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University of Sioux Falls
Continuing Education
1101 W 22nd Street
Sioux Falls, SD 57105
(605) 331-6781
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University of Sioux Falls
Continuing Education for Educators


University of Sioux Falls and
Teacher Sandbox have partnered to offer coursework in the area of technology integration.  The Teacher Sandbox courses are project-based, self-paced courses in which participants apply their learning in a hands-on project.  The courses focus on 21st century technology tools and skills.  These courses are aligned with the ISTE NETS educational technology standards.  Participants will come away with practical ideas that they will be able to immediately apply in the classroom.

The cost for these 1-credit classes is $170.  For more information or to register for one of these classes, contact Stephen Zvolner This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
or call 847-864-8677.

iMovie: Digital Video in the Classroom


Bring learning to life using digital video in your classroom.  Learn how to use digital video as an instructional tool for school projects and leave prepared with practical ideas that you will be able to immediately apply in the classroom.  Learn how to create dazzling movies, complete with special effects, voice-overs, music scores, transitions, titles, credits, and more.  Through a variety of hands-on activities, learn how to work with digital video cameras and create and edit movies with iMovie, Apple’s breakthrough digital video editing software.  During this course you will create and produce your own instructional movie for use in your classroom.  This is an introductory course open to all K-12 teachers.  Students will need access to a digital video camera and Macintosh computer with a FireWire port and Apple’s iMovie software for this class.  It is recommended that you have 2 GB of free hard disk space as well as a high speed Internet connection.

MediaBlender: Project Based Learning with Multimedia

Explore the exciting possibilities of incorporating student created multimedia projects into the curriculum, using MediaBlender, an easy-to-use multimedia authoring tool.  MediaBlender allows students to create media rich presentations including text with hyperlinks, images, sound, animation, video and interactivity.  You will leave this class prepared with practical ideas that you will be able to immediately apply in your classroom.  Among the topics this course will explore are the principles of project-based learning using multimedia, how to integrate multimedia technology into the curriculum, and how to manage and evaluate student produced multimedia projects.  As a part of this course, you will develop a project based instructional lesson using MediaBlender.  This is an introductory course open to all K-12 teachers.  You should have basic computer skills (e.g., word processing, email, basic Internet skills).  You will need access to the Internet and an email account.  Trail versions of Media Blender can be downloaded for free to your computer. 

Moodle for Teachers

Extend your classroom beyond its physical boundaries using Moodle.  Moodle is the leading Open Source learning management system (LMS) and can be used to deliver online courses or to supplement traditional face-to-face courses.  With Moodle, you develop dynamic course content that can be accessed over the Internet by students anywhere at any time.  In this hands-on course, you will learn how to use Moodle’s features to create an engaging collaborative online learning community for your classroom.  As part of this course, you will create a Moodle course site that you can use in your classroom.  This class will be of interest to Elementary School, Middle School, and High School teachers, technology coordinators, and school administrators.  No prior knowledge of programming or Moodle is required.

MovieMaker: Digital Video in the Classroom

Learn how to create and edit movies using Microsoft Windows Movie Maker, a free video editing program for Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7.  Movie Maker makes creating movies fun and simple.  In this course, you will learn how to use digital video as an instructional tool for classroom projects and leave prepared with practical ideas that you will be able to immediately apply in your classroom.  You will learn how to create dazzling movies, complete with special effects, voice-overs, music scores, transitions, titles, credits, and much more.  During this course you will create and produce your own instructional movie that you can use for your classroom.  This is an introductory course open to all K-12 teachers.  Participants should have basic knowledge of the Windows operating system, a high speed Internet connection and an email account.  Access to a digital video camera and PC running Windows XP, Vista, or Windows 7 with a FireWire or USB port and audio card is required.  It is recommended that you have 2 GB of free hard disk space.

Photoshop Elements: Digital Imaging in the Classroom

Learn how to use digital cameras, color scanners and images from the web to enhance and enliven classroom teaching and learning.  You will leave this class prepared with practical ideas that you will be able to immediately apply in your classroom.  This course will explore how digital cameras and scanners work, basic photo editing techniques using Adobe Photoshop Elements, and how to integrate the use of digital images into the curriculum.  Through a variety of hands-on activities, you will develop the skills needed to effectively begin using digital images in your classroom.  During this course, you will develop an instructional module/presentation, for your classroom, incorporating the use of digital images. This is an introductory course open to all K-12 teachers. You should have basic computer skills (e.g., word processing, email, basic Internet skills).  You will need access to a digital camera and scanner during this class.  You will also need access to the Internet and an email account.  This class is open to either Macintosh or Windows PC users.