eLearning and Distance Education
The Office of eLearning and Distance Education provides onsite professional development.
Tor equest training for your school or department, please fill out the online request form in the eLearning Training Requests Folder at:
The Marzano Research Laboratory (MRL) undertook a study to determine best practices in online teaching and to evaluate the relationship between student achievement and effective teacher pedagogical practices with respect to online instruction. In this session participants will look at Marzano’s 13 Practices for Effective Online Instruction, and practice instructional strategies for achievement. This session will incorporate online polling and Twitter activities.
Online access is required (cell phone, tablet, or computer).
A screencast is a digital recording of your computer screen, often with voice over. Whether you are teaching in a blended or virtual classroom, recording your lessons is a valuable way to enhance instruction and maximize learning time. In this session participants will use Jing, Camtasia Studio (or Educreations on an iPad) to create a simple screencast.
Computers or tablets are required for this session.
Just like a face-to-face classes, online and blended classes require planning and design. In this session participants will work on creating a standards-based online course using great Open Educational Resources (OERs), social networks, and new education technologies that engage and motivate all learners.
Computers are required for this session.
Ready for a change? In this session(s) we will turn your lessons into technology enhanced experiences! Participants will look at their lessons/units, explore how technology can enhance outcomes, and select resources that take your class from basic users of technology to innovative learning centers. This session is designed for teachers who are currently using technology, but want to take their lessons to the next level.
Teachers must bring current lesson plans and/or curriculum units.
Flipped learning is when educators actively transfer the responsibility and ownership of learning to their students. It happens when the teacher's lecture is delivered to students via video outside of the classroom, and then traditional class time is used for active problem solving and one-to-one or small group tutoring with the teacher. The flipped class allows teachers to have more face-to-face time with students, fosters real differentiated or personalized learning, challenges students to take responsibility for their learning, and allows students to master material at their own pace. This session help participants understand what to flip, how to flip, and where to find resources for flipping their classroom.
Technology is not required for this session.
Blended learning is a combination of online and face-to-face instruction. In this session, participants will learn about the models of blended learning in OPS, discuss the effective methods managing and teaching in a blended environment, andexplore the ways blended learning can effectively support standards-based teaching and learning in all subject areas.This session will incorporate online polling activities.
Safari Montage is the district’s online learning object repository (lor). Not only do all staff members (and students) have access to thousands of online resources (audio, video, documents, images, lessons, etc), but they are also able to upload their own content, store it and share it! Have a video on your iPad that you need to share? Safari Montage is your answer!
Session 1: Participants will learn how to access Safari Montage, search for content, and upload items to their personal storage locker.
Session 2: Participants will create custom playlists and learn to share content with other users in their school or district.
This session is specifically designed for credit recovery instructors. Participants will work in their CR course to understand the requirements for online instruction, as well as the specific needs of their learners. Teachers will develop their online procedures and routines, practice adding discussions and running reports, manage users, learn to export and save content, and maintain their course. This session is required for all virtual credit recovery teachers.
Ready for a challenge? Get ready to explore technology tools in a friendly competition. Teachers will work in groups of four to complete technology challenges.
This workshop is perfect for a team day or extended learning (approx. 1 to 2 hours).
Why leave the classroom when you can bring experts to you? Learn about the thousands of virtual field trips available to your students through technology.
There are a multitude of web-based tools available that can allow people to organize, collaborate and generate content. In this session, participants will experiment with some of the free tools available on the Web, using online resources that match the District Action Plan for student achievement.