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Our virtual professional development courses provide the training, support, and inspiration to help you transform learning. Explore the technology, tools, and strategies that can spark student success.
Teachers, administrators, families — start learning today!
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Creative, Productive, and Personalized Classrooms
This session will focus on how and why you can engage students in learning and assessments. We will explore different types of assessments, methods of assessment, and tools that promote student choice and voice in learning. We'll also discuss how you can use assessments to provide students with opportunities to develop essential skills. Some methods we will cover include choice boards, genius hour, and PBL STEM activities. Join us to discover how to facilitate these methods and foster student agency in learning.
Rachelle Dene Poth is a Spanish and STEAM teacher and attorney. She is a frequent presenter at conferences on emerging technology and ways to benefit student learning. Rachelle has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Presidential Gold Award for Volunteer Service in Education. As an accomplished author, she has seven titles currently in print, and has contributed to multiple collaborative publications. She enjoys delivering PD, especially on appsmashing, AR/VR, SEL, STEM, project-based learning, and more
Are you interested in learning more about staying safe in the digital world? In this session, we’ll cover the basics of cybersecurity and strategies for teaching our students to stay protected while working on digital platforms. We will also explore the potential risks associated with working and interacting online. Join us as we discover security basics to protect our personal files and data from unauthorized access.
Building Resilience in Students and Teachers
This session will focus on understanding the concept of resilience and its importance in maintaining mental well-being. Participants will learn about practical strategies to develop and strengthen resilience in both students and teachers, including coping with stress, fostering a growth mindset, and creating a supportive learning environment.
Mandy Froehlich is an experienced Director of Innovation and Technology, technology integrator, and teacher, whose interest lies in reinvigorating and re-engaging teachers back into their profession, as well as exploring what’s needed to support teachers in their pursuit of innovative and divergent thinking and teaching. She consults internationally with districts and institutions in the effective use of technology to support great teaching, mental health support for educators, and how to create organizational change. She is an author of several books in the mental health and education space.
Celebrating Flag Day with 3D Design
This Flag Day 3D design session will show you how to use 3D design tools and techniques in the classroom for specific purposes. In this course, we will take a look at the brief history of Flag Day and then learn how you can incorporate computer-aided design elements from programs such as Canva and Tinkercad, as students will be able to create different shapes, colors, patterns to create realistic images of flags.
Instructional strategies for today’s environment
Sessions on how to utilize Google Classroom and other great collaboration and communication tools that are a part of Google Workspace for Education. Whether you’re teaching remotely or face-to-face, be a Google Classroom expert in no time.
We have remote learning courses for everyone. Our teachers will walk you through tools like Zoom and Microsoft Teams. Check out a course on Nearpod and Google, or explore how to continue STEM educationat home.
Associated to our PD sessions, Tech-tivities help you connect technology skills to teaching practice — and they do it by scaffolding do-anywhere activities to make sure students get the most out of every lesson.
Families need help too! We have sessions focused on helping family members become familiar and comfortable with the technologies they need to know to help students with anything from remote and hybrid learning to everyday homework assignments.
Powerful features for teachers and administrators
Our team of experienced educators are driven to grow our library of engaging state-approved sessions. Harness their expertise and the following features that are used by teachers and administrators across the country.
Drive technology initiatives
Create and share custom playlists that are exclusive to your school or district. Build your own path or use one of Teq’s pre-built playlists.
Use an existing learning management system to access OTIS. Import and update users and login quickly with Google, Classlink, Schoology, Canvas and Clever.
Upload your own content
With OTIS, you can upload your own video content and use our platform as a place to host the in-house PD training that’s essential for your school or district.
Get insightful analytics
School and district admins have access to advanced usage analytics, can see and track teacher progress, recommend courses, and manage licenses.
Learning on OTIS doesn’t stop with our PD courses. We also have skills videos, product-specific training (pBlocks), Tech-tivities, lesson materials, and more!
Become proficient in a specific tool or technology with with our Micro-credentialing tracks in Google, Microsoft, Apple, SMART Boards, and more.
Bring teachers together with our group viewing feature and engage in PD together while still getting individual credit.
Let’s pair up
Just ASK OTIS to pair with a PD Specialist and get one-on-one support with the platform, guidance on how to get started, help with creating PD playlists, and more!
As a state-approved PD provider, OTIS is a convenient and flexible way to fulfill your state-required PD hours.
Accolades, accomplishments and awards
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