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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 Steinke, OPI

Type of Course Self-paced course length 1 OPI Renewal Unit audience All Educators
User Rating User Ratings: 3.6  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

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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

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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 Shultz, Missoula Sentinel High School.

type of course Semi-facilitated course length 6 OPI Renewal Units audience All Educators
user rating User Ratings: 3.9 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

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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, January 7 - February 15

Registration opens Monday, December 17th.

Registration closes January 7 or when the course is full.

course length 20 OPI Renewal Units Audience All Educators

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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, Jan 7 - Feb 3

Registration opens Monday, Dec 17

Registration closes Jan 7 or when the course is full.

course length 15 OPI Renewal Units Audience All Educators

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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
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This course will guide you through a collection of digital tools to "tech your teaching up a notch!" You will be asked to consider the content and pedagogy, and of course technology, that will help your students to be better learners and creators in the digital age.

Created by Ann Brucker, Technology Integration Specialist, Billings Public Schools.

tag icon Self-paced tag icon 4 OPI Renewal Units tag icon 9-12 Teachers
star User Ratings: 3.8  4 half stars

"This is one of the best workshops I have ever taken.  I was able to bookmark all of the tools and I have already begun implementing their usefulness." -HS teacher, Livingston, MT

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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

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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 that work across grade levels and content areas that can be used to design UDL opportunities.

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

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