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Courses are 1 hour in length and can be given face-to-face or over the web.


How to Create a Maker Space in K-12 Schools


The “maker movement” is catching on in education, and it’s easy to see why. Looking to inspire the next generation of tinkerers and innovators, a growing number of schools are creating maker spaces equipped with everything from popsicle sticks and glue guns to electronics kits and 3D printers. When educators encourage students to learn by creating, they inspire students to take ownership of their learning. Students become highly engaged and invested in their education. Creating a maker space might seem like a daunting task. With this presentation, we hope to make the process easier. We will cover questions and strategies to consider to define vision and goals, design and equip the maker space, and help teachers shift their mindset to take full advantage of the space with their students.

  • Learning Objective 1 : Define the maker movement. 
  • Learning Objective 2 : Crafting the vision. 

  • Learning Objective 3 : Designing a maker space.

  • Learning Objective 4 : Transforming the role of the teacher. 

Course Number Course Format lU designation More info
CEUMAKERGUIDE Instructor-led, face-to face 1 LU DOWNLOAD

Transforming School Libraries: A Step-by-Step Guide for Success

In today’s information-rich society, with the Internet at our fingertips, students and teachers no longer need a library for access to information. But that doesn’t mean school libraries have become irrelevant. On the contrary, it can be argued that school libraries are more important than ever, as they serve as a focal point for helping students and teachers understand and make meaning from all the information they find online.As the role of school libraries changes in very fundamental ways, the design of the physical space should reflect this shift.

This presentation aims to help K-12 leaders understand the implications of this shift and how it affects the design process. We will cover topics such as how school libraries are being transformed to support 21st century learning more effectively; how to approach the redesign process in your own schools; and some of the key design factors to consider.

  • Learning Objective 1 : Understand the changing role of school libraries—and the implications this shift has on the design of library spaces.
  • Learning Objective 2 : Understand the steps involved in the redesign process. In this section, we will discuss the four key steps in the redesign process—and we’ll look at an actual example from an elementary school.

  • Learning Objective 3 : Learning Objective 3: Understand the key considerations in the redesign process.

Course Number Course Format lU designation More info
CEULIBRARY Instructor-led, face-to face 1 LU DOWNLOAD

How to Lead Active Learning in Schools


Active learning is an instructional approach in which students take an active and fully engaged role in their education, rather than sitting passively and absorbing information. Active learning is more effective than traditional instruction, and it also helps build critical 21st-century skills that employers desire. For these reasons, active learning is replacing the old-school “sit and get” approach to instruction in many classrooms nationwide. For active learning to be successful, however, a number of important elements must be in place. This presentation aims to help K-12 leaders provide these elements. We will cover issues such as why active learning is important and what it looks like; how classroom design affects active learning; and how to plan for active learning school-wide and get all teachers on board.

  • Learning Objective 1 : Defining active learning.
  • Learning Objective 2 : Why classroom design matters.

  • Learning Objective 3 : Getting started.

  • Learning Objective 4 : Managing change.

Course Number Course Format lU designation More info
CEUCLASSGUIDE Instructor-led, face-to face 1 LU DOWNLOAD

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