K-12 Professional Development & Continuing Education

Online, Noncredit, Continuing Education

All K-12 courses are approved by the State of Michigan Department of Education. All participants will receive a certificate of completion within two weeks of completion; however, only teachers seeking certification renewal should receive a State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECH) approval code.

These courses offer real-life examples. All courses are offered online and can be completed at anytime during the course dates. You may enroll in any of the courses below and do not need to earn an entire certificate.

What is Needed to Complete an Online Course

In order to complete an online course, all users must have access to a computer with an internet connection.  For software application courses, users must have a copy of the software installed on their computer or be willing to download a 30-day trial of the software to use while completing the course.  If the software is limited to a specific operating system, this limitation is noted in the course description.

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Introductory Courses

THE INTERNET
WHAT EVERY USER SHOULD KNOW

Learn the basics of the Internet, from browsing to searching. Demonstrate your skills with electronic mail and learn important points of online etiquette. The social impact of the Internet is also discussed.

5 SCECHs


COMPUTER BASICS
WHAT EVERY USER SHOULD KNOW

Learn "How Things Work Inside the Box". Students become familiar with different storage options and find out how to customize settings to make a computer work for them. Discover ways to speed up a computer and how Microsoft Windows interacts with your PC. Review the Control Panel and recognize key components of this powerful feature. Also learn keyboard shortcuts that every user should know. All of this and lots more including ways to organize and personalize your computer in this online course.

5 SCECHs


MICROSOFT OUTLOOK BASICS

This five hour course is designed for educators who wish to use Microsoft Outlook to help manage their day-to-day activities and schedules electronically. This course covers email basics, using the calendar for personal and group functions, e-mail folders, using the contact list and synchronizing with a handheld.

5 SCECHs


BLACKBOARD: CREATING A COURSE SHELL

This course will teach you the basics of using Blackboard. Upon completion, learners will be able to develop a course shell complete with announcements, course information and course documents. Learners will also be instructed on how to enter staff information, create external links and manage the course design.

5 SCECHs

Advanced Courses

 
DEVELOPING CURRICULUM FOR ONLINE PROGRAMS

This online course targets middle school and high school teachers and administrators who are considering development of an online curriculum. It is a self-paced, instructor-facilitated course addressing the major factors that must be considered prior to creating an online program.

20 SCECHS


BLACKBOARD
CREATING ASSESSMENTS & SURVEYS

Blackboard offers a tremendous set of features to make testing and recordkeeping easy for instructors. Most K-12 teachers will use these features to create question pools, quizzes and exams, or surveys. In this fully online course learners will learn how to develop quizzes, exams and surveys inside Blackboard's Test and Pool Managers.

10 SCECHs


BLACKBOARD
ADVANCED BLACKBOARD FEATURES

This course will teach you advanced Blackboard features. Upon completion of the course, learners will be able to use the assignment tool, set up discussion threads, place tool links into course, use the performance dashboard, and have a working knowledge of the grade book.

5 SCECHs


SCREENCASTING
CREATING MINI MULTIMEDIA LESSONS FOR TEACHING AND LEARNING

Have you ever had the feeling that using text to express yourself through online conversation is too cumbersome yet not enough? Do you wish sometimes that instead of typing at people you could show them what you are talking about? Now there is an easy way to do this. There are both free and commercial screencasting software programs which enable you to record everything happening on your screen; point, click, scroll, navigate and such an application can follow your every action. This online class introduces you to ways of how you may use screencasts in educational or training settings and enables you to put your skills into action by learning how to use Jing, a free screencasting program. This course requires 10 hours of coursework that must be completed during the allotted time-frame.

10 SCECHS


COLLABORATIVE LEARNING USING GOOGLE DOCS

Create new opportunities for student collaboration that takes place anywhere, anytime using free online tools. Engage your students in approaching writing as a process which includes peer review and multi-stage revision, rather than procrastination and a single night of crammed writing. Provide instant feedback through real-time editing and commenting functionality. Explore these options and more, using the Google Docs software suite.

10 SCECHs

Technology Integrator I Certificate

BLACKBOARD BASICS
FOR K-12 (VERSIONS 8.X AND 9.X)

This is an online, instructor-facilitated course for K-12 teachers interested in the online classroom. It will immerse them in the online learning just as their students would experience it.

20 SCECHs


BLOGS IN EDUCATION

Blogging is a simple yet power way for enhancing teaching and learning through technology integration. This self-paced, instructor-facilitated online course focuses on the implications of blogging in educational settings. Participants will study how other educators are using blogs to deepen learning and increase student achievements, explore Web-based tools for finding and subscribing to educational blogs, identify strategies for implanting a blog into their content area and create their own Weblog.

10 SCECHs


CREATE AN ONLINE EXPERIENCE

UM-Flint has developed a course that helps K12 teachers meet the new requirements for an online experience. Learn how to build a web page using a free online tool, design a basic blog and create an online quiz while reviewing current issues regarding online copyright and ethics in today's classroom.

15 SCECHs


INTRO TO INSPIRATION & KIDSPIRATION

This online course is instructor-facilitated. Designed for K-12 teachers, this course introduces a popular software used to help students organize and develop their ideas.

10 SCECHs


INTRO TO K-12 TEACHING ONLINE

The Intro to K-12 Online Teaching is an online course that is teacher-facilitated, which is level of student-instructor interaction between a totally self-paced course and one that is instructor led. You can go through the course at your own pace but an instructor is available to help whenever you need it along the way.

This is a basic-level course and will prepare you to begin to develop an online course or course supplement. It is also a prerequisite to the UM-Flint Intensive Course Development class.

20 SCECHs


MICROSOFT EXCEL

This is an instructor-facilitated course designed to help you learn basic spreadsheet development.

20 SCECHs


MICROSOFT POWERPOINT

This is an instructor-facilitated course in which you will learn the basics of creating slide presentations using MS PowerPoint. This course is based on the XP version, but most explanations will apply to several of the more recent versions.

20 SCECHs


MICROSOFT WORD

This instructor-facilitated course presents the basic concepts of Word 2002, although most of the concepts apply to several recent versions of Word.

20 SCECHs


NOTE: If you began work on a Technology Integrator certificate prior to 11/7/07, UM-Flint will honor the previous list of required courses.

Technology Integrator II Certificate

GRAB-N-GO GRAPHICS

This is a 10-hour course that will introduce learners to the most common terminology used in discussing graphics, and will provide step-by-step lessons in graphics search, capture and editing using popular, free software. Upon completion of the course, students will be able to identify sources and types of images; conduct Web searches and obtain graphics from the Web; capture and edit a screen image.

10 SCECHs


INTRODUCTION TO RESPONDUS

Introduction to Respondus course is a self-paced, nline course that focuses on the Respondus software as a test generation tool, and helps you discover how to integrate online assessments into your classroom.

10 SCECHs


ONLINE RESEARCH TECHNIQUES

This is a self-paced course for K-12 teachers that will help you develop online research skills and gain knowledge on Grolier Online and GaleNet resources.

10 SCECHs


MICROSOFT PUBLISHER

This instructor-facilitated course will help you learn the basics of using Microsoft Publisher to create simple publications such as flyers, newsletters, calendars, certificates, etc.

20 SCECHs


ADVANCED POWERPOINT

Learn to add special features to your movies such as animation and interactivity.

20 SCECHs

Theory and Practice

TEACHING STUDENTS TO BE SOCIAL THINKERS IN THE CLASSROOM AND ONLINE

This course explains social smarts and related terminology.  Social smarts are critical life skills that are not always explicitly taught in the classroom.   Additionally, the importance of social smarts in the online environment is illustrated. 

5 SCECHs


THE BIG PICTURE - THE HIDDEN SOCIAL CURRICULUM

Analyzes the unwritten social rules we follow in the classroom and how they should be applied in e-mail, social networking sites, and the online classroom.

5 SCECHs


Social Strategies for today's student

The course helps teachers design activities help students identify ways employ social strategies to the traditional classroom and in the online environment - particularly when using social networking and chat sites. 

5 SCECHs