Parents 9th - 12th

Accessible Presentations

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.

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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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Keeping Routines for Special Ed Students

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.

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Remote Learning: Social-Emotional Learning for Middle & High School

As if a transition to complete remote teaching isn’t challenging enough, as a Middle or High School educator, you are also probably worrying about your students. Your students most likely have a full understanding of what is going on and are looking for support as they adjust to this new reality, although they might not say so outright! Join us as we share some lesson ideas for social-emotional learning that you can incorporate into your remote teaching to help your students develop strong coping skills to adjust to this new reality.

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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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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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Microsoft Teams: un resumen para los padres

El maestro de su hijo le ha asignado trabajo a través de Microsoft Teams. ¿Qué es Microsoft Teams? ¿Cómo podemos ver cuál es su tarea? ¿Qué podemos hacer para ayudar a nuestros hijos o hijas? En este curso, repasaremos los conceptos básicos de Microsoft Teams y le enseñaremos lo que usted necesita saber como padre.

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Rube Goldberg Machine Contest Finals - 2019

View highlights of the official 2019 Rube Goldberg Machine Contest finals. Students were given the task to "Put Money in a Piggy Bank." A Rube Goldberg Machine Contest (RGMC) is an event where students of all ages compete with machines that they have imagined, designed, and created in a fun and competitive forum. The competitions encourage teamwork and out-of-the-box problem solving, in a fresh learning environment and level playing field. All you need is a good Imagination and a pile of junk!

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Rube Goldberg Machine Contest Finals - 2018

View highlights of the 2018 Rube Goldberg Machine Contest Finals. Students were given the task to "Pour a Bowl of Cereal."Since 1988, tens of thousands of students have competed in annual Rube Goldberg Machine Contests° where they are challenged to build the wackiest, working Rube Goldberg Machine that completes a common task.In the structured environment of the competitions, these contraptions are more than just Rube Goldberg Machines. They inspire communication, problem-solving, and teamwork. They hone skills like math, physics, and chemistry. On a formal basis, this learning experience falls under the umbrella of STEM/STEAM (Science, Technology Engineering, Art, and Math) education. 

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Rube Goldberg Sizzle Reel

A Rube Goldberg Machine (RGM) is a crazy contraption which accomplishes a simple task in the most complicated and funniest way possible! Based on the “invention” cartoons of the famous, Pulitzer Prize-Winning Cartoonist, Rube Goldberg. His drawings and imagined machines are at the heart of the Rube Goldberg Machine Contest. They use everyday items (mostly junk!), they tell a story, and most important of all — they make you laugh!

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Using Schoology for Remote Learning

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!

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Schoology Overview for Parents

Is your child's school using Schoology for remote learning? Join this session for a quick overview of the Schoology platform. We’ll guide you through the basics, and then share some tips to help your child be successful.

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Google Classroom: Un resumen para los padres

Google Classroom es un sistema de gestión de aprendizaje desarrollado por Google para escuelas que tiene como objetivo simplificar la creación, distribución, colaboración y calificación de tareas de una manera sin papel.  Aquí, en este video, usted aprenderá cómo navegar por la plataforma para saber qué tareas su hijo o hija debe completar y mantenerse informado sobre su progreso.

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Using Mobile Devices for Remote Learning

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.

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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.

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Scan Documents with iPad or iPhone

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!

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Using Zoom for Remote Instruction

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. 

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Google Classroom on the iPad

Most teachers who use Google Classroom are probably familiar with its desktop website. However, what if you, or your students, need to access Google Classroom on an iPad? Join us as we look at Google Classroom on the iPad, and review where you can find all of those important features including, where to create and submit assignments, add attachments, and see student progress.

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Remote Learning: Administrator Strategies

Join our Chief Learning Officer, Robert-Wayne Harris, and our Director of eLearning, Joseph Sanfilippo, as they share administrative strategies for implementing Remote Learning in your school or district. With over 30 years of collective school administrative experience as Superintendents, Assistant Superintendents, and Directors of Technology, along with 20+ years of experience planning technology professional development and school improvement plans, Robert-Wayne and Joseph offer a variety of strategies as you transition your school and district to a distance learning model.

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Microsoft Teams Overview for Parents

So your student has been assigned work through Microsoft Teams. What does that mean? How can you see what they're working on? What can you do to help your student? In this course, we'll go over the basics of Microsoft Teams and what you need to know as a parent.

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Civics - Type of Elections: School Board Elections

As citizens and/or residents of our local communities, it’s important to understand the different types of elections that we have the right to participate in. As residents of a local school district, you have the right to vote how school budgets are enumerated and spent. School board elections and budget votes tend to vary between states and even local municipalities — join our session as we dig into the details!

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Ciudadania Digital

En este curso hablaremos sobre Ciudadanía Digital. Estamos en el siglo XXI y la comunidad digital es más grande que nunca. Conozca algunas de las cosas que puede hacer para asegurarse de ser un buen ciudadano digital.

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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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Financial Aid and Student Loans

Success! Your child has been accepted to their dream school! Now, how will they pay for it? We have all seen the headlines regarding the recent jump in students taking out loans for school, and the burden parents take on as borrowers, as well. In this session, we'll take a look at all of the different financial aid loans you might be eligible for, and we'll help you and your child make the decision that's best for everyone!

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APPlicable: Apps to Help You Shop Smarter

In this session of APPlicable, we'll explore a variety of apps to ease the stresses of shopping. We'll show you apps that provide deals and savings, save you time, and help you manage those expenses.

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Socialization Techniques

"Nobody likes me!" As parents, helping your child resolve social issues can be a difficult experience, as is watching them deal with these kinds of emotions. Join us as we help you develop six methods to transform these conversations into opportunities for growth.

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Stress Reducing Techniques

Everyone experiences stress, and how we deal with it has a huge impact on our lives. Join us to discover some ways to avoid stress — and if you can't avoid it, how to reduce it, and best handle those stressful situations.

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Discussing Civic Engagement with Your Child

In this session, we’ll be diving into the question of civic engagement. What does civics mean for your child, and how can you teach your child to be civically engaged, no matter their age. Join us as we discuss ways to address civic responsibility, and share general tips to help you promote civic engagement within your family.

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Lingo You Should Know

Confused when you hear your teen tell you something was “awks” or “hundo P”? Our course on teen lingo is just the thing for you. Tune in to learn about the current slang that’s most important for parents and guardians to understand (and be able to translate) — from general slang words and phrases and the way they’re used, to specific slang used to talk about relationships and people.

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Growth Mindset: Addressing Failure

If Albert Einstein, Benjamin Franklin, or Alexander Graham Bell gave up in the face of failure, we might not have the knowledge we do today about physics, electricity, or the telephone. A commonality among successful engineers and scientists is what we call "growth mindset," or the ability to see failure as a springboard for success. In this session, we will provide you with strategies to teach growth mindset and use failure to encourage your students to stretch their abilities and reach higher levels of achievement.

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Testing Tools in the Math Classroom

We all know that end of year testing is quickly approaching! Join us as we review some helpful tools to be sure that students are prepared for what lies ahead with various upcoming exams. Learn about some helpful teacher tools to help gauge student readiness and resources for comprehensive student practice in the Math classroom.

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Testing Tools in the ELA Classroom

We all know that end of year testing is quickly approaching! Join us as we review some helpful tools to be sure that students are prepared for what lies ahead with various upcoming exams. Learn about some helpful teacher tools to help gauge student readiness and resources for comprehensive student practice in the ELA classroom.

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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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Prepping for the Exam

We all know that those big testing days are quickly approaching! Join us as we review some helpful tools to be sure that students are prepared for what lies ahead with various upcoming exams. Learn about some helpful teacher strategies to help gauge student readiness and resources for comprehensive student practice.

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Digital Citation Tools

Do your students struggle to write proper citations? Do they forget to include them or purposely avoid them? Join us as we share with you our favorite digital citation tools including the Google Docs explore tool and the EasyBib add-on. With these, creating citations is so easy your students will want to add them! 

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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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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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Clerical Applications: Excel

Join us for our second session of our Clerical Applications Series! In our first session we focused on Microsoft Word and in this session we will be working with Microsoft Excel. Our Curriculum Specialists will show you how to customize the Excel interface, format text and numbers, utilize templates, perform basic calculations using applicable functions, utilize editing and sharing settings, and some more general tips to maximize the usefulness of Excel for your staff. 

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Clerical Applications: Word

Join us for our first ever Clerical Applications series! For our first session we will be focusing on Microsoft Word. Our Curriculum Specialists will show you how to format your documents, create and edit headings and templates, export documents to various formats, import fonts, utilize keyboard shortcuts, and some of the useful editing and sharing settings within Word. 

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Going Further with Programming: Hour of Code Edition Part 2

Its Hour of Code Week! Todays course will be a continuation of our Hour of Code Series. Join us to continue to learn about programming using applications beyond those provided by Code.org. In this course we will dive into some of the resources we provided in our first course to help you take your students deeper into the applications of computer programming. 

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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

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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Organize and Effectively Use Your Computer: Windows 10

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 Windows 10 computer.

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Organize and Effectively Use Your Computer - Windows 7

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 on your Windows 7 computer.

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Digital Tools for the Writing Process

Integrate collaborative learning tools to increase the quality of students’ writing. This session will introduce different web tools and apps that can be used to aid students with each step of the writing process (planning/brainstorming, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing). Teachers will learn how students can use technology to interact and collaborate with peers during the writing process through web tools and applications such as Edmodo, Padlet, Popplet, OneNote, Evernote, and Google Docs.

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Evaluating Web Resources

Everyday, 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 CCRA.W.8 (Assess the credibility and accuracy of [a] source) and help your students avoid citing hoax websites, dodge pitfalls in the research process, and discern fact from fiction.

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Using Web Resources to Enhance Literacy

Join us as we explore a variety of literacy techniques that should be implemented in a well developed Common Core classroom. We will also provide a number of web resources that correspond to these techniques and will help enhance instruction and keep students engaged.

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Testing Tools in the Common Core Math Classroom

We all know that end of year testing is quickly approaching! Join us as we review some helpful tools to be sure that students are prepared for what lies ahead with various upcoming exams. Learn about some helpful teacher tools to help gauge student readiness and resources for comprehensive student practice.

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Getting to Know iOS8

Join us to learn about the updates to Apple's newest operating system, iOS8. Learn about some great tools in accessibility and management for the variety of devices you may be implementing in your classroom, school, or district. Learn how to maximize the use of these devices for teacher and student.

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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!