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Block-Based vs. Text-Based Programming

Block-Based vs. Text-Based Programming

When we think of STEM or STEAM courses at school, we usually include opportunities for students to learn coding and programming. This can be done with block-based code or text-based code, or both! What is the difference, and should students in a K-12 system learn both? What are the benefits and priorities of these types […] READ MORE
Using an iPad as a Document Camera with Your SMART iQ Experience

Using an iPad as a Document Camera with Your SMART iQ Experience

We discussed in a previous blog how a document camera can be useful in your classroom, and how to connect it to your SMART iQ experience. Many teachers have access to a mobile device such as an iPad or tablet — did you know you can use this device as a document camera? By leveraging […] READ MORE
Social and Emotional Learning with Sphero

Social and Emotional Learning with Sphero

  With social and emotional learning being a focus in education, teachers are always looking for fun and creative ways to incorporate SEL into their daily lessons. In this blog we will explore how the Sphero robot can not only be used to teach code, but be a key player in social and emotional learning. […] READ MORE
NYC Tech Summit 2021

NYC Tech Summit 2021

Inspire. Explore.Educate. Innovate. The one stop virtual event for education technology. NYC DOE staff and beyond are invited to this year’s #NYCSchools Virtual Tech Summit. Staff can earn up to 4.5 hours of CTLE credit depending on how long they attend. July 28, 2021 | 7:30am – 4:00pm ET Register for the Summit Summit Agenda […] READ MORE
Learning with Innovative Technology Conference (LIT) 2021

Learning with Innovative Technology Conference (LIT) 2021

6th Annual LIT Conference | July 23, 2021 SUNY Empire State College will host its 6th annual Learning with Innovative Technology (LIT) conference on Friday, July 23, 2021. This is a FREE virtual conference focused on using technologies in education. This conference is designed for educators of all types, including K-12 teachers, higher-education faculty and […] READ MORE
Using a Document Camera with Your SMART iQ Experience

Using a Document Camera with Your SMART iQ Experience

Document cameras are an essential and very commonly used tool for educators in the classroom. The ability to easily project or display something physical (like a piece of paper, book, artifact, or any manipulative) to a large screen display for the entire class allows a teacher to easily show, model, and explore items with students […] READ MORE
Using Font Generators in Google

Using Font Generators in Google

Did you ever want to use different font styles to label things in Google Classroom, Google Drive, Microsoft Teams, or Microsoft Drive, so that these labels stand out? Well, there is a way to do that — with a font generator. What is a font generator? A font generator is a type of computer software […] READ MORE
ISTE Live 2021

ISTE Live 2021

Join us at ISTE Get to know OTIS for educators at ISTE 2021. Schedule a time to meet with us, and you’ll learn why OTIS provides some of the best edtech professional learning out there. Register today to learn more about OTIS for educators With a subscription to OTIS, educators can: Get the training they […] READ MORE
Federal Funding for Private Schools

Federal Funding for Private Schools

Did you know that as a private school, you are eligible for federal funding? Every year, the Federal Government allocates funding in the form of entitlement grants to public school districts, but many private schools are completely unaware that they, too, are entitled to these funds. According to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), […] READ MORE
3 Must-Have Extensions for Google Chrome

3 Must-Have Extensions for Google Chrome

Extensions are powerful additions to the Chrome browser that add extra functionality to websites and applications. Some of these extensions work by adding features to individual apps (think Google Meet Grid view) or to all websites that are visited in Chrome, like the Google Translate extension. Let’s take a look at some of the top […] READ MORE
Discover AI While Using Google with Your Students

Discover AI While Using Google with Your Students

In our last AI-related blog, we provided an overview of 5 Practical Ways AI Can be Used in Education. Here we explore the many facets of AI built into Google. Google is a popular platform used during teaching and learning in the workplace, and even at home. There’s Google Drive for “storing, accessing, and sharing […] READ MORE
Paced Instruction with SMART Learning Suite Online

Paced Instruction with SMART Learning Suite Online

SMART Learning Suite Online (SLSO) can be used as a stand-alone product, or can be integrated with Google Workspace for Education, Microsoft Teams, Canvas, and more. A feature of SMART Learning Suite Online that we like to draw attention to is the option for teacher-paced and/or student-paced learning. While delivering lessons to students synchronously via […] READ MORE
Productive Backgrounds in Zoom Meetings

Productive Backgrounds in Zoom Meetings

Virtual meetings have become commonplace in our times of virtual and hybrid learning. Teachers and students have worked from home this past year and Google Meet, Microsoft Teams, and Zoom meetings have added many features to meet (pun intended) this need. One popular feature is the use of a virtual background during the meetings. This […] READ MORE
5 Tips for Wrapping Up Your Year with Google

5 Tips for Wrapping Up Your Year with Google

We’re almost there! Long days on the beach are so close you can smell the ocean air and feel the warm sun on your face. But, before you kick back and relax, taking some time to wrap up this year’s affairs will help set you up for success for the next school year. Here are […] READ MORE
Text Fonts for Dyslexic Readers

Text Fonts for Dyslexic Readers

If you have students that struggle with reading text due to Dyslexia, adding Dyslexic-friendly fonts to your classroom materials will help a great deal. In our training sessions on this topic, we stress that students, parents, and teachers need to remember that Dyslexia does not affect intelligence. Instead, it involves difficulty in learning to read […] READ MORE
3 Reasons to Welcome Social Media Into Your School District

3 Reasons to Welcome Social Media Into Your School District

It’s hard to believe how much the role of social media has changed since the debut of the first social media platforms. It has quickly become a part of the everyday life of many people around the world, whether it’s as a creative outlet and pastime, a way to market a personal business, communicate with […] READ MORE
Using Google Chrome as a Media Player

Using Google Chrome as a Media Player

There are so many things you can do with Google Chrome that some of its best features never reach the surface of the user’s interface. One such great and powerful feature is using Chrome as a media player. Whether it is photos, videos, PDFs, PNGs, and anything in between, Chrome is very adept at many […] READ MORE
Learn Google Classroom strategies straight from Alice Keeler

Learn Google Classroom strategies straight from Alice Keeler

Google Classroom is a game changer! Join Alice Keeler and the OTIS for educators team for two FREE webinars on Google Classroom. Learn some great strategies that will help you get the most out of Google Classroom, whether it’s getting more organized, or emphasizing a student-centered approach to teaching. Cleaning Up Your Google Classroom to […] READ MORE