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 competencies gained in the course (downloadable PDF).
Seats for the Teacher Lab online course are unlimited. The course will continue to be available throughout the duration of the 2019-20 school year and through summer 2020.
The Teacher Lab course is certified for 12 Continuing Teacher and Leader (CTLE) credit hours in New York State and for ASPDP "P" credit in-service hours with the NYC Department of Education.
To be eligible for P-credits, participants must register for the Teacher Lab course directly through the ASPDP course catalog (search for keyword "Teacher Lab"). The course will re-open for P-credit enrollment for the Summer 2020 semester.
Please visit the ASPDP FAQ page or email ASPDP at ASPDP@schools.nyc.gov should you need more information.
In order to earn continuing ed credit for their coursework, 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.