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Winter Toolkit | Remote Learning

Winter Toolkit | Remote LearningREMC Association is here to support Remote Learning

Lifted by the recent news that several COVID-19 immunizations are on the horizon, we can look toward the future with great hope. Yet, we likely will have periods of remote or virtual learning to work through this winter.

The REMC Association is here to Improve Learning, Empower Teachers, and Provide Savings. In response to “pandemic learning,” we continue to offer a series of toolkits to help teachers power-up teaching skills within the context of Remote or Virtual Learning.

Now we’re launching our WINTER TOOLKIT | REMOTE LEARNING

This toolkit is focused on helping teachers develop skills and identify tools to successfully deliver online lessons and instruction to students at home.

All REMC workshops and courses are completely free of charge. And they offer up to 10 SCECHs upon completion. The PLAYDATE Workshop is also offering a $25 Amazon Gift Card to attendees! There are no registration or SCECH fees because REMC SAVE’s vendor partners provide support for all REMC professional learning opportunities.

We hope you’ll find the WINTER TOOLKIT | REMOTE LEARNING helpful and encourage you to share it with your colleagues.  If you’re looking for specific or additional resources, please contact your local REMC director - check our convenient Find My REMC tool to connect.  

If you have questions or comments, please reach out to Sue Schwartz, Executive Director, at 517-285-2151.

Computer Science Opportunities with Remote Instruction

Computer Science Opportunities with Remote InstructionClassroom Makers Webinar Series
Computer Science Week December 7 - 11

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2020 | 3 :00 PM https://us02web.zoom.us/J/81592258844

Join the REMC Association’s Classroom Makers Ambassadors for Computer Science Week! We’ll explore virtual computer science opportunities focused on utilizing hourofcode.com. Prepare lessons you can use tomorrow! Especially relevant for elementary and middle school classrooms. Receive a free $25 Amazon gift card for fully participating in this one-hour event

Limited to 100 Participants


Creative CS Idea: Join Michigan in a Guinness World Records Virtual Attempt, December 11 -12, 2020!

PLAYDATE to Support Remote LearningPLAYDATE to Support Remote Learning

January 27, 2021 | 4:00 - 6:00 PM
Online/Virtual Workshop
Free Registration

We’re making our popular PLAYDATE workshop -- virtual! 

At this focused PLAYDATE workshop, Michigan educators will learn from each other around topics supporting remote instruction.

PLAYDATE to support Remote Learning. Together, we will discover programs, tools, and other helpful topics centered on remote learning. There are no presenters, no experts, just sharing.  This is simply time to network, connect, and explore all at no cost! 

Participants who attend the full PLAYDATE event will receive a $25 Amazon gift card. 

  • Two (2) free SCECHS with course completion
  • $25 Amazon Gift Card
  • Course Flyer (PDF File)

Promoting STEM through LiteraturePromoting STEM through Literature

January 7, 2021 | 4:00 - 6:00 pm
Virtual/Online Workshop 
Free Registration

January 27, 2021 | 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Virtual/Online Workshop
Free Registration

February 20, 2021 | 9:00 - 11:00 am
Virtual/Online Workshop 
Free Registration

Announcing the return of “Promoting STEM through Literature,” updated for virtual learning environments. The course will be offered via Zoom twice in January and once in February. The course is open to all Michigan educators and taught by seasoned EdTech teachers. 

Learn how to use literature to excite students about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) by actively involving them in the design thinking process. During this virtual event, educators will learn to use these resources with students in a virtual environment, and how to implement Design Thinking in virtual Maker education.

Each of the books selected for the project shares a story where something was built or invented by designing, planning, gathering materials, and creating. In addition to strengthening literacy skills, students develop inquiry and problem-solving skills. They will also see that with perseverance, anyone can be innovative and invent new things. 

A box of materials (including a free book that is part of our project) will be shipped to each participant before the event.  The project is available for free at www.stemandlit.com.

  • Two (2) free SCECHs with course completion
  • Course Flyer (PDF File)

Teaching Strategies for Virtual & Blended Learning EnvironmentsTeaching Strategies for Virtual and Blended Learning Environments

  • Free Registration
  • Workshops available monthly through March 2021
  • December and January workshops now open, schedule below
  • Two (2) free SCECHs with course completion

Learn general practices for virtual and blended learning environments with REMC’s new webinars:  “Introduction to Teaching Strategies for Virtual and Blended Learning Environments.”  Additional sessions explore grade-specific practices for English Language Arts and Mathematics content areas.

Each webinar offers a robust toolkit of resources to support teacher planning and student learning.  Participants may choose to attend one or more of the eight sessions. 

All webinars are free. Registration is open now for the December and January workshops (dates listed below). To earn two (2) SCECHs per session, participants must attend the live webinar and complete the assigned task following the webinar.


DECEMBER SCHEDULE

Growing Early Literacy Learners (Grades K-2)
December  1 | 4:30 - 5:30 pm 

Introduction to Teaching Strategies for Virtual and Blended Learning Environments
December  1 | 5:45 - 6:45 pm  

Growing Intermediate Literacy Learners (Grades 3-5)
December 2 | 4:30 - 5:30 pm 

Introduction to Teaching Strategies for Virtual and Blended Learning Environments
December 2 | 5:45 - 6:45 pm 

Growing Disciplinary Literacy Learners (Grades 6-12)
December  3 | 4:30 - 5:30 pm 

Help Students Demonstrate Mathematical Thinking (Grades K-2)
December  8 | 4:30 - 5:30 pm 

Help Students Demonstrate Mathematical Thinking (Grades 3-6)
December  9 | 4:30 - 5:30 pm 

Help Students Demonstrate Mathematical Thinking (Grades 7-12)
December  10 | 4:30 - 5:30 pm 


JANUARY SCHEDULE

Help Students Demonstrate Mathematical Thinking (Grades K-2)
January 12 | 4:30 - 5:30 pm 

Introduction to Teaching Strategies for Virtual and Blended Learning Environments
January 12 | 5:45 - 6:45 pm  

Help Students Demonstrate Mathematical Thinking (Grades 3-6)
January 13 | 4:30 - 5:30 pm 

Introduction to Teaching Strategies for Virtual and Blended Learning Environments
January 13 | 5:45 - 6:45 pm 

Help Students Demonstrate Mathematical Thinking (Grades 7-12)
January 14 | 4:30 - 5:30 pm 

Growing Early Literacy Learners (Grades K-2)
January 19 | 4:30 - 5:30 pm 

Growing Intermediate Literacy Learners (Grades 3-5)
January 20 | 4:30 - 5:30 pm 

Growing Disciplinary Literacy Learners (Grades 6-12)
January 21 | 4:30 - 5:30 pm 
 

REMC's Virtual CoursesVirtual Courses: Support for Remote Learning & EdTech

The REMC Association continues to provide support to Michigan educators for Remote Learning and Educational Technology through our free Virtual Courses. 

The REMC Virtual Courses offer an easy, convenient way for teachers to connect and collaborate from the safety and convenience of home. The Virtual Courses are free, offer free 10 SCECHs when completed, and are open to all Michigan school personnel. There are no registration or SCECH fees because REMC SAVE’s vendor partners provide support for all REMC professional learning opportunities.

Each course is open for three weeks and consists of two (2) one-hour “live” webinars that are recorded and available for viewing later, and eight (8) hours of resource review, assessment developments, and written reflection. 

21things4students - Ready, Get set, Go

Come explore an outstanding resource for face-to-face or virtual teaching, that helps students build technology proficiency for real-world success! Focused on the middle school classroom. Participants will develop a plan for implementing the Michigan Integrated Technology Competencies (MITECS) in their own classrooms and content areas using the project-based 21t4s resources. The 21 Things that are composed of: lesson plans, student quests, roadmaps, assessments, animated videos, and much more. The 21things4students (21t4s) resources are free, high quality, and openly licensed educational resources that are aligned to Michigan standards for Grades 5-9. Teachers say that these engaging resources are helping students build technology proficiency for real-world success! This course will help participants explore and learn about the resources and how to integrate them with your content.

Assessment Tools for Classroom

Formative Assessment is an essential part of the learning process leading to student success. Using Formative Assessment, teachers involve students in ongoing self-assessment so they are aware of expectations, gauge where they are in their learning, and then adjust to close the gap between them. Learn about digital tools to support this process. Explore and use quiz and polling tools, interactive and video assessments, portfolios, interactive lessons, and online bulletin boards. Leave with new tools to engage and assist your students in taking responsibility for their learning and achievement.

Digital Citizenship for Students

In a digitally connected world, students need guidance to navigate the world safely and professionally. Learn the ISTE indicators for Digital Citizenship to build a knowledge foundation. Present practical applications for students. Guide students in developing plans to navigate high-speed communication, job opportunities, social media, personal security, and more.

Learning to use Open Educational Resources on #GoOpenMichigan.org

Open Educational Resources (OER) are free, high quality, openly licensed educational tools that can be retained, reused, revised, remixed, and redistributed. Explore the dynamic collections of OER on the #GoOpen Michigan website. OER are available/searchable by subject area, grade level, and standards. Educational resources include lesson plans, presentations, activities, assessments, and much more.

Virtual Course: Open Educational Resources for Administrators

Open Educational Resources (OER) are free, high-quality tools that are openly licensed to allow users to retain, reuse, revise, remix, and redistribute them for educational purposes. This course builds an understanding of what Open Educational Resources are, what types of resources are available, where to find high-quality OER, resources for vetting OER, how OER can support differentiated instruction, and how district and building administrators can use OER to support teachers and students.

FREE Tools and Resources to support Remote Learning

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