BRATTLEBORO >> The Marlboro College Professional Development Institute has a few courses starting in August that are still open for registration, including Game Design for Teachers, a 100-percent onlilne, six-week course that runs from Aug. 14 to Sept. 25. In this hands-on studio course, students will learn to use a variety of digital authoring tools — including but not limited to Twine, Inklewriter, and Adobe Captivate — to create instructional games and interactive educational materials. Participants will examine the intersections of gaming and learning and explore how they can push the boundaries of both forms to maximize student engagement. Topics covered in this course will include narrative structure, variables, and game mechanics. For a final project, students will produce an instructional game of their own design, using one of the tools covered in the course.
Marlboro College will also offer Inquiry-Driven, Project-Based Mathematics. The course is 100-percent online for six weeks, starting Aug. 1 and running through Sept. 16. This course will serve as an in-depth exploration of high-school project-based mathematics. The main objectives of the course are to guide teachers through the process of designing and implementing inquiry-driven, application-based projects in Algebra 1 — Calculus. Topics to be covered include strategies for designing daily lessons that emphasize inquiry and critical thinking, resources available for creating in-depth projects, and specific ways to plan high school math curriculum around application-based projects. Theories engaged will include Dewey (Experience in Education), Noddings (Ethic of Care), and Dweck (Mindset). Participants will learn the material through creation of curricular resources. Specifically, major assignments will include the design of several inquiryfocused, studentdriven lesson plans, major unit plans, and large projects tied to specific unit plans.
From Aug. 1 through Aug. 5, Marlboro College will off in Burlington with Lucie DeLaBruere, Create, Make, Learn 2016. The fourth annual Create Make Learn summer institutes gives educators experience with active, handson learning in four areas, including creating with Chromebooks and iPads, STEAM powered learning and advanced maker skills.