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Do not miss these two great opportunities to become a Thinkfinity Trainer!

 

Are you available to attend a FREE Thinkfinity Train the Trainer session at the following locations this Fall?

 

-Santa Barbara, CA

Monday, October 10, 2011 from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm.

Here is a link to the Flyer

 

Educators interested in participating in the one-day training at SBCEO can register at:

http://icoe.k12oms.org/1192-53062

 

 

- Placerville, CA

Thursday, October 20, 2011 from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm.

Here is a link to the Flyer

 

Educators interested in participating in the one-day training at El Dorado COE can register at:

http://icoe.k12oms.org/1192-53837

 

 

-San Diego, CA

Friday, November 4, 2011 from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm.

Here is a link to the Flyer  

 

Educators interested in participating in the one-day training at SDCOE can register at:

http://icoe.k12oms.org/1192-53452

 

 

 

-Oroville, CA

Friday, December 2, 2011 from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm.

Here is a link to the Flyer  

 

Educators interested in participating in the one-day training at Butte COE can register at:

http://icoe.k12oms.org/1192-53452

 

 

We invite you to share the information with your staff and colleagues.

Make sure you register early…

 

If you have any questions, pelase contact thinkfinity@lists.k12hsn.org

Do not miss this great opportunity to enroll in our FREE Online Thinkfinity Train-the-Trainer:
Basic to Advanced (TRN-O)

Time Requirement: 
6 weeks / approximately 30 hours

 

There will be one additional session in 2011.

Please make sure you sign up for the session before the deadline.

 

 

Oct 5-November 15, 2011 -- Register for this session by August 25, 2011

Click here for the Session: Oct 5-Nov 15, 2011



Course Descriptionpdf

Syllabus pdf

Online Course Policy pdf

Thinkfinity Training   Contract/Application pdf

 

 

This course is designed to train you to become a Thinkfinity Trainer.

 

Upon completion of the course, you will be able to train others to integrate Thinkfinity resources into the curriculum to enhance student learning.

 

The course is asynchronous, so there is no scheduled meeting time. Participants do, however, have deadlines for turning in assignments.

 

There will be two graduate credits available upon successful completion of the course if you are interested in earning university credit (optional). University credits will be issued by the North Dakota State University. The fee for those seeking university credit is $100 payable to NDSU. NOTE: If you are not seeking university credits, the course is FREE!

 

 

Learning Environment:
Online Facilitated Course – delivered via Blackboard


Audience:
This session is intended for educators who are interested in training others to locate and integrate Thinkfinity resources, but who have little or no experience with the Thinkfinity resources themselves. Due to the fast-paced nature of this session, educators are encouraged to have a high comfort level with using the Internet. Specific audiences may include technology integration specialists, staff developers, teacher leaders, and pre-service faculty and students.

 

Training Requirements

 

Eligible applicants must have experience in the use of technology resources in the classroom, as well as experience in providing professional development for other teachers. Trainer candidates must show solid commitment to training other teachers, and must agree to report on their training activities using TIMS, Thinkfinity’s tracking system. Trainer candidates will commit to training a minimum of ten teachers within 90 days of the completion of the online course.

 

Pre-requisites:
None.


Session Description:

This comprehensive online training session guides educators, who have little to no prior experience with Thinkfinity through acquiring the knowledge and skills needed to become a Thinkfinity Trainer. This includes the following components: Thinkfinity’s content and resources, navigation and searching strategies, integration to enhance student learning, and tools and resources available for Thinkfinity trainers, best practice training strategies, and development of a customized training plan.

 

Objectives:
After completing this hands-on session educators will be able to:

§  Train end users to:

o    Provide an overview of the Thinkfinity program, including professional development and rollout, to education colleagues

o    Locate free educational resources including interactive student tools, high quality lessons, and panel-reviewed Web sites

o    Differentiate between types of online resources available through Thinkfinity and recognize their flexibility for use to support student learning, regardless of individual technical skills and technology availability

o    Think critically about strategies for using various Thinkfinity resources to increase student learning

o    Create a customized integration plan to engage learners and maximize student achievement, using Thinkfinity’s Integration Framework

§  Navigate to a variety of training resources through the Trainer Toolbox

§  Complete the four-step process necessary for all Thinkfinity training sessions, using TIMS -- Thinkfinity’s powerful professional development management system

§  Critically think about a variety of resources available for customizing training sessions for end users

§  Effectively apply a variety of exemplary training strategies

§  Create and implement a customized “Thinkfinity Training Plans” developed during the session

 

 

Required Materials:
Thinkfinity will provide all materials for this training session.

 

Responsibilities:
Please note that this session is intended for educators who are interested in training others to locate and integrate Thinkfinity resources. Each Thinkfinity trainer candidate will commit to deliver at least one Thinkfinity Training and train at least 10 teachers within 90 days of completion of the course. They could for example train other educators at their own school or district at an orientation day, an in-service day, a staff meeting, a department meeting, etc.

 

 

---- Seat Allocation is limited, please register early ---

The California K-12 High Speed Network (K12HSN), a state program funded by the California Department of Education, is offering free trainings on Thinkfinity this Summer.

Don't miss this great opportunity to learn more about Thinkfinity!

Join us for a free, hands-on, Thinkfinity training at the following locations:

 

- Yolo County Office of Education in Woodland, CA on Tuesday, August 2, 2011, 9:00 am-4:00 pm.
Register for this training at: http://icoe.k12oms.org/1192-48148

 

- Merced County Office of Education in Merced, CA on Thursday, August 4, 2011, 9:00 am-4:00 pm

Register for this training at: http://icoe.k12oms.org/1192-48189

 

- San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools in San Bernardino, CA on Friday, August 5, 2011, 9:00 am-4:00 pm

Register for this training at: http://oms.sbcss.k12.ca.us/5-49112

 

- Los Angeles County Office of Education in Downey, CA on Monday, August 8, 2011, 1:00 pm-5:00 pm

Register for this training at: http://ito.lacoe.edu/workshops/registrant_create.pl?workshop=135

 

- Alameda County Office of Education in Hayward, CA on Tuesday, August 9, 2011, 9:00 am-4:00 pm         

Register for this training at: http://icoe.k12oms.org/1192-48213

 

- Stanislaus County Office of Education in Modesto, CA on Thursday, August 11, 2011, 9:00 am-4:00 pm.
Register for this training at: http://ctap6.k12oms.org/732-49282

 

- Orange County Department of Education in Costa Mesa, CA on Tuesday August, 30, 2011, 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm.

Register for this training at: http://register.ocde.us/dev_students.asp?action=coursedetail&id=2827


 

We invite you to share this information with your colleagues.

 

 

California Thinkfinity Trainers are educators, technology integration specialists, technology coordinators, who share their knowledge of Thinkfinity with their peers to help them integrate Thinkfinity’s amazing resources into the curriculum.

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Just as our school doors close this summer, The Discovery Center for Science and Technology opens its doors to a wonderful interactive carnival of learning and fun right next door in Thousand Oaks. The “Big Top” gates open on June 18, 2011, to reveal “Math Midway,” a 5,000-square-foot interactive exhibition presented by The Discovery Center that seeks to mathematically excite and empower both kids and adults. This interactive carnival, which highlights the engaging and playful nature of mathematics, is making its West Coast premiere in Thousand Oaks.

 

Math Midway  will be housed in the heart of Thousand Oaks at 43 W. Thousand Oaks Blvd., near Moorpark   Road. It will be open Tuesdays through Sundays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., from June 18 through August 12. Special events and group visits are encouraged and may be arranged outside of regular hours. Tickets are $8; children 3 and under are free. For more information visit: www.discoverycntr.org, Email: info@discoverycntr.org or call 818 879-2021.

 

The Math Midway is made up of several brightly-colored tents and enticing activities, each featuring a math-based game or skill. Kids and adults will scratch their heads in puzzlement as they experience the smooth ride of a square-wheeled tricycle and watch unique pen and ink drawings emerge while using a mechanical harmonograph.

 

Carrie Glicksteen, president of The Discovery Center, said “Keeping the carnival theme, exhibit highlights include adjustable fun-house mirrors, a chance to create one’s own roller coaster design, and a ring of ‘fire’ (actually lasers). In addition, a monkey on tightrope teaches number groups and relationships, while an organ grinder demonstrates functional math through music. Visitors will come away with a new appreciation for the fun, beauty and intrigue of mathematics.”

 

The fun, traveling exhibition was created by The Museum of Mathematics, based in New York, in order to further their goal “to expose a fresh and exciting new view of mathematics.” The popular display debuted at the World Science Festival Street Fair in New York in 2009 and is currently touring museums throughout the United States, increasing appreciation for mathematics.

learning.”     

 

Holly Cole, Verizon’s director of government and external affairs said “Math Midway is an exciting experience that will spark one’s curiosity for mathematics. Verizon is proud to partner with The Discovery Center for Science and Technology in this creative and interactive approach to stimulate learning."

Train-the-Trainer in San Diego:
Date:
June 6, 2011 from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm
Where: San Diego County Office of Education, Joe Rindone Regional Technology Center,
Learning Labs 3 and 4


Details and Registration Information are Available at: http://icoe.k12oms.org/1192-47383

Train-the-Trainer in Santa Clara County:
Date:
April 13, 2011 from 8:30 pm to 3:30 pm
Where: Santa Clara County Office of Education in San Jose, CA
Details and Registration Information are Available at: http://santaclara.k12oms.org/1066-46588

mmeza

New on-demand modules

Posted by mmeza Mar 29, 2011

California is developing some on-demand modules that are grade level and content specific.

Right now we have two modules available:

- Thinkfinity for Elementary Teachers, Focus on Math
- Thinkfinity for Elementary Teachers, Focus on English Language  Arts

- Thinkfinity for Middle School Teachers, Focus on Math

 

We'll soon offer:

- Thinkfinity for K-12, Focus on Science

- Thinkfinity for K-12, Focus on History

We are proud to announce the 2010 California Thinkfinity Trainer of the Year.

 

With 183 educators trained in 2010 and a survey score of 4.6 out of 5.0, Donna Lione is our Trainer of the Year. Donna is a 6th grade math and science teacher for the Temecula Unified School District in Riverside County.

 

Congratulations Donna!

Donna was very pleased to start the year with a brand new 16 GB iPad!

 

"My role as a Verizon Thinkfinity Trainer has allowed me to be instrumental in the training of 21st Century student learners impacting classroom education in a fresh, innovative approach that motivates teachers and students alike."

 

Donna received her B.A in Political Science from Southeast Missouri State, a Multi-Subject Teaching Credential w/ Math Endorsement from California State University San Marcos, and is currently completing her Masters of Administration w/ Administrative Credential. Prior to her current teaching assignment in 6th grade math and science, she taught grades 3, 4, and 5. Donna is a highly regarded district trainer, providing professional staff development for teachers in math, science, and gifted education for the Temecula Unified School District. In addition, Donna is the K-12 Science District Liaison and the Algebraic Math Grant District Liaison responsible for the coordination and training of teachers in math and science between the Temecula & Lake Elsinore Unified Districts. She lives in Southern California where she enjoys spending time with her husband and three beautiful daughters.

 

The Verizon Thinkfinity California Team hopes to provide additional prizes throughout 2011.

The California Thinkfinity Trainer with the highest number of participants trained between January 1st and March 30, 2011 will win a free 8 GB iPod Nano.

 

Thank you and good luck!

 

Verizon Thinkfinity California

Train-the-Trainer in Los Angeles County:
Date:
April 21, 2011 from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Where: Los Angeles County Office of Education in Downey, CA
Details and Registration Information are Available at: http://icoe.k12oms.org/1192-44176

Would you like to have a Thinkfinity Training at your school?

 

If you would like to have a free Thinkfinity Training at your school, please send a “private message” to “mmeza”

and let Magali (she is the Thinkfinity coordinator for California) know you would like to schedule a Thinkfinity training at your school.  This training is free and we can customize to fit the needs of your staff. 

 

Side note- For those of you attending Tammy’s training at CUE or LAUSD, copy tammy0214 on your “private message” to Magali so Tammy can give you a give-away at the training:)

 

To send a private message to Magali, click on the “My Stuff” link on the top gold bar, click on “private message”, click on “compose a message”, search for “mmeza” in the “To” field. 

  • Thinkfinity for K-12 Teachers: Focus on History (1 hr) 
    • October 5, 2010 at 3:30 pm Pacific

 

 

  • Thinkfinity for California Teachers (1 hour)
    • October 14, 2010 at 3:30 pm Pacific

 

 

  • Thinkfinity for Elementary Teachers: Focus on ELA
    • October 26, 2010 at 3:30 pm Pacific

 

 

  • Thinkfinity for Elementary Teachers: Focus on Math (1 hour)
    • November 3, 2010 at 3:30 pm Pacific

 

 

  • Thinkfinity for Middle School Teachers: Focus on Math (1 hour)
    • November 9, 2010 at 3:30 pm Pacific

 

 

  • Thinkfinity for Middle School Teachers: Focus on English Language Arts (1 hour)
    • November 17, 2010 at 3:30 pm Pacific

 

 

  • Thinkfinity for K-12 Teachers: Focus on Science (1 hour)
    • October 21, 2010 at 3:30 pm Pacific

 

 

 

To sign up, you need to be a Teacher in California.

Visit http://thinkfinity.k12hsn.org for more details.

Are you available to attend a FREE Thinkfinity Train the Trainer session at the Alameda County Office of Education on Thursday, November 18, 2010 from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm?

 

Do not miss this great opportunity to become a Thinkfinity Trainer!

 

Here is a link to the Flyer and Course Description

 

We invite you to share the information with your staff and colleagues.

 

Educators interested in participating in this one-day training to become a Thinkfinity Trainer can register at:

http://icoe.k12oms.org/1192-42125http://oms.sbcss.k12.ca.us/5-41672

 

Seating is limited! So please make sure you register early…

Are you available to attend a FREE Thinkfinity Train the Trainer session at the Riverside County Office of Education on Wednesday, October 20, 2010 from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm?

 

Do not miss this great opportunity to become a Thinkfinity Trainer!

 

Here is a link to the Flyer  and Course Description

 

We invite you to share the information with your staff and colleagues.

 

Educators interested in participating in this one-day training to become a Thinkfinity Trainer can register at:

http://oms.sbcss.k12.ca.us/5-41672

 

Seating is limited! So please make sure you register early…

We will be participating in several conferences in the coming months.

Make sure you stop by our booth or attend our sessions to learn more about Verizon Thinkfinity and our training opportunities.

Many thanks to our Thinkfinity Trainers presenting at Conferences!!! Thinkfinity will be well represented this Fall. THANK YOU!!

 

Cahuilla CUE
When: Saturday October 2nd, 2010

Where: Cathedral City High School in Cathedral City, CA
Presenter: Irene Griffis

 

Central Valley CUE
When: Saturday October 9, 2010 at 11:00 am

Where: Visalia, CA
Presenter: Will Kimbley

 

California Council on Teacher Education (CCTE) Conference

When: October 14-16, 2010
Where: San Diego, CA

No presentation but we'll be in the Exhibitor Hall

 

21st Century Learners Symposium
When: Friday October 15, 2010
Where: Downey, CA
Presenters: Alan Phillips and Pam Korporaal

 

Gold coast CUE
When: Saturday October 16, 2010
Where: Camarillo, CA
Presenter: Peggy Walker

 

CETPA 2010
When: Wednesday, October 20 at 2:30 pm
Where: Monterey, CA
Presenter: Magali Meza
Booth: 1600 and 304

 

Ed Tech CUE Conference
When: Saturday, October 23
Where: San Bernardino, CA
Presenter: Pam Korporaal

 

Fall CUE 2010
When: Saturday, November 6, 2010 at 9:45 am
Where: American Canyon High School, Room A221
Presenters: Shauna Hawes and Sara Armstrong

 

San Diego CUE
When: November 6, 2010
Where: El Cajon, CA
Presenter: Tammy Dewan

 

CUE LA Tech fair
When: November 13, 2010
Where: Culver City, CA
Presenter: Pam Korporall

 

California League of Middle Schools and California League of High Schools
When: December 2-4, 2010
Where: San Diego, CA
Presenter: Tammy Dewan

Make sure you also stop by our booth!

California Thinkfinity Trainer Contest: Do not miss this opportunity to Win an iPad!

 

We are pleased to announce that the 2010 California Thinkfinity Trainer of The Year will win an iPad!

Share Verizon Thinkfinity’s amazing resources with your colleagues at a training, at a staff meeting, a department meeting, or even in informal conversations over lunch, or after school, etc.

 

The California Thinkfinity Trainer with the highest number of participants trained in 2010 will win an iPad!

 

Register the session(s), roster and survey your participants in TIMS (formerly MyThinkfinity). The link to TIMS is available in the top right-hand corner of the Thinkfinity website. The follow-up form should be used to indicate how many teachers you were able to reach at each session.

 

If you need assistance scheduling a Verizon Thinkfinity training, if you have any questions related to the program, or if you need flyers and posters for a training, please feel free to contact us at thinkfinity@lists.k12hsn.org.

 

 

Thank you and good luck!

 

Thinkfinity California

http://thinkfinity.k12hsn.org

 

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