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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.

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.

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.

Planning Virtual Parent-Teacher Conferences with Google Calendar

Parent-teacher conferences will always be an important component of the school year, whether education is done in the classroom, or at home. Join us as we discuss how to plan parent-teacher conferences virtually using Google Calendar. We'll also demonstrate how to share important sign-up information, schedule appointments, and more!

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.

Digital Journal Activities for ELLs Using Google Slides

Join us as we share scaffolded activities to encourage journaling and allow ELLs to work at their own English language development level. We’ll also explore how to use Google Slides to encourage your ELLs to complete written accounts or photo entries that keep a record of their lives during this momentous time in history.

Providing Valuable Grading Feedback with Google Classroom

With more students learning digitally, we need to shift our grading feedback to focus more on how they are learning, growing, and changing! With focused feedback, students will be more invested in their learning! Join us as we share strategies and explore tools within Google Classroom that support process-based grading and that will help you to provide valuable feedback to students as they practice and work towards mastery.

Dealing with Digital Distractions

Looking for ways to ensure that your students stay on task during digital instruction? Whether you are following a fully remote or hybrid learning model, the digital component to your instruction may be posing challenges with your classroom management. Join us as we provide guidelines on how to create monitoring systems that keep students engaged and limit non academic communication to optimize learning.

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.

Design Your Holiday Card with Scratch

Are you looking for a unique way to engage students in coding during the holiday season? In this session, we'll discover how to make a holiday card in Scratch! This activity will challenge students to use code to add images, movement, and text on their cards. We'll also explore how to change backdrops, pictures, and even music, to customize our cards. Join us for a creative and festive coding celebration!

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.

Microsoft Teams Integration with SLS Online

Microsoft Teams and SMART Learning Suite Online have already helped countless schools adjust to remote learning. Previously, these platforms could only be utilized separately, but thanks to this new integration, schools that utilize Microsoft Teams can now directly share and assign their SLS Online lessons to students! Join us as we discuss this exciting integration, and demonstrate how easy it is to combine your SLSO lessons with Microsoft Teams.

Classroom Components on Canvas

With Canvas, you can fully utilize online learning by keeping your students up to date with announcements, sending them assignments and discussions to take part in, and then you can even establish your class gradebook!

Creating Quality IEP Goals with Remote Learning in Mind

Making changes, such as creating new annual IEP goals, becomes a little more complicated and the process may look different in remote learning situations. Join us as we share some strategies, such as using data collected remotely, to help you maintain the same quality in your IEP writing and ensure that your students are working towards appropriate and attainable goals for the next school year!

Google Meet Live to Stream School Events

Throughout the year, there are dozens of events that are worth sharing live with the school community. Google Meet Live is a tool available within G Suite that allows for one-way streaming of video, audio, and live events to audience members that are unable to attend in person. With this tool, audience members are unable to un-mute or share their screen during your live event. Join us as we discuss how to use Google Meet Live to stream school events so that everyone in your school community can participate in your school’s biggest moments.    

Google Workspace for Education Admin: Assigning Admin Roles

What's the difference between Super Admin and Help Desk Admin? In the session, we will explore the different levels, and even create your own Admin levels!

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.

Microsoft Teams - Updates June 2020

Teachers and administrators have been speaking out about features and tools they would like to see in Teams - and Microsoft has listened! In this course, we will explore some important updates Microsoft has released for Teams that will make your life a lot easier as you continue to use Office 365 for Remote Learning. 

Zoom Updates: May 2020

Check out this course to learn about the latest updates to Zoom’s video conferencing platform that enable you to have a much smoother experience with updated security measures.

Making Screencasts using Loom

Learn how you can create more time for discussion, enhance student presentation skills, create tutorials for your staff, communicate with parents and other educators and so much more with the video recording platform: Loom. 

Google Drive on an iPad

With Google Drive you no longer need to have a computer to access and share your documents and files. Join us as we dive into Google Drive on the iPad and discover how to save files, create folders, share documents, and more all from your iPad!

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.

Remote Learning: Social-Emotional Learning for Upper Elementary

As if a transition to complete remote teaching isn’t challenging enough, as an Upper Elementary educator, you're also probably worrying about your students. There may be some disagreement as to whether students at this age understand what is going on right now, and what led to this major shift in teaching style. However, we can agree that students in this age group are looking to the adults closest to them -- parents and teachers -- for support. Join us as we share some lesson ideas for social-emotional learning (SEL) that you can incorporate into your remote teaching to help your students develop strong coping skills to adjust to this new reality.

Remote Learning: Social-Emotional Learning for Primary Students

As a primary level educator, you are most likely used to incorporating social-emotional learning (SEL) into your lessons on a daily basis, since you're aware that students at this age need social and emotional support constantly. That job just became a little more challenging now that you are tasked with fostering students’ social-emotional skills when you aren’t able to be in class together. 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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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!

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!

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. 

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!

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.

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, and join conversations either synchronously or asynchronously. Along with Google Meet, teachers can keep students and parents up to date with assignments and announcements.

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. 

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.

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!

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.

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!

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.

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. 

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.

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!

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. 

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. 

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.

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!