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Using Newsela for Close Reading in Early Ed

Close reading is a strategy for taking a deep dive into texts in order to gain a greater understanding of the content provided. Newsela is the perfect tool for our early learners to practice close reading strategies at their appropriate reading levels. In this session, we will visit the Newsela website to search and sort by text level and type. We will also share close reading activities and ideas that your students can complete to enhance their reading skills. Join us for some close reading tips and tricks with a digital twist!

STEM and Remote Learning in Early Education

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

Mid-Year Portfolios Using Seesaw

Are you looking for a unique way to check-in on student progress? In this session, we'll explore Seesaw, a learning management system that specializes in portfolios and student engagement. We'll discuss how to set up student portfolios and how students can add work samples to showcase their achievements as well as work-in-progress. In addition, we'll discuss how teachers and students can provide feedback to one another in order to enhance their portfolios and skills.

Using Raz-Kids in Your K-5 Classroom

Looking for a way to monitor your students’ at-home reading and ensure that they are selecting appropriately leveled books? Encouraging and monitoring reading can be a struggle, especially when we aren’t able to meet with students face-to-face. In this course, we’ll explore Raz-Kids, a leveled library of books that can be shared with your K-5 students, and all its features that will help you excite your students to read, progress monitor and so much more during times of remote learning or over the summer vacation!

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.

Create a Quick Early Ed Learning Experience with Seesaw

Experiential learning is still a must for students in early education. Seesaw was initially used for parent communication in blended learning, but now it can be used by parents and teachers for learning remotely! Learn how to create an activity for students to do with parents and then share their results with Seesaw!

Picture This: Teaching STEAM Through Fairy Tales

Fairy tales are perfect for connecting STEAM and literacy learning! Engage your students with hands-on engineering challenges that use the beloved classic fairy tales, as well as some modern ones.

Demystifying STEAM in Early Childhood Education

Join us as we demystify STEAM and its integration into early childhood education. Walk away with some tips, tricks, and confidence to take back to your classroom to rock STEAM even without high-tech devices.

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

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

Teaching Early Ed with KIBO

With a call to add real-world content for even our youngest of learners, early childhood educators often look for new ways to incorporate meaningful technologically-minded lessons, while at the same time avoiding screen time. We know our students can become anything they want to in life, and with a device designed for open-ended play, so can their robot. With KIBO, students can build a story, program a dance routine, artistically represent their favorite character, and bring their robot to life. Join our session to discover lessons in multiple disciplines, and watch KIBO integrate itself into virtually any early ed program!

Literature-Inspired STEM Activities for the K-2 Classroom

A picture is worth a thousand words, and that's why picture books are perfect for connecting STEM and literacy learning! Engage your K-2 learners with hands-on engineering challenges that use children's literature as a launch pad. Do you want to see your young learners asking questions, demonstrating skills to tackle a problem hands-on with their peers, or designing – and even redesigning – a product or idea? Join us for some fun as we dive into our favorite stories and guide our Kinder-Engineers to “redesign” the story. From creating protective attire for Humpty Dumpty, to developing a new home for the three little pigs, with these best practices and example activities, you will soon be integrating STEM into your storytelling time!

KIBO Basics

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

Literacy Apps for Early Education

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

Using the SMART Board for Early Childhood Literacy

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.