|SC, NC, and GA Educators
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|Administrators & Teachers
Williamsburg County Schools & Florence 1 Schools, SC
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Jane Roberts, Media Specialist,
Cobb County Schools, GA
Recipient, GaDOE 2009 Exemplary H.S. Library Media Program
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|South Carolina Educators See Positive Changes in the Classroom and
Their Careers With Help from PBS TeacherLine and SCETV
name is Cyndy Duggins, I teach computer skills for sixth through
eighth grade at North Myrtle Beach Middle. To renew my certificate
I took a course on Teacherline... I have never taken an online course
before. I took "Teaching with WebQuests for Grades K-12."
It was an
awesome experience.You have the opportunity to share with others
all over the country. The facilitator did a great job of giving
the assignments and commenting; almost instant feedback. There are
help desks for assignments and technology questions. I needed graduate
credit for this course and I was able to sign up online to get that
as well; my transcript arrived about 2 weeks after I completed the
course. I highly recommend this program to anyone who wants to take
some courses in a relaxed, fun manner! PBS has made the entire experience
Cyndy Duggins, Horry County Schools, SC
was able to incorporate all that I learned in the internet course
in my lesson plans and the students excelled using power point presentations.
The course was Using Technology in the Classroom. One of my colleagues
took a math course from PBS Teacher online and we partnered up and
we gave a great math lesson. She had a number of online web sites
provided through the course for the students to use to reinforce
what we had taught them. Learning new teaching methodologies is
important in this digital age our students live in."
St. Michael Catholic School, Garden City, SC
being my first online course, I was concerned whether or not I would
have sufficient computer knowledge to move from one assignment to
the next. Online conversations with classmates and discussions with
the professionals at Teacherline helped me to complete the course
and enjoy the opportunity!"|
Marshall Smith, Barnwell District 45, SC
is the first place that I will look when I take classes in the future."
began taking TeacherLine courses in 2004 in my effort to complete
my Masters +30 certification. From the first course, I was hooked!
I absolutely love the flexibility and stupendous learning potential
that has accompanied every course that I have taken. At the close
of this summer (2006), thanks in large part to PBS TeacherLine courses,
I will have attained my certification goal.
I have been
astounded by the benefits that come from collaborating and sharing
ideas with my online classmates, who are comprised of teachers of
all grade levels and disciplines from all over the countryall
without leaving the comfort of my home! It is unquestionable that
my students, and by extension, their test scores have benefited
from the wealth of knowledge that I have gained through the TeacherLine
online community. I am such a strong supporter of this format of
learning that I am currently training to become a future TeacherLine
facilitator so that I can share the knowledge that I have so happily
Long, SC 2008 Media Specialist of the Year, Doby's Mill Elementary
School, Lugoff, SC
(Now a TeacherLine Facilitator!)
Reading/Language Arts Courses
Childrens Authors on the Web: Online Sites that Motivate Students
to Write for Grades K-6
have learned much about various authors. I have also received
tips from my classmates.
students and I really enjoyed the tasks; before, during, and after
we used the Technology Lab to research our author. We had good
discussions and my students went on to read other books on their
own by the same author.
have enjoyed this course for a few reasons. First, I have learned
so much about the Web. I never realized how much information was
out there for my students on the different authors. Second, it
is always nice to correspond with different teachers. Their ideas
are creative, manageable, useful and endless. Lastly, though I
have spent many hours on the assignments, I am creating a unit
that I will actually use in my classroom."
expectations for this class were to learn about author studies
and be able to apply this to my classroom. I have to say that
I have not only learned how to complete an Author Study in my
classroom but I also have learned about many new websites that
can help me in my classroom as well as teaching and preparing
lesson plans. I have learned many new ideas that I have already
used and will continue to use in my classroom. I have shared new
ideas, websites, as well as teaching my peers about completing
an Author Study."
really liked familiarizing myself with new authors and creating
a list of resources for children's books."
course has valuable content for all teachers of language arts.
It showed me new websites that are student friendly and a new
approach to get students interested in reading."
Teaching Phonemic Awareness and Phonics (PreK-3)
have been introduced to wonderful information on teaching children
to read. I have lots of resources that I didn't have before."
really enjoyed the articles, the flow of the course and the ease
of using the boards, etc. Super class! Well thought-out, great
content, felt like I was learning up-to-the-minute info for best
practice use with younger students."
thought this course was great. It really made me think outside
of my "box." I gained valuable info for my classroom
and because of that, I would recommend this course to any of my
course load was very manageable, but yet challenging. I feel like
I have gained a wealth of information that would greatly benefit
enjoyed the great articles, strategies and discussions."
well-planned course with good research-based readings."
Introduction to Underlying Principles and Research for Effective
thought this course was very informative and will be very helpful
in the classroom. It offered various strategies to use for diverse
learners and activities that I will take back to my classroom.
Very good class."
learned a lot about fundamental literacy obtainment. It's the
kind of knowledge universal to teaching. Also, the course was
well organized and concise."
really liked the final project - I actually have a two-week outline
for starting school next year for reading in the language arts
area. I also liked learning new resources for learning more about
really liked the wealth of current research literature used that
addressed a broad range of elements within literacy."
thing I liked most about my teacherline course is that the required
readings were interesting, enlightening and practical for classroom
instruction. I am so excited about the knowledge and strategies
I've learned; I look forward to putting theory into practice."
course was helpful in many ways. The content was applicable to
my classroom and the other students were very helpful. I gathered
almost as many ideas from discussion with my colleauges as I did
from the reading. My registration process was quick and easy and
it was truly an enjoyable experience."
course has helped me develop ideas for helping my reading students
that I hadn't found anywhere else."
came out with more understanding of the why."
course was useful even for a high school teacher - I think special
needs teachers would benefit from a variation of it."
liked the flexible schedule, having a deadline once a week, and
being able to share ideas with colleagues. I also liked the videos.
It was like being in an actual classroom and watching someone
teach. I always wished they were longer."
really liked the specific comprehension and vocabulary strategies
learned and online interaction with other educators and the course
course gave the foundation of reading and strategies that could
be used to better the students as well as the teacher."
was very reflective and made you think, but it wasn't strenuous
work that was worthless. It was material and knowledge I will
definitely use in the classroom in the future. Really helped me
think about where the students are coming from."
Teaching Reading in the Content Area (Grades 612)
I liked most about this course were the strategies I learned to
help my students in the areas of vocabulary and comprehension.
And that I could do the assignments at my convenience."
liked the learning strategies that are directly transferable to
my classroom and interacting with other teachers."
information was very valuable to me as I teach reading and the
information was very useful."
strategies provided were incorporated effectively in my classroom."
Teaching with WebQuests for Grades K-12
course encouraged me to learn more about the computer and how
to better utilize it. It also showed me that there is so much
out there for teaching Kindergarten. I love all of the info I
came across while researching for this course!!!!"
was wonderfully informative and relative to the classroom needs."
really liked making a WebQuest that relates to the curriculum
standards. Also, I will be able to use this WebQuest with my students."
liked being able to create a resource that will address a gap
in our third grade science curriculum and learning about different
resources from others."
was informative and the explanation of how to use a WebQuest and
the importance of them were an eye opener."
course is a great way to create a resource that can be used for
your students and others if you choose to put it on the web. I
gained a wealth of knowlege and resources from the sharing of
found it useful, it will help the kids, and my fellow teachers
have been asking me questions."
is a course that can be readily used in the classroom."
liked making something I could use immediately with my students."
The Computer for Personal Productivity K-12
of the information I was able to retrieve from some of the sites
was used in my classes within the first 2 weeks.
class made me evaluate how well I am incorporating technology
into helping me be more productive."
was very stimulating to realize my attitudes were changing as
my knowledge grew. I also enjoyed the interaction among the participants."
course will assist even the novice in technology how to let go
of the overwhelming feeling that there is too much to learn .
The course gives a step by step method that leaves you feeling
was immediately useful and helped me think of new ways to start
the upcoming year off more proficiently."
course is rigorous yet manageable. The instructor was great. The
information given was great."
topics with a chance to personalize content to your own needs."
learned a great deal in this class. The format is good. This course
allowed me to develop something that would be helpful to me right
now. So many classes have you developing information that you
probably will never use."
Publishing on the Web (K-12)
learned a lot! It integrated into my classroom work seamlessly.
I learned by doing."
like everything about this course. Especially the opportunity
to discuss and receive feed back from fellow peers and well as
liked that the course materials were well thought out and were
well suited to the course teachings."
Putting Technology to Use in the Classroom: Where to Start K-12
content and the experience of taking this online course have improved
my motivation, knowledge, and skills to integrate technology effectively."
have gained the confidence to take my students to the computer
lab in our library to research various topics on the Internet.
many opportunities to expand ideas for using technology in our
sharing of information by teachers from different backgrounds.
Each week's content was informative."
course made me stop and think about what I was doing in my class
with technology. How I could improve an area of instruction with
discussions were fun and informative. The final product is something
I can use with my classes."
resources and information; lots of ideas to use in classroom."
liked the interaction with other peers and the in depth subject
matter. Very applicable to my teaching."
Searching and Researching on the Internet K-12
curriculum covered a lot of essential and practical content. I
actually impressed my students and teachers [with] the knowledge
I learned from the course. Conversing with a group of peer educators
in your class gives you broad perspectives from all over the nation."
is very useful and easy to follow. The information will help a
teacher teach their students about researching on the internet
by using different search engines and strategies of searching
on the search engines."
was a hands-on experience with real world applications."
helped me to use technology more efficiently. I am more confident."
well presented; information very useful; lots of techniques to
take back to work with me."
feel that this course should be required for all teachers as part
of their technical training."
of the most useful classes for both teaching and for personal
approaches to searching on the internet has been a refreshing
experience. Even though I am retired, I conduct searches regularly."
really liked the opportunity to practice the research skills during
the lesson. I learn so much better that way."
Online Facilitator Training I: Mastering the Skills of Online Teaching
I liked most about the course was the wonderful collaboration
that evolved, the fantastic resources, the physical layout of
the online course and its components and the supportive manner
of the facilitator."
Fostering Cooperative Learning, Discussion, and Critical Thinking
in Elem. Math (Grades 1-5)
ideas of cooperative learning and math talk were eye opening.
Math in Everyday Life for Grades K-5
course made me more aware of the use of calculators in the classroom....not
as a crutch, but as a helpful tool.
Understanding Numbers and Operations: Addition and Subtraction (PreK-3)
liked the comraderie among the teachers taking the course and
their willingness to share ideas, techniques, and resources. The
ease of obtaining course materials was also an added bonus."
really liked the websites and games shared with me in relation
to my course. Sometimes I can search on line for hours trying
to find a game or activity to help enhance my student's classroom
wasn't busy work-it was meaningful to me and what I do in the
liked the fact that I was made to think more about how I approach
math. I was afraid I wouldn't learn a lot, but I did."
really enjoyed the class. It made me re evaluate how I was teaching
addition and subtraction in my classroom."
course enables teachers to have a deeper understanding of the
standards and how they should be taught."
discussions were awesome! Teachers shared great strategies!"
course was great for sharing ideas and getting information to
use in the classroom."
Seeing Math: Data Analysis (Grades 6-12)
peers were very eager and knowledgeable, but the biggest help
was definitely the facilitator. She made it comfortable to respond
and give an opinion."
liked the structure of the course and the fact that it was not
liked the challenging yet relaxed atmosphere of the class."
Enabling Students with Special Needs to Succeed in Math (Grades
really touched on co-teaching strategies and I feel many of my
colleagues could benefit from this information."
readings were very informative and well-written; I also enjoyed
the discussion with other participants."
enjoyed the articles, videos,and the discussion board."
enjoyed many of the articles because it gave us a different view
into the concepts that I am teaching in my classroom."
was a very informative course that met me at my point of need
in instruction. I have already shared some of the resources with
my fellow coteachers."
and "do-able" strategies presented. Discussoins from
other teachers gives great new ideas that we can relate to."
improved my teaching, allowing me to pick up some new perspectives,
bounce ideas off colleagues, and have access to high quality resources."
Seeing Math: Linear Functions (Grades 6-12)
gave me so many new ways of presenting material to my students.
liked the real life problems [presented in the course]."
activities, the accessibility of the facilitator, and dialogue
between the participants were the things I liked most."
thrilled that I will actually be able to use so many ideas in
liked the Aha!, Oops!, and Whe! moments."
videos ,class room discussions, comments from discussion board,
help from facilitator - these things helped me to have a change
in my classroom teaching."
course helped me to understand how to teach algebra by making
have learned so much for this course. I know that it will help
me as I continue to teach. Learning to "See Math" was
a new concept for me. I know it will be for my students too."
Scientific Inquiry and Field Work: Discovering with Technology for
have already developed different ways of communicating with my
students, as a result of my TeacherLine course in Scientific Inquiry.
The best part of this course was the interaction between my classmates
and our facilitator; at a pace which best suits a busy schedule
this gives time to implement practices, and give and get feedback
liked the ease of completing assignments and the communication
by the instructor."
Plants and Animals (Grades K-4)
learned a lot of good information to use when planning plant and
animal lessons. I also really appreciated the suggestions and
ideas from fellow teachers."
had a lot of good information about the topics and I learned a
lot of useful information that I could carry back into the classroom."
walked away with many ideas to add to my living things unit."
subject fit perfectly in with our state standards. It was a very
thoughtful course that covered the topic in depth."
videos were very interesting and kept the course fresh."
really enjoyed the discussion with other teachers. I learned so
much from their interpretations and opinions about the content
that I may have seen differently."
course was very interesting and taught me things that I can take
straight to the class."
have shared with teachers all of the great ideas I received from
this course and the videos!"
Fostering Collaboration, Inquiry, and Critical Thinking in Middle
School Science (Grades 5-8)
have now incorporated collaborative groups and critical thinking
questions into my practice.
got some wonderful new ideas on how to run my classroom more smoothly
and still get my Science goals across from both the course and
the great teachers who took it along with me. Also excellent web
really liked the lesson on cooperative and collaborative learning."
course created more stimulation for me to research about web-techniques
than I had before."
course is a very useful class for today's teachers."
Weather and Climate (Grades 6-12)
I liked most about this course were the teacher resources, ex.
was very well organized and left very little question of what
the objectives were and how to meet them. The video/animation
snapshots were excellent supporting materials."
liked the interactive videos."
Creating Units to Support Differing Learning Styles K-12
course offered a lot of information about thematic units that
could be used in the classroom."
course really helped me get a good look at the learning style
of my students which I think will help me a great deal the rest
of this year in planning to teach to their learning styles."
theme based unit across the curriculum is a natural for the lower
grades and this course helps in preparing them. For the upper
elementary grades and even middle and high school, it is a way
for teachers outside of their field to work together (i.e. math
and sciences or Lit and the Social ) and bring cohesiveness to
very well, assignments were very meaningful to each subject area."
would love to see all teachers exposed to this kind of preparation
think this course gives everyone a good foundation for differentiated
instruction if they don't already know how to plan units like
Integrated Thematic Instruction Units or Universal Design for
Learning Units. It had very good resources in it, imparting a
lot of knowledge without hours and hours of studying traditional
texts. The Kovalik and Associates site was very attractive as
well as informative, particularly."
Connecting Family, Community and Schools K-12
course had good informative material. I found it easy to get on
the computer when I could and then looked forward to checking
the discussion board."
information was relevant and well rounded as well as the assignments...I
now have a jump on a few things for next school year."
taking this course I was able to come up with several programs
that help to draw parents and business partners into our school,
benefiting both our school and our local community."
is a very valuable course to all educators. I feel that it should
be a part of all teacher education programs. My regret is that
I did not have this course years ago. I have truly enjoyed every
aspect of this course."
Building Critical Thinking Skills for Online Research K-12
- "I enrolled
in Building Critical Thinking Skills for Online Research a few
years ago and give it my complete endorsement. As a result of
my taking this course, Broome teachers and I developed two programs
that led to a BEST BUY TE@CH award and an Ed Tech award."
Sheila Oliver, Broome High School, Spartanburg, SC
taking "Building Critical Thinking Skills for Online Research," I developed a website evaluation tool that my 4th and 5th grade students use in determining the usefulness of a website."
Curriculum Mapping I by Heidi Hayes Jacobs K-12
knowledge about curr. mapping was explained well and I feel that
I can truly explain the info to others AND encourage them to either
take the course or work with me on constructing a map!!"
teachers are chattering away about their curriculum maps and the
course in the lounge, on campus and everywhere they are
so excited about being a part of this and it is truly changing
their lives. This is a great springboard for doing this districtwide."
Teaching for Multiple Intelligences K-12
learned many immediately applicable ideas to use in the classroom."
think that all teachers can use some strategies discussed in this
course on MI theory."
Evaluation of PBS TeacherLine's Global Climate Change Education (GCCE) Professional Development
Research completed by the University of Memphis, Center for Research in Educational Policy
Teachers demonstrated a significantly higher level of global climate change content knowledge after completing TeacherLine's "Global Climate Change Education for Middle School" course.
They also increased the frequency with which they integrated NASA resources into their classroom instruction and the number of different resources that they used.
- "I just finished the Global Climate Change course [STEM417] through PBS Teacherline. It was fun, and really very good...plus all online...no commuting to class. Loved it!"
Kella Boatner, NC Educator