Tech-Infused Lessons 3rd - 5th

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!

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!

Socratic Seminar Using Microsoft Teams

A tried and true method of discussion and critical thinking, the Socratic method can be a great way to engage students in dialogue even while learning digitally. In this course, we will take a look at how to use the Socratic method with the tools and features of Teams to engender thoughtful, open debate.

Having a Class Debate Using Google Meet

Are you looking for a unique way to help students practice their debate skills? In this session, we'll explore how to use Google Meet, an online video conferencing platform to connect students. We'll explore activity ideas and discussion prompts, learn key debate concepts, and look at how to use Meet's tools and features to further engage conversation.

Google Education: Coding with CS First

With CS First, your students will get to explore coding in a fun and interactive way that makes coding easy! Through CS First, we'll explore the various options and projects that you can use to make coding a part of your classroom.

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.

Using Existing PDFs & Worksheets with SMART Learning Suite Online

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 SMART Learning Suite Online 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.

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.

Providing PBL Activities for Students at Home with Google Classroom

Are you interested in learning more about project-based learning (PBL)? In this session, we’ll use Google Classroom to explore creative, engaging, and authentic learning activities that your students can complete at home. Join us to review the benefits of PBL, discuss some key ideas for creating a successful PBL activity, and cover some helpful resources to promote remote communication and collaboration.

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.

Providing PBL Activities for Students at Home with Microsoft Teams

In this session we will explore Project Based Learning (PBL) with a twist - creating successful PBL opportunities remotely! We will explore how to use Microsoft Teams to build PBL activities and promote collaboration and communication.

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!

Teaching Machine Learning with Google's Teachable Machine Tool

Machine learning is becoming an important topic in computer science classes. In this session we'll explore Google's web-based tool, "Teachable Machine," to prepare you for teaching and creating machine learning models that are both quick and accessible. We will also explore the importance of machine learning in today’s society as well as different methods for teaching this skill.

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!

Edpuzzle and Google Classroom Integration

This video covers how to seamlessly post assignments from Edpuzzle to Google Classroom, as well as how to track student work on Edpuzzle. 

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.

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. 

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.

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!

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 SLS Online

Come learn how to use SLS 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. 

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.

Makey Makey Circuits

Makey Makey is the key to interactive activities! Join us to learn how to use Makey Makey to create a circuit project using clay that will engage your students in new ways as they learn important lesson concepts.

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!

Tech-Infused Learning: Scratch and Probability

The chances of being able to use Scratch for a lesson about probability is high! Join our Curriculum Specialists as we discuss how you can incorporate Scratch into your next math lesson on probability.

Digital Storytelling Around the Campfire with Dash and Dot

Everyone has a great campfire tale, but not everyone knows how to share it! With the Dash robot from Wonder Workshop, students will combine coding with creative storytelling, and bring their story to life!

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!

Tech-Infused Learning: Geometry with Dash

Looking for technology-infused learning ideas for your math classroom? In this session, we'll guide you through a geometry lesson that will put your students' critical thinking and measuring skills to the test! Geared towards 3rd through 6th grade students, this lesson will incorporate one of Teq's favorite robots: Dash! In this lesson, students will apply their understanding of geometry to create different shapes using their Dash robot. Students will explore angles, quadrilaterals, polygons, algorithms, design planning, and block-based coding.

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: Geometry with Sphero

Looking for technology-infused learning ideas for your math classroom? In this session, we'll guide you through a geometry lesson that will put your students' critical thinking and measuring skills to the test! Geared towards 3rd through 6th grade students, this lesson will incorporate one of Teq's favorite robots, Sphero. In this lesson, students will apply their understanding of Geometry to create a maze that includes everything from right, acute, and obtuse angles to parallel and intersecting lines. Students will not only learn to program Sphero to travel the maze, but build collaboration skills as they maneuver through a different team's design.

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.

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.

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.

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!

Digital DBQs for the Social Studies Classroom

Effective document-based questions (DBQs) can be used to develop students' abilities to appreciate historical perspectives and hone their analytical skills. In this course you'll learn how to use various digital tools to create DBQ activities and templates to encourage inquiry and critical thinking.

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: Proportions of the Human Face

Did you know that mathematics and technology can support the visual arts? Let us show you how to take a classic lesson on facial symmetry and proportion and use it to increase students' digital literacy. You'll learn how to help students discover their digital identity, calculate the ratios for the "perfect" face, and more!

Putting the A in STEAM: Teaching Perspective

Coming through full STEAM ahead! Have you been teaching perspective - the illusion of depth and space - on a two-dimensional surface? It's time for a new perspective on...perspective! In this session we'll show you some technology and engineering concepts to take this topic to the next dimension. Pun intended.

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?  

PBL with Google

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

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.

pi-top and a Byte of Raspberry Pi

Inspire and nurture the hidden inventors in your classroom with pi-top! A modular laptop powered by raspberry pi, pi-top is the perfect tool for students to learn to code, and create interactive physical systems that can sense and respond to the analog world. Join us as we go over the basics of pi-topOS and what it can do for your classroom!    

Persuasive Writing: Thanksgiving Edition!

Join our Curriculum Specialists for a Thanksgiving-themed session focused on persuasive writing. This session will provide a detailed overview of a lesson you can deliver in your classroom for this holiday season equipped with web tools, apps, and Notebook techniques to strengthen students’ persuasive writing skills.  The Thanksgiving writing prompt provided will be applicable to a number of grade levels! 

3D Printing: Modeling Geometric Shapes in Tinkercad

3D Printing is becoming increasingly popular in education, and for good reason. The process of creating a print from start to finish addresses many important standards students need to become 21st Century Citizens, for instance, Critical Thinking and Problem Solving as outlined in the 21st Century Framework and Common Core standard MP4: Model with Mathematics. Join us as we define the design process in the context of a classroom and dive into the beginning steps: planning and designing a 3D Print. By the end of this session, you will have the knowledge and steps needed to start a lesson on modeling geometric shapes with  an easy to use design tool, Tinkercad!

Project Based Learning with the iPad

Explore how teachers and students benefit from using iPads in the classroom. Work with apps and see how they facilitate research on a topic, in order to create a product and share this creation with others. This course supports multiple Common Core Standards, including Writing W.3 and W.6

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.

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: Solubility

In this course we'll look at just one of the many applications of a Labdisc in the Chemistry classroom. You can use any Labdisc to perform this activity. Our Curriculum Specialists will show you how to conduct an experiment to identify temperature's influence on a substance's solubility using the temperature probe provided with your Labdisc. They will then show you how to analyze and manipulate the data within the Globilab software as well as extensions you could bring to your 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.

Friendsgiving: Feast on Fractions

Hungry for learning? Join us for an exciting session of Online PD as we explore a Thanksgiving themed math lesson geared towards elementary to middle school students. We will serve up some great methods to engage students in interactive lessons focusing on fractions and ratios as they scale recipes and budget a Thanksgiving dinner. Bring your appetite! 

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.

Sphero RVR - Pentagon Paths

After studying interior and exterior angles of polygons, students will program their RVR to trace around the path of a large pentagon. This will involve speed and heading settings in the Sphero EDU blocks.

Makey Makey - Classifying Triangles

Using a dark graphite pencil and card stock, students will be making an interactive poster to show off their knowledge of classifying triangles by angle measure and length of sides.

Makey Makey - With Gamepads

In this lesson demostration, students make a gamepad using Play Doh.  I show how to test the gamepad out with Scratch programs and also some online free games.  This will all lead up to Game Design as students become more familiar with creating circuits on the Makey Makey board.

Makey Makey - Insulators and Conductors

What types of materials are conductive?  Join me as I demonstrate a lesson using our Makey Makey board as students explore the concept of insulators and conductors.

Draw Activities in SLS Online

Learn how to create, distribute, and monitor drawing assignments through a combination of the GSuite for Education and SLS Online. These are assignments for learning things like sight words, parts of speech, and drawing by numbers. 

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