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Teachers everywhere will rejoice when they can return to a "normal" classroom. The return to learn is near, but so many new challenges will be presented. For example, how will we best meet the needs of our ELL students? Unlike previous school years, where our ELL students benefited from daily immersion in the English language, they may have only received bits and pieces of English while learning remotely. How can we acclimate our ELL students as they re-adjust to in-person learning? Join us to learn some strategies to best support our ELLs as they re-adjust to the classroom.
Do you have a student who frequently gets frustrated with what seems like simple tasks and isn't sure how to act in general social situations? Join us as we take a look at creating and implementing storyboards in your classroom. Storyboards help students develop skills to combat difficulties throughout the day while incorporating different components of social and emotional learning techniques in a safe environment.
Good pedagogy is a critical component of learning -- regardless of age. If we want to design professional learning that is effective and makes an impact on student outcomes, we must ensure we’re engaging our adults in the same way we would any student. Presented by Michelle Blanchet, this module discusses the role of the facilitator in creating meaningful learning experiences for our educators. It includes some basic design elements that make for engaging professional learning so you can create greater impact for both teachers and students.
Michelle is an educator striving to improve how we treat, train, and value our teachers. After ten years of experience working with young people, she founded the Educators’ Lab, which supports teacher-driven solutions to educational challenges. Michelle earned a master’s in international relations from Instituto de Empresa in Madrid. She has taught social studies in Switzerland and the U.S. and has presented at numerous events, including SXSWedu and TEDxLausanne. Michelle is a part of the Global Shaper Community of the World Economic Forum. She has worked with organizations like PBS Education, the Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning, Ashoka, and the Center for Curriculum Redesign.
Every teacher knows the beginning of the year is the best time to establish routines to optimize learning and cut down on wasted time. Using Screencastify to record and introduce class routines will not only help detail important information that students can refer back to (such as submitting homework), but it's also a great resource for students entering your class mid-year. Join us for some tips and tricks for creating Screencastify videos!
Once technology is made available, what can educators and administrators do to make sure it is being used properly? That’s where the SAMR framework comes in. The SAMR model is a quality check for a technology tool that has been integrated into a lesson. After this session, participants will leave with a keener eye towards examining technology usage and learn how to use technology to enhance learning opportunities for students.
What can you do when you’re given technology but not quite sure where to start when it comes to plugging it into your preexisting lessons? TPACK is there to help teachers engage students with technology! This session will explore the TPACK framework as a model for successful technology integration. We’ll dive into the specifics of Technological, Pedagogical, and Content Knowledge that are at the core of the TPACK model for technology integration.
There are a number of technology integration models out there that can give you a better idea of the value that technology is bringing to your instruction. In this session, we’ll dive into the PICRAT model and the two foundational questions that a teacher can ask about any technology used in their classroom.
Let’s use Microsoft OneDrive to get organized! In this session, we'll walk you through strategies for uploading and organizing your files and review how to adjust your share settings to collaborate with your students and colleagues. We'll also cover some great ideas for enhancing your workflow and managing documents.
Teaching remotely has been a major adjustment for both educators and their students. From learning how to deal with a surprise appearance by the family dog, to effectively assessing your students, there have been many new things to learn. In this session, we'll reflect on the challenges and triumphs of teaching remotely during the 2020-2021 school year. Join us to discuss what worked and what didn't, and what you'd like to bring back to the classroom.
Teachers everywhere will rejoice when they can return to a "normal" classroom. The return to learn is near, but what should this learning look like? If recent history has taught us anything, it's that the ways in which education can be delivered have fundamentally changed. In this session, we'll discuss how you can leverage Google skills learned used during remote learning when you return to the classroom.
Some students are profoundly affected by lapses in instruction, such as over summer, winter, or spring breaks. In this course, we'll share some apps and games, as well as other online activities and support for parents to prevent regression and provide opportunities for their child to retain the skills they learned in a fun and positive way.
Hang in there — summer is almost here! Join us as we take a look at how to close out the school year using Google. We'll focus on getting you ready for next school year now, so you can have more fun in the sun this summer. We'll show you how to organize your Google Drive, wrap up your digital gradebooks, and create a summer to-do list so you are ready to hit the ground running next year.
Social and emotional learning (SEL) is a hot topic in education, and figuring out how to address students' needs while learning remotely has been a challenge. In this course, we'll take a look at some of the tools SMART already has built into their software, and how these tools can be used to engage students in positive social and emotional learning both in and out of the classroom.
Join us as we take a look at STEAM in the early childhood classroom and how it can be done during distance learning. Walk away with some tips, tricks, and confidence to take on this new way of learning in a developmentally appropriate, interactive, and exciting way.
Collaboration and cooperative learning activities can be tough to initiate in a virtual learning environment. But with the right tools, such as Kami, teachers and students can achieve more together! Join us as we explore how Kami provides the fundamentals needed to create an engaging and cooperative learning environment, serving as your digital pen and paper.
During this session, we will explore how technology can help support 1D to 3D learning, even in a hybrid environment. We'll take some time to review what exactly 3D learning is and how it's reflected in the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). From there, we'll dive into various types of technology and how they can be used to support this type of learning, both in and out of the classroom.
Join us for a quick introduction to edtech planning 101. We'll dive into some considerations and recommendations for creating or improving upon a technology plan for your school or district. During this course, we'll also bring up some thought provoking questions to help you on your journey of creating and revising your plan.
In this follow up course to “The Art of Alt Text,” we will look further into alt text best practices. Join us to learn why alt text is important, what kind of images you should not be using, why default alt text is not good enough, and why it’s important to add alt text to all graphics.
Join us as we share scaffolded activities to encourage journaling and allow ELLs to work at their own English language development level. We’ll also explore how to use Google Slides to encourage your ELLs to complete written accounts or photo entries that keep a record of their lives during this momentous time in history.
Looking for ways to ensure that your students stay on task during digital instruction? Whether you are following a fully remote or hybrid learning model, the digital component to your instruction may be posing challenges with your classroom management. Join us as we provide guidelines on how to create monitoring systems that keep students engaged and limit non academic communication to optimize learning.
Manipulatives provide our students with unique learning experiences and lesson engagement. Whether you are in the classroom or working with students remotely, it is necessary to share meaningful resources with students. In this session, we will explore digital manipulatives as well as how we can use household objects to help students understand key concepts.
Are you interested in learning more about hybrid learning? A hybrid learning model is a great way to provide traditional teaching methods while also providing remote learning opportunities. Join us as we explore this learning model and discuss online and face-to-face learning strategies. We will also cover tips and tricks for lesson planning and instructional strategies to bring to your students.
Do you have students with low self-esteem or difficult behaviors in your class? Do you find yourself focusing on the negative aspects of student behaviors? Join us to look at creating a positive reinforcement environment using strength-based social and emotional learning. We'll look at different techniques to help you start focusing on the positives in student behavior.
Let's talk about engaging our students and managing a virtual classroom while using Zoom! In this session, we'll discuss best practices for setting up a Zoom meeting, and how to maintain organization while the meeting is in progress. We'll also learn unique ideas for visual polling to help maintain focus and engagement during instruction. Join us as we explore how to foster discussion and manage tasks in a virtual classroom.
Social distancing can pose an extraordinary challenge for classroom teachers. For educators who regularly relied on group work and activities that got students moving around the room, the prospect of teaching students six feet apart can be quite daunting. Additionally, this experience will be challenging for students as well. In this course, we’ll discuss how to continue social and emotional learning despite these challenges, and cover some tips and strategies to continue group work while keeping your students motivated, focused, and safe.
Every good Project-based learning activity starts with a driving question, so creating meaningful ones is essential to building an authentic PBL experiences for your students. In this course, we will discuss some ways of creating driving questions that are focused, open-ended and engaging.
Making changes, such as creating new annual IEP goals, becomes a little more complicated and the process may look different in remote learning situations. Join us as we share some strategies, such as using data collected remotely, to help you maintain the same quality in your IEP writing and ensure that your students are working towards appropriate and attainable goals for the next school year!
Social-emotional learning is just as important for teachers as it is for students. What can we do to ensure that our mental health and well-being is supported, right from the start of the school year? In this session, we’ll learn the importance of social-emotional learning for educators as well as strategies for handling the stress and unknown of the new school year. We will also dive into specific resources that can help to support both you and your students. Let’s work together to create a positive mindset!
Everybody loves the idea of bringing Project-Based Learning to their classroom, but not every teacher knows how. In this course, we'll help out our middle and high school math teachers, giving some tips, tricks, and ideas on how to use Project-Based Learning.
Presentations must be accessible for all users. In order to ensure accessibility for individuals using assistive technology, extra measures need to be taken while building a presentation. In this session, we will discuss how to create accessible presentations that will allow all users, including those using assistive technology, to be able to access the content.
As the world becomes increasing digital, educators are using and creating more digital content. While digital content makes sharing information easier, it is also important to ensure that all individuals, including those with disabilities, will be able to easily receive and read this content. In this course, we will introduce digital accessibility, and discuss the importance of creating accessible content for all.
Websites must be accessible for all users. In this session, we will review how to test the accessibility of a website. For schools looking to self-assess their own website, this session will go over how to test, the best tools to use, and what to look for as you conduct your accessibility review.
Are you interested in learning more about staying safe in the digital world? In this session, we’ll cover the basics of cybersecurity and strategies for teaching our students to stay protected while working on digital platforms. We will also explore the potential risks associated with working and interacting online. Join us as we discover security basics to protect our personal files and data from unauthorized access.
All the content we create needs to be digitally accessible, and that includes content posted on social media platforms. In this session you'll learn easy tips for making your social media posts accessible for all users.
As special educators, we know that schedules, sensory support, and close collaboration with parents and caregivers is crucial during home-based instruction situations. Join us as we share strategies for special education teachers to tailor instructional materials to meet each student’s needs and keep routines as consistent as possible in an alternate setting. We’ll share scheduling templates, suggestions for specialized coaching and instruction, and other digital resources to support behavioral and social needs to help keep students on task no matter the setting.
Video captioning is an essential component of digitally accessible videos. However, when captions are only offered in one language, this limits access for thousands of users. In this video, you will learn how to turn on translated subtitles, and how to create translated subtitles for your own videos.
As learning and instruction continue to be supplemented with multimedia, it's increasingly important to ensure that that media can be consumed by all communities. In this session we'll be discussing the use of videos online, the importance of captions, and how you can use them to enhance your content.
Inclusive websites must be written in plain, everyday language so users can easily find what they’re looking for, understand it, or even get a better translation of it from online accessibility tools. This workshop gives participants a number of ways to ensure that what they write meets these important goals.
As if a transition to complete remote teaching isn’t challenging enough, as a Middle or High School educator, you are also probably worrying about your students. Your students most likely have a full understanding of what is going on and are looking for support as they adjust to this new reality, although they might not say so outright! Join us as we share some lesson ideas for social-emotional learning that you can incorporate into your remote teaching to help your students develop strong coping skills to adjust to this new reality.
As if a transition to complete remote teaching isn’t challenging enough, as an Upper Elementary educator, you're also probably worrying about your students. There may be some disagreement as to whether students at this age understand what is going on right now, and what led to this major shift in teaching style. However, we can agree that students in this age group are looking to the adults closest to them -- parents and teachers -- for support. Join us as we share some lesson ideas for social-emotional learning (SEL) that you can incorporate into your remote teaching to help your students develop strong coping skills to adjust to this new reality.
As a primary level educator, you are most likely used to incorporating social-emotional learning (SEL) into your lessons on a daily basis, since you're aware that students at this age need social and emotional support constantly. That job just became a little more challenging now that you are tasked with fostering students’ social-emotional skills when you aren’t able to be in class together. Join us as we share some lesson ideas for social-emotional learning that you can incorporate into your remote teaching to help your students develop strong coping skills to adjust to this new reality.
Digital accessibility requires accessible formating. In this session you'll learn how to format accessible documents as well as how to evaluate documents for proper accessibility formats.
Inclusive websites never use phrases like “click here” or “find out more” in their hyperlinks. Instead, they incorporate meaningful hyperlinks -- ones that tell users where they'll be going, why they are going there, and what they can do once they get there. This workshop gives participants a number of ways to ensure that they meet these three goals and create meaningful hyperlinks.
Screen readers are simple yet effective tools that allow people with visual impairments to read digital text, websites, and other digital content. Learn about tools and techniques to create inclusive websites while improving your communication with those who have visual impairments.
Forming assessments that are clearly defined for all students can be a challenging task. In this session, you’ll learn the best practices for creating and using common assessment data. We’ll review the importance of discussing and analyzing questions and answers for more accurate data comparison. We’ll also cover formative and summative common assessments and the collaborative common assessment creation process.
Join Joseph and Matt as they share tips and things to consider as you prepare for Remote Learning in your school or District.
Teach it and sing it! Let's discover how to use music as a tool to facilitate instruction in your ENL classroom. In this course, we'll be going over some great movement activities and songs that you and your students are going to love.
It can be intimidating when you are faced with a full roster for your Special Education class which only means one thing: a full set of new IEPs. As national and state standards become more complex and challenging for our students, there is an ever growing need to create a quality IEP, including a well-written PLOP and aligned goals. Join us as we share guidelines to create an exemplary IEP!
Fairy tales are perfect for connecting STEAM and literacy learning! Engage your students with hands-on engineering challenges that use the beloved classic fairy tales, as well as some modern ones.
Join us as we uncover resources to help create our own digital library! In this course we will go over the benefits of having a digital library in your classroom and discuss how to use programs such as, Google Play Books App, Apple Books, and Amazon Kindle to gather and obtain eBooks for your new digital library.
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.
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!
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.
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!
Teaching hard of hearing students 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 hard of hearing student — this course is for you! Join our Curriculum Specialists as we take a look at some great tools and techniques to help support your students.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Do you find your students drifting away to dreamland or struggling with impulsive behaviors? Come join us as we explore the science behind mindfulness and some activities using technology that can assist your students with their practice of mindfulness. Can't wait to Zen with you!
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