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Introduction to Lumio

Lumio, formerly know as SMART Learning Suite Online (SLSO) gives teachers a place to create classroom activities, assessments, and enhance archived lessons to extend learning. Join us as we walk through Lumio features that will help you to add an interactive spin to your static lessons that will spark engagement in your students. We’ll explore ready-made activity templates and complimentary lesson files that can be easily adapted to fit your classroom!

MC: Promethean - Session 6 - Fostering Collaboration and Positive Behavior with ClassFlow

In Session 6 of our Promethean micro-credential, we will continue to review the Classflow Marketplace. We’ll explore the many features offered on the Marketplace such as digital student badges, using “digital backpacks” to upload and organize their learning resources, and how Classflow can foster collaboration among your students.

Veative Basics

Veative is a virtual reality product unlike any other! Their EduPro VR Headset and Controller are made specifically for education. Veative provides rich learning experiences for your students with over 400 standards-aligned interactive and immersive virtual reality lesson modules. Join us as we use their learning management platform to take a look at how to manage students’ progress and interaction.

MC: Promethean - Session 4 - Fun with Digital Tools in ActivInspire

In Session 4 of our micro-credential, we’ll explain the different tools within ActivInspire, discuss helpful math tools, demonstrate how to use the screen recorder, as well as add videos right into your flipcharts!

Scaffolding vs Differentiation for ELLs

Differentiation and scaffolding are terms that are used nearly every day in an educational environment. They are used so often that sometimes it may seem like they could mean just about anything. In this course, we will take a deep dive into what exactly these words mean, why they are important tools for teachers and students, and how we can use these strategies most effectively in the classroom.

Election 2020: Teaching Politics without Being Political

Another presidential election cycle is upon us, and for many secondary teachers, this might be an uncomfortable thought. However, teaching politics does not have to be political! In this course, we'll take a look at teacher neutrality, and how you can best present political issues to your students and engage them in discussion— without being accused of political bias.

Creating a Personal Needs Profile

Are you looking to individualize the testing experience? Do you want to enhance access to the standardized testing administered to your Special Education students? The abundance of accessibility features can be overwhelming for teachers. In this course, we’ll provide guidelines to help you select appropriate, individualized accommodations rather than make a group decision for your class — just in time for testing season!

Creating Student Voice with Flipgrid

How can we, as educators, promote student voice and self-expression? There are several strategies for promoting student voice in the classroom environment. Join us as we explore Flipgrid — an engaging and empowering tool that is perfect for having your students express themselves creatively. Using this interactive tool, we will show you how your students can record and share ideas, videos, and stories. We will also dive into how educators can utilize this digital tool to create weekly reflections, discussion groups, and explore numerous topics. Watch as confidence and storytelling skills blossom!

pi-top Project 4: Sonic Pi Basics

Continue your work with Sonic Pi in this special session where we'll learn how to code single notes, chords, and use music loops to do Live Coding. Join us for more musical fun!

Holiday Light Show Using micro:bit

Let's get in the holiday spirit with micro:bit! Come have some fun and discover how to make a unique holiday light show using your micro:bit LED grid. We'll also show you how to code pictures and words.

Microsoft Immersive Reader for ELLs

Want to build a more efficient classroom to better help your ELL students succeed? In this course, we'll discuss Microsoft Immersive Reader, a free tool from Microsoft that can help your students improve their reading and writing skills. You'll learn how you can incorporate Immersive Reader into everyday activities and make your classroom a more inclusive place for ELLs.

pi-top Project 3: PULSE LEDs

The pi-top adventures continue as we explore the PULSE unit and its 7x7 grid of programmable LED lights. Join us to learn how to code colors, flashing lights, and even variables for moving your pixel around the grid.

STEM Literacy for ELLs

Increasing STEM literacy is essential in the 21st century classroom, but often, subject-specific teachers do not know how best to reach ELL students. In this course, we will discuss strategies for teaching content area skills while encouraging literacy and language skills to ensure that all students are getting the most out of the material.

MC: Google Educator Advanced - Session 9 - Promoting Advanced Research Skills

Take research to the next level with Google Search and other research tools. Learn how to improve results, cite sources, and even locate academic resources in Session 9 of our Google Educator Advanced course series.

Web Resources for Literacy

Wouldn’t it be great to have super tools on the web that would help you tackle teaching skills like vocabulary building, main idea and summarizing? What if we said we will share our favorite web resources for teaching your students how to mind map and brainstorm to organize their ideas and plan their work around a particular topic or subject? Join our team as we share our favorite web resources to facilitate instruction in the classroom and take your literacy classroom to a well-developed Common Core classroom.

Creating a Digitally Accessible Website Using Weebly

Help meet the varying needs of your students and their families by creating a digitally accessible website using Weebly. In this session you'll learn some great tips and tricks to make your teacher or school website easily usable for individuals with disabilities or sensory impairments.

MC: Google Educator Advanced - Session 8 - Exploring the World Through Interactive Tools

It has never been easier to connect with people and places from all over the world. Our students often take advantage of these opportunities in their personal lives, so why not bring this opportunity into a safe space such as the classroom? Extending your students' knowledge in this realm could leave a fantastic impression on them. Join us for Session 8 as we explore the world!

MC: Google Educator Advanced - Session 7 - Designing Collaborative Learning Opportunities for Your Students

In Session 7 of our Google Educator Advanced micro-credential series, we will explore new learning activities that enable students to work collaboratively in the classroom. We will discuss how to create unique lesson experiences for students and how to utilize apps to enhance curriculum. We will focus on creating interactive Docs, Slides, and Forms, utilizing Google tools for individualized instruction, and creating videos where students can be self-guided.

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

This iPad-centric course will cover a variety of skills-based and creation apps that are useful in the Special Ed classroom. The session will not only cover the functionality of the apps, but also best practices to incorporate them effectively with students — for example, using iPads as a center for assessment, or as a behavior management tool. This session will also reveal some of the best kept accessibility secrets the iPad has to offer to help you reach all types of learners.

Simple Circuits with Your pi-top Breadboard, Part 2

In this session, we'll take our work with pi-top breadboard circuits one step further. Join us as we add buzzers, buttons, and adjust our Python code to flash our LED lights.

MC: Google Educator Advanced - Session 4 - Making Workflow a Breeze

It's time to use technology to take your productivity to the next level! There are several ways to enhance your workflow on Google, like using add-ons, apps, and extensions. Join us for Session 4 of our Google Educator Advanced series where we will take a look at how to manage a variety of these tools to enhance functionality for teachers and students.

Avoiding Negative Transfer for ELL Students

Our ELL students have so many different literacy components to focus on, confusion is bound to occur. While negative transfer is a natural occurrence, there are many ways we can avoid it. Join us to discover some ways to help our students make the transition to a new language as smooth as possible.

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.

Starting Off Your Year with Classroom Management

It's the start of another school year. Students might be distracted, missing summer, and want to catch up with friends, but the teaching must begin! Join us as we take a look at a variety of classroom management strategies to get your students back into learning mode.

Starting Off Your Year with Google

Your class did a lot of great work last year. Your Google Classroom is filled with discussions, assignments, and quality feedback. Your Google Drive has your organizational structure for assignment submissions, and your collaborative tools have evidence of all the work put in. We don't want to see it go, either! Before you hit that dreaded trash can icon, hear us out. In this session, we'll tell you why you should archive instead of delete, and we'll show you how to do it! Hint: You and your students will still be able to access last year's hard work, and you'll set yourself up for even more success in the year to come.

Teaching Summer Reinforcement Skills: Math

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

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!

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.

Augmented Communication Applications

Augmented communication in the modern day classroom has become more accessible than ever before. Thanks to handheld devices such as tablets, assistive communication is at your fingertips, and it's as easy as downloading an app. Join us as we take a deep dive into some popular augmented communication apps, and help you decide which might be the best fit for your classroom!

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!

Sparkfun micro:climate kit Basics

Spring has sprung, but the weather has been all over the place! Turn weather patterns into a lesson by monitoring atmospheric conditions with the micro:climate kit. Join this session to discover what's in the kit, and how to get started using it in the classroom.

Creative Writing with Cue

"But, soft! What light through yonder window breaks? It is the east, and Juliet is... a robot?" Cue might not be the best at performing Shakespeare, but this robot from Wonder Workshop is a great resource for cross-curricular lessons. Join this session to discover how Cue can be used as a tool to teach programming, robotics, and creative writing!

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.

Tools for Monitoring a Bottle Terrarium

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

Teaching Music with SmartMusic

SmartMusic is a web-based music education platform that connects teachers and students. Join us to discover the capabilities of this platform as well as how to use SmartMusic in your music-based classroom. This session will be music to your ears!

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!

Sparkfun micro:arcade kit Basics

The SparkFun micro:arcade kit packs a big punch! This micro:bit extension allows you to write and code games as well as build your own gaming console. Join this session to find out all about the kit and how to get started with building games in MakeCode.

Digital DBQs for the Social Studies Classroom

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

Sparkfun Inventor's Kit for Photon Basics

The SparkFun Inventor's Kit for Photon, also referred to as the SIK for Photon, is a fantastic solution for those interested in the Internet of Things. Join this session to learn what the Photon RedBoard is, what comes in the kit, and learn how to get your projects hooked up to the Internet!

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.

Using Google Forms for Mobile Assessment

In this session, you'll learn how to use Google Forms to create self-grading assessments. Forms are one of the most versatile tools Google has to offer. From collecting data, to conducting peer reviews and formative assessments, join us to explore the variety of ways that Google Forms can be implemented in your classroom.

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. 

Listenwise for ELL Instruction

Listenwise is a great podcast based resource to support your auditory and English Language Learners across all subjects. Motivate your English Language Learners to advance their listening skills with Listenwise's carefully curated collections. With interactive transcripts, tiered vocabulary, and reduced audio speed, Listenwise helps to improve comprehension and expand vocabulary. Great for beginner to advanced learners! Join us as we explore the content provided by Listenwise and make suggestions for use in your classroom! 

Engaging Students with Video:PlayPosit

Do you assign students videos and clips to watch for complicated content? Maybe you provide multimedia for students to use as additional resources and review. How can you tell with the utmost certainty that your students are actually utilizing these videos, and learning from them? With PlayPosit, you can add interactivity to your videos and get data about students' use and performance with embedded assessment items. From popular sites like YouTube and Vimeo, PlayPosit allows you to stream videos on to your personal dashboard and customize the user experience with pauses, questions and more! Now integrated with Google Classoom, PlayPosit makes it easy to use video in your already seamless workflow! Join the Curriculum Specialists as we guide you through the platform, so you too can begin using this wonderful learning tool in your class!

PBL with Google

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

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.

PBL for ENL/ELL

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

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.

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!

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.

PBL for ELA

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

Everything Educreations

Join us to learn about Educreations, a resource that allows you to engage students in an interactive and exciting way with videos. With this resource, teachers can engage students both in and out of the physical classroom, reach a variety of learners, and explore ideas like flipping their classroom!  Learn how Educreations can be used to create classes, enroll students, build courses, and share screencasts!

Persuasive Writing: Thanksgiving Edition!

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

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.

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.

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.

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!

St. Patrick's Day Poetry

Join us to find the gold at the end of the rainbow as we explore St. Patrick's Day themed poetry lesson ideas geared to elementary students. Our curriculum specialist will walk you through some fun ways to incorporate technology into your poetry lesson, while showing you some great tools both you and your students can benefit from. Now let's go find that gold!

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. 

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!

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!

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.

Digital Storytelling with iMovie 10.1

...Things are getting spooky around here at Teq!  In preparation for Halloween, the PD team has prepared an exciting session that will discuss how teachers and students can utilize iMovie 10.1 to demonstrate creativity and convey elements of effective storytelling. We’ll point out useful updates and fantastic features including Trailer Templates, Storyboards, and Outlines that will help transform the ordinary classroom into an innovative film studio!  See you there in your scary-wear!