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Good pedagogy is a critical component of learning -- regardless of age. If we want to design professional learning that is effective and makes an impact on student outcomes, we must ensure we’re engaging our adults in the same way we would any student. Presented by Michelle Blanchet, this module discusses the role of the facilitator in creating meaningful learning experiences for our educators. It includes some basic design elements that make for engaging professional learning so you can create greater impact for both teachers and students.
Michelle is an educator striving to improve how we treat, train, and value our teachers. After ten years of experience working with young people, she founded the Educators’ Lab, which supports teacher-driven solutions to educational challenges. Michelle earned a master’s in international relations from Instituto de Empresa in Madrid. She has taught social studies in Switzerland and the U.S. and has presented at numerous events, including SXSWedu and TEDxLausanne. Michelle is a part of the Global Shaper Community of the World Economic Forum. She has worked with organizations like PBS Education, the Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning, Ashoka, and the Center for Curriculum Redesign.
Once technology is made available, what can educators and administrators do to make sure it is being used properly? That’s where the SAMR framework comes in. The SAMR model is a quality check for a technology tool that has been integrated into a lesson. After this session, participants will leave with a keener eye towards examining technology usage and learn how to use technology to enhance learning opportunities for students.
What can you do when you’re given technology but not quite sure where to start when it comes to plugging it into your preexisting lessons? TPACK is there to help teachers engage students with technology! This session will explore the TPACK framework as a model for successful technology integration. We’ll dive into the specifics of Technological, Pedagogical, and Content Knowledge that are at the core of the TPACK model for technology integration.
There are a number of technology integration models out there that can give you a better idea of the value that technology is bringing to your instruction. In this session, we’ll dive into the PICRAT model and the two foundational questions that a teacher can ask about any technology used in their classroom.
Google Forms is one of the most useful tools in Google Workspace for Education, giving educators the ability to collect data, create graded quizzes, and much more. One of the most basic skills to understand is the difference between sharing with a collaborator and sending the form to a recipient. One allows you to collaborate on creation and share data, while the other allows you to distribute the form for individuals to complete. Join this session to understand the differences and to get the most out of Google Forms.
Google tools can be used in social and emotional learning for students in both traditional and non-traditional classrooms. In this course, we'll explore multimedia and interactive approaches, brain breaks to promote cultural awareness, safe methods for self-expression, and emotional check-ins.
Need some help getting started with your new MakerBot Sketch printer? Join our session to explore the basics of MakerBot's Sketch 3D printer hardware. Learn the parts of your printer and how get it set up to start your first print. You will also be introducted to the rescourse availiable through MakerBot including Thingiverse, educational resources and MakerBot Cloud.
Lumio, formerly known as SMART Learning Suite Online, integrates with Google Workspace for Education. This session will cover how you can create, access, and deliver Lumio files from Google Drive and Google Classroom, all while using content that already exists in your Google Drive.
Let’s use Microsoft OneDrive to get organized! In this session, we'll walk you through strategies for uploading and organizing your files and review how to adjust your share settings to collaborate with your students and colleagues. We'll also cover some great ideas for enhancing your workflow and managing documents.
Are you looking for a unique way to engage your ELLs in math lessons? In this course, we'll explore how to provide learning opportunities for our students using Google Drawings. We'll demonstrate how students can create math problem-solving models and utilize the Drawings space to show their visual thinking skills. We'll also discuss how students can collaborate and share their Drawings with peers.
Teaching remotely has been a major adjustment for both educators and their students. From learning how to deal with a surprise appearance by the family dog, to effectively assessing your students, there have been many new things to learn. In this session, we'll reflect on the challenges and triumphs of teaching remotely during the 2020-2021 school year. Join us to discuss what worked and what didn't, and what you'd like to bring back to the classroom.
If you are already utilizing Screencastify in your classroom, you probably know how easy it is to create screencasts for your students to watch. However, did you know you can easily assess your students by having them create their own screencast? Screencastify Submit is an easy-to-use feature that allows you to do just that. Join us to see how you can utilize this feature in your 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.
Some students are profoundly affected by lapses in instruction, such as over summer, winter, or spring breaks. In this course, we'll share some apps and games, as well as other online activities and support for parents to prevent regression and provide opportunities for their child to retain the skills they learned in a fun and positive way.
Hang in there — summer is almost here! Join us as we take a look at how to close out the school year using Google. We'll focus on getting you ready for next school year now, so you can have more fun in the sun this summer. We'll show you how to organize your Google Drive, wrap up your digital gradebooks, and create a summer to-do list so you are ready to hit the ground running next year.
You made it to the end of our Apple macOS micro-credential! During this last session we will review your final assignment and go over how to integrate each of the apps to make a complete final presentation. Join us to wrap up your learning into one cohesive presentation, and complete your Teq micro-credential.
No musical abilities are required for Session 7 of our Apple macOS micro-credential, but get ready to learn about the basic features of GarageBand to help bring music into your classroom. Loops, tracks, notes, and exporting your music are just a few of the things we'll be discussing in this musical of a session.
In session 5 of our Apple macOS micro-credential, we will show you how to organize and analyze data with Numbers. Numbers gives a creative twist to a spreadsheet application, incorporating charts, pictures, text, and even videos to help understand and showcase data in a whole new way. Join us to explore some key features of Numbers to make the most of your data.
In Session 5 of our Apple iPadOS micro-credential, we will show you how to organize and analyze data with Numbers. Numbers gives a creative twist to a spreadsheet application, incorporating charts, pictures, text, and even videos to help understand and showcase data in a whole new way. Join us to explore some key features of Numbers to make the most of your data.
Session 4 of our Apple iPadOS micro-credential focuses on the use of Pages in the classroom. First we'll review how to create documents from scratch or templates, and how to enhance your documents to support student learning. Then, we'll discuss how to integrate other iWorks products into your documents, and how to create a collaborative workflow for your students.
Join us for the third session of the Apple iPadOS micro-credential where we will discuss how to maximize your Internet experience through the use of Safari. In this course you will learn a few tips and tricks to help you become a Safari master. Join us as we take a look at extensions, settings, reader mode, and more, to help teachers (and students!) make the most of Safari.
Welcome back for the second session of our Apple macOS micro-credential. Our Macs have many settings and features — where do we even begin? In this session, we will go over some of the most helpful settings and features your Mac has to offer. Screen recording, security features, screen zoom, and smart folders are just a few of the settings we will discuss. Join us to make the most of the Mac in your classroom.
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.
Hang in there — summer is almost here! Join us as we take a look at how to close out the school year using Microsoft 365. We'll prepare you for the next school year now, so you can have more fun in the sun this summer. We'll demonstrate how to organize your OneDrive, get student feedback, and create a summer to-do list so that next year you're ready to hit the ground running!
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.
During this session, we eill explore how technology can help suppor the more form 1D to 3D learning, even in a hybrid environment. We'll take some time to review what exactly 3D learning is and how it's reflected in the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). From there, we'll dive in varioud types of technology and how they can be used to support this type of learning both inside and outside of the classroom.
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!
In this follow up course to “The Art of Alt Text,” we will look further into alt text best practices. Join us to learn why alt text is important, what kind of images you should not be using, why default alt text is not good enough, and why it’s important to add alt text to all graphics.
Congratulations! You’ve made it to the final session in the Microsoft micro-credential. Now it’s time to review what you learned and show off your new skills. In this session, we will review and preview your final assignment. Join us to get some final tips and ideas for completing your assignment with flying colors.
In Session 9 of our Microsoft micro-credential, we will dive into Teams, a collaboration tool that enables users to work and meet together in an efficient way. Teams creates a “digital hub” for teachers and administrators, bringing together conversations, content, and apps in one common workspace, while also providing the ability to video conference. Teams is not just for teachers though — students can also utilize Teams as a protected and productive learning environment. Join us to learn how to improve your workflow and stay connected with Teams!
Join us for Session 8 of our Microsoft micro-credential. In this session we will show you how you can take a powerful tool like Microsoft Excel, and make it that much better with Microsoft Forms. Forms is a survey and data collection application that allows you to autopopulate responses in a designated Excel spreadsheet. With this automation, you can easily analyze and recognize patterns in your responses using Excel. In this session, we'll not only show you how to use Forms in conjunction with Excel, but we will share some creative ways to use Forms for permission slips, quizzes, polls, and more!
In Session 6 of our Microsoft micro-credential, we will show you how to best organize and analyze your data with Microsoft Excel. Excel lets you create, view, and share spreadsheets while collaborating with others in real time. With this powerful tool, administrators can organize student information, develop school budgets, and create engaging charts to represent information around academic performance and population demographics. Teachers can construct gradebooks, discuss and view data sets, teach mathematics and science fundamentals, organize resources for class projects, and more. If you have data to collect and analyze, Excel is a great tool to consider!
Join us for our second session as we take a look at Microsoft's cloud storage tool, OneDrive. This tool allows you to store your files on the web and gives you the ability to sync and share them with others. You can easily access all your files with an internet connection from anywhere, at any time, and on any device.
Earn your micro-credential by learning the ins and outs of Microsoft with our ten-part series. Join our first session for an introduction to the micro-credential course track, and an outline of the topics we will cover. We will guide you through the process of logging in and downloading the software, and provide you with an example of the final project. Lastly, we will explore some support resources to help you build your understanding of Microsoft!
A SMART Interactive Flat Panel is considered a new era of classroom collaboration. This product gives teachers and students a premium touch experience, superior collaborative features, and 4K Ultra HD resolution. The SMART 6000, 7000, 6000S & MX series now includes exclusive iQ technology - unifying classroom devices with your display and software - creating a hub for classroom collaboration! Come join us to learn how the 6000 series provides reliability, simplicity, and intuition to help you teach, collaborate and share content to your students.
You've probably heard of G Suite for Education, but did you know that with Google Enterprise there are additional tools and features for many of the most popular Google apps? In this course, we'll cover some of the premium features available with Enterprise such as record, breakout rooms, and unlimited originality reports.
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.
Sphero RVR is a programmable robot car that takes coding to the next level! RVR customizations let you to connect third-party hardware, and can change the look and feel of this mobile robot! In this session, we'll discuss the basics of using the Sphero RVR to drive across terrains, connect hardware, code using sensors, and even play games. We'll also discuss activities that can be done right in the Sphero app. Let’s get our Sphero RVR rolling!
Join us for Session 14 of our Google Educator Basics course series! After reviewing numerous tools and applications within the realm of Google, we have a few more to mention! Google Earth, Jamboard, Science Journal, and Your Plan, Your Planet could be a great addition to your classroom — and you might be surprised to learn what other tools are available out there!
Did you know that YouTube, the popular video sharing website, can be used as an effective tool in the classroom? Join us for Session 13 of our Google Educator Basics micro-credential series to learn about embedding videos, creating playlists, and more!
Join us for Session 9 of our Google Educator Basics micro-credential series to learn about using Google Sheets in the classroom. We will focus on ways you can increase you and your students' organization and productivity by maximizing the features of Sheets. You’ll learn creative and customized ways to add, organize, and analyze data to inform instruction, identify areas of student need, and view student growth over time.
Join us for Session 4 of our Google Educator Basics micro-credential series! In this course, you'll learn how to utilize Google Drive in your classroom. With discussion topics like uploading content, making and sharing documents, and creating a paperless classroom, it's sure to be a wild ride!
Thank you for joining us for this series on SMART. In this final session, we will do a brief review of what we covered and discuss how to complete your final assignment. You will receive your micro-credential certificate once you have successfully completed all assignments (Session 4, 5, and 8) as well as passed the quiz for each course in the series. Once you have completed the requirements, your certificate will be posted in your Achievements tab on your dashboard.
In this course we will dive into best practices for delivering the lessons you have created. From students access, to creating content on the fly, to switching between teacher paced and student paced, this course will cover all you will need to know to deliver highly engaging lessons. Additionally, we will show you how to use Lumio, formerly known as SMART Learning Suite Online, materials for both direct and indirect instruction and how to view student data collected in Lumio.
In session 2 we will delve into the SMART Notebook program. In this course you will learn the basics of navigating and using Notebook to build engaging and interactive lessons. This first course on Notebook will go over using features such as pages, shapes, text, images and video.
Welcome to the micro-credential track for SMART. In this introductory course, we will show you how to access the software, go through basic board and pen set up, and more.
Social distancing can pose an extraordinary challenge for classroom teachers. For educators who regularly relied on group work and activities that got students moving around the room, the prospect of teaching students six feet apart can be quite daunting. Additionally, this experience will be challenging for students as well. In this course, we’ll discuss how to continue social and emotional learning despite these challenges, and cover some tips and strategies to continue group work while keeping your students motivated, focused, and safe.
Every good Project-based learning activity starts with a driving question, so creating meaningful ones is essential to building an authentic PBL experiences for your students. In this course, we will discuss some ways of creating driving questions that are focused, open-ended and engaging.
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!
Social-emotional learning is just as important for teachers as it is for students. What can we do to ensure that our mental health and well-being is supported, right from the start of the school year? In this session, we’ll learn the importance of social-emotional learning for educators as well as strategies for handling the stress and unknown of the new school year. We will also dive into specific resources that can help to support both you and your students. Let’s work together to create a positive mindset!
Presentations must be accessible for all users. In order to ensure accessibility for individuals using assistive technology, extra measures need to be taken while building a presentation. In this session, we will discuss how to create accessible presentations that will allow all users, including those using assistive technology, to be able to access the content.
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.
All the content we create needs to be digitally accessible, and that includes content posted on social media platforms. In this session you'll learn easy tips for making your social media posts accessible for all users.
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!
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.
As special educators, we know that schedules, sensory support, and close collaboration with parents and caregivers is crucial during home-based instruction situations. Join us as we share strategies for special education teachers to tailor instructional materials to meet each student’s needs and keep routines as consistent as possible in an alternate setting. We’ll share scheduling templates, suggestions for specialized coaching and instruction, and other digital resources to support behavioral and social needs to help keep students on task no matter the setting.
As Google super admin of your school or district, you can manage the permissions your teachers, students and staff have on their account. Watch this video to understand the process of controlling this for your situation.
As learning and instruction continue to be supplemented with multimedia, it's increasingly important to ensure that that media can be consumed by all communities. In this session we'll be discussing the use of videos online, the importance of captions, and how you can use them to enhance your content.
Inclusive websites must be written in plain, everyday language so users can easily find what they’re looking for, understand it, or even get a better translation of it from online accessibility tools. This workshop gives participants a number of ways to ensure that what they write meets these important goals.
Digital accessibility requires accessible formating. In this session you'll learn how to format accessible documents as well as how to evaluate documents for proper accessibility formats.
Inclusive websites never use phrases like “click here” or “find out more” in their hyperlinks. Instead, they incorporate meaningful hyperlinks -- ones that tell users where they'll be going, why they are going there, and what they can do once they get there. This workshop gives participants a number of ways to ensure that they meet these three goals and create meaningful hyperlinks.
Screen readers are simple yet effective tools that allow people with visual impairments to read digital text, websites, and other digital content. Learn about tools and techniques to create inclusive websites while improving your communication with those who have visual impairments.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Discover how Lumio, formerly known as 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.
It can be intimidating when you are faced with a full roster for your Special Education class which only means one thing: a full set of new IEPs. As national and state standards become more complex and challenging for our students, there is an ever growing need to create a quality IEP, including a well-written PLOP and aligned goals. Join us as we share guidelines to create an exemplary IEP!
Congratulations! You have made it to the final session in our Google Educator Advanced micro-credential series! In this session, we will prepare you with the necessary tools to complete your final assignment. We'll take a closer look at the rubric and review the Google Educator Certification process, should you decide to proceed onward with Google's own certification.
Wouldn’t it be great to have an easy way to schedule the content you plan to display on your Chrome device tomorrow, next week, or even next month? Chrome Sign Builder is a Google Chrome app that allows school administrators, and anyone they grant permission to, the opportunity to create schedules for what will be displayed on Chrome devices throughout the school. With Chrome Sign Builder the options are endless — from images, to Google Slides presentations, to YouTube videos and playlists. Join us to learn how it works!
Session 11 in our Google Educator Advanced series will focus on providing students with new experiences to enhance discussion and gather ideas with peers. While discussing Google tools such as Sites, Blogger, Calendar, and Hangouts, we will look at various ways that students can share their voice with a larger audience. Join us to look at some new ways digital communication can enhance your classroom.
In Session 10 of our Google Educator Advanced series, we will discuss ways in which students can take ownership of their learning. We will also work on strategies for giving students choice in their assignments. We will then discuss how these assignments can advance skills such as time management, organization, and academic growth. This session will focus on using technology for group work activities, having students choose their own activities, and creating and sharing presentations.
Now that summer vacation has come and gone, it’s time to make sure your classroom technology is ready to go for the new school year! This task alone can be overwhelming for teachers — but it doesn't have to be. Join us to learn how to prepare your 3D printers, robots, and other STEM tools and technologies for the year ahead.
The purpose of a traditional school library is to is to encourage curiosity, innovation, and problem-solving. Did you know the purpose of a makerspace is the same? If you have been thinking about creating a maker space in your library, go ahead and take the plunge! In this session we'll talk about the many advantages of giving students a hands-on place to learn and apply concepts from all fields of study.
Teachers often struggle with juggling their many roles and responsibilities throughout the school year, on top of priority number one: teaching. With a profession as challenging as an educator's, self-reflection is one of the best things a teacher can do for him or herself as it presents opportunities for growth. Thinking about what works, and why it works, as well as what didn't work, and why it didn't work, plays an integral role in the process of becoming a better teacher - and role model for students. Join our Curriculum Specialists as we go through strategies for reflecting on teaching, maintaining accurate records, communicating with families, participating in the professional community, growing and developing professionally, and showing professionalism - all while creating engaging lessons for our students and keeping students informed, motivated, and performing at their best. As the final session of our "Technology to Support T-TESS" series comes to a close, we'll help support you as you juggle your many responsibilities.
Students and teachers sometimes consider school their "second home." Because of this, establishing a positive culture for learning and a productive classroom environment full of respect and rapport is not just the teacher's responsibility anymore. Teachers and students must work together to establish routines, behavior management plans, and everyday procedures. Even the physical space should be organized in such a way that benefits all learning styles. Teachers shift to being the advocator for the needs of all students in the classroom, and the students shift to being the collaborators, encouragers, and supporters of the peers around them. Join our Curriculum Specialists as we dive into the third session of the Technology to Support T-TESS (Texas Teacher Evaluation and Support System) series, exploring a variety of resources and technology to support both teachers and students.
Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) and 504 plans are instrumental tools in getting formal help for students in K-12 education with learning and attention issues. While they both focus on giving all students equal opportunities to learn, they are used for different reasons; IEPs for special education and 504 plans for physical access to learning. Join us as we go over these differences in depth and give you strategies and awareness to help you meet every student's needs according to their plans.
Join our Curriculum Specialists as we explore a variety of resources and technology to support Domain 2 of the Danielson Framework, focusing our attention on your efforts in creating an exceptional "Classroom Environment." Priorities for establishing a classroom environment full of respect and rapport, a culture for learning, and organizing the physical space include the teacher's ability to create an atmosphere for students that is not only safe and comfortable, but gives all students the feeling of success. Teachers and students begin to work together to establish routines, behavior management strategies, and every-day procedures that work while constructing a caring and warm space, fostering a professional learning setting for all parties involved As a result, there is mutual respect, understanding, and ultimate success for both teachers and students.
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