With more and more schools using iPads, tablets and 1:1 initiatives in the classroom, SOPHIA.org is offering a free certification program to train teachers to successfully integrate these devices into their teaching. SOPHIA, the open online education platform offering a unique Many Ways to Learn™ model with more than 30,000 free academic multimedia tutorials taught by over 6,000 teachers, developed the Tablet Certification program in collaboration with faculty from Capella University’s School of Education.
“Technology has become a critical tool for teachers to more efficiently individualize instruction for each student, in and outside the classroom,” said Allison Gage , Senior Vice President at SOPHIA. “We developed this program to help teachers more effectively use the devices while also keeping students engaged by meeting them where they are in this digital age.”
To earn the certificate, teachers complete a series of tutorials on the following topics:
The tutorials were developed by teachers who are experts at implementing and using this technology in their classrooms. The program features SOPHIA’s Many Ways learning model where users can choose from a variety of different instructors and teaching styles. SOPHIA also offers the Many Ways model on each of its 200 learning pathways, which include a sequenced journey of tutorials with multiple lessons on each concept featuring screencasts, images, video, audio podcasts and text where students are quizzed along the way to determine mastery.
Teachers may apply the Tablet Certificate toward their professional development by submitting their certificate to the appropriate person at their school.
This is the second teacher certification program offered by SOPHIA. The organization introduced the Flipped Classroom Certificate in April 2012 and since then, 3,000 teachers have participated in the program. In the flipped classroom, students watch multimedia tutorials as homework and then use valuable class time to complete assignments when teachers are available to provide one-on-one assistance and delve deeper into a concept.
SOPHIA Offers Free Webinars for Teachers
SOPHIA regularly hosts webinars led by teachers who share their success using technology and the flipped classroom. Over 2,500 teachers have participated in these events, which focus on new and relevant teaching pedagogies that are part of the current paradigm shift happening in education.
To learn more, visit www.sophia.org.
Silvia Gallagher is the Head of Content for AvatarGeneration. Her background is in online learning, virtual worlds, and educational games. In her spare time she likes riding bikes over mountains and playing around with new technology.