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Introduction to CS with Makey Makey and Scratch

Banana pianos are fun, but customized inventions are even better! In this webinar, you will learn how to challenge students to code custom Scratch projects for their Makey Makey invention kits. Use Scratch to create and code sprites, learn coding tools to make custom animations, and use logic to make games smart!


As a creative, Colleen creates teacher-driven content for the Makey Makey team and beyond! With 15 years of experience in education and a lifetime experience as a maker, she still believes the world is her classroom and that maker education is transformative for students and teachers alike! Colleen is currently the Director of Content, Curriculum, and Community at Makey Makey. 

Intro to Wakelet

Wakelet is a free digital curation platform that lets anyone organize content, including teachers and students. Join one of our very own Wakelet Ambassadors to learn how to get started using and integrating Wakelet's easy-to-use tools. You'll be saving, sharing, collaborating, and engaging others in no time!

Modifying a Pre-Made Minecraft Education Edition Lesson

Minecraft Education Edition has many pre-made lessons for almost any subject. These lessons are great places to start. However, you may want to personalize the lessons to add quizzes and instructions that fit with your lesson and teaching style. Alice Keeler is going to guide you through essential tips for customizing a Minecraft lesson and distributing it to your students.

Sharing Lessons in Minecraft Education Edition

Minecraft Education Edition is an excellent resource for engaging students in deeper learning opportunities. Education Edition allows you to download pre-created lessons as well as design your own immersive learning experience. In this session, Alice will walk through how to find ready-made lessons for Minecraft Education Edition and how to distribute them to students using iPads, laptops, or Chromebooks.

Teaching with Minecraft: Basics for Creating a World

Using Minecraft Education Edition starts with understanding some of the basics, like maneuvering in the environment, game modes, and more. In this session, Alice will help you to get started with creating a world. She'll dive into the differences between creative mode and survival mode with some discussion on when to choose which mode when using Minecraft Education Edition with students.

Introduction to Minecraft Education Edition

Game-based learning, like Minecraft, can increase engagement and understanding for students of all ages. But what is Minecraft and how is it educational? In this session, Alice will introduce us to Minecraft Education Edition, the differences between Minecraft and Minecraft Education Edition, and how it can be used with your elementary to high school students.

Creating an Add-on with Google Apps Script

Have you ever wanted a Google app to do something but found out that capability didn't yet exist? Chances are, you've run into things you would change if you could. Good news! Oftentimes, you can do just that with the Google Apps Script. In this webinar, Google Workspace Innovator, Alice Keeler will show you how to customize Google apps like Docs, Slides, and Forms through code. She'll also provide some examples of useful ways to customize and get you started with building an add-on to auto send customized feedback to students. 

Certify Students with Certify'em for Google Forms

Go beyond a score and provide students with their own certificate of completionfor quizzes and assignments. You can use a Google Forms quiz and provide them with a custom certificate with a simple add-on. In this webinar, Google Certified Innovator Alice Keeler will show you how to install the Certify'em add-on. She will also provide examples and ideas for when an automatically generated certificate can be used with students and demonstrate how to set up and use Certify'em in Google Forms.

5 Creative Ways to Use Google Slides

Sure, you can use Google Slides to present information, but you can do so much more with Google Slides! Aim to include at least one of the 4 Cs in your activities: creative thinking, collaboration, critical thinking, and communicating ideas. In this webinar, Google Certified Innovator Alice Keeler will show you five creative ways to use Google Slides with your students and how they can be used to include at least one of the 4 Cs in a lesson.

Increasing Critical Thinking Using Google Workspace Apps

Critical thinking can be measured using the Depth of Knowledge (DOK) scale, which ranges from 1 to 4. We often rely on lower level tasks; even science and math classes can lean heavily on DOK 1 tasks. For any subject or grade level, we all benefit from considering the DOK levels of our lessons and assignments. Learning improves when we provide students more opportunities to perform at a DOK 2 or DOK 3 level. In this webinar, Google Certified Innovator Alice Keeler will share activities using Google tools that can support increased critical thinking in your classroom.

Send Custom Feedback from a Google Form to a Google Doc Report

Google Forms is an amazing tool for allowing students to submit answers and letting you see all student responses in one place. Forms saves you from wasting time opening individual documents and also provides you with the data you need to adjust instruction and differentiate. The feedback features in Google Forms are okay, but you can make them even better with Google Apps Script. If you can copy and paste you can code!  In this workshop, Alice Keeler will introduce you to the basics of coding with Google Apps Script and help you to skip using email as the method for communicating feedback to students. Instead, provide a feedback document that you coded yourself! 

Student Engagement with Google Tools

Student engagement matters for learning. Google Workspace apps such as Docs, Sheets, Forms, Slides, Jamboard, Classroom, and more do not create engagement by themselves. Additionally, paper activities do not always translate well to a digital medium. Google Tools certainly have the potential to create an engaging learning environment when they are paired with pedagogy around what creates engagement. In this workshop, Google Certified Innovator Alice Keeler will show you tried and tested engagement strategies utilizing Google tools.

Better Progress Reports in Google Classroom

Google Classroom is helpful for digital interactions and managing student work with Google Drive. However, one of the weaknesses of Google Classroom is the lack of reports. Classroom teacher Alice Keeler will show you how she uses a free teacher account in Schoolytics.com to create and share better progress reports with students and guardians. Use Alice Keeler's Chrome extension designed to make it even easier to share progress reports and feedback through Google Classroom.

EdTech Essentials: Assess with EdPuzzle

In this session Monica Burns, author of EdTech Essentials will introduce the benefits of formative assessment with digital tools. Participants will explore how digital tools provide a special benefit for students as they increase student opportunities (frequency) and options (choice) to share their learning. This session will focus on formative assessment best practices and how to check for understanding using the resources within EdPuzzle.

EdTech Essentials: Collaborate with Lumio

In this session Monica Burns, author of EdTech Essentials will introduce the benefits of incorporating collaborative learning experiences into tech-rich lessons. This session will focus on best practices for fostering collaboration through interactive activities in Lumio. 

EdTech Essentials: Assess with Nearpod

In this session Monica Burns, author of EdTech Essentials will introduce the benefits of formative assessment with digital tools. This session will focus on formative assessment best practices and how to check for understanding before, during, and after instruction using the interactive presentation tool Nearpod.

Introduction to ClassFlow

ClassFlow is an in browser lesson building application created by Promethean. In ClassFlow you can create lessons, assessments, and assignments that are easily accessible at home or on the go! Join us as we go over the basics and discover what ClassFlow has to offer to help make your classroom more interactive. 

EdTech Essentials: Curate with Wakelet

In this session Monica Burns, author of EdTech Essentials will introduce the idea of curation and the role of an educator as a curator. Selecting “just right” resources for students is an essential practice for educators to help make sure the needs of all students are addressed.  In this session, we’ll explore how to pull together resources that connect to curriculum goals while supporting the needs of all students with the free tool Wakelet

Rube Goldberg Machines in the Classroom

In this session, Jennifer George shares how teaching Rube Goldberg in the classroom levels the playing field for all learners of all ages. She will talk about the history of the Rube Goldberg Institute for Innovation & Creativity, the origins of the Rube Goldberg Machine and the machine contests that the family has run for over 35 years.  She will also introduce a variety of new offerings that exist for all grade levels that want to get started creating Rube Goldberg Machines in the classroom. 

pi-top[4] Foundation Electronics Kit

Second video in the series ... using pi-top[4] and Python programming to activate sensors and components in the Foundation Electronics Kit.

Getting the School Year Started - Coding in K-8 with Wonder Workshop

In this webinar (part one in a series), you will learn about the importance of computer science for K-8 students, as well as some practical examples on how you can get started this school year as a classroom teacher, a library/media specialist, and even a school administrator. Join Bryan L. Miller, Senior Director of Global Strategic Outreach at Wonder Workshop, creators of the Dash, Dot, and Cue robots, as he takes you through ways to get computer science going at your school or district. Bryan is an international keynote presenter and speaker in the areas of computer science, robotics, maker spaces, play, and edtech toys. He has worked with thousands of educators across the world in learning about the importance of computer science and integrating it into the curriculum. The fun doesn’t stop there, as this will be a series of continued webinars covering other topics in Coding in K-8 with Wonder Workshop. 

Google Workspace for Education: Google Sites

Google Sites is a structured wiki and webpage creation tool offered as part of the Google Workspace for Education: Google Sites applications. Google Sites is a tool for anyone to be able to create simple websites that support collaboration between different editors. We'll show you how to get started with your site and how to take advantage of the many tools to make resources available to your students, parents, colleagues, and school community!

Google Workspace for Education: Google Meet

Are you looking for a dynamic video conferencing experience? Whether you're meeting with students, colleagues, or parents, Google Meet has you covered! In this course, we’ll review the basics of setting up a Google Meet, how to start activities like Breakout rooms and Polls, and much more.

Using Nearpod for Remote Instruction

Nearpod is a powerful tool for lesson delivery that includes interactives, a variety of media, and even integrates with different programs like G Suite, Microsoft Teams, Flipgrid, and much more. In this course, we will be covering how to use Nearpod for remote instruction lesson delivery. Whether it be synchronous or asynchronous instruction, Nearpod has you covered!

Overview of iPadOS (iOS)

Just received a new Apple iPad or upgraded to iPadOS? Join us as we go over the most recent updates to your favorite apple apps and accessibility options! iPadOS is the new iOS for iPads. 

Part 3 - Learning Python with pi-top: Conditionals & Loops

Why did the turtle cross the road? Well, probably to attend our Python session… but what’s more important is HOW the turtle gets to the other side of the road. Session three of Learning Python with the pi-top is all about control flow. We’ll show you how to use a classic computer programming application called Turtle Art (hint: it comes pre-installed on your pi-top). Join us to gather resources for teaching control flow with the pi-top that includes turtles and so much more! 

Going Further with Scratch

Did you watch our Intro to Scratch course? Did it leave you wanting more? Or maybe your already using Scratch in your classroom and you want to take it to the next level. Whatever the case this course will help you get there! Join us as we explore more of the scripts that Scratch has to offer and create more complex code!

OneNote Class Notebook

Join us as we explore OneNote Class Notebook, Microsofts collaborative workspace. With this tool every student has a personal workspace, a library for handouts, and a collaborative space to work on with peers. In this session we will show you how to get started, how to organize and deliver your lesson plans, and provide individualized support to all of your students.

Intro to Promethean ActivInspire

Promethean ActivInspire is a software designed to help teachers make the best use of their interactive whiteboard. In this course you will learn to use this software to write, manipulate, and annotate your desktop and to make your own flipcharts. Along with getting to know the basics of creating an engaging Flipchart Page, you will also learn some more advanced features such as linking to the internet, using pre-made templates, and importing other presentation or interactive files into Activ Flipcharts.

pi-top[4] Robotics 102 with Further

In this video, we move beyond the basics of Python programming and your pi-top[4] unit.  From the pi-top Further website, we take a look at Courses, where teachers and students can explore programming concepts through Robotics, namely “Robotics 102” where our Prax robot imitates human qualities!

pi-top[4] Robotics 101 with Further

In this video, we move beyond the basics of Python programming and your pi-top[4] unit.  From the pi-top Further website, we take a look at Courses, where teachers and students can explore programming concepts through Robotics, namely “Robotics 101” where the robot becomes a Mars Rover.  Check it out!

pi-top[4] Pulse Light Show

Using a Pulse unit and connecting it to your pi-top[4] unit, you can light up colored pixels in the 7 X 7 grid and do some amazing things with Python code.  Take a look!