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Game-Based ELL Instruction

Game-based learning is an area of education that has been getting a lot of attention recently. Games are a powerful tool to engage learners and can help you in your efforts to develop the comprehension and communicative skills of your ELLs. Join us as we share tips and tricks for gamifying a variety of content while meeting curricular goals.

Intro to Podcasting

In our Intro to Podcasting course, we will take a look at some valuable resources for successful podcasting techniques in the classroom. Learn about useful educational podcasts that students and teachers can follow, along with the best practices and benefits of using podcasting for instruction and content creation.

Engaging Activities to Build Classroom Culture

As educators, we know the importance of creating a positive classroom environment right from the start of the school year. As we re-enter the classroom, our goal is to build meaningful relationships and provide our students with a sense of safety and security. In this session, we will explore specific team building activities as well as opportunities for discussion and collaboration. We will also provide tips for creating a positive classroom culture and discuss ideas for building rapport with our students. Let’s start off our year with positivity and classroom community!

QR Codes in the Classroom

Looking for ways to change up instruction or assessment in your classroom? QR codes can be the answer! QR codes are a valuable tool for monitoring student understanding or to switch up how you showcase student work in a more interactive way. Join us as we share resources for inviting QR codes into your classroom to create more engaging assessments, interactive bulletin boards, and more!

Evaluating ELA Lessons Using PICRAT and SAMR

Are you looking for unique lesson ideas that incorporate technology? In this session, we'll explore an ELA lesson and share tips for selecting a technology tool that is going to help you transform your lesson. We'll dive into the PICRAT and SAMR models for technology integration to help you assign a level to the tools you are considering. We'll also use these guidelines to evaluate technology integration. With this new knowledge, you will be able to evaluate your own lessons and ensure that you are creating valuable learning tasks and activities for your students.

Evaluating Science Lessons Using PICRAT and SAMR

Are you looking for unique lesson ideas that incorporate technology? In this session, we'll explore a science lesson and share tips for selecting a technology tool that is going to help you transform the lesson. We'll dive into the PICRAT and SAMR models for technology integration to help you assign a level to the tools you are considering. We'll also use these guidelines to evaluate technology integration. With this new knowledge, you will be able to evaluate your own lessons and ensure that you are creating valuable learning tasks and activities for your students.

Social and Emotional Learning with Pear Deck

Pear Deck is a Google add-on that allows us to transform Google Slides presentations to enhance student engagement and lesson content. Social and emotional learning is an essential part of our daily instruction and it's necessary to provide opportunities for this type of learning throughout our instruction. In this session, we will explore the pre-made social and emotional learning templates available on Pear Deck, and discuss the benefits of check-ins throughout academic lessons. Join us for some unique, ready-to-go SEL lessons!

Self-Assessment and Monitoring Confidence Levels Using Nearpod

Nearpod is a powerful tool for engaging your students in learning. Join us to discuss the benefits of using Nearpod for self-expression. We'll explore quick self-assessments and self-monitoring activities, discuss how to add assessment and critical thinking opportunities into our lessons, and walk you through the steps for including polling and open-ended questions to get students to reflect on the learning process.

Using Screencastify to Provide Special Ed Accommodations

Teachers now know a lot more about remote learning and have a pretty good idea of what works and what doesn't. However, you may still be struggling with figuring out how to make your assessments more reliable and accessible for your Special Education students. In this course, we'll cover how programs like Screencastify can help you provide Special Education accommodations — such as the “test-read” option — even when students are not learning in a face-to-face setting.

EdTech Essentials Part 3: Assessment and Goal Setting

Join educator, author, and speaker Monica Burns and the OTIS for educators team for part three of this three-part webinar series that will explore essential EdTech topics alongside actionable tips and favorite tools. Learn about the “value add” of using digital tools for assessment and collaboration with students. In this session, you’ll explore the tools and the strategies for checking for understanding and supporting students along with how to set professional goals and identify next steps for the upcoming school year. 

Interactive Portfolios with Google Sites

How can Google Sites be used to demonstrate student learning? In this course, we'll go over how students can put a creative digital spin on their portfolio by taking advantage of the different features within Google Sites. We'll cover introduction and table of content pages, the ability to upload “artifacts” of their learning, and even reflect on how their chosen artifacts demonstrate achievement of goals.

PBL with Nearpod

Are you looking for a new way to engage your students? In this session, we'll explore how we can use Nearpod to create a memorable project-based learning (PBL) experience. We'll discuss how to use Nearpod to add interactive tools to keep students motivated and walk you through the steps for adding videos, resources, and even collaboration tools to get students thinking!

Using Kami in Your Social Studies Classroom

Have you ever wondered how you can use Kami in the Social Studies classroom? Our Professional Development team has got you covered! In this course, we'll explore how to use the different tools within Kami to take pre-existing Social Studies activities to the next level and create interactive activities for your students.

Using Nearpod for Brain Breaks

As educators, we know the value of brain breaks. They allow our students to recharge and get moving. Nearpod adds interactivity to our instruction and provides students with meaningful and engaging tools to keep them motivated. Join us as we discuss tools such as VR field trips, polling, collaboration features, and more for effective brain breaks.

Creating Workout Videos on Flipgrid

Are you looking for a unique way to incorporate physical education activities into your instruction? In this session, we will explore how we can use Flipgrid with our students to create and share workout videos. We will also discuss the importance of physical activity, living a healthy lifestyle, and unique Flipgrid features and activity ideas.

Sight Word and Vocabulary Instruction Using Pear Deck

Building vocabulary is important for all students regardless of age or subject matter, and Pear Deck can help! In this course we will explore how to use Pear Deck to create and manage vocabulary lists, as well as how to effectively engage your students in vocabulary-based activities.

Intro to Kami

Kami is a digital tool available for download that allows students to engage with typically static instructional materials through annotation and markup tools. In this course, we'll show you how to access Kami and explore available features, ideas for the classroom, and tips and tricks for getting started. Join us to learn about this powerful tool and increase your student engagement.

Getting Started with Classkick

Feedback is an essential component of learning and development and Classkick makes it easy to deliver content and grades to students, whether in class or at home. Classkick is a great tool for giving students individualized, real-time feedback and grading. It's easy for teachers to personalize content, track student progress, and interact with students as needed. Join us to learn the basics of Classkick!

Non-Verbal Communication for Student Engagement

Whether you are conducting class remotely, in person, or hybrid, non-verbal communication skills can make a world of difference. Having a strong and consistent approach to non-verbal communication will help with both classroom management and student engagement. In this course, we'll discuss different strategies and resources you and your students can use to make communication efficient and effective!

Engaging Students with Video: Edpuzzle

As educators, we use videos all the time in our classrooms, but how can we make sure students fully understand what we're showing them? Edpuzzle allows teachers to customize a video with embedded questions, voice tracks, and notes. With this platform, you're always aware of how your students are doing. Join us for an exciting and informative course on ways to elevate video in your classroom with Edpuzzle features like video trimming, systems integrations, and more!

Virtual Classroom Management with Google Meet

How can we engage our students and manage our virtual classrooms while using Google Meet? In this session, we'll discuss strategies for setting up a Google Meet and maintaining organization while running the meeting. We'll also learn unique ideas for visual polling in order to maintain focus and engagement during the session. Join us as we explore how to foster discussion and manage tasks in a virtual classroom!

Intro to Jamboard

Jamboard is a digital whiteboard by Google that students and teachers can use anytime, anywhere! In this course, we'll show you how to access Jamboard, and explore available features, ideas for the classroom, and tips and tricks for getting started. Join us as we learn about this powerful tool for increasing student engagement.

YouTube Studio and Editing Features

Lights, camera, action! In this course, we're navigating YouTube Studio to discover how to use their editing tools to spice up your lessons and make incredible live and pre-recorded videos.

Intro to Flipgrid

Flipgrid is an interactive and engaging tool that is perfect for communication and creative expression. In this session, we will explore how to get started with this platform, explore several of the key features, and show you how to create fun activities for your students.

Getting Started with WebEx Meetings

Cisco WebEx is a powerful and multifaceted video conferenceing system. In this course we will be taking a look at WebEx Meetings - a specific tool in the WebEx suite, designed to make interaction, sharing, and collaboration easier, no matter where you are. Join us for an overview of WebEx Meetings and a look at some of its most useful tools and features.

Using Remind to Communicate with Students and Parents

The Remind app is a great way to reach, engage, and share resources with families throughout your school community. In this course, we will demonstrate how to get started with Remind in your classroom, as well as best practices in facilitating conversation and notices with your class parents.

Getting Started with Newsela

Are you looking for some grade-appropriate texts for your students? Newsela has you covered. Join us as we go over this great resource, which not only has a full library of educational texts, but also provides teachers the ability to assign, monitor, and assess content given to students.

Using Google Meet to Record Screencasts and Daily Messages

During times of remote learning, how can we share important information with our classes? Google Meet allows us to create daily screencasts and messages! In this session, we’ll take you through the steps of setting up a Google Meet on a daily basis and go over some different strategies for recording screencasts. We will also explore how Google Meet can help students and parents stay up-to-date with assignments, announcements, and daily lessons.

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.

Making Accessible Screencasts Using Screencastify

Screencastify is a great Chrome extension that you can use to record tutorials and other videos right from your browser! In this course, we'll demonstrate how to make a tutorial video of your own and also explore some useful accessibility features that make Screencastify stand out from other screen recording software.

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! 

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.

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.

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. 

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!

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!

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!

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! 

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!

Demonstrating Understanding with Infographics

When students create infographics, they are using information, visual, and technology literacies. When teachers create infographics, they can spark classroom debates, gamify the activity, or provide aid for a difficult concept. Infographics can make wonderful study guides, but what happens when students can't understand what they mean? Join the Curriculum Specialists as we dissect these graphically designed tools and learn how to develop assessments where students create their own visual representations of data which will help students successfully showcase their mastery of knowledge.

Engaging Students with Video:PlayPosit

Do you assign students videos and clips to watch for complicated content? Maybe you provide multimedia for students to use as additional resources and review. How can you tell with the utmost certainty that your students are actually utilizing these videos, and learning from them? With PlayPosit, you can add interactivity to your videos and get data about students' use and performance with embedded assessment items. From popular sites like YouTube and Vimeo, PlayPosit allows you to stream videos on to your personal dashboard and customize the user experience with pauses, questions and more! Now integrated with Google Classoom, PlayPosit makes it easy to use video in your already seamless workflow! Join the Curriculum Specialists as we guide you through the platform, so you too can begin using this wonderful learning tool in your class!

Mindfulness Activities

Do you find your students drifting away to a dream land during the day? Students have a limited attention span and getting students to refocus once they start day dreaming can be hard. Join our Curriculum Specialists as we explore some activities for mindfulness to help your students be fully present and aware of what is happening in your lesson.

Making Your Token Economy Digital

Token Economies are a Positive Behavioral Intervention and Support (PBIS) used to recognize students for meeting goals. While the idea of giving a student a reward for meeting a goal hasn’t changed the structure of keeping track of these rewards and distributing them has. Join us as we show you how to free yourself from the problems of lost, damaged, or stolen physical tokens and create your own digital token economy.