15 min - 30 min

pi-top Project 1: Scratch Programming

Start your pi-top adventure with our first project-based session! We'll dig into Scratch 2, and how you can leverage this great coding resource on your pi-top 3. Together, we'll learn basic code blocks and make our first Scratch game.

Teq DTC: Google Educator Advanced Session 10 - Helping Students Take Ownership of Their Learning and Be Effective Citizens

In Session 10 of our Google Educator Advanced series, we will discuss ways in which students can take ownership of their learning. We will also work on strategies for giving students choice in their assignments. We will then discuss how these assignments can advance skills such as time management, organization, and academic growth. This session will focus on using technology for group work activities, having students choose their own activities, and creating and sharing presentations.

Robotic Thanksgiving Day Parade

Get ready for some Thanksgiving fun in this cross-curricular and technology-infused course! In this session, we'll use Teq's favorite robots to create a Thanksgiving Day Parade float. We'll learn about the coding skills necessary to complete this assignment, and also explore how to incorporate research and design into this fun classroom project.

Overview of Workbench

Join us as we explore Workbench, a digital platform where teachers can access lessons, assign projects to their classroom, and engage their students in coding. You'll learn about Workbench's features and be fully prepared to start using Workbench in your classroom by the end of the session.

Using Augmented Reality to Teach Sight Words

Word Walls are a staple for many elementary classrooms. In this session, you'll learn how to make interactive word walls using augmented reality (AR). Join us to go through the steps to plan, design, create, and integrate interactive word walls into your classroom and create an immersive experience that allows students to explore a classroom tradition with a modern twist.

Pi-top Classroom

In a classroom full of pi-top laptops, the teacher needs to manage what students are doing and see their progress.  Let’s take a look at pi-top Classroom!

Global Cybersecurity Basics

Lax security practices and poor security awareness on the part of employees can result in data breaches and other security incidents that have serious consequences for organizations. Hackers will take advantage of any vulnerability, and their reach is global. This course focuses on common pitfalls in IT security by end users, highlighting how seemingly harmless actions by employees can give opportunistic hackers access to sensitive organizational data and systems. The course also provides employees with common sense guidelines dealing with areas such as mobile security, online security, password security, and malicious e-mails. This course was developed with subject matter support provided by The Potomac Law Group, PLLC. Please note, however, that the course materials and content are for informational purposes only and do not constitute legal advice and may or may not reflect the most current legal developments. Nothing herein, or in the course materials, shall be construed as professional advice as to any particular situation or constitute a legal opinion with respect to compliance with legal statutes or statutory instruments. Transmission of the information is not intended to create, and receipt does not constitute, an attorney-client relationship. Readers should not act upon this information without seeking independent legal advice.

Kano Basics

Kano is a DIY system that lets you build your own computer and bring it to life! Students will learn to build and code with plug and play parts. Packed with coding challenges, stickers, and apps, this product gives students endless ways to be creative. Join us to learn how to get Kano started in your classroom!

Osmo Basics

Tablets have become so mainstream in our society that it's sometimes difficult for teachers to find the line between learning and play. That's where Osmo comes in! This learning tool seamlessly combines learning and play on a platform that is both physical and digital. Join this session to learn more about this fantastic product, and how it can fit into your classroom.

First Aid: CPR

Emergencies requiring cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) can and do occur without warning. It is important that you know the basic emergency techniques for recognizing and treating failures of the respiratory system and heart. This course will focus on the three procedures of basic life support: restoring circulation, maintaining an open airway, and restoring breathing. Note: this training should not be used as the primary basis for any CPR certification. It is intended to provide the learner with knowledge-based training only. This training should be accompanied by a performance-based component provided by a certified CPR instructor. The content in this course is designed to comply with the intent of the applicable regulatory requirements. Learner objectives are to recall basic life support techniques used to restore and maintain a victim's circulation, recall basic life support techniques to open a victim's airway, and recall basic life support techniques used to restore and maintain breathing. This course was developed with subject matter support provided by EnSafe Inc., a global professional services company focusing on engineering, environment, health and safety, and information technology. Please note, the course materials and content were current with the laws and regulations at the time of the last expert review, however, they may not reflect the most current legal developments. Nothing herein, or in the course materials, shall be construed as professional advice as to any particular situation with respect to compliance with legal statutes or requirements.

Fatigue Management

Being tired at work doesn't just make you less productive. Fatigue also makes errors more likely and can lead to serious or even fatal accidents, putting you and others at risk. In this course, you'll learn about the signs of fatigue and its causes, so that you'll be more aware when you're overtired. You'll also learn about the risks that fatigue can pose in the workplace, and about specific strategies you can use to help prevent fatigue. This course was developed with subject matter support provided by EnSafe Inc., a global professional services company focusing on engineering, environment, health and safety, and information technology. Please note, the course materials and content were current with the laws and regulations at the time of the last expert review, however, they may not reflect the most current legal developments. Nothing herein, or in the course materials, shall be construed as professional advice as to any particular situation with respect to compliance with legal statutes or requirements.

Bloodborne Pathogen Awareness 2.0

This course will provide you with a basic understanding of bloodborne pathogens, common modes of transmission, methods of prevention, and what to do if an exposure occurs. Information presented will help minimize serious health risks to persons who may have personal exposure to blood and other potentially infectious materials in the workplace. The content in this course is designed to comply with the intent of the applicable regulatory requirements. The training requirements established under the Bloodborne Pathogen standard require an employer to allow for an opportunity for interactive questions and answers with the person conducting the training session. Employers may use a variety of methods to meet the intent of the standard. As an example, OSHA has previously stated that an employer can meet OSHA's requirement for trainees to have direct access to a qualified trainer by providing a telephone hotline. The course was developed and reviewed with subject matter support provided by certified subject matter experts and industry professionals. Please note, the course materials and content were current with the laws and regulations at the time of the last expert review, however, they may not reflect the most current legal developments. Nothing herein, or in the course materials, shall be construed as professional advice as to any particular situation with respect to compliance with legal statutes or requirements. Warning: This course contains images of blood.

Active Shooter 2.0

Active shooter situations have become more common, in public places and at work premises. This course will help you prepare to respond to an active shooter situation. You'll learn about typical characteristics of active shooter incidents, ways you can prepare now, and expert recommendations on how best to react when an attack is in progress. You'll also learn what to expect and how to react when law enforcement arrives. This course was developed with subject matter provided by Eric L. Matson of Norsemen Training & Consulting Group, a global professional services company focusing on corporate, business and personal safety training. Please note, the course materials and content were current with the laws and regulations at the time of the last expert review, however, they may not reflect the most current legal developments. Nothing herein, or in the course materials, shall be construed as professional advice as to any particular situation with respect to compliance with legal statutes or requirements.

MERGE Basics

Join us to learn how to transform your classroom with MERGE's AR and VR tools. These affordable, durable, and easy-to-use tools bring lessons to life in the palm of your hand. Curriculum-aligned activities can be found in the app and cover a wide variety of subjects from life science to mathematics. Your classroom will never be the same again!

Simple Circuits with Your pi-top Breadboard, Part 1

With the pi-top 3 laptop, students can start learning and practicing physical computing. In this session, we’ll plug in our PROTO Plus breadboard and use code to create electrical circuits. Watch us light up our LEDs with Python code!

Teq DTC: Google Educator Advanced Session 1 - Introduction

Welcome to Session 1 of our Google Educator Advanced Digital Teacher Certification (DTC)! In this session we will introduce you to the certification courses, requirements, and assignments. We'll also discuss where you can access support during the course, and introduce you to the main themes and apps we'll cover. Join us to learn what you'll need to be successful in our Google Educator Advanced Certification.

G Suite for ELLs

Google has great tools for education and can make your classroom more interactive for your students. Explore tools that you can use within G Suite to benefit your ELL and ENL students as well as your native speakers as they utilize technology in their learning.

Tech-Infused Learning: Teaching Symbolism in Lansdowne Portrait using SMART Learning Suite Online

In this session we will highlight features available in SMART Learning Suite Online to allow a teacher to facilitate direct instruction as well as provide students the opportunity to learn on their own. Using individual handouts and group work you will learn how to leverage SMART Learning Suite Online to provide student opportunities to research informational text and present their findings. 

Introduction to SMART Learning Suite Online

SLS Online gives teachers instant access to all of their SMART Notebook lessons from ANYWHERE, at ANYTIME, on ANY device. Join the curriculum team as they walk you through how to distribute copies of your interactive lessons to your students and spark engagement in your classroom!. Learn how to create real-time formative assessments, open and deliver lessons, connect student devices, and guide instruction!

Setting up Your pi-top Straight out of the Box

Straight out of the box, we’ll show you how to install your Raspberry Pi unit and connect to your school network. We’ll also create a pi-top teacher account together so you can easily manage all of your student pi-tops. Come join us for this great getting started session!

Intro to Google Classroom

Ready to dive into Google Classroom? This platform brings some of the best features of Google Drive and key add-ons together in one easy-to-navigate application. In this session, you'll not only learn how to get up and running, but you'll hear some great ideas for simplifying your workflow, too. Join us to see how easy it can be to manage entire class sets of documents and assignments with this amazing tool.

SMART IQ Module

The SMART kapp iQ is an add-on module to the SMART IFP 7000, 6000, & MX series. This add-on not only frees the teacher's computer from the SMART IFP, but it allows students to interact with a variety of apps built into the panel. These applications include collaboration tools, access to SMART lab activities, Chrome, screen sharing, and more. Join this session to see the newest product from the SMART family of interactive technology.

Starting Off Your Year with Microsoft Office 365

School is back in session! Are you ready? Whether your answer is yes or no, Microsoft Office 365 has some great tools for teachers to use in the classroom. Join our session to discover how you can prepare for the new school year using Microsoft Office 365.

Starting Off Your Year with STEM Products

Now that summer vacation has come and gone, it’s time to make sure your classroom technology is ready to go for the new school year! This task alone can be overwhelming for teachers — but it doesn't have to be. Join us to learn how to prepare your 3D printers, robots, and other STEM tools and technologies for the year ahead.

Ciudadania Digital

En este curso hablaremos sobre Ciudadanía Digital. Estamos en el siglo XXI y la comunidad digital es más grande que nunca. Conozca algunas de las cosas que puede hacer para asegurarse de ser un buen ciudadano digital.

Teaching Spelling with a SMART Board

To help students learn to spell their sight words or subject-specific vocabulary, teachers can use the tools built into their SMART Notebook application program. Notebook can help students use visual modeling, auditory cues, and kinesthetic movements to assist in long-term retention of their spelling words. Join this session to learn about three interactive examples that you can take straight back to the classroom.

Tech-Infused Learning: Bloxels in the Economics Classroom

With Bloxels, your students can create interactive stories for any classroom. In this session, we'll show you how to prepare your social studies students with the tools needed to design a 13-bit video game focusing on the Economics Learning Standards. Will money grow on trees? Who will reap the rewards? Students will investigate, create, and answer these questions and more!

Resources for Teaching Students with a Specific Learning Disability in Reading

Reading is an integral part of our everyday lives. For students with a Specific Learning Disability (SLD) in reading, something most of us take for granted is for them an extremely difficult task. Join our Curriculum Specialists as we take a look at some great tips and resources to use as you teach students with an SLD in reading.

Putting the A in STEAM: Process Art in Early Childhood Education

In this course we will explore the importance of A in STEAM and how to incorporate process art in various mediums in an early childhood education classroom.  Participants will understand the difference between process art and product art and take away resources and ideas on how to incorporate technology (screen and non screen) in process art.

Let's Get Rolling with KIBO

We’ve reviewed the basics, and looked at some fun ways to incorporate KIBO into lessons. Now it’s time to expand on KIBO’s abilities, and get rolling with its connections to the foundational physics concepts of motion, force, and friction!

Math-Infused 3D Design

Ready to learn how to blend math and art ideas in 3D printing projects? Join our session as we look at how we can apply math concepts in a 3D design environment. We’ll look at the concepts of volume, area, and capacity to make lidless boxes for 3D printing. We'll also explore translations and build tessellation tiles using TinkerCad for 3D design.

Sphero BOLT Basics

Sphero BOLT is what happens when fun meets programming education. Packed with advanced sensors and an LED matrix, this robot gives students endless possibilities to be creative. While coding and 21st century skills are necessary, Sphero BOLT also goes “beyond code” by incorporating robotics with collaborative STEAM activities that nurture students’ imaginations. Join us to learn how to get the Sphero BOLT rolling in your classroom!

Tips and Resources for Starting a Computer Science Club in Your School

Clubs can be an exciting way to get students involved in programs outside of the classroom. Join us to learn about setting up your own computer science club, measuring the impact once it’s up and running, and growing your program to have a positive impact on even more students in your school!

Let's Get Rolling with littleBits

Did you know that you can make your littleBits creation mobile? In this session, we'll show you how to incorporate wheels into your littleBits inventions. You'll be rolling in no time with this guided tutorial geared for 3rd through 8th grade.

Digital Storytelling Around the Campfire with Sphero

Get ready for some campfire tales with this digital storytelling course featuring Sphero. In this great cross-curricular session, we'll show you how to code your device to tell your favorite stories. Lights, Sphero, Action!

Using Your Library to Create a Makerspace

The purpose of a traditional school library is to is to encourage curiosity, innovation, and problem-solving. Did you know the purpose of a makerspace is the same? If you have been thinking about creating a maker space in your library, go ahead and take the plunge! In this session we'll talk about the many advantages of giving students a hands-on place to learn and apply concepts from all fields of study.

Using micro:bit to Code Your Own Firefly Display

Whether you call them fireflies, lightning bugs, or Lampyridae, nothing says summer like the soft twinkling of these glowing bugs in the evening. Join us in this session as we use micro:bit to code and create our own bioluminescent critters!

Tech-Infused Learning: Ozobot and Perspectives in Literature

Enhance your language arts classroom with Ozobot! We'll show you how to use this line-following robot to explore different points of view in literature. You'll learn how to boost your students' character analysis — and their coding skills. This course is aimed at high school level literacy, but you can easily adapt it for younger readers and ELLs.

Teaching Summer Reinforcement Skills: Reading

Tired of sending home that same old reading log with your students for the summer? Join us as we take a look at some tips and tricks to enhance summer reading, and keep your students on pace for the new school year.

Tech-Infused Learning: U.S. Road Trip with Wonder Workshop

Looking to plan a summer field trip for your class? Try a road trip! Looking for a staycation? Try a virtual road trip with Wonder Workshop! In this session you'll learn all about how to combine coding with paper, markers, and imagination. Guide your Dash or Cue robot through adventures around the U.S., and stop boredom in its tracks!

Best Practices for Using Your SMART Board as a Station

Let's start using your SMART Board as more than just a second computer screen. Join us as we explore some of the best practices for using your SMART Board as a station in your classroom. See examples of how to use the board in a variety of different grade levels and subjects for student-led instruction, a review, or even an assessment!

Tech-Infused Learning: Make Your Own Operation Game

Learning the basics of circuitry has never been so fun. Join us as we make our own version of the classic game "Operation" using everyday materials. Just try to avoid that buzzer!

Wrapping Up Your Year with Google

Hang in there — summer is almost here! Join our curriculum specialists as we take a look at how to close out the school year using Google. We will focus on getting you ready for next school year now, so you can have more fun in the sun this summer. We'll show you how to organize your Google Drive, wrap up your digital gradebooks, and create a summer to-do list so you are ready to hit the ground running at the start of the next school year.

Putting the A in STEAM: Doodle-Bots

In this session, we'll explore how to make a simple doodle-bot from scratch, and then show you how to use robots like Dash, littleBits, Cubelets, and KIBO to create scribbling masterpieces.

Strategies for Long-Term Science Investigations

In this session, we'll introduce you to strategies to make your long-term science investigations run smoothly! Explore a variety of topics, the different steps and sections of a science investigation, and then view samples to guide your students to success. With help from resources like Urban Advantage, you'll have everything you need to have your students hit the ground running!

Resources for Teaching Students with Hearing Impairments

Teaching students with hearing impairments might cause you to change your teaching strategies for the entire class. If you typically speak to give directions, ask questions, or even just have casual conversation in your class — and you have a student with hearing impairments — this course is for you. Join our Curriculum Specialists as we take a look at some great tools and techniques to help support students with hearing impairments.

"Food for Thought" - Sweet Science

Here at Teq, we're hungry for education! Combining food and education is a great way to engage students during class. Join us in this session, aimed at middle and high school teachers, and discover how you can incorporate food into your next science lesson!

Intro to Programming Education

Programming uses a wide range of critical thinking and troubleshooting skills and is a great way to engage our 21st century learners. In this course, learn about some innovative tools and resources to help teach coding practices to your students. Even if you're not a coding expert (yet!), join us to learn how to get your students involved in one of the most popular educational topics right now!

Makey Makey Your Social Studies Lessons Come to Life

Makey Makey is the key to creating engaging Social Studies lessons! Join us to learn how to use Makey Makey to create fun, interactive projects that will engage your students in new ways as they learn important Social Studies concepts.

Google Classroom Updates: April 2019

Join us for our Google Classroom Updates session, where our Curriculum Specialists will show you some of the latest changes and innovations to come to Google Classroom in April 2019. You'll not only learn all about these updates, but discover how they can enhance your Google Classroom experience.

Technology Integration for the ENL/ELL K-2 Classroom

One of the most challenging situations for young ENL/ELL students is being tasked with learning a second language at an age where they have not yet mastered their first. For young children, the overload to learn multiple languages at the same time can be tremendous. Teachers also face difficulties, and can sometimes struggle to communicate and teach effectively. Join this session for some technology integration tips along with a few savvy strategies to bridge this gap, and help make your students both comfortable, and ready to learn!

Creative Prompts with Cubelets

Can you predict, build, or invent it? Prompts and activity cards can help you drive student-led exercises with the modular robotic blocks known as Cubelets. In this session, we'll show you how to create exciting challenges for your classroom.

Creating Student-Driven Instruction with SMART Learning Suite Online

The more technology advances, the more independent today's learners can become! SMART Learning Suite Online enables learners to take control of their learning in a multitude of ways. From contributing to workspace activities, to accessing lessons outside of class, the level of ownership students can take changes everything. Join us as we walk through what's possible when students are able to access lessons from anywhere, at any time, and on any device!

Combining STEM and Social Studies to Engineer a City

Urban planning is important. New York City has gridlock issues, Atlanta has traffic problems, and Boston has maze-like streets. Wouldn't it be convenient if we could just re-engineer a city to fix these issues? Or, what if we had had the foresight to plan them appropriately before they were constructed? If only it were that easy! In this session, join us as we dive into the history of urban planning, and leave with some great ideas on how to teach this important topic in your classroom.

Resources for Teaching Students with Down Syndrome

Working with students who have Down Syndrome can be both a difficult and rewarding experience. Trisomy 21 is a genetic disorder which can cause growth delays and intellectual disabilities. Join us as we go through some teaching tips and digital resources to help you be prepared for working with students with Down Syndrome. Having a set of tools ready to go at any time can be the difference between a great lesson and a failed lesson.

Teq DTC: Google Educator Basics Session 1 - Introduction

Join us for the first session in our 15 part series of Teq's Google Educators Basic Digital Teacher Certification! With this certification, you will learn how to create a 21st century classroom with Google — and who knows, you might even go on to take Google's Educator Level 1 exam! This session will be an introduction to our certification program. We'll discuss the breakdown of courses, assignment requirements, and support resources. We will also go over the Google Tools that will be covered throughout the certification and how you can use these in creative ways to expand your classroom and create relevant, collaborative, and exciting learning opportunities for your students.

Fully Baked pi: Lessons You Can Use on 3/14

You'll be prepared to celebrate Pi Day with our ready-to-go lesson plans and activities. We have interdisciplinary activities for all ages to make March 14th a piece of pie! Join us as we show you how to integrate these digits into memorable classroom experiences.

Tools for Self-Paced Learning Environments

Now that we've learned about the key differences between traditional and self-paced classrooms, we'll dive into the tools, platforms, and applications that we can utilize to foster this kind of learning environment. Join us for Part 2 in our Self-Paced Learning Environments series and uncover ideas to get started in your classroom, all while going at your own pace! 

Resources for Teaching Students with ADD/ADHD

Students with ADHD/ADD can experience attention difficulty, hyperactivity, and impulsiveness. Join our session to learn some techniques, strategies, and resources you can use to best support these students.

Self-Paced Learning Environments

Explore the model of self-paced learning environments as we focus on the key elements that showcase the differences from a more traditional teacher-led whole classroom model. We’ll discuss the importance of the role of educators to provide guidance and feedback, what it looks like when students design their own learning experiences, and all about interactive learning spaces, both in and out of the classroom!

Tools and Techniques for a Successful BYOD Environment

Join us for the second of two courses on creating a quality learning environment in a BYOD classroom. In this session we will discover a number of programs and tools to assist with the successful implementation of this initiative. We will specifically focus on tools to assist with mobile assessment and blended learning techniques.

Just Flip It!

We have seen the flipped classroom grow in popularity due to its inversion approach, which allows for more hands-on, in-person class time. Learn the many benefits of the flipped classroom, from deeper learning experiences while the teacher is present, to students gaining control of their learning process. You'll also discover some tips, tricks, and best practices to become successful in flipping a lesson in your own classroom.

Explore Engineering with TRYEngineering.org

Want to learn how to sort your socks quicker? Didn't expect that type of content on Teq Online PD? We didn't either, but we're excited about it! TRYengineering.org aims to empower teachers to foster the next generation of technology engineers by providing resources and lesson plan materials (and yes, there's one on sorting socks). In this session we'll show you how to implement some of their fantastic lesson plans in your classroom.

Using Sphero to Enhance Middle School Science Lessons

Sphero is the programmable robot that can roll, spin, swim... and supplement your next middle school science class! Join our curriculum specialists to learn how Sphero can be used in different areas of science to enhance your lessons. We'll have a ball!

Valentine's Day Blackout Poetry

Something is in the air this February: education! Making a blackout poem requires the writer to analyze a previously published piece of text, like a newspaper, and then manipulate it to create a poem. Join us to discover what a blackout poem is, and how to create one with your students using Makey Makey and Scratch!

Revising Traditional Labs with Inquiry Thinking - Part 1

Have you ever experienced the following scenario? A science teacher gives his students a lab on the rock cycle. The students spend 20 minutes working through the lab, following each step closely. After the lab activity the teacher administers an exit ticket as an informal way of assessing understanding, only to see little to no improvement. If you're looking for strategies to increase content retention in the science classroom, join our session to learn some ways to revise traditional labs and increase inquiry thinking.

Scratch 3.0

The next generation of Scratch is here! Officially launched on January 2, 2019, this new version of Scratch expands the ways students create, learn, and share code. Join us to learn what's new with Scratch 3.0!

Fostering Cultural Awareness in your Students

Influencing the way students view the world, and how they connect with the people they meet, is just as important as learning how to read, write, and solve math problems. In this session, we'll look at some tips and tricks to help teachers foster supportive learning environments where students of all cultures feel included. We'll also discuss how to incorporate cultural differences into activities and lessons that help students become even more well-rounded members of their own community.

Learn to Code on an iPad

There are many different computer programming languages that are associated with various tasks or operating systems. For example, you wouldn't create an Android application using Apple's Swift programming language, and you wouldn't use HTML to build an entire video game. Join us for some iPad app suggestions to learn about specific computer programming languages that fit your classroom's needs.

Creating Interactive Videos to Provide Formative Feedback

Using videos in the classroom can be an exciting way to enhance engagement and differentiate learning. In order to effectively use videos in the classroom it's important to incorporate interactivity while watching, and support student learning by asking questions before, during and after videos. In this course you'll learn about some great online programs to build out your videos with questions, quizzes and other support material. 

Geography in the Interactive Classroom

In this interactive course, teachers will acquaint themselves with the New York State and national standards around Geography. From Google Earth to SMART Notebook software, in this session educators will learn how to take advantage of the many teq-niques available to create interactive sessions to help students learn the Six Essential Elements of Geography.

What's New in iOS 12?

In this course, we will explore the most effective and exciting features iOS 12 has to offer. Released in June 2018, the iOS 12 operating system is sure to help teachers create an engaging learning environment for their students. With new tools for understanding how you use your screen time, and new iPad gestures for easier navigation, you'll definitely want join us in this session to learn about the latest updates!

Resources for Teaching Students with Autism

Teaching students with Autism can be an extremely fast-paced and rewarding job. Teachers need to be able to think and act quickly as well as be flexible enough to adapt to any situation. In this session, we are going to take a look at some great resources for teachers working with students with Autism. Having a set of tools ready to go at any time can be the difference between successful lessons and negative experiences.

Circuitry Cards and Decorations for the Holidays

Learn the basics of how circuits work while creating unique cards for your friends and family! Paper circuits are a great way to put the 'A' in STEAM. Join this session to learn how to create a card that (literally) outshines all the others!

Breaking Language Barriers with Microsoft Translator

Microsoft Translator, a free multilingual translation cloud service, can help bridge the communication gap for educators, parents, and students. Today's teachers are striving to present content in new and creative ways in order to reach the diverse students in their classroom. From English Language Learners to students who are hard of hearing, many students require some sort of assistive technology. It doesn't stop at students - teachers are constantly finding innovative ways to communicate with family members and school staff during parent-teacher conferences, school events, and community outreach events. Microsoft Translator supports accessible classroom learning. With our curriculum specialists, you'll learn to use the many Microsoft Translator features such as live captioning, transcription, and translation!

Teq DTC: SMART Learning Suite Session 6 - Response 2

Join our PD team for session 6 of the 9-part Digital Teacher Certification course! Now that you've learned how to create customized lessons with your SMART Notebook software, see how you can use SMART Response to better assess your students' learning.  Learn how to engage your students and raise the level of student participation with mobile assessment techniques in SMART Response. Incorporate real-time assessment of student learning with polls and a variety of questions including T/F, Multiple Choice, and short answer. At the end of the 9-sessions, each participant will have earned a Teq Digital Teacher Certification, along with a completed and classroom ready SMART Notebook lesson file, built using the skills learned throughout the course. This track will cover everything SMART, including the interactive flat panel and SMART Learning Suite using the SMART Notebook software.

Creating Assessments with Stop-Motion Videos

Are you looking for a new way to do assessments? Do you like incorporating multi-media into your classroom? If so, join our Curriculum Specialists as we discuss how to use stop-motion videos to assess your students' learning. We'll be looking at various tools you can use to get going, so start taking pictures, stop the motion around you, and start giving your students new tools to express their knowledge.

Teq DTC: Apple Session 8 - iMovie

iMovie is a fantastic tool to expand your teacher toolkit and help students express their learning in new ways. Session 8 of our Apple Digital Teacher Certification will focus on bringing media into the classroom through the use of short movies and trailers. Give your students a new way of presenting their work, reaching out to the community, and showcasing their skills through this great multimedia platform.

Game-Based ELL Instruction

Split! Peel! Dump! Not familiar with these actions? Then you haven't discovered the magic of Bananagrams! In this session, our Curriculum Specialists will show you some fun ways to introduce new vocabulary to your ELL students using games like Apples to Apples, Bananagrams, Simon Says, and Taboo. This is a session you won't want to miss!

Teq DTC: SMART Learning Suite Session 2 - Adding content to SMART Notebook

Continue your learning with session 2 of the 9-part Digital Teacher Certification course! Go beyond the SMART interactive flat panel basics, and learn how to use its fantastic Notebook  software to create interactive and engaging lessons for your classroom! The second session will cover the basics of the SMART Notebook software, including how to increase student engagement, how to use the Notebook templates to create your own interactive activities, and how to personalize your lessons using Notebook's drawing tools, gallery content, and additional links. At the end of the 9-sessions, each participant will have earned a Teq Digital Teacher Certification, along with a completed and classroom ready SMART Notebook lesson file, built using the skills learned throughout the course. This track will cover everything SMART, including the interactive flat panel and SMART Learning Suite using the SMART Notebook software. 

Teq DTC: Apple Session 4 - Pages

Session 4 of our Apple Digital Teacher Certification focuses on the use of Pages in the classroom. We will review how to create documents from scratch or templates, and how to enhance your documents to support student learning. We'll discuss how to integrate other iWorks products into your documents, and how to create a collaborative workflow for your students.

Internet of Things: Data Processing and If This, Then That

In the fourth installment of our Internet of Things course series, we’re talking about data processing! Join us to learn about what happens after the data from our sensors reaches the internet! We’ll also introduce you to If This, Then That (IFTTT), a free web-based service that creates a connection between IoT devices and services.

Current Events: Voting and Election Day

A pillar of U.S. Democracy is voting, a process that has changed drastically over the past few hundred years. In this session, we will analyze how, and if, technology can make voting a truly anonymous process by creating our own voting systems. Join us to learn how to make your own voting booth with Makey Makey or Google Forms. These are just some of the ways you can create your own voting systems so be ready to brainstorm other options you can create and test with your students!

Teq DTC: SMART Learning Suite Session 1 - Introduction

Earn your Digital Teacher Certification by learning the ins and outs of the SMART learning suite with our nine-session online course! Join our PD instructors as they cover everything from basic flat panel set up to lesson development using the SMART Notebook and SMART Learning Suite online. This first session will cover the SMART Board basics, which includes an overview of connectivity, how to download the software, SMART Ink tools, touch input, more! At the end of the 9-sessions, each participant will have earned a Teq Digital Teacher Certification, along with a completed and classroom ready SMART Notebook lesson file, built using the skills learned throughout the course. This track will cover everything SMART, including the interactive flat panel and SMART Learning Suite using the SMART Notebook software.

Teq DTC: Apple Session 3 - Safari

Join us for the third session of the Apple Digital Teacher Certification where we will discuss how to maximize your Internet experience through the use of Safari. In this course you will learn a few tips and tricks to help you become a Safari master. Join us as we take a look at extensions, settings, reader mode, and more, to help teachers - and students - make the most of Safari.

Spooky Mad Libs with Python

Did you know that Mad Libs could be turned into an educational lesson about programming in Python? We'll be discussing planning out your program, printing in Python, and getting user input! Join us for a spooky and fun lesson. It's going to be a [ADJECTIVE] time!

Technology to Support T-TESS: Domain 4 - Professional Practices and Responsibilities

Teachers often struggle with juggling their many roles and responsibilities throughout the school year, on top of priority number one: teaching. With a profession as challenging as an educator's, self-reflection is one of the best things a teacher can do for him or herself as it presents opportunities for growth. Thinking about what works, and why it works, as well as what didn't work, and why it didn't work, plays an integral role in the process of becoming a better teacher - and role model for students. Join our Curriculum Specialists as we go through strategies for reflecting on teaching, maintaining accurate records, communicating with families, participating in the professional community, growing and developing professionally, and showing professionalism - all while creating engaging lessons for our students and keeping students informed, motivated, and performing at their best. As the final session of our "Technology to Support T-TESS" series comes to a close, we'll help support you as you juggle your many responsibilities.

Technology to Support T-TESS: Domain 3 - Learning Environment

Students and teachers sometimes consider school their "second home." Because of this, establishing a positive culture for learning and a productive classroom environment full of respect and rapport is not just the teacher's responsibility anymore. Teachers and students must work together to establish routines, behavior management plans, and everyday procedures. Even the physical space should be organized in such a way that benefits all learning styles. Teachers shift to being the advocator for the needs of all students in the classroom, and the students shift to being the collaborators, encouragers, and supporters of the peers around them. Join our Curriculum Specialists as we dive into the third session of the Technology to Support T-TESS (Texas Teacher Evaluation and Support System) series, exploring a variety of resources and technology to support both teachers and students.

Internet of Things: Introduction

There are over a billion things connected to the Internet right now and that number is only going to go up. We are quickly approaching a world where any object, from your car to your coffee machine, can have a connection to the Internet. Join us as we go over the basics of how the Internet of Things works.

Growth Mindset: Addressing Failure

If Albert Einstein, Benjamin Franklin, or Alexander Graham Bell gave up in the face of failure, we might not have the knowledge we do today about physics, electricity, or the telephone. A commonality among successful engineers and scientists is what we call "growth mindset," or the ability to see failure as a springboard for success. In this session, we will provide you with strategies to teach growth mindset and use failure to encourage your students to stretch their abilities and reach higher levels of achievement.

Co-teaching Models for Your ENL/ELL Population

Do you have extra teaching support in your classroom? And if so, are you leveraging that support to its fullest potential, especially for your ELL population? Join our session to discover the many co-teaching models you can use to restructure your classroom - and the ways you can use each of them to best support your English language learners.

Cubelets Basics

What better way to learn the building blocks of robotics than with actual robotic building blocks? Join us to learn about the different types of Cubelet sensor blocks and how to use them to create your own modular robot. Since there’s no wrong way to build with a Cubelet, the focus is on curiosity, collaboration, and practicing computational thinking.

KIBO Basics

Young children learn by doing, experimenting, and playing – all essential parts of the learning process. The KIBO robot kit harnesses the way kids learn best and explores the concepts of block-based coding, sequences, and more. Join our session to explore the KIBO curriculum and walk through the basic use and functionality of this unique little robot.

ROBOTIS: DREAM Series

ROBOTIS DREAM Series is the second level of the ROBOTIS educational robotics products. ROBOTIS DREAM allows students to explore robotics in a fun and engaging way while also learning the basics of programing and engineering. Join our Curriculum Specialist to learn the basic skills needed to build the robots, as well the applications needed to program your robot.

Sphero SPRK+ Basics

Sphero SPRK+ is what happens when fun meets programming education. While coding and 21st century skills are necessary, Sphero also goes “beyond code” by incorporating robotics with collaborative STEAM activities that nurture students’ imaginations. Join us to learn how to get the Sphero robot ball rolling in your classroom!

ROBOTIS: PLAY Series

ROBOTIS PLAY Series is buildable and customizable robots that introduce children to the world of engineering and robotics. ROBOTIS PLAY allows students to explore the concept of robotics in a fun and engaging way. Join our Curriculum Specialist as we take a look at the basic skills needed to build and play with these fun little robots.

Part 4 - Learning Python with pi-top: Functions

Are you ready for the final session in our four-part series Learning Python with the pi-top? If you've followed the course series, you know that we’ll be suggesting a functional workflow for teaching Python concepts and functions in your classroom – all on the pi-top. Join us as we dive into some unplugged activities, suggested pi-topCODER worksheets, and an IDLE example on functions! 

Preparing for the New School Year with Google

Your class did a lot of great work last year. Your Google Classroom is filled with discussions, assignments, and quality feedback, your Google Drive has your organizational structure for assignment submissions, and your collaborative apps have chats filled with evidence of all the work put in. We don't want to see it go, either! Before you hit that dreaded trash can icon, hear us out. In this session we'll tell you why you should archive instead of delete, and we'll show you how to do it! Hint: you and your students will still be able to access last year's hard work, and you'll set yourself up for even more success in the year to come.

Putting the A in STEAM: Getting Started with Graphic Design using Microsoft

Let's increase your students' artistic and technological aptitudes and equip them to go full STEAM ahead in Graphic Design! With Microsoft tools Fresh Paint, Sketchable, and Paint 3D, your students can begin to pursue their passions and develop niche skills in this exciting and sought-after field.

What's New in ActivInspire?

This course covers new features have been created in Promethean’s ActivInspire software. What’s New in ActivInspire? We will show you the new features Promethean has added to the most recent version of ActivInspire and help make learning more interactive for your students.

SparkFun Inventor's Kit for RedBot Basics

With the Sparkfun Inventor's Kit for Redbot, students can design their own robot or motorized car. This inventor's kit is a great way to spark your students' interest in motored robotics and sensor integration. We'll show you how to make the most of your Redbot kit and its accompanied board, and how to complete the circuits that will enable your robot or car to move. Prior programming or electronics experience is not necessary (really!).

MakerBot Replicator Z18 Basics

Explore the basics of MakerBot Replicator Z18 - famous for its massive build volume - and become a pro in no time. Join our session to learn the parts, and then how to set up your printer, load and change material, and even swap your smart extruder. By the time you finish this course you'll be on your way to printing 3D models in extra large with the Z18.

Digital Tools for Argumentative Writing

Join us as we take a look at some useful digital tools for argumentative writing! We’ll see how students can fill in graphic organizers digitally with Kami, how teachers can leave voice comments with Kaizena, as well as how teachers can easily fill out rubrics right from Google Docs. In a paperless classroom, teaching argumentative writing has never been easier! 

SparkFun Digital Sandbox Basics

Looking for ways to motivate your hands-on learners in Computer Science? The Digital Sandbox is a nifty device that engages both the hardware and software worlds. Powered by a microcontroller, Sparkfun's Digital Sandbox interacts with physical inputs, light, and temperature sensors. Programmed with the popular Arduino programming environment, your students can use the Digital Sandbox to control LEDs, detect sound, power motors, and more! Don't worry - no actual sand required.

Literacy Apps for Early Education

Come take a look at some great apps to help promote early literacy and writing skills in your early education classroom. During this course we will explore Little Writer, Story Dice and epic.  These apps have several pre-loaded activities as well as some customizable features to help with early writing, phonics, vocabulary,  storytelling and critical thinking skills. In this course we show you have these apps apply to all types of learners and can allow for some differentiation in you classroom.  We will also go over some customizable settings on the iPad to make things easier for pre-readers and little fingers. The activities on these apps align with NAEYC and common core early learning standards.

MakerBot Replicator Mini+ Basics

Don't let the name fool you - the Makerbot Replicator Mini+ is a powerful classroom solution! If you're ready to get going with your new Makerbot Replicator Mini+, but aren't sure where to start, don't fret. Join our session to learn the basics of your 3D printer hardware. From loading your filament, to changing your smart extruder, we'll show you everything you need to know to get started printing your 3D models.

Intro to micro:bit

Your micro:bit might be micro, but there's more to it than meets the eye! Join us as we introduce you to this adorable device used to learn programming and coding. By the end of this session you'll be able to create and download code, and to complete a CS4ALL micro:bit activity.

MakerBot Replicator+ Basics

Need some help getting started with your new MakerBot 3D printer? Join our session to explore the basics of MakerBot's Replicator+ 3D Printer hardware. Learn the parts, and then learn how to setup your printer, load and change material, and even swap your smart extruder. This model has a 30% faster print time than its predecessor, and prints complex models in record time.

Makey Makey Classic

Makey Makey Classic is an invention kit for the 21st century! With this technology, students can use any conductive material to interact with their computers. A grape can be used to advance slides, bananas can be used to make a piano, and you can even create a human circuit! Join us to learn how you can use Makey Makey in your classroom to spur creativity and give your students a tool to explore art, engineering, and more!

Playground Physics

Do your students love running to the swings or using the slide during recess? Well, that interest might be your ticket to an engaging lesson! Physics makes the seesaw saw, the slide just right, and the balance beam balance. Join us to learn how to use your playground to teach simple machines in this exciting PD session!

SMART Sounds for ELLs

Looking for effective ways to engage your ELLs with SMART Technologies? In this session, we will share with you some of the hidden secrets in SMART Notebook that could help you teach your ELL population! 

SMART Board Basics: 7000 Series

The SMART Board 7000 series interactive display is considered a new era of classroom collaboration. This product gives teachers and students a premium touch experience, superior collaborative features, and 4K Ultra HD resolution. The SMART 7000 series now includes exclusive iQ technology - unifying classroom devices with your display and software - creating a hub for classroom collaboration! Come join us to learn how the 7000 series provides reliability, simplicity, and intuition to help you teach, collaborate and share content to your students.

Tech-Infused Learning: Modeling Vectors

Looking for Technology Infused Learning ideas for your math classroom? Join us for some tech tool suggestions to support modeling vectors! With these tools, you will be able to give context to the meaning of a vector - a quantity that has both magnitude and direction. 

Getting Started with Arduino

Want to create amazing projects like motion triggered lights, robotic arms, or computer control panels, and don’t know where to start? Join us for a session where we provide you the very basics! In this session, you will learn about what Arduino boards are, what they can do for you, and what programs you need to get started! This is definitely a session full of knowledge you won’t want to miss! Hope to see you there!

Tech-Infused Learning: MAD

Unfortunately, we won’t be dropping MAD beats in this course, but we will be dropping MAD knowledge in the context of Technology Infused Learning(TIL)! If you're looking for ways to take a topic like Mean Absolute Deviation(MAD) and teach it with technology this is the session for you! With tools like Google Sheets and some creativity, we will provide you with a lesson plan you can implement in your classroom right away! Hope to see you there!

Resources for Teaching Idioms and Colloquialisms to ELL Students

While understanding the English language might seem like a piece of cake to a native speaker, to someone learning it as a new language, they might as well be fighting a losing battle. We won't beat around the bush in this session about idioms and colloquialisms, so you can be ready to explain them at the drop of a hat. Let us put the ball in your court so you can hit the nail on the head with your next English lesson. A picture may paint a thousand words, but you will be beside yourself as you join our Curriculum Specialists for the best session since sliced bread. We're going to let the cat out of the bag with some great resources to help your English Language Learners understand common idioms and colloquialisms.

Funding Classroom Projects with DonorsChoose.org

DonorsChoose.org is an online charity designed to help teachers raise funds for necessary materials in their classroom. It allows teachers to collect money from friends, family, and even strangers, to bring new and exciting experiences and materials to their students. Join our Curriculum Specialists as we take you through the process of starting a project and give you some tips to help get your project funded.

CAD Software: 3D Slash

Computer Aided Design (CAD) Software is one of the easiest ways to create/design 3D models. 3D Slash is a great program to use to introduce yourself and your students to the world of CAD software. Starting with a cube and ending with your design, 3D Slash is an easy and fun way to get your students designing and thinking outside the box.

Earth Day Activities for the Elementary Classroom

Don’t you hate it when you come home from a long day at work, just to realize you left your bedroom lights on all day? Do you notice in certain months your energy bill is higher than others? We know the importance of saving energy – but have we made an impactful change yet? Earth Day is often an unnoticed holiday and it's so important because it brings awareness to environmental issues and their simple solutions, or lack thereof! Join us as we discuss some fun elementary activities you can do with your students!  Remember, these activities can be done to celebrate Earth Day on April 22nd, or throughout the year because after all, shouldn’t every day … be Earth Day?  

Coding on the pi-top

Looking to learn Python with a pi-top? We can help you get started! In this session, we will visit pi-topCODER and the beta version of pi-topCLASSROOMS, provide you with some suggested worksheet tracks, and complete a worksheet with you. Upon completion of this session, you should feel comfortable suggesting worksheets, and building your own circuit! 

Facilitating a Design Challenge with Tinkercad

Design challenges encourage students to imagine and create products that solve an authentic issue in their environment. Tinkercad is a welcoming beginner platform for those interested in Computer Aided Design(CAD). Join us as we show you a few examples of design challenges we have created and learn how to use Tinkercad in some complex and creative ways to solve those challenges!

Low-Tech Design Challenges

Whether you have high tech tools like 3D printers and laser cutters in your classroom or not, this is a session for you! The purpose of a design challenge is to get your students thinking like an engineer and problem-solving! Join us for a fun session where we give you the tools to help your students flex their engineering muscles with brain breaks, writing prompts, games, and more, all geared towards certain aspects of the engineering design process! Students with all levels of technology available to them will benefit from the resources and activities shared in this session, so you don’t want to miss it!

Intro to Design Challenges

Join us for an exciting session where our Curriculum Specialists will flex their technological expertise and share with you their favorite version of the cyclic Engineering Design Process: Build, Test, Learn, Design. Whether you're practicing this process in relation to 3D Printing, or low-tech technologies it will help students build transferable 21st-century skills like critical thinking and create a student-focused environment. In this session, we will give you the knowledge and tools to get started with engineering design thinking in your classroom today!

Digital Lab Reports

Leave the handwritten report behind with Teq's Digital Lab Reports course! Learn how to create top-notch interactive lab reports using a variety of collaborative tools in order to enhance your students work and strengthen their understanding..

Best Web Resources for the High School Math Classroom

Join our curriculum specialist to learn how find and utilize some great web resources for your math classroom. We will explore advanced Google searches and some websites to assist you in your math instruction and practice. You will leave this session with a variety of math resources that you will be excited to explore more and begin implementing in your classroom.

Engaging Kinesthetic Learners with SparkFun Picoboards

Looking for ways to engage your hands on learners in computer science? SparkFun’s Picoboard Starter Kit may be your answer! The input from the Picoboard kit sensors allows you to create simple interactive programs using MIT’s block based programming language, Scratch! The kit is an effective way to combine physical computing and software coding. Included in the kit is a light sensor, sound sensor, a button and a slider, as well as four additional inputs that can sense electrical resistance via included cables. The Picoboard kit can be used to engage a variety of learning styles and levels, join us to see how!

Introduction to Circuits Using Breadboards

Do you build circuits with your students to teach them about electronics? Are you looking for a better way to do it? Join us as we introduce you to the world of breadboards, a forgiving tool to build solderless circuits. This course will give you the knowledge to reinvent the way you teach students about electron flow, voltage, current, resistance, circuit functions and more!

Math and Your Interactive Flat Panel: K-2

Math can be a difficult subject for students to understand and teachers to teach. Join our curriculum specialists as we explore topics such as annotating on your flat panel, digitizing content, and importing questions from tests to bring your math classroom into the 21st century with your IFP.

Teaching with Tinkercad

3D modeling and design is a fantastic way to start the journey to 3D printing. Join our curriculum specialists as we look at Tinkercad. Tinkercad is a simple online 3D design application that makes learning CAD software fun. We will explore the built-in lessons to get students up and running as well as the tools teachers have to check on progress and help students along.

Engaging Students with Video:EDpuzzle

How can you make sure your students are fully understanding the videos and clips you are showing them? Yes, we use videos all the time in our classrooms. Our hope is that we not only increase student engagement, but student achievement as well. EDpuzzle allows teachers to customize a video with embedded questions, voice tracks, and notes. With this platform, you are always in the know of how your students are doing. Teachers can also trim videos for important content, permit scrubbing features and other viewing options, and integrate video assignments with Learning Management Systems such as Google Classroom and Edmodo. Join our curriculum specialists for an exciting and informative course on ways to take advantage of video in your classroom!

Web Resources for ELL Teachers

Educators work extremely hard to ensure their English Language Learners' needs are are met. They want to make sure their students are not only learning, but developing skills to use in their futures during the school year. There can be a variety of challenges teachers face when trying to master this task as they are often overwhelmed by the differences in each classroom. We are here to help simplify the process of finding different tools and web resources to satisfy a variety of needs.

Brain Breaks for Movement and Alertness

According to a growing body of research, scheduled movement in the classroom has positive effects on cognitive development. In this session we will share with you our top energizing brain breaks for the classroom to give your students the mental breaks they need to refocus the physical and mental state. Some breaks we will discuss are 5-4-3-2-1, movement songs, and Ear Nose Switch. Don't miss out on all the tips and advice this session has to offer to help you incorporate brain breaks in your classroom in a positive, and meaningful way!

Building a Digital Portfolio for a Future in Computer Science

It is difficult to confidently map out what a typical computer science degree contains because of how much rapid growth has occurred in the field in the past 10 years alone. Due to this portfolios are becoming increasingly important as a way to show prospective colleges, or employers academic growth and accomplishment. Join us as we discuss what a student interested in a career in computer science's portfolio should include, how a portfolio differs from a resume and some recommended resources for building a digital portfolio all in the context of computer science!

Teq DTC: Microsoft Office 365 Session 13 - Skype

In session 13 of our Digital Teacher Certification, we will explore Skype, a communication resource that bridges the gap between text, voice, and video chat. With Skype, teachers and students can experience virtual field trips and digital lessons. It also allows students to learn geography and culture from students all over the world with Mystery Skype. Teachers can even find guest speakers from around the world to give students a closer insight about a difficult topic or to make real-world connections together. Join us for an exciting session to learn the ways Skype can bring the world into your classroom!

Teq DTC: Microsoft Office 365 Session 11 - Sway

In Session 11 of our Microsoft Digital teacher Certification Series, our Curriculum Specialists will introduce you to Sway, a powerful presentation program to enhance the way you display your work! Create enticing,and captivating presentations, reports, newsletters, and more! In this session we will show you what cards to use, text basics, media basics, design and layout options, and how to share your creation!

SMART Learning Suite & Flash

SMART Learning Suite and SMART Notebook 17.0 and higher no longer support Flash Activities and gallery items. This session will review the Flash content that will automaically convert in newer versions of SMART and provide some alternatives for creating engaging activtiies using SMART lab that provide a more relaiable and engaging experience with using SMART Notebook. Flash activities and items have historically been a part of SMART Notebook and SMART Learning Suite. Over the past 3 years, SMART has been slowly moving away from Flash and converting interactives to HTML 5, which is a more robust and relaible technology.  

Teq DTC: Microsoft Office 365 Session 10 - Teams

Join our Curriculum Specialists for session 10 of Teq’s Microsoft Digital Teacher Certification Series. In session 10, we will dive into Teams, a collaboration tool that enables users to work together in a more effective and efficient way. Teams creates a “digital hub” for teachers and administrators; bringing together conversations, content, and apps in one common workspace. Teams are not just for teachers though; students can safely utilize teams when engaging in project based learning, knowing they are in a protected and more productive environment. Come learn how to improve your workflow and stay connected with the use of Teams!

Using your iPad to Support English Language Learners

Explore how teachers and students benefit from using iPads in the ELL classroom. For example, did you know that Siri can translate your student's speech to text or voice in another language? Well, that's just one of the many features we will discover throughout this course! 

IEP/504 Accommodations

Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) and 504 plans are instrumental tools in getting formal help for students in K-12 education with learning and attention issues. While they both focus on giving all students equal opportunities to learn, they are used for different reasons; IEPs for special education and 504 plans for physical access to learning. Join us as we go over these differences in depth and give you strategies and awareness to help you meet every student's needs according to their plans.

Strength Based Social Emotional Learning

Do you have students with low self-esteem or difficult behaviors in your class? Do you find yourself and other teachers focusing on the negative aspects of student behavior? Join our Curriculum Specialists as we look at creating a positive reinforcement environment using Strength Based Social Emotional Learning. Teddy will once again be joining us for another round of social emotional learning as we look at different techniques you can try to begin to focus on the positives in student behavior.

Teq DTC: Microsoft Office 365 Session 5 - Delve

In session 5 of our Microsoft Digital Teacher Certification Series our Curriculum Specialists will share with you a powerful part of the Office 365 Suite, Delve. Microsoft Delve is a application that allows you to discover new content and connect with people at work. Delve has an interesting way of discovering this content by making use of documents created by the community of Office 365 users. All content that is made publicly available by individuals could show up on your Delve homepage as suggestions, or be searched by boards and keywords. With this tool teachers can better communicate and share ideas.

iOS 11

In this course, the Curriculum team will explore the most effective and exciting features iOS 11 has to offer!  Released in September 2017, the iOS 11 operating system is the most powerful version yet, setting a new standard for all to come. With new multitasking features, Markup options with Apple Pencil, and more potential for augmented reality in games and apps the updates to Apple’s iOS are sure to create more engaging learning opportunities for students in the classroom!

Exploring Sail Design for Columbus Day

In 1492 Columbus arrived in the Americas with the Nina, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria. This was made possible by the many skillful sailors that were aboard these ships. However, those sailors cannot take all of the credit. Much design and effort were put into the building of those ships by engineers and laborers alike. No matter the effort, with all of the new technology we have, one can't help but wonder— could Columbus have gotten to America faster if his sails were designed differently? Join us for this session where we will discuss an example of a STEAM lesson plan you can use in your classroom to have your students explore this question and much more on Columbus Day!

Introduction to SMART Learning Suite Online

Just released - SMART Learning Suite Online! SLS Online gives teachers instant access to all of their SMART Notebook lessons from ANYWHERE, at ANYTIME, on ANY device. Join the curriculum team as they walk you through how to distribute copies of your interactive lessons to your students and spark engagement in your classroom!. Learn how to create real-time formative assessments,  open and deliver lessons, connect student devices, and guide instruction!

Apple Classroom

Classroom is a powerful mobile device management system built specifically for iPads. With this tool teachers can lock student screens, let students share thier work through the Apple TV, share documents with students, see what students are working on and reset forgotten passwords! Join us as we show you how to leverage the power of this tool to manage your classroom. 

Intro to GamerScore

Wondering how to introduce Gamification into your classroom? Do you want to learn a new way to motivate your students, and don't know where to start? Join us as we explore the topic of GamerScore and give you a starting structure to use in your classroom!

Labdisc: Measuring UV Light

Have you ever wondered what is the BEST sunscreen and SPF number to protect you from the intense UV light given off by the sun? In this course, we will measure the effectiveness of various SPF ratings for sunblocks using the labdisc.You will need an Enviro labdisc to perform this activity. Our curriculum specialists will show you how to set up your Labdisc, conduct an experiment, collect data, and manipulate the data all within the Labdisc - Globilab sofrware. Join us to learn one of the many engaging uses of Labdisc in the science classroom!

Technology to Support the Danielson Framework - Domain 2

Join our Curriculum Specialists as we explore a variety of resources and technology to support Domain 2 of the Danielson Framework, focusing our attention on your efforts in creating an exceptional "Classroom Environment." Priorities for establishing a classroom environment full of respect and rapport, a culture for learning, and organizing the physical space include the teacher's ability to create an atmosphere for students that is not only safe and comfortable, but gives all students the feeling of success. Teachers and students begin to work together to establish routines, behavior management strategies, and every-day procedures that work while constructing a caring and warm space, fostering a professional learning setting for all parties involved  As a result, there is mutual respect, understanding, and ultimate success for both teachers and students. 

SMART Board Basics 4000 Series

The SMART Board 4000 series interactive displays is considered a new era of classroom collaboration. This product gives teachers and students a superior touch experience, collaborative features, and 4K Ultra HD resolution. Come join us to learn how the 4000 series provides reliability, simplicity, and intuition to help you teach, collaborate and share.

Labdisc: Heart Rate

In this course we'll look at just one of the many applications of a Labdisc in the Biology classroom. You will need a BioChem Labdisc to perform this activity. Our Curriculum Specialists will show you how to conduct an experiment to measure heart rate using the heart rate sensor provided with your Labdisc. They will then show you how to analyze and manipulate the data within the Labdisc software.

Sharing, Creating, and Collaborating with Microsoft OneDrive

Learn all about One Drive, the cloud service from Microsoft. Let our PD instructors show you how to use this service to collaborate all your Microsoft Office applications, share your documents with students and peers, and access your documents from any device, wherever there is Internet access! 

Explanatory and Informative Writing in the ELA Classroom

Discover the best web tools, apps and Notebook techniques to strengthen students' explanatory/informative writing skills. Through the use of tools such as EverNote, OneNote, Snap Guide, and InstaGrok, educators will learn how to create technology-focused mini-lessons to develop students' ability to examine and convey complex ideas and information clearly and accurately.

Organize and Effectively Use Your Computer: Windows 10

Join us to learn some basic ways to keep your computer content organized and enhance your knowledge of programs that you can use in the classroom. We will be discussing how to successfully create and save documents, how to create favorites in an appropriate web browser, and how to organize all of this great content for easy access for your Windows 10 computer.

Google Extensions

Google Extensions are additional components available on the Google Chrome Omnibox used to customize and enhance searches based on users' specific needs and tasks!  In this PD session, we'll explore sample extensions and discuss ways in which they will be beneficial in the classroom! 

SMART Table Toolkit: Media & Symphony

The SMART Table Toolkit allows you to customize and create engaging activities for students using the SMART Table. In this session we will explore all customization options and best practices for Media & Symphony activities to be added to a SMART Table Activity Pack.

Google Slides and Q&A/Laser

Google Slides has some brand new features we're spotlighting in this course. The Q&A feature enables more communication between your audience and you through question submission. Your audience can even vote on questions and comments they most prefer. Also, we'll look at the laser pointer feature. If you're trying to pinpoint information on a graph or chart, this is the tool for you!

Labdisc - Sound Waves

In this course we'll look at another classroom use of Labdiscs. We'll be analyzing sounds and their waves, calculating their frequencies, and then trying to determine an unknown frequency. This requires either a gensci or physio Labdisc. 

Google Apps - Drive Advanced

In this advanced session of Google Drive, we will start with how to organize your content using folders and colors. The focus of our course will be how to share these in a variety of relevant classroom situations. Participants will also learn how to use the Google Drive desktop application and ways they can interact with Drive while offline

Google Apps - Calendar Advanced

In this session we will discuss the advanced features of events including the use of scheduling in relevant classroom situations. We’ll then discuss all the ways you can share your calendar and collaborate with others. Finally, we’ll discuss how to set up notifications to help keep you organized!

SMART Table Toolkit: Addition & Addition Plus

The SMART Table Toolkit allows you to customize and create engaging activities for students using the SMART Table. In this session we will explore all customization options and best practices for Addition  & Addition Plus activities to be added to a SMART Table Activity Pack.

SMART Kapp and SMART Notebook Kapp Add-On

The SMART Kapp 42” and SMART Kapp 84” boards combines the ease of using a dry erase board with the with the 21st century by allowing seamless integration of the digital ink into the SMART Notebook Software. In this session we will explore how to launch Kapp white boarding sessions to your students as well as functionality of the SMART Kapp Add-on inside of the SMART Notebook Software.

Evaluating Web Resources

Everyday, your students are faced with questionable material on the Internet. All over sites like Facebook and Twitter, your students see articles like “Save the Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus!” or “Beware of Dihydrogen Monoxide!” Are these articles credible? Join our PD Specialists as they teach you new strategies to address CCRA.W.8 (Assess the credibility and accuracy of [a] source) and help your students avoid citing hoax websites, dodge pitfalls in the research process, and discern fact from fiction.

Google Earth Tours

Take a tour with us and learn how to create a unique learning experience with Google Earth Tours!  We will explore Google Lit Trips that are available for a number of grade levels and discuss a number of other ways that you can use Google Earth and Google Maps to have students create content and make classroom-relevant topics truly come alive!  

Getting to Know the iPad - iOS 9.2

Join us to learn about the newest features of the most updated operating system for the iPad. In December of 2015, Apple released their newest iOS, 9.2. In this course we will take a look at the newest features and their application to the classroom. 

Welcome to NAO 2.1.4: Part 2 - Apps and Channels

Hello again from the world of NAO robotics! In this session, participants will walk through how to locate, download, and install useful apps to be played directly from the NAO robot. We will also explore several examples of applications available in the App Store, including interactive apps and important programs for robot safety. Finally, we will explain the purpose of the Basic Channel and provide criteria on its effective use. 

What's New in Windows 10?

Following the release of Windows 10 we'll cover the newest features that you need to know to be successful in using Windows 10 in your classroom.

Enhancing Science Experiments with Labdisc

Join us to learn about Labdisc, an engaging data collection tool to help bring your science experiments to a whole new level. Labdisc can be used for a variety of experimental procedures, and can assist in many parts of the scientific process. Come see it in action with our PD Specialists as we take a look at its functionality in a classroom relevant situation.

Using Web Resources to Enhance Literacy

Join us as we explore a variety of literacy techniques that should be implemented in a well developed Common Core classroom. We will also provide a number of web resources that correspond to these techniques and will help enhance instruction and keep students engaged.

STEM Horizon

Renewable and alternative energy sources are getting a lot of attention. Thanks to our friends at Horizon Fuel Cells, we've got our hands on a few classroom solar kits. Join us to see how you can use these incredible (and incredibly inexpensive) kits in your STEM classrooms. They are also developing a set of lesson plans to accompany the kits, available at Horizon Curriculum.

Creating Digital Lab Notebooks with Elements

Sharing experiment results is an important step in the scientific process. Perkin Elmer, a known leader in laboratory technology has a platform that helps bring the scientific process into the 21st century classroom with cloud-based sharing and collaboration. Elements enables your students to gather and collaborate on lab content through a web browser, eliminating the need for software installation and managing licenses. See how this powerful tool can change your lab culture. Sign up for a free account here, prior to the class.

NAO and Choregraphe 2.1, Part 2

Learn to create advanced NAO robot behaviors using the Choregraphe software. Explore how to use Choregraphe's easy-to-use software to make NAO move around, converse with people, and recognize faces and objects.

Virtual Classrooms with Schoology - Part 1

Join us for the first session of Virtual Classrooms with Schoology where we will take a look at creating your courses and adding materials for sharing.  Learn how to communicate and create a collaborative virtual classroom using Schoology's easy-to-follow platform! 

Introduction to Office on the Surface - Part 1

In this introductory course to Microsoft Office, we'll look at some tools that make using the software suite both easy and productive. From pen and inking tools to changing how you display a presentation, we'll address the subtle differences that come with using these familiar applications on your new device.

Introduction to Office on the Surface-Part 2

This session of Introduction to Office on the Surface focuses on a unique new addition to Powerpoint known as Mix. Mix allows teachers to convert Powerpoint presentations into interactive movies, then use these movies to deliver instruction and gather student data directly. During the session we will outline how to use the Sirface Pro 3 to download the Mix tools, use them to add video, audio, activity widgets and assessment questions, then upload a completed lesson for sharing with the whole class. 

Virtual Classrooms with Schoology - Part 2

Join us for session 2 where we will focus on using Schoology as a mobile assessment platform.  We will take a look at how to create quizzes and tests within schoology, as well as how to set up your gradebook for accurate calculations on graded assignments. 

Virtual Classrooms with Schoology - Part 3

In our third session of the Schoology platform, we focus on building your own Personal Learning Network (PLN) with Schoology groups.  We will discuss methods to join public and private groups to collaborate with other educators and experts in your field.  Join us to learn how to organize resources and use the learning mangement system to its fullest potential. 

Digital Online Certifications

Below are some popular Digital Teacher Certifications that are available as a series of online courses. Click on a logo to start your certification track today!