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Gamify Your End of Year Test Prep

Getting your students ready for end-of-year exams is a daunting task for teachers. This is especially true when you're still trying to complete the required curriculum for the year at the same time. How can you engage your students in material that they have not seen since the beginning of the year? Gamification may be the solution you are looking for! By making a game out of reviewing content, students can easily digest the content that they can expect on their final exams. In addition, gamification can raise student engagement, as students can compete against each other or themselves. In this session, we will look into how you can gamify your end of year reviews either with hands-on activities or with online resources that will spice up the review process for you and your students.

Celebrating National Johnny Appleseed Day with PBL

In honor of National Johnny Appleseed Day, come on a journey with us as we learn about the history and travels of Johnny Appleseed. In this session, we will discuss ways that you can incorporate PBL into your classroom using the American legend as your segue. Additionally, we will explore topics such as Google Earth, robotics, UN initiatives, science, math, and ELA to aid you on your PBL journey.

Introducing the iRobot Root - Coding Robot

Students and teachers that are looking to engage in robotics and coding at all skill levels must check out the Root robot! iRobot, the makers of the famous Roomba, are the creators of the Root coding robot, which is ready to program right out of the box. With its free coding app, students can progress through three learning levels of coding. Root has lights, sounds, and sensors as well as the ability to climb your magnetic whiteboard! Come check out this course and explore all that the Root has to offer!

Presidential Film Festival

Note, this course was previously aired but because of its popularity we are running a recording of this session live at this time. The presenter will not be able to address your questions, but our Professional Development team members will be in the chat box to answer any questions you have. This session can also be found in our Course Library by searching the same title.

Have your students educate their peers, parents, the entire school, or the district about the importance of celebrating President's Day! Join us to learn how you can utilize technologies such as Screencastify or Flipgrid to have your students record themselves acting out important scenes from Lincoln's presidency. Then, discover how student work can be pushed out to the school and parents as a Presidential Film Festival!

Higher Level Teaching with SMART Notebook Updates

Join us for this course where we will check out the new features and fixes from the latest release of SMART Notebook: 23.1 SP2. We will highlight the newest features introduced in this version as well as point out fixes and updates so that you can continue creating high level, engaging lessons for your students.

The 4 Effective Ways to Re-Engage Students After a Holiday Break

Winter and holiday breaks are just around the corner, and while they are a time to relax and recharge, it can also be a time when your students seem to end up "forgetting" everything they've learned up to that point. Join us for this session where we will learn some strategies and concepts with four surefire ways to get your students quickly re-engaged in school and back on track to begin the second half of the school year!

Using 3D Design for a Family Totem

The tradition of family stories being passed down through generations is something that gives a family a sense of identity. In honor of National American Indian Heritage Month, this session will focus on creating family totems using 3D design. Join us as we discuss how to incorporate STEM and the history and significance of the totem into the classroom to create a new family tradition that our students will be able to share and pass down.

Getting Started with micro:bit

Meet micro:bit, a pocket-sized computer that introduces you and your students to the basics of how hardware and software interact with each other. In this introductory session, we will take a look at all the different features that the micro:bit has to offer and teach you how to incorporate it into your classroom with some easy fall activities that you can use to engage your students.

Constitutional Rights in the Digital Age

September 17th is known as Constitution/Citizenship Day, a day in which we celebrate the signing of the US constitution in 1787. We have come a long way since then and today's students must now interact in both physical and digital worlds. In this session, we will show you how to use lessons from our founding fathers to teach your students about becoming good digital citizens and how to incorporate this into any classroom. It is never too early or too late to introduce digital citizenship to your students as they prepare to join the 21st century workforce.

Kicking off the New School Year with Lumio Activities

If you're looking to get students engaged right at the start of the new year, look no further than Lumio! You can use Lumio templates to create original interactive content that can be pushed out to your students for independent or collaborative work. Join us as we dive into what's new with Lumio, game-based activities, student performance, and using the Kooth integration for mental health and well-being.

MAD-learn Design, Build &Test

In this third session of our re-introduction to the new and improved MAD-learn platform we will be taking a deeper dive into the Design, Build and Test phases.  The MAD-learn app creation platform allows students to focus on the creative aspect of app creation first, allowing the students to utilize their artistic sides to create something that will put the "A" in STEAM!

MAD-learn Design Thinking Process

This is our second session on MAD-learn where we will take a deeper dive into the 6 step Design Thinking Process. The team at MAD-learn has created this solution to make it easy for students and teachers alike to brainstorm an idea for an app. By following this step by step process, students will easily be able to build out their app and make their idea a reality. Join us as we look to build something together!

Going MAD for Nutrition & Fitness

Today's students should take control of not only their daily nutrition and fitness regimens, but also their wellness in the digital world. In this session, we will look at technology in order to address both issues. Utilizing MAD-learn's app creation platform, we will demonstrate how students can create an app that can combine digital citizenship with nutrition and fitness, engaging them in learning how to better their health in both the digital world and the real world.

Strategies to Prepare Students for Standardized Testing

Teachers and students alike may be feeling the pressure of having to properly prepare for spring testing. In this session, we will take a look at the different assessment types, plus test-taking strategies that will make students more comfortable in taking them. Let's grow our approach to testing so we can foster learning and showcase student knowledge.

MAD-learn Basics

Looking for an engaging, fun and educational expereience that can merge your classroom curriculum with the building of 21st cetury skills?  Than look no further than MAD-learn, the web-based mobile app development program that gives students the opportunity to design, create, and launch an app of their choosing!  MAD-learn can be used as a PBL tool in your classroom where students get to become 'appreneurs' following a 6 step design thinking process to create and promote an app of their own design.

3D-Design Projects for the Art Classroom

Looking for ways to challenge your students in the art classroom? 3D design and printing has become a leading tool in education, especially when exploring STEAM and project-based learning. Join us as we share ideas for enhancing your pre-existing art lessons with 3D design. Plus, we'll go over activities that can help promote the interdisciplinary benefits of 3D design.

Creating Cross-Curricular Super Bowl Activities

Are you looking to tackle the topic of Super Bowl across the different content areas? In this session, we will look at how you can create cross-curricular activities to teach students about tradition, competition and other defining characteristics of the Super Bowl celebration. We will also explore how your students can bring the fun home to engage family and friends in some Super Bowl-themed activities!

Using Google Workspace in the Secondary Social Studies Classroom

Students at the secondary level (grades 9-12) are expected to be able to combine and utilize the many skills that they have acquired throughout their schooling years to work independently or collaboratively on projects such as writing research papers, engaging in current events, giving presentations, etc. Join us for this course to learn how using all of the functions available in Google Workspace is a great way to create and present engaging and meaningful projects in the social studies classroom.

Creating Holiday Ornaments with 3D Design

It's the most wonderful time of year...for your students to get creative and design holiday ornaments! In this session, we will show you how your students can get creative for the holidays by incorportation 3D design technology as well as 3D printers to create unique and personalized ornaments for the holiday season!

PBL in the Secondary ELA Classroom

Learn how to implement PBL activities to promote critical thinking, communication, and collaboration in your secondary ELA classroom. Embracing technology in a traditional ELA classroom will not only help engage your students, but it will also improve their literacy skills and foster a classroom environment in which the traditional elements of ELA become more hands on.

Improving Elementary Literacy with Technology

Looking for more engaging literacy lessons? Want to try out digital storytelling in your classroom? There are so many educational literacy apps available, it can be hard to choose ones that will work best for your classroom. In this course. we will highlight a few of these tools that you can easily incorporate into your classroom, so that you can keep your students engaged while improving literacy.

Going Further with Seesaw

Seesaw has a specialized system for student portfolios and parent communication that makes it one of the best learning platforms for sharing a student's work! In this session, we will take a deeper dive into the many features that Seesaw has to offer to enhance and elevate your classroom management experience.

Supporting Mentor/Mentee Teacher Partnerships

Creating guidelines and having an open dialogue are two important factors to building a professional foundation between a mentor and mentee, strengthening the relationship. In this course, we will look at how you can build a partnership foundation and utilize technology to collaborate, schedule, and set goals for students.