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Making Your Token Economy Digital

Are you looking to incorporate a token economy into your classroom? A token economy is a Positive Behavioral Intervention and Support (PBIS) system used to quickly award points and recognize students for meeting goals. While the idea of giving a student a reward for reaching a goal hasn't changed, the structure of keeping track of these rewards and distributing them has. In this session, we will explore strategies for shifting from physical tokens to creating your own digital token economy. We will also dive into the benefits of tracking points, as well as ideas for prizes. Join us to learn more about transforming your token economy!

Redesigning Exit Tickets Using Pear Deck

Exit tickets serve many purposes, like providing informal feedback to teachers, challenging students to apply what they've learned in a different capacity, or reviewing a day's material. Pear Deck is a powerful tool that can help engage your students in the assessment process and provide you with easy-to-access student data. Join us to learn about some inventive ways to elevate your traditional paper exit tickets into something vibrant and engaging using Pear Deck!

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.

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!

Social and Emotional Learning with Storyboards

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

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!

Using Screencastify to Introduce Class Routines

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

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. 

EdTech Essentials Part 2: Creation and Collaboration with Digital Tools

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

EdTech Essentials Part 1: Curating Resources and Expanding Classroom Walls

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

Leveraging Google Remote Skills for Re-adjusting to the Classroom

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

Utilizing Portfolios in ClassDojo

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

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.

Using Newsela to Teach Current Events

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

Sight Word and Vocabulary Instruction Using Pear Deck

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

Getting Started with Flocabulary

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

Cooperative Learning Opportunities Using Kami

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

Intro to Kami

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

Getting Started with Classkick

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

Voice & Choice - Choice Boards Using Google Docs

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

Voice & Choice - Choice Boards Using Microsoft Word

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

Manipulatives for Anywhere Learning

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

Building a Hybrid Learning Environment

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

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!

Formative Assessment Using Kahoot!

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

Virtual Classroom Management with Zoom

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

Virtual Classroom Management with Google Meet

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

Intro to Jamboard

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

WebEx Meetings Update 2020

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

YouTube Studio and Editing Features

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

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.

Schoology for K-2 Teachers

Whether you're in the classroom or at home, engaging learners in the primary grades is essential to developing strong skills. Help provide at-home activities and assignments, share news and events, and post resources for your K-2 students and their parents using Schoology. We'll share tips and tricks for getting you started. As well as some engaging activities and resources!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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!

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!

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.

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!

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.

Brain Breaks for Movement and Alertness

According to a growing body of research, scheduled movement in the classroom has positive effects on cognitive development. In this session we will share with you our top energizing brain breaks for the classroom to give your students the mental breaks they need to refocus the physical and mental state. Some breaks we will discuss are 5-4-3-2-1, movement songs, and Ear Nose Switch. Don't miss out on all the tips and advice this session has to offer to help you incorporate brain breaks in your classroom in a positive, and meaningful way!