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What are JSD Ed Tech Badges?
Ed Tech Badges are a program designed for educators to monitor and celebrate professional learning. Once a staff member learns a new skill or strategy they submit an artifact demonstrating how they will impact students with this new knowledge. For their efforts they will earn badges that represent they possess skill sets that make them a dynamic asset in the classroom. These badges can then be displayed for the WORLD to see!

What is a digital badge?
Digital badges are "Micro-credentials" that certify the holder is proficient in a specific skill or set of skills. Each badge is equivalent to two hours of relicensure points.

To register for JSD There's A Badge For That go to Jordan Professional Learning System (JPLS)

The Educational Technology Endorsement Program (ETEP) is an intensive 1-2-year professional development program provided to a group of Jordan teachers by the Jordan Educational Technology department. It comprises a blend of evening face-to-face sessions and online learning in which teachers explore ways to leverage classroom technology in a constructivist, student-centered approach to increase instructional effectiveness and student achievement.

Objectives for this project include:

  • Enhance teacher instructional practices by using technology seamlessly in classrooms
  • Emphasize project-based learning, constructivist approaches, and student-centered classrooms
  • Enrich instructional effectiveness
  • Increase student academic achievement

This program is intensive, with participation in a 3 credit hour course required every semester. Each course includes 5-6 face-to-face sessions as well as an online component. At the successful completion of the program, participants will have received 18 credit hours (USOE or UVU) and also receive their Educational Technology Endorsement.

The district provides the following for each participant:

  • 18 hours of college or lane change credit.
  •  Participant must pay for UVU credit. USBE credit is free.
  • Educational Technology Endorsement on teaching certificate. (Participant must submit paperwork and pay fee to USBE.)

An informational meeting will be held November 15, from 4:30 to 6:30 pm in the ASB Auditorium. Registration for the 2017 cadre begins NOW.  If you have any questions about the ETEP program please contact Raimee Jensen  801-567-8158 in the Educational Technology department.

Chromebooks in the Cloud Classroom

Bring the Cloud to your Classroom! This Professional Development is designed to help educators effectively integrate Chromebooks and Cloud tools into a project-based educational framework. Participants gain experience using Chromebooks, evaluating online tools for educational use, and exploring strategies for teaching with this technology. This hybrid course has two in person sessions and weekly online discussions and assignments The in person sessions of this course will be taught using Chromebooks. We have a limited number available for you to use. If you have access to a Chromebook, you are welcome to use it in class.

Elementary Session

Dates: July 6 and 20, 2016

Time: 9:00 am to 1:00 pm

Secondary Session

Dates: August 10, 2016

Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

The Connected Educator: Developing your Professional Learning Network

This four-week hybrid course helps teachers tap the educational potential of social media tools for your professional development and use in your classroom. Participants will learn how tools like Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Google +, Facebook, and more can be incorporated into your Professional Learning Network (PLN). Along the way, participants will explore strategies for using social media tools to challenge and engage students, as well as improve parent-student-teacher communication. In addition to class time, participants will also have weekly online discussions and assignments.

Dates: August 2, 9, 23, and 30

Time: 4:30 - 6:30 p.m

Multimedia Projects with iPads for Elementary Teachers

The iPad’s powerful collection of multimedia tools provide new and innovative ways for students to demonstrate learning through creative and motivating projects. This professional development is designed to help elementary educators effectively integrate this technology into a project-based educational framework. Participants will learn to utilize the iPad to plan, teach, manage and evaluate a variety of student created multimedia projects tied to the core curriculum.

Dates: July 7 and 21, 2016

Time: 9:00 am to 1:00 pm

Online Google Tools (Google Apps for Education)

This courses introduces teachers to Google Apps for Education which is available for students in grades 3-12. Google Apps for Education (GAFE) is a suite of secure web-based and collaborative applications that includes Documents, Slides, Sheets, Forms and Classroom. It allows students and teachers to work and learn together anytime, anywhere, and on any device. GAFE is hosted by Google, and is managed by Jordan School District. When students log into their school google account, they are seamlessly connected to the GAFE suite of productivity and collaboration tools.

The first class session will be taught in the ASB Computer Lab to introduce you to Jordan District's Canvas online learning system.

Elementary Session

Date: July 6, 2016

Time: 2:00 pm

Secondary Session

Date: August 3, 2016

Time: 10:00 am

Utah Online Library: Preschool/Elementary

This 6 week online class is designed to help preschool and elementary teachers and library media specialists effectively use the wealth of information resources in Utah’s Online Library (formerly Pioneer Library) to enrich their teaching and students’ learning. The course guides participants through using the many databases of newspapers, journals and magazines as well as encyclopedias, videos, music collections and more. Each week participants add on to a resource list, as well as explore project-based learning activities and effective research strategies that ensure students benefit from the Online Library’s resources as well. The course weekly start day is Wednesday and all weekly assignments and discussions are due the following Wednesday at 11:59 pm. The materials are available for review starting on the Thursday before the due date.

We meet in the ASB Computer Lab.

Date: August 3, 2016

Time: 9:00 am to 11:0 am to introduce the course outline.

Digital Citizenship for Secondary Educators

In this course participants will learn what digital citizenship is, how to teach students to be responsible digital citizens, and how to talk with students openly about cyberbullying and other potential pitfalls of social media. Participants will learn the how to model digital citizenship and develop tools and lessons to use with students of all ages.

Date: August 3, 2016

Time: 1:00-2:00 pm