Technology Proficiency

All full-time personnel who maintain a Professional Teaching Certificate need to obtain and maintain technology proficiency in accordance with South Carolina State Proviso 1A.20. Administrators and non-certified personnel are exempt.

For more information, a FAQ guide is provided in the "resources" portion on this page.  Instructional coaches that are uncertain on how to support teachers in the technology proficiency process are encouraged to watch the online training video titled "Technology Proficiency for ICs 2016."  Please note that a Greenville County Schools Google login is required to view the video.

Greenville County Schools makes a substantial financial investment to offer high interest, quality courses to GCS teachers.  The expectation is that teachers will complete the courses in which they enroll.

Currently, there are seven classes which have been approved and meet the requirements set forth by Greenville County Schools for initial technology proficiency.  These classes are: 


1. A.L.I.V.E.

Offered face-to-face at multiple Greenville County Schools locations each fall, spring, and summer

Register here.

Participants will learn the value of creating authentic assessments, designing effective lesson plans, and aligning technology tools with subject area content and state standards. An emphasis will be placed on a variety of skills and strategies including:


2. Intel 2 Online

Offered in a blended learning format with two onsite meetings and eight online sessions each fall, spring, and summer

Register here.

Teacher participants learn how to integrate foundational digital tools such as blogging, podcasting, wikis, and collaborative productivity tools into student instruction.


3. Intel Elements: Collaboration in the Digital Classroom

Offered exclusively online through the SC State Department of Education on a rotating basis

Registration information will be posted when it becomes available

Collaboration in the Digital Classroom is an interactive e-learning experience that offers an in-depth look at collaboration with a focus on online collaborative tools. In this course, teachers see how collaboration helps students develop 21st-century thinking skills, deepen content understanding, and prepare them for the global world. Teachers learn how to plan and manage collaboration activities that integrate online collaborative tools increasingly part of our globally connected workplaces. They follow two teachers as they implement collaborative experiences in their classrooms.


4. Intel Elements: Project-Based Approaches

Offered exclusively online through the SC State Department of Education on a rotating basis

Registration information will be posted when it becomes available

Teachers explore characteristics and benefits of Project- Based Learning (PBL) in 21st-century classrooms. Throughout the course, teachers consider their own teaching practice as they follow a teacher new to project-based learning in dialogue with a mentor teacher; they review their current integration of ICT and consider methods to further develop this in the future. Planning and project design modules guide teachers through organizing the curriculum, the classroom, and students for successful 21st-century projects. The assessment module demonstrates strategies for assessing students’ 21st-century skills throughout an open-ended project. The course offers opportunities to apply ICT integration and PBL concepts with action planning exercises.


5. 21st Century Teacher: Authentic Assessment

Offered exclusively online through the SC State Department of Education on a rotating basis.

Registration Dates: August 28 - October 8, 2018 at 4:00 P.M. or until full.

Course Dates: October 22 - December 10, 2018

Registration information can be found here. Note: You must be logged in to your GCS Google account to access registration information.

Cohort codes are available in the instructions. Questions? Please contact Kathleen Whittle at kwhittle@ed.sc.gov.

In this course, teachers see how assessment strategies can benefit their teaching practices and their students' learning. They learn how to plan, develop, and manage student-centered assessment. They follow three teachers and see how the three teachers are implementing embedded and ongoing assessment methods in their classrooms. The course offers opportunities to apply the assessment concepts with action planning exercises. Direct connections to state standards are provided throughout the course and can be connected within the final project as appropriate.


6. Intel Elements: Blended Learning

Offered exclusively online through the SC State Department of Education on a rotating basis

Registration information will be posted when it becomes available

This course explains and demonstrates blended learning with interactive activities and locally relevant classroom examples. The course helps teachers transition to blended learning experiences and provides the background rationale, planning strategies, and suggested technology tools. It offers suggestions for assessing student learning in a blended course and managing the day-to-day blended environment.


7. JumpStart: A Technology Course for Thoughtful Educators

Offered exclusively in collaboration with Cult of Pedagogy each fall, spring, and summer

Registration Dates: September 1, 2018 - September 12, 2018 or until full.

Course Dates: September 17, 2018 - November 26, 2018

Registration information can be found here. Note: You must be logged in to your GCS Google account to access registration information.

JumpStart is an advanced, 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 technology you use in your teaching. Please note that JumpStart is not a beginner course; it is designed for the intermediate or advanced user of technology.

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. After you learn each process and how it can enhance your classroom work, you’ll complete a hands-on project to practice that process with one tool. As you finish each module, you’ll be able to transfer that process to your own classroom, using the same tool or another one of your choosing.


 

 

 

 

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