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How to Integrate Technology into Your Rube Goldberg Machine

In this session, David Fox, creator of the “Rube Works” app, will talk about bringing the Rube Goldberg experience to an app in a fun and inspirational way. Alefiya Master from MAD-learn will talk about the importance of app development in STEM education. Twelve live attendees of our Rube Goldberg OTIS series will be selected to receive Rube Goldberg early reader chapter books for their school libraries!

Scary Stories with Scratch

Happy Halloween!  One of the best parts of Halloween is scary stories.  If you are brave enough, come join as we show you how your students can create and code their very own scary (or not-so-scary) Halloween story with Scratch, a free block based coding program.  Can't wait to see you there! 

Rube Goldberg Machines in the Digital World of Minecraft

Join the team from Rube Goldberg Inc and Minecraft global ambassadors they discuss bringing STEAM into the digital world of Minecraft through Rube Goldberg Machines. They will discuss the minecraft.edu tutorials based on simple machines and how those lessons will culminate in a digital Rube Goldberg Machine Contest with NASEF set in the world of Minecraft. 

Kicking Off Conversations with KIBO

Building a strong class community is essential for a successful school year. Have your students get to know one another in a unique way using KIBO! Join us as we discover how to use KIBO to help students build relationships with their peers and practice critical 21st century skills. We'll review KIBO's features and share engaging activity ideas that are sure to get conversations flowing.

Measuring Student Engagement with Google Classroom

Join Alice Keeler for this special Google Classroom session on how to get simple reporting for teachers that will save time and better support students. You will see how Google Classroom data can be used to track patterns in student engagement and performance over time, identify students disengaged from learning, and more! 

Building Background Knowledge with Edpuzzle for ELLs

Building background knowledge is essential for all students, but especially for ELLs. Connecting classroom content to previous knowledge and life outside school is essential in creating motivation and interest, as well as building transferable skills. In this course, we'll take a look at how to use the multimedia tools in Edpuzzle to help students connect with content.

Back to School with Google Forms

Google Forms is the greatest thing since sliced bread. You know the basics of creating a Google Form but what else can you do to leverage the learning power and student engagement elements of Google Forms.  Let's go over how to reuse your Google Forms from last year, including why and how to use branching Forms. Join Alice Keeler to start the school year off right by upping your Google Forms game! 

Social and Emotional Learning with Sphero

With Social and Emotional Learning being a focus in education, teachers are always looking for fun and creative ways to incorporate SEL into their daily lessons. In this course, we'll explore how the Sphero robot can not only be used to teach code, but be a key player in SEL. Come roll on in for some fun ideas and inspiration!

Teaching Math Concepts to ELLs Using Google Drawings

Are you looking for a unique way to engage your ELLs in math lessons? In this course, we'll explore how to provide learning opportunities for our students using Google Drawings. We'll demonstrate how students can create math problem-solving models and utilize the Drawings space to show their visual thinking skills. We'll also discuss how students can collaborate and share their Drawings with peers.

Using Screencastify Submit to Assess Students

If you are already utilizing Screencastify in your classroom, you probably know how easy it is to create screencasts for your students to watch. However, did you know you can easily assess your students by having them create their own screencast? Screencastify Submit is an easy-to-use feature that allows you to do just that. Join us to see how you can utilize this feature in your classroom!

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 Edpuzzle to Teach Story Elements to Your ELLs

Edpuzzle gives you the opportunity to easily create interactive video lessons for your students that you can integrate right into your Learning Management System (LMS). Join us as we explore how to use Edpuzzle’s built-in question feature to teach story elements to ELLs in your literacy classroom. We will also explore the benefits of using Edpuzzle's interactive components to engage your ELLs in daily lessons.

Using Microsoft Teams Breakout Rooms for Jigsaw Activities

Jigsaw activities are a great way to have your students work collaboratively in the classroom. However, can they be done virtually? Join us in this session as we use breakout rooms within Microsoft Teams to demonstrate how we can complete jigsaw activities virtually.

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.

Using Jamboard in the Elementary Science Classroom

Science is all about collaboration and engagement, but if your students are not sitting at the same lab table, this can be a challenge.  In this course you will learn how you can use Jamboard to deliver engaging lessons to your elementary science students. 

Project-Based Learning with Canvas

Project-based learning (PBL) is a great way to engage students, and Canvas can help you create, manage, and deliver outstanding PBL activities. In this course, we’ll show you how to utilize the Canvas platform for each element of a project-based learning activity.

Reading Comprehension for ELLs with Thinglink

You may already be familiar with Thinglink as a powerful tool that can be used to create interactive photos, videos, and media. In this course, we will take the possibilities of Thinglink even further by incorporating text along with other media types to create rich, meaningful readings for the English Language Learners in your class.

Virtual 1:1 Check-Ins Using Google Meet

We've already seen so many ways that Google’s tools can be used to support distance learning, but did you ever think of using Google Meet to facilitate individual daily check - in meetings? In this course we'll explore settings and features in Meet, as well as share some tips for making check-ins on Google Meet a regular routine in your hybrid or remote classroom.

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.

Creating Collaborative Environments with Jamboard

Ready to take Jamboard to the next level? In today's session, learn how you can use Jamboard to create collaborative learning spaces for students to work together on group projects and other class activities. We'll go over collaboration and sharing settings, best practices, and fun ideas for the classroom. Get ready to see student engagement soar!

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.

Intro to Project-Based Learning

Project-based learning is a great way to get your students engaged and encourage 21st century skills like critical thinking, creativity, communication, and collaboration. In this course, we will give you resources to get started with PBL and explore some project ideas for your classroom.

Creating Self-Portraits for Social-Emotional Learning Using Google Drawings

Are you looking for a creative activity to bring to your students? Join us as we explore how to create self-portraits online using Google Drawings. We will discuss how this project can teach your students vital social-emotional skills to help them academically and emotionally. We will also discuss unique ways to get students creating and reflecting on their self-portrait design.

Using Existing PDFs & Worksheets with Lumio

Lumio, formerly know as SMART Learning Suite Online, gives you the ability to use pre-existing PDFs, worksheets and other content to create independent handouts or digital dittos. If you are looking to handout content to students to have them annotate, draw, type and add images as answers this session will cover exactly that. Learn how to leverage Lumio to provide worksheet activities, game based activities and more. Activities can be provided to students for out of class instruction via Canvas, Google Classroom or any LMS you may be using.

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: 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!

Taking Attendance with Google Forms

Taking attendance remotely can be a little tricky but using Google Forms in Google Classroom makes it easier. We will look at creating a form and assigning it in Google Classroom so you can start taking attendance remotely.

Enhancing Literacy with Pixton Comics

Join us as we explore using digital comics as a literacy tool for your classroom. In this session, we'll go over some key features of Pixton, a comic creation tool perfect for engaging your students and bringing enthusiasm to virtually any subject.

Draw Activities in Lumio

Learn how to create, distribute, and monitor drawing assignments through a combination of the Google Workspace for Education and Lumio, formerly known as SMART Learning Suite Online. These are assignments for learning things like sight words, parts of speech, and drawing by numbers. 

Music Instruction at Home

Attention Music teachers! Looking for music activities to use with your students with remote learning? Well, look no further! In this course, we will demonstrate and discuss different activities and lessons you can do with your students from Kindergarten to High School and even some ideas for your ensembles. From rhythm activites to music synthesizing, we'll help you become a remote learning maestro!

Creating a Virtual Whiteboard in Lumio

Come learn how to use Lumio, formerly known as SMART Learning Suite Online as a live virtual whiteboard for students. We will also be seeing how to create quick handouts for students that you as the teacher can monitor and provide feedback on. 

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.

Teaching Summer Reinforcement Skills: Math

Math practice doesn't have to be considered a chore! In this session, we'll show you how to integrate mathematical thinking into all types of summer fun. With these supports, you can help combat that summer slide.

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.

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!

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.

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.

Tools for Monitoring a Bottle Terrarium

Discover how you and your students can bring bottle terrariums into the 21st century! Join us as we discuss the sensors and tools that can be used to monitor the different conditions of a bottled garden like humidity, soil moisture, and more.

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!

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?  

PBL for ENL/ELL

See how technology can improve the quality of your project-based learning activities. Learn how to implement PBL activities to promote critical thinking, communication, and collaboration with your ENL/ELL students. In this course, you will learn how to use various tools to promote the key elements of PBL, such as research, collaboration, gathering (and analyzing) feedback, and presenting knowledge in your classroom.

PBL for ELA

See how technology can improve the quality of your project-based learning activities. Learn how to implement PBL activities to promote critical thinking, communication, and collaboration in your ELA classroom. In this course, you will learn how to use various tools to promote the key elements of PBL, such as research, collaboration, gathering (and analyzing) feedback, and presenting knowledge in your classroom.