course description

This course will take you through the basics of what you need to know to get started creating your own online course - from the basic principles of online learning, storyboarding, delivering content and building interaction.  Additional training resources for specific learning management systems such as Moodle, Google Classroom, and others will be linked. We are also working on more supporting courses in this area - so stay tuned! 

Created by Jessica Bryant (Online Learning Coordinator, Carli Cockrell (Professional Learning Coordinator) and Marisa Graybill (Mathematics Instructional Coordinator), OPI

type of course Self-paced course length 1 OPI Renewal Unit audience All Educators
user rating User rating: 3.5
3.5 stars

There was also a lot of good resources for teachers to get started on their online teaching." —Teacher, Gallatin Gateway, MT

course description

This course covers the basics on how to make digital content accessible and how to check and fix accessibility issues in Microsoft Office and Adobe Pro.  Sub-topics include headings, lists, formatting text, hyperlinks, videos, and pictures. Perfect for anyone just getting started with digital accessibility or needing a review! 

Created by Jessica Bryant and Tara Dempsey, OPI

Type of Course Self-paced course length 1 OPI Renewal Unit audience All Educators
User Rating User Ratings: 3.8  3.8 starts

"This was a terrific course; thank you! I really like the fact that I can work at my own pace." —Prospective Montana educator

course description

The course provides teachers with an introduction to what is needed to foster their students’ safe, ethical, and responsible uses of technology. Participants will explore the critical role citizenship curricula play in K-12 learning, as well as ways skills and strategies they can use to integrate digital citizenship content into their teaching to address issues like cyberbullying, online privacy, and information literacy. 

Created by Nick Lux, Associate Professor of Educational Technology, Montana State University

type of course Self-paced course length 2 OPI Renewal Units audience All Educators
user rating User Rating: 3.8 3.8 stars

"This class is so very valuable.What a great collection of resources.I'm bookmarking them!" —Middle school teacher, Helena, MT

course description

The goal of this course is to lay the foundation for an understanding of computer science. Participants will learn the many branches of computer science, understand why it is increasingly important to include in K-12 education, identify career paths that rely on computer science, and learn how computer science can be useful for everyone. This course will offer a starting point for all Montana educators and administrators who are interested in adding Computer Science content to their classroom or school.

Created by Levi Osborne, Business and Technology Education, Billings Central Catholic High School

Type of Course Self-paced course course length 2 OPI Renewal Units Audience Teachers, Administrators
user rating User rating: 3.8
3.8 stars

It made me think of computer science in a different light. —Malaysian educator

course description

The course will review the Montana K-12 Digital Literacy and Computer Science Guidelines and connect tools to help implement these guidelines into every grade level. Participants will understand how Computer Science can be incorporated into a variety of classes, discover components of Computer Science applicable to their grade level, learn about grade-specific tools, programs, and tips for implementation. Last, participants will plan a lesson tailored to their current group of students. 

Created by Levi Osborne, educator, Billings Central 

Type of Course Self-paced course course length 4 OPI Renewal Units Audience All Educators
user rating User rating: 4.0
4.0 stars

Thank you for the very organized, easy to follow course outline. —Teacher, Manhattan, MT

course description

This course takes you through everything you need to know to get started using Google Suite features: Google Slides, Docs, Spreadsheets, and Forms. Learn how to integrate these productivity tools into your classroom to save time and stay connected. Perfect if you’re new to Google Suite or if you need a review.

Created by Cindy Schultz, Missoula Sentinel High School.

type of course Semi-facilitated course length 6 OPI Renewal Units audience All Educators
user rating User Ratings: 3.93.9 stars

"This course provided me with a wealth of information." —Middle school teacher, Great Falls, MT

course description

This course will dive deeply into Google Drive & Docs, Slides, Spreadsheets and Forms and how they can be integrated into Google Classroom. Learn how to create a paperless classroom, teach beyond your classroom using Hangouts, create a shared calendar for parents and students, create a classroom website, and more!

Created by Cindy Schultz, Missoula Sentinel High School.

Type of Course

Facilitated, Sept 21 - Nov 1, 2020

Registration is closed - the enrollment cap has been met.

Additional sessions will run Jan 25 - March 7, 2021 and April 5 - May 16, 2021. Sign up for a registration reminder.

course length 20 OPI Renewal Units Audience All Educators

user rating

User Rating: 3.8 3.8 stars 
"This is a very logical and useful course, one that I will use often in my work as a teacher." —Paraeducator, Laurel, MT
course description

In this course, teachers will utilize the free digital learning portfolio tool Seesaw to research, analyze and create digital portfolios. Teachers will have the opportunity to collaborate, learn and share ideas in this hands-on learning environment. Walk away with the tools, excitement, and support to get started using portfolios in your classroom and for professional learning!

Facilitated by Traci Piltz, Technology Integration Specialist, Billings Public Schools 

type of course

Facilitated, Sept 14 - Oct 11, 2020

Registration opens Aug 24 and closes Sept 14 or when the course is full.

Additional sessions will run Jan 11 - Feb 7, 2021 and March 1 - 28, 2021. Sign up for a registration reminder.

course length 15 OPI Renewal Units Audience All Educators

user ratings

User Ratings: 3.9 3.9 stars

"I loved this class. It was very hands-on and everything we learned we are able to directly apply to our teaching." —Billings Elementary Teacher

course description

The lessons in this course will guide you through the basics of meaningful, effective technology integration in grades K-5. Young learners are capable of leveraging technology to learn, do and create amazing things, and this course will guide you in thinking about technology and how it can enhance the curriculum and learning in your classroom. 

Created by Traci Piltz, Technology Integration Specialist, Billings Public Schools

Type of Course Self-paced course length 4 OPI Renewal Units Audience K-5 Teachers
user rating User Ratings: 3.5 3.5 stars

"I thoroughly enjoyed taking this course. It was exactly the information I was hoping to get in order to Tech-ify my classroom." —Elementary teacher, Great Falls, MT

course description

This course covers the basic principles behind universal design for learning (UDL), including the theory and research that substantiates UDL, as well as practical strategies and technologies that work across grade levels and content areas that can be used to design UDL opportunities using technology.

Created by Nick Lux, Associate Professor of Educational Technology, Montana State University and Carli Cockrell, Professional Learning Coordinator, OPI

type of course Self-paced course length 2 OPI Renewal Units audience All Educators
user rating User Ratings: 3.7  3.8 stars

"There was so much information offered in this course. I am excited to use some of the ideas which were given." - Teacher, Stevensville, MT