The Teacher Lab is an online information literacy and research skills course designed to help K-12 educators feel more confident finding a variety of text and media for their classrooms. Enroll for FREE!
Receive an in-depth orientation to the modern public library, visit a special collection in an archive, and review information literacy techniques when using general internet tools such as Google and Wikipedia. Learn how to apply core research skills across all disciplines, handle primary sources and evaluate resources ranging from scholarly articles to tweets.
Educators will leave the course with a thorough understanding of how to locate a variety of texts and media to enrich the student learning process. In order to receive a passing grade, graduates must create an annotated resource list in support of an instructional unit or objective.
See a full list of skills and competiencies gained in the course (downloadable PDF).
Seats for the Teacher Lab online course are unlimited. Online course will be available for the duration of the 2017-18 school year.
The Teacher Lab course is certified for 12 Continuing Teacher and Leader (CTLE) credit hours in New York State and is "P" credit certified with the NYC Department of Education.
To be eligible for NYC DOE P-credits, participants must register and pay an ASPDP fee directly through ASPDP. Participants must visit http://schools.nyc.gov/teachers/ASPDP to complete the registration, where participants can either create an account or log on to their existing ASPDP account, then visit the course catalog to find and enroll in the course. Any participant who does not complete this enrollment process on the ASPDP website by the deadline will not be eligible for P-credits for that semester. Registration for the ASPDP fall semester closed on Nov. 6, 2017. Winter semester registration will open in January. Please email ASPDP at ASPDP@schools.nyc.gov should you need more information.
In order to earn Continuing Education credit, educators must complete all modules and final assignment to the satisfaction of the instructor. Educators outside of New York State will be issued a certificate for 12 hours of attendance.
This project is made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.