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Ed-Tech Training


any companies and
organizations offer
targeted, technology-

infused professional development.
Such courses, which cover a vast

Web tools that can enhance student
learning. Each class lasts six weeks.
COST: $175 per course for educators who

teach at vhs member schools; $275 per
course for teachers at nonmember schools

The courses take many formats.

The vhs also offers the “blended model”
series of courses, which are threeweek-long online classes that focus on
topics such as how to find and use open
educational resources, how to create a
blended classroom, and how to create
technology-rich teaching environments.

Some are entirely online;

COST: $99 per course for member schools;

range of topics, can help teachers
and administrators improve
specific parts of their practice.

others are offered as face-to-

$139 per course for nonmember schools

face training, with participants
receiving follow-up support
through webinars and online
professional networks. Some
are self-paced, while others are
facilitated over a set number
of weeks. Many can be taken
for graduate credit, continuing
education units, or professionaldevelopment points. Here are
some of the K-12 offerings.

Virtual High School
Collaborative (VHS)

PURPOSE: The vhs Collaborative is a

nonprofit group based in Maynard, Mass.,
that offers co-synchronous online and
blended courses for middle school and
high school students in the United States
and in other countries. Co-synchronous
learning is when a group of students
and a teacher learn together in online
classrooms over a scheduled period of
time with regular assignments, but
they don’t have to log in to the course
at the same time. The organization also
offers facilitated online professionaldevelopment courses for teachers and

Collaborative offers several professionaldevelopment opportunities. One program
is its 21st Century Teaching Best
Practices courses. This series of five,
co-synchronous online courses focuses on
how teachers can integrate technology
into their classrooms. Courses cover a
range of topics, such as teaching students
digital literacy skills, incorporating
online resources into lessons, and using


EdTech Leaders Online (ETLO)
PURPOSE: Etlo is part of the Education

Development Center (edc), an
international nonprofit organization
based in Waltham, Mass., that addresses
challenges in education, health, and
economic development. The edc manages
250 projects around the world.

offers several professional-development
programs. One is a 15-month facilitators’
program in which participants are trained
to facilitate online courses; in the second
half of the program, they choose one of
etlo’s 70 educator courses to facilitate
for educators and administrators within
their own organizations. These educator
courses run for four to six sessions and
include content with Web-based readings
and resources, interactive multimedia
activities, and a culminating final project.
The group also offers a 15-month program
in which participants learn how to develop
their own online courses and, through a
practicum, teach their developed courses to
participants. In addition, the organization
offers shorter, seven-week courses for
teachers to learn how to teach in online
and blended learning environments.
COST: $675 per class for the seven-week

online and blended learning courses;
varying costs for the online-facilitator
and -developer programs


Discovery Education focuses its
professional development on the
following areas: digital literacy,
curriculum and instruction integration,
technology integration, assessment,
follow up support, and student/
parent workshops. The training is
available to districts and uses a variety
of formats, including traditional
professional-development days,
Saturday academies, train-the-trainer
models, webinars, and in-classroom
model-lesson demonstrations. Districts
that participate can receive follow-up
training and support through webinars
and by becoming members of the
Discovery Educator Network, one
of the largest professional learning
communities in the United States.
COST: Varies, depending on the types

of professional development districts
want. As a guideline, one day of on-site
professional development is generally
$2,500 for a six-hour session with one
of the company’s instructors. Follow-up
webinars are sold in packages of three
one-hour sessions for $450.

PURPOSE: A division of the Arlington,

Va.-based Public Broadcasting Service, pbs
TeacherLine offers more than 80 graduatelevel facilitated online courses for teachers
that span the K-12 curriculum.

COST: Varies by course


International Society for
Technology in Education (ISTE)

Calif.-based Intel Corp., focuses on helping
K–12 teachers of any subject engage
students in digital learning.
Teach offers a series of online courses
called Elements courses, which are
short, free classes that help teachers
use Web 2.0 applications, social
networking, and online tools and
resources. Each self-paced, self-study
course is broken into modules that
contain several lessons and follow-up
activities. Schools can integrate the
courses into on-site professional
development, and Intel Teach provides
supplementary materials, such as
discussion questions and quizzes.
COST: Free


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PBS TeacherLine

PURPOSE: Intel Teach, part of Santa Clara,



subsidiary of the Silver Spring, Md.based media company Discovery
Communications, offers teachers digital
content, interactive lessons, real-time
assessments, classroom contests and
challenges, and professional development.

COST: Free


Intel Teach

Annenberg Learner

PURPOSE: Discovery Education, a

and course resources consist of video, print,
and Web components that can be used
in a study group with a facilitator or
by individual teachers for self-study.
Video programs are available as “video
on demand” (VoD), and print guides
are available in printable PDF formats.
Examples of workshops and courses
include: Making Meaning in Literature,
Essential Science for Teachers, and
Teaching Foreign Languages. Videos also
can be purchased as dvds.

cover topics in reading, math, science,
and technology; many are aligned with
the Common Core State Standards.
Examples of courses include: Building
Critical Thinking Skills for Online
Research, Inquiry Based Learning in the
Classroom, and Math in Everyday Life.

Discovery Education


PURPOSE: Funded by the Annenberg

Foundation, Washington-based
Annenberg Learner uses media and
telecommunications to help teachers
improve their practice. As part of its
mission, the program distributes video
programs with coordinated Web and
print materials for K-12 teachers.



PURPOSE: Iste is a Washington-based

membership association for educators and
education leaders interested in improving
teaching and learning by using technology
more effectively in K-12 schools and in
teacher education.

organization offers several online
professional-development courses. Each
course is developed by educational
technology experts and built around
the National Educational Technology
Standards—standards for learning,
teaching, and leading schools in the
digital age that were outlined by the U.S.
Department of Education. Some courses,
called Learning Labs, are self-paced, while
other courses are facilitated and last from
six to eight weeks. Classes are built around
topics such as Web 2.0, digital storytelling,
and project-based learning.
COST: Varies by course

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Technology Counts - March 14, 2013
Tackling a ‘Complicated’ Digital Task
Faster Internet Speeds Wanted
E-Rate Assistance Needed Beyond School Walls
1-to-1 Building Blocks
Districts See Value in Ensuring Home-School Connections
Designing Better PD Models
Ed-Tech Training Options
Designing a New Digital Look
Spaces for Blended Learning
K-12 Technology Usage
Data Development Drives Change
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Technology Counts - March 14, 2013 - Contents
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Technology Counts - March 14, 2013 - 6
Technology Counts - March 14, 2013 - Tackling a ‘Complicated’ Digital Task
Technology Counts - March 14, 2013 - Faster Internet Speeds Wanted
Technology Counts - March 14, 2013 - 9
Technology Counts - March 14, 2013 - E-Rate Assistance Needed Beyond School Walls
Technology Counts - March 14, 2013 - 11
Technology Counts - March 14, 2013 - Districts See Value in Ensuring Home-School Connections
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Technology Counts - March 14, 2013 - Designing Better PD Models
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Technology Counts - March 14, 2013 - Ed-Tech Training Options
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Technology Counts - March 14, 2013 - Spaces for Blended Learning
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Technology Counts - March 14, 2013 - K-12 Technology Usage
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Technology Counts - March 14, 2013 - Data Development Drives Change
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