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Engaging Students with Padlet

As educators, we are always looking for new ways to engage students in the learning process. During this course, we'll give you a basic overview of Padlet and how to use it. We'll also give you some tips on how to use Padlet to elevate the learning experience such as introducing new topics, virtual gallery walks, and reading logs.

Going on a Goosechase

Tag, you're it! Join us for a wild goose chase like you've never done before! In this session, we'll be exploring Goosechase, the online platform that can help you create interactive scavenger hunt experiences for students, staff, and more. Discover how to get started and different activity ideas for using Goosechase in the classroom.

MC: School Leadership - Session 8 - Managing Effective Meetings

How many times have you sat in a meeting that could have been addressed by a memo or an email? Time is a valuable commodity, and we need to ensure that the way we ask people to use their time is effective and sustainable. In this session, we are going to share various ways of running an effective meeting, getting the best out of each participant, and how to best manage expectations.

MC: School Leadership - Session 7 - Conducting Effective Observations

Many effective coaches and leaders use observations to collect data, later utilizing them as a vehicle to deliver usable and sustainable feedback to their direct reports. What makes a good observation? What do you look for, and what do you do as a leader to coach teachers? This course will share various practices and techniques to support the growth and development of teachers and staff through observations.

Introduction to Restorative Practices

Using restorative practices in your classroom can be a game changer for building and maintaining positive relationships with challenging students. Join us for this course where we will lay a foundation for restorative circles, where they originated, and useful ways to integrate them into your practice.

Using Read Along in Google Classroom

Check out this exciting new feature within Google Classroom - Google Read Along! Formerly called Bolo, Google Read Along is available to Google Workspace for Education Plus and Google Workspace for Teaching and Learning Upgrade customers. In this course, you'll discover how to get started using Read Along in Google Classroom, benefits and usage for students, best practices, and how you can design instructional tasks with Read Along. Learn how you can use this amazing Google app to help your students boost independence and build reading skills.

Piper Basics

Welcome to the wonderful world of Piper! Join us for this session where we will learn about the basics of the Piper Computer Kit, a DIY computer kit designed to be put together like a wooden puzzle. Once assembled, students have the opportunity to learn and play through an interactive video game experience. Using Piper, students will learn the basics of engineering, coding, and computational thinking, all while developing the skills they need to solve larger real-world problems using technology.

Cricut Basics

Cricut makes smart cutting machines that work with an easy-to-use app to help teachers and students in all subject areas and all grade levels design and personalize almost anything. In this session, we’ll go over the basics of using a Cricut and cover how to get started with your Cricut account and their design software. We’ll also discuss some cross-curricular activity ideas for you and your students so you can get started on creating unique projects. Let’s explore what this fun and easy to use machine has to offer!

Starting Strong with Data

You've got a new class, but what do you need to know about them? This course will share different data sources that you can use to plan your initial instruction and differentiate right from the start. We will explore a variety of collection tools that are immediately usable, easy to implement, and sustainable, through the Lumio, Mircrosoft, and Google platforms. Start the year off by supporting and enriching your student's learning.

Using Microsoft Forms for Formative Assessment

Formative assessments provide teachers with valuable information to inform their instructional plans. You may be familiar with other polling tools, but have you tried Microsoft Forms? Microsoft Forms is available as part of Microsoft 365 and is a great way for teachers to assess students' understanding. Join us to learn how to use Microsoft Forms and how you can incorporate it effectively in your classroom!

Starting Off Your Year with Google

Note, this course was previously aired but because of its popularity we are running a recording of this session live at this time. The presenter will not be able to address your questions, but our Professional Development team members will be in the chat box to answer any questions you have. This session can also be found in our Course Library by searching the same title.

Google Workspace is a powerful suite of tools that can make the start of your school year easier, more organized, and more collaborative. Whether you're remote or in person, we've got you covered. In this course, we will go over the essentials of using Google tools to make sure that you and your students are starting off the school year on the right foot!

Utilizing Google Workspace for Summer Reading

Note, this course was previously aired but because of its popularity we are running a recording of this session live at this time. The presenter will not be able to address your questions, but our Professional Development team members will be in the chat box to answer any questions you have. This session can also be found in our Course Library by searching the same title.

Ready to transition your summer reading program to a more digitally-based process? In this course, we'll share tips on using different applications within Google Workspace (formerly G Suite for Education) to structure a summer reading program and push out materials. We'll also share book lists and reflection activities to keep students reading during the summer months and prevent that summer slide!

Using Lumio by SMART to Apply the CSDF Standards

This course will teach you how to use Lumio by SMART to create engaging and interactive learning materials that meet New York State Computer Science and Digital Fluency (CSDF) standards. You will learn how to use Lumio's features to create presentations, lessons, and activities that will help your students learn in a fun and engaging way while satisfying the requirements of the CSDF standards.

Dyslexia and Technology - Using Microsoft Tools in the Classroom

Did you know that in today’s classrooms, it is estimated that one in five students have dyslexia? There are likely far more who have not yet been diagnosed. Join us as we explore the tools in Microsoft Suite that can help educators and families to understand this common learning difference. We will explore these tools so families and teachers can better recognize and support their dyslexic learners, helping them improve their reading and writing comprehension in the process.

Serve Your School Community with Sora

We will explore the many features and benefits of Sora by OverDrive, including how it can be used to support literacy and learning in the classroom and beyond. We will also demonstrate how to get started with Sora, including how to sign in, borrow books, and customize your reading experience. Whether you are a teacher, librarian, or student, Sora by OverDrive is a must-have tool for anyone looking to discover and explore the world of digital reading.

Supporting ELLs Through Technology

Technology can be a powerful tool to enhance student outcomes! Join us for this course as we will tackle various technologies that can be used to support your ELLs. Additionally, we will differentiate between physical and digital technology, and how your students can use these devices to complete everyday tasks.

Maximizing Student Success Through Formative Assessment

Formative assessment is an essential component of effective teaching and learning. It helps educators identify areas of improvement, adapt instructional strategies, and monitor student progress. This session will provide participants with practical formative assessment techniques and strategies designed to increase student engagement and help teachers save time.

Bonnie Nieves is the author of Be Awesome on Purpose as well as a contributor to EdReports and The American Biology Teacher Journal. She has nearly two decades of experience as a high school science teacher. Bonnie holds a master's degree in Curriculum, Instruction, and Educational Leadership and is a member of many professional organizations including MassCUE, ISTE, and NSTA. Her passion for creating immersive and authentic experiences that fuel curiosity and creating student-centered, culturally responsive learning spaces that promote equity and inclusion has led her to establish Educate On Purpose Coaching. Connect with her on Twitter @biologygoddess, Instagram @beawesomeonpurpose, and LinkedIn.

Promoting Financial Literacy in the Secondary Classroom

Financial literacy (FL) should be an essential skill taught in the secondary education classroom. We will explore the concepts of FL and how to promote them within social science, economics, and mathematics settings. We will review tools and lesson ideas to teach the basics of money management, such as budgeting, saving, debt, investing, giving, and more. This knowledge lays a foundation for students to build strong money habits early on and avoid many of the mistakes that may lead to lifelong money struggles.

Creating PBL Activities for the CSDF Standards

With push for computer science concepts to find their way into every classroom and grade level, you might be looking for activities that address CSDF standards in your class. Project-based learning, especially projects that allow students to incorporate STEM technologies, can be a great starting point. Join us for this session where we will take a look at the K-12 standards and discuss hands-on activities that you can introduce to students to get them thinking critically and developing as 21st century learners.

Exploring Advanced Features within Canva

You already learned the basics of Canva in our introductory course, now it's time to take it further and explore even more! We'll take a look at advanced features and dive into additional considerations like project collaboration and recent updates. Join us to explore how you can take your content creation to the next level!

Adobe Express in the Classroom

Reimagine what students can create using Adobe Express, the free content creation platform by Adobe. We'll explore pre-made templates, collaboration tools, general creation features, and activity ideas. Get ready to take your lessons to new heights!

3Doodler Basics

Do you want to learn how to draw in mid-air, or create 3D objects without a 3D printer? Join us as we create 3D doodles and designs instantly with the 3Doodler pen! During this magical course, we'll go through the basics of the 3Doodler pen and come up with activity ideas to help you integrate 3D drawing into your classroom.

Building Independence with Google Classroom Activities

Any educator would agree that all students learn in their own way, but if there is one similarity amongst all students, it's that practice is key! Students tend to perform better after repeated opportunities for practice coupled with targeted feedback. When you have a large group of students at different skill levels, you can feel overwhelmed with supporting each individual student’s journey. Google Classroom practice sets can be part of the solution. Join us as we walk through how the practice set feature within Google Classroom is just one way you can help your students become a little more independent!

PBL in the Secondary ELA Classroom

Learn how to implement PBL activities to promote critical thinking, communication, and collaboration in your secondary ELA classroom. Embracing technology in a traditional ELA classroom will not only help engage your students, but it will also improve their literacy skills and foster a classroom environment in which the traditional elements of ELA become more hands on.

Creating Assistive Technology Using 3D Design

Sometimes people with disabilities may not have the means to purchase high-end versions of the equipment that is necessary to assist them in their daily lives. In this course, we will discuss how to get students thinking about assistive devices and how they can be created using 3D design. We'll go over how to guide students in developing solutions and creating cost-effective assistive technology.