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Differentiation Tips for ELLs

Culturally responsive and sustaining teaching are paramount in today's classrooms to ensure equity, inclusivity, and growth for all learners.  Discover how to help the growing population of ELLs attain success.  In this session, we will focus on helping ELLs reach content objectives by crafting observable and measurable language objectives.  We will look at specific methods and resources that will assist you in creating pathways of learning for your ELLs.

Sphero Indi Basics

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.  

EdTech Essentials: Assess with EdPuzzle

In this session Monica Burns, author of EdTech Essentials will introduce the benefits of formative assessment with digital tools. Participants will explore how digital tools provide a special benefit for students as they increase student opportunities (frequency) and options (choice) to share their learning. This session will focus on formative assessment best practices and how to check for understanding using the resources within EdPuzzle.

IEP/504 Accommodations

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

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!

How to Integrate Technology into Your Rube Goldberg Machine

In this session, David Fox, creator of the “Rube Works” app, will talk about bringing the Rube Goldberg experience to an app in a fun and inspirational way. Alefiya Master from MAD-learn will talk about the importance of app development in STEM education. Twelve live attendees of our Rube Goldberg OTIS series will be selected to receive Rube Goldberg early reader chapter books for their school libraries!

EdTech Essentials: Collaborate with Lumio

In this session Monica Burns, author of EdTech Essentials will introduce the benefits of incorporating collaborative learning experiences into tech-rich lessons. This session will focus on best practices for fostering collaboration through interactive activities in Lumio. 

Managing Assignments and Submissions in Google Classroom

Google Classroom is a powerful platform for delivering and receiving assignments.  Join us to learn how to effectively post, track, and organize your student submissions.  We will also discuss returning student work, giving feedback, and using the gradebook.  Can't wait to see you there! 

EdTech Essentials: Assess with Nearpod

In this session Monica Burns, author of EdTech Essentials will introduce the benefits of formative assessment with digital tools. This session will focus on formative assessment best practices and how to check for understanding before, during, and after instruction using the interactive presentation tool Nearpod.

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!

Introduction to ClassFlow

ClassFlow is an in browser lesson building application created by Promethean. In ClassFlow you can create lessons, assessments, and assignments that are easily accessible at home or on the go! Join us as we go over the basics and discover what ClassFlow has to offer to help make your classroom more interactive. 

EdTech Essentials: Curate with Wakelet

In this session Monica Burns, author of EdTech Essentials will introduce the idea of curation and the role of an educator as a curator. Selecting “just right” resources for students is an essential practice for educators to help make sure the needs of all students are addressed.  In this session, we’ll explore how to pull together resources that connect to curriculum goals while supporting the needs of all students with the free tool Wakelet

Game-Based ELL Instruction

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.

Scary Stories with Scratch

Happy Halloween!  One of the best parts of Halloween is scary stories.  If you are brave enough, come join as we show you how your students can create and code their very own scary (or not-so-scary) Halloween story with Scratch, a free block based coding program.  Can't wait to see you there! 

Finch Basics

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.

Rube Goldberg Machines in the Digital World of Minecraft

Join the team from Rube Goldberg Inc and Minecraft global ambassadors they discuss bringing STEAM into the digital world of Minecraft through Rube Goldberg Machines. They will discuss the minecraft.edu tutorials based on simple machines and how those lessons will culminate in a digital Rube Goldberg Machine Contest with NASEF set in the world of Minecraft. 

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!

Morning Meeting with Lumio

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!

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!

Rube Goldberg Machines in the Classroom

In this session, Jennifer George shares how teaching Rube Goldberg in the classroom levels the playing field for all learners of all ages. She will talk about the history of the Rube Goldberg Institute for Innovation & Creativity, the origins of the Rube Goldberg Machine and the machine contests that the family has run for over 35 years.  She will also introduce a variety of new offerings that exist for all grade levels that want to get started creating Rube Goldberg Machines in the classroom. 

Kicking Off Conversations with KIBO

Building a strong class community is essential for a successful school year. Have your students get to know one another in a unique way using KIBO! Join us as we discover how to use KIBO to help students build relationships with their peers and practice critical 21st century skills. We'll review KIBO's features and share engaging activity ideas that are sure to get conversations flowing.

Literacy Apps for Early Education

With the many educational apps available, and your limited time to research, how do you know which ones are going to benefit your students the most?  During this course you will learn some helpful guidelines on how to choose quality literacy apps for early education.  We will then take a closer look at apps that support early literacy skills such as Epic, Dela Kids, and Starfall Learning to Read. Join us to explore features like differentiation tools, personalized learning, data collection, and more. 

Re-Adjusting to the Classroom: Strategies for ELLs

Teachers everywhere will rejoice when they can return to a "normal" classroom. The return to learn is near, but so many new challenges will be presented. For example, how will we best meet the needs of our ELL students? Unlike previous school years, where our ELL students benefited from daily immersion in the English language, they may have only received bits and pieces of English while learning remotely. How can we acclimate our ELL students as they re-adjust to in-person learning? Join us to learn some strategies to best support our ELLs as they re-adjust to the classroom.

Social and Emotional Learning with Storyboards

Do you have a student who frequently gets frustrated with what seems like simple tasks and isn't sure how to act in general social situations? Join us as we take a look at creating and implementing storyboards in your classroom. Storyboards help students develop skills to combat difficulties throughout the day while incorporating different components of social and emotional learning techniques in a safe environment.

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 Schedules for Students with Special Needs

It's the beginning of the school year! We want to start our students off on the right foot, but how do we ensure that they get the best possible start? For many students, organization and having a schedule to follow can mean a more focused and productive day. In this course, we will take a look at how to create, distribute, and keep schedules for special needs students. We will go over tools, tips, and tricks for creating and maintaining consistency to help you and your students start the school year right.

Measuring Student Engagement with Google Classroom

Join Alice Keeler for this special Google Classroom session on how to get simple reporting for teachers that will save time and better support students. You will see how Google Classroom data can be used to track patterns in student engagement and performance over time, identify students disengaged from learning, and more! 

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!

Building Background Knowledge with Edpuzzle for ELLs

Building background knowledge is essential for all students, but especially for ELLs. Connecting classroom content to previous knowledge and life outside school is essential in creating motivation and interest, as well as building transferable skills. In this course, we'll take a look at how to use the multimedia tools in Edpuzzle to help students connect with content.

PD Design Elements: Engaging Teachers in Professional Learning

Good pedagogy is a critical component of learning -- regardless of age. If we want to design professional learning that is effective and makes an impact on student outcomes, we must ensure we’re engaging our adults in the same way we would any student. Presented by Michelle Blanchet, this module discusses the role of the facilitator in creating meaningful learning experiences for our educators. It includes some basic design elements that make for engaging professional learning so you can create greater impact for both teachers and students.  

Michelle is an educator striving to improve how we treat, train, and value our teachers. After ten years of experience working with young people, she founded the Educators’ Lab, which supports teacher-driven solutions to educational challenges. Michelle earned a master’s in international relations from Instituto de Empresa in Madrid. She has taught social studies in Switzerland and the U.S. and has presented at numerous events, including SXSWedu and TEDxLausanne. Michelle is a part of the Global Shaper Community of the World Economic Forum. She has worked with organizations like PBS Education, the Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning, Ashoka, and the Center for Curriculum Redesign. 

Using Screencastify to Introduce Class Routines

Every teacher knows the beginning of the year is the best time to establish routines to optimize learning and cut down on wasted time. Using Screencastify to record and introduce class routines will not only help detail important information that students can refer back to (such as submitting homework), but it's also a great resource for students entering your class mid-year. Join us for some tips and tricks for creating Screencastify videos!

Back to School with Google Forms

Google Forms is the greatest thing since sliced bread. You know the basics of creating a Google Form but what else can you do to leverage the learning power and student engagement elements of Google Forms.  Let's go over how to reuse your Google Forms from last year, including why and how to use branching Forms. Join Alice Keeler to start the school year off right by upping your Google Forms game! 

SAMR Model

Once technology is made available, what can educators and administrators do to make sure it is being used properly? That’s where the SAMR framework comes in. The SAMR model is a quality check for a technology tool that has been integrated into a lesson. After this session, participants will leave with a keener eye towards examining technology usage and learn how to use technology to enhance learning opportunities for students.

TPACK Framework

What can you do when you’re given technology but not quite sure where to start when it comes to plugging it into your preexisting lessons? TPACK is there to help teachers engage students with technology! This session will explore the TPACK framework as a model for successful technology integration. We’ll dive into the specifics of Technological, Pedagogical, and Content Knowledge that are at the core of the TPACK model for technology integration.

PICRAT Model

There are a number of technology integration models out there that can give you a better idea of the value that technology is bringing to your instruction. In this session, we’ll dive into the PICRAT model and the two foundational questions that a teacher can ask about any technology used in their classroom.

Introduction to Lumio

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!

KIBO Basics

Young children learn by doing, experimenting, and playing - all essential parts of the learning process.  They are natural scientists, engineers and problem solvers.  The KIBO robot kit harnesses the way children learn best and explores the concepts of block based coding, sequences, art and more.  Best of all, it does this screen free!  Join out session to explore the KIBO curriculum and walk through the basic use and fucntionality of this unique little robot. 

Sending and Sharing Google Forms

Google Forms is one of the most useful tools in Google Workspace for Education, giving educators the ability to collect data, create graded quizzes, and much more. One of the most basic skills to understand is the difference between sharing with a collaborator and sending the form to a recipient. One allows you to collaborate on creation and share data, while the other allows you to distribute the form for individuals to complete. Join this session to understand the differences and to get the most out of Google Forms.

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!

Google Tools for Social and Emotional Learning

Google tools can be used in social and emotional learning for students in both traditional and non-traditional classrooms. In this course, we'll explore multimedia and interactive approaches, brain breaks to promote cultural awareness, safe methods for self-expression, and emotional check-ins.

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 Sites

Google Sites is a structured wiki and webpage creation tool offered as part of the Google Workspace for Education: Google Sites applications. Google Sites is a tool for anyone to be able to create simple websites that support collaboration between different editors. We'll show you how to get started with your site and how to take advantage of the many tools to make resources available to your students, parents, colleagues, and school community!

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!

Google Workspace for Education: Google Meet

Are you looking for a dynamic video conferencing experience? Whether you're meeting with students, colleagues, or parents, Google Meet has you covered! In this course, we’ll review the basics of setting up a Google Meet, how to start activities like Breakout rooms and Polls, and much more.

MakerBot Sketch Basics

Need some help getting started with your new MakerBot Sketch printer? Join our session to explore the basics of MakerBot's Sketch 3D printer hardware. Learn the parts of your printer and how to get it set up to start your first print. You will also be introduced to the resources available through MakerBot including Thingiverse and MakerBot Cloud.     

Lumio & Google Workspace for Education Integration

Lumio, formerly known as SMART Learning Suite Online, integrates with Google Workspace for Education. This session will cover how you can create, access, and deliver Lumio files from Google Drive and Google Classroom, all while using content that already exists in your Google Drive.

Virtual Pen Pals for ELLs with Flipgrid

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 Flipgrid 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.

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. 

10 Google Classroom Tips for a Student-Centered Classroom

Google Classroom is a game changer in how we teach, but only if we take advantage of what is now possible compared to what before was difficult-to-impossible. How can we leverage Google Classroom to give students more voice and choice? How can Google Classroom allow us to create more authentic learning experiences? Join Alice to discuss these challenges with a more student-centered approach and how Google Classroom can help.

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.

EdTech Essentials Part 2: Creation and Collaboration with Digital Tools

Join educator, author, and speaker Monica Burns and the OTIS for educators team for part two of this three-part webinar series that will explore essential EdTech topics alongside actionable tips and favorite tools. Learn strategies for supporting students as creators and how to design learning activities for movie making, ebook design, website building, podcasting, and more. In this session, you’ll explore how to support students as creators as they work together with their peers. 

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.

MC: Assistive Technology Certification Session 11- Equity & Ethical Concerns

When it comes to Assistive Technology, it's important to consider appropriate funding and sources. In session 11, we will review and discuss equity and ethical concerns and the impact on our students. We'll also explore federal assistance programs in relation to AT and how to best share this information with other members of our school.

MC: Assistive Technology Certification Session 10- Assessing Needs & Technologies

Join us for Session 10 of our Assistive Technology certification to learn about assessing need, IEPs, and more. When it comes to AT, there are many working parts. These can include determining who will join discussions and serve on the child-study team, routine opportunities to meet and analyze the need for AT in different areas like handwriting, communication, recreation, and self-care to name a few. As well as selecting a designee (usually the Special Education teacher) who will illustrate the need for AT in the IEP document itself. Don't miss out!

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 7- Hardware & Telecommunications

Did you know that Assistive Technology is any piece of equipment that is used to increase, maintain, or improve the functional capabilities of a person with a disability? In Session 7 of our AT certification, we will explore examples from low-tech AT such as communication boards made of cardboard or fuzzy felt to high-tech AT including special-purpose computers.

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 5- Designing Effective Learning Solutions

The Universal Design for Learning aims to eliminate or reduce barriers to academic success. In session 5, we will explore learning solutions and how to design and implement the most effective lessons for our students. In addition, we will discuss the importance of UDL and its place in the educational setting. We'll also explore how to best incorporate Assistive Technology into daily lessons in order to create the most meaningful learning experiences.

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.

Effective Organization of Microsoft OneDrive

Let’s use Microsoft OneDrive to get organized! In this session, we'll walk you through strategies for uploading and organizing your files and review how to adjust your share settings to collaborate with your students and colleagues. We'll also cover some great ideas for enhancing your workflow and managing documents.

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.

EdTech Essentials Part 1: Curating Resources and Expanding Classroom Walls

Join educator, author, and speaker Monica Burns and the OTIS for educators team for part one of this three-part webinar series that will explore essential EdTech topics alongside actionable tips and favorite tools. Learn about free and low-cost resources for student consumers that connect to reading, viewing, and listening experiences students have online. In this session, you’ll explore the tools and the strategies for curating content for students with an emphasis on expanding classroom walls with digital resources. 

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.

Social and Emotional Learning with Sphero

With Social and Emotional Learning being a focus in education, teachers are always looking for fun and creative ways to incorporate SEL into their daily lessons. In this course, we'll explore how the Sphero robot can not only be used to teach code, but be a key player in SEL. Come roll on in for some fun ideas and inspiration!

Cleaning Up Your Google Classroom to be Ready for Next Year

The best way to be ready for Fall is to clean up your Google Classroom now so you do not have to worry about it later. This session will provide you with practical tips on how to manage your current Google Classroom to help you be ready to use Google Classroom in the Fall, including tips for cleaning up Google Drive, saving your student work exemplars, and lessons learned for how to better structure Google Classroom for next year.

Teaching Math Concepts to ELLs Using Google Drawings

Are you looking for a unique way to engage your ELLs in math lessons? In this course, we'll explore how to provide learning opportunities for our students using Google Drawings. We'll demonstrate how students can create math problem-solving models and utilize the Drawings space to show their visual thinking skills. We'll also discuss how students can collaborate and share their Drawings with peers.

Reflecting on a Year of Remote Teaching

Teaching remotely has been a major adjustment for both educators and their students. From learning how to deal with a surprise appearance by the family dog, to effectively assessing your students, there have been many new things to learn. In this session, we'll reflect on the challenges and triumphs of teaching remotely during the 2020-2021 school year. Join us to discuss what worked and what didn't, and what you'd like to bring back to the classroom.

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!

Using Screencastify Submit to Assess Students

If you are already utilizing Screencastify in your classroom, you probably know how easy it is to create screencasts for your students to watch. However, did you know you can easily assess your students by having them create their own screencast? Screencastify Submit is an easy-to-use feature that allows you to do just that. Join us to see how you can utilize this feature in your classroom!

Leveraging Google Remote Skills for Re-adjusting to the Classroom

Teachers everywhere will rejoice when they can return to a "normal" classroom. The return to learn is near, but what should this learning look like? If recent history has taught us anything, it's that the ways in which education can be delivered have fundamentally changed. In this session, we'll discuss how you can leverage Google skills learned used during remote learning when you return to the classroom.

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.

Utilizing Portfolios in ClassDojo

ClassDojo is an educational tool for connecting teachers, students, and parents. In this session, we'll dive into student portfolios — a specific tool for students to showcase their work. Portfolios on ClassDojo are a safe way for students to share their work samples, engage in learning, and stay connected with one another. We will discuss getting started with portfolios, adding work samples, and submitting them for feedback. In addition, we'll demonstrate how teachers can create and assign activities, and even explore pre-made content.

Preventing Regression in Your Special Education Classroom

Some students are profoundly affected by lapses in instruction, such as over summer, winter, or spring breaks. In this course, we'll share some apps and games, as well as other online activities and support for parents to prevent regression and provide opportunities for their child to retain the skills they learned in a fun and positive way.

Wrapping Up Your Year with Google

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

Teaching Narrative Arc with Ozobot for Elementary School Students

Are you looking for a unique way to teach storytelling elements to your students? Join us for a literary coding adventure as we explore how to use Ozobot to learn about narrative arc. These tiny robots can be used to trace a narrative arc and stop at designated points in a story to detail characters, setting, conflict, and resolution. We'll discuss the process of having students draw, code, and retell the story, and will explain how students can add speed, turns, and even color changes to their Ozobot to reflect the character’s feelings and actions.

MC: Apple iPadOS - Session 9 - Final Assignment

You've made it to the end of our Apple iPadOS micro-credential! During this last session we will review your final assignment, and go over how to integrate each of the apps to make a complete final presentation. Join us to wrap up your learning into one cohesive presentation, and complete your Teq micro-credential!

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 9 - Final Assignment

You made it to the end of our Apple macOS micro-credential! During this last session we will review your final assignment and go over how to integrate each of the apps to make a complete final presentation. Join us to wrap up your learning into one cohesive presentation, and complete your Teq micro-credential.

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 7 - GarageBand

No musical abilities are required for Session 7 of our Apple macOS micro-credential, but get ready to learn about 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'll be discussing in this musical of a session.

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.

MC: Apple macOS - Session 5 - Numbers

In session 5 of our Apple macOS micro-credential, we will show you how to organize and analyze data with Numbers. Numbers gives a creative twist to a spreadsheet application, incorporating charts, pictures, text, and even videos to help understand and showcase data in a whole new way. Join us to explore some key features of Numbers to make the most of your data.

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 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 5 - Numbers

In Session 5 of our Apple iPadOS micro-credential, we will show you how to organize and analyze data with Numbers. Numbers gives a creative twist to a spreadsheet application, incorporating charts, pictures, text, and even videos to help understand and showcase data in a whole new way. Join us to explore some key features of Numbers to make the most of your data.

MC: Apple iPadOS - Session 4 - Pages

Session 4 of our Apple iPadOS micro-credential focuses on the use of Pages in the classroom. First we'll review how to create documents from scratch or templates, and how to enhance your documents to support student learning. Then, we'll discuss how to integrate other iWorks products into your documents, and how to create a collaborative workflow for your students.

MC: Apple iPadOS - Session 3 - Safari

Join us for the third session of the Apple iPadOS 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. Join us as we 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.

MC: Apple iPadOS - Session 1 - Introduction

Welcome to the first session of our Apple iPadOS micro-credential. Throughout this micro-credential, you will learn the ins and outs of many of the iPadOS applications as well as how to incorporate them into your classroom instruction. In this first session, we will take a look at a sample final project to set you up for success. We will also discuss the process of submitting your assignments, finding your feedback, and how to receive support. Let's get your iPads ready for some learning!

MC: Apple macOS - Session 2 - Settings and Accessibility Features

Welcome back for the second session of our Apple macOS micro-credential. Our Macs 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 Mac has to offer. Screen recording, security features, screen zoom, and smart folders are just a few of the settings we will discuss. Join us to make the most of the Mac in your classroom.

MC: Apple macOS - Session 1 - Introduction

Welcome to the first session of our Apple macOS micro-credential. Throughout this micro-credential, you will learn the ins and outs of many of the macOS applications, as well as how to incorporate them into your classroom instruction. In this first session, we will take a look at a sample final project to set you up for success. We will also discuss the process of submitting your assignments, finding your feedback, and how to receive support. Let's get your Mac ready for some learning!

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.

Best Practices for Accessible Websites

There are many requirements of an accessible website.  In this course, you will learn some best practices to ensure that your website is accessible.  We will reinforce accessibility basics and help you post accessible information on your website.

SMART Tools for SEL

Social and emotional learning (SEL) is a hot topic in education, and figuring out how to address students' needs while learning remotely has been a challenge. In this course, we'll take a look at some of the tools SMART already has built into their software, and how these tools can be used to engage students in positive social and emotional learning both in and out of the classroom.

Using Flipgrid to Teach Current Events

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 Flipgrid 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.

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.

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 Flipgrid

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 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 Flipgrid features and activity ideas.

Using Newsela to Teach Current Events

Do you want to incorporate more current events in your classroom but struggle to find grade-appropriate texts? This is a problem for many teachers, but Newsela serves as a solution. Join us as we demonstrate how to find grade-appropriate current events that you can share with your students.

Wrapping Up Your Year With Microsoft

Hang in there — summer is almost here! Join us as we take a look at how to close out the school year using Microsoft 365. We'll prepare you for the next school year now, so you can have more fun in the sun this summer. We'll demonstrate how to organize your OneDrive, get student feedback, and create a summer to-do list so that next year you're ready to hit the ground running!

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.

Getting Started with Flocabulary

Join us as we take a look at Flocabulary, a web-based platform that uses research-based videos and activities to build the background knowledge and vocabulary students need to succeed.  See how we can find content, create assignments, invite students, and review student work in an easy to navigate cloud-based program.

STEM and Remote Learning in Early Education

Join us as we take a look at STEAM in the early childhood classroom and how it can be done during distance learning. Walk away with some tips, tricks, and confidence to take on this new way of learning in a developmentally appropriate, interactive, and exciting way.

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. 

GoGuardian - Basics

This video covers the basics of what a teacher can do inside GoGuardian to monitor what activities students are doing on their Chromebooks.  It includes Teacher Commands, Sessions and Scenes.  Come and join us!

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.

Cooperative Learning Opportunities Using Kami

Collaboration and cooperative learning activities can be tough to initiate in a virtual learning environment. But with the right tools, such as Kami, teachers and students can achieve more together! Join us as we explore how Kami provides the fundamentals needed to create an engaging and cooperative learning environment, serving as your digital pen and paper.

Intro to Kami

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 Technology to Support 3D Teaching and Learning

During this session, we will explore how technology can help support 1D to 3D learning, even in a hybrid environment. We'll take some time to review what exactly 3D learning is and how it's reflected in the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). From there, we'll dive into various types of technology and how they can be used to support this type of learning, both in and out of the classroom. 

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!

Planning Virtual Parent-Teacher Conferences with Google Calendar

Parent-teacher conferences will always be an important component of the school year, whether education is done in the classroom, or at home. Join us as we discuss how to plan parent-teacher conferences virtually using Google Calendar. We'll also demonstrate how to share important sign-up information, schedule appointments, and more!

EdTech Planning 101

Join us for a quick introduction to edtech planning 101. We'll dive into some considerations and recommendations for creating or improving upon a technology plan for your school or district. During this course, we'll also bring up some thought provoking questions to help you on your journey of creating and revising your plan.

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!

Voice & Choice - Choice Boards Using Google Docs

If you are looking for a way to give your students more freedom in their learning activities and add a little zest to your choice boards, look no further. In this course we will explore how you can use Google Docs to create digital choice boards and share some example boards that can be easily differentiated to fit your classroom needs.

Voice & Choice - Choice Boards Using Microsoft Word

If you are looking for a way to give your students more freedom in their learning activities and add a little zest to your choice boards, look no further. In this course we will explore how you can use Microsoft Word to create digital choice boards and share some example boards that can be easily differentiated to fit your classroom needs.

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.

The Science of Alt Text

In this follow up course to “The Art of Alt Text,” we will look further into alt text best practices. Join us to learn why alt text is important, what kind of images you should not be using, why default alt text is not good enough, and why it’s important to add alt text to all graphics.  

 

Digital Journal Activities for ELLs Using Google Slides

Join us as we share scaffolded activities to encourage journaling and allow ELLs to work at their own English language development level. We’ll also explore how to use Google Slides to encourage your ELLs to complete written accounts or photo entries that keep a record of their lives during this momentous time in history.

Providing Valuable Grading Feedback with Google Classroom

With more students learning digitally, we need to shift our grading feedback to focus more on how they are learning, growing, and changing! With focused feedback, students will be more invested in their learning! Join us as we share strategies and explore tools within Google Classroom that support process-based grading and that will help you to provide valuable feedback to students as they practice and work towards mastery.

Dealing with Digital Distractions

Looking for ways to ensure that your students stay on task during digital instruction? Whether you are following a fully remote or hybrid learning model, the digital component to your instruction may be posing challenges with your classroom management. Join us as we provide guidelines on how to create monitoring systems that keep students engaged and limit non academic communication to optimize learning.

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 10 - Final Assignment

Congratulations! You’ve made it to the final session in the Microsoft micro-credential. Now it’s time to review what you learned and show off your new skills. In this session, we will review and preview your final assignment. Join us to get some final tips and ideas for completing your assignment with flying colors.

MC: Microsoft - Session 9 - Teams

In Session 9 of our Microsoft micro-credential, we will dive into Teams, a collaboration tool that enables users to work and meet together in an efficient way. Teams creates a “digital hub” for teachers and administrators, bringing together conversations, content, and apps in one common workspace, while also providing the ability to video conference. Teams is not just for teachers though — students can also utilize Teams as a protected and productive learning environment. Join us to learn how to improve your workflow and stay connected with Teams!

MC: Microsoft - Session 8 - Forms

Join us for Session 8 of our Microsoft micro-credential. In this session we will show you how you can take a powerful tool like Microsoft Excel, and make it that much better with Microsoft Forms. Forms is a survey and data collection application that allows you to autopopulate responses in a designated Excel spreadsheet. With this automation, you can easily analyze and recognize patterns in your responses using Excel. In this session, we'll not only show you how to use Forms in conjunction with Excel, but we will share some creative ways to use Forms for permission slips, quizzes, polls, and more!

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 6 - Excel

In Session 6 of our Microsoft micro-credential, we will show you how to best organize and analyze your data with Microsoft Excel. Excel lets you create, view, and share spreadsheets while collaborating with others in real time. With this powerful tool, administrators can organize student information, develop school budgets, and create engaging charts to represent information around academic performance and population demographics. Teachers can construct gradebooks, discuss and view data sets, teach mathematics and science fundamentals, organize resources for class projects, and more. If you have data to collect and analyze, Excel is a great tool to consider!

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.

MC: Microsoft - Session 2 - OneDrive

Join us for our second session as we take a look at Microsoft's cloud storage tool, OneDrive. This tool allows you to store your files on the web and gives you the ability to sync and share them with others. You can easily access all your files with an internet connection from anywhere, at any time, and on any device.

MC: Microsoft - Session 1 - Introduction

Earn your micro-credential by learning the ins and outs of Microsoft with our ten-part series. Join our first session for an introduction to the micro-credential course track, and an outline of the topics we will cover. We will guide you through the process of logging in and downloading the software, and provide you with an example of the final project. Lastly, we will explore some support resources to help you build your understanding of Microsoft!

Manipulatives for Anywhere Learning

Manipulatives provide our students with unique learning experiences and lesson engagement. Whether you are in the classroom or working with students remotely, it is necessary to share meaningful resources with students. In this session, we will explore digital manipulatives as well as how we can use household objects to help students understand key concepts.

Building a Hybrid Learning Environment

Are you interested in learning more about hybrid learning? A hybrid learning model is a great way to provide traditional teaching methods while also providing remote learning opportunities. Join us as we explore this learning model and discuss online and face-to-face learning strategies. We will also cover tips and tricks for lesson planning and instructional strategies to bring to your students.

SMART Board Basics

A SMART Interactive Flat Panel is considered a new era of classroom collaboration. This product gives teachers and students a premium touch experience, superior collaborative features, and 4K Ultra HD resolution. The SMART 6000, 7000, 6000S & MX series now includes exclusive iQ technology - unifying classroom devices with your display and software - creating a hub for classroom collaboration! Come join us to learn how the 6000 series provides reliability, simplicity, and intuition to help you teach, collaborate and share content to your students.

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!

Google Enterprise Features

You've probably heard of G Suite for Education, but did you know that with Google Enterprise there are additional tools and features for many of the most popular Google apps? In this course, we'll cover some of the premium features available with Enterprise such as record, breakout rooms, and unlimited originality reports.

Formative Assessment Using Kahoot!

Want to enhance student engagement while getting real data about student understanding? In this course, we'll explore the game-based platform Kahoot! and how it can be used as a formative assessment tool. Learn the basics of using Kahoot, discuss important considerations for remote learning, and leave with some great tips and tricks for using Kahoot! with your students.

Virtual Classroom Management with Zoom

Let's talk about engaging our students and managing a virtual classroom while using Zoom! In this session, we'll discuss best practices for setting up a Zoom meeting, and how to maintain organization while the meeting is in progress. We'll also learn unique ideas for visual polling to help maintain focus and engagement during instruction. Join us as we explore how to foster discussion and manage tasks in a virtual classroom.

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!

Intro to Jamboard

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 15 - Final Assignment

Congratulations! You have made it to the last session in our Google Educator Basics micro-credential series. You are one assignment away from earning your certificate, and this session is going to give you all the tips, tricks, and details you need to make that happen. In this session, we'll provide you with plenty of example final assignments, a detailed look at the rubric, and a review of the Google Educator Certification process should you decide to move forward with Google's own certification.

MC: Google Educator Basics - Session 14 - Additional Google Tools

Join us for Session 14 of our Google Educator Basics course series! After reviewing numerous tools and applications within the realm of Google, we have a few more to mention! Google Earth, Jamboard, Science Journal, and Your Plan, Your Planet could be a great addition to your classroom — and you might be surprised to learn what other tools are available out there!

MC: Google Educator Basics - Session 13 - YouTube

Did you know that YouTube, the popular video sharing website, can be used as an effective tool in the classroom? Join us for Session 13 of our Google Educator Basics micro-credential series to learn about embedding videos, creating playlists, and more!

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 9 - Sheets

Join us for Session 9 of our Google Educator Basics micro-credential series to learn about using Google Sheets in the classroom. We will focus on ways you can increase you and your students' organization and productivity by maximizing the features of Sheets. You’ll learn creative and customized ways to add, organize, and analyze data to inform instruction, identify areas of student need, and view student growth over time.

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 4 - Drive

Join us for Session 4 of our Google Educator Basics micro-credential series! In this course, you'll learn how to utilize Google Drive in your classroom. With discussion topics like uploading content, making and sharing documents, and creating a paperless classroom, it's sure to be a wild ride!

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.

MC: Google Educator Basics - Session 1 - Introduction

Join us for the first session in our Google Educators Basics micro-credential track! During this series, you'll learn how to create a 21st-century classroom with Google. You might even move on to take Google's Google Educator Level 1 exam! In our first session, we'll introduce the micro-credential, discuss the breakdown of courses, assignment requirements, and support resources. We'll also go over the Google Tools that will be covered throughout the series and how you can use these in creative ways to expand your classroom and create relevant, collaborative, and exciting learning opportunities for your students.

MC: SMART Learning Suite - Session 8 - Review and Final Assignment

Thank you for joining us for this series on SMART. In this final session, we will do a brief review of what we covered and discuss how to complete your final assignment. You will receive your micro-credential certificate once you have successfully completed all assignments (Session 4, 5, and 8) as well as passed the quiz for each course in the series. Once you have completed the requirements, your certificate will be posted in your Achievements tab on your dashboard. 

MC: SMART Learning Suite - Session 7 - Lesson Delivery with Lumio

In this course we will dive into best practices for delivering the lessons you have created. From students access, to creating content on the fly, to switching between teacher paced and student paced, this course will cover all you will need to know to deliver highly engaging lessons. Additionally, we will show you how to use Lumio, formerly known as SMART Learning Suite Online, materials for both direct and indirect instruction and how to view student data collected in Lumio.

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. 

MC: SMART Learning Suite - Session 2 - Using SMART Notebook

In session 2 we will delve into the SMART Notebook program. In this course you will learn the basics of navigating and using Notebook to build engaging and interactive lessons. This first course on Notebook will go over using features such as pages, shapes, text, images and video. 

MC: SMART Learning Suite - Session 1 - Introduction

Welcome to the micro-credential track for SMART. In this introductory course, we will show you how to access the software, go through basic board and pen set up, and more. 

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.

WebEx Meetings Update 2020

In this course we will take a look at an important and useful update to WebEx Meetings - breakout rooms! This session is intended as a companion session to the WebEx overview course "Getting Started with WebEx Meetings".

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.

Microsoft Teams Integration with Lumio

Microsoft Teams and Lumio, formerly known as SMART Learning Suite Online, have already helped countless schools adjust to remote learning. Previously, these platforms could only be utilized separately, but thanks to this new integration, schools that utilize Microsoft Teams can now directly share and assign their Lumio lessons to students! Join us as we discuss this exciting integration, and demonstrate how easy it is to combine your Lumio lessons with Microsoft Teams.

Intro to Flipgrid

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.

SMART iQ Module

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!

SEL in a Socially Distant Classroom

Social distancing can pose an extraordinary challenge for classroom teachers. For educators who regularly relied on group work and activities that got students moving around the room, the prospect of teaching students six feet apart can be quite daunting. Additionally, this experience will be challenging for students as well. In this course, we’ll discuss how to continue social and emotional learning despite these challenges, and cover some tips and strategies to continue group work while keeping your students motivated, focused, and safe.

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.

PBL: Driving Questions

Every good Project-based learning activity starts with a driving question, so creating meaningful ones is essential to building an authentic PBL experiences for your students. In this course, we will discuss some ways of creating driving questions that are focused, open-ended and engaging.

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.

Getting Started with Newsela

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.

Microsoft 365: Excel

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.

Microsoft Excel

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 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.

Introduction to Canvas

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!

Classroom Components on Canvas

With Canvas, you can fully utilize online learning by keeping your students up to date with announcements, sending them assignments and discussions to take part in, and then you can even establish your class gradebook!

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.

Creating Quality IEP Goals with Remote Learning in Mind

Making changes, such as creating new annual IEP goals, becomes a little more complicated and the process may look different in remote learning situations. Join us as we share some strategies, such as using data collected remotely, to help you maintain the same quality in your IEP writing and ensure that your students are working towards appropriate and attainable goals for the next school year!

Schoology for K-2 Teachers

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!

Microsoft PowerPoint

In this course, we will explore the basic features of the downloaded Microsoft PowerPoint. Using the desktop app version of PowerPoint, learn how to not only create your presentations, but collaborate and share your presentations with your colleagues.

Microsoft 365: PowerPoint

In this course, we will explore the basic features of Microsoft PowerPoint within Microsoft 365. Using the web-based version of PowerPoint, learn how to not only create your presentations, but collaborate and share your presentations with your colleagues.

Taking it Further with Chromebooks

Are you ready to take your knowledge of Chromebooks to the next level? In this session, we’ll discuss strategies for using Chromebooks in your classroom. We will discuss features and benefits of Chromebooks as well as an overview of apps and cloud printing. We will also dive into some key terminology and accessibility features. Join us as we explore goals and ideas for using Chromebooks with your students!

Microsoft Word

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. 

Microsoft 365: Word

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.

Social-Emotional Learning for New Teachers

Social-emotional learning is just as important for teachers as it is for students. What can we do to ensure that our mental health and well-being is supported, right from the start of the school year? In this session, we’ll learn the importance of social-emotional learning for educators as well as strategies for handling the stress and unknown of the new school year. We will also dive into specific resources that can help to support both you and your students. Let’s work together to create a positive mindset!

Microsoft Translator

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.

Getting Started with Chromebooks

Welcome to the first of two courses focused on Chromebooks! In this course we'll cover setting up your Chromebooks with your Google accounts, and understanding the hardware and software components of the Chrome OS.

Google Translate

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.

Website Makeover Series: Powerful Images

In this series, learn how to make your school website engaging and accessible to all. This session will cover how to use powerful images to best represent your school. After engaging with this course, you'll know all of the tricks and tips to use when assessing and selecting images for your school website. Note: This course does NOT count toward the annual 3-hour accessibility requirement for NYC DOE webmasters.

Website Makeover Series: Human-Centered Design

In this series, learn how to make your school website engaging and accessible to all. Join this session to reimagine your school website with a focus on human-centered design. You'll learn what that means, why it's so important, and how to redesign your website so that it is easier for users to access.

 

Note: This course does NOT count toward the annual 3-hour accessibility requirement for NYC DOE webmasters.

Accessible Presentations

Presentations must be accessible for all users. In order to ensure accessibility for individuals using assistive technology, extra measures need to be taken while building a presentation. In this session, we will discuss how to create accessible presentations that will allow all users, including those using assistive technology, to be able to access the content.

Website Makeover Series: Telling Your School's Story

In this series, learn how to make your school website engaging and accessible to all. In this course, we'll discuss how to use storytelling to make sure that anyone accessing your website will find the information they're looking for. We'll also talk about telling your school's story, and presenting your school in a positive light, through your website design. After taking this course, you'll be able to plan and redesign your website to best represent your school. Note: This course does NOT count toward the annual 3-hour accessibility requirement for NYC DOE webmasters.

Website Makeover Series: Assessing Your School's Website

In this series, learn how to make your school website engaging and accessible to all. In this course, you'll learn what to assess — and how to go about the assessment process — when evaluating your school website. By the end of this session you'll be ready and able to test and reflect on your school website, and have a clear sense of ways to make improvements. Note: This course does NOT count toward the annual 3-hour accessibility requirement for NYC DOE webmasters.

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!

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!

Introduction to Digital Accessibility

As the world becomes increasing digital, educators are using and creating more digital content. While digital content makes sharing information easier, it is also important to ensure that all individuals, including those with disabilities, will be able to easily receive and read this content. In this course, we will introduce digital accessibility, and discuss the importance of creating accessible content for all.

Testing Website Accessibility

Websites must be accessible for all users. In this session, we will review how to test the accessibility of a website. For schools looking to self-assess their own website, this session will go over how to test, the best tools to use, and what to look for as you conduct your accessibility review.

Introduction to Cybersecurity

Are you interested in learning more about staying safe in the digital world? In this session, we’ll cover the basics of cybersecurity and strategies for teaching our students to stay protected while working on digital platforms. We will also explore the potential risks associated with working and interacting online. Join us as we discover security basics to protect our personal files and data from unauthorized access.

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.

Google Meet Live to Stream School Events

Throughout the year, there are dozens of events that are worth sharing live with the school community. Google Meet Live is a tool available within G Suite 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 Google Meet Live to stream school events so that everyone in your school community can participate in your school’s biggest moments.    

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.

Color Contrast

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!

Creating Digital Time Capsules for Social-Emotional Learning

Digital time capsules are a creative way to engage our students in social-emotional learning. In this session, we will learn about a unique method for journaling as well as  the benefits of writing on a digital platform. We will also explore multiple methods for creating time capsules as well as reflecting on the value of creating personal artifacts!

Intro to Project-Based Learning

Project-based learning is a great way to get your students engaged and encourage 21st century skills like critical thinking, creativity, communication, and collaboration. In this course, we will give you resources to get started with PBL and explore some project ideas for your classroom.

Accessible Social Media

All the content we create needs to be digitally accessible, and that includes content posted on social media platforms. In this session you'll learn easy tips for making your social media posts accessible for all users.

Google Workspace for Education Admin: Assigning Admin Roles

What's the difference between Super Admin and Help Desk Admin? In the session, we will explore the different levels, and even create your own Admin levels!

Using ReadWorks As A Remote Learning Platform for Student Engagement

Join us as we take a look at ReadWorks.org. as an abundant resource for setting up a distance learning platform.  See how we can create a class, find content, create assignments, grade digitally, and track student progress in an easy to navigate and free cloud-based program.

Getting Started With ClassDojo

In light of the times we are living in, teachers continue to search for effective distance learning tools and platforms.  Join us as we explore the basics of using ClassDojo, a free school communication platform that teachers, students, and families use every day to build close-knit communities by sharing what’s being learned in the classroom home through photos, videos, and messages.  We will cover creating an account, setting-up your class, inviting students and parents, and finally take a look at what students see on their screens.

Microsoft Teams - Updates June 2020

Teachers and administrators have been speaking out about features and tools they would like to see in Teams - and Microsoft has listened! In this course, we will explore some important updates Microsoft has released for Teams that will make your life a lot easier as you continue to use Office 365 for Remote Learning. 

Creating Role-Playing Interviews with Flipgrid

If you're looking for new ways to engage students, join us to explore how Flipgrid can be used for role-playing interviews! From book characters to influential scientists, mock interviews can be a great way for students to learn about any subject while building presentation skills and creative thinking abilities. In this course we'll look at some ways that role-playing can be used and how Flipgrid can streamline the process. 

Limiting Screen Time: Offline Activities to Continue Learning

Did you know that "screen time" is now an official word in the dictionary? Today's students are all too familiar with screen time, and with recent transitions to remote learning, teachers (and parents) are looking for learning alternatives that limit the time students are spending on devices. Join us as we share some tactile activity ideas and assignments that students can complete offline and submit digitally later on!

Things to Consider: Virtual Graduations

The end of the school year is filled with celebrations for our students, staff and community as important milestones after a year(s) of work culminates in graduation and moving up ceremonies. This session will review things to consider as you plan virtual celebrations for you students and staff. We will review practical examples as well as a provide a checklist of options as you decide the best course of action for hosting and organizing virtual celebrations in your school.

This session was run live for NYCDOE educators, some content is specific to NYCDOE, but all ideas are useful for any school or district.

Getting Started with Nearpod

Looking for new ways to have students collaborate and share ideas, and to deliver formative assessments? Look no further than Nearpod! In this session, we'll demonstrate how to create lessons and activities that will enhance your students' remote learning experience.

Creating Self-Portraits for Social-Emotional Learning Using Google Drawings

Are you looking for a creative activity to bring to your students? Join us as we explore how to create self-portraits online using Google Drawings. We will discuss how this project can teach your students vital social-emotional skills to help them academically and emotionally. We will also discuss unique ways to get students creating and reflecting on their self-portrait design.

Using Existing PDFs & Worksheets with Lumio

Lumio, formerly know as SMART Learning Suite Online, gives you the ability to use pre-existing PDFs, worksheets and other content to create independent handouts or digital dittos. If you are looking to handout content to students to have them annotate, draw, type and add images as answers this session will cover exactly that. Learn how to leverage Lumio to provide worksheet activities, game based activities and more. Activities can be provided to students for out of class instruction via Canvas, Google Classroom or any LMS you may be using.

Co-Teaching Remotely with Microsoft

Whether you're within the walls of the classroom or connecting with students and other educators remotely, Microsoft provides the tools you need to support classroom management and keep students engaged with high-quality instructional materials and activities. Microsoft has a number of education tools from Office 365 to Teams that can support co-teaching during remote instruction situations. Join us as we walk through some of the Microsoft tools to help support collaborative teaching during distance education.

Zoom Updates: May 2020

Check out this course to learn about the latest updates to Zoom’s video conferencing platform that enable you to have a much smoother experience with updated security measures.

Keeping Routines for Special Ed Students

As special educators, we know that schedules, sensory support, and close collaboration with parents and caregivers is crucial during home-based instruction situations. Join us as we share strategies for special education teachers to tailor instructional materials to meet each student’s needs and keep routines as consistent as possible in an alternate setting. We’ll share scheduling templates, suggestions for specialized coaching and instruction, and other digital resources to support behavioral and social needs to help keep students on task no matter the setting.

Google Workspace for Education Admin: Application Settings & Permissions

As Google super admin of your school or district, you can manage the permissions your teachers, students and staff have on their account. Watch this video to understand the process of controlling this for your situation.

Using Pear Deck for Google Slides

Join us as we walk you through the basics of Pear Deck. We'll start with how to install this add-on from the Google Workspace for Education Marketplace and then show you how to use it to transform your Google Slides presentations to increase student engagement and understanding of instructional material. We’ll also explore how you can use Pear Deck to create formative assessments that will engage every student in your class and give you a better understanding of which students are stuck, who’s ready for more, and what’s confusing them!

Writing for Effective Translation

New York City parents and families come from diverse backgrounds and sometimes, communicating with them effectively can be a challenge. It's essential for inclusive websites and communication systems to provide effective translations. This session will share tips for ensuring an accurate reading level, matching subjects, and appropriate relative pronouns depending on the platform. 

Making Screencasts using Loom

Learn how you can create more time for discussion, enhance student presentation skills, create tutorials for your staff, communicate with parents and other educators and so much more with the video recording platform: Loom. 

Google Workspace for Education Admin: Managing Buildings and Resources

When users in the Google domain need to check out equipment, reserve a room or technology cart, or schedule their students into a STEM lab, they will use Google Calendar.  However, these resources need to be set up ahead of time by you, the super admin on the account.  Every resource or learning space needs to be connected to a building.  This video shows you how.

Introduction to SMART Notebook

New to SMART Notebook? Curious to learn how it can help you take your teaching to the next level? Join us as we help you get started with the software. In this course, we’ll share a number of helpful techniques including how to take advantage of pre-made templates to create lessons with ease, how to import outside presentations and materials into your SMART Notebook, and how to link the files you create to the Internet to push out to your students!

Co-Teaching Remotely with Google

Google has a number of education tools from Classroom to Drive to Hangouts Meet, and everything else in Google Workspace for Education, to support co-teaching during remote instruction situations. In this course we’ll provide an overview of how to get started with distance learning including how to teach online using the Google Workspace for Education applications, and how to collaborate with co-teachers and service providers to provide high-quality learning opportunities for your students while teaching remotely.

Google Workspace for Education Admin: Apps, Extensions and the Marketplace

In this video we will explore the Apps, Extensions, and the Marketplace within the Google Admin portal. Here you can establish permissions for, or push apps, extensions and themes for students accounts.

Google Workspace for Education Admin: Email and Calendar Permissions

In your school or district, who gets an email account and who can share calendar events? As the super admin, we take you through this process.

Video Captioning

As learning and instruction continue to be supplemented with multimedia, it's increasingly important to ensure that that media can be consumed by all communities. In this session we'll be discussing the use of videos online, the importance of captions, and how you can use them to enhance your content.

Google Docs on iPadOS (iOS)

Google Docs is a free Web-based application in which documents and spreadsheets can be created, edited and stored online. With the use of the iPad, you can now take Google Docs anywhere you go! Join us as we go over the ins and outs of Google Docs on iPadOS, the iOS for iPads. 

Google Slides on iPadOS (iOS)

With Google Sides, anyone can create presentations as well as come together to collaborate on slides. With the help of the iPad, we'll show you all you need to know to become an expert on Google Slides on your tablet! This is course is shown using iPadOS, the iOS for iPads. 

Google Workplace for Education Admin: Google Meet and Chat Permissions

In this video, we will walk through the process of setting permissions for Google Hangout Meet and Chat. This will be beneficial for Remote Learning environments or where students can work outside the brick-n-mortar setting.

Writing in Plain Language

Inclusive websites must be written in plain, everyday language so users can easily find what they’re looking for, understand it, or even get a better translation of it from online accessibility tools. This workshop gives participants a number of ways to ensure that what they write meets these important goals. 

Podcasting for ELLs Using Soundtrap

Bring podcasting into your classroom! In this course, we'll explore Soundtrap to create our own podcasts. Engage your ELL students with a unique strategy for creating and presenting their learning through this collaborative platform. We'll discover how to use this method of presentation, discuss the benefits of using podcasting for your ELL students, and share some unique lesson ideas.

Google Workplace for Education Admin: Users, Groups & Organizational Units

This video talks us through how we want to organize our users. How we structure our domain depends on who gets access to what apps, extensions and other things. A very important step as a Google super admin.

Virtual Field Trips with Google Tour Creator

Field trips can be incredibly enriching for students, but they are not always an option for teachers. This course explores how teachers can create interactive virtual field trips for students using Google Tour Creator, as well as how to use created tours with Google Classroom to maximize student learning.

Google Drive on an iPad

With Google Drive you no longer need to have a computer to access and share your documents and files. Join us as we dive into Google Drive on the iPad and discover how to save files, create folders, share documents, and more all from your iPad!

Overview of iPadOS (iOS)

Just received a new Apple iPad or upgraded to iPadOS? Join us as we go over the most recent updates to your favorite apple apps and accessibility options! iPadOS is the new iOS for iPads. 

Creating Vision Boards Using Google Slides

Whether you’re looking for a great end of year activity or are already storing away ideas for the next school year, we have a fun and engaging project to share that incorporates Google Slides! Google Slides can be used for much more than student research projects. In this session, we’ll talk about how you can use Google Slides to create a vision board project with your students to get them reflecting on and thinking about their futures.

Google Meet for Remote Learning (Updates)

As the use of video conferencing has increased in times of remote learning, Google has made some critical improvements. In this course we will explore some important updates Google has released for Meet and Google Classroom that will make your life a lot easier as you continue to use Google Workspace for Education for remote learning.

Remote Learning: Social-Emotional Learning for Primary Students

As a primary level educator, you are most likely used to incorporating social-emotional learning (SEL) into your lessons on a daily basis, since you're aware that students at this age need social and emotional support constantly. That job just became a little more challenging now that you are tasked with fostering students’ social-emotional skills when you aren’t able to be in class together. Join us as we share some lesson ideas for social-emotional learning that you can incorporate into your remote teaching to help your students develop strong coping skills to adjust to this new reality.

Formatting for Digital Accessibility

Digital accessibility requires accessible formating. In this session you'll learn how to format accessible documents as well as how to evaluate documents for proper accessibility formats. 

Creating Meaningful Hyperlinks

Inclusive websites never use phrases like “click here” or “find out more” in their hyperlinks. Instead, they incorporate meaningful hyperlinks -- ones that tell users where they'll be going, why they are going there, and what they can do once they get there. This workshop gives participants a number of ways to ensure that they meet these three goals and create meaningful hyperlinks. 

Using Screen Readers

Screen readers are simple yet effective tools that allow people with visual impairments to read digital text, websites, and other digital content. Learn about tools and techniques to create inclusive websites while improving your communication with those who have visual impairments.