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Lesson Plans and Professional Development from Verizon Innovative Learning HQ Available in Open Space

Author // Matt Yauk Friday, 23 February 2024

393 new lesson plans and professional development offerings from Verizon Innovative Learning HQ, a free education portal that makes next-gen learning tools available to all K-12 educators nationwide, have been added to Open Space. 

With a free account, educators can infuse engaging STEM concepts in any subject area and grade level. For example, in the Design Thinking: The Five Chair Challenge lesson plan, students are introduced to the basics of the Design Thinking process and complete a hands-on prototyping activity. In Microplastics, What Can We Do About Them in Our Community?, learners use a free augmented reality app to explore oceans, discover factors that are having detrimental effects on marine ecosystems, then generate ideas of how to mitigate the effects of microplastics.

Also included in the Verizon Innovative Learning HQ collection are 44 professional development courses, all of which offer a micro-credential from Digital Promise upon completion. Two example courses include:

  • Cultivating Digital Citizens, where users can explore ways of supporting teachers with lesson design, developing strategies, and modeling best practices to create responsible digital citizens and help cultivate a safe and responsible digital culture.
  • Enhancing Learning with Augmented Reality, where users will explore the benefits of designing learning experiences with augmented reality with the idea of creating new immersive learning opportunities for students.

students engaging with an augmented reality app in the classroom

Open Space is a curation and collaboration tool from INFOhio that empowers educators to build community through groups, access curated collections, search for freely accessible instructional materials, and curate and share resources that promote innovative and collaborative learning. Have questions? INFOhio is always here to help. For questions, comments, and additional support, contact us at support.infohio.org.

About the Author

Posted by: Matt Yauk

Matt Yauk is a Senior Instructional Specialist with INFOhio. He is a certified educator who has worked as a Business and Technology teacher in the middle and high school settingsĀ and as an educational technologist, instructional designer, and academic technology director for The Ohio State University (OSU). He has a B.S. in Education: Technical Education and Training from OSU, a M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction: Instructional Design and Technology from University of Cincinnati, founded the Learner Engagement Division within the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT), and co-authored a chapter in the Handbook of Distance Education (4th edition) called "Trends and Directions in Continuing Professional Development." The positive impact on student learning and educator development has always been hisĀ primary focus.

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