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Exploring Advanced Features within Canva
You already learned the basics of Canva in our introductory course, now it's time to take it further and explore even more! We'll take a look at advanced features and dive into additional considerations like project collaboration and recent updates. Join us to explore how you can take your content creation to the next level!
Addressing SEL Through Arts Instruction
Are you looking for unique strategies to promote social-emotional learning skills? Incorporating the arts enables students to express themselves creatively and tap into their social and emotional well-being. In this session, we will dive into the importance of connecting the arts to SEL and explore specific strategies for enhancing empathy, promoting positivity, and monitoring emotions. We will also share specific strategies such as emotion management through dance, utilizing music to create a calming environment, and using acting and theater to teach social skills. Join us for some new ideas to incorporate the arts into your daily instruction!
Self-Reflection Activities for Elementary Parent-Teacher Conferences
Parent-teacher conference season is a great time to give students activities that encourage them to reflect on their work habits, social skills, and identify some of their strengths and weaknesses in the classroom. Whether students are filling out a basic skills form or writing freely about their strengths and areas of improvement, this can free up some time for you before conferences and can be a valuable addition to your meetings with guardians. Join us to learn some ideas that will help get students reflecting!
Looking for an engaging, fun and educational expereience that can merge your classroom curriculum with the building of 21st cetury skills? Than look no further than MAD-learn, the web-based mobile app development program that gives students the opportunity to design, create, and launch an app of their choosing! MAD-learn can be used as a PBL tool in your classroom where students get to become 'appreneurs' following a 6 step design thinking process to create and promote an app of their own design.
3D-Design Projects for the Art Classroom
Looking for ways to challenge your students in the art classroom? 3D design and printing has become a leading tool in education, especially when exploring STEAM and project-based learning. Join us as we share ideas for enhancing your pre-existing art lessons with 3D design. Plus, we'll go over activities that can help promote the interdisciplinary benefits of 3D design.
Adobe Express in the Classroom
Reimagine what students can create using Adobe Express, the free content creation platform by Adobe. We'll explore pre-made templates, collaboration tools, general creation features, and activity ideas. Get ready to take your lessons to new heights!
Creating Digital Books for a Multicultural Book Festival
Digital books are the perfect way to reinforce literacy concepts while also tapping into key 21st century skills. In this session, we will discuss strategies for having students create their own digital books that explore their unique cultures and backgrounds. We will explore specific platforms for digital stories such as Book Creator, StoryJumper, and Google Slides. We will then dive into ideas to include in our multicultural books, tools to support English language learners, and how we can share these books to a larger audience during our multicultural book festival. Let’s celebrate reading & writing and learn about other cultures along the way!
Celebrating Read Across America Month in the Secondary Classroom
Are you looking for ways to connect with the spirit of Read Across America for your secondary students? In this session, we will discuss a variety of ways you can explore the deeper meaning behind some of the texts of Theodor Seuss Geisel, otherwise known as Dr. Seuss, whose birthday inspired Read Across America. We will look at pieces of writing from Dr. Seuss and Shel Silverstein to compare and contrast social issues; use Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels and Dr. Seuss's The Butter Battle Book to discuss satire; discuss political cartoons during World War II; and more! We will also discuss some technology tools to support these activities, including some templates for students to write their own stories and screenplays!
Conversation Building for ELLs Through SEL Activities
How can we teach English language learners to understand and effectively use SEL terms? In this session, we will build background knowledge by examining the importance of providing ELLs with the tools, resources, and language skills that they need in order to successfully tap into their own SEL needs and build meaningful relationships. Whether students are new to the language or new to the school, it is important that we explore tools that will help them build confidence through conversation. Join us as we explore specific resources such as SEL visual aids to support your ELLs. Plus, we'll give you free conversation prompts and activities to get students communicating!
Lights, Camera, Action: Bringing Fairytales to Life Through Storytelling
February 26th is a special day; it's worldwide Tell A Fairy Tale Day! There are so many amazing activities you can do leading up to this day. To celebrate, join us for a session on writing fairy tales and bringing them to life! In this course, we will be using digital tools and various platforms to storyboard and script fairy tales. We will even venture into story extensions, twists, and retelling stories from a villain's point of view!
Raising Heart Health Awareness in Physical Education
February is National Heart Health Month, and it is the perfect time to teach students about the importance of heart-healthy activities and living an overall healthy lifestyle. In this session, we will explore strategies for teaching students about Heart Health Month and showcase specific activities to get them up and moving. From yoga and meditation, to a PSA on fitness and heart health, students will be engaged every step of the way!
Transforming 2D Design Using 3Doodler
3Doodler is a 3D pen that allows students to bring their 2D ideas to life! Join us for this session where we will explore opportunities to engineer their own unique designs using the 3Doodler pen. With 3Doodler, students can take their 2D designs and assemble them together to create 3D creations. We will also explore ready-to-use stencils and lesson plans to help get the creation process started in your classroom.
Creating Cross-Curricular Super Bowl Activities
Are you looking to tackle the topic of Super Bowl across the different content areas? In this session, we will look at how you can create cross-curricular activities to teach students about tradition, competition and other defining characteristics of the Super Bowl celebration. We will also explore how your students can bring the fun home to engage family and friends in some Super Bowl-themed activities!
Using Digital Tools to Write Personal Letters
Did you know that February is known as "Letter and Card Writing Month"? In this course, we will be focusing on digital tools that students can use to support letter writing skills. We will explore a variety of strategies and digital tools you can use with your students to plan, write, and share their letters!
Do you want to learn how to draw in mid-air, or create 3D objects without a 3D printer? Join us as we create 3D doodles and designs instantly with the 3Doodler pen! During this magical course, we'll go through the basics of the 3Doodler pen and come up with activity ideas to help you integrate 3D drawing into your classroom.
Weather Watching Activities for Groundhog Day
Every year, we celebrate Groundhog Day and look forward to finding out if spring is coming or if we’ll have six more weeks of winter. In this session, we will dive into the history of Groundhog Day and then explore some more science-based weather concepts. We'll discuss activities that can provide students with the opportunity to track weather data and make predictions about whether or not the Groundhog will "see its shadow." Join us for a Groundhog Day celebration with a science twist!
Using OneNote for Elementary Math
Class Notebook is an app that helps you set up OneNote in your class. In this session, we will discuss how you can use this Class Notebook to distribute materials to students in groups or individually, provide feedback on their assignments, and differentiate your instruction. This tool that offers multiple ways for students to interact, and it is ian nteractive & engaging way for students to collaborate. It even helps with executive functioning skills like organizaiton! Join us for this session to learn all the ways you can use Class Notebook from OneNote.
Tools to Support ENL Family Involvement
Are you looking for strategies to connect with the families of your ELLs? In this session, we will dive into the importance of bridging the gap between school and home life, and how to work with families to make sure that students are reaching their full potential. We will discuss tools for translating materials, learning about students’ home lives, and recognizing the cultural values of these families. We will also provide examples of activities that can be done by students and families both in school and at home to help us build a deeper connection with our students.
Using Google Workspace in the Secondary Social Studies Classroom
Students at the secondary level (grades 9-12) are expected to be able to combine and utilize the many skills that they have acquired throughout their schooling years to work independently or collaboratively on projects such as writing research papers, engaging in current events, giving presentations, etc. Join us for this course to learn how using all of the functions available in Google Workspace is a great way to create and present engaging and meaningful projects in the social studies classroom.
Web Resources to Welcome the Lunar New Year
The Lunar New Year is just around the corner! In this session, we will provide you with resources and ideas to bring the culture and history of the holiday to your classroom. We will also explore specific activities to recognize the importance of cultural foods, symbols, stories, and more that are associated with the Lunar New Year. Join us for a Lunar New Year celebration!
PBL for the Elementary ELA Classroom
Project-based learning is the perfect way to engage your K-5 students in 21st century skills. How can we incorporate these skills into our ELA class? In this session, we’ll discuss how to implement PBL activities into your instruction to promote critical thinking, communication, and collaboration. We will also dive into how to use various tools to promote the key elements of PBL, such as research, gathering and analyzing feedback, and presenting knowledge in your classroom. Join us to review some PBL best practices to engage your elementary ELA students!
Enhancing Classroom Management with Classroomscreen
Are you tired of toggling between class management apps, timers, and feedback tabs throughout the day? Classroomscreen has got you covered! In this session, we will discuss Classroomscreen and all the ways it can be useful in your classroom. Classroomscreen is a one-stop shop that eliminates the need to have multiple tabs open for your LMS, class management, visual cues, etc. We will discuss the widgets available on Classroomscreen, how it's beneficial across all grade bands and disciplines, how you can customize your screens, and more!
Building Independence with Google Classroom Activities
Any educator would agree that all students learn in their own way, but if there is one similarity amongst all students, it's that practice is key! Students tend to perform better after repeated opportunities for practice coupled with targeted feedback. When you have a large group of students at different skill levels, you can feel overwhelmed with supporting each individual student’s journey. Google Classroom practice sets can be part of the solution. Join us as we walk through how the practice set feature within Google Classroom is just one way you can help your students become a little more independent!
Using Easel by TPT for Assessment
Just about every educator has visited Teachers Pay Teachers at least once and can share a success story that came from a resource they discovered in the extensive library the site offers. Easel by TPT is one of the newest additions to hit their site and it has been designed to help support educators beyond sharing lesson materials. Join us as we walk through the features of Easel by TPT and explore how you can teach, assign, and assess students while delivering engaging digital content!
Integrating SEL into Physical Education
How can we provide students with social-emotional learning opportunities across subject areas? In this session, we will explore the value of SEL and the importance of confidence boosting, teamwork, and relationship-building in the PE classroom. We will also discuss how you can take lessons that you already have and easily add SEL components. Finally, we will share best practices and detailed activity ideas to strengthen the mind-body connection. Join us to get your mind muscles moving!
PBL in the Secondary ELA Classroom
Learn how to implement PBL activities to promote critical thinking, communication, and collaboration in your secondary ELA classroom. Embracing technology in a traditional ELA classroom will not only help engage your students, but it will also improve their literacy skills and foster a classroom environment in which the traditional elements of ELA become more hands on.
Introduction to CS with Makey Makey and MakeCode Arcade
Video game design is a great platform for learning computer science! Even better, video games are also a great opportunity to integrate Makey Makey by having students build their own controllers and integrate them into their games using Microsoft MakeCode Arcade. Join us to jump into designing a simple first game with MakeCode, and a custom controller using Makey Makey.
Derek has a passion for making, repairing, and improving the things around him! After 5 years of teaching middle school shop class, Derek entered the private sector developing educational kits and running professional development workshops around the country. As the Director of Product and Programs, Derek oversees the Makey Makey product catalog, the development of new products, and collaborates with the team to make sure they reflect the value of invention literacy.
Civics Projects to Empower Older Students
As educators, we are constantly considering our students' interests when lesson planning, but sometimes struggle to show students how the lesson activities can support them in their adult lives post-graduation. A project-based approach to civics may be the answer when working with older students. Join us as we share engaging activities that you can do with your older students to get them excited about democracy, elections, civics and so much more!
Veterans Day Activities for Elementary Students
Veterans Day is a chance for students to learn about and honor individuals who have served or are currently serving in the military. As educators, it is our job to teach students about this important day, while also providing them with opportunities to show appreciation for veterans. Join us for this session, where we will explore age-appropriate strategies for teaching students about Veterans Day as well as ready-to-go printable and digital activities. We will also dive into conversation prompts and applicable literature to get your students engaged and involved on this important day!
Teaching with Science Simulations in Lumio
Lumio has recently gotten an upgrade, with all new features such as widgets, templates, and a re-design of the platform! In this course, we'll be taking a look at the built-in PhET simulations within Lumio, and how you can use them to create engaging science lessons. You'll discover how to add these simulations to new or pre-existing content, as well as some tips for using them asynchronously or synchronously.
Active Floor is an interactive solution designed to bring movement and game-based learning into your classroom. In this course, we will dive into the basics of creating movement-oriented activities that will help students better retain information. We’ll cover topics like licensing, game templates, customization and so much more!
Seesaw has a specialized system for student portfolios and parent communication that makes it one of the best learning platforms for sharing a student's work! In this session, we will take a deeper dive into the many features that Seesaw has to offer to enhance and elevate your classroom management experience.
Using Interactive Storytelling to Build Academic Vocabulary
Storytelling is a common practice that helps young children to learn important concepts, express creativity, and enhance their academic skills. The interactive component of storytelling is what helps students develop verbal and written expression, which will help improve academic vocabulary. Join us for our session where we will discuss the importance of bringing interactive storytelling into the early-age classroom by using pre-existing stories and strategies, so that your students create and share their own. We will also share some websites and activity ideas to get you on your way with storytelling in the classroom!
Creating Assistive Technology Using 3D Design
Sometimes people with disabilities may not have the means to purchase high-end versions of the equipment that is necessary to assist them in their daily lives. In this course, we will discuss how to get students thinking about assistive devices and how they can be created using 3D design. We'll go over how to guide students in developing solutions and creating cost-effective assistive technology.
Expanding Language Skills for ELLs Using Flip
Are you looking to enhance your ELLs' language skills? In this session, we will discuss the importance of teaching expressive and receptive language skills to students. We will then explore how to use Flip to have students practice speaking and expressing themselves creatively. We will dive into specific topics, activity ideas, and prompts that can be done on Flip, as well as best practices for having your ELLs communicate effectively. Join us to explore this accessible tool for students to work on their language skills in an engaging way!
Addressing SEL Through Bulletin Boards
Bulletin boards can be powerful, eye-catching tools that communicate information and celebrate student learning. Have you ever thought about using them to help support students' social-emotional needs? Join us as we discover unique bulletin board ideas and best practices for creating boards that promote SEL, inclusiveness, and make a positive impact.
Tools to Support Digital Book Cover Creation
Students already know that an impressive cover can make a book stand out on the shelf. In this course, we will go over how you can challenge your students to be illustrators for the day by designing their own digital book covers. Join us as we take a deeper dive into the different programs that you can use, and the handy design tools within these websites!
Supporting Your Flipped Classroom Using IXL
IXL is a digital education platform that personalizes students' learning and helps them practice targeted skills. Teachers can help students reach their learning goals through the use of IXL's comprehensive curriculum, skills practice, and diagnostic tools. In this session, we will discuss the flipped classroom and how IXL can support this instructional model.
Apps to Support the Exceptional Education Setting
This app-centric course will cover a variety of skills and creation-based apps that are useful in any Exceptional Education classroom. In this session, we will not only cover the functionality of the apps, but also best practices to incorporate them effectively with students, like using iPads as a center for assessment or behavior management tool. This session will also reveal some of the best-kept accessibility secrets to help you reach all types of learners.
Supporting Mentor/Mentee Teacher Partnerships
Creating guidelines and having an open dialogue are two important factors to building a professional foundation between a mentor and mentee, strengthening the relationship. In this course, we will look at how you can build a partnership foundation and utilize technology to collaborate, schedule, and set goals for students.
Flip (formerly Flipgrid) is an interactive and engaging tool that is perfect for communication and creative expression. In this session, we will explore how to get started with this platform, examine several of the key features, and show you how to create fun activities for your students.
Blended Learning with Station Rotations
Station rotations can have many benefits, including differentiated instruction and the ability to teach small groups while other students are working independently. However, classroom management is key in order to keep all students engaged while you are working with a small group. Join us for this session where we will cover different digital tools and management tips for making the most out of station rotations.
Resources for Virtual Field Trips
Field trips can be incredibly enriching for students, but they are not always an option for teachers. In this course, we will explore how teachers can create interactive virtual field trips for students as well as how to use these trips to maximize student learning and engagement.
Using Microsoft Planner for Project-Based Learning
Keeping students organized during project-based learning activities can be a challenge, especially if students are given more flexibility in terms of their goals. Join us to learn about one of Microsoft's newer applications, Microsoft Planner. We'll show you all the ins and outs of using Microsoft Planner and how your students can utilize it for their next project-based learning experience.
Tools to Alleviate Back to School Anxiety
Educators are key players when it comes to helping students cope with back-to-school anxiety. Join us for this course as we explore techniques for educators to recognize the signs of student distress and how to guide them through anxiety. We'll show you ways to ensure your students thrive over the course of the academic school year. You may even find that some of these strategies can help you to address some of your own start-of-the-year anxieties too!
Making Accessible Print Documents
Even when we are creating documents that will be printed and handed out, there still needs to be a digitally accessible equivalent to ensure accessibility for all. In the course, you will learn why this is so important, and how to create accessible print documents.
Unpacking Technology Safely at the Beginning of the Year
Even if you tuned into our spring course on safely packing your technology at the end of the year, you may still be feeling overwhelmed now that it is time to unpack for the new school year. Don't fret! Join us for this session as we share recommended steps to unload your technology safely after a summer of storage.
Giving Valuable Feedback in the Math Classroom
Feedback is the key to helping your students feel more confident in their abilities! There is a lot of professional development out there about the “right way” to change these negative feelings in the classroom, but does this look different depending on the subject you teach? Join us for this course, where we will explore different ways to help students shift their mindsets to be able to grow and learn in your math classroom.
Engaging Students in the Engineering Design Process
The engineering design process is used throughout STEM classes, as students can develop solutions to many types of problems. Join us to learn some quick and simple activities you can do with your class to engage them in the engineering design process! Whether students are already familiar with the EDP, or have no idea what it is, they can benefit from these quick challenges!
Canva is a free online graphic design tool. Together, we will walk through how to access templates on Canva and start creating without having extensive photo editing knowledge or graphic design experience. Join us to explore how educators can use Canva to create newsletters, announcements, posters, social media posts, and so much more!
Kami is a digital tool available for download that allows students to engage with typically static instructional materials through annotation and markup tools. In this course, we'll show you how to access Kami and explore available features, ideas for the classroom, and tips and tricks for getting started. Join us to learn about this powerful tool and increase your student engagement.
Using Google Drawings to Teach Elementary Science Concepts
Google Drawings is not just a tool for teachers, it can also be used for student learning. In this session, we will look at how to utilize Drawings to teach science concepts by using visuals. Students will be able to synthesize information and develop their own understandings rather than just memorizing facts.
Building Cultural Awareness Through Oral History Projects
Understanding and recognizing that our classmates have different values shaped by diverse backgrounds can be learned through the use of oral history projects. In this session, we will discuss building cultural awareness in the classroom by utilizing Audacity to create meaningful oral history projects.
In this session, we will move further with UBTech by taking a look at the UKIT Advanced, where students will have the opportunity to dive deeper into the mechanics, electronics, and programming behind high-tech robotics. The Advanced kit includes an introduction to circuitry and electrical engineering, as well as text-based coding.
Designing Teacher Workshops to Support Teacher Growth
Professional learning should reflect the kind of learning we want to see for our students. Join us for this course as we share best practices for administrators to support teachers’ growth. We’ll explore strategies for engaging adult learners in training workshops and the impacts of different workshop approaches.
Celebrate Student Success Using 3D Design & Printing
As educators, we wear many hats. We are listeners, planners, data collectors, and above all: motivators. In order to motivate our students, we are constantly looking for ways to celebrate their achievements. In this session, we will share ideas for designing prizes and other celebratory items to commemorate your students’ accomplishments for homework completion, attendance, and so much more!
Structuring Independent Study in the Secondary Classroom
In this session, we will learn about allowing your students time to choose a side project to work on in the classroom, giving them autonomy over their learning and purpose to their education. This is a great option that can be implemented at any time of year, especially as the year is winding down. It's also a great way to continue building skill sets as well as letting the students explore what interests them.
As the school year comes to a close, students have had countless memorable experiences. Why not help them reflect and process events by creating memory books? In this course, we'll show you how your students can create digital memory books to capture their favorite moments.
Using Google to Explore the Earth's Oceans
The ocean covers nearly 71% of Earth's total surface and comprises 96.5% of all of Earth's water supply. Maintaining a healthy ocean is critical to all living things and the wellbeing of the entire planet. Join us as we celebrate World Oceans Day and use Google Tools like Google Maps and Google Earth to explore Earth's oceans and learn more about this critical resource.
Best Practices for Digital Assessments
Are you looking to bring your assessments into the digital era? Join us in this session as we take a look at different digital platforms, best practices, and other tips to help you assess your students successfully using web based tools.
Helping ELLs Make Connections to Literature Using Google Drawings
Working with English language learners and helping them to see text-to-self connections can be difficult. Join us to explore how you can use independent reading opportunites and Google Workspace's Drawings to help your ELL students identify with their own personality.
Developing Check-In Systems for Older Students
Developing age appropriate check-ins can be a challenge for educators working with older students. However, carefully crafted check-ins can bring middle and high school classes closer together. You may even find that they can help to improve students' well-being! Join us as we explore resources for designing morning, mid-day or afternoon check-in systems to monitor student behavior and assist you with planning the next steps for success with these students.
Tools to Support Center Rotations in the Special Ed Classroom
Are you looking to incorporate center rotations into your classroom? In this session, we will explore the benefits of using centers in your special education class, as well as strategies for getting organized, setting up your centers, and supporting students along the way as they dive into their center activities. We will discuss the importance of creating a schedule for center rotations as well as making sure that your centers are created to set your students up for success in order to meet their learning goals. We will also explore specific center activity ideas for you to try out with your students!
Using Jamboard to Support Writing Stations
Looking for ideas and graphic organizers to support your students thoughts during the writing process? Jamboard can be a great location for research, brainstorming, prewriting, and more. Join us to learn how your students can use Jamboard to organize their thoughts before writing an informative, argumentative, or narrative piece.
Digital Citizenship for 21st Century Learners
In the blink of an eye, the need for access to online learning tools was pushed to the forefront of education. Students, teachers, and parents alike had to reimagine the process of learning. 21st century learners have grown up in the digital age, where they have been exposed to all different kinds of technology. Utilizing this technology in a safe, respectful and educational manner is many times overlooked. In this session, we will take a look at the quickly changing digital landscape and how we can educate students of all ages on the importance of positive digital citizenship.
Special education can be an extremely fast-paced and rewarding job. Special educators are challenged to think and act quickly as well as be flexible enough to adapt to any situation. Having a set of tools ready to go at any time can be the difference between successful lessons and negative experiences. Join us for this course as we explore some great educator resources for autism spectrum disorder.
Interactive Storytelling with Jamboard
Jamboard is an interactive whiteboard that can be used for brainstorming, creating, and sharing information. In this session, we will discuss how to create storyboards and how to use the drawing and text features within Jamboard. Join us to discuss the importance of introducing storytelling skills at an early age. We will also explore specific examples and Jamboard templates that can be used for the story creation process.
Are you looking for a unique way to engage your students with social-emotional learning activities? Jamboard is the perfect tool for creating unique learning and self-reflection opportunities. In this session, we will explore the importance of integrating SEL into daily lessons for your early elementary students. We will also dive into specific activities and templates that can be created with Jamboard. Join us for some great ideas to help your students gain self-esteem and build confidence!
Using Desmos for Financial Math
Financial literacy is a critical skill for making important financial decisions. Often, students have gaps in their knoweledge, as skills like budgeting, personal financial managent, and investing are not always taught in the K-12 setting. Join us as we dive into Desmos, the advanced online graphing calculator, and how you can use this powerful tool to help you teach students to tackle both personal and professional financial situations. Easily integrate finaincial literacy into your math classroom with Desmos!
Using Book Creator to Create Digital Stories for ELLs
Digital storytelling is the perfect way to engage your English Language Learners. Join us for this session where we will review the power of digital storytelling and discuss the benefits of storytelling for your students. We will then dive into Book Creator, a website for creating digital books that incorporate drawings, narration, video, and so much more. We will explore how to get started with this digital tool and brainstorm ideas for your students to bring their stories to life. We will also explore digital story topics and examples that are sure to engage your English Language learners. Let’s get creative with this literacy tool to support our students with their reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills!
Creating a Culture of Kindness in the Early Childhood Classroom
As educators, we know the importance of building a positive classroom community. A major part of bringing this practice to life is teaching our students the importance of kindness and treating one another with respect. In this session, we will review the value of creating a culture of kindness at an early age. We will dive into strategies, best practices, and activity ideas to get your students motivated to connect with one another in meaningful ways. We will also explore relevant children’s literature to spark powerful conversations about kindness both in and out of the classroom. Join us for some tips and tricks for fostering a culture of kindness!
Project-Based Learning: Space Exploration with Google
Project-based learning, in conjuction with the productivity and collaboration tools available in Google Workspace, can support and enhance student outcomes. Learn how students can explore the world of space exploration within this structured, creative, and digital workspace. The key elements of project-based learning, such as sustained inquiry, critical thinking, authenticity, student voice and choice, collaboration, reflection, and revision are enhanced through the use of Google Workspace. Join us on a space quest using Google Workspace.
Classroom Management Ideas: Apps for Positive Reinforcement
Are you looking for unique ways to help reinforce positive behaviors in your students? In this course, we’ll take a look at a variety of different interactive apps that can help with classroom management. From token economies to badges and messages, you’ll learn a lot of great tools to put in your classroom toolkit.
Using 3D Design to Support Fraction Instruction
Are your students struggling to understand fractions? What if we told you that you could use 3D design and printing to help your students learn and love fractions? In this course, we will explore lesson ideas and resources that will help you and your students to create 3-dimensional fraction manipulatives to nail down fraction basics.
Get your students on the path to developing real-world skills that can solve real-world problems by getting comfortable with incorporating robotics and coding into any classroom! Exposing your students to coding as well as teamwork experiences that will boost their engagement in group engineering and problem solving activities. Join us in exploring the possibilities of incorporating UBTech into your curriculum.
Tools for Creating an Accessible Google Form
Google Forms is a great tool for teachers. You can use it to collect and grade quizzes, gather feedback from students, and more. But what do you do if you have students who struggle with web accessibility? Join us to discover how you can create accessible forms that can help students with disabilities remain engaged in classroom activities.
Project Based Learning for ELLs
Are you looking for engaging projects to do with your ELL students? In this course, we’ll show you how to implement PBL activities to promote critical thinking, communication, and collaboration with your ELL students. You will learn how to use various tools to promote the key elements of PBL such as research, collaboration, gathering and analyzing feedback, and presenting knowledge in the classroom.
Culturally Responsive Teaching: Google Tools
Culturally responsive teaching is at the forefront of education today. Come check out how you can use common Google tools that you are probably already using, (don't worry if you're not, it's ok, come anyway) to promote culturally responsive teaching and practices. Can't wait to see you there!
Wonder Workshop’s Virtual Robot and Class Connect Webinar
Bring coding to life with Wonder Workshop’s Virtual Robot & Class Connect software, no robot necessary! In this webinar, we will review Class Connect, software that unlocks Dash’s Neighborhood, a Virtual Robot inside of
Blockly for Web and iOS. Kids can solve robot coding challenges by moving Dash around right on the screen in a rich, 3D environment.
Creating Digital Scrapbooks to Honor Women's History
Are you looking for a unique lesson activity to teach your students about important women in history? Join us as we discuss the value of teaching your students about women’s history and how to integrate this topic into classroom discussions and projects. We will dive into how to create a digital scrapbook that highlights the accomplishments of famous women. We'll also review specific ideas to include in the scrapbook such as biographical data, photographs and images, a summary of the woman’s contributions, and more! Let’s create shareable and unique scrapbooks to learn about and honor women’s history!
MC: 3D Printing & Design: Session 4 - Going Further with TinkerCAD
Designing 3D models is made possible through computer-aided design (CAD) softwares. In session 4, we will continue to learn about the various tools in TinkerCAD to help you with your designs. We will explore how you can create patterns with the duplication tool, how you can place objects with precision using the workplace tool, and how you can engrave a text on your design.
Using a Pre-Existing Science Lesson to Go Further with Scratch
Are you already using Scratch in your classroom to explore coding with your students? You can continue to promote computational thinking, problem solving skills, and creative teaching by kicking it up a notch with Scratch. Join us as we explore how to create sprites and backdrops from "scratch" to take a pre-existing science lesson even further.
Introduction to Digital Storytelling
Are you interested in learning more about how to incorporate digital storytelling into your classroom? In this session, we will dive into an overview of digital storytelling as well as the benefits of using this activity in your classroom to encourage student creativity. We will discuss some ideas to get you started with digital storytelling and explore various platforms that students can use to plan and create. We will also share some best practices and things to consider when starting a digital storytelling project. Join us for some storytelling fun!
MC: 3D Printing & Design: Session 7 - Slicing for 3D Printing
In this course, we will develop our 3D terminology by understanding the print settings of your slicing software. We will use the MakerBot Print and Cura to learn how support, speed, infill, among other things, can contribute to the quality of your printed design.
Using Google Workspace to Support Emerging Writers
Writing is an essential skill for every student, but it doesn't have to be frustrating. Join us as we explore how Google Workspace for Education can inspire your students to become independent writers. We will take a look at some ways you can use the Google applications to build great writing habits in your students.
Understanding the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
Innovations in science are happening at a rapid rate. Often driven by technology and human ingenuity, these advancements must be supported from the ground up in future working populations to sustain this growth. That's where the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) come in, as strong K-12 science standards can help to prepare students to be college and career ready in the 21st century. Join us to learn about the inner workings of the NGSS and how to read them in a way that can help you to frame engaging science activities.
Differentiation Tips for ELLs Using Lumio
Lumio is a digital tool for creating and editing lessons, activities, and assessments. But how can this tool be used to differentiate instruction? In this session, we will explore how Lumio can help you to address the diverse strengths and weaknesses of your students. We'll provide background information on differentiating instruction for your ELLs, along with resources to help you differentiate planning, instruction, management, and student assessment. Join us as we explore how to create additional supports for students to complete Lumio lessons and reach language objectives.
Administrator Track: Assessment & Student Data
Join us as we explore assessment tools and share best practices for assessments in the first course of our administrator track. Whether you are looking to enhance the formative or summative assessment taking place in your school, we are here to assist as you support your teachers in creating high validity data collection that will guide future instruction and promote student growth.
Using Seesaw to Support Your Project-Based Learning
Project-based learning (PBL) provides opportunities for students to gain knowledge and skills by exploring authentic, complex questions, problems, or challenges. There are many moving parts inherent to PBL that can become quite overwhelming for teachers and students. In this course, you will learn how Seesaw can support PBL in a variety of ways. Seesaw is a versatile digital portfolio, multimedia learning, and communication tool. Some options we will explore are how students and teachers can organize their work with folders, provide effective feedback to one another, monitor workflow, and use many multimodal tools to demonstrate their progress over time. Join us to learn how Seesaw can make your PBL manageable and successful.
MC: 3D Printing & Design: Session 5 - Teaching with TinkerCAD
In this course, we will do a deep dive into the TinkerCAD Classroom. Learn how to create a class, add students, create and assign your own activities, and experince the student/user interface.
Celebrate Black History with Game-Based Learning
Let’s celebrate Black History Month through game-based learning activities. In this course, we’ll cover fun and engaging activities using Blooket, Lumio, Quizlet, Nearpod, and Quizizz to help students learn about the important people, accomplishments, and events throughout black history.
MC: 3D Printing & Design: Session 6 - 3D Slash
In the session 6 of this series, we will take a look at other ways students can design 3D objects to be printed. The website, 3D Slash, encourages designers to start with a block or sphere and “design by subtraction” using hammers, chisels, and digital spray paint. This is a great alternative for creating .stl files and is lots of fun!
MC: 3D Printing & Design: Session 2 - Hardware & Materials
Let's explore the hardware and materials that bring your 3D designs to life! In session 2, we will showcase the Ultimaker and Makerbot 3D printers. We will cover the basics of each printer so that you feel confident setting them up in your makerspace.
Why not use this Valentine's Day as an opportunity to put those classroom robots to use? Join us as we explore how students can program a robot to deliver their Valentine’s Day message to a classmate. The opportunities are endless when we start exploring mazes, talking robots, and so much more!
College and Career Readiness for Special Needs Students
As special education teachers, we are equally as responsible as our general education colleagues for addressing college and career readiness in our students. Lessons learned in grades K-12 will pave the way for our students, and we should strive to enable our students to show good decision making skills and transition smoothly to life after graduation. Join us for this session as we share strategies for helping students with special needs, and their parents, to identify a path that will lead to greater success in high school and beyond!
What tools can teachers leverage to support English language learners so they can thrive in the classroom? Web-based resources are tools that can make lessons meaningful and accessible to ELLs. In this session, we will look closely at some specific websites and resources that are geared toward ELLs at the middle and high school levels. These sites will help your ELLs build their pronunciation, vocabulary, and writing skills in an interactive way. Come join us as we explore exciting and engaging content for ELLs.
MC: Google Advanced - Session 6 - Using Classroom and Calendar to Support Class Communication
In Session 6 of our Google Educator Advanced Micro-credential, we will explore how you can take your Google Classroom to the next level. We will dive into how you can use Google Classroom, along with Google Calendar, as a tool to keep your students (and their guardians) up to date on what's happening in your classroom!
MC: Google Advanced - Session 5 - Using Blogger to Collaborate with Colleagues and Share Best Practices
Have you tried out Blogger? Did you know that it can be a great tool for teachers and students alike? Join us for our fifth session to see what Blogger has to offer. We will explore some of the features of Blogger such as scheduling posts, adding collaborators, tagging and more!
Have your students educate their peers, parents, the entire school, or the district about the importance of celebrating President's Day! Join us to learn how you can utilize technologies such as Screencastify or Flipgrid to have your students record themselves acting out important scenes from Lincoln's presidency. Then, discover how student work can be pushed out to the school and parents as a Presidential Film Festival!
Digital Tools for Elementary Math
Are you looking for new ways to engage your students in math lessons? In this session, we will dive into the importance of providing your elementary students with digital math tools. We will explore resources available for teachers to model key math concepts for students. We will also discuss how students can use digital manipulatives, worksheets, and websites to take their math understanding to the next level. Join us as we explore how to incorporate digital tools into your teaching toolbox!
Using Nearpod for Brain Breaks
As educators, we know the value of brain breaks. They allow our students to recharge and get moving. Nearpod adds interactivity to our instruction and provides students with meaningful and engaging tools to keep them motivated. Join us as we discuss tools such as VR field trips, polling, collaboration features, and more for effective brain breaks.
Quick Tips for Elementary EdTech
EdTech can seem intimidating when you teach little learners, and so much EdTech professional development is seemingly geared towards older students. Come learn how to implement technology in your elementary classroom and thrive, not just survive, utilizing it! We'll talk routines, free resources, and how to implement technology to amp up your instruction to give your students unforgettable learning experiences.
Ashley is a lifelong learner who is passionate about analyzing data to create informed decisions, differentiating curriculum to meet student needs, and creating innovative pathways for students to grow and reach individualized goals. She is experienced in professional development creation and presentation, marketing products for EdTech platforms, and content-specific course creation for learning platforms.
Many of us have a word wall posted somewhere in our classroom to help our ELL students learn vocabulary. What if you could bring your word wall into the 21st century? Join us as we explore and create digital word walls! In this session, we'll show you everything you need to create digital word walls of your very own and highlight the benefits for your English language learners.
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 our top energizing brain breaks for the classroom to give your students the tools they need to refocus their physical and mental states. Don't miss out on this session if you're looking to incorporate brain breaks into your classroom in a positive and meaningful way!
Are you looking for a unique activity using KIBO? Now that the winter months are officially here and snow is starting to fall, we are going to need a snowplow! In this session, we will explore how to turn KIBO into a snowplowing robot to clean up cotton ball snow. We will review the basics of KIBO, discuss important materials needed, and how to add code to make the snowplow do its job. We will also explore the steps for following the engineering design process to design the snowplow, put our work to the test, and make improvements along the way. Once the snowplow has been created, we will dive into some unique activity ideas. Get ready for a flurry of fun with KIBO!
Creating a Winter Wonderland with CAD
The winter season brings to mind beautiful images of landscapes covered in snow and ice. In this session, teachers will learn how to incorporate CAD into their ELA classes. Students will write poems about something that signifies the essence of winter and then create symbols for those poems utilizing TinkerCAD!
Come meet Sphero's newest member of the team-Indi! Indi is an early education robot that offers both screen-free and app-based coding experiences. Take a ride with us as we explore the color code tiles, personalization options, and the new SpheroEdu Jr. app.
Using CAD Design in Your Social Studies Classroom
Part of a students experience in a social studies classroom is learning about the arts and architecture in various cultures throughout history. In this session, you will learn how you can easily implement available computer-aided design (CAD) technologies into your art & architecture lessons to get students thinking creatively.
Ultimaker: Optimizing Your 3D Print
The Cura software by Ultimaker is a free slicing software with over 200 settings to adjust your 3D print to fit your needs. Join us as we show you where to download the software and learn specific skills to enhance the details and optimize your 3D model.
Lesson Planning for ELLs Using Google Docs
As educators, we know the importance of meeting the diverse needs of all of our students. In this session, we will explore strategies for supporting ELLs in our classroom. We will discuss specific lesson planning ideas using Google Docs such as using built-in tools like graphic organizers, image search, and templates. We will also share lesson plan examples that include tips for promoting the use of background knowledge as well as the development of academic language.
Making Your Token Economy Digital
Are you looking to incorporate a token economy into your classroom? A token economy is a Positive Behavioral Intervention and Support (PBIS) system used to quickly award points and recognize students for meeting goals. While the idea of giving a student a reward for reaching a goal hasn't changed, the structure of keeping track of these rewards and distributing them has. In this session, we will explore strategies for shifting from physical tokens to creating your own digital token economy. We will also dive into the benefits of tracking points, as well as ideas for prizes. Join us to learn more about transforming your token economy!
zSpace provides an immersive 3D experience for your learners - and allows you to touch on multiple STEM disciplines by using zSpace's fantastic educational software and resources. From understanding what you get out of the box, to how it can be utilized in all of your core classes, to an overview of the pre-installed applications, and its connection to Social Emotional Learning. Join our session to learn everything you need to know to hit the ground running with zSpace.
Using Google Forms for School Elections
Educators have come to recognize that Google Workspace for Education can transform traditional classroom activities, but did you ever think of using Google Forms to put a spin on your school elections? In this course, we will walk through the steps of how to use Google Forms to create a school election and explore how to incorporate text, images, and videos into election ballots!
Redesigning Exit Tickets Using Pear Deck
Exit tickets serve many purposes, like providing informal feedback to teachers, challenging students to apply what they've learned in a different capacity, or reviewing a day's material. Pear Deck is a powerful tool that can help engage your students in the assessment process and provide you with easy-to-access student data. Join us to learn about some inventive ways to elevate your traditional paper exit tickets into something vibrant and engaging using Pear Deck!
Teaching Measurements and Angles with Dash & Dot
Looking for new and exciting ways to teach math concepts in your elementary classroom? In this course, we’ll share exemplary lessons for your Dash & Dot robots that teach students about angles and measurements while building their comfort level with Wonder Workshop’s block-based coding language, Blockly.
Game-based learning is an area of education that has been getting a lot of attention recently. Games are a powerful tool to engage learners and can help you in your efforts to develop the comprehension and communicative skills of your ELLs. Join us as we share tips and tricks for gamifying a variety of content while meeting curricular goals.
In our Intro to Podcasting course, we will take a look at some valuable resources for successful podcasting techniques in the classroom. Learn about useful educational podcasts that students and teachers can follow, along with the best practices and benefits of using podcasting for instruction and content creation.
Finch is a micro:bit-powered, programmable robot that can grow with your students from K-12 and beyond! With built-in sensors, buzzers, lights, and so much more, students can take their programming wherever their imagination takes them. Whether your students have never even heard of coding or are highly experienced, they can develop future ready skills with the Finch Robotics kit. In this session, we'll cover the basics, as well as the free educator resources offered by BirdBrain Technologies that can help you get started.
Using Google Forms for Assessment
Google Forms is one of the most versatile tools Google has to offer. In this course, we'll go over things like collecting data, conducting peer reviews, and creating formative assessments. Join us to explore the variety of ways that Google Forms can be implemented in your classroom to meet your assessment needs.
pi-top Robotics Kit Bobbie Colored Ball Tracking
Meet Bobbie robot, built from the pi-top Robotics Kit. Using its camera for color filtering, we can program it to track down and find balls of a certain color. Take a look!
Assistive Technology (AT) Resources
Teaching students with physical, cognitive, or learning disabilities can be a demanding but rewarding job. Teachers need to think about all possible adjustments and supports that will help these students in the school (and post-school) environment. Having a set of tools ready to go at any time can be the difference between successful lessons and negative experiences. Join us as we explore some great resources for working with students who require assistive technology!
A morning meeting that goes over the calendar and class schedule has always been a staple in primary classrooms as a way to set the tone for the day. What if you could incorporate technology into your morning meetings? How about leveraging them as a way to engage students and bolster your classroom community, even when students can’t be present in the physical classroom? Join us as we explore how to use Lumio to transform your morning meeting activities!
Creating Student-Driven Instruction with Lumio
The more technology advances, the more independent today's learners can become! Lumio, formerly known as SMART Learning Suite Online, enables learners to take control of their learning in a multitude of ways. Contributing to workspace activities, accessing lessons outside of class, and manipulating individual handouts are just some levels of ownership students can take. Join us as we walk through what's possible when students can access lessons from anywhere, at any time, and on any device!
pi-top Robotics Kit Alex Line Following
With a pi-top unit and a robot frame built from the Robotics Kit, I show how we can program Alex to follow a blue line path using its camera, servo motors and Python programming.
Engaging Activities to Build Classroom Culture
As educators, we know the importance of creating a positive classroom environment right from the start of the school year. As we re-enter the classroom, our goal is to build meaningful relationships and provide our students with a sense of safety and security. In this session, we will explore specific team building activities as well as opportunities for discussion and collaboration. We will also provide tips for creating a positive classroom culture and discuss ideas for building rapport with our students. Let’s start off our year with positivity and classroom community!
Strategies for Reducing Test Anxiety
Students are often nervous and anxious about upcoming tests. Join our Curriculum Specialists as we take a look at some strategies your students can use to help reduce test anxiety and how you as the teacher can help.
Looking for ways to change up instruction or assessment in your classroom? QR codes can be the answer! QR codes are a valuable tool for monitoring student understanding or to switch up how you showcase student work in a more interactive way. Join us as we share resources for inviting QR codes into your classroom to create more engaging assessments, interactive bulletin boards, and more!
pi-top Robotics Kit Alex Obstacle Avoidance
Third video in the series ... with a built robot frame and your pi-top unit, you can program Alex to drive around and avoid obstacles using Python language.
This course is the first of a series focusing on the pi-top unit for using Python programming. Emphasis is placed on displaying its Sirius OS on a board, monitor or computer screen, connecting with a wireless network, and using the built-in Mu application to store, edit and run code.
Creating Class Websites with Google Sites
A class website can be a powerful tool to help organize class resources and communicate with students and their families. In this session, we'll take a look at how you can easily create a class website using Google Sites. Learn the basic steps to get your website off the ground, as well as some advanced features to take your website to the next level.
Creating Podcasts with GarageBand
In this course we'll cover the basics of using GarageBand to help you and your students create engaging podcasts. Encourage students to get creative and think outside the box with Apple's built in music creation studio. Record, edit, and share your exciting creations with classmates, parents, and maybe even the world!
Evaluating ELA Lessons Using PICRAT and SAMR
Are you looking for unique lesson ideas that incorporate technology? In this session, we'll explore an ELA lesson and share tips for selecting a technology tool that is going to help you transform your lesson. We'll dive into the PICRAT and SAMR models for technology integration to help you assign a level to the tools you are considering. We'll also use these guidelines to evaluate technology integration. With this new knowledge, you will be able to evaluate your own lessons and ensure that you are creating valuable learning tasks and activities for your students.
Evaluating Science Lessons Using PICRAT and SAMR
Are you looking for unique lesson ideas that incorporate technology? In this session, we'll explore a science lesson and share tips for selecting a technology tool that is going to help you transform the lesson. We'll dive into the PICRAT and SAMR models for technology integration to help you assign a level to the tools you are considering. We'll also use these guidelines to evaluate technology integration. With this new knowledge, you will be able to evaluate your own lessons and ensure that you are creating valuable learning tasks and activities for your students.
Social and Emotional Learning with Pear Deck
Pear Deck is a Google add-on that allows us to transform Google Slides presentations to enhance student engagement and lesson content. Social and emotional learning is an essential part of our daily instruction and it's necessary to provide opportunities for this type of learning throughout our instruction. In this session, we will explore the pre-made social and emotional learning templates available on Pear Deck, and discuss the benefits of check-ins throughout academic lessons. Join us for some unique, ready-to-go SEL lessons!
Are you interested in switching up your in-person teaching style? Maybe it's time to try flipping your classroom! In this session you'll learn the many benefits of the flipped classroom, from offering more personalized support, to seeing students take ownership of their learning. You'll also discover some tips, tricks, and best practices to become successful as you try it out in your classroom.
Lumio gives teachers a place to create classroom activities, assessments, and enhance archived lessons to extend learning. Join us as we walk through the Lumio features that will help you to add an interactive spin to your static lessons that will spark engagement in your students. We’ll explore ready-made activity templates and complimentary lesson files that can be easily adapted to fit your classroom!
Self-Assessment and Monitoring Confidence Levels Using Nearpod
Nearpod is a powerful tool for engaging your students in learning. Join us to discuss the benefits of using Nearpod for self-expression. We'll explore quick self-assessments and self-monitoring activities, discuss how to add assessment and critical thinking opportunities into our lessons, and walk you through the steps for including polling and open-ended questions to get students to reflect on the learning process.
Starting Off Your Year with Google
Google Workspace is a powerful suite of tools that can make the start of your school year easier, more organized, and more collaborative. Whether you're remote or in person, we've got you covered. In this course, we will go over the essentials of using Google tools to make sure that you and your students are starting off the school year on the right foot!
Getting the Most Out of the WAVE Extension
In this session, we will review how to conduct an accessibility test using the WAVE extension and then how to understand the results. This will allow you to find accessibility errors on your site that will need to be fixed.
Using Screencastify to Provide Special Ed Accommodations
Teachers now know a lot more about remote learning and have a pretty good idea of what works and what doesn't. However, you may still be struggling with figuring out how to make your assessments more reliable and accessible for your Special Education students. In this course, we'll cover how programs like Screencastify can help you provide Special Education accommodations — such as the “test-read” option — even when students are not learning in a face-to-face setting.
Google Workspace for Education: Google Calendar
Need a good way to organize your time? Google Calendar is a helpful tool for time-management and scheduling. Join us to learn the basics, how to integrate it with your other Google Workspace for Education apps, and to explore some additional features.
Google Workspace for Education: Google Docs
In this course we will talk about the basic features of Google Docs - not just as a word processor, but as a powerful and innovative collaboration and sharing tool. From research to images and drawing, Google Docs is well integrated. Join us to get the most out of your Google Docs!
Google Workspace for Education: Google Drawings
Google Drawings are a great way to create charts, mindmaps and other diagrams. In this course we will take a look at some of the basic features of Drawings and how best to utilize them for yourself and your students.
Google Workspace for Education: Google Forms
Google Forms is one of the core Google Workspace for Education apps. It is a multipurpose tool that allows administrators, teachers, and students an easy way to collect and organize information, big or small. Plan events, survey parents, create a quick opinion poll for students, create quizzes and informal assessments for a lesson, export data to a Google Sheet to analyze trends, and collect information in a streamlined, easy way. Come join our Curriculum Specialists as they walk you through the process to begin incorporating Google Forms in your classroom!
Google Workspace for Education: Google Sheets
Are you ready to become more efficient with your classroom data? In this course, we'll cover some of the basic features of Google Sheets so you can easily add, organize, and analyze data. We'll also share some ideas to get your students using Google Sheets in the physical or virtual classroom. Join us to learn how you can get more organized, increase productivity, and better inform instruction!
Google Workspace for Education: Google Slides
Let’s take our knowledge of Google tools to the next level! Join us as we discuss the benefits of using Google Slides with your students. We’ll show you how to create engaging and visually appealing Google Slide presentations using text, images, animations, and links. We’ll also discuss how to share, collaborate, and publish your Slides. Finally, we’ll cover some best practices for presentation creation, and share ideas for using Google Slides across all grade levels!
Virtual Pen Pals for ELLs with Flip
Note: Flipgrid is now Flip! There have been many updates to the functions and look of the platform. In this session, you will notice some differences between the video and the current version of Flip. We are aware of this and are working on updating our courses to reflect these changes.
Flip (formerly Flipgrid) is an interactive web tool that is perfect for engaging your students in learning. In this session, we'll explore how we can use Flip to connect with other classrooms and students worldwide! We'll learn how GridPals can be used for finding pen pals at the appropriate grade level, and discuss the benefits of pen pals for ELLs to promote writing, speaking, and listening skills. We will also explore how to create unique topics for students to make connections, build conversation skills, and collaborate.
Hummingbird Bit is a micro:bit based robotics kit with endless possibilities! With sensors, motors, and lights, a student's only limit is their own imagination. Whether your students are novice programmers or highly experienced, they can develop future ready skills with the Hummingbird Bit kit. In this session, we'll cover the basics, as well as the free educator resources offered by BirdBrain Technologies that can help you get started.
EdTech Essentials Part 3: Assessment and Goal Setting
Join educator, author, and speaker Monica Burns and the OTIS for educators team for part three of this three-part webinar series that will explore essential EdTech topics alongside actionable tips and favorite tools. Learn about the “value add” of using digital tools for assessment and collaboration with students. In this session, you’ll explore the tools and the strategies for checking for understanding and supporting students along with how to set professional goals and identify next steps for the upcoming school year.
Student Mental Health with GoGuardian
Understanding your students' mental health is critical for their education. GoGuardian can be a useful tool to help you understand how your students are doing by looking at student trends, observing digital behaviors, and connecting with students who may need more support. Join us to see how you can use the features of GoGuardian to check in on student wellbeing.
MC: Assistive Technology Certification Session 13- Final Assignment
Congratulations! You have made it to the last session in our Assistive Technology certification series. You are one assignment away from earning your certificate! In this session, we'll provide you with an example final assignment and a detailed look at the rubric that will be used to grade your submission.
MC: Assistive Technology Certification Session 12- Future Innovations in AT
With all of the advances in technology each day, Assistive Technology is no exception. In recent years, calculators, high-def electronic glasses, and smartpens– to name a few, have made their appearance in the AT world. In Session 12 of our AT certification, we will explore the innovation that has been directed toward addressing students with special needs.
Digital Tools for Student Annotations
There are many online tools that can help your students annotate documents and files. In this course we will go over the value of teaching and growing annotation skills in your students. In addition, we will show you some useful tools that will not only help your students with their annotation, but also provide you with opportunities to provide feedback and corrections to grow your students' skills.
MC: Assistive Technology Certification Session 9- Evaluation of AT
Assistive Technology in education is about much more than selecting and implementing the specific tool or device. Beyond the preliminary assessment to ensure a “match” between the students' abilities and the features of a device, comes the ongoing monitoring to make sure the tool is achieving its intended purpose. Join us in Session 9 to explore plans for evaluating Assistive Technology.
MC: Assistive Technology Certification Session 8- Software & Internet Accessibility
There are a number of software solutions that fall under the Assistive Technology umbrella. In addition, accessibility features such as screen readers, magnification, and alternative input software help individuals with disabilities with daily assignments in the classroom. In Session 8 of our AT certification, we will explore some of the software and accessibility supports out there to help students with mild to significant physical, cognitive, and sensory disabilities.
MC: Assistive Technology Certification Session 6- AT in Different Environments
Assistive Technology is used widely in school settings but also prevalent in other environments such as the home, workplace, and various locations in the community. Devices like hearing aids, wheelchairs, and braille systems are just some examples of AT equipment that are geared towards improving the everyday life of people with disabilities. In session 6, we will explore the use of AT devices in various settings outside of the classroom.
MC: Assistive Technology Certification Session 4- AT vs. Accommodations
What if we told you that all Assistive Technology devices are classified as accommodations but not all accommodations are categorized as AT? In Session 4 of our Assistive Technology certification, we will dive into the differences between AT and accommodations by taking a closer look at the four main types of accommodations as well as the spectrum of tools and devices that fall under the AT umbrella.
MC: Assistive Technology Certification Session 3- Laws
When it comes to Assistive Technology, there is a wide range of services and devices that children may be entitled to. In Session 3 of our Assistive Technology certification, we'll dive into federal law and review some of the existing laws regarding AT and the progression over time. We'll also explore the terminology and acronyms used in conversations about AT.
MC: Assistive Technology Certification Session 2- Evolution of Assistive Technology
Let's explore what Assistive Technology is all about. In session 2, we'll identify various disabilities and discuss how AT can support those struggling with a physical, sensory, or cognitive disability. We will also discuss the history and evolution of assistive technology to identify the most beneficial tools and devices for our students. Join us as we take a deeper dive into where AT started and how it continues to advance.
MC: Assistive Technology Certification Session 1- Introduction
Join us for the first session in our Assistive Technology (AT) certification! We'll start off the certification with an introduction to the series, and discuss the breakdown of courses, assignment requirements, and support resources. Then, we'll explore the first legal mandates of AT in education, and cover examples of products and equipment that exist to improve learning for people with cognitive problems, physical impairments, and learning disabilities.
Tinkercad is a free app that can be used to create 3D designs. Teaching with Tinkercad can be used for myriad of different subjects and lessons ranging from coding, to electronics, to art and 3D printing. In this course, we'll take a look at the basics of using Tinkercad in the classroom as well as go over some great ideas to get students thinking creatively.
Utilizing Google Workspace for Summer Reading
Ready to transition your summer reading program to a more digitally-based process? In this course, we'll share tips on using different applications within Google Workspace (formerly G Suite for Education) to structure a summer reading program and push out materials. We'll also share book lists and reflection activities to keep students reading during the summer months and prevent that summer slide!
Building an Enrichment Program with Rube Goldberg
Join the world’s foremost expert on all things Rube Goldberg, Jennifer George, as she discusses why the overly complicated machines that bear Rube’s name remain a key component of enrichment and STEAM programs in schools across the country. Then, learn from our curriculum team on how to structure a Rube Goldberg-centered enrichment program, and how we add technology, advanced literacy, and career exploration to a K12 Rube Goldberg program.
Glowforge is a 3D laser printer that brings your ideas to life! This 3D printer allows for materials such as wood, leather, and acrylic to be easily customized. In this session, we’ll go over the basics of using Glowforge and cover how to get started with your Glowforge account. We’ll also discuss some activity ideas for your students so they can get started on creating their unique projects! Let’s explore what this user-friendly printer has to offer!
Interactive Portfolios with Google Sites
How can Google Sites be used to demonstrate student learning? In this course, we'll go over how students can put a creative digital spin on their portfolio by taking advantage of the different features within Google Sites. We'll cover introduction and table of content pages, the ability to upload “artifacts” of their learning, and even reflect on how their chosen artifacts demonstrate achievement of goals.
MC: Apple iPadOS - 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 iPadOS micro-credential 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.
MC: Apple macOS - 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 macOS micro-credential 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 with this great multimedia platform.
MC: Apple macOS - Session 6 - Keynote
Apple's Keynote is a great application — it's the one you've been seeing throughout this micro-credential! In this session, you'll learn how to create engaging presentations to make the most of your lesson content. Join us as we take a look at a full presentation and show you how to incorporate some of the great features Keynote has to offer.
MC: Apple iPadOS - Session 7 - GarageBand
No musical abilities are required for Session 7 of our Apple iPadOS micro-credential, but get ready to learn the basic features of GarageBand to help bring music into your classroom! Loops, tracks, notes, and exporting your music are just a few of the things we will be discussing in this musical of a session.
Are you looking for a new way to engage your students? In this session, we'll explore how we can use Nearpod to create a memorable project-based learning (PBL) experience. We'll discuss how to use Nearpod to add interactive tools to keep students motivated and walk you through the steps for adding videos, resources, and even collaboration tools to get students thinking!
MC: Apple macOS - Session 4 - Pages
Session 4 of our Apple macOS micro-credential focuses on the use of Pages in the classroom. Join us to review how to create documents from scratch or templates, and how to enhance your documents to support student learning. We'll also discuss how to integrate other iWorks products into your documents, and how to create a collaborative workflow for your students.
MC: Apple macOS - Session 3 - Safari
Join us for the third session of the Apple macOS micro-credential 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. We'll take a look at extensions, settings, reader mode, and more, to help teachers (and students!) make the most of Safari.
MC: Apple iPadOS - Session 2 - Settings and Accessibility Features
Welcome back for the second session of our Apple iPadOS micro-credential. Our iPads have many settings and features — where do we even begin? In this session, we will go over some of the most helpful settings and features your iPad has to offer. Screen recording, security features, screen zoom, and guided access, are just a few of the settings we will discuss. Join us to make the most of the iPads in your classroom.
Using Kami in Your Social Studies Classroom
Have you ever wondered how you can use Kami in the Social Studies classroom? Our Professional Development team has got you covered! In this course, we'll explore how to use the different tools within Kami to take pre-existing Social Studies activities to the next level and create interactive activities for your students.
Using Google Chrome's Read&Write Extension in the Special Ed Classroom
Google Chrome’s Read&Write extension is a downloadable software toolbar that helps students that require literacy support to create and access the same content as their peers. Join us as we explore how Read&Write provides a personalized learning experience for each student in your class and helps them to meet their full potential.
Using Newsela for Close Reading in Early Ed
Close reading is a strategy for taking a deep dive into texts in order to gain a greater understanding of the content provided. Newsela is the perfect tool for our early learners to practice close reading strategies at their appropriate reading levels. In this session, we will visit the Newsela website to search and sort by text level and type. We will also share close reading activities and ideas that your students can complete to enhance their reading skills. Join us for some close reading tips and tricks with a digital twist!
Having Students Show Work with Screencastify
Every math teacher knows the struggle to get students to show their work, and remote and hybrid learning have only made this task more difficult. Screencastify can be a solution for teachers to visually assess students' thinking while completing a math problem. In this session, we'll demonstrate how to use Screencastify to show student work.
Growing Great Writers with Schoology
Writing is an essential skill for every student, but it doesn't have to be a chore. In this course, we will take a look at some ways you can use Schoology to build great writing habits in your students, as well as different types of writing skills.
Using Flip to Teach Current Events
Note: Flipgrid is now Flip! There have been many updates to the functions and look of the platform. In this session, you will notice some differences between the video and the current version of Flip. We are aware of this and are working on updating our courses to reflect these changes.
Flip (formerly Flipgrid) is a great tool for engaging your students through collaboration and discussion. In this session, we will explore how to use the resources available on Flip to teach students about current events. We will use the Discovery Library to search for and view ready-to-use and customizable lessons that will spark conversation. Join us as we share creative tips for students to research and share their ideas on current event topics.
Error Analysis in the Math Classroom Using Edpuzzle
Do you want to increase student participation in your math classroom? Are you looking for ways to get your students motivated and actually think through their answers? In this course, we'll show you how to engage students and make math fun again using the built-in questioning feature known as Edpuzzle!
Formative Assessments for ELLs Using Pear Deck
Formative assessments are a great way to monitor student understanding, but are particularly useful for ELLs. Pear Deck is a Google add-on that makes it easy to include quick, virtual, formative assessments in your existing Google Slide presentations. In this session, we'll demonstrate and discuss the advantages of using Pear Deck.
Using Edpuzzle to Teach Story Elements to Your ELLs
Edpuzzle gives you the opportunity to easily create interactive video lessons for your students that you can integrate right into your Learning Management System (LMS). Join us as we explore how to use Edpuzzle’s built-in question feature to teach story elements to ELLs in your literacy classroom. We will also explore the benefits of using Edpuzzle's interactive components to engage your ELLs in daily lessons.
Using Microsoft Teams Breakout Rooms for Jigsaw Activities
Jigsaw activities are a great way to have your students work collaboratively in the classroom. However, can they be done virtually? Join us in this session as we use breakout rooms within Microsoft Teams to demonstrate how we can complete jigsaw activities virtually.
Creating Workout Videos on Flip
Note: Flipgrid is now Flip! There have been many updates to the functions and look of the platform. In this session, you will notice some differences between the video and the current version of Flip. We are aware of this and are working on updating our courses to reflect these changes.
Are you looking for a unique way to incorporate physical education activities into your instruction? In this session, we will explore how we can use Flip (formerly Flipgrid) with our students to create and share workout videos. We will also discuss the importance of physical activity, living a healthy lifestyle, and unique Flip features and activity ideas.
Sight Word and Vocabulary Instruction Using Pear Deck
Building vocabulary is important for all students regardless of age or subject matter, and Pear Deck can help! In this course we will explore how to use Pear Deck to create and manage vocabulary lists, as well as how to effectively engage your students in vocabulary-based activities.
Using Jamboard in the Elementary Science Classroom
Science is all about collaboration and engagement, but if your students are not sitting at the same lab table, this can be a challenge. In this course you will learn how you can use Jamboard to deliver engaging lessons to your elementary science students.
This year we're celebrating Pi Day with some great high school level content. We'll explore a variety of fun and interesting activities that relate to probability, geography, and random patterns to focus on the all-important 3.14!
Project-Based Learning with Canvas
Project-based learning (PBL) is a great way to engage students, and Canvas can help you create, manage, and deliver outstanding PBL activities. In this course, we’ll show you how to utilize the Canvas platform for each element of a project-based learning activity.
Reading Comprehension for ELLs with Thinglink
You may already be familiar with Thinglink as a powerful tool that can be used to create interactive photos, videos, and media. In this course, we will take the possibilities of Thinglink even further by incorporating text along with other media types to create rich, meaningful readings for the English Language Learners in your class.
Virtual 1:1 Check-Ins Using Google Meet
We've already seen so many ways that Google’s tools can be used to support distance learning, but did you ever think of using Google Meet to facilitate individual daily check - in meetings? In this course we'll explore settings and features in Meet, as well as share some tips for making check-ins on Google Meet a regular routine in your hybrid or remote classroom.
Virtual 1:1 Check-Ins with Microsoft Teams
Checking in with your students is important whether you are taking a remote, hybrid, or traditional approach to teaching. In this course we will explore how to use Microsoft Teams to meet face-to-face with your students, share documents, and more!
Getting Started with Classkick
Feedback is an essential component of learning and development and Classkick makes it easy to deliver content and grades to students, whether in class or at home. Classkick is a great tool for giving students individualized, real-time feedback and grading. It's easy for teachers to personalize content, track student progress, and interact with students as needed. Join us to learn the basics of Classkick!
Social media is an effective tool for opening up communication between teachers, students, and parents worldwide. Join us as we discuss the best practices for implementing popular social media networks into your classroom. We’ll also show you how to use Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest to grow your own education- focused network. Let’s explore how to communicate with our students and engage them in learning through social media!
Mid-Year Portfolios Using Seesaw
Are you looking for a unique way to check-in on student progress? In this session, we'll explore Seesaw, a learning management system that specializes in portfolios and student engagement. We'll discuss how to set up student portfolios and how students can add work samples to showcase their achievements as well as work-in-progress. In addition, we'll discuss how teachers and students can provide feedback to one another in order to enhance their portfolios and skills.
Using Microsoft Teams for School PLCs
Just because teaching may look a little different right now, doesn’t mean that professional learning communities (PLCs) can’t continue! Join us as we explore how Microsoft Teams allows you to connect with others on your grade level or subject area while following a hybrid or remote learning model. We’ll also share how to use Microsoft Teams to build off one another’s ideas and how to easily share files and data with others in your PLC.
Web Resources for the Special Ed Classroom
How can we provide meaningful learning opportunities and develop key learning and life skills for our students with special needs? In this session, we will provide you with different web-based tools to satisfy a variety of needs. We'll discuss specific websites and virtual tools to get you started. We guarantee that you will leave this session with a variety of useful resources for differentiating lessons, creating scaffolds, increasing student social skills and more for you to implement in your instruction!
MC: Microsoft - Session 7 - PowerPoint
Join us for an exciting session in our Microsoft micro-credential. This session focuses on creating engaging and useful presentations with Microsoft PowerPoint, and we will share some tips and tricks for creating presentations for a variety of purposes, including direct instruction, engaging multiple learning styles, and increasing interactivity.
MC: Microsoft - Session 5 - Word
Session 5 of our Microsoft micro-credential focuses on creating template documents for frequent use, and utilizing the bibliography elements within Microsoft Word. Word is a fantastic word processing program that helps you bring out the best in your writing with PDF editing capabilities, research and proofing tools, and collaboration and "tell me" features. And with Microsoft Office 365’s cloud capabilities, you can easily access all of your documents from anywhere, at anytime, and on any device with internet access.
MC: Microsoft - Session 4 - Outlook
Session 4 of our Microsoft micro-credential focuses on increasing communication and organizing meetings with the use of Microsoft Outlook. Using Outlook, we’ll view group member availability, create meeting appointments while finding appropriate locations and times, and give you some helpful tips and tricks for staying connected through email.
MC: Microsoft - Session 3 - OneNote
In our third session, we will dive into the Microsoft brainstorming tool, OneNote. OneNote is a fantastic collaboration tool to gather information in free form by allowing typed and written annotations, pictures, drawings, and audio commentaries.
Creating Collaborative Environments with Jamboard
Ready to take Jamboard to the next level? In today's session, learn how you can use Jamboard to create collaborative learning spaces for students to work together on group projects and other class activities. We'll go over collaboration and sharing settings, best practices, and fun ideas for the classroom. Get ready to see student engagement soar!
Non-Verbal Communication for Student Engagement
Whether you are conducting class remotely, in person, or hybrid, non-verbal communication skills can make a world of difference. Having a strong and consistent approach to non-verbal communication will help with both classroom management and student engagement. In this course, we'll discuss different strategies and resources you and your students can use to make communication efficient and effective!
Engaging Students with Video: Edpuzzle
As educators, we use videos all the time in our classrooms, but how can we make sure students fully understand what we're showing them? Edpuzzle allows teachers to customize a video with embedded questions, voice tracks, and notes. With this platform, you're always aware of how your students are doing. Join us for an exciting and informative course on ways to elevate video in your classroom with Edpuzzle features like video trimming, systems integrations, and more!
Virtual Classroom Management with Google Meet
How can we engage our students and manage our virtual classrooms while using Google Meet? In this session, we'll discuss strategies for setting up a Google Meet and maintaining organization while running the meeting. We'll also learn unique ideas for visual polling in order to maintain focus and engagement during the session. Join us as we explore how to foster discussion and manage tasks in a virtual classroom!
Jamboard is a digital whiteboard by Google that students and teachers can use anytime, anywhere! In this course, we'll show you how to access Jamboard, and explore available features, ideas for the classroom, and tips and tricks for getting started. Join us as we learn about this powerful tool for increasing student engagement.
MC: Google Educator Basics - Session 12 - Sites
In Session 12 of our Google Educator Basics series, we'll explore ways to share your students' work using Google Sites, and many other ways Sites can be used in the classroom. By the end of this session, you will know how to create your own site, complete with images, text, and embedded content.
MC: Google Educator Basics - Session 11 - Classroom
Ready to learn about the best way to create and organize assignments? Join us for Session 11 of our Google Educator Basics series where we'll cover Google Classroom. This platform brings some of the best features of Google Drive and key add-ons together in one easy-to-navigate application. We’ll cover how to create a class, add students, manage class documents, communicate with your class, and more.
MC: Google Educator Basics - Session 10 - Forms
In Session 10 of our Google Educator Basics micro-credential series, you will learn all about Google Forms! Google Forms is a great tool for teachers. You can use it to collect and grade quizzes, gather feedback from students, and more. Join us to discover how you can incorporate Google Forms in your classroom.
MC: Google Educator Basics - Session 8 - Slides
Continue your learning in Session 8 of our Google Basics series! In this session, we'll dive into the benefits of Google Slides. You will learn how to share slides with the aim of decreasing the amount of paper copies you create, learn how to create engaging and attractive presentations, and get some tips and tricks on best practices for presentation creation!
MC: Google Educator Basics - Session 7 - Collaborating with Docs & Drawings
Session 7 of our Google Basics micro-credential series is all about Google Docs, Google Drawings, and using these tools for class collaboration! We will discuss the real-time editing features of Google Docs, and the ability to share these files with individuals or groups for editing and feedback. We'll also dive into how to use Google Drawings to increase collaboration and creativity in the classroom.
MC: Google Educator Basics - Session 6 - Staying Organized
In Session 6 of our Google Educator Basics micro-credential series, we'll explore how to get organized by keeping track of class schedules and appointments using Google Calendar. We will also discuss how to use Google Tasks to stay more organized, and demonstrate the many uses of Google Keep.
MC: Google Educator Basics - Session 5 - Optimizing Communication
Wondering how to maximize effective communication between student and teacher? Join us for Session 5 as we dive into ways to optimize your communication with Google. We'll explain Gmail, Google Meet, and a variety of Google tools that can assist in the classroom. Our discussion will include how you can facilitate effective student collaboration, hold productive meetings, and create opportunities for fair and open communication both in and out of the classroom.
MC: Google Educator Basics - Session 3 - Chrome
Join us for Session 3 of our Google Educator Basics micro-crediential series where we'll discuss how to maximize the use of Google Chrome, and the functions that make it more than a traditional web browser. During this course, you will learn how to search more effectively, as well as how to use the Chrome Web Store to manage apps, extensions, and themes.
MC: Google Educator Basics - Session 2 - Support Resources
Do you ever feel like you don't have enough support? Here at Teq, we got you! Continue your learning by joining us for Session 2 of our Google Educator Basics micro-credential series where we'll explore resources available to you through the Google Learning Center and Help page. During this course you will learn about best practices for implementing technology into your classroom, teaching digital citizenship, and where to locate support resources.
Google Tools to Support English Language Learners
Are you looking for ways to use Google Tools to support an English Language Learner (ELL) in your classroom? In this session we will show you how to use add-ons like Google Translate, and extensions like Read & Write, Readlang, and Google Dictionary, to better support your ELL students.
MC: SMART Learning Suite - Session 6 - Lumio
Lumio, formerly known as SMART Learning Suite Online (SLSO), is a powerful online program that you can use to deliver, share, and create lesson content. In this course, we will show you how to convert various files and upload them for use on Lumio, how to create interactive handouts for students, and how to create content directly on Lumio that you can share with students and teachers alike.
MC: SMART Learning Suite - Session 5 - ClassLab in Notebook
At this point in the track, you should now be able to create a variety of interactive lesson content. Now, we will take a look at ClassLab in SMART Notebook for some pre-made activities from SMART. Game based activities such as Monster Quiz, Game Show, and Speed It Up; as well as built in formative assessment tools like Shout It Out and Response 2 are wonderful features that make it quick and easy to build customizable interactive content. We will show you how to deliver this content to students directly from Notebook.
MC: SMART Learning Suite - Session 4 - Interactive Pages 2
In this course we will continue our exploration of Notebook's interactive features. This session will include how to add sounds to objects as well as add-on tools such as the Activity Builder, SMART Blocks, and Geogebra.
Creating Virtual Calming Rooms
In times of stress, it is important to have outlets and coping strategies. This is often managed with calming techniques, mindfulness, and dedicated spaces for relaxation. What happens if your students are not physically present in school? In this course, we will go over how to offer social and emotional support and build emotional management skills in your students, whether you are teaching traditionally, hybrid, or remote. Digital calming spaces can be a great resource for students of all ages.
Blogging is an accessible method of writing and communicating to a wide audience. Join us for this session as we explore Blogger, a platform that allows you to publish and share your own blogs. We will explore the basics, and then talk about how to get started with content creation, and how to engage students across grade levels and subject areas.
Election 2020: The Electoral College & Google My Maps
Looking for an activity to engage your students in the upcoming election, but worried it could lead to some unpleasant discussion? Join us as we share an activity you can use to get your students interested in politics and teach the Electoral College. Students will research the latest polling data, create their own electoral maps using Google My Maps, and most importantly have the opportunity to discuss politics in a safe environment.
Having a Class Debate Using Google Meet
Are you looking for a unique way to help students practice their debate skills? In this session, we'll explore how to use Google Meet, an online video conferencing platform to connect students. We'll explore activity ideas and discussion prompts, learn key debate concepts, and look at how to use Meet's tools and features to further engage conversation.
YouTube Studio and Editing Features
Lights, camera, action! In this course, we're navigating YouTube Studio to discover how to use their editing tools to spice up your lessons and make incredible live and pre-recorded videos.
Expanding ELL Vocabulary Through STEM
Are you struggling to find the right tools to bridge the gap between STEM and ELL vocabulary? We know that teaching ELLs outside of the English classroom can be challenging, but communicating through STEM subjects can make it that much easier! In this session, we'll discuss strategies to increase acquisition of academic English language through STEM and NGSS across all grade levels. We will also learn how STEM literacy and English Language Learner literacy can be used productively together.
Addressing the Needs of ELLs During Remote Learning
Remote, hybrid, and blended learning models are changing the face of education. For ELLs, this can mean language attrition, less language production opportunities, and missing out on essential content. In this course, we will take a look at some of the issues remote learning poses and how to best serve ELL students who are learning remotely.
Note: Flipgrid is now Flip! There have been many updates to the functions and look of the platform. In this session, you will notice some differences between the video and the current version of Flip. We are aware of this and are working on updating our courses to reflect these changes.
Flip (formerly Flipgrid) is an interactive and engaging tool that is perfect for communication and creative expression. In this session, we will explore how to get started with this platform, explore several of the key features, and show you how to create fun activities for your students.
The SMART kapp iQ is better than ever! This add-on module to the SMART IFP 7000, 6000, & MX Series 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, templates, access to SMART lab activities, Chrome, screen sharing, and connection to Lumio, formerly known as SLS Online. Join this session to explore the features of the SMART iQ!
Getting Started with WebEx Meetings
Cisco WebEx is a powerful and multifaceted video conferenceing system. In this course we will be taking a look at WebEx Meetings - a specific tool in the WebEx suite, designed to make interaction, sharing, and collaboration easier, no matter where you are. Join us for an overview of WebEx Meetings and a look at some of its most useful tools and features.
Social and Emotional Learning for Re-adjusting to the Classroom
We all know this school year will look different from any year prior. For many students, this will mean a return, or perhaps even a partial return, to the classroom after months of learning remotely. In this course, join us as we discuss the challenges that students might face, and how we can best use social and emotional learning concepts to help students re-adjust to the classroom.
Using Remind to Communicate with Students and Parents
The Remind app is a great way to reach, engage, and share resources with families throughout your school community. In this course, we will demonstrate how to get started with Remind in your classroom, as well as best practices in facilitating conversation and notices with your class parents.
Are you looking for some grade-appropriate texts for your students? Newsela has you covered. Join us as we go over this great resource, which not only has a full library of educational texts, but also provides teachers the ability to assign, monitor, and assess content given to students.
In this course, we will explore the basic features of Microsoft Excel within Microsoft 365. Using the web-based version of Excel. Join us to learn how create a spreadsheets as well as collaborate and share your spreadsheets with your colleagues.
In this course, we will explore the basic features of the downloaded Microsoft Excel. Using the desktop app version of Excel. Join us to learn how create a spreadsheets as well as collaborate and share your spreadsheets with your colleagues.
Using Microsoft Teams to Record Screencasts and Daily Messages
Microsoft Teams is a wonderful tool that can help keep students on track and working together. In this course, we'll take a look at the recording feature of Teams and the possibilities it affords us for providing feedback, giving instructions, and lending encouragement to your students.
Using Google Meet to Record Screencasts and Daily Messages
During times of remote learning, how can we share important information with our classes? Google Meet allows us to create daily screencasts and messages! In this session, we’ll take you through the steps of setting up a Google Meet on a daily basis and go over some different strategies for recording screencasts. We will also explore how Google Meet can help students and parents stay up-to-date with assignments, announcements, and daily lessons.
Are you looking for a Learning Management System to engage your students in online learning? Join us as we discuss Canvas; a platform where you can create lessons, store files, share activities with students, and communicate! In this session, we will also discuss how Canvas can be used by teachers, students, and parents. We will also explore how to set up accounts and dive into assignment creation and app integration!
Assessments & Outcomes on Canvas
Now that you are using Canvas, we want to help show you all the options you have for creating quizzes for your course as well as how to effectively create rubrics using your desired outcomes.
Whether you're in the classroom or at home, engaging learners in the primary grades is essential to developing strong skills. Help provide at-home activities and assignments, share news and events, and post resources for your K-2 students and their parents using Schoology. We'll share tips and tricks for getting you started. As well as some engaging activities and resources!
In this course, we will explore the basic features of Microsoft Word. Using the desktop version of Word, we'll cover how to create a document, tools and features you need to know, as well as how to share and collaborate with others.
In this course, we will explore the basic features of Microsoft Word within Microsoft 365. Using the web-based version of Word, learn how to not only create your documents, but collaborate and share your documents with your colleagues as well.
Microsoft Translator allows you to create a more inclusive classroom for both students and parents with Live captioning and Cross-Language understanding. In this course, we will cover key features of Microsoft Translator and best practices for use in your classroom and at home during times of remote learning.
Google Translate is a powerful tool that is continuing to grow and improve. With features such as word and sentence translation, live transcription, scanning, and much more, there is something for everyone. In this course, we will take a look at some of the key features of Google Translate, as well as best practices for use.
Microsoft Teams and Kahoot! Integration
Have you heard the news? Microsoft teams and Kahoot! are now integrated! You can seamlessly host Kahoot! triva and review games with teachers or students right within your Microsoft Teams meeting. We'll walk you through how to get started using your Kahoot! account within Teams to increase engagement. Your virtual meetings will never be the same again!
Using Raz-Kids in Your K-5 Classroom
Looking for a way to monitor your students’ at-home reading and ensure that they are selecting appropriately leveled books? Encouraging and monitoring reading can be a struggle, especially when we aren’t able to meet with students face-to-face. In this course, we’ll explore Raz-Kids, a leveled library of books that can be shared with your K-5 students, and all its features that will help you excite your students to read, progress monitor and so much more during times of remote learning or over the summer vacation!
Tools to Support Literacy in Science
Looking for ways to support disciplinary literacy in your science classroom? Want to help strengthen your students' scientific reading and writing skills? Join us as we share tools and strategies that can help students understand and explain phenomena, analyze data and graphic displays of information, and communicate their findings and understandings with others. Watch your students think, read, evaluate, and communicate like scientists!
Exploring Social-Emotional Learning Through Games
Looking for a unique way to teach social-emotional learning skills to your students? Games are the perfect way to get your students thinking and expressing themselves creatively! In this session, we’ll talk about the benefits of using games to teach your students a range of social-emotional concepts. We will then dive into specific games and lesson activities that can be shared with your students. Join us as we explore emotion management and social support games that can be done in the classroom or at home!
Using "Explain Everything" on Chrome
With the growing popularity of virtual meetings and web conferences, we are constantly looking for ways to spark the same engagement in our audience as if they were seated in front of us. If only there was a way to include videos, text, images, and sketches all in one space and explain each one as you present to an audience. Well, Google Chrome’s Explain Everything whiteboard tool just might be the answer! Join us as we explore all the great features of Explain Everything and learn how to captivate, engage, and inspire any audience, whether students or colleagues.
Google Education: Coding with CS First
With CS First, your students will get to explore coding in a fun and interactive way that makes coding easy! Through CS First, we'll explore the various options and projects that you can use to make coding a part of your classroom.
Making Accessible Screencasts Using Screencastify
Screencastify is a great Chrome extension that you can use to record tutorials and other videos right from your browser! In this course, we'll demonstrate how to make a tutorial video of your own and also explore some useful accessibility features that make Screencastify stand out from other screen recording software.
Microsoft Teams Live to Stream School Events
Throughout the year, there are dozens of events that are worth sharing live with the school community. Microsoft Teams Live is a tool that allows for one-way streaming of video, audio, and live events to audience members that are unable to attend in person. With this tool, audience members are unable to un-mute or share their screen during your live event. Join us as we discuss how to use Microsoft Teams Live to stream school events so that everyone in your school community can participate in your school’s biggest moments.
Creating Interactive Vocabulary Lists Using Thinglink
Vocabulary lists are used in almost every classroom and rarely offer any interactive engagement for students. Join us as we talk about Thinglink, a website that allows students to create interactive displays and virtual tours that connect the tactile world to the digital world. With Thinglink, we will show you how to make vocabulary lists with your students that are interactive, informative, and meaningful.
If you plan to create electronic content like online slideshows and infographics, it's a good idea to make sure that the contrast ratio is set to be fully accessible to anyone. In this session we'll show you how to check the contrast ratio and use the proper settings to ensure accessibility.
Effective Organization of Google Drive and Google Classroom
Let’s use Google Drive and Google Classroom to get organized! In this session, we’ll walk you through strategies for uploading and organizing your files. We will review how to adjust sharing settings and collaborate with your students and colleagues. We will also cover some great ideas for enhancing your workflow and managing documents with these easy to use platforms!