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Cricut makes smart cutting machines that work with an easy-to-use app to help teachers and students in all subject areas and all grade levels design and personalize almost anything. In this session, we’ll go over the basics of using a Cricut and cover how to get started with your Cricut account and their design software. We’ll also discuss some cross-curricular activity ideas for you and your students so you can get started on creating unique projects. Let’s explore what this fun and easy to use machine has to offer!
In this course, we will look into how to establish a strong connection with your students and fellow staff members. We will focus on community building activities and routines to establish the basics of a positive, safe, and caring environment that is built on trust, listening, and connectedness. Join us as we explore strategies to use in your advisory class and beyond!
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.
Including our English language learners into the school community is crucial, especially at the start of the new school year. Join us for this session where we will explore how to build community with your ELLs interpersonally and school-wide using Google Workspace tools. We will be exploring Google Sites, Slides, My Maps, and more! You will leave this course with resources that you can begin using with your students starting on day one!
You've got a new class, but what do you need to know about them? This course will share different data sources that you can use to plan your initial instruction and differentiate right from the start. We will explore a variety of collection tools that are immediately usable, easy to implement, and sustainable, through the Lumio, Mircrosoft, and Google platforms. Start the year off by supporting and enriching your student's learning.
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.
Formative assessments provide teachers with valuable information to inform their instructional plans. You may be familiar with other polling tools, but have you tried Microsoft Forms? Microsoft Forms is available as part of Microsoft 365 and is a great way for teachers to assess students' understanding. Join us to learn how to use Microsoft Forms and how you can incorporate it effectively in your classroom!
Get back to basics with helpful tips and tricks for classroom management on the secondary level. Learn to engage students using everyday, "no-tech" items as well as a low-tech counterpoint that can be integrated in any subject or content area! Make the transition into the new school year a smooth one as you implement these five tricks in your classroom.
We often think of coaching as something that teachers and leaders get when they are struggling. Athletes at all levels receive coaching to continue to improve their skills. Educators need the same. In this session, we will begin to explore the world of instructional coaching and ways to embed best practices into your observation, coaching and teaching routines.
Looking for a way to support students in ELA and align to the Next Generation ELA standards? In this session, we will be utilizing Jamboard as a way for students to apply targeted skills in a collaborative way. Join us as we explore some of the standards in depth, create interactive activities, and use Jamboard to promote reading, writing, and discussion at the secondary level.
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.
Wakelet is the perfect tool for organizing content for personal and student use. In this session, we’ll explore how to use Wakelet to create your own virtual calming room that students can access with ease. Join us to learn how to add resources for meditation, mindfulness, inspiration, and so much more to your Wakelet collection. We will also discuss how a digital calming space can be a powerful resource for students, teachers, and families.
Let's explore new features of Adobe Express! In this session, we will dive into specific activity ideas to engage our English language learners. We will go through the video creation process and share ideas for your students to create their own unique videos to show off their language skills. We will also share video and poster ideas that can help teachers capture the attention of ELLs. Let's get creating with Adobe Express!
This course will teach you how to use Lumio by SMART to create engaging and interactive learning materials that meet New York State Computer Science and Digital Fluency (CSDF) standards. You will learn how to use Lumio's features to create presentations, lessons, and activities that will help your students learn in a fun and engaging way while satisfying the requirements of the CSDF standards.
Are you nervous about learning the powerful Adobe Photoshop app? This course will teach you the basics of using Photoshop Elements, a powerful image editing software program designed for casual users, like teachers and students. You will learn how to edit photos, create collages, and add effects. You will also learn how to print and share your photos.
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.
Are you currently using or looking to use Schoology with your K-2 students? Join us to learn some essential skills and best practices for helping to design an effective online experience for your students on the Schoology platform. We'll look in greater detail at the elementary experience, building a visually appealing course, and much more! Get ready to provide the best online learning environment for your youngest learners!
Did you know that in today’s classrooms, it is estimated that one in five students have dyslexia? There are likely far more who have not yet been diagnosed. Join us as we explore the tools in Microsoft Suite that can help educators and families to understand this common learning difference. We will explore these tools so families and teachers can better recognize and support their dyslexic learners, helping them improve their reading and writing comprehension in the process.
Artificial intelligence (AI) has been growing in education at exponential rates. Join us in this session as we explore how AI has already been integrated into some of your favorite educational tools such as Bing and Canva. Explore ways to use ChatGPT and DALL-E to create differentiated lessons and comprehension assignments. We’ll also discuss some tools that educators can use to determine if students are using AI to complete assignments. By the end of our session, you’ll have a better understanding of how AI can transform your classroom experience and upgrade your teaching practices.
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!
No matter the time of year, it is necessary that we develop appropriate strategies for keeping our students engaged. If students are feeling distracted, excited, or even worried, it is essential that we provide them with tools and resources to stay on track during the school day. Join us for this session where we will discuss classroom management tools that will engage students across grade levels. We will also explore specific ideas for motivating students as they approach the end of the school year!
In honor of National Scavenger Hunt Day on May 24th, we'll show you some tips and tricks for creating and using scavenger hunts with Lumio. Even better, this is a great interdisciplinary activity that can be done throughout the whole school year to promote student engagement.
We will explore the many features and benefits of Sora by OverDrive, including how it can be used to support literacy and learning in the classroom and beyond. We will also demonstrate how to get started with Sora, including how to sign in, borrow books, and customize your reading experience. Whether you are a teacher, librarian, or student, Sora by OverDrive is a must-have tool for anyone looking to discover and explore the world of digital reading.
Technology can be a powerful tool to enhance student outcomes! Join us for this course as we will tackle various technologies that can be used to support your ELLs. Additionally, we will differentiate between physical and digital technology, and how your students can use these devices to complete everyday tasks.
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