Courses offered starting April 10, 2017 - Early Spring 2017

This course is intended to refresh school administrators’ knowledge about Alabama’s ethics laws and standards of professional conduct among the teaching profession. In this study, participants are guided through a review and consideration of professional conduct that complies with Alabama ethics laws; performing job duties thoroughly to high standards; and personal conduct that repudiates any potential for false claims. Substantial portions of this professional study are adapted, with permission and guidance from Mark Boardman, Esq., from the law firm of Boardman, Carr, Bennett, Watkins, Hill & Gamble, P.C., from training offered iface-to-face workshops for Alabama school administrators. Additional resources that enhance collaborative learning have been added. 

In this professional study, school leaders will explore the many digital resources available from Alabama Public Television that support and enhance the curriculum. Resources that align with the Alabama State Courses of Study standards, the Alabama College and Career Readiness Standards (Common Core), and 21st Century learning skills will be demonstrated and participants will have hands-on opportunities to identify and review a variety of digital content appropriate for their schools' grade levels and subject areas. Participants will become competent users of digital resources and will demonstrate the ability to integrate resources into plans for using technology within the instructional program. A thorough knowledge of the databases and resources provided by APT will allow participants to guide other educators in their successful use across the curriculum. Information will be provided so that instructional leaders can share these resources with fellow educators and empower teachers to use technology to enrich learning for all students.

The Maker movement combines academic skills, artistry, technology and hands-on learning. Today, learning institutions are beginning to embrace the Maker movement and are providing children with makerspaces that deliver a platform for making things and learning through hands-on design. Makerspaces are appearing in schools in unused storage spaces, classrooms or libraries with resources such as: electronics, metalwork, woodwork, robotics and arts and crafts that children can use.

The idea of these makerspaces is to allow the student to discover, invent and understand through making. Making is intended to engage students and teach them design thinking and practical skills that are important in today’s technological age. The Maker movement does not intend to replace the traditional educational format, rather it hopes to coexist and enhance core subject content with real world problem solving and creative collaboration.