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Michael McGowan

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Mike McGowan is currently a Technology Director and building administrator for Sunnybrook School District 171, a Pre-K to 8th grade district in Lansing, Illinois.  Mike is also an Executive Board member for ICE (Illinois Computing Educators) the Illinois ISTE (International Society for Technology in Educators) affiliate.  Mike has a Bachelors of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of St. Francis, a degree in Education with a focus on teaching Computers and Business from Lewis University, and a Masters Degree from Concordia University in the area of School Administration.  Mike started his teaching career right out of collage teaching Computer Basics classes at Joliet Junior Collage.  Then after receiving is Teaching certificate form Lewis, Mike has taught everything from Pre-K up through High School.  For the past 10 years Mike has been a Technology Director and Administrator helping school districts integrate technology into the everyday life and curriculum of his schools.  Mike is a firm believer that technology can be used to enhance the learning experience as long as it is there to supplement the instruction not take it over. 

 Mike is also an International speaker on a variety of Educational Technology topics.  Mike has spoken on topics from the use of Interactive Whiteboards in the classroom, to free resources to use in the classroom, to using coding to engage and enhance learning, to more recently the setting up and creation of Makerspaces/STEM Labs in school and the use of Virtual Reality in the classroom.  Mike has had the privilege to speak at conferences all across Illinois, in states such as Maryland, Indiana, Wisconsin, Iowa and more, along with presenting in countries such as Canada and Germany.  Mike's true passion is making sure students have access to available technology to use as students in today's classrooms will all have jobs that are connected to technology in some way.  To get students engaged and proficient in computer based skills now will only make them even more ready for the careers they will have in the future. 

This course is designed to explore the essential elements needed for the acquisition of knowledge and competencies to promote 21st century learning skills. Participants in this course will learn about the need for collaboration, communication, and critical and creative thinking. The effective use of technology and media literacy will be investigated. This course prepares teachers by engaging them in thoughtful dialogue and activities that promote 21st century ideas and understanding of students’ diverse, digital, and global learning needs.
Course #: SPC18100
Categories:

Technology In The Classroom

Format:

Online Self-Paced

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Educators will become skilled on how to use digital resources to collaborate, create, communicate, and assess students.  Participants will gain an understanding of internet resources to create an online classroom (using a web-based learning management system), flipped classroom and screen-casting, formative assessments, eBooks, videos, communication options for students and parents, and more to maximize the learning environment and reach students through different learning mediums.
Course #: GMW19507
Dates: 04/15/19 - 05/12/19
Categories:

Technology In The Classroom

Format:

Online Structured

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In this course, educators will learn how to effectively assign a variety of assignments within in Google Classroom, quick poll students, use the course stream, and Google Hangouts, assess students in a wide range of ways, create blogs, learn additional Google Classroom add-on features, and how to bring parents into the Google Classroom. Participants will become skilled on how to use Google digital resources to collaborate, create, communicate, and assess students using Google Chrome Applications. Completion of the course will provide a wealth of ideas and skills to create your dynamic online classroom.
Course #: GMW19504
Dates: 02/25/19 - 03/24/19
Categories:

Technology In The Classroom

Format:

Online Structured

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This course is designed to provide teachers the opportunity to understand and use web and mobile technologies to positively impact teaching and learning. As educational programs embrace emerging technologies, students can master academic content, apply 21st century skills, and learn how to find success in an increasingly digital world. Key tools such as cell phones, audio players, netbooks and tablets, virtual worlds, simulations, and video games will be critiqued, analyzed, and evaluated for classroom uses. Additionally, the WebQuest learning model will be explored and will include advanced search strategies, website evaluation criteria, and security. Information about the emerging technologies and tools will be discussed along with strategies and practical suggestions for classroom uses. Teachers will use these technologies to design and develop relevant learning experiences to reinforce skills across curricula. This course will also include examination of the ethics, safety, and security involved with the use of these technologies.
Course #: SPC16126
Categories:

Technology In The Classroom

Format:

Online Self-Paced

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The purpose of an educator’s website is to teach, inform, and communicate. This course provides K–16 teachers with the knowledge and skills to expand classroom technology use by designing and publishing a professional educational website. The culminating site can also be used to integrate classroom lessons and projects. Content will focus on the features of an effective educational website, and the use of Web development software tools to design, develop, enhance, and publish the site.
Course #: SPC16114
Categories:

Technology In The Classroom

Format:

Online Self-Paced

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