We're Closing the Digital Divide. Now Let's End the Participation Gap , via EdSurge

First some good news: the divide in access to digital devices is decreasing. With that said, there are still significant gaps for some students at home. Educators are beginning to take note of a new problem: a digital participation divide. Matt Hiefield and Vanessa Monterosa discuss digital citizenship, digital equity, and how to make improvements in schools in their October 16 article for EdSurge .
~ Upcoming New Course ~
Online: February 3 — March 16 | Instructor: Jordan Cotten
Instructional Technology Leadership will enhance the learner’s understanding of supporting educators effectively through developing and implementing a Leadership Plan. Learners will explore relevant frameworks, strategies, tools, and resources used to advance their leadership efforts.

This course will extend learners’ ability when helping adults effectively integrate technology and instructional strategies in the classroom. Participants in this course will explore relevant frameworks (e.g. TPACK, SAMR) to advance the learners’ efforts in integrating relevant and rigorous opportunities into instructional practices. Learners will investigate best practices in utilizing instructional technology to increase student achievement and enhance students’ use of the Four Cs (Collaboration, Communication, Critical thinking, and Creativity).
More From the Instructor About the Course
Instructional coaching in the K-12 classroom can go a long way toward the often slow adoption process of full-fledged technology integration. If teachers lack the necessary support, efforts to integrate classroom tech often fall by the wayside and can turn into a partial or lackluster, non-uniform use of technology — maybe by just a couple of teachers with just a couple of devices in just a couple of classrooms. Keep reading to see why this upcoming course will provide valuable resources for leading instructional tech initiatives.
Instructor Spotlight: Jordan Cotten
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Get to know us better: Eduspire's top-notch instructors combine experience, skill, insight, and a passion for education. This week's interview features Jordan Cotten —  click here  to read her instructor spotlight profile and learn her favorite ed-tech app and ice cream flavor!

Jordan teaches the above-mentioned new course, Instructional Technology Leadership , online, dates TBD.
Winter/Spring Courses Open for Registration
Before long, Happy Halloween will turn into Ho Ho Ho! Although our great selection of fall courses is still in full swing, it's never too early to start planning ahead. If you've put off your professional development for the 2019 portion of the school year, you can now browse the available courses and start making your plans.
Some are listed below, but click here to browse all .
Online January 2 | Instructor: Jason Suter

This course will identify differences and similarities in teaching in a traditional classroom vs. a "flipped" classroom. Presents the distinctives of a flipped classroom and investigates the necessary tools, content management and classroom management skills necessary to teach effectively in a flipped setting.
Online January 13 | Instructor: Mara Linaberger

Mindfulness implies attention toward and care for the ideas, beliefs, and feelings of others. This course demonstrates the history of mindfulness in the classroom environment and explores techniques designed to aid defusing and navigating social, cultural, and emotional stressors that can occur in a classroom setting.
Online January 13 | Instructor: Jeff Mummert

Explores the use of video games in the classroom environment. Examines pedagogical theory supporting the use of game-based learning, especially in developing critical thinking and creativity skills. Participants will analyze, use, and build games as part of the class.
Online January 20 | Instructor: Allison Mackley

This course examines how to use your teacher presence in virtual instructional environments to humanize online learning. By fostering academic and social connections, teachers can build empathy, personalize learning and increase student motivation.
Online January 27 | Instructor: Tara Parr

Science of Teaching and Learning: Technology and the Brain-Based Classroom focuses on research from the Learning Sciences to examine concepts of teaching and learning. Participants will be asked to consider the following: how does learning occur? And, how should educators design instruction to support optimal learning opportunities?  Course activities and assignments will examine brain-based learning and brain-targeted teaching while exploring strategies for instruction, assessment, and learner engagement using a variety of technologies.
And many more excellent options!
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EduMagic: A Guide for Pre-Service Teachers
by Eduspire Instructor, Sam Fecich  
This book challenges the thought that “teaching” begins only after certification and college graduation. Instead, it describes how students in teacher preparation programs have value to offer their future colleagues, even as they are learning to be teachers! This book provides positive examples, helpful tools, and plenty of encouragement for preservice teachers to learn, to dream, and to do.
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