Davenport University to help pre-K-12 teachers with online learning

The workshop will help teachers create virtual coursework for their pre-K-12 students. Courtesy Davenport University

Davenport University is offering Michigan pre-K-12 teachers a free virtual workshop based on its graduate-level course from the College of Urban Education.

“The pandemic has exposed a key opportunity for teachers in our primary schools to utilize online education to support student learning,” said Richard J. Pappas, president of Davenport University. “Online teaching poses unique challenges for teachers, and we have the tools and resources to aid pre-K-12 learning and keep students on track in their educational journey.”

The workshop will help teachers create virtual coursework for their pre-K-12 students and will allow teachers to learn about the different digital platform options for learning and assessment, and will facilitate the development of instructional practices to engage and assist learners in connecting with course content.

The workshop will be three two-hour sessions covering three specific topics.

The first workshop, called Tools of the Trade, is scheduled for 10 a.m.-noon July 21 and will allow pre-K-12 teachers to interact with different digital learning tools such as Google Drive, Seesaw, Kahoot!, Pear Deck, GooseChase EDU and Popplet for collaboration and discussion; assessment and feedback; and captivation and creation.

The second session, Culturally Responsive Teaching in the Virtual Space, will take place from 10 a.m.-noon July 22 and will teach teachers strategies to optimize student engagement online by incorporating cultural context.

The final session, Virtual Learning Maps Supporting Student Success, is scheduled for 10 a.m.-noon July 23, where teachers will learn how to apply digital tools and strategies for lesson planning through the creation of virtual learning maps.

Davenport said its on-the-job training method prepares teachers to differentiate their instruction and reach all children, especially those from underrepresented and underserved communities.

After the workshop is completed, participants will receive a certificate of completion and two State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECH) for each session. Six SCECHs will be awarded for completing the entire workshop.

Registration for the workshop will end July 17. Teachers and administrators who are interested can register at davenport.edu/K12online.

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