course description

This course will take you through everything 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. The first half of the course is applicable to any learning management system (LMS) but the second half will focus on how to create a course in Moodle. Additional training resources are linked for those using another LMS other than Moodle.  Part 1 is one hour and the whole course is three hours. 

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 1-3 OPI Renewal Units audience All Educators
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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: 3.7  3.6 starts

"It really opened my eyes to how important it is to create things that are accessible to all who are using the web." -Elementary teacher, Frenchtown, MT

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 Ratings: 3.8 3.8 stars

"Interesting course and so pertinent to today's students.  It's great to see that so much information is available to teach." -Substitute teacher, Anaconda, 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
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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
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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: 3.8 3.9 stars

"This was a very worthwhile course for me.  I have never used Google Suite before, but certainly will in the future." -Elementary teacher, Anaconda, 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! Note: Due to the current situation, we are allowing participants to work ahead and complete the course early. 

Created by Cindy Schultz, Missoula Sentinel High School.

Type of Course

Facilitated, March 30 - May 10

Registration opens on March 9 and closes March 30 or when the course is full.

course length 20 OPI Renewal Units Audience All Educators

user rating

User Ratings: 4.0 4.0
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, April 6 - May 3

Registration opens March 16 and closes April 6 or when the course is full.

course length 15 OPI Renewal Units Audience All Educators

user ratings

User Ratings: 3.8 3.8 average user rating"Hearing from other teachers is the best professional development one can be involved in!" -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 loved how interactive this course was. I am very excited to be walking away from this course will a list of tools I can use in my classroom." -Elementary teacher, Billings, MT