3 Reasons to take our new free online PD course: Building Unit Plans

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Ah, winter break! It's a time when many educators take a break from teaching. But for those that want to earn CEU documentation and learn how to integrate technology in your lesson plans, we’ve got you covered. Our newest free online PD course, Building Unit Plans with Curriculum Pathways, guides and supports you in developing instructional plans that reflect best practices for technology integration. You will progress from learning about the individual resources, tools, and apps to developing a unit plan that incorporates them to meet specific instructional and curricular goals.

Let’s look at 3 specific reasons to take this course!

Explore Resources

Teachers need time to find, examine, and evaluate resources. Throughout the course you will focus on your chosen discipline or subject to find topic-specific resources, identify characteristics of various resource types, and work through resources just as students would.

While exploring the resources you will become familiar with navigation features and lesson guides that provide a set of learning objectives, ideas for assessments, estimated time for completion, and answer keys or scoring rubrics (if applicable) that should be considered when implementing the resource. Reflective questions are weaved throughout the document and should be considered before implementing a resource.

Review Models of Effective Resource Integration
Building Unit Plans offers sample lesson and unit plans that outline how to best provide necessary instruction to foster student interaction with the content, and to assess student understanding.

Key integration support elements help you identify the things that students will do over the course of the unit. For example, they might take notes on introductory information, participate in class discussions, write essays or work through problems, conduct hands-on investigations, read and analyze pertinent information, or demonstrate learning through various assessments.

Create Lesson Plans in your Pajamas

Yep, you read that right – a “pajama course!” Building Unit Plans is an asynchronous course that can be started at any time. More importantly, it’s a course that can be completed at home. We’ve made it convenient and flexible. You’ll learn to create lesson and unit plans for your classroom that leverage EdTech. However, you won’t implement these plans until you have completed the course. The estimated time-on-task is 22 hours (2.2 CEUs).

Before starting Building Unit Plans we suggest that you complete the prerequisite course, Exploring Curriculum Pathways, where you will learn about the features, navigation, and functionality of Curriculum Pathways.

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Mimi Stapleton

Curriculum Development Specialist

Mimi Stapleton is a curriculum development specialist with Curriculum Pathways. She creates standards-based content for Spanish language learners and ESL, drawing on her experiences in the Department of Teaching and Learning at Virginia Tech and her teaching assignments at both the secondary and university levels. Mimi also facilitates online professional development courses that prepare educators to integrate digital content into instruction. She is an ACTFL/CAEP program reviewer and EdCamper. You can connect with her on Twitter @MimiStapleton.

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