student experience.

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    How to Tweet and Blog for Educational Purposes

    In this course you will learn how to use twitter to engage your students and create a powerful personal learning network. This course will provide you with the tools, tips and tricks you need to get your students to tweet their way into critical thinking. This course will also provide you with the how to for classroom blogs. You will learn how to set up a blog, how to use it in your classroom, blogging warnings and tips and exactly how to use it in your classroom to engage students.


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    21st Century Classroom

    Learn how to turn your classroom into a productive environment in which students can develop the skills they will require in the workplace and teachers are facilitators of their learning. No one sees more clearly than educators how the technologies we use in our daily lives influence how students learn. Students have changed, educators have changed and learning itself has changed. This course will teach you how to create a 21st Century environment for learning. This course will discuss project based learning, self assessments, peer assessments and how to use "disruptive” technology to engage your students.

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    Career & Workforce Development in the 21st Century

    In this class, professionals will gain a comprehensive awareness of career and workforce development in the 21st century within today's ever evolving global economy. This course will provide an introduction to modern career development theories and their application to the career development process focusing on STEM career pathways for students. Upon completion, education professionals will have a working knowledge of the career construction/management process and be able to apply that knowledge to assist students of all developmental stages in their career paths.



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    Using Community Projects to Engage Students in Technical Education

    In this class, professionals will gain a comprehensive understanding to be able to implement the methodology to seek out and create real-world projects for students that will impact the community in a positive way. The results of your actions will increase program awareness, increase student involvement and increase your networking within the community (A win-win for all stakeholders). This course provides the systematic approach to networking and business/community outreach through project based learning. Upon completion, as an educational professional you will have a working knowledge to generate a positive impact in the community you teach.


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    Introduction to Online Teaching Methodologies/Flipped Classroom

    This class was created for those teaching online or looking to flip their classroom to streamline classes and get more time for one-on-one learning opportunities. In this course you will learn the attributes of today’s students that influence how they learn, the difference between being a teacher and a facilitator and the basics of online teaching /flipped instruction (discussion boards, best practices, course construction and classroom management).



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    Creating Inquiry Classrooms

    As the body of knowledge in all content areas increases at an exponential rate, it has become increasingly important to help students become careful curators of knowledge. Curation implies not only a proficiency in content, but rather the ability to connect that content in novel ways. By creating inquiry classrooms, educators can foster these skills and engage students in the problem solving process. While inquiry has long focused on STEM, inquiry classrooms transcend subject areas and are inherently interdisciplinary in nature. This course was created to help educators better understand how to design for inquiry, why it is of value, and how it can be incorporated into all subject areas to support students' development of 21st century skills.

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    Engaging Girls in STEM Education through Community Service

    While women have made inroads into traditionally male-dominated fields such as law, business, and medicine, the same cannot be said for the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields, particularly in traditional engineering fields, physics, and computer science. Girls want to make a difference in the lives of others; to make the world a better place to live. This course will show you how to engage girls and young women in STEM education using a service learning approach. You will learn what service learning is and explore a variety of resources on project-based and service learning models.We will provide guidelines to help you find community projects that will allow you to integrate core STEM content with technology and 21st century skills.Using service learning to engage students in STEM education provides a productive and rewarding experience for both the student and the teacher.


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    Using Videos and Podcasts to Engage Students

    This course is designed to help teachers make the leap into the 21st century by the implementation and creation of videos into the classroom to help students with major ideas and concepts. It provides one-on-one learning opportunities for all students. In this course you will learn how to make a podcast and how to include students in construction of a student project and creation of their own podcast on a teacher selected subject.



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Last modified: Monday, February 15, 2016, 3:06 PM