e-Learning for Educators
|Pre-K Science for Educators|
Pre-K Science, a 7 week course, has been specifically designed for early childhood Pre-K educators, teacher assistants and lead teachers.
This professional development is designed to assist Pre-K educators to recognize and implement appropriate environmental and instructional strategies that support early learning development integration of appropriate early learning experiences. Content will cover current theory, expectations of young children, teaching strategies, and the correlation to formative assessment and personalized learning. Upon completion of the course, educators will be able to select, plan, implement, observe, and evaluate appropriate early learning strategies that are standards-based and aligned to the early learning standards.
By the end of this course, participants will
This course includes several different activity components, all of which are described below. During each session, you will participate in a unique collection of these activity components, depending on the particular focus of that session.
Early childhood educators, lead teacher and teacher assistants currently working full-time in West Virginia Universal Pre-K have the opportunity to participate in e-Learning courses specifically designed for them.
The Pre-K Science course also addresses science:
Scientific thinking builds on children’s prior experiences, backgrounds, and early theories. Children’s fundamental math concepts support scientific experimentation, investigation, and inquiry, resulting in the development of new understandings of their world. Science and math concepts are best developed through active exploration of naturalistic, informal, and structured learning experiences. Expanding on children’s curiosity, encouraging them to pursue their questions and develop ideas in a risk-free environment helps children to refine their own understanding of the world around them. Documentation of children’s experiences and hypotheses allow them to share and discuss their theories with others. Scientific thinking is an approach to learning.
Course participants in ELSF Science course must have access to a digital camera or other device such as a tablet or smartphone capable of taking digital photos for inclusion in the project assignments for this course.
Microsoft Word is required in order to read, edit and/or create documents for this course. If you have a WVDE k12.wv.us email account, you have access to Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneDrive, etc. as part of Microsoft Office 365. You should see your school/county technology support person if you need help in using/installing Word and/or other Office applications.
If you do not have a k12.wv.us email account, Word must be acquired through other means. One way to get access to Word Online at no charge is by Creating a Microsoft Outlook Account with Access to FREE Office Online.
Format and Requirements
This workshop is divided into twelve sessions, plus an Orientation, which each include readings, activities, and an online discussion among workshop participants.
Assignments and Project Assessment
Course participants will complete an orientation and then 6 course sessions that include readings, activities, session projects and online discussions. There will be a pre-workshop survey and a post-workshop survey. A quiz is scheduled during the Orientation. Participants are expected to score a minimum of 90% on the Orientation session. Participants will complete and submit weekly assignments and complete session projects throughout each course session. Participants will need to take and edit digital photos and upload them for the assignments in this course. To be successful, participants should spend a minimum of 60 minutes per day completing courses readings, discussions and assignments.
Participants will upload their session assignments to the course discussion forum during Sessions 1-6 and receive Rubric Review feedback from their peers and then submit them to the Dropbox. The facilitator will assess the assignments and provide feedback according the the project rubrics.
Participants will be evaluated weekly on the frequency and quality of their participation in the discussion forum. This course has dual discussion posting for each session.
Participants are required to post a minimum of one substantial original posting each session in response to the discussion prompt for that session. They are to read all original messages by course participants and enough additional responses to make a total of 50% of the messages posted for that session. Participants are to respond thoughtfully to a minimum of two colleagues' original postings each session. Postings will be evaluated on their relevance, demonstrated understanding of course concepts, examples cited, and overall quality.
The guidelines for the discussions and how they will be evaluated are located in the Discussion Guidelines and the Checklist for Evaluating Discussion Postings. In certain discussions, participants will be asked to peer review others' projects using this Rubric Review Help Guide.
Course Grading Expectations
All grades in the course gradebook must be a "C" for successful course completion. A grade of "C" indicates that all work has been completed and the work meets the expectations for that assignment.
Copyright and Plagiarism Information
All resources referenced during the course will be properly documented.
Copyright guidelines are to be observed throughout the course project and all course activities. All work associated with course projects, course assignments and course discussions will be original to each course participant. Fair use does not apply to the course project.
Course projects are to be the work of an individual course participant. Group projects require special permission of the program coordinator, Donna Landin (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Participants are to seek assistance regarding the appropriate software programs to be downloaded when updating or installing new programs on their computers. Inappropriate downloads of software may result in malicious programs being installed on your computer.
Certificate of Completion
Upon successful completion of this course, WV ELSF Math and Science, participants will receive a Certificate of Completion documenting successful completion of the course requirements. Certificates are distributed to each qualifying participant by attachment to the course feedback in the Dropbox shortly after the completion of the course.
Content and Technology Standards
This workshop, WV ELSF Math and Science, will help participants meet the ISTE Educational Technology Standards and Performance Indicators for All Teachers (http://edtechleaders.org/documents/NETSAdminTeachers.pdf), especially Standards II, III, IV, and V.For more information about Technology Integration visit: http://www.iste.org
In addition, participants will identify specific WV Content Standards and Objectives (http://wvde.state.wv.us/csos/) as they engage in course content.
About this Course
This workshop was developed for the West Virginia Department of Education (http://wvde.state.wv.us)