Tips for Using a Module


How do I sign in to a module if I already have a paid subscription?

•Step One. Select a module from the Library. Click on the title. That will open a page that describes the module. If you wish to study this module click on one of the two options:

1. Either Purchase this module or,

2. If you are Already a subscriber click on that option.

•Your next screen will state “Login Here.” If you have directed the program to remember your username and passcode, then simply place your cursor over the username box, click, and your username will appear and both the username and passcode boxes will automatically fill.

•Click login.

•The selected module will appear.

•On your module homepage, everything that is in blue font is hot linked.


 How do you recommend I go through a module?

Whitewater content is very flexible. You can go in and out of any component anytime and anywhere as long as your year- long subscription is active. It is suggested that when entering a module for the first time start by scanning the support materials section, particularly the study sheet, glossary and Authentic Practice Sets. Open any attachments that may apply to a module. That way, when you view the videos, applications to each of those sections will trigger as the content expert addresses the words and topics. Set aside time to stop and reflect, preferably in your learning community, on the thought statements at the end of each video layer.


 How do I get back to the home page of a module after I open a link?

If you open a link, you can go back to the module’s home page by clicking on the module number in the upper left directly under the module’s full title. That will allow you to easily toggle in and out of each of the module’s components.


The module number looks like a code. What does it mean?

Yes, it is a code. The first number states which of eight content groups the module is PRIMARILY aligned. We say, PRIMARILY aligned because Whitewater modules are webbed, meaning that the content in any one module will align to multiple content categories, streams, and performance indicators. We think that is one of the primary strengths and differences that Whitewater brings to professional development for educators. Our content is not siloed. Just like working with a student, family, or college seldom are the questions, challenges or opportunities singular in nature. People and education are complex and Whitewater Learning content strives to web individual as well as clusters of topics to unveil best practices in meeting the needs of all people.

The content groups and their definitions are:


 1000 Series: Strategic Leadership.

Educators collaborate to create a shared vision, mission and goals for the school and individual classrooms in accordance with the state and district. They continually seek positive growth in their knowledge, skills, and ways of being central to each educator’s capacity to support high standards leading to the successful preparation of each student to be colleague or workforce ready upon graduation from high school.

2000 Series: Instructional Leadership.

Educators have a deep understanding of the alignment of standards-based curriculum, instruction, assessment, and learning environment that result in the achievement and accountability for all learners. The educator knows current best practices supported by research as well as emerging trends and embraces ongoing, embedded professional development. Knowing how to gather, sort, and evaluate performance assessment data is central to instructional leadership and the highly proficient instructional leader creates and uses methods designed to meaningfully hold all learners to standards that promote top achievement.

3000 Series: Managerial Leadership.

The educator proactively promotes the success of all students and employees by ensuring a safe, efficient, and effective learning environment committed to supportive use of its financial and people resources in the district, school, and individual learning setting.

4000 Series: Cultural Leadership.

The educator understands the important role of culture as a contributor to student and school success. This educator honors the positive traditions, artifacts, symbols and norms of the school and community that result in a sense of identity and pride. This is done while recognizing and supporting the individual ethnic and social cultures of the students and families that form the full membership of the learning organization. The educator continuously gathers and analyzes data to determine gaps in achievement that may be associated with misinterpretation of cultural needs and expectations within learning environments and seeks adjustments to achieve academic success for each student.

5000 Series: Communication Leadership.

The educator communicates purposefully with internal and external stakeholders employing conflict resolution and problem-solving strategies in a variety of situations and circumstances. The communication leader clearly, appropriately, and effectively uses both the spoken and unspoken word with different audiences and learning styles. He or she is especially proficient in communicating messages to parents of students in formal and informal settings recognizing the depth of love and emotion a parent carries for his or her child. Educators honor the significant role as protectors and seekers of success that parents play for their children. Therefore, the educator is an active listener and seeks to clarify the information and intent of other communicators.

 6000 Series: School Community Leadership.

The educator designs structures and processes within the district, school, and classroom or other instructional setting that result in community engagement, support, and ownership. The educator understands the school community within the social and political context of the broader community. This educator proactively creates opportunities for parents/guardians, community members, and business representatives to be involved in learning settings.

7000 Series: Ethical and Professional Leadership.

The educator works collaboratively to create a learning environment that assures equity and fulfills professional responsibilities with honesty and integrity. The educator is knowledgeable about and acts in accordance with state and federal statutes as well as with school policies and procedures. The educator consistently and impeccably follows their professional code of ethics.

8000 Series: Community Education, Lifelong Learning and Community Engagement.

The educator works collaboratively to create a learning environment inclusive of early learning, out of school time, adult learning, family education, community resources, partnerships, education foundations, political advocacy, leadership development, work place learning and other products and programs responsive to local needs. He or she recognizes each community member as a learner within the system, as well as a resource to it.


 Additional numbers in the code…

The next three number simply states the order in which this particular module was created. If the first four numbers are 2023 it means that this is the 23rd module developed in the Teaching and Learning content group. After the period you will find the copyright date. 0515 indicates the module was developed May 2015.


Study Sheet and Expert Presentation Tips


 Can you stop a course and continue later or will you need to start all over?

Yes.

You can start and stop a module (course) any time throughout the life of a full year subscription. Note that at the bottom of each video slide the number of the module layer and the slide number locked into a video is stated. With that information you can easily go back to the exact spot, even within the video to review or to emphasize in a PLC, staff meeting or course.


Why is the expert’s script provided as a downloadable feature?

There are two reasons that a learner may want to download the content expert’s script.

  1. Having a script to accompany a video with audio allows those who are hearing impaired to fully access the content.
  2. We have learned from some of our subscribers that they find the script to be a great study tool. As he or she watches the video and listens to the audio, or may prefer to turn down the audio and simply read the script, the learner can use a highlighter to mark significant points and can also make notes in the margins for future discussion or to refresh prior to the assessment for learning.

How do I access the content expert’s biography prior to entering the content of a module?

Click on the author’s name in the Library on the website. This will also provide a directory of biographies for all authors.


 Can I sort the Library directory?

Yes.

Once you are at the grid you can click the arrows by each title for your preferred sort option. You can either sort alphabetically by title, alphabetically by author, numerically by module number, or by clock hours. From there you can click any title and it will give you a description and the option to purchase it.


 How do I know which modules align with Minnesota’s state requirements for relicensing?

The Performance Indicators Grid lists all of the requirements in column A. You can access this grid from multiple locations on the website and in the Moodle site for any of the module. This information is also listed on the Library page of the website.


 Can I see a module before purchasing an individual or group subscription?

There is always a free module preview example at the top of the library page. The format is the same for every module.

If you are considering subscribing to a district or school group subscription, contact ann.werner@whitewaterlearning.org for a temporary passcode that may be used to examine content prior to purchase.

 

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