JumpStart is a self-paced, online technology course for the thoughtful educator.
By guiding you through a series of hands-on projects, this course will give you the confidence and skills you need to make smart choices about the tech you use in your teaching.
A Process-Based Approach
Tools come and go, and features constantly change. So instead of starting by looking for the right tool, it’s more effective to start with processes, specific ways of using technology that can be applied in a variety of classroom situations. Once you understand a process and how it can boost learning, you can explore the tools that put that process into action.
In this course, you will learn 10 key processes that can have an incredible impact on how you teach, how your students learn, how you collaborate and communicate with others, and the time it takes to do it all.
How the Course Works
You’ll start each module with a short reading assignment. This is where we explore the process, consider its instructional value, and look at how it can enhance learning in multiple ways.
Next, you’ll review your project checklist to understand the requirements of your hands-on project. For most projects, an advanced option has been added to offer extra challenge to those who master the process easily.
Then it’s time to dig into your hands-on project. You’ll watch a series of step-by-step video tutorials to learn how to do it.
When your project is complete, you’ll share it in a blog post. A sample blog, with all 10 modules complete, is provided to help you get a clear picture of what your final project should look like.
I haven't stopped talking about this course since I began! I'm so proud of my new website and so pleased with what I have accomplished that my family keeps teasing me for bragging about all the new skills I have learned.
High School English Teacher
Lake Elsinore, CA
The first thing that I took away from this course is that I’m capable. I was able to do this. The door to tech capability is not closed to me. I can now work effectively with 6 tabs open without a mental breakdown! There’s much that I’m capable of doing with my students because of this course. I can do these things in a competent, timely and thoughtful manner. I am truly grateful.
I feel more confident implementing technology after taking this course. I was pretty savvy in some apps and programs, but this course gave me different skills that I wanted to obtain but never sought out on my own.
Business and Journalism Teacher
One of my key takeaways from this course is how much we can involve technology in the classroom and how little of it we're actually doing now. The ten modules from this class helped me venture many different technology resources that bust my preconceived notion about the difficulty of involving technology in the math classroom.
High School Math Teacher
I have always been intrigued by the novelty for students; however, I didn't want them lost in the tools disregarding the content or intent. This course keeps the perspective that we first focus on what we want students to do and then think about the most effective engaging way to do that without losing sight of original intent.
4th Grade Teacher
When we found JumpStart, we were looking for a way for teachers to earn their technology proficiency requirement not simply by completing a checklist or listening to a one-size-fits-all lecture on technology integration but for an opportunity that teachers would find engaging and relevant in every content area at every grade level. In short, we wanted something that really had the potential to change classrooms and equip teachers to use technology and to use it well. We began our first JumpStart pilot with 40 teachers, administrators, and specialists who volunteered to join us in the fall of 2017 and their feedback was tremendous. Our volunteers found the online, self-paced format perfect for their busy lifestyles because they could learn while in their pajamas, after school, or early in the mornings before kids arrived at the classroom door – whenever they felt most prepared and able to commit to the weekly activities. More than just convenience though, we’ve also seen our teachers embrace the tools and the pedagogy behind the tools in daily classroom instruction in ways that we did not imagine. Jump Start is not a technology course – it is a course in solid, effective teaching practices that also happens to incorporate technology. For us, that is the distinction that makes us most grateful for our participation in this project. Six months later, we have now opened the course up for an additional 80 educators to participate and we couldn’t be more excited about the possibilities this course has given to impact 120 classrooms and thousands of students.
Instructional Technology Facilitator
Greenville County Schools
StartWelcome Video: How the Course Works (3:15)
Start5 Important Things to Do Before You Start the Course (1:23)
StartOverview of Student Safety and Privacy Laws: CIPA, COPPA, FERPA, PPRA
StartBefore You Begin: How We Review Submissions for the Certificate of Completion (4:30)
StartLesson 1: Create an Edublogs Account (2:40)
StartLesson 2: Get to Know the Admin Area (5:56)
StartLesson 3: Set up Your Theme (7:30)
StartLesson 4: Create Your About Page (6:43)
StartLesson 5: Create Categories & Menus (3:46)
StartLesson 6: Write Your First Post (10:51)
StartLesson 7: Clean Up the Sidebar and Widgets (2:19)
StartLesson 8: Insert and Resize Images (2:55)
StartBONUS: Advanced Options: Plugins, Tags, Changing Your Theme (8:00)
StartBONUS: Approve Comments & Pingbacks (3:20)
StartBONUS: Two Alternate Themes (3:36)
StartNEW IN SEPTEMBER 2018: ALTERNATIVE ASSIGNMENT (2:18)
StartLesson 1 (Option A): Create a Slack Account (3:12)
StartLesson 2 (Option A): Set Notifications (0:57)
StartLesson 3 (Option A): Invite Teammates (1:47)
PreviewLesson 4 (Option A): Create Channels (6:45)
StartLesson 5 (Option A): Communicate in Your Channels (5:13)
StartLesson 6 (Option A): Share a File (2:25)
StartLesson 7 (Option A): Create a Post (2:50)
StartLesson 8 (Option A): Send a Direct Message (0:55)
StartLesson 9 (Option B): Create a Padlet (4:08)
StartLesson 10 (Option B): Add Posts to a Padlet (8:44)
StartLesson 11 (Option B): Share and Collaborate on a Padlet (4:01)
StartBONUS: Hyperlink a URL in a Blog Post (1:48)
StartBONUS: Hyperlink Text in a Blog Post (Advanced) (1:46)
Frequently Asked Questions
After spending over 11 years in the classroom, both at the K-12 level and the college level, I created my website, Cult of Pedagogy, to be a place where teachers could fully geek out on teaching. Since 2013, I've been researching and sharing effective teaching practices, exploring the social and emotional stuff that impacts our work, sampling the tech tools that help us along the way, and looking inside real classrooms to learn from teachers who are thinking outside the box.
Now I've created the Cult of Pedagogy Classroom as a place where teachers can focus on improving specific skills in a self-paced environment.
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