By Jacelyn Nesmith | Content Development Specialist on August 14, 2020 at 8:46 AM
Last week iCEV hosted its first-ever virtual conference, CTE Inspired. Over 9,700 participants gathered from every state in the U.S., the Virgin Islands, Bahamas, Philippines and England to sharpen their skills and discover new classroom strategies.
Our goal for CTE Inspired was to highlight iCEV’s features, provide support and share resources for CTE teachers around the country. While we were striving to inspire teachers as they embark on the next school year, iCEV was inspired by the turnout and success of the virtual conference. Our team looks forward to the future of CTE and is currently considering hosting a virtual conference in 2021.
Below are key takeaways from the two-day conference.
iCEV, LMS & LTI Integration- You can now seamlessly integrate the iCEV curriculum platform with your preferred learned management system (LMS) or single sign on (SSO) provider to simplify the login process, access course content and transfer grades. iCEV integrates with Google Classroom, Schoology, Canvas, Blackboard, Moodle, Clever, ClassLink and more. Whether you are sharing assignments with your students on iCEV or using an LMS/SSO provider, you can customize your courses to meet the needs of your students.
Customizing your iCEV Account- Through iCEV, teachers can customize courses, including activities, projects, PowerPoints and assessments. “iCEV is a roadmap,” said Clayton Franklin, iCEV’s Executive Vice President. “You can choose to follow it to a T or you can pluck out the elements you feel are most applicable.”
Help Students Succeed- As we approach a new era of learning, students and teachers can often feel overloaded. “Distance learning can overwhelm students very fast,” said Damein Christensen, agricultural teacher at Shoshoni High School. “It’s not our job to overwhelm them; it’s our job to help them succeed.” Whether students are learning from home, in the classroom or a mixture of both, teachers should offer resources to help students develop the knowledge and skills needed to be successful in and outside of the classroom. While teaching outside of a classroom may feel different to teachers, distance learning has its perks. During these unknown times, teachers can help students embrace the changes in their lives.
Enjoy the Change- During distance/hybrid learning, each day is different. Each of your students’ experiences and commitments are different. Anticipate and monitor the changes within education, be ready to adapt quickly. Overall, embrace the change. Try to enjoy the small things, including more family time or not sitting in traffic on your way to work. Capitalize on the opportunity for teachers to build a relationship with students on a personal level. During distance learning, “we got to know our students better and their parents,’ said Christensen. “It was a cool thing.” Additionally, if you notice room for improvement, do not hesitate to adjust your courses. “Take a swing, don’t be afraid,” said Dr. Morris, keynote speaker of CTE Inspired.
Lesson Plans- iCEV has recently developed a new lesson plan design for all lessons moving forward. Items such as bell ringers and exit tickets, as well as accommodations, modifications and extensions for special populations will be included. Additionally, to aid in the planning process, the lesson plans will have detailed step-by-step instructions and Action Plans for the students.
Industry Certifications- iCEV also offers opportunities for teachers to help students earn industry certifications in their courses. The iCEV testing platform currently hosts 16 industry certifications from five certifying agencies. The preparation content for industry certifications is developed directly in collaboration with the certifying agency. This ensures students are set up for success when they take their certification exam. Industry certifications, “help students land jobs, increase confidence and their skillset,” said Meredith Ashworth, agricultural teacher at Narragansett High School.
Special Populations- In addition to lesson plans and industry certifications, iCEV has resources for helping all students, including special population students. During the conference, teachers shared best practices for teaching special populations, one of which is to chunk assignments. Additionally, teachers should encourage group work and intermingle the groups. For special population students these practices, “gives them a sense of accomplishment when they can do it by themselves,” said Velma Benavides, law enforcement teacher at Somerset High School.
Through iCEV, teachers can create separate courses to share with students who need modifications. Students can be enrolled in both courses, the general course and the one with modifications. Teachers can select which assignments special population students need to complete and offer retakes on assignments and assessments.
CTE Inspired highlighted iCEV’s features, shared resources and materials with teachers to use in their classrooms. Regardless of the future of education, the success of CTE is in our hands. As a field, we must stick together and continue preparing students for successful careers.
“Your purpose may not be to create the next Amazon, Google or YouTube,” said Dr. Morris. “But you may have the person in your classroom that will. You have the impact of the future sitting in your classroom. You do shape the future.”
Team iCEV would like to sincerely thank each of our attendees and speakers for participating in CTE Inspired. Your attendance was instrumental in making this conference a success. To our speakers, your thought-provoking and insightful experiences allowed the conference to be filled with innovative ideas, which will facilitate the future of CTE. As Dr. Morris said during the keynote address, “We are in this together.”
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