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Teaching Narrative Arc with Ozobot for Elementary School Students

Are you looking for a unique way to teach storytelling elements to your students? Join us for a literary coding adventure as we explore how to use Ozobot to learn about narrative arc. These tiny robots can be used to trace a narrative arc and stop at designated points in a story to detail characters, setting, conflict, and resolution. We'll discuss the process of having students draw, code, and retell the story, and will explain how students can add speed, turns, and even color changes to their Ozobot to reflect the character’s feelings and actions.

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.

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.

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!

Virtual Field Trips with Google Tour Creator

Field trips can be incredibly enriching for students, but they are not always an option for teachers. This course explores how teachers can create interactive virtual field trips for students using Google Tour Creator, as well as how to use created tours with Google Classroom to maximize student learning.

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.

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!

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. 

Presidential Biographies with Bloxels

Are you ready to learn about U.S. Presidents using video games!? Join us as we create a video game using Bloxels; a hands-on interactive video game builder that we can use to demonstrate and re-create biographies of our nation's greatest leaders!

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!

Making Lunar New Year Lanterns with littleBits

Lunar New Year is around the corner. Celebrated in various Asian countries and based on the Chinese lunisolar calendar, this holiday is a time of bright colors, renewal, and joy. To celebrate we are building a Lunar New Year lantern. Help your students celebrate or learn about the holiday while teaching engineering skills with a lantern of their own!

Redefining Creative Writing Prompts Using Google Classroom

Writing has a reputation as a daunting subject area for most of our students. Wouldn’t it be great to digitize creative writing activities to make writing more engaging for our students? Join us to explore how Google Classroom, along with some of the Chrome extensions and add-ons, can help you to turn a tedious, boring, difficult assignment for struggling writers into an interactive lesson that will have your students excited to put their thoughts to “paper”!

Robotic Thanksgiving Day Parade

Get ready for some Thanksgiving fun in this cross-curricular and technology-infused course! In this session, we'll use Teq's favorite robots to create a Thanksgiving Day Parade float. We'll learn about the coding skills necessary to complete this assignment, and also explore how to incorporate research and design into this fun classroom project.

Simple Circuits with Your pi-top Breadboard, Part 1

With the pi-top 3 laptop, students can start learning and practicing physical computing. In this session, we’ll plug in our PROTO Plus breadboard and use code to create electrical circuits. Watch us light up our LEDs with Python code!

Teaching Spelling with a SMART Board

To help students learn to spell their sight words or subject-specific vocabulary, teachers can use the tools built into their SMART Notebook application program. Notebook can help students use visual modeling, auditory cues, and kinesthetic movements to assist in long-term retention of their spelling words. Join this session to learn about three interactive examples that you can take straight back to the classroom.

Tech-Infused Learning: Bloxels in the Economics Classroom

With Bloxels, your students can create interactive stories for any classroom. In this session, we'll show you how to prepare your social studies students with the tools needed to design a 13-bit video game focusing on the Economics Learning Standards. Will money grow on trees? Who will reap the rewards? Students will investigate, create, and answer these questions and more!

Digital Storytelling Around the Campfire with Sphero

Get ready for some campfire tales with this digital storytelling course featuring Sphero. In this great cross-curricular session, we'll show you how to code your device to tell your favorite stories. Lights, Sphero, Action!

Using micro:bit to Code Your Own Firefly Display

Whether you call them fireflies, lightning bugs, or Lampyridae, nothing says summer like the soft twinkling of these glowing bugs in the evening. Join us in this session as we use micro:bit to code and create our own bioluminescent critters!

Tech-Infused Learning: Ozobot and Perspectives in Literature

Enhance your language arts classroom with Ozobot! We'll show you how to use this line-following robot to explore different points of view in literature. You'll learn how to boost your students' character analysis — and their coding skills. This course is aimed at high school level literacy, but you can easily adapt it for younger readers and ELLs.

Teaching Summer Reinforcement Skills: Reading

Tired of sending home that same old reading log with your students for the summer? Join us as we take a look at some tips and tricks to enhance summer reading, and keep your students on pace for the new school year.

Tech-Infused Learning: U.S. Road Trip with Wonder Workshop

Looking to plan a summer field trip for your class? Try a road trip! Looking for a staycation? Try a virtual road trip with Wonder Workshop! In this session you'll learn all about how to combine coding with paper, markers, and imagination. Guide your Dash or Cue robot through adventures around the U.S., and stop boredom in its tracks!

Best Practices for Using Your SMART Board as a Station

Let's start using your SMART Board as more than just a second computer screen. Join us as we explore some of the best practices for using your SMART Board as a station in your classroom. See examples of how to use the board in a variety of different grade levels and subjects for student-led instruction, a review, or even an assessment!

Tech-Infused Learning: Make Your Own Operation Game

Learning the basics of circuitry has never been so fun. Join us as we make our own version of the classic game "Operation" using everyday materials. Just try to avoid that buzzer!

Putting the A in STEAM: Doodle-Bots

In this session, we'll explore how to make a simple doodle-bot from scratch, and then show you how to use robots like Dash, littleBits, Cubelets, and KIBO to create scribbling masterpieces.

Makey Makey Your Social Studies Lessons Come to Life

Makey Makey is the key to creating engaging Social Studies lessons! Join us to learn how to use Makey Makey to create fun, interactive projects that will engage your students in new ways as they learn important Social Studies concepts.

Combining STEM and Social Studies to Engineer a City

Urban planning is important. New York City has gridlock issues, Atlanta has traffic problems, and Boston has maze-like streets. Wouldn't it be convenient if we could just re-engineer a city to fix these issues? Or, what if we had had the foresight to plan them appropriately before they were constructed? If only it were that easy! In this session, join us as we dive into the history of urban planning, and leave with some great ideas on how to teach this important topic in your classroom.

Valentine's Day Blackout Poetry

Something is in the air this February: education! Making a blackout poem requires the writer to analyze a previously published piece of text, like a newspaper, and then manipulate it to create a poem. Join us to discover what a blackout poem is, and how to create one with your students using Makey Makey and Scratch!

Learn to Code on an iPad

There are many different computer programming languages that are associated with various tasks or operating systems. For example, you wouldn't create an Android application using Apple's Swift programming language, and you wouldn't use HTML to build an entire video game. Join us for some iPad app suggestions to learn about specific computer programming languages that fit your classroom's needs.

Circuitry Cards and Decorations for the Holidays

Learn the basics of how circuits work while creating unique cards for your friends and family! Paper circuits are a great way to put the 'A' in STEAM. Join this session to learn how to create a card that (literally) outshines all the others!

Putting the A in STEAM: Getting Started with Graphic Design using Microsoft

Let's increase your students' artistic and technological aptitudes and equip them to go full STEAM ahead in Graphic Design! With Microsoft tools Fresh Paint, Sketchable, and Paint 3D, your students can begin to pursue their passions and develop niche skills in this exciting and sought-after field.

Earth Day Activities for the Elementary Classroom

Don’t you hate it when you come home from a long day at work, just to realize you left your bedroom lights on all day? Do you notice in certain months your energy bill is higher than others? We know the importance of saving energy – but have we made an impactful change yet? Earth Day is often an unnoticed holiday and it's so important because it brings awareness to environmental issues and their simple solutions, or lack thereof! Join us as we discuss some fun elementary activities you can do with your students!  Remember, these activities can be done to celebrate Earth Day on April 22nd, or throughout the year because after all, shouldn’t every day … be Earth Day?  

Labdisc: Measuring UV Light

Have you ever wondered what is the BEST sunscreen and SPF number to protect you from the intense UV light given off by the sun? In this course, we will measure the effectiveness of various SPF ratings for sunblocks using the labdisc.You will need an Enviro labdisc to perform this activity. Our curriculum specialists will show you how to set up your Labdisc, conduct an experiment, collect data, and manipulate the data all within the Labdisc - Globilab sofrware. Join us to learn one of the many engaging uses of Labdisc in the science classroom!

Labdisc: Heart Rate

In this course we'll look at just one of the many applications of a Labdisc in the Biology classroom. You will need a BioChem Labdisc to perform this activity. Our Curriculum Specialists will show you how to conduct an experiment to measure heart rate using the heart rate sensor provided with your Labdisc. They will then show you how to analyze and manipulate the data within the Labdisc software.

TCEA: Digital Field Trips

This course was made by the Texas Computer Education Association (TCEA).

Digital field trips provide informal learning experiences for students that can connect their prior knowledge to on-the-go learning.