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The Mini-Course Catalog

All the mini-courses are free of charge and require just two steps to get you going:
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STEP TWO: Log in and click the enroll button for any of the courses you wish to take. Once you have enrolled, a confirmation email will be sent and further instructions will be available.


Addressing Stereotypical Threats in STEMx Classrooms to Create a Safe Space for Students

David Boxer / Scott Flemming

This mini-course will introduce participants to the general concept of stereotypes and their implications for teachers and students in STEMx-related classes. Upon completion of the mini-course, educators will have an action plan on how to mitigate stereotypical threats in their classrooms.


Analyzing Sporting Performance: a STEMx Toolkit

Anthony John Houghton

Educators in this mini-course will engage in hands-on activities using powerful technologies to analyze sporting performance. Upon completion, participants will learn how to use the free, open-source Tracker software to capture and analyze video clips, as well as GeoGebra mathematical software for simulations that will help students better understand complex STEM concepts.


App Design: Help Your Students Change Their World

Debbie Forster

Apps for Good, an education movement in which students learn to build apps that better the world, has grown over 10,000% over the last year, and this mini-course will offer insight into how teachers have successfully integrated Apps for Good into their classrooms.


Applications of Social Media for STEMx Teaching

Holly Ludgate / Samantha Becker

Completion of this mini-course indicates an understanding of how social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter can be applied in support of teaching and learning, and specifically how to integrate social media into STEMx curricula.
Offered in partnership with the New Media Consortium.
12 clock hours.


Arctic Connections: Exploring Ecosystems Around the World

Krista Wright / Leah Knickerbocker / Julene Reed

This mini-course will help participants bring the study of climate change into their classrooms by examining ecosystems around the world. Upon completion of the mini-course, educators will create an outline lesson plan that incorporates climate change and ecosystem studies into their classrooms.


Blending Basic Computer Skills in Science Curriculums

Janani Subramanian

Learn how to create science assignments that improve digital literacy skills and science understanding. Participants in this mini-course will create their own lessons, discuss their ideas with other teachers, and be encouraged to implement these lesson plans in their own classes.


Challenge-Based Learning on Climate Change: A Mini-MOOC

Michael Furdyk

Teachers who complete this mini-course will know how to use TakingITGlobal's library of free STEMx learning modules and resources to support project-based learning experiences with connections to real global problems.
Offered in partnership with TakingITGlobal.
12 clock hours.


Cómo utilizar Geogebra y Candy Crush para enseñar Matemáticas / How to use Geogebra and Candy Crush to Teach Mathematics

Uriel Ruben Cukierman

En este mini-curso, los profesores de primaria y secundaria aprenderán a utilizar el programa “Geogebra”, una aplicación libre y gratuita, para desarrollar juegos similares al popular “Candy Crush”, por medio de los cuales podrán enseñar conceptos básicos de matemática de una manera entretenida y atractiva para sus alumnos.


Computational Thinking in K-12 Classrooms

Mano Talaiver

This mini-course introduces teachers to computational thinking, and the use of computer science techniques to solve complicated problems. Completion of the mini-course indicates that teachers have gained an understanding of multiple ways to integrate computational thinking concepts within the classroom.
Offered in partnership with the Longwood Institute.
12 clock hours.


Connecting Students to their World

RTW Staff

Teachers who complete this mini-course will know how to cultivate a global perspective in the classroom using peer-to-peer instruction, experiential learning, and geosocial technology, as well as how to use that perspective to help students improve their critical thinking skills.
Offered in partnership with Reach the World.
12 clock hours.


Crash Course on Gaming and Learning

Mark Chen

This mini-course introduces educators to the world of gaming culture through playing games critically and reflectively. Participants will live stream, record, and share their gaming sessions, making "Let’s Play" videos that focus on how gaming experiences relate to and affect classroom practice and the design of STEMx learning environments.


Creating and Empowering Citizen Scientists With Mobile Devices

Jonathan Nalder

In this mini-course, educators will learn about the world of mobile citizen scientists. Participants will gain an understanding of how to participate in scientific research and have the opportunity to create and run their own project while using innovative online tools to share best practices and provide feedback to others along the way.


Creating Social Entrepreneurs using the Design Cycle Engineering Model

Lisa Gustinelli

This mini-course is designed to guide teachers through a design cycle engineering model to organize and instruct students in creating philanthropic projects. Upon completion of the mini-course, participants will have created a website that embodies this content.


Cultivating Creativity and Innovation

Sudha Priyadarshan

Create an enhanced learning experience for students that merges skills from a variety of disciplines and challenges them to offer solutions, by using the Creative Problem Solving process (CPS). Promote creativity and innovation in the classroom with hands‐on, challenging STEMx activities and to use tools that support the development and facilitation of divergent and convergent thinking.


DeforestACTION: Monitoring Rainforests from your Classroom using Technology

Chris Gauthier

Participants will engage with peers to elaborate the ideas, essential questions, and challenges related to deforestation, and then work with their students to design guiding questions, activities, and consolidate resources. Develop the tools and competencies to support technology-based, student-led learning on the theme of deforestation.


Desarrollo STEMx Realidad Aumentada Aplicaciones Móviles / Developing STEMx Augmented Reality Mobile Apps

Sergio Martin

En este mini-curso, los educadores de STEMx aprenderán como crear su propias aplicaciones interactivas de RA para facilitar a los estudiantes una forma más visual y realista de participar en el contenido, desde dónde quiera que se encuentren. Aprender como construir mundos virtuales para conectar con otros profesores y estudiantes.


Design de Aplicativos Móveis STEMx — Sem Necessidade de Programação

Daniel Torres

No final do minicurso, os participantes saberão exatamente o que um aplicativo educativo deve ter para ser eficaz e como desenvolvê-lo do desenho ao teste final do produto. Os profissionais de educação STEMx adquirirão todos os conhecimentos e habilidades necessárias para criar esses inovadores recursos de aprendizagem e terão oportunidade de colaborar e compartilhar as suas ideias com outros educadores de todo o mundo.


Digitally Curious: Leveraging Technology in Mathematics

Dr. Julie McLeod

This mini-course will introduce teachers to technology-rich and curiosity-fostering tools and approaches to learning mathematics. Mini-course participants will delve into exploratory and applied conceptual and problem-solving learning — the sweet spot for curiosity and for mathematics. Learn how to purposefully match technology tools to powerful pedagogical strategies to be ready to embrace that change without missing a curious beat or abandoning the tacit knowledge necessary in today’s standards-based environment.


Diseño de Aplicaciones Móviles STEMx — Sin Necesidad de Programación / STEMx Mobile App Design — Without Programming

Daniel Torres

Este mini-curso utiliza una metodología de aprendizaje basada en retos para convertir las ideas de los educadores en aplicaciones funcionales para móviles Android, a través de la herramienta App Inventor. A la finalización del mini-curso, los participantes sabrán exactamente qué ha de tener una aplicación educativa para ser eficaz y cómo construirla, desde la fase inicial de diseño hasta la prueba final del producto.


eBook Hack-a-thon: Build Once, Learn Anywhere

Heather Chirtea

In this mini-course, educators will learn how to construct eBooks, activities, and lesson plans for mobile devices that will help them progressively replace paper textbooks and deliver more engaging classroom activities to any student device. Upon completion, participants will have created several mobile assets for future use. This course takes 8 hours to complete.


Everyone in the Pool! Collaborative Data Analysis in the Science Classroom

Norman Herr

Primary and secondary STEMx teachers will be trained in a modern pedagogy that leverages web-based resources, including Google Apps, to turn hands-on classroom activities into more authentic scientific experiences. Participants will learn how to shift the focus of science instruction from cookbook data collection to thoughtful data analysis.


Exploring STEM Competencies Through ePortfolios

Betty Hurley-Dasgupta

This mini-course immerses teachers in an ePortfolio environment. Those who finish the mini-course will have explored the potential of ePortfolios for learning and assessment in STEMx courses, engaged in discussions with other STEMx teachers, created profiles and pages, and reflected on their learning through journaling.
Offered in partnership with SUNY Empire State College.
12 clock hours.


Facilitando intercambios interculturales digitales

Jennifer Corriero

Este mini-curso muestra los educadores cómo guiar a los estudiantes a través de un camino de la comprensión de sí mismos y su mundo a través de la narrativa digital y plataformas de la comunidad en línea. Los participantes usarán una variedad de herramientas y prácticas en línea para incorporar el aprendizaje personalizado que permite a los estudiantes enfocarse en mejorar sus habilidades de comunicación y colaboración en un mundo digital y multicultural.


Facilitating Intercultural Digital Exchanges

Jennifer Corriero

This mini-course shows educators how to guide students through a journey of understanding themselves and their world through digital storytelling and online community platforms. Participants will use of a variety of online tools and practices to incorporate personalized learning that enables students to focus on improving their communication and collaboration skills in a digital and multicultural world.


Flipping Your Class: An Analytics-Based Approach

Ananda Gunawardena

In this mini-course, learn how to use analytics-rich tools such as Classroom Salon to gather student engagement data and create a specific set of guidelines to flip your class. Participants will gain an understanding of how to flip their courses and design strategies to make existing course materials (documents, videos and assessments) flip-friendly.
Offered in partnership with Carnegie Mellon University.
12 clock hours.


Game Design for Learning

Alex Chisholm

The Learning Games Network is a highly regarded organization committed to helping teachers use games and game-design for learning. Participants in this mini-course will benefit from the resources of the Design Corps Program and its Game Design Tool Kit — an innovative and free online resource to help teachers integrate game design across the curriculum.
Offered in partnership with Learning Games Network.
12 clock hours.


Geospatial Tech for STEMx Learning

Phillip Davis / Richard Smith

Teachers who complete this mini-course will know what spatial literacy includes, and be able to apply it as a way to increase critical thinking skills across the curriculum. Teachers will specifically be able to use introductory geospatial technology in their discipline areas, and know how to build digital maps with simple tools, such as QGIS and indiemapper.
Offered in partnership with Del Mar College.
12 clock hours.

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InkSurvey: Graphical Response Tool for Real-Time Formative Assessment

Frank Kowalski / Susan Kowalski

Conducting formative assessment in real-time can be a daunting challenge. In this mini-course, teachers will learn how to leverage InkSurvey, a browser-based tool for educators that allows them to pose in-class questions that students can answer with graphical responses, such as writing equations or drawing pictures.
Offered in partnership with the Colorado School of Mines and InkSurvey.
8 clock hours.


Inquiry-based Science Teaching and Learning

Shaheed Hartley

Primary and secondary teachers in South Africa to will learn how to design and apply technology-enhanced, project-based inquiry learning (PBIL) scenarios in authentic or virtual science labs, as well as how to evaluate their effectiveness. Participants will study exemplar PBIL situations, design their own, and report on the progress and outcomes of implementation.


La facilitation des échanges numériques interculturelles

Jennifer Corriero

Ce mini-cours montre éducateurs comment guider les élèves à travers un parcours d'eux-mêmes et leur monde de comprendre à travers les contes numérique et les plateformes communautaires en ligne. Les participants utiliseront une variété d'outils et de pratiques en ligne pour intégrer l'apprentissage personnalisé qui permet aux étudiants de se concentrer sur l'amélioration de leurs compétences de communication et de collaboration dans un monde numérique et multiculturelle.


Make/Hack/Play Together

Karen Fasimpaur

This mini-course will introduce educators to the "Maker movement," both in digital and non-digital realms. Upon completion of this mini-course, participants will make something of their choice, hack or remix something someone else has made, explore how the Maker movement might fit into their own teaching and learning context, and connect in meaningful ways.


Pedagogy 3.0: Planning Enriching Digital Experiences

Neil Ingram

This mini-course explores the changing roles that teachers, students, and the wider community — both local and virtual — can play within ICT-mediated learning. In addition, it offers a supportive pathway for making the transition by providing resources, ideas, and examples through an interactive e-learning package via the web, supported by both Android and Apple mobile devices.
Offered in partnership with Bristol University.
12 clock hours.


Polar Bears in a Changing Climate

Krista Wright

Teachers who complete this mini-course will know how to use the extensive free tools and resources of Polar Bears International to create innovative STEMx educational activities and lessons about global warming and its impact on keystone species, especially polar bears.
Offered in partnership with Polar Bears International.
12 clock hours.


Remote Labs

Kemi Jona

Teachers who complete this mini-course are able to use remote online laboratories — iLabs — to enable students and educators to use real instruments, rather than simulations, to carry out real scientific experiments from anywhere at any time.
Offered in partnership with Northwestern University.
8 clock hours.


Rural Problems and STEMx Solutions

Usha Bhaskar

This mini-course will build capacity for rural teachers to steer their pedagogy in a more contemporary direction through the analysis of case studies and discussion of contemporary STEMx pedagogy. Participants will learn to build a constructivist learning environment that fosters problem-solving.


STEM|FAB Studio: A Teachers’ Lounge for Learning and Making

Sherry Lassiter / Nick DiGiorgio

Completion of this mini-course indicates an understanding of best practices in STEMx digital fabrication education and how digital fabrication and trans-disciplinary, hands-on environments can be used to support STEMx learning.
Offered in partnership with FabFoundation.org.
8 clock hours.


The Sound of Science: Digital Audio Creation and STEMx

Christopher Shamburg

This mini-course explores the educational possibilities of digital audio creation in physical and life sciences. Participants will explore ways to edit, mix, use, and teach with accessible audio editing technologies.


Thinking Like an Engineer: Teaching and Learning Pre-College Engineering

Anthony Maddox

Of the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines, engineering is often the least familiar. This mini-course offers participants opportunities to develop perspectives and skills for integrating engineering into K-12 science, mathematics, and technology teaching. 
Offered in partnership with the University of Southern California
12 clock hours.


تيسير التبادل الثقافي الرقمي [Facilitating Intercultural Digital Exchanges]

Jennifer Corriero

This mini-course shows educators how to guide students through a journey of understanding themselves and their world through digital storytelling and online community platforms. Participants will use of a variety of online tools and practices to incorporate personalized learning that enables students to focus on improving their communication and collaboration skills in a digital and multicultural world.