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Category: Teaching and Learning



Personalized Summer Learning Opportunities for Students

Montgomery County Intermediate Unit announces two new summer virtual learning opportunities for students. Whether camp or coursework, personalized opportunities to enrich and explore are available to students in grades K-12.
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Dream It, Design It started as a one day design challenge competition for students in grades 4 and 5.  This year we are expanding Dream It, Design It to a week-long design-thinking camp for young people across the U.S. entering grades 1-8. Registrants will participate in week-long activities with the help of their peers and counselors.
Visit the Dream it, Design It site

MVP Summer Bundles
MVP is happy to offer our new Summer Bundles where middle and high school  students can choose from Enrichment and Exploration Opportunities.
Enrichment options (Chart Your Path Forward) will provide opportunities for students to pursue personal interests at their own pace with an emphasis on career exploration.
Exploration options (Shore Up) were developed to ensure students can enter the 20-21 school year with confidence that their core content from the previous grade was fully completed amid disruption due to COVID-19.

The OPL Podcast: Welcome To Alphabet Soup!

Alphabet Soup Pt. 1: The U’s (UDL & UBD)

Education is filled with acronyms and frameworks that are intended to help educators and leaders provide the best learning experiences possible.  As a result, these tools and processes can have a language all their own and can be confusing for those who do not engage with them on a daily basis.  Enter “Alphabet Soup,” an ongoing mini-series dedicated to explaining and unpacking educational language and frameworks in a succinct and meaningful way.  The OPL podcast kicks off this new series with “The U’s,” a discussion about two separate frameworks rooted in instructional “Design.”

More About Universal Design for Learning

CAST.ORG (UDL Guidelines)
Click the icon to launch the interactive guidelines graphic.

MCIU EdTech Training Guide


A Free Resource to Support the Integration of District-Approved Educational Technology Tools and Resources

THE LEARNING GUIDEThis interactive guide is intended to be a resource for educators as they learn to use specific technological tools that are supported by their school district.  Built with our teachers in mind, this is a curation of the best free and openly-accessible learning resources and tutorials we could find.  MCIU’s Office of Professional Learning will continue to update and add to this resource in order to meet the requests we receive from our member school districts.
Access the Guide

SUPPORTING ONGOING NEEDSWe are accepting requests for additional tutorial resources to be curated into this document from our Montgomery County, PA school districts.  You may also share any district-created resources you think may be of help.  Please email any district developed materials or requests for additional tools to our Program Administrator for Instructional Technology, Brandon Langer at
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How to use this guide

Page 2 of this document is an interactive table of contents. 
Each tech tool has been aligned to a category. 
Click on the link of a tool you would like to learn more about and you will be pushed down to the curated resources below. 
There are guides for a range of abilities and use cases for each tool.
We advise that users do not make a copy of this document so you may continue to have access to the most recent set of curated materials.

It is important to review and abide by the terms of service for each tool, resource, and content provider. 
Teachers should follow school and district guidelines for implementation.

The OPL Podcast: Taking Steps To Make “Visible Learning” Visible with Kristin Anderson

“Every single educator is capable of greatness”
– Kristin Anderson
Kristin shared this statement as part of an interview she did with MCIU in the fall.  Her belief that educators and school leaders are the most important influencers in a child’s education is what makes this Visible Learning series at MCIU so special. 

This week’s OPL podcast features an inspiring conversation with Kristin and highlights two of the most important categories in the Visible Learning research, feedback and efficacy.

“I want collective teacher efficacy”
When we look at the Visible Learning Research, it doesn’t take long to scroll to the top and see what has the greatest impact, Collective Teacher Efficacy.  I love how Kristin brings up the reality that this is not born over night.  While it is great that educational leaders are acknowledging the importance of efficacy, Kristin brings us down to earth by pointing out that this all starts with our own self-efficacy.

“worry more about how students are receiving your feedback much more than increasing how much you give”
– John Hattie 

Utilizing the New CDT Interactive Reports

Workshop Materials
MCIU CDT Activity List:

CDT Updates for January 2020

General Enhancements Made to Reports

Reduced scroll bars on each reporting page
Pre-filter values will be available across all reports
Initial report data focused on most recent test event for Student Group
Batch Download available from all report tabs

Conferencing Report

The Conferencing Report is a new report that will be available through Batch Download. This report will provide immediate results upon submission of a completed CDT and will compare up to three of the most recent test events for the selected Content Area.
The reported test events will vary, based on what test events have been completed by the student, and may include a combination of Full CDT and/or Diagnostic Category test events.


Training Video
NOTE: This video demonstrates all updates made to the Interactive Reports, as well as introduces the Conferencing Report.