k-12 Professional Development & Continuing Education

Online, Noncredit, Continuing Education

All K-12 courses are approved by the State of Michigan Department of Education and the International Association for Continuing Education (IACET). Michigan teachers seeking certification renewal will be eligible to receive State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECH). SCECHs will be uploaded to the Michigan Department. 

All other CEUs are issued through IACET.  Our approval through IACET demonstrates we are in compliance with the ANSI/IACET 2018 Standard, which is widely recognized as the Standard of good practice in the development and delivery of training programs.

Course Evaluation and Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
All participants will receive a certificate of completion within 24 hours of completion from the automated certificate program; of Education’s Secure Central Registry the week following the course end dates.

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

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.

Course Completion: Each course has specific grading criteria, and those requirements must be met in the timeline indicated to earn a certificate of successful completion.

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Introductory Courses

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 .05 IACET CEU)

Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Identify key components used to access the Internet
  • Employ common browser features that save time and personalize your experience
  • Identify problem sites and security vulnerabilities while learning about browser security
  • Create hard to break passwords and apply other safety features like anti-virus software
  • Recognize areas where danger lurks and settings that can help protect your information
  • Social media and Cloud computing
  • Downloading files and copyright issues

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, .5 IACET CEUs)

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Define and recognize computer hardware and software including the operating system
  • Create folders and organize files to improve your work environment
  • Review backup options and other critical functions using Windows 10 Settings

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, .5 IACET CEUs)

On successful completion of this module, you will be able to:

  • Navigate a Blackboard course site
  • Identify major online course components
  • Organize course content in a learner-friendly way
  • Customize your course navigation menu
  • Add, edit, and delete announcements, course information and course documents
  • Enter contacts and external links

Advanced Courses

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, IACET 1 CEU)

On successful completion of this lesson, you will be able to:

  • Describe objective online testing
  • Utilize the Pool Manager of Blackboard to create Question Pools
  • Utilize the Test Manager of Blackboard to create online Quizzes/Tests
  • Add Random Block of Questions to quizzes
  • Deploy quizzes in your online courses
  • Retrieve results of completed quizzes
  • Reset submitted quizzes

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 the course, use the performance dashboard, and have a working knowledge of the grade book. (5 SCECHs, .5 IACET CEUs)

Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • use the assignment tool to add assignments to your course and grade center
  • set up discussion forums and threads
  • add external and internal links throughout your course
  • use the performance dashboard, review status and statistics tracking features to track participation in your course
  • work within the grade center

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 timeframe. (10 SCECHS, 1 IACET CEU)

Upon completion of the course, you will be able to:

  • Define what a screencast is
  • List free and commercial screencasting programs
  • Identify ways of using screencasts in educational and training settings 
  • Create your own screencasts             
  • Share your short recordings with your audience  

Collaborating 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, 1 IACET CEU)

After you have completed this course, you will be able to:

  • identify techniques for enhancing student collaboration.
  • evaluate and avoid potential disadvantages of online collaboration.
  • introduce online collaboration tools into writing and presentation building.
  • describe the major features of the Google Docs suite.
  • create, share, and revise Google Docs.
  • construct online self- and peer evaluations.

Creating E-Portfolios with Google Sites
Explore the advantages electronic portfolios present over traditional paper-based collections. Evaluate e-portfolios as a tool for academic and professional development. Design e-portfolio assessment activities for your own courses. Experience the process of creating, editing, and sharing an e-portfolio using Google Sites. This course requires 10 hours of contact/effort and must be completed in the designated time frame. (10 SCECHs, 1 IACET CEU)

Upon completion of this course, learners will be able to:

  • Describe the various uses for portfolios, including academic, professional, and assessment activities.
  • Compare and contrast the use of portfolios for formative and summative assessment.
  • Design an e-portfolio assessment activity for use in their own courses.
  • Given access to Google Sites, learners will be able to create, edit and share an e-portfolio consisting of text, file attachments, embedded documents and multimedia.

In this course, we’ll show you how to create a website with WordPress – the world’s most popular web publishing platform. It’s estimated that at least 25% of all websites use WordPress; from businesses like Disney, Microsoft, and Sony, to news outlets like Time, CNN, and The New York Times, just to name a few. While WordPress is predominantly used for blog-style sites, it’s also a fully featured content management system that allows you to create and organize static pages. So whether you want to make a static portfolio site or a frequently updated blog, you’ll have all the tools you need to succeed (and look good doing it!). (10 SCECHS, 1 IACET CEU)

Upon completion of this course, learners will be able to:

  • Create a website on the WordPress.com platform
  • Create and format web pages and blog posts
  • Apply and modify themes to control the look and feel of your site
  • Understand user roles and management

Technology Integrator I Certificate

Blackboards 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, 2 IACET CEUs)

Upon completion of the course, you will be able to:

  • differentiate between the student and instructor view of a Blackboard course
  • describe the process and procedures online teaching presents
  • edit and delete announcements, course information and course documents
  • add external links and design your course settings
  • communicate using the discussion board, and e-mail features
  • create assessments and utilize the online grading tool

Intro to Blogs
Blogging is a simple yet powerful 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, 1 IACET CEU)

After completing this course, you will:

  • Be able to address privacy issues in social media as they relate to a professional, educational, or personal blog.
  • Create a blog specific to your needs.

Create an Online Experience
This instructor-facilitated course uses Google tools to build a website for your classroom complete with a calendar, work groups and online quizzing and polling.  Experiencing these tools in the K12 environment will prepare today’s students for higher education and for the workplace. (15 SCECHs, 1.5 IACET CEUs)

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • To create a classroom site using Google sites and give access to students
  • Add a Google calendar to your site to track important dates and deadlines
  • Create a Google group and add permissions for classroom projects
  • Design an online quiz or survey using a Google form and add it to our page

Intro to Mindmaps
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, 1 IACET CEU)

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe the major components of a mindmap, along with their roles
  • Evaluate digital mindmapping tools
  • Create expressive and stylish mindmaps
  • Collaboratively edit mindmaps online
  • Design a mindmapping activity

Intro to K-12 Online Teaching
The Intro to K-12 Online Teaching is an online course that is teacher-facilitated, which is a 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, 2 IACET CEUSs)

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Understand the pedagogical concepts, trends and mechanics of online teaching and learning.
  • Recognize the types of learning tools and resources available online.
  • Assess your own abilities and interest in teaching online and using technology.
  • Apply the principles learned in this course to begin creating your own course, if you so choose.

Microsoft Excel
This is an instructor-facilitated course designed to help you learn basic spreadsheet development using Excel365. You will learn the most common features along with more complex formulas and functions. Conditional formatting and designing and editing charts are also practiced. (20 SCECHs, 2 IACET CEUs)

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Use Excel tools and efficiently navigate workbooks and worksheets.
  • Create and format worksheets
  • Write formulas and functions
  • Recognize the difference between relative and absolute formulas
  • Use special formatting and styles
  • Design and edit charts

Microsoft PowerPoint
This is an instructor-facilitated course in which you will learn the basics of creating slide presentations using MS PowerPoint 365. Throughout this course, you will create a presentation that uses the most common features including master slides and transitions and animation. (20 SCECHs, 2 IACET CEUs)

Upon completion, you will be able to:

  • Create new presentations.
  • Use and customize images, shapes, and SmartArt
  • Work with slides in different views and use zoom techniques to define objects and sections in a presentation.
  • Use OneDrive features to share and collaborate on files
  • Use PowerPoint tools to rehearse before you present
  • Navigate around a slide show using presenter 

Microsoft Word
This instructor-facilitated course presents the basic concepts of Word 2010 365. In addition to covering basic features, you will learn advanced formatting options, table design, and use headers and footers. (20 SCECHs, 2 IACET CEUs)

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • create and edit documents
  • use page layout and formatting features
  • insert assets such as tables, columns, images, shapes, and charts
  • add and customize headers, footers, and page numbers
  • explore OneDrive and collaboration features

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, 1 IACET CEU)

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.
  • Perform basic image editing.

Advanced PowerPoint
This advanced class expands on the basics and enables teachers and administrators to use PowerPoint as an interactive tool, deliver impressive presentations using audio and video, utilize morph and 3D objects for extra animation, and post presentations for public access using publishing options. (20 SCECHs, 2 IACET CEUs)

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Create a sophisticated slide presentation that demonstrates good creative principles.
  • Create an interactive and/or branching study lesson for use in case studies and experiential application.
  • Add narration, sound files, movie clips.
  • Create graphs and charts that incorporate animation.

Screencasting: Creating Mini Multimedia Lessons
This course will enable you to create and effectively use screencasts in educational and training settings. The course will take approximately 10 hours, depending on your familiarity with screencasting basics. Your instructor will grade your assignments and answer questions, but for the most part, you control the pace of the course. (10 SCECHs, 1 IACET CEU)

Upon completion of the course, you will be able to:

  • Define what a screencast is
  • List free and commercial screencasting programs
  • Identify ways of using screencasts in educational and training settings                
  • Create your own screencasts               
  • Share your short recordings with your audience           

Creating Audio with Audacity
Research shows that learning is more thorough and knowledge retention greater when feedback is provided orally. Faculty also report that it is faster and easier to create an audio file than to type lengthy notes. In this course, participants learn how to deliver lecture material and provide feedback using audio files, and how to improve student engagement using audioblogs. (5 SCECHs, .5 IACET CEUs)

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  1. Describe various types of files and associated players.
  2. Download Audacity and the requisite LAME.dll file.
  3. Record an audio file using Audacity.

Theory & 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, .5 IACET CEUs)

After completing this unit, you will be able to

  • Distinguish and summarize social smarts.
  • Differentiate social smarts in the traditional classroom and the online environment.

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, .5 IACET CEUs)

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Explain the importance of providing lessons regarding the hidden curriculum.
  • Create and implement small lessons to help students realize the importance of following expected behaviors.
  • Create opportunities for students to practice social awareness when using online tools.
  • Advocate among colleagues for stressing the hidden curriculum as it applies to online writing.

Social Strategies for Today’s Student
The course helps teachers design activities to help students identify ways to employ social strategies to the traditional classroom and in the online environment – particularly when using social networking and chat sites. (5 SCECHs, .5 IACET CEUs)

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Prepare assignments that include social skills development