9th - 12th

Tools to Support Literacy in Science

Looking for ways to support disciplinary literacy in your science classroom? Want to help strengthen your students' scientific reading and writing skills? Join us as we share tools and strategies that can help students understand and explain phenomena, analyze data and graphic displays of information, and communicate their findings and understandings with others. Watch your students think, read, evaluate, and communicate like scientists!

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Using "Explain Everything" on Chrome

With the growing popularity of virtual meetings and web conferences, we are constantly looking for ways to spark the same engagement in our audience as if they were seated in front of us. If only there was a way to include videos, text, images, and sketches all in one space and explain each one as you present to an audience. Well, Google Chrome’s Explain Everything whiteboard tool just might be the answer! Join us as we explore all the great features of Explain Everything and learn how to captivate, engage, and inspire any audience, whether students or colleagues.

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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!

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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!

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Using Kami with Google Classroom and Drive

Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you have a great PDF resource you want students to work with, but don't have a means for them to do so effectively? Join us as we learn all about the Chrome Extension Kami! You'll discover how you and your students can use Kami to annotate and share digital files via Google Classroom and Drive.

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GeoGebra Tools for Math Practice

Interested in learning how GeoGebra can help increase math achievement in your class? In this course, we’ll explore the website and how it can help you introduce and provide opportunities for students to practice different math concepts including geometry, algebra, tables, and graphing.

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Going Further with Nearpod

Welcome to part two of our Nearpod experience! In this course, we wil demonstrate the advanced customization tools Nearpod has to offer, as well as more ways to engage your students with lessons and assessments! 

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Creating Interactive Maps with Google My Maps

Every student could use practice with their geography.  Google My Maps is a free online tool to create interactive maps that can be applied to a variety of grade levels and content areas.  This tool allows students to engage with geography and tell a story using different places around the world, or even their local community.  In this course, learn how to use My Maps with your students, regardless of the content.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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!

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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.

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Using Existing PDFs & Worksheets with SMART Learning Suite Online

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 SMART Learning Suite Online 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.

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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.

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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.

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G Suite Admin: G Suite 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.

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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 G Suite 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!

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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!

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Co-Teaching Remotely with Google

Google has a number of education tools from Classroom to Drive to Hangouts Meet, and everything else in G Suite, 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 G Suite applications, and how to collaborate with co-teachers and service providers to provide high-quality learning opportunities for your students while teaching remotely.

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Google Arts & Culture

Infusing art into lessons is a great way to make the curriculum more vibrant and provide additional avenues for student understanding. Google Arts and Culture offers thousands of works of art, and virtual tours of museums and landmarks for users. This video explores this website and offers strategies for incorporating them into classroom and remote lessons.

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Providing PBL Activities for Students at Home with Google Classroom

Are you interested in learning more about project-based learning (PBL)? In this session, we’ll use Google Classroom to explore creative, engaging, and authentic learning activities that your students can complete at home. Join us to review the benefits of PBL, discuss some key ideas for creating a successful PBL activity, and cover some helpful resources to promote remote communication and collaboration.

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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.

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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.

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Google Meet: 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 G Suite for remote learning.

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Remote Learning: Social-Emotional Learning for Middle & High School

As if a transition to complete remote teaching isn’t challenging enough, as a Middle or High School educator, you are also probably worrying about your students. Your students most likely have a full understanding of what is going on and are looking for support as they adjust to this new reality, although they might not say so outright! 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.

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Providing PBL Activities for Students at Home with Microsoft Teams

In this session we will explore Project Based Learning (PBL) with a twist - creating successful PBL opportunities remotely! We will explore how to use Microsoft Teams to build PBL activities and promote collaboration and communication.

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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. 

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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. 

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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.

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The Art of Alt Text

What is alt text? Why is it important? How do we decide which alt text to use? This session will inform participants how to provide appropriate descriptive text for those who cannot see images and are using screen readers with digitally accessible content.

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Introduction to Google Classroom

Ready to take your classroom digital? Join us as we dive into Google Classroom! This platform brings together great G-Suite apps like Google Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Forms, and key add-ons, all in one easy-to-navigate application. Learn just how easy it is to get started using Google Classroom, and discover ways to improve your workflow and manage entire class sets of documents and assignments with this amazing tool.

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G Suite: 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!

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G Suite: 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.

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G Suite: Google Calendar

Need a good way to organize your time and your students or teachers? Google Calendar is a powerful tool for time-management and scheduling. Learn the basics of how to use it, how to integrate it with your other G Suite apps, and some additional features in this course.

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Empezando con G Suite: Google Drive

¿Está usando Google Drive por primera vez? Esta sesión le mostrará la funcionalidad básica de Google Drive desde la primera vez que inicie sesión para crear su primera carpeta y documento. Revisaremos cómo crear carpetas, documentos, cómo convertir contenido y la configuración para compartir.

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Using SLSO's Response 2 to Engage Remote Students in Formal Assessment

During this time of increased remote learning, you are most likely already familiar with the ability to use SLSO as the vehicle to deliver your instructional content. Did you know that SLSO facilitates assessment as well? Join us as we share tips for creating and delivering assessment materials for students to access on their own devices at home. This course will focus on using Response 2 to monitor student understanding and identify struggling students to plan future instructional material to push-out to your students.

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Virtual Assessments with Quizizz

The objective of this course is to learn how to find, create, and facilitate gamified quizzes on Quizizz and learn how you can use it as a virtual assessment tool for remote learning.

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G Suite: Google Sites

Google Sites is a structured wiki and webpage creation tool offered as part of the G Suite 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!

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Best Practices for Parents: Learning from Home

Is your child engaged in remote learning? In this course, we'll share some great resources you can use to help your child be successful while learning from home. From creating a daily routine, to engaging in enrichment activities with your child, join this session to learn helpful tips and tricks to make the most out of remote learning.

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Best Practices for Creating Screencasts

With remote learning in mind, it’s essential that we create effective screencasts. Join us as we review best practices for teachers to create tutorials and webcam videos for their students. In this session we’ll explore various platforms for screencast creation, and then learn how to create a space that is conducive to both teaching and learning.

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Intro to Seesaw

In this course, we will review a common learning management system, Seesaw. Seesaw has a specialized system for student portfolios and parent communication that makes it one of the best software for sharing a student's work! Learn more with us about how to use these features to benefit your classroom communication and student learning.

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Microsoft Teams: un resumen para los padres

El maestro de su hijo le ha asignado trabajo a través de Microsoft Teams. ¿Qué es Microsoft Teams? ¿Cómo podemos ver cuál es su tarea? ¿Qué podemos hacer para ayudar a nuestros hijos o hijas? En este curso, repasaremos los conceptos básicos de Microsoft Teams y le enseñaremos lo que usted necesita saber como padre.

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Rube Goldberg Machine Contest Finals - 2019

View highlights of the official 2019 Rube Goldberg Machine Contest finals. Students were given the task to "Put Money in a Piggy Bank." A Rube Goldberg Machine Contest (RGMC) is an event where students of all ages compete with machines that they have imagined, designed, and created in a fun and competitive forum. The competitions encourage teamwork and out-of-the-box problem solving, in a fresh learning environment and level playing field. All you need is a good Imagination and a pile of junk!

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Rube Goldberg Machine Contest Finals - 2018

View highlights of the 2018 Rube Goldberg Machine Contest Finals. Students were given the task to "Pour a Bowl of Cereal."Since 1988, tens of thousands of students have competed in annual Rube Goldberg Machine Contests° where they are challenged to build the wackiest, working Rube Goldberg Machine that completes a common task.In the structured environment of the competitions, these contraptions are more than just Rube Goldberg Machines. They inspire communication, problem-solving, and teamwork. They hone skills like math, physics, and chemistry. On a formal basis, this learning experience falls under the umbrella of STEM/STEAM (Science, Technology Engineering, Art, and Math) education. 

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Rube Goldberg Sizzle Reel

A Rube Goldberg Machine (RGM) is a crazy contraption which accomplishes a simple task in the most complicated and funniest way possible! Based on the “invention” cartoons of the famous, Pulitzer Prize-Winning Cartoonist, Rube Goldberg. His drawings and imagined machines are at the heart of the Rube Goldberg Machine Contest. They use everyday items (mostly junk!), they tell a story, and most important of all — they make you laugh!

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Administrative Strategies: Managing Staff as They Implement Remote Learning.

Join our Chief Learning Officer, Robert-Wayne Harris, and our Director of eLearning, Joseph Sanfilippo as they discuss strategies for managing a staff as they implement remote learning.

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G Suite: Google Forms

Google Forms is one of the core G Suite 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 steamlined, easy way. Come join our Curriculum Specialists as they walk you through the process to begin incorporating Google Forms in your classroom!

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Office Hours Tools: Google Drawings

Combining Google Drawings for a collaborative workspace and Google Meet for communication, a teacher can create a great Office Hours Meeting. Take a look at how this works.

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Microsoft Teams para el aprendizaje remoto

¿Sabía que Office 365 para educación tiene una aplicación perfecta para el aprendizaje remoto? Es posible que actualmente no lo esté utilizando, pero Microsoft Teams es una solución ideal para configurar una experiencia de aprendizaje remoto para sus alumnos. Únase a nosotros en este video mientras le explicamos cómo utilizar mejor esta aplicación de Microsoft.

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Office Hours Tools: Google Jamboard

For those Synchronous teaching moments when you connect live to your students and need to demonstrate, discuss or reteach concepts. Google Jamboard is a great tool for the digital remote teacher!

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G Suite: 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!

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Classroom Management Tips for Google Classroom

Classroom management is a teacher's top priority to keep good instruction fluid in a traditional classroom. In a Google Classroom, it is just as important. Learn tips for student communication, differentiating assignments and more in this course!

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Teaching Machine Learning with Google's Teachable Machine Tool

Machine learning is becoming an important topic in computer science classes. In this session we'll explore Google's web-based tool, "Teachable Machine," to prepare you for teaching and creating machine learning models that are both quick and accessible. We will also explore the importance of machine learning in today’s society as well as different methods for teaching this skill.

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Google Classroom para la enseƱanza a distancia

Google Classroom es un sistema de gestión de aprendizaje desarrollado por Google para escuelas que tiene como objetivo simplificar la creación, distribución, colaboración y calificación de tareas de una manera sin papel. Aquí, en este video, usted aprenderá cómo navegar por la plataforma para usarla para la enseñanza a distancia.

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Office Hours Tools: ShowMe App

For those Synchronous teaching moments when you connect live to your students and need to demonstrate, discuss or reteach concepts. Using the ShowMe app on your iPad, this is easy!

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Zoom Whiteboard and Annotation Tools

In this course, you'll learn how to use the whiteboard in Zoom so you can share notes in a virtual classroom. We'll go over how to share the whiteboard to your students and what tools are available to you and your students so that you can make remote learning more interactive. 

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Using Schoology for Remote Learning

In recent weeks, distance learning has taken over as the vehicle to continue teaching -- even when students and teachers aren’t together in a physical classroom. Join us as we explore Schoology, a virtual learning environment that allows you to create, manage, and share academic content with the students in your K-12 class. We’ll share some tips including setting up your class, inviting students and parents to your course page, and adding materials and instructions to get your remote learning Schoology classroom started!

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Getting Started with Google Classroom

Using Google Classroom for the first time? This session will walk you through the most basic functionality of Google Classroom. We will cover creating your first class, inviting students and posting content for your students to access such as questions and assignments.

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Getting Started with Google Drive

Using Google Drive for the first time? This session will walk you through the most basic functionality of Google Drive from the first time signed in to creating your first folder and document. We will review how to create folders, documents, converting content and sharing settings.

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Edpuzzle and Google Classroom Integration

This video covers how to seamlessly post assignments from Edpuzzle to Google Classroom, as well as how to track student work on Edpuzzle. 

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Taking Attendance with Google Forms

Taking attendance remotely can be a little tricky but using Google Forms in Google Classroom makes it easier. We will look at creating a form and assigning it in Google Classroom so you can start taking attendance remotely.

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Google Classroom and Meet for Remote Learning

Using the power of Google Classroom, teachers can continue productivity for students and keep instruction going. Students can access content, complete assignments, join into conversations, either synchronously or asynchronously. Along, with google Meet, teachers can keep students and parent up-to-date with assignments and announcements.

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Using SLSO's Monster Quiz to Create Competition

Not only can Google Classroom serve as the vehicle to deliver your instructional content but can facilitate assessment as well! We are here to share tips for delivering instructional materials and links to assessments students can access on their own devices at home. This course will focus on using Google Classroom to push-out materials that can be assessed through a Monster Quiz to gather students to collaborate and monitor student understanding at the same time. 

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G Suite: 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!

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Presidential Biographies with Bloxels

Are you ready to learn about U.S. Presidents using video games!? Join us as we create a video game using Bloxels; a hands-on interactive video game builder that we can use to demonstrate and re-create biographies of our nation's greatest leaders!

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Enhancing Literacy with Pixton Comics

Join us as we explore using digital comics as a literacy tool for your classroom. In this session, we'll go over some key features of Pixton, a comic creation tool perfect for engaging your students and bringing enthusiasm to virtually any subject.

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Draw Activities in SLS Online

Learn how to create, distribute, and monitor drawing assignments through a combination of the GSuite for Education and SLS Online. These are assignments for learning things like sight words, parts of speech, and drawing by numbers. 

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Google Classroom: Un resumen para los padres

Google Classroom es un sistema de gestión de aprendizaje desarrollado por Google para escuelas que tiene como objetivo simplificar la creación, distribución, colaboración y calificación de tareas de una manera sin papel.  Aquí, en este video, usted aprenderá cómo navegar por la plataforma para saber qué tareas su hijo o hija debe completar y mantenerse informado sobre su progreso.

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Music Instruction at Home

Attention Music teachers! Looking for music activities to use with your students with remote learning? Well, look no further! In this course, we will demonstrate and discuss different activities and lessons you can do with your students from Kindergarten to High School and even some ideas for your ensembles. From rhythm activites to music synthesizing, we'll help you become a remote learning maestro!

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Creating ScreenCasts with Quicktime

Looking to record your lessons from your Apple Computer? Well, look no further, here is a How-To on recording ScreenCasts with Quicktime.

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How To Create a Livestream with YouTube Studio

We all love to watch YouTube videos whether for entertainment or for education resources. Now its time to make our own! Together we'll learn how to set up and record a Livestream to make remote lessons available to your students!

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Creating a Virtual Whiteboard in SLS Online

Come learn how to use SLS Online as a live virtual whiteboard for students. We will also be seeing how to create quick handouts for students that you as the teacher can monitor and provide feedback on. 

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Using Mobile Devices for Remote Learning

Join us as we dive into to some under utilized features of the iPad and iPhone. We will show you how to record your screen, annotate on image pdfs and websites, as well as use the iPad's amazing multitask feature to split your screen and get more done. This course will show you some ways to make remote learning accessible for anyone with a mobile device.

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Google Classroom: an Overview for Parents

Are your kids using Google Classroom at home you wish to help out? What does that mean? How can you see what they're working on? What can you do to help your child? Well, here is a simple guide to help you help your child.In this course, we'll go over the basics of Google Classroom and what you need to know as a parent.

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Scan Documents with iPad or iPhone

Do you have worksheets, attendance lists, or other documents you need to digitize? No need to buy an expensive home scanner - you've got one already built into your iPad or iPhone. Join us to learn about how to use the Notes and Files apps to scan and share documents with ease!

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Using Apple iWork for Remote Learning

Apple iWork - Pages, Numbers and Keynote apps - have wonderful collaboration and sharing features that can be utilized for remote learning solutions. You can even use these tools on iPads or iPhones with ease.

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Share Your Voice with Voice Memos

Voice Memos is an app on your iPhone or iPad that you can use to record your voice. Making voice recordings for your students can be particularly meaningful when working remotely. In this session, we will show you how you can use this app to create, edit and share your recordings with your students.

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Using Zoom for Remote Instruction

In this course you'll learn some of the basic features within the Zoom video conferencing platform and how you can potentially use it as a tool for remote learning. 

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Google Classroom on the iPad

Most teachers who use Google Classroom are probably familiar with its desktop website. However, what if you, or your students, need to access Google Classroom on an iPad? Join us as we look at Google Classroom on the iPad, and review where you can find all of those important features including, where to create and submit assignments, add attachments, and see student progress.

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Making Screencast Videos with Screencastify

Join us as we learn how to use the Chrome Extension Screencastify! In this course, you'll learn how to use the Chrome extension Screencastify to create tutorial and webcam videos for your online classes.

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Remote Learning: Administrator Strategies

Join our Chief Learning Officer, Robert-Wayne Harris, and our Director of eLearning, Joseph Sanfilippo, as they share administrative strategies for implementing Remote Learning in your school or district. With over 30 years of collective school administrative experience as Superintendents, Assistant Superintendents, and Directors of Technology, along with 20+ years of experience planning technology professional development and school improvement plans, Robert-Wayne and Joseph offer a variety of strategies as you transition your school and district to a distance learning model.

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Making Quick Tutorials with SMART Lesson Recorder

SMART Lesson Recorder is a built-in feature to SMART Learning Suite.  If you have SMART Notebook installed on your computer, SMART Lesson Recorder is available to use right away.  With this feature, you can create quick tutorials for your students. In this video, we will show you how to create quick tutorials that you can send to your students as they complete work from home.

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Microsoft Teams Overview for Parents

So your student has been assigned work through Microsoft Teams. What does that mean? How can you see what they're working on? What can you do to help your student? In this course, we'll go over the basics of Microsoft Teams and what you need to know as a parent.

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Keeping Your Students Engaged with Google Docs Trading Cards

Teachers are always looking for an activity to keep their students engaged, whether they are in the classroom, or working from home. Join us as we use Google Docs to provide a fun and engaging lesson for your students as they create trading cards for any content. By the end of this course, you'll have a great lesson that you can use tomorrow!

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Using Microsoft Teams for Remote Learning

Did you know Office 365 for Education has a feature that's perfect for remote learning? You may not currently be using it, but Microsoft Teams is your ideal solution for setting up a remote learning experience for your students. Join us as we walk through how to best utilize this Microsoft app.

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Using Google Meet for Remote Learning

Looking for a way to get some face-to-face time remotely? Google Meet has you covered! In this course we will take you through setting up a Google Meet and go over some different strategies for how to use this tool for remote learning for your class.

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Remote Learning with SMART Learning Suite Online

Discover how SMART Learning Suite Online could be used for Remote Learning. This session covers the features and functions that allow you to provide direct and indirect instruction to students at home, for homework or in a distance learning model.

Remote Learning: Things to Consider

Join Joseph and Matt as they share tips and things to consider as you prepare for Remote Learning in your school or District. 

Teq DTC: Promethean Certification Session 8 - Final Assignment

Congratulations! You have made it to the last session in our Promethean Certification series! You are one assignment away from earning your certificate. We will provide you with examples for the final assignment, a detailed look at the rubric, and a review of the previous courses.

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Music In the ENL Classroom

Teach it and sing it! Let's discover how to use music as a tool to facilitate instruction in your ENL classroom. In this course, we'll be going over some great movement activities and songs that you and your students are going to love.

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Teq DTC: Promethean Certification Session 7 - The Classflow Marketplace

In Session 7 of our Promethean Digital Teacher Certification course we will dive into the Classflow Marketplace. In this session, we'll explore all of the great resources that the Marketplace has to offer, including lesson plans, assessments, student activities, and teacher guides.

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Introduction to SMART Learning Suite Online

SMART Learning Suite Online (SLS) gives teachers a place to create classroom activities, assessments, and enhance archived lessons to extend learning. Join us as we walk through the SLS 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!

Teq DTC: Promethean Certification Session 6 - Fostering Collaboration and Positive Behavior with Classflow

In Session 6 of our Teq DTC: Promethean Certification, we will continue to review the Classflow Marketplace. We’ll explore the many features offered on the Marketplace such as digital student badges, using “digital backpacks” to upload and organize their learning resources, and how Classflow can foster collaboration among your students.

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Creating a Goal Aligned PLOP

 It can be intimidating when you are faced with a full roster for your Special Education class which only means one thing: a full set of new IEPs. As national and state standards become more complex and challenging for our students, there is an ever growing need to create a quality IEP, including a well-written PLOP and aligned goals. Join us as we share guidelines to create an exemplary IEP!

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Teq DTC: Promethean Certification Session 5 - Interactive Polls and Quizzes with Classflow

Join us for Session 5 of our Promethean Digital Teacher Certification where we will introduce Classflow, Promethean's online platform. In Classflow, you'll have access to lessons and resources, while also sending activities, including polls and quizzes, to your students.

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Veative Basics

Veative is a virtual reality product unlike any other! Their EduPro VR Headset and Controller are made specifically for education. Veative provides rich learning experiences for your students with over 400 standards-aligned interactive and immersive virtual reality lesson modules. Join us as we use their learning management platform to take a look at how to manage students’ progress and interaction.

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Teq DTC: Promethean Certification Session 4 - Fun with Digital Tools in ActivInspire

In Session 4 of our Teq DTC: Promethean Certification, we’ll explain the different tools within ActivInspire, discuss helpful math tools, demonstrate how to use the screen recorder, as well as add videos right into your flipcharts!

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Creating a Digital Library

Join us as we uncover resources to help create our own digital library! In this course we will go over the benefits of having a digital library in your classroom and discuss how to use programs such as, Google Play Books App, Apple Books, and Amazon Kindle to gather and obtain eBooks for your new digital library.

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Scaffolding vs Differentiation for ELLs

Differentiation and scaffolding are terms that are used nearly every day in an educational environment. They are used so often that sometimes it may seem like they could mean just about anything. In this course, we will take a deep dive into what exactly these words mean, why they are important tools for teachers and students, and how we can use these strategies most effectively in the classroom.

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pi-top PBL Projects

In our final video of the series, we will take on a project-based learning (PBL) example to demonstrate how your pi-top 3 can interest and motivate your students to solve a musical challenge: building a Theremin. Join this session to find out what it is!

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Teq DTC: Promethean Certification Session 3 - Leveraging Existing Resources for ActivInspire

In Session 3 of our Teq DTC: Promethean Certification, we will continue to go beyond the basics and teach you how to import content from other areas into your Promethean software, interact with pre-created lessons, and create your own engaging activities using the linking features on ActivInspire.

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Teaching Reflections Across a Line Using SMART Learning Suite Online

In this session we will highlight features available in SMART Learning Suite (SLS) to allow a teacher to facilitate direct instruction as well as provide students the opportunity to learn on their own. Using individual handouts and group work you will learn how to leverage SLS to provide student opportunities for independent practice on demonstrating understanding of the mathematical concept of reflection.

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Teq DTC: Promethean Certification Session 2 - Enhance Student Engagement with ActivInspire

In Session 2 of our Teq DTC: Promethean Certification, we will go beyond the basics and learn how to use ActivInspire to create interactive and engaging lessons for your classroom. We'll also cover some different ways to personalize your lessons with drawing tools, gallery content, and more!

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Election 2020: Teaching Politics without Being Political

Another presidential election cycle is upon us, and for many secondary teachers, this might be an uncomfortable thought. However, teaching politics does not have to be political! In this course, we'll take a look at teacher neutrality, and how you can best present political issues to your students and engage them in discussion— without being accused of political bias.

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Teq DTC: Promethean Certification Session 1 - Introduction

Welcome to Session 1 of our Promethean Digital Teacher Certification. In this session, we'll introduce you to the certification courses, requirements, and assignments. We'll also cover the basics of using a Promethean Board, and ActivInspire Software. Join us to learn all the information you'll need to be successful in our Promethean Certification courses.

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Redefining Creative Writing Prompts Using Google Classroom

Writing has a reputation as a daunting subject area for most of our students. Wouldn’t it be great to digitize creative writing activities to make writing more engaging for our students? Join us to explore how Google Classroom, along with some of the Chrome extensions and add-ons, can help you to turn a tedious, boring, difficult assignment for struggling writers into an interactive lesson that will have your students excited to put their thoughts to “paper”!

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Cultural Awareness: A Holistic Classroom Approach

What you say is sometimes less telling than how you say it. Different cultures have very different approaches to social interaction and these practices are often so deeply ingrained that we don't recognize them as expressions of culture. In this course we will learn about communication styles, their effects in the classroom, and how to engender cultural competency in ourselves and our students. Join us to broaden your cultural horizons!

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Creating a Personal Needs Profile

Are you looking to individualize the testing experience? Do you want to enhance access to the standardized testing administered to your Special Education students? The abundance of accessibility features can be overwhelming for teachers. In this course, we’ll provide guidelines to help you select appropriate, individualized accommodations rather than make a group decision for your class — just in time for testing season!

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Creating Student Voice with Flipgrid

How can we, as educators, promote student voice and self-expression? There are several strategies for promoting student voice in the classroom environment. Join us as we explore Flipgrid — an engaging and empowering tool that is perfect for having your students express themselves creatively. Using this interactive tool, we will show you how your students can record and share ideas, videos, and stories. We will also dive into how educators can utilize this digital tool to create weekly reflections, discussion groups, and explore numerous topics. Watch as confidence and storytelling skills blossom!

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Introduction to Schoology

Does technology hold the key to academic success? Schoology is a virtual learning environment that allows you to create, manage, and share academic content with the students in your K-12 class. Join our team as we explore the schoology platform and how it helps to improve student performance, foster collaboration, and deliver a personalized learning experience for students. 

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pi-top Project 4: Sonic Pi Basics

Continue your work with Sonic Pi in this special session where we'll learn how to code single notes, chords, and use music loops to do Live Coding. Join us for more musical fun!

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Holiday Light Show Using micro:bit

Let's get in the holiday spirit with micro:bit! Come have some fun and discover how to make a unique holiday light show using your micro:bit LED grid. We'll also show you how to code pictures and words.

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Microsoft Immersive Reader for ELLs

Want to build a more efficient classroom to better help your ELL students succeed? In this course, we'll discuss Microsoft Immersive Reader, a free tool from Microsoft that can help your students improve their reading and writing skills. You'll learn how you can incorporate Immersive Reader into everyday activities and make your classroom a more inclusive place for ELLs.

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pi-top Project 3: PULSE LEDs

The pi-top adventures continue as we explore the PULSE unit and its 7x7 grid of programmable LED lights. Join us to learn how to code colors, flashing lights, and even variables for moving your pixel around the grid.

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Teq DTC: Google Educator Advanced Session 12 - Final Assignment

Congratulations! You have made it to the final session in our Google Educator Advanced certification series! In this session, we will prepare you with the necessary tools to complete your final assignment. We'll take a closer look at the rubric and review the Google Educator Certification process, should you decide to proceed onward with Google's own certification.

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Google Chrome Sign Builder

Wouldn’t it be great to have an easy way to schedule the content you plan to display on your Chrome device tomorrow, next week, or even next month? Chrome Sign Builder is a Google Chrome app that allows school administrators, and anyone they grant permission to, the opportunity to create schedules for what will be displayed on Chrome devices throughout the school. With Chrome Sign Builder the options are endless — from images, to Google Slides presentations, to YouTube videos and playlists. Join us to learn how it works!

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Building Phonological Awareness

Join us as we take a look at unique tips and tricks to promote phonological awareness in your classroom! In this session, we'll review phonological awareness concepts, and how to identify if a student is struggling in this area. Then we'll focus on several literacy apps that can engage your early learners while building a foundation for success with reading. We'll also cover some creative classroom activities that take your students from noticing words to reading, speaking, and writing their own.

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pi-top Project 2: Traffic Lights

In this pi-top project, we'll put our skills to the test and code a traffic light! After you've mastered how to turn on a light, or series of lights, with your pi-top breadboard, we'll show you how to time them using a button and a loop in your Python code. The result? Your very own traffic light!

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Teq DTC: Google Educator Advanced Session 11 - Fostering Collaboration and Leadership

Session 11 in our Google Educator Advanced series will focus on providing students with new experiences to enhance discussion and gather ideas with peers. While discussing Google tools such as Sites, Blogger, Calendar, and Hangouts, we will look at various ways that students can share their voice with a larger audience. Join us to look at some new ways digital communication can enhance your classroom.

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STEM Literacy for ELLs

Increasing STEM literacy is essential in the 21st century classroom, but often, subject-specific teachers do not know how best to reach ELL students. In this course, we will discuss strategies for teaching content area skills while encouraging literacy and language skills to ensure that all students are getting the most out of the material.

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pi-top Project 1: Scratch Programming

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

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

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

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Robotic Thanksgiving Day Parade

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

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Teq DTC: Google Educator Advanced Session 9 - Promoting Advanced Research Skills

Take research to the next level with Google Search and other research tools. Learn how to improve results, cite sources, and even locate academic resources in Session 9 of our Google Educator Advanced course series.

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Web Resources for Literacy

Wouldn’t it be great to have super tools on the web that would help you tackle teaching skills like vocabulary building, main idea and summarizing? What if we said we will share our favorite web resources for teaching your students how to mind map and brainstorm to organize their ideas and plan their work around a particular topic or subject? Join our team as we share our favorite web resources to facilitate instruction in the classroom and take your literacy classroom to a well-developed Common Core classroom.

Overview of Workbench

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

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Creating a Digitally Accessible Website Using Weebly

Help meet the varying needs of your students and their families by creating a digitally accessible website using Weebly. In this session you'll learn some great tips and tricks to make your teacher or school website easily usable for individuals with disabilities or sensory impairments.

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Teq DTC: Google Educator Advanced Session 8 - Exploring the World Through Interactive Tools

It has never been easier to connect with people and places from all over the world. Our students often take advantage of these opportunities in their personal lives, so why not bring this opportunity into a safe space such as the classroom? Extending your students' knowledge in this realm could leave a fantastic impression on them. Join us for Session 8 as we explore the world!

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Pi-top Classroom

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

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Teq DTC: Google Educator Advanced Session 7 - Designing Collaborative Learning Opportunities for Your Students

In Session 7 of our Google Educator Advanced certification series, we will explore new learning activities that enable students to work collaboratively in the classroom. We will discuss how to create unique lesson experiences for students and how to utilize apps to enhance curriculum. We will focus on creating interactive Docs, Slides, and Forms, utilizing Google tools for individualized instruction, and creating videos where students can be self-guided.

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Teq DTC: Google Educator Advanced Session 6 - Effective Classroom Organization Methods

Learn how to share the learning process with Google products in Session 6 of our Google Educator Advanced series. In this session, you'll learn the best methods for keeping your lesson materials and assignments organized, and how to help your students develop digital portfolios.

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Teq DTC: Google Educator Advanced Session 5 - Using Student Data to Drive Instruction

When it comes to collecting data from students, many of us are familiar with the ways in which we can use technology to our benefit. The part you might not be aware of is how we can then use this data to determine the best methods of instruction going forward. Join Session 5 of our Google Educator Advanced series to learn how this data can be used for the greater good of the entire classroom.

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Apps to Support the Special Education Teacher (A.S.S.E.T.)

This iPad-centric course will cover a variety of skills-based and creation apps that are useful in the Special Ed classroom. The session will not only cover the functionality of the apps, but also best practices to incorporate them effectively with students — for example, using iPads as a center for assessment, or as a behavior management tool. This session will also reveal some of the best kept accessibility secrets the iPad has to offer to help you reach all types of learners.

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Simple Circuits with Your pi-top Breadboard, Part 2

In this session, we'll take our work with pi-top breadboard circuits one step further. Join us as we add buzzers, buttons, and adjust our Python code to flash our LED lights.

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Teq DTC: Google Educator Advanced Session 4 - Making Workflow a Breeze

It's time to use technology to take your productivity to the next level! There are several ways to enhance your workflow on Google, like using add-ons, apps, and extensions. Join us for Session 4 of our Google Educator Advanced series where we will take a look at how to manage a variety of these tools to enhance functionality for teachers and students.

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Avoiding Negative Transfer for ELL Students

Our ELL students have so many different literacy components to focus on, confusion is bound to occur. While negative transfer is a natural occurrence, there are many ways we can avoid it. Join us to discover some ways to help our students make the transition to a new language as smooth as possible.

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Teq DTC: Google Educator Advanced Session 3 - Creating Personalized Learning Experiences

In Session 3 of our Google Advanced course series, we will dive into how to effectively differentiate instruction while following learning models like Project-Based Learning (PBL), Blended Learning, and Flipped Learning.

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Pi-top Sounds with Speaker, PULSE and Sonic Pi

Let’s get musical! In this session, we’ll add sound with a pi-top speaker and PULSE unit. To illustrate the musical capabilities of your pi-top, we will also jump into Sonic Pi.

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Teq DTC: Google Educator Advanced Session 2 - Utilizing Digital Tools in the Modern Classroom

In Session 2 of our Google Educator Advanced Digital Teacher Certification, we will focus on the tools that can help you be successful when implementing technology into the classroom. Join us as we review these valuable tools and resources! We'll also examine some streamlined ways to share key aspects with other professionals.

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Empezando con el SMART iQ

El SMART iQ es un módulo adicional para las SMART Board series 7000, 6000 y MX. Este dispositivo permitará la profesora usar la SMART Board sin una computadora y permitirá a los estudiantes interactuar con una variedad de aplicaciones integradas con el dispositivo. Estas aplicaciones incluyen herramientas de colaboración, acceso a actividades SMART Lab, Chrome, Compartir pantallas y más.

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MERGE Basics

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

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Simple Circuits with Your pi-top Breadboard, Part 1

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

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Teq DTC: Google Educator Advanced Session 1 - Introduction

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

G Suite for ELLs

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

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

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

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G-Suite & SMART Learning Suite Online Integration

SMART Learning Suite Online integrates with G-Suite for Education. This session will cover how you can create, access and deliver SMART Learning suite files from Google Drive and Google Classroom. All while using content that alreayd exists in your Google Drive like Google Slides.

Intro to Hybrid Classrooms

As flipped classrooms become increasingly popular, the question arises: flipped classrooms or hybrid classrooms? Hybrid classrooms are a great way to provide both traditional teaching methods and effective learning experiences. Join us as we take a deep dive into the hybrid classroom, and learn why you might want to consider this model this year!

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Setting up Your pi-top Straight out of the Box

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

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Intro to Google Classroom

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

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SMART IQ Module

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

Web Safety for Students

As technology continues to evolve, digital citizenship is an essential tool to teach students. As 21st century learners, it is important for students to have a deep understanding of how to work appropriately on online platforms. In this session, we'll dive into strategies to help students build critical thinking skills as they navigate Internet safety. Join us as we explore best practices and resources to teach digital citizenship in the classroom.

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Civics - Type of Elections: School Board Elections

As citizens and/or residents of our local communities, it’s important to understand the different types of elections that we have the right to participate in. As residents of a local school district, you have the right to vote how school budgets are enumerated and spent. School board elections and budget votes tend to vary between states and even local municipalities — join our session as we dig into the details!

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Starting Off Your Year with Classroom Management

It's the start of another school year. Students might be distracted, missing summer, and want to catch up with friends, but the teaching must begin! Join us as we take a look at a variety of classroom management strategies to get your students back into learning mode.

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Starting Off Your Year with Microsoft Office 365

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

Starting Off Your Year with STEM Products

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

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Starting Off Your Year with Google

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

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Ciudadania Digital

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

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Resources for Teaching Students with a Specific Learning Disability in Reading

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

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Math-Infused 3D Design

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

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iPad Apps for Every Educator

In this session, we'll explore some great apps that can be used across grade levels and content areas. We'll focus on apps that can be used as formative assessments for students, review games, and as tools for flipping the classroom. Many of these apps have ready-made resources that you can use with your students right away. Others take activities that you may already be using in your classroom and make them more streamlined. No matter how you use them, they are all great tools for bringing your classroom into the 21st century.

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

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

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Using Your Library to Create a Makerspace

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

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Teaching Summer Reinforcement Skills: Math

Math practice doesn't have to be considered a chore! In this session, we'll show you how to integrate mathematical thinking into all types of summer fun. With these supports, you can help combat that summer slide.

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Engaging in Citizen Science

There is so much to monitor in our natural world — too much for scientists to handle alone! To maximize efforts, scientists often recruit citizen scientists to help. A citizen scientist is a member of the general public or an amateur scientist. While issues with data validity and collection standardization exist with this method, without it much of the natural world would go unobserved. Join us to learn about citizen science, how you can use it in your classroom to provide authenticity to a project, and learn some tips for keeping your collections valid!

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Tech-Infused Learning: Ozobot and Perspectives in Literature

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

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Teaching Summer Reinforcement Skills: Reading

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

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Teq DTC: Google Educator Basics Session 15 - Final Assignment

Congratulations! You have made it to the last session in our Google Educator Basics Certification 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! We will 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.

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Wrapping Up Your Year with Microsoft Office 365

Hang in there — summer is almost here! Join our curriculum specialists as we take a look at how to close out the school year using Microsoft 365. We will be focused 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 OneDrive, get student feedback, and create a summer to-do list so you are ready to hit the ground running at the start of the next school year.

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Best Practices for Using Your SMART Board as a Station

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

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Teq DTC: Google Educator Basics Session 14 - Additional Google Tools

Join us for our fourteenth session of our Google Educator Basics Digital Teacher Certification! After reviewing numerous tools and applications within the realm of Google, we have a few to mention! You might find that Google Earth and Google Translate could be great additions to your classroom, and you might be surprised to see what you might find!

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Tech-Infused Learning: Make Your Own Operation Game

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

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SMART Podium Basics

In this short video, we will look into how to connect your SMART Podium to an external display as well as how to use the stylus for inking and touch.

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Wrapping Up Your Year with Google

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

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Teq DTC: 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 Digital Teacher Certification series to learn about embedding videos, creating playlists, and more!

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Financial Aid and Student Loans

Success! Your child has been accepted to their dream school! Now, how will they pay for it? We have all seen the headlines regarding the recent jump in students taking out loans for school, and the burden parents take on as borrowers, as well. In this session, we'll take a look at all of the different financial aid loans you might be eligible for, and we'll help you and your child make the decision that's best for everyone!

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Teq DTC: Google Educator Basics Session 12 - Sites

In Session 12 of our Google Educator Basics Digital Teacher Certification, we'll explore ways to share your students' work using Google Sites. We'll share examples of the many ways Google Sites can be used in the classroom, and by the end of this session, you will know how to create your own site, complete with images, text, and embedded content!

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Strategies for Long-Term Science Investigations

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

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Resources for Teaching Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students

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

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Teq DTC: Google Educator Basics Session 11 - Classroom

Interested in finding a great way to quickly create and organize assignments, provide feedback efficiently, and easily communicate with your students? Join us for Session 11 of our Google Educator Basics Digital Teacher Certification - we're talking all about Google Classroom! This platform brings together some of Google Drive's best features and add-ons in one easy-to-navigate application. In this session, we'll cover how to get started by creating a class, adding students and materials, and how to manage it all.

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"Food for Thought" - Sweet Science

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

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Teq DTC: Google Educator Basics Session 10 - Forms

In Session 10 of our Google Educator Basics certification, you will learn all about Google Forms! Google Forms is a great tool for teachers; you can use it to collect and grade quizzes as well as gather feedback from students! Join us to learn how you can incorporate Google Forms into your classroom.

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Understanding the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Innovations in science are happening at a rapid rate. Often driven by technology and human ingenuity, these advancements must be supported from the ground up in future working populations to sustain this growth. That's where the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) come in, since strong K-12 science standards can help to prepare students for careers within this discipline. Join us to learn about the inner workings of the NGSS and how to read them in a way that helps you to frame engaging science activities.

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TECHnically Fit: Getting Started

Looking for a way to integrate technology into your Physical Education classroom or ways to get your students more mobile? In this session, we'll show you how to get TECHnically fit by combining active lessons with some of our favorite edtech products. 

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Teq DTC: Google Educator Basics Session 9 - Sheets

Join us for Session 9 in our Google Educator Basics Digital Teacher Certification to learn about using Google Sheets in the classroom. We'll focus on ways you can increase organization and productivity by leveraging Sheets. You'll learn creative and customized ways to add, organize, and analyze data to inform instruction, identify a student's weak areas, and view student growth over time.

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Intro to Programming Education

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

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APPlicable: Apps to Help You Shop Smarter

In this session of APPlicable, we'll explore a variety of apps to ease the stresses of shopping. We'll show you apps that provide deals and savings, save you time, and help you manage those expenses.

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Teq DTC: Google Educator Basics Session 8 - Slides

Continue your learning in session eight of our Google Educator Basics Certification course! In this session we will 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!

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Google Classroom Updates: April 2019

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

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Resources for Teaching Students with Visual Impairments

Teaching students with visual impairments can be a very different experience to teaching students with other disabilities. Join our Curriculum Specialists as we go over some teaching tips and various tools you can use in the classroom to help support these students and create a welcoming environment for all.

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Teq DTC: Google Educator Basics Session 7 - Collaborating with Docs & Drawings

Session 7 of our Google Educator Basics Digital Teacher Certification 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 providing feedback. We'll also dive into how to use Google Drawings to increase collaboration and creativity in the classroom.

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Augmented Communication Applications

Augmented communication in the modern day classroom has become more accessible than ever before. Thanks to handheld devices such as tablets, assistive communication is at your fingertips, and it's as easy as downloading an app. Join us as we take a deep dive into some popular augmented communication apps, and help you decide which might be the best fit for your classroom!

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Tools for Lesson Development

Are you looking for tools to help customize your lesson plans and materials? Join our session to learn more about different resources to make your lessons look better than ever!

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Teq DTC: Google Educator Basics Session 6 - Staying Organized

In our sixth session of our Google Educator Basics Digital Teacher Certification, we will explore how to get more 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 in addition to demonstrating the many uses of Google Keep.

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Sparkfun micro:climate kit Basics

Spring has sprung, but the weather has been all over the place! Turn weather patterns into a lesson by monitoring atmospheric conditions with the micro:climate kit. Join this session to discover what's in the kit, and how to get started using it in the classroom.

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Teq DTC: Google Educator Basics Session 5 - Optimizing Communication

Wondering how to increase student and teacher communication? Join us for session five as we dive into support resources. We'll explain Gmail, Google hangouts, the variety of Google tools that can assist in the classroom, and how to utilize these tools to increase teacher organization. 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 outside of your classroom.

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Teq DTC: Google Educator Basics Session 4 - Drive

Join us for the 4th session of our Google Educator Basics Digital Teacher Certification (DTC) to 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!

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Creating Student-Driven Instruction with SMART Learning Suite Online

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

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Combining STEM and Social Studies to Engineer a City

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

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Socialization Techniques

"Nobody likes me!" As parents, helping your child resolve social issues can be a difficult experience, as is watching them deal with these kinds of emotions. Join us as we help you develop six methods to transform these conversations into opportunities for growth.

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Teq DTC: Google Educator Basics Session 3 - Chrome

Join us for the third session of the Google Educator Basic Digital Teacher Certification (DTC)! In this session, we'll discuss how to maximize the use of Google Chrome, and highlight the many functions that make it more than your traditional web browser. You'll also learn how to search more effectively, and how to use the Chrome Web Store to manage extensions and themes.

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Creative Writing with Cue

"But, soft! What light through yonder window breaks? It is the east, and Juliet is... a robot?" Cue might not be the best at performing Shakespeare, but this robot from Wonder Workshop is a great resource for cross-curricular lessons. Join this session to discover how Cue can be used as a tool to teach programming, robotics, and creative writing!

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Differentiation Tips for Your ELL Students

Discover the many resources out there that can help you address the diverse strengths and weaknesses of the ELL students in your classroom. We'll provide background information on differentiating instruction for ELLs, along with strategies and tools to help you differentiate planning, instruction, management, and student assessment. This session will focus on creating additional supports to help complete lessons and activities that are relevant for each ELL in your classroom.

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Stress Reducing Techniques

Everyone experiences stress, and how we deal with it has a huge impact on our lives. Join us to discover some ways to avoid stress — and if you can't avoid it, how to reduce it, and best handle those stressful situations.

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Teq DTC: 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 when you join us for the second session of our Google Educator Basic Digital Teacher Certification (DTC) where we will explore the resources available to you through the Google Learning Center and Help Page. During this course you will learn about best practices for implementing technology in your classroom, teaching digital citizenship, and where to locate support resources.

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Revising Traditional Labs with Inquiry Thinking - Part 2

Don't let those old textbook lessons go to waste! Now that you are familiar with inquiry thinking, join us as we transform traditional labs through the various levels of inquiry: confirmation, structured, guided, and open. After this session, you'll be ready to customize your own resources to best suit your classroom's needs.

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Resources for Teaching Students with Down Syndrome

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

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New York State CTLE Requirements

Teq’s New York State Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE) Webinar provides a brief overview of the new regulations required by educators (Teachers, Teaching Assistants, and Administrators) to maintain their Certifications in NYS. The Webinar provides school and district leaders with valuable information on the CTLE Requirements, CTLE Approved Sponsors or Providers of Professional Development, as well as an overview of Teq’s CTLE Approved Professional Development, which includes our Onsite CTLE Approved Courses, our over 900 Online CTLE Approved Courses, and access to over 10 hours of “Free” CTLE Approved Courses via our “Getting Started” Site. At the conclusion of this Webinar, Teachers and School/District Leaders will have a better understanding of the NYS CTLE Requirements, greater insight into Teq’s Onsite and Online Professional Development Programs, Courses, and Platforms, and a list of resources and websites where they can find detailed information pertaining New York State’s Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE) Regulations and Teq’s CTLE Approved Professional Development.

Teq DTC: Google Educator Basics Session 1 - Introduction

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

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Tools for Self-Paced Learning Environments

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

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Resources for Teaching Students with ADD/ADHD

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

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Tools for Monitoring a Bottle Terrarium

Discover how you and your students can bring bottle terrariums into the 21st century! Join us as we discuss the sensors and tools that can be used to monitor the different conditions of a bottled garden like humidity, soil moisture, and more.

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Self-Paced Learning Environments

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

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Tools and Techniques for a Successful BYOD Environment

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

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Introduction to a Successful BYOD Environment

The BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) initiative is taking the education world by storm. However, it requires a great deal of management and organization on the part of the educator and the administration. Join us in the first of this 2-part course where we discuss considerations and techniques for the implementation of a successful BYOD initiative. We will explore a variety of important topics that should be considered before putting a BYOD initiative into practice, and then expand on these procedures to keep you on the path to success.

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Just Flip It!

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

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Explore Engineering with TRYEngineering.org

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

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Teaching Music with SmartMusic

SmartMusic is a web-based music education platform that connects teachers and students. Join us to discover the capabilities of this platform as well as how to use SmartMusic in your music-based classroom. This session will be music to your ears!

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Valentine's Day Blackout Poetry

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

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Revising Traditional Labs with Inquiry Thinking - Part 1

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

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Scratch 3.0

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

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Redesigning Exit Tickets

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. Join us to learn about some inventive ways to elevate your traditional paper exit tickets into something vibrant and engaging!

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Fostering Cultural Awareness in your Students

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

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Sparkfun micro:arcade kit Basics

The SparkFun micro:arcade kit packs a big punch! This micro:bit extension allows you to write and code games as well as build your own gaming console. Join this session to find out all about the kit and how to get started with building games in MakeCode.

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Digital DBQs for the Social Studies Classroom

Effective document-based questions (DBQs) can be used to develop students' abilities to appreciate historical perspectives and hone their analytical skills. In this course you'll learn how to use various digital tools to create DBQ activities and templates to encourage inquiry and critical thinking.

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Creating Interactive Videos to Provide Formative Feedback

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

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Sparkfun Inventor's Kit for Photon Basics

The SparkFun Inventor's Kit for Photon, also referred to as the SIK for Photon, is a fantastic solution for those interested in the Internet of Things. Join this session to learn what the Photon RedBoard is, what comes in the kit, and learn how to get your projects hooked up to the Internet!

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Resources for Teaching Students with Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, or Dysgraphia

Students with Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, and Dysgraphia see and interpret things on paper in a much different way than students without these disabilities. Join our Curriculum Specialists as we show you some techniques to give you a sense of what these students might be seeing, as well as some strategies and resources you can use to support these students.

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Teq DTC: SMART Learning Suite Session 9 - Final

You’ve made it to the final step of our 9-part Digital Teacher Certification course! Now it’s time to review what you learned and show off your new found skills. At the end of your 9th and final session, you will have a firm understanding of all the materials covered throughout the course, including how to use SMART Interactive Flat Panel, SMART Learning Suite Online, and SMART Notebook technologies. You will also be able to create your own personalized lessons using all the skills learned throughout the course and have a ready-to-use lesson file (supportive of the Common Core Learning Standards) for your classroom.  After your lesson is approved, you will obtain your Digital Teacher Certification, showing your ability to effectively integrate Interactive Whiteboard technology in your classroom.  Remember, our PD instructors are available to answer any and all questions you may have well after your training is through!

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Geography in the Interactive Classroom

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

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Teq DTC: SMART Learning Suite Session 8 - SLS Online

Join our PD team for session 8 of the 9-part Digital Teacher Certification course! Now that you have learned how to use the features of SMART Notebook, we'll review how to use the SMART Learning Suite (SLS) Online! SLS Online gives teachers instant access to all of their SMART Notebook lessons from anywhere, at anytime, on any device. Learn how to distribute copies of your interactive lessons to your students and spark engagement in your classroom by creating collaborative workspaces! Learn how to create real-time formative assessments,  open and deliver lessons, connect student devices, and guide instruction! At the end of the 9-sessions, each participant will have earned a Teq Digital Teacher Certification, along with a completed and classroom ready SMART Notebook lesson file, built using the skills learned throughout the course. This track will cover everything SMART, including the interactive flat panel and SMART Learning Suite using the SMART Notebook

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What's New in iOS 12?

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

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Discussing Civic Engagement with Your Child

In this session, we’ll be diving into the question of civic engagement. What does civics mean for your child, and how can you teach your child to be civically engaged, no matter their age. Join us as we discuss ways to address civic responsibility, and share general tips to help you promote civic engagement within your family.

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Lingo You Should Know

Confused when you hear your teen tell you something was “awks” or “hundo P”? Our course on teen lingo is just the thing for you. Tune in to learn about the current slang that’s most important for parents and guardians to understand (and be able to translate) — from general slang words and phrases and the way they’re used, to specific slang used to talk about relationships and people.

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Resources for Teaching Students with Autism

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

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Teq DTC: SMART Learning Suite Session 7 - Add-ons & Widgets

Continue your learning with session 7 of the 9-part Digital Teacher Certification course! In this session you’ll learn how to use the SMART Notebook Activity Builder to create your own dynamic lessons! We’ll review how to download and attach other add-ons and widgets such as Smart Blocks, Youtube, Image Search and Geogebra. At the end of the 9-sessions, each participant will have earned a Teq Digital Teacher Certification, along with a completed and classroom ready SMART Notebook lesson file, built using the skills learned throughout the course. This track will cover everything SMART, including the interactive flat panel and SMART Learning Suite using the SMART Notebook

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Circuitry Cards and Decorations for the Holidays

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

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Breaking Language Barriers with Microsoft Translator

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

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Teq DTC: SMART Learning Suite Session 6 - Response 2

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

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Teq DTC: Apple Session 9 - Final Assignment

It's the beginning of the end - of our Apple Digital Teacher Certification track, that is. 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 receive your Teq Digital Teacher Certification!

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Creating Assessments with Stop-Motion Videos

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

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Teq DTC: Apple Session 8 - iMovie

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

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Teq DTC: SMART Learning Suite Session 5 - Tables & Concept Mapping

Join our PD Instructors for the 5th session of the 9-part Digital Teacher Certification course! In this session you will see how to add tables and charts to your lessons, how to use these tables and charts to assess your students learning, how to use the different viewing options in SMART Notebook to enhance your lesson, how to utilize provided math tools, and how to use concept mapping to organize ideas for class discussion. At the end of the 9-sessions, each participant will have earned a Teq Digital Teacher Certification, along with a completed and classroom ready SMART Notebook lesson file, built using the skills learned throughout the course. This track will cover everything SMART, including the interactive flat panel and SMART Learning Suite using the SMART Notebook software.

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Teq DTC: Apple Session 7 - GarageBand

No musical abilities are required for the 7th session of our Apple Digital Teacher Certification. We will be showing you some of the basic features of GarageBand to help bring music into your classroom, whether you have a music background, or not! Loops, tracks, notes, and exporting your music are just a few of the things we will be discussing in this musical of a session.

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Digital Storytelling with Powtoon

With digital tools at our fingertips, we can create and tell our stories instantly — things like personal narratives, explanations of a process, and retelling events from another point of view. When teachers build digital storytelling into their instruction, students are engaged in a creative learning experience that connects reading and writing across curriculum. In this course, we'll explore Powtoon, a digital tool that makes it easy to get started.

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Teq DTC: SMART Learning Suite Session 4 - Sound & Object Animation

Join us for the next step in our 9-part Digital Teacher Certification course! In this session our PD instructors will teach you how to appeal to your auditory learners by adding sounds to your Notebook lessons that act as positive and negative cues. We’ll also cover how to animate objects to add visual stimulation and excitement to your lesson pages. At the end of the 10-sessions, each participant will have earned a Teq Digital Teacher Certification, along with a completed and classroom ready SMART Notebook lesson file, built using the skills learned throughout the course. This track will cover everything SMART, including the interactive flat panel and SMART Learning Suite using the SMART Notebook software.

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Teq DTC: Apple Session 6 - Keynote

Apple's Keynote is a great application - it's the one you've been seeing throughout this certification series! 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.

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Game-Based ELL Instruction

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

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Using Google Forms for Mobile Assessment

In this session, you'll learn how to use Google Forms to create self-grading assessments. Forms are one of the most versatile tools Google has to offer. From collecting data, to conducting peer reviews and formative assessments, join us to explore the variety of ways that Google Forms can be implemented in your classroom.

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Teq DTC: SMART Learning Suite Session 3 - Interactive Pages and ClassLab

Continue your learning with session 3 of the 9-part Digital Teacher Certification course! Now that you’ve learned the basic skills to create lessons using your SMART Notebook software, take it to the next level. Learn how to use the Lesson Activity Builder (lab) and its new features to create customizable lesson templates, interactive game quizzes, handouts, and learn how to save your favorite images, pages, and work to the My Content folder. At the end of the 9-sessions, each participant will have earned a Teq Digital Teacher Certification, along with a completed and classroom ready SMART Notebook lesson file, built using the skills learned throughout the course. This track will cover everything SMART, including the interactive flat panel and SMART Learning Suite using the SMART Notebook software

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Teq DTC: Apple Session 5 - Numbers

In session 5 of our Apple Digital Teacher Certification, our Curriculum Specialists 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 students 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.

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Internet of Things: UI/UX

In our final session on the Internet of Things, we're diving into user interfaces (UI), and user experience (UX)! How does interaction and experience play into the Internet of Things? Join this session to find out!

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Expanding ELL Vocabulary Through STEM

Sometimes science seems like an entirely different language to students. Are you struggling to find the right tools to bridge the gap between STEM and ELL vocabulary? Join our session as we discuss strategies to increase acquisition of academic English language through STEM and NGSS across all grade levels, and learn how STEM literacy and English Language Learner literacy can be used productively together. Although we know that teaching ELLs outside of the English classroom can be challenging, communicating through STEM subjects can make it that much easier!

Using SMART Notebook Player App on iPad

Join Joseph as he explains how to use the SMART Notebook Player app on an iPad to untether you to a SMART IFP using the Notebook app in the iq module. Freely walk around your classroom while being able to deliver lessons seemlessly as students follw along on their personal devices.

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

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

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Teq DTC: Apple Session 4 - Pages

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

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

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

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Current Events: Voting and Election Day

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

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Teq DTC: SMART Learning Suite Session 1 - Introduction

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

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Teq DTC: Apple Session 3 - Safari

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

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Internet of Things: Connectivity

Connectivity is extremely important when it comes to the Internet of Things because it's how data reaches the Internet. What considerations need to be factored in when choosing a connection type for your IoT product? Join our session on connectivity to find out.

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Spooky Mad Libs with Python

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

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

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

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Teq DTC: Apple Session 2 - Settings and Accessibility Features

Welcome back for the second session of our Apple Digital Teacher Certification. Our Apple devices have many settings and features - where do we even begin? In this session, our Curriculum Specialists will go over some of the most helpful settings and features your devices have 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 device(s) in your classroom.

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Internet of Things: Devices and Sensors

It's the second part of our Internet of Things course series and we're talking about sensors and devices! What are they? What factors do you need to consider when choosing a sensor/device for your IoT (Internet of Things) product? Come join us to find out!

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

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

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Teq DTC: Apple Session 1 - Introduction

Welcome to the first session of our Apple Digital Teacher Certification. Throughout this certification track, you will learn the “ins and outs” of many of the Apple 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 Apple devices ready for some learning!

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Internet of Things: Introduction

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

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Growth Mindset: Addressing Failure

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

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Co-teaching Models for Your ENL/ELL Population

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

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Apple's Keynote: Creating Powerful Presentations

Do your teacher presentations need an upgrade? Or maybe you want to introduce a new tool to your students to enable them to create better, more polished presentations. In this session we'll look at the basics of Apple's Keynote software, and then move on to the more advanced features of the platform. By the end of the course you'll be ready to leverage this fantastic tool.

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Putting the A in STEAM: Proportions of the Human Face

Did you know that mathematics and technology can support the visual arts? Let us show you how to take a classic lesson on facial symmetry and proportion and use it to increase students' digital literacy. You'll learn how to help students discover their digital identity, calculate the ratios for the "perfect" face, and more!

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Apple's Numbers: Building Sophisticated Spreadsheets

Numbers, a spreadsheet creation software from Apple, can be incorporated into your curriculum in many ways. Numbers provides an easy way for students to collect and analyze data, and then display that data with interactive charts, graphs, and tables. Let's explore some of the key features of Numbers to enable students to make the most of their data collection.

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Apple's Pages: Enhancing Documents

Pages is a powerful word processing software available on a variety of Apple devices. Join our session to discover how to enhance and customize your documents to support your students and transform your classroom into a positive learning environment. We'll discuss how to introduce a paperless assignment process, how to develop creative templates, and how to encourage a collaborative workflow.

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Computer Science Principles: Encryption

Sending secure information over the Internet is a technologically amazing feat. In this session, we'll demonstrate a lesson that makes this highly complex topic relatable for your middle school students using math. This course is aligned to the K-12 Computer Science Framework core concept Networks and the Internet.

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SMART Board Basics: MX Series

The SMART Board MX series interactive display represents a new era of classroom collaboration. This product gives teachers and students a premium touch experience, superior collaborative features, 4K Ultra HD resolution, and the exclusive iQ technology. Join us to learn how the reliable and intuitive MX series SMART Board can help you share content to your students, and create a hub of classroom collaboration.

Digital Citizenship for 21st Century Learners

Technology is changing the landscape of education - and the way we approach digital citizenship. Students must become evaluators of information, and we have a responsibility to equip them with this skill. In this course, we will discuss how technology is changing the way we discuss Digital Citizenship and some ways you can start the conversation in your classroom. Ditch how you thought you should approach this topic in your classroom and join us to learn a new approach! 

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Saving Teachers Time

For teachers, time is the #1 commodity. We're on a mission to save you time throughout the school year, so you don't have to wait till summer break to have some actual "you" time. In this session, we will share some time-saving tips like making Google Forms Quizzes, importing grades into Google Classroom, and saving question sets in SMART lab. Time flies...but these tools can help you save some!

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Part 1 - Learning Python with pi-top: Data Types

Did you know pi-top can be used to learn Python in a multitude of ways? In our new four-part series Learning Python with pi-top, we are going to show you how – and share some big secrets! In our first session, we’ll discuss the fundamental concept of Python, data types, and the many resources the pi-top has to learn them. Join us as we dive into Python integrated development environments (IDEs) like IDLE, pi-topCODER, and documentation tools like LibreOffice and Microsoft Word! 

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Part 2 - Learning Python with pi-top: Data Structures

Welcome to session two of our Learning Python with the pi-top series! In this session, we’ll give you an example workflow for how to talk about and teach data structures to your students. We’ll start with a Scratch example on creating lists, and then we’ll move into suggested pi-topCODER worksheets. Finally, we’ll wrap up with a great example using IDLE. This is a session you won't want to miss! 

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Part 4 - Learning Python with pi-top: Functions

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

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Part 3 - Learning Python with pi-top: Conditionals & Loops

Why did the turtle cross the road? Well, probably to attend our Python session… but what’s more important is HOW the turtle gets to the other side of the road. Session three of Learning Python with the pi-top is all about control flow. We’ll show you how to use a classic computer programming application called Turtle Art (hint: it comes pre-installed on your pi-top). Join us to gather resources for teaching control flow with the pi-top that includes turtles and so much more! 

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Putting the A in STEAM: Teaching Perspective

Coming through full STEAM ahead! Have you been teaching perspective - the illusion of depth and space - on a two-dimensional surface? It's time for a new perspective on...perspective! In this session we'll show you some technology and engineering concepts to take this topic to the next dimension. Pun intended.

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

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

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What's New in ActivInspire?

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

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SparkFun Inventor's Kit for RedBot Basics

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

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Using Quizlet for ENL Instruction

Looking for ways to incorporate vocabulary inquisition with technology in your ENL classroom? Trying to find ways for your ENL students to practice vocabulary at home? Look no further than Quizlet! Quizlet is a vocabulary software that helps you create study sets for your students and then comes with a variety of ways to learning and quiz them. Tune in to find out how you can use it with your students!

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MakerBot Replicator Z18 Basics

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

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Digital Tools for Argumentative Writing

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

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Creating Your Own STEAM Makerspace Program: Ideas & Considerations

Were you unable to attend our session at ISTE 2018? Well, here it is! Makerspaces are becoming cornerstones of schools’ STEAM offerings. From low-tech buildable options to high-tech coded 3D prints, and some things in between, we’ve got a session to help you figure out what’s right for your solution. Bring your imagination and flex your creative muscles!

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Adobe Spark for Storytelling - Part 1: Web-Based

Digital tools allows us to take the age-old practice of storytelling and engage our students with text, narration, images, and music. Through the use of the free web-based and downloadable applications of Adobe Spark, we’ll explore how teachers are effectively building digital storytelling into their instruction. During this session, we will discover both software and online resources to help make this a creative learning experience. This session will focus on the free Adobe Products: Adobe Spark, Page, and Note.

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MakerBot Replicator+ Basics

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

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Implementing a 3D Design Challenge with Tinkercad

Tinkercad is a popular, web-based computer aided design software. Although simple, users can make complex designs using this software. This course will show how a user can use basic shapes and techniques to create a scale model of a house. Lastly, we’ll take a look at the Cura software to prepare our design for print.

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Ultimaker 3/3 Extended Basics

Not sure where to start with your new Ultimaker printer? Come explore the basics of the Ultimaker 3 or 3 Extended! In this session we will go over some 3D printer need-to-know basics like how to change a print core, how to load and unload material, and how to interpret the display. You'll be on your way in no time, and ready to print your 3D models using Ultimaker's reliable (and amazing) dual extrusion!

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Technology to Support T-TESS: Domain 2 - Instruction

This is the second of a four-session series reviewing the Texas Teacher Evaluation and Support System. Join our Curriculum Specialists as they help you to incorporate technology into the second standard of T-TESS, Instruction. The T-TESS is a set of standards with the purpose of reviewing teacher performance to inform the training, appraisal, and professional development of teachers. From demonstrating knowledge of resources, content, and pedagogy, to designing student assessments, our Curriculum Specialists will guide you through their favorite websites, platforms, and software programs for Instruction!

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Technology to Support T-TESS: Domain 1 - Planning

This is the first of a four-session series reviewing the Texas Teacher Evaluation and Support System. Join our Curriculum Specialists as they help you to incorporate technology into the first standard of T-TESS, Planning. The T-TESS is a set of standards with the purpose of reviewing teacher performance to inform the training, appraisal, and professional development of teachers. From demonstrating knowledge of resources, content, and pedagogy, to designing student assessments, our Curriculum Specialists will guide you through their favorite websites, platforms, and software programs for Planning!

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Playground Physics

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

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You Got a 3D Printer, Now What?

What standards are you addressing with 3D printing? Is your internet reliable? Do you have Chromebooks or iPads? Join us as we discuss some important details to consider when implementing 3D Printing in your classroom. This session will give you suggestions for successful workflow design, preparing your classroom physically, making curricular connections, and more!

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Mindfulness Activities for Middle and High School

Are your students having trouble paying attention, coping with change, or difficulty expressing their emotions? There are many layers of mindfulness that you might not know of. Join us as we share ways you can help your middle or high school students build flexibility and emotional toolkits. With these activities, your student will be well on their way to becoming mindful individuals capable of dealing with emotional challenges to be fully present and aware of whats happening in your lesson.