Parents 30 min - 45 min

Creating Virtual Calming Rooms

In times of stress, it is important to have outlets and coping strategies. This is often managed with calming techniques and dedicated spaces for relaxation. What happens if your students are not physically present in school? In this course, we will go over how to offer social and emotional support and build emotional management skills in your students, whether you are teaching traditionally, hybrid, or remote. Digital calming spaces can be a great resource for students of all ages.

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Getting Started with Newsela

Are you looking for some grade-appropriate texts for your students? Newsela has you covered. Join us as we go over this great resource, which not only has a full library of educational texts, but also provides teachers the ability to assign, monitor, and assess content given to students.

Microsoft Word

In this course, we will explore the basic features of Microsoft Word. Using the desktop version of Word, we'll cover how to create a document, tools and features you need to know, as well as how to share and collaborate with others. 

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Microsoft 365: Word

In this course, we will explore the basic features of Microsoft Word within Microsoft 365. Using the web-based version of Word, learn how to not only create your documents, but collaborate and share your documents with your colleagues as well.

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Using Raz-Kids in Your K-5 Classroom

Looking for a way to monitor your students’ at-home reading and ensure that they are selecting appropriately leveled books? Encouraging and monitoring reading can be a struggle, especially when we aren’t able to meet with students face-to-face. In this course, we’ll explore Raz-Kids, a leveled library of books that can be shared with your K-5 students, and all its features that will help you excite your students to read, progress monitor and so much more during times of remote learning or over the summer vacation!

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Making Accessible Screencasts Using Screencastify

Screencastify is a great Chrome extension that you can use to record tutorials and other videos right from your browser! In this course, we'll demonstrate how to make a tutorial video of your own and also explore some useful accessibility features that make Screencastify stand out from other screen recording software.

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Creating Interactive Vocabulary Lists Using Thinglink

Vocabulary lists are used in almost every classroom and rarely offer any interactive engagement for students. Join us as we talk about Thinglink, a website that allows students to create interactive displays and virtual tours that connect the tactile world to the digital world. With Thinglink, we will show you how to make vocabulary lists with your students that are interactive, informative, and meaningful.

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Using ReadWorks As A Remote Learning Platform for Student Engagement

Join us as we take a look at ReadWorks.org. as an abundant resource for setting up a distance learning platform.  See how we can create a class, find content, create assignments, grade digitally, and track student progress in an easy to navigate and free cloud-based program.

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Limiting Screen Time: Offline Activities to Continue Learning

Did you know that "screen time" is now an official word in the dictionary? Today's students are all too familiar with screen time, and with recent transitions to remote learning, teachers (and parents) are looking for learning alternatives that limit the time students are spending on devices. Join us as we share some tactile activity ideas and assignments that students can complete offline and submit digitally later on!

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Making Morning Routines Digital Using SMART Learning Suite Online

A morning meeting that consists of calendar and scheduling has always been a staple in primary classrooms as a way to set the tone for the day. What if you could incorporate technology to continue to use morning meetings as you teach remotely, and leverage them as a way to engage students and bolster your classroom community even when students can't meet face-to-face? Join us as we explore how to use SLSO to make morning routines digital, especially during times of remote teaching. We’ll also share strategies that can be incorporated into your digital or physical classroom when you return.

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G Suite: Google Drawings

Google Drawings are a great way to create charts, mindmaps and other diagrams. In this course we will take a look at some of the basic features of Drawings and how best to utilize them for yourself and your students.

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G Suite: Google Calendar

Need a good way to organize your time and your students or teachers? Google Calendar is a powerful tool for time-management and scheduling. Learn the basics of how to use it, how to integrate it with your other G Suite apps, and some additional features in this course.

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Using Google Classroom to Provide At-Home Activities for K-2 Parents

Engaging learners in the primary grades is essential to keep new and developing skills strong. Help provide at-home activities for your K-2 parents to do with their children using Google Classroom. We'll share tips and tricks for getting Google Classroom started in primary grades, as well as engaging activities you can share with parents!

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Engaging in Citizen Science

There is so much to monitor in our natural world — too much for scientists to handle alone! To maximize efforts, scientists often recruit citizen scientists to help. A citizen scientist is a member of the general public or an amateur scientist. While issues with data validity and collection standardization exist with this method, without it much of the natural world would go unobserved. Join us to learn about citizen science, how you can use it in your classroom to provide authenticity to a project, and learn some tips for keeping your collections valid!

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Mindfulness Activities

Do you find your students drifting away to a dream land during the day? Students have a limited attention span and getting students to refocus once they start day dreaming can be hard. Join our Curriculum Specialists as we explore some activities for mindfulness to help your students be fully present and aware of what is happening in your lesson.

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Strategies for Reducing Test Anxiety

Students are often nervous and anxious for upcoming tests. Join our Curriculum Specialists as we take a look at some strategies for your students to use to help reduce test anxiety and how you as the teacher can help.

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Evaluating Web Resources(TEKS ELA)

Every day, your students are faced with questionable material on the Internet. All over sites like Facebook and Twitter, your students see articles like “Save the Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus!” or “Beware of Dihydrogen Monoxide!” Are these articles credible? Join our PD Specialists as they teach you new strategies to address TEKS standard 110.25. 8A ((8)  The student reads critically to evaluate texts in order to determine the credibility of sources. The student is expected to: (A)  evaluate the credibility of informational sources and their relevance for assigned and self-selected topics) and help your students avoid citing hoax websites, dodge pitfalls in the research process, and discern fact from fiction.

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Redefining Creative Writing Prompts: Story Dice

While attending PAX 2017 we stumbled upon a low cost "game" that we thought would be perfect for the ELA classroom, Story Dice. Join us as we discuss what story dice are, and how they can help redefine creative writing prompts! We will also give you suggestions on ways to incorporate them into your classroom and how to create a grading system to make sure your students are staying on task and meeting specific standards.

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Using Role Playing Games For Social/Emotional Development

There's more value in Dungeons and Dragons than you may know. Yes, Dungeons and Dragons. While attending PAX East 2017 we were enlightened by a panel discussion ran by the founders of Wheelhouse Workshop, a social skills group based in Seattle, WA. Wheelhouse Workshop has been helping teens and adolescents build social skills with role-playing games like Dungeons and Dragons for a few years now and they are seeing positive outcomes. Join us to explore how the game master in a role-playing game can create therapeutic and deliberate challenges for each participant to help them overcome the anxieties they may struggle with. 

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Social Emotional Learning with Storyboards

Do you have a student who is frequently becoming frustrated with what seems like simple tasks and isn't sure how to act in general social situations? Join our Curriculum Specialists and Teddy as we take a look at creating and implementing Storyboards in your classroom.  Storyboards help students develop skills to combat difficulties throughout the day while incorporating different components of social emotional learning techniques in a safe environment.  Learning how Teddy reacts in difficult situations gives students the necessary tools to get through their own day with less frustrations and difficulties.

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Overview of iOS 10

In this course, the PD team will explore the most effective and exciting features iOS 10 has to offer!  Released in September 2016, the iOS 10 operating system is sure to help teachers create an engaging learning environment for their students.  Updates to notifications and live broadcasting options within apps are some of the biggest changes that users will come to understand better after participating in this session!

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Organize and Effectively Use Your Computer: Mac (OS X El Capitan)

Join us to learn some basic ways to keep your computer content organized and enhance your knowledge of programs that you can use in the classroom. We will be discussing how to successfully create and save documents, how to create favorites in an appropriate web browser, and how to organize all of this great content for easy access for your Mac computer.

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Google Classroom: an Overview for Parents

Are your kids using Google Classroom at home you wish to help out? What does that mean? How can you see what they're working on? What can you do to help your child? Well, here is a simple guide to help you help your child.In this course, we'll go over the basics of Google Classroom and what you need to know as a parent.

Best Practices for Parents: Learning from Home

Is your child engaged in remote learning? In this course, we'll share some great resources you can use to help your child be successful while learning from home. From creating a daily routine, to engaging in enrichment activities with your child, join this session to learn helpful tips and tricks to make the most out of remote learning.

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Digital Online Certifications

Below are some popular Digital Teacher Certifications that are available as a series of online courses. Click on a logo to start your certification track today!