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Note, this course was previously aired but because of its popularity we are running a recording of this session live at this time. The presenter will not be able to address your questions, but our Professional Development team members will be in the chat box to answer any questions you have. This session can also be found in our Course Library by searching the same title.
As the world becomes increasing digital, educators are using and creating more digital content. While digital content makes sharing information easier, it is also important to ensure that all individuals, including those with disabilities, will be able to easily receive and read this content. In this course, we will introduce digital accessibility, and discuss the importance of creating accessible content for all.
An extended break, such as a holiday break or summer vacation, can be a recipe for academic regression. In an attempt to prevent any possible regression, most teachers send students home with stapled holiday packets filled with academic activities. Join us as we share strategies and discuss the benefits of redesigning holiday packets using Google applications.
Learn how to use the iBlocks framework to guide your students through the Engineering Design Process, first building context and understanding around Rube Goldberg, simple machines, and then how they come together in a Rube Goldberg Machine. IBlocks content leads students through the planning, design, and construction of their machine and finally, the testing and evaluation, where students learn the importance of refining, remixing, and redesigning.
Are you looking for a unique activity using KIBO? Now that the winter months are officially here and snow is starting to fall, we are going to need a snowplow! In this session, we will explore how to turn KIBO into a snowplowing robot to clean up cotton ball snow. We will review the basics of KIBO, discuss important materials needed, and how to add code to make the snowplow do its job. We will also explore the steps for following the engineering design process to design the snowplow, put our work to the test, and make improvements along the way. Once the snowplow has been created, we will dive into some unique activity ideas. Get ready for a flurry of fun with KIBO!
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.
Parents need help too! We have sessions focused on helping parents 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.
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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.
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