About this Course

Recommendations for success in taking this for credit

1. Digital Portfolio: Your Digital Portfolio is an application or web resource to use where you will save your work for this course. You will be posting and sharing artifacts, reflections, and media you create for the different assignments in this course (or courses). We find it is helpful if you set up your Digital Portfolio and start using it right from the beginning. Your instructor will provide you with a preferred application for posting your content. Participants may be using a LMS (Learning Management System) such as Moodle or Blackboard, a blog (WordPress or Edublogs), a web site (Weebly or Google Sites), or another option to post content. Seek further directions from your instructor.

2. Time Management: Completing the 21 activities will take time and practice. Using them in your own setting, classroom or job will make the knowledge and skills easier to apply and remember. Our recommendation is to plan on each Thing taking a minimum of 4-5 hours to complete. Over 5,000 Michigan educators have already completed this course. Teachers have suggested that you should plan on spending some time each night and setting goals on your calendar. Check with your instructor for a pacing guide.

3. Virtual Sessions and Recordings: Some of the instructors will provide Virtual Sessions online. This means you can attend, watch, and interact in an online class session where you can ask questions, type in a chat area, and participate with others, all from the comfort of your home, school, or other locations. You are invited to watch them and they may be helpful as refreshers even if you attended the live session. Adobe Connect is the software used for these sessions. You can learn more about them and how to participate on the Virtual Sessions & Recordings Page.

4. Online Classroom or Educational Presence: Part of your work for this course will be creating an online presence, which is in addition to your own Digital Portfolio. In thing 2 titled Face of Your Classroom you will begin work on the Face of Your Classroom web site. The audience for this online Face of Your Classroom site will be your students, parents, staff (as an administrator), or others based on your job position.

5. Google Account: You are expected to have a Google account to use for many of the activities in this course. The purpose of this is to have a working space as well as become familiar with and use a set of powerful web resources which include opportunities for collaboration, communication, presentation, and many more. You will go through these steps in the Thing called Collaboration. Please set up your account if you don't already have one.

6. Passwords: You will be creating a variety of accounts during this course. Some people use a Word document, index cards, spreadsheet, or notepad. Decide on your own password keeper technique and begin using it right away so you have access to them. Be sure to store them in a safe place and not under your keyboard or taped to your monitor.

7. Contact information for my class and instructor: Please click on the Agency Coordinator information to locate your Agency Coordinator or in your online course to know how to contact your instructor with questions.