Frameworks/Resources

How to Create a STEAM Curriculum

Ever wondered how to implement STE(A)M in your classroom? Maybe you have been assigned the task to be the newest STE(A)M teacher at your school? Don't fret--You have the world in your hands! STE(A)M education is at the forefront of teaching students how to problem-solve, think critically, and be prepared for the world that awaits them once they finish their education. Be a part of that revolution, and join us as we discuss the easiest way to go about conceptualizing, building and scaffolding curriculum in your STE(A)M classroom.

Intro to Hybrid Classrooms

As flipped classrooms become increasingly popular, the question arises: flipped classrooms or hybrid classrooms? Hybrid classrooms are a great way to provide both traditional teaching methods and effective learning experiences. Join us as we take a deep dive into the hybrid classroom, and learn why you might want to consider this model this year!

Web Safety for Students

As technology continues to evolve, digital citizenship is an essential tool to teach students. As 21st century learners, it is important for students to have a deep understanding of how to work appropriately on online platforms. In this session, we'll dive into strategies to help students build critical thinking skills as they navigate Internet safety. Join us as we explore best practices and resources to teach digital citizenship in the classroom.

Resources for Teaching Students with a Specific Learning Disability in Reading

Reading is an integral part of our everyday lives. For students with a Specific Learning Disability (SLD) in reading, something most of us take for granted is for them an extremely difficult task. Join our Curriculum Specialists as we take a look at some great tips and resources to use as you teach students with an SLD in reading.

iPad Apps for Every Educator

In this session, we'll explore some great apps that can be used across grade levels and content areas. We'll focus on apps that can be used as formative assessments for students, review games, and as tools for flipping the classroom. Many of these apps have ready-made resources that you can use with your students right away. Others take activities that you may already be using in your classroom and make them more streamlined. No matter how you use them, they are all great tools for bringing your classroom into the 21st century.

Tips and Resources for Starting a Computer Science Club in Your School

Clubs can be an exciting way to get students involved in programs outside of the classroom. Join us to learn about setting up your own computer science club, measuring the impact once it’s up and running, and growing your program to have a positive impact on even more students in your school!

Using Your Library to Create a Makerspace

The purpose of a traditional school library is to is to encourage curiosity, innovation, and problem-solving. Did you know the purpose of a makerspace is the same? If you have been thinking about creating a maker space in your library, go ahead and take the plunge! In this session we'll talk about the many advantages of giving students a hands-on place to learn and apply concepts from all fields of study.

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!

Increase Retention and Beat the Summer Slide!

Fight back against academic regression during the summer months, and say goodbye to rusty skills and forgotten knowledge. In this session we'll review some ways to engage students in activities that will encourage learning throughout their time away from school.

Strategies for Long-Term Science Investigations

In this session, we'll introduce you to strategies to make your long-term science investigations run smoothly! Explore a variety of topics, the different steps and sections of a science investigation, and then view samples to guide your students to success. With help from resources like Urban Advantage, you'll have everything you need to have your students hit the ground running!

Resources for Teaching Students with Hearing Impairments

Teaching students with hearing impairments might cause you to change your teaching strategies for the entire class. If you typically speak to give directions, ask questions, or even just have casual conversation in your class — and you have a student with hearing impairments — this course is for you. Join our Curriculum Specialists as we take a look at some great tools and techniques to help support students with hearing impairments.

Understanding the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Innovations in science are happening at a rapid rate. Often driven by technology and human ingenuity, these advancements must be supported from the ground up in future working populations to sustain this growth. That's where the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) come in, since strong K-12 science standards can help to prepare students for careers within this discipline. Join us to learn about the inner workings of the NGSS and how to read them in a way that helps you to frame engaging science activities.

Resources for Teaching Students with Visual Impairments

Teaching students with visual impairments can be a very different experience to teaching students with other disabilities. Join our Curriculum Specialists as we go over some teaching tips and various tools you can use in the classroom to help support these students and create a welcoming environment for all.

Tools for Lesson Development

Are you looking for tools to help customize your lesson plans and materials? Join our session to learn more about different resources to make your lessons look better than ever!

Technology Integration for the ENL/ELL K-2 Classroom

One of the most challenging situations for young ENL/ELL students is being tasked with learning a second language at an age where they have not yet mastered their first. For young children, the overload to learn multiple languages at the same time can be tremendous. Teachers also face difficulties, and can sometimes struggle to communicate and teach effectively. Join this session for some technology integration tips along with a few savvy strategies to bridge this gap, and help make your students both comfortable, and ready to learn!

Differentiation Tips for Your ELL Students

Discover the many resources out there that can help you address the diverse strengths and weaknesses of the ELL students in your classroom. We'll provide background information on differentiating instruction for ELLs, along with strategies and tools to help you differentiate planning, instruction, management, and student assessment. This session will focus on creating additional supports to help complete lessons and activities that are relevant for each ELL in your classroom.

Revising Traditional Labs with Inquiry Thinking - Part 2

Don't let those old textbook lessons go to waste! Now that you are familiar with inquiry thinking, join us as we transform traditional labs through the various levels of inquiry: confirmation, structured, guided, and open. After this session, you'll be ready to customize your own resources to best suit your classroom's needs.

Resources for Teaching Students with Down Syndrome

Working with students who have Down Syndrome can be both a difficult and rewarding experience. Trisomy 21 is a genetic disorder which can cause growth delays and intellectual disabilities. Join us as we go through some teaching tips and digital resources to help you be prepared for working with students with Down Syndrome. Having a set of tools ready to go at any time can be the difference between a great lesson and a failed lesson.

Tools for Self-Paced Learning Environments

Now that we've learned about the key differences between traditional and self-paced classrooms, we'll dive into the tools, platforms, and applications that we can utilize to foster this kind of learning environment. Join us for Part 2 in our Self-Paced Learning Environments series and uncover ideas to get started in your classroom, all while going at your own pace! 

Resources for Teaching Students with ADD/ADHD

Students with ADHD/ADD can experience attention difficulty, hyperactivity, and impulsiveness. Join our session to learn some techniques, strategies, and resources you can use to best support these students.

Self-Paced Learning Environments

Explore the model of self-paced learning environments as we focus on the key elements that showcase the differences from a more traditional teacher-led whole classroom model. We’ll discuss the importance of the role of educators to provide guidance and feedback, what it looks like when students design their own learning experiences, and all about interactive learning spaces, both in and out of the classroom!

Tools and Techniques for a Successful BYOD Environment

Join us for the second of two courses on creating a quality learning environment in a BYOD classroom. In this session we will discover a number of programs and tools to assist with the successful implementation of this initiative. We will specifically focus on tools to assist with mobile assessment and blended learning techniques.

Introduction to a Successful BYOD Environment

The BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) initiative is taking the education world by storm. However, it requires a great deal of management and organization on the part of the educator and the administration. Join us in the first of this 2-part course where we discuss considerations and techniques for the implementation of a successful BYOD initiative. We will explore a variety of important topics that should be considered before putting a BYOD initiative into practice, and then expand on these procedures to keep you on the path to success.

Just Flip It!

We have seen the flipped classroom grow in popularity due to its inversion approach, which allows for more hands-on, in-person class time. Learn the many benefits of the flipped classroom, from deeper learning experiences while the teacher is present, to students gaining control of their learning process. You'll also discover some tips, tricks, and best practices to become successful in flipping a lesson in your own classroom.

Supports in SMART Notebook for the Special Education Classroom

When using the SMART Notebook software in your special education classroom, you may want to change the way you use it to better fit the individual needs of your students. In this session we will show you how SMART Notebook activities and content creation techniques can be adapted to address specific IEP goals. We will also provide you with strategies to systematically monitor these teaching adaptations for maximum impact in the classroom.

Introducing STEM Role Models Through Literacy

Why are role models so important? Some reasons to have a role model include inspiration, learning how to overcome struggles, and garnering the traits of a successful individual to become the best version of you. It's important to provide students with numerous opportunities to find role models for themselves. As educators, we may sometimes want to suggest role models for specific behaviors and characteristics we think our students would benefit from — like opening up the world of STEM, for instance. Join this session to learn about some elementary level literacy resources you can use to introduce STEM role models to your students.

Revising Traditional Labs with Inquiry Thinking - Part 1

Have you ever experienced the following scenario? A science teacher gives his students a lab on the rock cycle. The students spend 20 minutes working through the lab, following each step closely. After the lab activity the teacher administers an exit ticket as an informal way of assessing understanding, only to see little to no improvement. If you're looking for strategies to increase content retention in the science classroom, join our session to learn some ways to revise traditional labs and increase inquiry thinking.

Redesigning Exit Tickets

Exit tickets serve many purposes, like providing informal feedback to teachers, challenging students to apply what they've learned in a different capacity, or reviewing a day's material. Join us to learn about some inventive ways to elevate your traditional paper exit tickets into something vibrant and engaging!

Fostering Cultural Awareness in your Students

Influencing the way students view the world, and how they connect with the people they meet, is just as important as learning how to read, write, and solve math problems. In this session, we'll look at some tips and tricks to help teachers foster supportive learning environments where students of all cultures feel included. We'll also discuss how to incorporate cultural differences into activities and lessons that help students become even more well-rounded members of their own community.

Resources for Teaching Students with Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, or Dysgraphia

Students with Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, and Dysgraphia see and interpret things on paper in a much different way than students without these disabilities. Join our Curriculum Specialists as we show you some techniques to give you a sense of what these students might be seeing, as well as some strategies and resources you can use to support these students.

Resources for Teaching Students with Autism

Teaching students with Autism can be an extremely fast-paced and rewarding job. Teachers need to be able to think and act quickly as well as be flexible enough to adapt to any situation. In this session, we are going to take a look at some great resources for teachers working with students with Autism. Having a set of tools ready to go at any time can be the difference between successful lessons and negative experiences.

Game-Based ELL Instruction

Split! Peel! Dump! Not familiar with these actions? Then you haven't discovered the magic of Bananagrams! In this session, our Curriculum Specialists will show you some fun ways to introduce new vocabulary to your ELL students using games like Apples to Apples, Bananagrams, Simon Says, and Taboo. This is a session you won't want to miss!

Internet of Things: UI/UX

In our final session on the Internet of Things, we're diving into user interfaces (UI), and user experience (UX)! How does interaction and experience play into the Internet of Things? Join this session to find out!

Expanding ELL Vocabulary Through STEM

Sometimes science seems like an entirely different language to students. Are you struggling to find the right tools to bridge the gap between STEM and ELL vocabulary? Join our session as we discuss strategies to increase acquisition of academic English language through STEM and NGSS across all grade levels, and learn how STEM literacy and English Language Learner literacy can be used productively together. Although we know that teaching ELLs outside of the English classroom can be challenging, communicating through STEM subjects can make it that much easier!

Internet of Things: Data Processing and If This, Then That

In the fourth installment of our Internet of Things course series, we’re talking about data processing! Join us to learn about what happens after the data from our sensors reaches the internet! We’ll also introduce you to If This, Then That (IFTTT), a free web-based service that creates a connection between IoT devices and services.

Internet of Things: Connectivity

Connectivity is extremely important when it comes to the Internet of Things because it's how data reaches the Internet. What considerations need to be factored in when choosing a connection type for your IoT product? Join our session on connectivity to find out.

Technology to Support T-TESS: Domain 4 - Professional Practices and Responsibilities

Teachers often struggle with juggling their many roles and responsibilities throughout the school year, on top of priority number one: teaching. With a profession as challenging as an educator's, self-reflection is one of the best things a teacher can do for him or herself as it presents opportunities for growth. Thinking about what works, and why it works, as well as what didn't work, and why it didn't work, plays an integral role in the process of becoming a better teacher - and role model for students. Join our Curriculum Specialists as we go through strategies for reflecting on teaching, maintaining accurate records, communicating with families, participating in the professional community, growing and developing professionally, and showing professionalism - all while creating engaging lessons for our students and keeping students informed, motivated, and performing at their best. As the final session of our "Technology to Support T-TESS" series comes to a close, we'll help support you as you juggle your many responsibilities.

Internet of Things: Devices and Sensors

It's the second part of our Internet of Things course series and we're talking about sensors and devices! What are they? What factors do you need to consider when choosing a sensor/device for your IoT (Internet of Things) product? Come join us to find out!

Technology to Support T-TESS: Domain 3 - Learning Environment

Students and teachers sometimes consider school their "second home." Because of this, establishing a positive culture for learning and a productive classroom environment full of respect and rapport is not just the teacher's responsibility anymore. Teachers and students must work together to establish routines, behavior management plans, and everyday procedures. Even the physical space should be organized in such a way that benefits all learning styles. Teachers shift to being the advocator for the needs of all students in the classroom, and the students shift to being the collaborators, encouragers, and supporters of the peers around them. Join our Curriculum Specialists as we dive into the third session of the Technology to Support T-TESS (Texas Teacher Evaluation and Support System) series, exploring a variety of resources and technology to support both teachers and students.

Internet of Things: Introduction

There are over a billion things connected to the Internet right now and that number is only going to go up. We are quickly approaching a world where any object, from your car to your coffee machine, can have a connection to the Internet. Join us as we go over the basics of how the Internet of Things works.

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.

Co-teaching Models for Your ENL/ELL Population

Do you have extra teaching support in your classroom? And if so, are you leveraging that support to its fullest potential, especially for your ELL population? Join our session to discover the many co-teaching models you can use to restructure your classroom - and the ways you can use each of them to best support your English language learners.

Digital Citizenship for 21st Century Learners

Technology is changing the landscape of education - and the way we approach digital citizenship. Students must become evaluators of information, and we have a responsibility to equip them with this skill. In this course, we will discuss how technology is changing the way we discuss Digital Citizenship and some ways you can start the conversation in your classroom. Ditch how you thought you should approach this topic in your classroom and join us to learn a new approach! 

Digital Tools for Argumentative Writing

Join us as we take a look at some useful digital tools for argumentative writing! We’ll see how students can fill in graphic organizers digitally with Kami, how teachers can leave voice comments with Kaizena, as well as how teachers can easily fill out rubrics right from Google Docs. In a paperless classroom, teaching argumentative writing has never been easier! 

Creating Your Own STEAM Makerspace Program: Ideas & Considerations

Were you unable to attend our session at ISTE 2018? Well, here it is! Makerspaces are becoming cornerstones of schools’ STEAM offerings. From low-tech buildable options to high-tech coded 3D prints, and some things in between, we’ve got a session to help you figure out what’s right for your solution. Bring your imagination and flex your creative muscles!

Literacy Apps for Early Education

Come take a look at some great apps to help promote early literacy and writing skills in your early education classroom. During this course we will explore Little Writer, Story Dice and epic.  These apps have several pre-loaded activities as well as some customizable features to help with early writing, phonics, vocabulary,  storytelling and critical thinking skills. In this course we show you have these apps apply to all types of learners and can allow for some differentiation in you classroom.  We will also go over some customizable settings on the iPad to make things easier for pre-readers and little fingers. The activities on these apps align with NAEYC and common core early learning standards.

Technology to Support T-TESS: Domain 2 - Instruction

This is the second of a four-session series reviewing the Texas Teacher Evaluation and Support System. Join our Curriculum Specialists as they help you to incorporate technology into the second standard of T-TESS, Instruction. The T-TESS is a set of standards with the purpose of reviewing teacher performance to inform the training, appraisal, and professional development of teachers. From demonstrating knowledge of resources, content, and pedagogy, to designing student assessments, our Curriculum Specialists will guide you through their favorite websites, platforms, and software programs for Instruction!

Technology to Support T-TESS: Domain 1 - Planning

This is the first of a four-session series reviewing the Texas Teacher Evaluation and Support System. Join our Curriculum Specialists as they help you to incorporate technology into the first standard of T-TESS, Planning. The T-TESS is a set of standards with the purpose of reviewing teacher performance to inform the training, appraisal, and professional development of teachers. From demonstrating knowledge of resources, content, and pedagogy, to designing student assessments, our Curriculum Specialists will guide you through their favorite websites, platforms, and software programs for Planning!

Mindfulness Activities for Middle and High School

Are your students having trouble paying attention, coping with change, or difficulty expressing their emotions? There are many layers of mindfulness that you might not know of. Join us as we share ways you can help your middle or high school students build flexibility and emotional toolkits. With these activities, your student will be well on their way to becoming mindful individuals capable of dealing with emotional challenges to be fully present and aware of whats happening in your lesson. 

Implementing Robotics in the Classroom

For some of us, the implementation of new technologies can be difficult, with good reason. There is no "one size fits all" path to successful technology implementation and learning new technologies takes time. Join us as we provide you with some of the considerations for implementing a robotics curriculum into your classroom! We know you're busy so let us do some of the planning for you! Oh, and congratulations! You are taking a big step towards successfully implementing robotics into your classroom!

Resources for Teaching Idioms and Colloquialisms to ELL Students

While understanding the English language might seem like a piece of cake to a native speaker, to someone learning it as a new language, they might as well be fighting a losing battle. We won't beat around the bush in this session about idioms and colloquialisms, so you can be ready to explain them at the drop of a hat. Let us put the ball in your court so you can hit the nail on the head with your next English lesson. A picture may paint a thousand words, but you will be beside yourself as you join our Curriculum Specialists for the best session since sliced bread. We're going to let the cat out of the bag with some great resources to help your English Language Learners understand common idioms and colloquialisms.

Demonstrating Understanding with Infographics

When students create infographics, they are using information, visual, and technology literacies. When teachers create infographics, they can spark classroom debates, gamify the activity, or provide aid for a difficult concept. Infographics can make wonderful study guides, but what happens when students can't understand what they mean? Join the Curriculum Specialists as we dissect these graphically designed tools and learn how to develop assessments where students create their own visual representations of data which will help students successfully showcase their mastery of knowledge.

Funding Classroom Projects with DonorsChoose.org

DonorsChoose.org is an online charity designed to help teachers raise funds for necessary materials in their classroom. It allows teachers to collect money from friends, family, and even strangers, to bring new and exciting experiences and materials to their students. Join our Curriculum Specialists as we take you through the process of starting a project and give you some tips to help get your project funded.

District and School Performance Improvement Strategies

In the effort to improve student achievement and learning outcomes, it is essential for any school or district leader to know the methods and measures used for evaluating success. From unwrapping state standards, to developing academic intervention and enrichment programs, school and district leaders must understand how to design programs that will lead to improved achievement in the classroom and beyond. This series of administrator sessions will identify some successful strategies to enhance performance improvement initiatives in schools and districts.

College and Career Readiness

The primary goal of every school or district is to ensure that students are well-prepared and ready for life beyond the K-12 academic program. Creating successful middle and high school programs that will increase graduation rates and prepare students for college and career readiness are essential to this process. This series of administrator sessions will provide information and strategies that can be used to support school or district efforts to promote early college awareness.  

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Making Your Token Economy Digital

Token Economies are a Positive Behavioral Intervention and Support (PBIS) used to recognize students for meeting goals. While the idea of giving a student a reward for meeting a goal hasn’t changed the structure of keeping track of these rewards and distributing them has. Join us as we show you how to free yourself from the problems of lost, damaged, or stolen physical tokens and create your own digital token economy.

Representing Data in Charts

The purpose of a chart is to visualize data in a way that accurately represents the story a dataset is telling. Tools like Excel, Google Sheets, and Numbers offer a wide variety of chart options and it is sometimes difficult to decide which works best for your purpose and identify which don’t work at all. Join us as we discuss what components are important in various chart types and the ways you can help students choose the appropriate chart for their dataset!

Intro to Design Challenges

Join us for an exciting session where our Curriculum Specialists will flex their technological expertise and share with you their favorite version of the cyclic Engineering Design Process: Build, Test, Learn, Design. Whether you're practicing this process in relation to 3D Printing, or low-tech technologies it will help students build transferable 21st-century skills like critical thinking and create a student-focused environment. In this session, we will give you the knowledge and tools to get started with engineering design thinking in your classroom today!

Web Resources to Welcome the Lunar New Year

The Lunar New Year, also known as the Chinese New Year, is just around the corner, and it's the year of the Brown Dog! The Brown Dog symbolizes a strong and active Earth. If you don't have activities planned, don’t fret! This session will provide you with plenty of resources and ideas to bring the culture and science of the Lunar New Year to your classroom!

Organizational Design and Improvement Strategies

When Designing School and District Improvement Strategies, it is Vital to Align all of your Educational Plans and Priorities Under One Large Umbrella. The Development of a Strategic Plan that Establishes Goals and Expectations, Identifies Program Strengths and Weaknesses, and Aligns Revenue and Resources into One Cohesive Document is a Necessary Tool in this Process. This Series of Admin Sessions will Focus on Key Strategic Planning Questions that can Guide the Design and Development of a Strategic Plan that Addresses Your Current Reality; Identifies Your Desired Outcomes; and Aligns Your Action Plan(s), Revenue, and Resources to School and District Priorities, Goals, and Expectations.

Best Web Resources for the High School Math Classroom

Join our curriculum specialist to learn how find and utilize some great web resources for your math classroom. We will explore advanced Google searches and some websites to assist you in your math instruction and practice. You will leave this session with a variety of math resources that you will be excited to explore more and begin implementing in your classroom.

Effective Instructional Leadership - Introduction

Among the Many and Varied Goals and Expectations of the School or District Administrator is to Need to Demonstrate Effective Instructional Leadership at the District, School, and Classroom Levels. Research Provides Several Strategies that can Assist and Support the School or District Leader in their Efforts to Improve Performance and Create a ‘True’ and ‘Inclusive’ Academic Learning Community. This Series of Admin Sessions will Focus on Some Key Strategies and Steps that can Implemented by School and District Leaders in the Efforts to Identify and Establish Clear Academic Goals, Expectations, and Plans that can Benefit their Entire School Community 

Web Resources for ELL Teachers

Educators work extremely hard to ensure their English Language Learners' needs are are met. They want to make sure their students are not only learning, but developing skills to use in their futures during the school year. There can be a variety of challenges teachers face when trying to master this task as they are often overwhelmed by the differences in each classroom. We are here to help simplify the process of finding different tools and web resources to satisfy a variety of needs.

Brain Breaks for Movement and Alertness

According to a growing body of research, scheduled movement in the classroom has positive effects on cognitive development. In this session we will share with you our top energizing brain breaks for the classroom to give your students the mental breaks they need to refocus the physical and mental state. Some breaks we will discuss are 5-4-3-2-1, movement songs, and Ear Nose Switch. Don't miss out on all the tips and advice this session has to offer to help you incorporate brain breaks in your classroom in a positive, and meaningful way!

Branding Your School with Social Media

Join Lisa Nielsen, the Director of Digital Engagement and Professional Learning for the NYC Department of Education, as she walks us through on how branding your school via school media can impact your student, parents, teachers and even the administrators. You’ll be introduced the importance of Social Media as well the ABC’s of various social media platforms.

Digital Tools for Elementary Math

This course explores a few resources useful for teacher modeling and student exploration in elementary math. Each resource is used for standards in multiple grades. If you’re an elementary math teacher looking for ways to incorporate some digital tools into your repertoire, this course is for you.

IEP/504 Accommodations

Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) and 504 plans are instrumental tools in getting formal help for students in K-12 education with learning and attention issues. While they both focus on giving all students equal opportunities to learn, they are used for different reasons; IEPs for special education and 504 plans for physical access to learning. Join us as we go over these differences in depth and give you strategies and awareness to help you meet every student's needs according to their plans.

SAMR and TPACK

Teachers have been delivering fantastic lessons for generations, using a wide array of technology, or even none at all. Once technology is made available, how does it get used? This session will explore two paradigms to analyze technology integration within the classroom – the Technological/Pedagogical/Content Knowledge (TPACK) framework, and the SAMR Substitution/Augmentation/Modification/Redefinition (SAMR) framework. Participants will leave with a keener eye towards examining technology usage and some ways to enable teachers to better their own practices.

Evaluating Effective Classroom Technology Usage

It is easy to walk into a classroom and see that a teacher has something displayed on an interactive whiteboard, but how do you really assess what type of learning is taking place? During this session, we will examine the utilization of Interactive Whiteboards, Laptops/Chromebooks, and iPads/Tablets into classroom instruction. Participants will leave this session able to apply two model frameworks for the integration of technology into classroom curriculum and content:  SAMR and T-PACK. We will look at effective tools for evaluation:  lesson planning templates and rubrics.  If you are concerned that your school technology investments may be underutilized, or you want to highlight your great technology pioneers, this session is for you.

Strength Based Social Emotional Learning

Do you have students with low self-esteem or difficult behaviors in your class? Do you find yourself and other teachers focusing on the negative aspects of student behavior? Join our Curriculum Specialists as we look at creating a positive reinforcement environment using Strength Based Social Emotional Learning. Teddy will once again be joining us for another round of social emotional learning as we look at different techniques you can try to begin to focus on the positives in student behavior.

Identifying Effective Classroom Technology Usage

What makes a great technology-infused lesson?  How can you encourage teachers to better utilize their available classroom technology more effectively? Participants will leave this session with an understanding of two popular model frameworks for integrating technology tools: SAMR and T-PACK. Administrators will be better able to motivate their teachers into higher levels of effective technology usage, and teachers will be able to do lesson planning to enable deeper understanding and increased engagement from their students.

Tools to Support Literacy in Science

Joining science and literacy creates a perfect pair. Gone are the days where science and ELA are two seperate content areas. For students to seek answers to questions, understand real world phenomena, compare and analyze data, communicate with each other successfully, and express their findings or ideas through graphs and words - students will need to blend both their scientific knowledge and literacy skills together. Come join our Curriculum Specialists as we dive in to various tools and resources to help support literacy in science for your middle to high school students!

Morning Meeting

Morning Meeting is a fun and engaging way to start the day, build a sense of comradery, and sets your students up for success. Join us as we look at some great activities to use with your SMART Notebook software and other great resources. We will be checking out different ways to take attendance, talk about the weather, do the calendar, look at the schedule for the day and more!

TED-Ed Videos for the Science Classroom

TED-Ed is a lesson planning resource created by TED, a media organization with the mission of spreading innovative and noteworthy ideas. We’ll explore the free videos TED-Ed has on their YouTube channel, and gather some ideas about how to incorporate these videos into your classroom instruction. In this session our Curriculum Specialists will share with you three exemplary examples of TED-Ed’s top Science videos, and the creative ways to use them as discussion starters or tools to support learning standards. 

TED-Ed Videos for the Math Classroom

TED-Ed is a lesson planning resource created by TED, a media organization with the mission of spreading innovative and noteworthy ideas. We’ll explore the free videos TED-Ed has on their YouTube channel, and gather some ideas about how to incorporate these videos into your classroom instruction. In this session our Curriculum Specialists will share with you three exemplary examples of TED-Ed’s top Math videos, and the creative ways to use them as discussion starters or tools to support learning standards. 

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! 

Connecting Tools in the TEKS Math Classroom

Join us as we discuss and demonstrate a variety of instructional tools to aid in achieving Essential Knowledge and Skills for Mathematics in the TEKS math classroom. We will take a look at classroom-relevant examples and share a number of resources that can assist with the process of problem solving, modeling, and mathematical reasoning.

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.

Web Resources for the Special Ed Classroom

Special educators work extremely hard to ensure their students with special needs are not only learning, but developing skills to use in their futures during the school year. There can be a variety of challenges teachers face when trying to master this task as they are often overwhelmed by the differences in each classroom. We are here to help simplify the process of finding different tools to satisfy a variety of needs. Join us to learn how to execute an advanced and targeted Google search to find the best web tools for the special education classroom. We guarantee that you will leave this session with a variety of useful resources for differentiating lessons, creating scaffolds, increasing student social skills and more ... that you will be excited to implement in your instruction!

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. 

Technology to Support the Danielson Framework - Domain 4

Teachers face countless choices  daily when it comes to their students, lesson planning, parent interaction, and the environment of where learning takes place. With a profession as challenging as teaching, self reflection is beneficial for teachers as it presents opportunities for growth. Thinking about what works, and why it works as well as what didn't work and why it didn't work plays an integral role in the development of becoming a better teacher and role model for students. Join our curriculum specialists as we go through strategies for reflecting on teaching, maintaining accurate records, communicating with families, participating in the professional community, growing and developing professionally, and showing professionalism all while creating engaging lessons for our students and keeping students informed, motivated, and improving performance. As the final session of our  "Technology to Support the Danielson Framework" series comes to a close, we will help support you as you juggle the many responsibilities assigned to you.

Early Childhood Learning with SMART Notebook

Join our Curriculum Specialists as we help to build your students' knowledge of colors, shapes, letters, and sounds using the SMART Learning Suite. We'll also take a look how you can incorporate objects, numbers, and counting techniques into your SMART Notebook software to enhance the skills of your young learner .Preschoolers and young students are excited about learning and SMART Learning Suite's robust features can be used to seamlessly create interactive, engaging, and motivating lessons so that their love of learning only continues to grow as they do. After this session, you'll be able to take away a multitude of new found skills to generate activities for your Pre-K to K students as they develop social and academic skills.

Assistive Technology Resources

Does your classroom cater to the needs of all learners?  Are you struggling to help those students with learning disabilities or other special needs? If you answered yes to either of those questions join our Curriculum Specialists to learn about some assistive technologies you can implement in your classroom!  Assistive technology helps to level the playing field for your students and chances are you have some in your room already.  Let's take a look at how students can use assistive technologies such as speech to text, iPad apps, and even some low tech options to further their education.

Technology to Support the Danielson Framework - Domain 3

Are you struggling to engage your students in learning? Do you ever ask yourself, "How can I bring this complex content that MUST be taught...to life for my students?" If you answered yes to all these questions, then you're in the right place! Our Curriculum Specialists will guide you through a variety of resources and technology to support Domain 3 of the Danielson Framework, Instruction, where their focus will be to provide strategies for improving your communication with students, introduce different techniques for questioning and discussion, and enhance your flexibility and responsiveness during any type of lesson. Here in Domain 3, teachers execute the plans that they previously created in Domain 1: Planning and Preparation. This domain is considered the "heart" of teaching and we are more than excited to support your passion for instruction as we boost students' passion for learning!

Lesson Planning for ENLs

It may be difficult to know how to fully support an English as a New Language Learner(ENL) in your classroom. There are many strategies and resources out there like ¡Colorín Colorado!, free graphic organizers, and lesson plans that can help you if you know where to look! In this session we will look at  some of those resources, and lesson planning strategies to help you support your students. 

Better Bookmarks

Some days we have so many ideas running through our minds its hard to keep track. Do you ever wish you could capture specific aspects of resources found online like a photo on a digital poster, jot down voice memos, or tag resources to find later? Join us as we explore the many benefits of using apps like Diigo and Google Keep to organize those ideas and save them for those rare days when we do have time.

Technology to Support the Danielson Framework - Domain 2

Join our Curriculum Specialists as we explore a variety of resources and technology to support Domain 2 of the Danielson Framework, focusing our attention on your efforts in creating an exceptional "Classroom Environment." Priorities for establishing a classroom environment full of respect and rapport, a culture for learning, and organizing the physical space include the teacher's ability to create an atmosphere for students that is not only safe and comfortable, but gives all students the feeling of success. Teachers and students begin to work together to establish routines, behavior management strategies, and every-day procedures that work while constructing a caring and warm space, fostering a professional learning setting for all parties involved  As a result, there is mutual respect, understanding, and ultimate success for both teachers and students. 

Apps to Support the Special Education Teacher (A.S.S.E.T.)

This iPad-centric course will cover a variety of skill based and creation apps that are useful in the Special Ed classroom. The session will not just cover the functionality of the apps but best practices to incorporate these apps effectively with students. For example: Using iPads as a Center, for assessment or as a behavior management tool. The session will also reveal some of the best kept accessibility secrets the iPad has to offer to reach all types of learners.

Differentiation Tips for SMART Notebook

Discover how technology, specifically your SMART Notebook software, can help you address the diverse strengths and weaknesses of the students in your classroom. We'll provide background information on differentiating instruction, along with strategies and resources to help you differentiate planning, instruction, management, and student assessment. This session will focus on creating additional supports to complete SMART Notebook activities for a variety of learners in your classroom.

Technology to Support the Danielson Framework - Domain 1

In this first of four-session series, we'll explore how you can best incorporate technology resources to demonstrate your effectiveness of various components of Domain 1 of The Danielson Framework. The Danielson Framework is a constructivist set of instructional components aimed at helping teachers in four domains: Planning and Preparation, Classroom Environment, Instruction, and Professional Responsibilities. From demonstrating knowledge of resources, content and pedagogy, to designing student assessments, our curriculum specialists will guide you through their favorites websites, platforms, and software programs for Planning and Preparation!

20 Cool Things - Part 2

Join us for Part 2 of this course where we discover some more of the latest and least-known uses for the interactive whiteboard. This fast-paced session will explore 20 resources, features, and techniques, designed for your interactive whiteboard to help engage your students and enhance curriculum and instruction.

Gamification

Gamification is a way of cultivating motivation in your students by using games that have educational goals and levels which provide increasingly challenging content. Join us as we show you 5 of our favorite Gamification resources to use in your classroom! To learn more about Game-Based Learning and Gamification before this session check out our Blog at Teq.com!

20 Cool Things - Part I

Explore some of the latest and least-known uses for the interactive whiteboard. This fast-paced session will explore 20 Common Core-aligned resources, features, and techniques, designed for your interactive whiteboard.

Game-Based Learning

Game-Based Learning is a phrase often confused with Gamification or gaming. In this course we will share with you our 5 favorite Game-Based Learning activities to start using in your classroom right away! You will also learn about some ways you can gamify your classroom with or without computers! To learn more about Game-Based Learning and Gamification before this session check out our Blog at Teq.com!

Best Practices with Mobile Assessment

Explore in detail some of the best practices for using mobile or web based assessment. Learn how you to use a variety of mobile assessment softwares to create presentations which students can interact with through polls, quizzes, videos, drawing activities, self-guided quizzes and more.

Enhancing the Writing Process with Edublogs

In this course you will learn about Edublogs, a web based blogging platform powered by Wordpress. The benefits of using Edublogs rather than Wordpress in the classroom are the added features, themes, and plugins that are suited just for education. In addition, when joining Edublogs, you and your students are joining a supportive community of people in education with similar goals and ideas. This is a great resource to use as a way of letting students publish their work or to even create a classroom site! Join us to learn more!

Explanatory and Informative Writing in the ELA Classroom

Discover the best web tools, apps and Notebook techniques to strengthen students' explanatory/informative writing skills. Through the use of tools such as EverNote, OneNote, Snap Guide, and InstaGrok, educators will learn how to create technology-focused mini-lessons to develop students' ability to examine and convey complex ideas and information clearly and accurately.

Close Reading in the Elementary ELA Classroom

This session focuses on using technology to strengthen students reading comprehension skills. Teachers will create interactive lessons that will model in-depth reading of complex texts and highlight the process of gathering textual evidence to support written responses. Through the use of technology such as SMART Notebook software, Subtext, and Actively Learn, students will read complex text, gather evidence from the text and respond in detail. This course focuses on using these tools in the Elementary ELA classroom.

Apple iPad apps: ELA

In this session of Teq Online PD we will be showing you some of our favorite Apple iPad apps for use in the ELA classroom! We will demonstrate the use of English Grammar quizzes for kids with the use of mobile devices, show you how you can easily transform hard copied documents and articles to your device for translation and edits, and provide instruction for English language learners through completely free applications.

Apple iPad apps: Science

Join our PD team as we explore some of our top educational apps in science. Remember building a solar system in school? We have an app that will take this project to a whole new level with more interactivity than ever before. In addition, we will explore our universe and galaxies through mobile devices as well as working with topics for elementary students.

Apple iPad apps: Math

In this course, you will be introduced to some of the latest and greatest apps to use in your Math Classroom! From turning your iOS or Android device into a free graphing calculator to having a personal tutor at your fingertips, we have the apps for you! Join us as we introduce a few of our favorite apps that can work with any math subject; geometry, algebra, calculus and more!

Techniques for Well-Developed Digital Gradebooks

Join us to learn about some advanced techniques in programs like Google Sheets and Microsoft Excel to create digital gradebooks that will allow you to keep track of students' progress seamlessly throughout the school year. Learn how to use advanced functions to create a well-developed gradebook template that can be used from year to year with our PD staff.

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.

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.

Valuable Digital Tools for Algebra Instruction

Algebra is a curriculum area that depends largely on visual concepts and comprehension.  Join us during this course where we discover a variety of digital tools that can assist with enhancing visualization techniques while teaching algebra to a variety of grade levels.  We will feature tools like GeoGebra, Fluid Math, Desmos Graphing Calculator, and more! 

Introduction to Digital Storytelling

In this course, learn about the benefits of using digital storytelling in your classroom to encourage student creativity and learn about a new type of product students can plan and create. We will discuss some best practices and things to consider when starting a digital storytelling project in your classroom, with various grade levels.(Please note, this is an introductory course and will not focus on specific products for creating a digital story.  These courses are separate and can be located in the Course Library)

Using EngageNY to Enhance the Elementary Math Classroom (K-5)

This course will help educators learn how to use modules that have been set up by Engage NY to enhance their Common Core classroom. We will focus on integrating digital tools and manipulatives in order to increase student engagement and understanding while being sure that standards are being accomplished in an ideal way. 

Social Media in the Classroom

Social media has become an excellent tool for opening up communication between teachers, students, and parents all over the globe. In this session we will discuss best practices for implementing popular social media networks into your classroom. We’ll show you how to use Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest to grow your own education- focused network to communicate with your students inside and outside of the classroom.

Using the Google Cultural Institute for a Unique Learning Opportunity

The Google Cultural Institute allows users to discover exhibits and collections from a variety of museums and cultural archives throughout the world.  Learn how to use this great educational tool within the context of a well-developed learning opportunity for students. Explore all that Google has to offer with this very special program which allows students to experience a new level of educational exploration. 

Narrative Writing

Learn how to create technology-rich lessons to strengthen students’ narrative writing skills. This session will provide strategies and steps for teaching narrative writing 21st century style. Explore digital tools that can aid students with brainstorming, storyboarding, characterization and other narrative elements such as voice, descriptive language, and dialogue.

Connecting Tools in the Common Core Math Classroom

Join us as we discuss and demonstrate a variety of instructional tools to aid in achieving the Standards of Mathematical Practice in the Common Core math classroom.  We will take a look at classroom-relevent examples and share a number of resources that can assist with the process of problem solving, modeling, and mathematical reasoning.  

Administrator Track: Assessment and Student Data

Discover a variety of assessment tools that will help guide effective evaluation procedures in this final course of our administrator track. Whether looking to enhance formative or summative assessment in the classroom, we will share a number of resources and helpful techniques that will assist in receiving valuable date to help guide future instruction.

Administrator Track: Designing and Building Engaging Learning Environments

Join us in the second part of this administrator track where we focus on key elements of an engaging learning environment. Take a closer look at how teachers can use the tools available to them, along with additional resources to make the most of their learning environment. Assist teachers in creating an engaging and interactive learning space with some of the techniques shared by our PD staff.

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.

Administrator Track: Identifying Effective Technology Use

In this first course of our sessions dedicated to administrators, we will focus in on how to identify whether the technology you have invested in is being used to its utmost potential. Whether you are working with interactive whiteboards, iPads, Chromebooks, or tablets, this course will help administrators and their teachers make the most out of the available resources.

Using EngageNY to Enhance the Secondary Math Classroom

This course will help educators learn how to use modules that have been set up by Engage NY to enhance their Common Core classroom. We will focus on integrating digital tools and manipulatives in order to increase student engagement and understanding while being sure that Common Core standards are being met in an ideal way.

Enhancing Geography in the Social Studies Classroom

In this interactive course, teachers will acquaint themselves with the NYS standards along with the national standards, and discover the use of the Interactive Whiteboard in the ways to teach Geography. From Google Earth to SMART Notebook software, educators will learn how to take advantage of the many teq-niques available to create interactive sessions to help students learn the Six Essential Elements of Geography.

Intro to Blended Learning

Explore the various models of blended learning and the requirements for a successful implementation. Well discuss learning management systems (LMS), hardware and software needs, and the roles of the teacher, student, administrator, and parents in a blended learning environment.

Intro to Digital Storytelling

In this course, learn about the benefits of using digital storytelling in your classroom to encourage student creativity and learn about a new type of product students can plan and create.We will discuss some best practices and things to consider when starting a digital storytelling project in your classroom, with various grade levels.

Intro to Project Based Learning

Join us to learn about the basics of implementing Project Based Learning (PBL) in your classroom to create engaging and authentic learning activities. We'll cover key points for a successful PBL activity, important considerations, and resources to assist both you and your students.

Utilizing EngageNY Modules for the High School ELA Classroom

This course will help educators learn how to use modules that have been set up by Engage NY to enhance their Common Core classroom. We will focus on integrating digital tools in order to increase student engagement and understanding while being sure that standards are being met in anideal way.

Utilizing EngageNY Modules in the Elementary Math Classroom

This course will help educators learn how to use modules that have been set up by Engage NY to enhance their Common Core classroom. We will focus on integrating digital tools and manipulatives in order to increase student engagement and understanding while being sure that standards are being met in anideal way.

Utilizing EngageNY Modules in the HS Math Classroom

This course will help educators learn how to use modules that have been set up by Engage NY to enhance their Common Core classroom. We will focus on integrating digital tools and manipulatives in order to increase student engagement and understanding while being sure that standards are being met in anideal way.

Close Reading in the High School ELA Classroom

Enhance the way students understand close reading with little-known web, tablet, and interactive whiteboard tools. From the new SMART Ink Document Viewer to eBook readers, you'll learn how to leverage built-in features for maximum effect. This course will have examples for the High School ELAClassroom.

Utilizing Engage NY Modules in the Math Classroom

This course will help educators learn how to use modules that have been set up by Engage NY to enhance their Common Core classroom. We will focus on integrating digital tools and manipulatives in order to increase student engagement and understanding while being sure that standards are being met in anideal way.

Testing Tools in the Common Core 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.

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.

Persuasive Writing

This session will provide web tools, apps, and Notebook techniques to strengthen students' persuasive writing skills. Teachers will learn how to create technology-focused lessons to teach students to develop arguments to support claims using valid reasoning and sufficient evidence through the use of tools such as Collaborize Classroom, Titanpad, Poll Everywhere, and NearPod.

Utilizing Engage NY Modules in the Math Classroom

This course will help educators learn how to use modules that have been set up by Engage NY to enhance their Common Core classroom. We will focus on integrating digital tools and manipulatives in order to increase student engagement and understanding while being sure that standards are being met in anideal way.

Writing Across the Curriculum

Learn how technology can enhance your student's ability to write more effectively. We'll show you how to use the interactive whiteboard software to create templates that will help your students construct well thought out paragraphs. Use the floating tools to edit right at the interactive whiteboard. Create lessons that will encourage your students to think critically about the writing process.

Learning Through Games

In this class designed for Pre-K through 3rd grade teachers, we will explore how to create and facilitate games on the interactive whiteboard. Games can be used to review and explore academic concepts in all subject areas. We will look at and create games for small groups and whole class instruction.

Digital Online Certifications

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