Educational Computing & Technology Certificate at UMD

By: Whitney

There are many certificates that someone can get that will help him or her to get a leg up in the teaching field. One of the certificates that is offered at UMD is the Educational Computing & Technology Certificate. This certificate is composed of four, four-credit classes that teach you how to use technology in the classroom and for administrative tasks.

Technology is becoming more and more important to school districts hiring new teachers. They need teachers who can keep up with the students who they are teaching. By getting this certificate, you will have a great certificate to add to your resume, and you also have a great amount of knowledge that can help you to be more efficient in the classroom.

Since the courses are only offered certain times of the year, I have found it very helpful you don’t have to take the courses in any particular order. The only exception to this is the first course in the series, as it is a prerequisite for the other courses. While it is nice you can take the courses in any order, you can plan your schedule to take the classes in order by course number. This could be very beneficial since many of the professors assume you have taken the previous classes. Since the courses are only offered during certain semesters, you really have to pay attention to when the courses are offered so you have time to fit everything into your schedule.

The first course in the certificate is EDUC 2000: Technology for Teaching and Learning or EDUC 5412: The Computer in Education. Either of these classes can count for completing the certificate even though they each have a slightly different focus. The Technology for Teaching and Learning course has a focus for working with elementary age students. This course teaches you to use tablets, SMART Boards, and other tools such as Excel and Prezi to enhance lessons in the elementary classroom. This course is offered in the spring and fall every year. The Computer in Education course has a focus on various operating platforms and teaches students how to use basic software used by teachers in the field. This course also teaches various tools to be used to enhance lessons. This course is offered in the fall, spring, and summer every year.

The next course is EDUC 5413: Teaching with Technology. This course is offered in the fall, spring, and summer every year. This course looks at more tools for teaching and assessing the effectiveness of using technology for various lessons and looking for the most appropriate tools to use with lessons. You will also learn about topics such as universal design for learning, teaching digital citizenship, SAMR Model, and ISTE-T standards.

The third class of the certificate (if you are taking them in order) is EDUC 5414: Using Technology for the Administrative Task of Teaching. This course is offered only in the fall of each school year. This course focuses on the background knowledge needed for various tasks of teaching with technology. The course discusses various technology conferences, assistive technology, and what it takes to be on a technology committee, and what tasks are involved with being the technology director at a school. This course also looks at how to write grants asking for technology and designing a 21st century classroom.

The final course is EDUC 5415: Teaching Online and Hybrid Courses. This courses covers topics such as copyright, free use, instructional design, and creating learning activities in regards to teaching classes that are either completely online or are partially online and partially face-to-face (hybrid courses). You also have the opportunity to design your own online course using the university online system. This course is offered only periodically in the spring.

I have found that the courses in this series have been very useful in my teaching experiences while I am in the field. This semester I have the opportunity to integrate a lot of what I have learned into my classroom because there is so much technology available to the students. The classroom has a SMART Board and the students each have their own iPad. In a world where technology is on the rise, education administrators are looking to hire teachers who know about technology and who want to incorporate it into their classrooms. This certificate is an excellent add-on to any teaching degree to give you more knowledge about the technology used in classrooms and how to effectively incorporate technology into the classroom.

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Common Questions About GoldPASS

By: Cameron

What is GoldPASS?

GoldPASS is a University of Minnesota owned website where employers post job and internship opportunities. All University of Minnesota students and alumni have access to the site. Find it here.

GoldPASS

How do I get started?

Once you log in with your University of Minnesota login information you will want to fill out your profile in the “My Account” tab at the top of the page. Then you will want to go into “My Documents” in the “My Account” tab and upload your resume. Your resume will be reviewed and either approved or unapproved for use on GoldPASS. If it is unapproved, make the suggested changes and upload the new resume.

How many skills should I include when filling out my profile?

It is not uncommon to have even twenty or more skills listed so feel free to be somewhat liberal when selecting skills. Having said that, there are a lot of skills out there that basically anyone could list such as numerical skills or writing so try and stick to the most relevant skills that will set you apart.

How do I search for positions?

Click the “Job/Internship Search” button/tab at the top of the page. This will bring you to a page with categories to search by. At any given time there are two or three thousand postings so it is important that you narrow your search. The main categories that you will want to search by are:

  • Degree(s) Seeking or Attained (select all that apply)
  • Job Category (select up to 5)
  • Position Type
  • Majors

You will also want to make sure and check the box that says “Exclude Records with ‘All Majors.” If you find some postings that you like you can always add them to your favorites.

How do I apply to positions?

In each posting there is a section titled “Application Method” that typically says to submit application through the company’s website. Then there will be a section below providing a link to the company’s website. Some positions also have a button at the top of the posting that says “Submit Resume.” Clicking on this will allow you to submit your resume and a cover letter. It is recommended that you apply using both methods whenever possible.

What else can you do on GoldPASS?

On GoldPASS you can also sign up for on-campus interviews, check the calendar for upcoming career fairs and events, and checkout the resource library which provides tons of information about all kinds of career-related topics.

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2012-2013 Graduate Follow-up Report

In the past month, we released the newest edition of the Graduate Follow-up Report. We’re excited, as this is one of the major reports we produce each year. We use the report almost daily in our office as a way to show off what UMD grads have accomplished and also to help current students brainstorm jobs, internships, and graduate/professional schools they could pursue with their majors.

GFUR Infographic (half)

You can view the full report in all its glory on our main website.

UMD Homepage story written by External Affairs can be found here.

Previous blog posts we’ve written about the Grad Follow-up Report

Thanks to UMD External Affairs for creating the awesome infographic shown above!

Why Should I Get Involved on Campus?

By: Ashlee FB

Most college students understand why it is important to get involved in the school community. Our parents, professors, and campus staff encourage us to get involved on campus for many reasons, whether it be to build a solid resume, to form friendships, or to create a sense of belonging. I want to share some of my experiences with being involved on campus and why I feel it has enriched my time here at UMD.

Get Involved on Campus

Relationships

The relationships I’ve been fortunate enough to form from being involved on campus are priceless. The amount of genuine people on UMD’s campus seems to be endless. A good way to meet them can be through on campus activities. If you don’t feel you are the most outgoing person out there, getting involved may help you meet people who are interested in something similar to you. I remember as a freshman it could be somewhat intimidating walking into a lecture hall filled with people you don’t know. However, it’s easier to start a conversation with someone you know you already have something in common with. It’s never too early to start networking!

Resume Builder

By getting involved on campus, you are making yourself a more attractive candidate for when the time comes to start applying for internships and jobs. Not only will you have added experience, but you will also show initiative. Today, it is so imperative to set yourself apart from other applicants, and a strong resume isn’t necessarily one with the highest GPA, it’s one that shows a well-rounded student. There are many clubs and organizations that promote positive communication skills – the number one skill employers look for! Leadership skills can also be highly developed through on-campus activities, and we all know the added benefits of leadership experience.

UMD Bulldogs

Sense of Community

There are so many awesome activities to be involved in at UMD and this can really bring out your inner school spirit. School spirit is often times thought of as just having to do with athletics. However, you can really find a sense of community through on-campus involvement. The connection you develop with the University can really have an impact on your college experience.

The personal satisfaction that comes with being involved on campus is remarkable.  I so highly recommend getting involved on campus, starting freshman year. We only have four years here, don’t miss out on many of the amazing opportunities UMD has to offer!

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Last Week as a Bulldog

By: Justine

As sad as it is to say it, my days of being a Bulldog student have now closed.  I am now writing to you as an alumna for my last post on this blog.  Graduation was a milestone point that came quicker than I had ever anticipated it would.  All of the days of hard work leading up to it helped shaped me to be the person I am today, and I am so grateful!  I made so many great friends, learned so much from all my fantastic professors, and worked with some of the most amazing co-workers (not to name names here… I’m talking about you Career Services!).

I hope that my Bulldog experience is not unique to only myself, I truly desire all current students appreciate their time spent in the UMD halls for all that it can teach you.  College is a challenging time when you get to learn so much about yourself, and others, before you enter the real world.  Tackle new classes, skills, events, and experiences with enthusiasm and treat it as though it were a necessary ‘qualification’ as your job as a student.  Once you find passion in your activities, apply that to a field then transfer that passion to your career.

These certainly won’t be my last words with UMD, I will be back to visit, so this is no goodbye.  I want to thank you for reading my blog posts throughout the past year, and I hope that you will stay tuned for all the wonderful writers on here that are such great advocates for the work of Career Services!   As an office, we will really do all that we can to help you achieve career happiness as a student or as an alumni.

To all my fellow 2013 graduates, congrats!

Sincerely,

Justine

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Be Gracious

By: Annie

As I write this final post for my college career, I am working the last hour of my shift at the front desk of Career Services.

Before I had a single college class, I interviewed for this position. This job and this office have been a constant over the past four years while my classes, my friends, and my houses have all changed each year. I cannot help but think back to the girl who walked into that interview and realize how much I too have changed. Lessons learned, friendships made, and milestones reached.

The end of anything can be scary. It can also be exciting. When I am feeling overwhelmed, I think back to what I have learned.

Three of the most important things I have taken in these last four years:

  1. Know what is most important to you and don’t lose sight of it
  2. Use your resources, don’t try to accomplish everything on your own
  3. Be gracious

To those of you with more time here at UMD, cherish it. To my fellow Graduates, congratulations and good luck! I am so grateful for my experience at UMD. I will never forget the people I met or the memories I made.

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Abby’s Nuggets of Knowledge

By: Abby

Well everyone… I am graduating! Yay!

I want to thank everyone for reading these posts over the last year. Just last summer Ellen and I were sitting in her office brainstorming what to call this blog, and how to skin it… It was quite fun. I am so excited about how far it has come so quickly!

As I reflect back on my time at UMD, I find there are a few nuggets of knowledge I want to leave with you all.

  • Know what you want
    • It is easier (and possible…) to be successful when you know what you’re working towards. If you don’t know now, don’t be complacent and assume it’ll come to you. Come visit Career Services. Explore your interests. Informational interview and shadow professional in the fields you’re exploring.
  • Set goals
    • Set goals that are specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and timely. Tell people about them. Then they can help hold you to the goals, but also when they know what you’re working on, they’re more willing and able to help. Dream big and set your goals to the moon. You’ll be surprised at what you are capable of.
  • Get involved
    • Get involved with the community and your school. It’s a great way to feel connected, to meet people who could help you one day, to have fun, and to gain experience.
  • Find a mentor
    • Don’t try to do everything on your own. Find someone whom you want to be professionally and ask to be their mentee. They’ll teach you so much…

While I will be embarking on a new amazing life journey, I am also leaving behind a great one. It is bittersweet as I sit in the Career Services office for my final shift… This job has been the best. I have learned so much and grown as a person while holding this position. I might be biased, but I truly believe a Peer Educator for Career Services is the best job anyone could have on campus. There are fabulous people here that I will truly miss.

CARPE DIEM!

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