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”!
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.
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.
Word Walls are a staple for many elementary classrooms. In this session, you'll learn how to make interactive word walls using augmented reality (AR). Join us to go through the steps to plan, design, create, and integrate interactive word walls into your classroom and create an immersive experience that allows students to explore a classroom tradition with a modern twist.
Everyone has a great campfire tale, but not everyone knows how to share it! With the Dash robot from Wonder Workshop, students will combine coding with creative storytelling, and bring their story to life!
To help students learn to spell their sight words or subject-specific vocabulary, teachers can use the tools built into their SMART Notebook application program. Notebook can help students use visual modeling, auditory cues, and kinesthetic movements to assist in long-term retention of their spelling words. Join this session to learn about three interactive examples that you can take straight back to the classroom.
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.
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.
"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!
Why are role models so important? Some reasons to have a role model include inspiration, learning how to overcome struggles, and garnering the traits of a successful individual to become the best version of you. It's important to provide students with numerous opportunities to find role models for themselves. As educators, we may sometimes want to suggest role models for specific behaviors and characteristics we think our students would benefit from — like opening up the world of STEM, for instance. Join this session to learn about some elementary level literacy resources you can use to introduce STEM role models to your students.
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!
Choice based stories are an exciting alternative to traditional stories because in this kind of storytelling, the reader controls the tale! Join us as we explore how to use this popular format to teach ELA standards such as narrative, drafting, and text structure. This activity will have students thinking creatively, working in groups, creating storyboards, scripting out a multi-ending story, and more!
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!
Listenwise brings engaging non-fiction stories to the classroom and helps students stay connected to the real world by curating the best of public radio. Listenwise provides lesson plans and examples to help students enhance listening skills and help teachers differentiate and make current events fun and interesting. Join our Curriculum Specialists to learn about how to use Listenwise in order to enhance a variety of subject areas for your students!
While understanding the English language might seem like a piece of cake to a native speaker, to someone learning it as a new language, they might as well be fighting a losing battle. We won't beat around the bush in this session about idioms and colloquialisms, so you can be ready to explain them at the drop of a hat. Let us put the ball in your court so you can hit the nail on the head with your next English lesson. A picture may paint a thousand words, but you will be beside yourself as you join our Curriculum Specialists for the best session since sliced bread. We're going to let the cat out of the bag with some great resources to help your English Language Learners understand common idioms and colloquialisms.
We all know that end of year testing is quickly approaching! Join us as we review some helpful tools to be sure that students are prepared for what lies ahead with various upcoming exams. Learn about some helpful teacher tools to help gauge student readiness and resources for comprehensive student practice in the ELA classroom.
See how technology can improve the quality of your project-based learning activities. Learn how to implement PBL activities to promote critical thinking, communication, and collaboration in your ELA classroom. In this course, you will learn how to use various tools to promote the key elements of PBL, such as research, collaboration, gathering (and analyzing) feedback, and presenting knowledge in your classroom.
Join our Curriculum Specialists for a Thanksgiving-themed session focused on persuasive writing. This session will provide a detailed overview of a lesson you can deliver in your classroom for this holiday season equipped with web tools, apps, and Notebook techniques to strengthen students’ persuasive writing skills. The Thanksgiving writing prompt provided will be applicable to a number of grade levels!
Do your students struggle to write proper citations? Do they forget to include them or purposely avoid them? Join us as we share with you our favorite digital citation tools including the Google Docs explore tool and the EasyBib add-on. With these, creating citations is so easy your students will want to add them!
Every day, your students are faced with questionable material on the Internet. All over sites like Facebook and Twitter, your students see articles like “Save the Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus!” or “Beware of Dihydrogen Monoxide!” Are these articles credible? Join our PD Specialists as they teach you new strategies to address TEKS standard 110.25. 8A ((8) The student reads critically to evaluate texts in order to determine the credibility of sources. The student is expected to: (A) evaluate the credibility of informational sources and their relevance for assigned and self-selected topics) and help your students avoid citing hoax websites, dodge pitfalls in the research process, and discern fact from fiction.
While attending PAX 2017 we stumbled upon a low cost "game" that we thought would be perfect for the ELA classroom, Story Dice. Join us as we discuss what story dice are, and how they can help redefine creative writing prompts! We will also give you suggestions on ways to incorporate them into your classroom and how to create a grading system to make sure your students are staying on task and meeting specific standards.
In this session, we will look at how literacy teachers can inspire and motivate students using online resources and technology through the SMART Board. We'll take a look at some tips and tricks you can use to make decoding and phonics simpler for your students. We will explore different online resources in order to create lessons and then dive into the SMART Notebook software to explore various features you have access to in order to build custom activities with your students such as the gallery and SMART Speller. By the end of this session, you will come away with multiple skills to begin generating differentiated multimedia lessons for whole class instruction and center use.
Join us to find the gold at the end of the rainbow as we explore St. Patrick's Day themed poetry lesson ideas geared to elementary students. Our curriculum specialist will walk you through some fun ways to incorporate technology into your poetry lesson, while showing you some great tools both you and your students can benefit from. Now let's go find that gold!
Come take a look through the largest organized resource library for K-12 teachers; the right resource available for each and every standard and student. Our PD specialists will explore OpenEd with you and show how teachers can utilize this platform in their ELA classroom. From quizzes and formative assessments, to homework assignments and lessons, OpenEd automatically grades for you! Students love OpenEd in the ELA class due to the fact that videos and games are recommended to them based on their performance. There is a resource aligned to every single Common Core ELA standard. The result of OpenEd is truly personalized learning for each student!
In this course you will learn about Edublogs, a web based blogging platform powered by Wordpress. The benefits of using Edublogs rather than Wordpress in the classroom are the added features, themes, and plugins that are suited just for education. In addition, when joining Edublogs, you and your students are joining a supportive community of people in education with similar goals and ideas. This is a great resource to use as a way of letting students publish their work or to even create a classroom site! Join us to learn more!
Discover the best web tools, apps and Notebook techniques to strengthen students' explanatory/informative writing skills. Through the use of tools such as EverNote, OneNote, Snap Guide, and InstaGrok, educators will learn how to create technology-focused mini-lessons to develop students' ability to examine and convey complex ideas and information clearly and accurately.
This session focuses on using technology to strengthen students reading comprehension skills. Teachers will create interactive lessons that will model in-depth reading of complex texts and highlight the process of gathering textual evidence to support written responses. Through the use of technology such as SMART Notebook software, Subtext, and Actively Learn, students will read complex text, gather evidence from the text and respond in detail. This course focuses on using these tools in the Elementary ELA classroom.
In this session of Teq Online PD we will be showing you some of our favorite Apple iPad apps for use in the ELA classroom! We will demonstrate the use of English Grammar quizzes for kids with the use of mobile devices, show you how you can easily transform hard copied documents and articles to your device for translation and edits, and provide instruction for English language learners through completely free applications.
Integrate collaborative learning tools to increase the quality of students’ writing. This session will introduce different web tools and apps that can be used to aid students with each step of the writing process (planning/brainstorming, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing). Teachers will learn how students can use technology to interact and collaborate with peers during the writing process through web tools and applications such as Edmodo, Padlet, Popplet, OneNote, Evernote, and Google Docs.
Everyday, your students are faced with questionable material on the Internet. All over sites like Facebook and Twitter, your students see articles like “Save the Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus!” or “Beware of Dihydrogen Monoxide!” Are these articles credible? Join our PD Specialists as they teach you new strategies to address CCRA.W.8 (Assess the credibility and accuracy of [a] source) and help your students avoid citing hoax websites, dodge pitfalls in the research process, and discern fact from fiction.
Listen Current brings engaging non-fiction stories to the classroom and helps students stay connected to the real world by curating the best of public radio. Listen Current provides lesson plans and examples to help students enhance listening skills and help teachers differentiate and make current events fun and interesting. Join us to learn about how to use Listen Current to enhance a variety of subject areas.
Learn how to create technology-rich lessons to strengthen students’ narrative writing skills. This session will provide strategies and steps for teaching narrative writing 21st century style. Explore digital tools that can aid students with brainstorming, storyboarding, characterization and other narrative elements such as voice, descriptive language, and dialogue.
Join us as we explore a variety of literacy techniques that should be implemented in a well developed Common Core classroom. We will also provide a number of web resources that correspond to these techniques and will help enhance instruction and keep students engaged.
This course will help educators learn how to use modules that have been set up by Engage NY to enhance their Common Core classroom. We will focus on integrating digital tools in order to increase student engagement and understanding while being sure that standards are being met in an ideal way.
Enhance the way students understand close reading with little-known web, tablet, and interactive whiteboard tools. From the new SMART Ink Document Viewer to eBook readers, you'll learn how to leverage built-in features for maximum effect. This course will have examples for the High School ELAClassroom.
We all know that end of year testing is quickly approaching! Join us as we review some helpful tools to be sure that students are prepared for what lies ahead with various upcoming exams. Learn about some helpful teacher tools to help gauge student readiness and resources for comprehensive student practice.
This session will provide web tools, apps, and Notebook techniques to strengthen students' persuasive writing skills. Teachers will learn how to create technology-focused lessons to teach students to develop arguments to support claims using valid reasoning and sufficient evidence through the use of tools such as Collaborize Classroom, Titanpad, Poll Everywhere, and NearPod.
Learn how to leverage your interactive whiteboard to modelin-depth reading of fiction and nonfiction texts, as well as the process ofgathering textual evidence to support responses to text-based questions.
Learn how technology can enhance your student's ability to write more effectively. We'll show you how to use the interactive whiteboard software to create templates that will help your students construct well thought out paragraphs. Use the floating tools to edit right at the interactive whiteboard. Create lessons that will encourage your students to think critically about the writing process.
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