Feedback from Teachers on This Week’s Blog Posts

feedback-520527_1280by Kristie Burk

We received a lot of feedback from teachers about mind maps and the University of Arts courses.  First, this comment about mind maps:

We use bubbl.us here at DMS in Explore Research, and the kids absolutely love it! Aside from it being a great way to organize their research notes, it also allows students to share their maps… so we can check progress and ensure they are meeting requirements. Additionally, bubbl.us has a function where you can turn a graphic map into a formal organizer, which really helps the students when they are drafting their research papers. Overall, I HIGHLY recommend bubbl.us! – Derek Mastrangelo

Second, we’ve received some questions about the new University of Arts courses that we’ll be offering right here in Downingtown starting in January. We’ve answered them below:

What classes will be offered this school year?

Integrating iPad Technology into the Classroom (iPad Basics)
2 weeks: January 26-Feb 6
Mon, Tues, Thurs 4:15-7:45 (10.5 hours face-to-face, 10.5 hours online per week)
Registration open for DASD staff November 10-December 17

Integrating Google Apps for Education in the Classroom
6 weeks: January 26- March 6
Tuesdays 4:15-7:45 (3.5 hours face-to-face, 3.5 hours online per week)
Registration open for DASD staff November 10-December 17

Integrating iPad Technology into the Classroom (iPad Advanced)
2 weeks: March 2 – March 13
Mon, Tues, Thurs 4:15-7:45 (10.5 hours face-to-face, 10.5 hours online per week)
Registration open for DASD staff: January 5 – March 13

Ed Tech Resources for Teachers
Six weeks: March 24-April 28
Tuesdays 4:15-7:45 (3.5 hours face-to-face, 3.5 hours online per week)
Registration open for DASD staff: January 5 – March 13

Can I enroll in more than one class? Yes, as long as they don’t overlap!

I have a friend that teaches in West Chester.  Can she take the class, too? Yes. Educators from other districts will be able to enroll these courses after the DASD enrollment period.

Where will the classes be held? What about snow days? All of the face-to-face classes will be held at the STEM Academy. If the district has a snow day, the face-to-face portion of the class will be moved online.

Can I apply for reimbursement for these courses?  Yes!

Is the 15% discount for all U of A courses?  No, the discount is only for classes held here in DASD and only for DASD employees who enroll during the special registration periods listed above.

Will you offer courses in the summer? Absolutely!  We just have to wait to get approval from the University. Also, we need to know when this school year will end before scheduling.

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