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Digital Tools to Support Students with Autism
Did you know that April is Autism Acceptance Month? Join us for this session where we take a look at some great digital tools for working with students with autism spectrum disorder. We will discuss why digital tools can be so powerful when working with the autism community. We will also provide some activities, resources, and helpful websites! Of course, we will also explore why STEM and multiple exposures are so crucial for these students. Join us for autism acceptance!
Moving From Consumption to Creation
We often discuss engagement and students' active role in learning. If you looked at the classroom of the 50s, you would see desks in rows, a teacher in the front of the room doing most of the talking, books out on the desks, and students consuming the lesson. Should schools in 2023 follow this same model? The answer should be a resounding, very loud NO. Unfortunately, that is not always the case. In many of today’s classrooms, we continue to teach by delivering information that students are expected to consume. We can change this! This session will focus on tools and strategies to create active thinkers and learners.
Matt Joseph is currently the Director of Evaluation, Supervision, Mentoring and Hiring in Brockton Public Schools. He is the CEO of X-Factor EDU and the author of several books. He has held many positions in education from classroom teacher to principal; this has given him insight into how best to support teaching and learning. He writes articles for national publications and is a frequent speaker at state and national educational events as well as the president-elect of MASCD.
Strategies to Prepare Students for Standardized Testing
Teachers and students alike may be feeling the pressure of having to properly prepare for spring testing. In this session, we will take a look at the different assessment types, plus test-taking strategies that will make students more comfortable in taking them. Let's grow our approach to testing so we can foster learning and showcase student knowledge.
Explore the three domains of digital learning: wellness, competency, and creativity as a framework to design instruction, demonstrate learning, and assess understanding. Create authentic opportunities to capture student voice, make thinking visible, build student agency, and reimagine what post-pandemic publishing looks like. Participants will use resources and collaboration to rebuild intentional, engaged, student-centered, and social-emotionally guided learning. This session looks at the components of digital citizenship as a wellness model, identifying tools and strategies to amplify all voices, provide authentic choices, and ensure that all learners are empowered to create their own content.
As a Digital Learning Coach in Walpole, Massachusetts, Jed Stefanowicz provides job-embedded professional development and instructional coaching for academic technology. Through conferences, workshops, and coaching, Jed aims to engage and build staff/student digital learning capacity, keeping the focus on practice over product. As a 25 year elementary educator, speaker, blogger, and current Massachusetts Teach Plus Policy Fellow, Jed shares his passion for effective tech integration to transform teaching and learning, creating engaging and equitable digital learning environments and experiences that activate, innovate, and motivate digital learning. He is the Author of “Take AIM at Digital Learning: Activate, Innovate, Motivate” and “Impact to Influence”.
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.
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