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Engaging Students in the Engineering Design Process

The engineering design process is used throughout STEM classes, as students can develop solutions to many types of problems. Join us to learn some quick and simple activities you can do with your class to engage them in the engineering design process! Whether students are already familiar with the EDP, or have no idea what it is, they can benefit from these quick challenges!

Intro to Kami

Kami is a digital tool available for download that allows students to engage with typically static instructional materials through annotation and markup tools. In this course, we'll show you how to access Kami and explore available features, ideas for the classroom, and tips and tricks for getting started. Join us to learn about this powerful tool and increase your student engagement.

Digital Journaling Activities

In today's session, we'll be learning all about digital journals. From benefits to important considerations, and even recommended tools, we'll give you all the information you need to get started with your students. Whether you're looking to switch over journal activities from pen and paper or want a unique activity to do with students, you've come to the right place! 

Using Boom Cards to Provide Summer Challenges for ELLs

Many of us send home the traditional summer work like reading lists, math packets, and other review materials to help continue the learning for our ELL students. Why not make summer learning more fun and engaging with quick challenge cards? In this session, we’ll learn how to create and use Boom Cards to push out challenge cards for your ELLs to access anytime and anywhere during the summer.

Digital Memory Books for SEL

As the school year comes to a close, students have had countless memorable experiences. Why not help them reflect and process events by creating memory books? In this course, we'll show you how your students can create digital memory books to capture their favorite moments.

Using Google to Explore the Earth's Oceans

The ocean covers nearly 71% of Earth's total surface and comprises 96.5% of all of Earth's water supply. Maintaining a healthy ocean is critical to all living things and the wellbeing of the entire planet. Join us as we celebrate World Oceans Day and use Google Tools like Google Maps and Google Earth to explore Earth's oceans and learn more about this critical resource.

Best Practices for Digital Assessments

Are you looking to bring your assessments into the digital era? Join us in this session as we take a look at different digital platforms, best practices, and other tips to help you assess your students successfully using web based tools.

Tools to Encourage Dramatic Play in Early Ed

Dramatic play enables students to enhance communication skills, learn key concepts, and develop problem-solving strategies by taking on new roles, acting out real-life experiences, and even dressing up and using imaginative props. In this session, we will discuss the importance of dramatic play for students in the early education classroom. We will also discuss specific, cross-curricular dramatic play activities and suggested literature that you can explore with your students. Join us to learn strategies for setting up your classroom environment to create a space where dramatic play and creativity can soar!

Robotic Recycling Challenge

Project based learning activities involving robotics are fun and engaging for students and teachers alike. They can also involve a lot of consumable resources to put together. Why not be kind to our Earth and transform trash into an exciting robotic creation? In this course, we'll highlight recycled materials students can use as they plan and build their robots, as well as how to responsibly clean up after the project is complete. Whether you're looking for a project to do for Earth Day or are just trying to make your classroom more environmentally friendly, you'll find exciting tips and tricks to make our Earth a better place.

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, as strong K-12 science standards can help to prepare students to be college and career ready in the 21st century. Join us to learn about the inner workings of the NGSS and how to read them in a way that can help you to frame engaging science activities.

MC: Google Advanced - Session 10 - Final Assignment

Congratulations! You have made it to the final session in our Google Educator Advanced Micro-credential. You are one assignment away from earning your certificate and this session is going to give you all the tips, tricks, and details you need to make that happen. We'll walk through an example final assignment, take a detailed look at the rubric, and review the Google Educator Level 2 Certification process, should you decide to move forward with Google's own certification.

MC: Google Advanced - Session 7 - Using Google Sites and Gmail to Connect with Guardians

In our last session, we dove into keeping guardians up to date. In Session 7 of our Google Educator Advanced Micro-credential, we will continue to explore how you can use Google Sites and Gmail to connect with guardians. We'll explore all the options for embedding other valuable Google Workspace resources into your Google Site, including forms for all of your classroom needs!

MC: Google Advanced - Session 4 - Using YouTube to Curate Digital Instructional Materials

It's time to use YouTube to support different learning models! There are several ways to enhance your lessons using YouTube and its features. Join us for Session 4 of our Google Educator Advanced Micro-credential where we will take a look at how to take advantage of the variety of tools within YouTube.

Making Self-Paced Learning Work for Younger Students

Self-paced learning has become a popular model to facilitate more student-led instruction. With the teacher moving into a guided role in this model, how can this work with younger students? In this session, we'll take a look at some platforms and best practice for making self-paced learning work successfully for some of our youngest learners.

MC: Google Advanced - Session 1 - Introduction

Welcome to Session 1 of our Google Educator Advanced Micro-credential! In this session, we will introduce you to the sessions that make up this course series, independent practice opportunities, and completion requirements such as the checkpoint assignments. We’ll also discuss where you can access support during the series and introduce you to the main themes and apps we’ll cover throughout the sessions! Join us to learn all the information you’ll need to be successful in our Google Educator Advanced Micro-credential.

Rube Goldberg Machines with iBlocks

Learn how to use the iBlocks framework to guide your students through the Engineering Design Process, first building context and understanding around Rube Goldberg, simple machines, and then how they come together in a Rube Goldberg Machine. IBlocks content leads students through the planning, design, and construction of their machine and finally, the testing and evaluation, where students learn the importance of refining, remixing, and redesigning.

How to Integrate Technology into Your Rube Goldberg Machine

In this session, David Fox, creator of the “Rube Works” app, will talk about bringing the Rube Goldberg experience to an app in a fun and inspirational way. Alefiya Master from MAD-learn will talk about the importance of app development in STEM education. Twelve live attendees of our Rube Goldberg OTIS series will be selected to receive Rube Goldberg early reader chapter books for their school libraries!

Redesigning Exit Tickets Using Pear Deck

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. Pear Deck is a powerful tool that can help engage your students in the assessment process and provide you with easy-to-access student data. Join us to learn about some inventive ways to elevate your traditional paper exit tickets into something vibrant and engaging using Pear Deck!

Finch Basics

Finch is a micro:bit-powered, programmable robot that can grow with your students from K-12 and beyond! With built-in sensors, buzzers, lights, and so much more, students can take their programming wherever their imagination takes them. Whether your students have never even heard of coding or are highly experienced, they can develop future ready skills with the Finch Robotics kit. In this session, we'll cover the basics, as well as the free educator resources offered by BirdBrain Technologies that can help you get started.

Rube Goldberg Machines in the Digital World of Minecraft

Join the team from Rube Goldberg Inc and Minecraft global ambassadors they discuss bringing STEAM into the digital world of Minecraft through Rube Goldberg Machines. They will discuss the minecraft.edu tutorials based on simple machines and how those lessons will culminate in a digital Rube Goldberg Machine Contest with NASEF set in the world of Minecraft. 

Rube Goldberg Machines in the Classroom

In this session, Jennifer George shares how teaching Rube Goldberg in the classroom levels the playing field for all learners of all ages. She will talk about the history of the Rube Goldberg Institute for Innovation & Creativity, the origins of the Rube Goldberg Machine and the machine contests that the family has run for over 35 years.  She will also introduce a variety of new offerings that exist for all grade levels that want to get started creating Rube Goldberg Machines in the classroom. 

Strategies for Reducing Test Anxiety

Students are often nervous and anxious about upcoming tests. Join our Curriculum Specialists as we take a look at some strategies your students can use to help reduce test anxiety and how you as the teacher can help.

Kicking Off Conversations with KIBO

Building a strong class community is essential for a successful school year. Have your students get to know one another in a unique way using KIBO! Join us as we discover how to use KIBO to help students build relationships with their peers and practice critical 21st century skills. We'll review KIBO's features and share engaging activity ideas that are sure to get conversations flowing.

Creating Class Websites with Google Sites

A class website can be a powerful tool to help organize class resources and communicate with students and their families. In this session, we'll take a look at how you can easily create a class website using Google Sites. Learn the basic steps to get your website off the ground, as well as some advanced features to take your website to the next level.

Starting Off Your Year with Google

Google Workspace is a powerful suite of tools that can make the start of your school year easier, more organized, and more collaborative. Whether you're remote or in person, we've got you covered. In this course, we will go over the essentials of using Google tools to make sure that you and your students are starting off the school year on the right foot!

Google Workspace for Education: Google Calendar

Need a good way to organize your time? Google Calendar is a helpful tool for time-management and scheduling. Join us to learn the basics, how to integrate it with your other Google Workspace for Education apps, and to explore some additional features.

Google Workspace for Education: Google Meet

Are you looking for a dynamic video conferencing experience? Whether you're meeting with students, colleagues, or parents, Google Meet has you covered! In this course, we’ll review the basics of setting up a Google Meet, how to start activities like Breakout rooms and Polls, and much more.

Student Mental Health with GoGuardian

Understanding your students' mental health is critical for their education. GoGuardian can be a useful tool to help you understand how your students are doing by looking at student trends, observing digital behaviors, and connecting with students who may need more support. Join us to see how you can use the features of GoGuardian to check in on student wellbeing.

Reflecting on a Year of Remote Teaching

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.

Building an Enrichment Program with Rube Goldberg

Join the world’s foremost expert on all things Rube Goldberg, Jennifer George, as she discusses why the overly complicated machines that bear Rube’s name remain a key component of enrichment and STEAM programs in schools across the country. Then, learn from our curriculum team on how to structure a Rube Goldberg-centered enrichment program, and how we add technology, advanced literacy, and career exploration to a K12 Rube Goldberg program.

MC: Apple macOS - Session 7 - GarageBand

No musical abilities are required for Session 7 of our Apple macOS micro-credential, but get ready to learn about the basic features of GarageBand to help bring music into your classroom. Loops, tracks, notes, and exporting your music are just a few of the things we'll be discussing in this musical of a session.

MC: Apple iPadOS - Session 7 - GarageBand

No musical abilities are required for Session 7 of our Apple iPadOS micro-credential, but get ready to learn the basic features of GarageBand to help bring music into your classroom! Loops, tracks, notes, and exporting your music are just a few of the things we will be discussing in this musical of a session.

MC: Apple macOS - Session 4 - Pages

Session 4 of our Apple macOS micro-credential focuses on the use of Pages in the classroom. Join us to review how to create documents from scratch or templates, and how to enhance your documents to support student learning. We'll also discuss how to integrate other iWorks products into your documents, and how to create a collaborative workflow for your students.

MC: Apple macOS - Session 3 - Safari

Join us for the third session of the Apple macOS micro-credential where we will discuss how to maximize your Internet experience through the use of Safari. In this course you will learn a few tips and tricks to help you become a Safari master. We'll take a look at extensions, settings, reader mode, and more, to help teachers (and students!) make the most of Safari.

MC: Apple iPadOS - Session 5 - Numbers

In Session 5 of our Apple iPadOS micro-credential, we will show you how to organize and analyze data with Numbers. Numbers gives a creative twist to a spreadsheet application, incorporating charts, pictures, text, and even videos to help understand and showcase data in a whole new way. Join us to explore some key features of Numbers to make the most of your data.

MC: Apple iPadOS - Session 4 - Pages

Session 4 of our Apple iPadOS micro-credential focuses on the use of Pages in the classroom. First we'll review how to create documents from scratch or templates, and how to enhance your documents to support student learning. Then, we'll discuss how to integrate other iWorks products into your documents, and how to create a collaborative workflow for your students.

MC: Apple iPadOS - Session 3 - Safari

Join us for the third session of the Apple iPadOS micro-credential where we will discuss how to maximize your Internet experience through the use of Safari. In this course you will learn a few tips and tricks to help you become a Safari master. Join us as we take a look at extensions, settings, reader mode, and more, to help teachers (and students!) make the most of Safari.

Using Google Meet to Record Screencasts and Daily Messages

During times of remote learning, how can we share important information with our classes? Google Meet allows us to create daily screencasts and messages! In this session, we’ll take you through the steps of setting up a Google Meet on a daily basis and go over some different strategies for recording screencasts. We will also explore how Google Meet can help students and parents stay up-to-date with assignments, announcements, and daily lessons.

Schoology for K-2 Teachers

Whether you're in the classroom or at home, engaging learners in the primary grades is essential to developing strong skills. Help provide at-home activities and assignments, share news and events, and post resources for your K-2 students and their parents using Schoology. We'll share tips and tricks for getting you started. As well as some engaging activities and resources!

Microsoft Word

In this course, we will explore the basic features of Microsoft Word. Using the desktop version of Word, we'll cover how to create a document, tools and features you need to know, as well as how to share and collaborate with others. 

Microsoft 365: Word

In this course, we will explore the basic features of Microsoft Word within Microsoft 365. Using the web-based version of Word, learn how to not only create your documents, but collaborate and share your documents with your colleagues as well.

Limiting Screen Time: Offline Activities to Continue Learning

Did you know that "screen time" is now an official word in the dictionary? Today's students are all too familiar with screen time, and with recent transitions to remote learning, teachers (and parents) are looking for learning alternatives that limit the time students are spending on devices. Join us as we share some tactile activity ideas and assignments that students can complete offline and submit digitally later on!

Keeping Routines for Special Ed Students

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.

Using Pear Deck for Google Slides

Join us as we walk you through the basics of Pear Deck. We'll start with how to install this add-on from the Google Workspace for Education Marketplace and then show you how to use it to transform your Google Slides presentations to increase student engagement and understanding of instructional material. We’ll also explore how you can use Pear Deck to create formative assessments that will engage every student in your class and give you a better understanding of which students are stuck, who’s ready for more, and what’s confusing them!

Creating Vision Boards Using Google Slides

Whether you’re looking for a great end of year activity or are already storing away ideas for the next school year, we have a fun and engaging project to share that incorporates Google Slides! Google Slides can be used for much more than student research projects. In this session, we’ll talk about how you can use Google Slides to create a vision board project with your students to get them reflecting on and thinking about their futures.

Google Meet for Remote Learning (Updates)

As the use of video conferencing has increased in times of remote learning, Google has made some critical improvements. In this course we will explore some important updates Google has released for Meet and Google Classroom that will make your life a lot easier as you continue to use Google Workspace for Education for remote learning.

Introduction to Google Classroom

Ready to take your classroom digital? Join us as we dive into Google Classroom! This platform brings together great G-Suite apps like Google Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Forms, and key add-ons, all in one easy-to-navigate application. Learn just how easy it is to get started using Google Classroom, and discover ways to improve your workflow and manage entire class sets of documents and assignments with this amazing tool.

Using Schoology for Remote Learning

In recent weeks, distance learning has taken over as the vehicle to continue teaching -- even when students and teachers aren’t together in a physical classroom. Join us as we explore Schoology, a virtual learning environment that allows you to create, manage, and share academic content with the students in your K-12 class. We’ll share some tips including setting up your class, inviting students and parents to your course page, and adding materials and instructions to get your remote learning Schoology classroom started!

Using Google Classroom to Provide At-Home Activities for K-2 Parents

Engaging learners in the primary grades is essential to keep new and developing skills strong. Help provide at-home activities for your K-2 parents to do with their children using Google Classroom. We'll share tips and tricks for getting Google Classroom started in primary grades, as well as engaging activities you can share with parents!

Squishy Circuits Basics

Squishy Circuits is a hands-on product that teaches students about basic circuitry using pre-made dough, batteries, and output accessories. Your students will be engaged as they build unique objects and watch their creations come to life! They'll also develop problem-solving skills, learn about engineering concepts, and enhance their creativity and critical thinking. Join us to learn how to get started using Squishy Circuits in your classroom!

Getting Started with SAM Labs STEAM Kit

Equipped with exclusive bonus blocks, a variety of sensors, wheels, buttons, and attachments, SAM Labs STEAM Kit helps take creativity and engineering to the next level. Join us as we show you how to get making with the STEAM Kit!

Switching Audio Sources on a Windows 10 PC

Join us to learn how to choose your audio output source on a Windows 10 PC.

Choosing a Microphone on a Windows 10 PC

In this video, you'll learn all about how to choose a microphone to use on your Windows 10 PC. 

Multiple Desktops/Extending the Desktop in Windows 10

Join us to learn how to set up multiple desktops and extend your desktop to those additional displays.

See What You've Copied to the Clipboard in Windows 10

In this video, we'll show you how to access and manage your clipboard history on your Windows 10 device.

Snip & Sketch in Windows 10

Want to take a screenshot on your Windows 10 device? Learn how to use the Snip & Sketch app to quickly take screenshots and annotate your images.

Sharing Options in OneDrive

In this instructional video, we'll show you how to share files and folders in your Microsoft 365 OneDrive. 

Microsoft Translate Feature

In this short tutorial, we'll show you how to use Microsoft's built-in translate feature.  

Microsoft Immersive Reader

In this video, we'll take a look at how to use Microsoft's Immersive Reader Tool. 

Creating a New Folder in Windows 10

In this video, learn how to create a new folder for storage on your Windows 10 device.

Moving a File or Folder in Windows 10

In this tutorial, learn how to move and organize files and folders on your Windows 10 device. 

Connecting and Forgetting Wi-Fi Networks on a Mac

In this tutorial, we'll cover how to connect your Mac to Wi-Fi and forget Wi-Fi-networks.

Bookmarking Websites on Safari

In this video, we'll cover how to bookmark websites on the Mac version of Safari. 

How to Take a Screenshot on a Mac

Discover different ways to take a screenshot on your Mac

Checking for Software Updates on a Mac

In this video, learn how to check for software updates and see your OS version.

Organizing Photos on a Mac

In this video, we'll review how you can create albums and folders to keep your photos organized.

Using the App store on a Mac

Discover how to navigate and use the App Store on your Mac.

Using Speech to Text on a Mac

In this video, we'll cover how to enable and use the speech to text feature on your Mac.

Setting a Default Web Browser on a Mac

In this quick tutorial, we'll cover how you can set a default web browser in your Mac settings.

Uninstalling and installing programs on a Mac

In this tutorial, discover how to uninstall and install programs and applications on your Mac.

Accessibility Settings on a Mac

Discover all of the different accessibility settings available on your Mac.

Connecting a Printer to a Mac

In this tutorial, we'll look at printer settings and learn how to connect a printer to your Mac.

Pinning Apps to the Dock on a Mac

In this video, we'll cover how to pin your favorite or most-used apps to the Dock on your Mac.

Making Folders on a Mac

Ready to get organized? Join us to learn how to make folders and organize your files on a Mac.

Enabling a Web Camera on a Mac

In this video, learn how to enable a web camera on your Mac for various applications.

Renaming a File on a Mac

Learn how to rename a file on your Mac.

Choosing a Microphone on a Mac

In this quick tutorial, we'll show you how to choose a microphone for use on your Mac.

Using Spotlight on a Mac

Discover how to access and use the Spotlight tool on your Mac.

Changing the Default Language on a Mac

In this video, we'll cover how to change the default language on your Mac.

Schoology: Checking Your Child's Progress

In this video we'll go over how to check your child's grades in the student view.

Schoology: Joining a Group on Schoology

In this tutorial we'll cover how you or your child would join a new group on Schoology. 

Schoology: How Your Child Can Join a New Course

In this tutorial we'll cover how students can join a new course in Schoology. 

Schoology: How Your Child Can Find Their Courses

In this video we'll cover how you can help your child see all the different courses they are enrolled in. 

Schoology: Viewing Your Child's Calendar

In this video, we'll see how to check a child's calendar through the student view in you Schoology parent account. 

Schoology: Creating a Personal Library in My Resources

In this video, we'll cover how to create your own library of resources in Schoology using My Resources. 

Schoology: Observing Your Child's Account in the Student View

In this video, learn how to view your child's Schoology courses from the student perspective.

Schoology: Creating a Parent Account

In this quick tutorial, we'll go over how to create a Schoology parent account for the first time.

Schoology: How Your Child Can Submit an Assignment

In this video, you'll learn how your child can work on and submit an assignment in their Schoology account. 

Schoology: Sending a Message

In this video, we'll show you how to send a message within your Schoology account. 

Schoology: Adding Additional Children to Your Account

Learn how to add a new child to your existing schoology account.

Creating a Numbers File on a Mac

In this tutorial, we'll cover how to create a new Numbers file on your Mac.

Creating a Pages Document on a Mac

In this tutorial, learn how to create a new Pages document on your Mac.

Accessing the Control Panel on a Mac

In this video, we'll learn how to access the control panel on a Mac and discover some of the different settings available.

Schoology Overview

Is your child's school using Schoology for remote learning? Join this session for a quick overview of the Schoology platform. We’ll guide you through the basics, and then share some tips to help your child be successful.