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Online Professional Development

Below is a list of approved online professional development courses being offered by Homewood School District 153.  A brief description of the course is provided below each course.  To access the course, please click on the course name.  Staff will be required to create a Microsoft Education account to access online courses.
After completing the online course please email your course completion certificate to  The request will be processed and you will receive an email containing the course survey.   After the completion of the course survey, you will have access to your Evidence of Completion Form.  Please keep the form for your own records.
Online Courses / Descriptions
1 PD Unit - Amplifying the important role of student voice in the modern tech classroom by using the programs FlipgridSkype in the classroom and Sway. This is a great opportunity for students and teachers to share their experiences and connections in the classroom.  All students will have the option to create a learning environment where they can share their experiences and background with a community that can span the world.  
1 PD Unit - Microsoft's mission is to empower all people and all organizations to achieve more.  The classroom is no different.  Microsoft Windows and Windows-based applications like office, together with other assistive technologies, offer features that make computers easier to use for everyone giving teachers the opportunity to provide personalized learning, and students an improved experiences and equal opportunity in the classroom. 
1 PD Unit - In the 21st century, the use of technology and being connected via social media are a way of life. This course allows teachers and students to learn how to connect with other classrooms around the globe while encouraging students to develop effective questions. This course is designed to help educators use resources to get their Skype Profile set up. In addition, there are downloadable resources that educators can save and print to use in their own classroom.
1 PD Unit - This course is designed for all educators from all subject areas who would like to know more about computational thinking and how it can be applied within cross-curricular educational settings.
.5 PD Unit - In the 21st century, the use of technology and being online are a way of life. That is why, being good digital citizens and coaching students to model good digital citizenship and safe online behavior takes on greater importance. 
1 PD Unit - Digital technologies are now ubiquitous in the home, in school, in the workplace. It is easy to take this for granted... but can we make available and emerging technology work harder for us?  Young people adapt well to changing environments and demands when it comes to social media, gaming and streaming media content: but they need more.  This unit attempts to set the scene for your education setting's development of digital literacy, whatever your starting point. 
1 PD Unit - This introductory course will get you started using Microsoft Forms. With Microsoft Forms, you can create surveys, quizzes, and polls, and easily see results as they come in. When you create a quiz or survey, you can invite others to respond to it using any web browser, even on mobile devices. As results are submitted, you can use built-in analytics to evaluate responses. Form data, such as quiz results, can be easily exported to Excel for additional analysis or grading.
1 PD Unit - OneNote Class Notebook provides a platform for teachers to prepare instructional materials and collaborate with students in an organized manner. In this training, participants create a Class Notebook and begin building instructional content they can use with their students. 
1 PD UnitProblem-based learning (PBL) has become an integral part of the 21st century classroom. When students are faced with solving ill-structured, open-ended, messy problems, they are pushed to think more critically and work collaboratively. Many Microsoft tools help support problem-based learning. This course has been developed to help you understand what PBL is and how to plan and implement a problem-based learning experience in your classroom.
1 PD Unit - Successful writers are not born. They learn by doing. They develop, practice, reflect. They receive feedback and grow. Therefore, teaching students the writing process is as important as the technical components of writing. The process helps students learn how to grow from a good writer to a great one. Because of the proliferation of digital and print, the need for effective communication is no longer confined to the humanities classes. Instead, to be college and career ready, it is important for students to be able to communicate clearly and persuasively with a variety of audiences and subjects. 

1 PD Unit - A Virtual Field Trip is a lesson that will take students in an adventure without leaving their classroom. This is a great option to meet experts ‘out in the field’ such as museum tour guides, explorers, marine biologists, zoologists, and scientists to educate your classroom and take them on virtual adventure. 

Virtual Field Trips are in most cases organized by the Skype in the Classroom partners. In most cases we define 'partner' as an organization willing to offer global education for free via Skype. These might be museums, parks, historical sites, aquariums, book publishers, or explorers on location in amazing places. 


1 PD Unit - Games have always been a powerful way to amuse, to puzzle and tantalize, to tell stories, and to evoke powerful emotions. Now a growing body of research is finding that games can be a powerful way to stimulate engagement and play a significant role in experiential learning and reinforcement of content. 

1 PD Unit - Everyone should have access to all educational materials in your classroom. This course will provide information on the importance of creating accessible documents, creating new and revising old Word, OneNote and PowerPoint documents so they are accessible to everyone and Skype Translator and Office Lens as key tools for creating accessible content for all learners.