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Using Makey Makey to Support Exceptional Learners

There are many benefits of integrating STEM into your curriculum as it can give you the opportunity to make learning fun again for your students. But have you ever wondered how a STEM product, like Makey Makey, can positively affect a class full of exceptional learners? Join us as we explore how Makey Makey can be used to help teach academic content to your students in a tangible, interactive, and hands-on way. Learn how you can support your students as they incorporate Makey Makey into their growing passion for innovation.

Healing Through Self-Compassion and Micro-Resilience Strategies

Understanding who we are and how we can best take care of ourselves is one of the best ways to become our best selves and better support those we serve. In this session, we'll explore practical strategies for the four types of self-care, and discuss resilience strategies & activities that contribute to developing a strong foundation for healing. Join us and Mandy Froehlich in learning how to build strength through micro-resilience strategies.

Mandy Froehlich is an experienced Director of Innovation and Technology, technology integrator, and teacher, whose interest lies in reinvigorating and re-engaging teachers back into their profession, as well as exploring what’s needed to support teachers in their pursuit of innovative and divergent thinking and teaching. She consults internationally with districts and institutions in the effective use of technology to support great teaching, mental health support for educators, and how to create organizational change.

Expanding Language Skills for ELLs Using Flip

Are you looking to enhance your ELLs' language skills? In this session, we will discuss the importance of teaching expressive and receptive language skills to students. We will then explore how to use Flip to have students practice speaking and expressing themselves creatively. We will dive into specific topics, activity ideas, and prompts that can be done on Flip, as well as best practices for having your ELLs communicate effectively. Join us to explore this accessible tool for students to work on their language skills in an engaging way!

Tools to Support Digital Book Cover Creation

Students already know that an impressive cover can make a book stand out on the shelf. In this course, we will go over how you can challenge your students to be illustrators for the day by designing their own digital book covers. Join us as we take a deeper dive into the different programs that you can use, and the handy design tools within these websites!

Educator Mental Health and Why We Emotionally Disengage

We work in an emotion-filled profession where empathy and passion are our greatest asset. However, what happens when those feelings are challenged or taken away entirely? How does this happen, and what can we do about it? Join us and Mandy Froehlich as we explore the reasons why educators become emotionally disengaged in the teaching profession.

Mandy Froehlich is an experienced Director of Innovation and Technology, technology integrator, and teacher, whose interest lies in reinvigorating and re-engaging teachers back into their profession, as well as exploring what’s needed to support teachers in their pursuit of innovative and divergent thinking and teaching. She consults internationally with districts and institutions in the effective use of technology to support great teaching, mental health support for educators, and how to create organizational change.

Unpacking the CSTA Standards

Whether you are from the Northeast, the South, Midwest, or the West, there is a general set of standards for computer science (CS) education. We will explore those standards and make them relevant to all classrooms and grade levels. In this session, we will define computer science and explore why it is a necessary subject. We will also explore the impact of computer science in our schools and discuss how to design and implement successful CS education.

Apps to Support the Exceptional Education Setting

This app-centric course will cover a variety of skills and creation-based apps that are useful in any Exceptional Education classroom. In this session, we will not only cover the functionality of the apps, but also best practices to incorporate them effectively with students, like using iPads as a center for assessment or behavior management tool. This session will also reveal some of the best-kept accessibility secrets to help you reach all types of learners.

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.

Introduction to Flip

Flip (formerly Flipgrid) is an interactive and engaging tool that is perfect for communication and creative expression. In this session, we will explore how to get started with this platform, examine several of the key features, and show you how to create fun activities for your students.

Blended Learning with Station Rotations

Station rotations can have many benefits, including differentiated instruction and the ability to teach small groups while other students are working independently. However, classroom management is key in order to keep all students engaged while you are working with a small group. Join us for this session where we will cover different digital tools and management tips for making the most out of station rotations.

Understanding the NYS Computer Science and Digital Fluency Learning Standards

Computer science concepts are finding their way into every classroom at each grade level. That's where the new Computer Science and Digital Fluency Learning Standards come into play! If you haven’t had a chance to dive into the new NYS K-12 Computer Science and Digital Fluency Learning Standards, join us for this session as we unpack these standards and explore ideas and activities to integrate them into the classroom.

Tools to Alleviate Back to School Anxiety

Educators are key players when it comes to helping students cope with back-to-school anxiety. Join us for this course as we explore techniques for educators to recognize the signs of student distress and how to guide them through anxiety. We'll show you ways to ensure your students thrive over the course of the academic school year. You may even find that some of these strategies can help you to address some of your own start-of-the-year anxieties too!

Making Accessible Print Documents

Even when we are creating documents that will be printed and handed out, there still needs to be a digitally accessible equivalent to ensure accessibility for all.  In the course, you will learn why this is so important, and how to create accessible print documents.

Level Up Google Classroom with Schoolytics

Google Classroom is great, but you’re ready to get more out of it! Join Google Classroom expert and author of “Stepping Up to Google Classroom,” Alice Keeler to explore ways to level up your Google Classroom experience. Teachers around the world use Schoolytics to better understand how their students are really performing on skills and standards, easily create progress reports, and share assignments with other teachers. Learn why Schoolytics is the tool that Google Classroom teachers have been wishing for!

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!

Introduction to Canva

Canva is a free online graphic design tool. Together, we will walk through how to access templates on Canva and start creating without having extensive photo editing knowledge or graphic design experience. Join us to explore how educators can use Canva to create newsletters, announcements, posters, social media posts, and so much more!

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.

Using Google Drawings to Teach Elementary Science Concepts

Google Drawings is not just a tool for teachers, it can also be used for student learning. In this session, we will look at how to utilize Drawings to teach science concepts by using visuals. Students will be able to synthesize information and develop their own understandings rather than just memorizing facts.

Designing School Notices with Canva

Classroom or school-wide newsletters shouldn't be boring. Join us for this course to explore how you can keep parents, students, and staff up to date by using creative school newsletter templates available in Canva. With just a few clicks, we will dive into the steps for personalizing and publishing!

Storing Technology Safely Over the Summer

Ever encounter battery-related issues with your devices at the start of the school year? We know how frustrating it can feel when your technology won’t hold a charge or function the way it used to when you return back to school in the fall. Join us for this end of year session as we share recommended steps to prepare your technology for storage over the summer.

Designing Teacher Workshops to Support Teacher Growth

Professional learning should reflect the kind of learning we want to see for our students. Join us for this course as we share best practices for administrators to support teachers’ growth. We’ll explore strategies for engaging adult learners in training workshops and the impacts of different workshop approaches.

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! 

Sharing Lessons in Minecraft Education Edition

Minecraft Education Edition is an excellent resource for engaging students in deeper learning opportunities. Education Edition allows you to download pre-created lessons as well as design your own immersive learning experience. In this session, Alice will walk through how to find ready-made lessons for Minecraft Education Edition and how to distribute them to students using iPads, laptops, or Chromebooks.

Teaching with Minecraft: Basics for Creating a World

Using Minecraft Education Edition starts with understanding some of the basics, like maneuvering in the environment, game modes, and more. In this session, Alice will help you to get started with creating a world. She'll dive into the differences between creative mode and survival mode with some discussion on when to choose which mode when using Minecraft Education Edition with students.

Taking Learning Outside the Math Classrom

Are you looking for ways to increase student engagement in your math lessons? Teaching math outdoors offers endless possibilities to teach math from a real-world, creative, and hands-on learning perspective. In this course, we will transform traditional classroom math lessons that focus on topics such as symmetry, geometry, data collection, and measurement to outdoor learning opportunities that are sure to make math more meaningful and interesting to your students.

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.

Introduction to Minecraft Education Edition

Game-based learning, like Minecraft, can increase engagement and understanding for students of all ages. But what is Minecraft and how is it educational? In this session, Alice will introduce us to Minecraft Education Edition, the differences between Minecraft and Minecraft Education Edition, and how it can be used with your elementary to high school students.

Celebrate Student Success Using 3D Design & Printing

As educators, we wear many hats. We are listeners, planners, data collectors, and above all: motivators. In order to motivate our students, we are constantly looking for ways to celebrate their achievements. In this session, we will share ideas for designing prizes and other celebratory items to commemorate your students’ accomplishments for homework completion, attendance, and so much more!

Teaching Self-Regulation During Choice Time in Early Ed

As early as Kindergarten teachers can help students build independence, monitor their own behaviors and become self-directed learners.  Self-regulation is a skill that begins in the early education classroom and can be acquired with proper support and guidance. In this course, we will explore strategies educators can use to help foster the development of self-regulation during "choice time" activities in the early ed classroom.

Using Google Forms to Drive Instructional Decision Making

Join us for this course to explore how Google Workspace can promote learning and support data-driven instruction (DDI). Google Forms is one of the many tools out there that can help you gauge students’ pre-existing knowledge, identify misconceptions, and so much more. In this course, we will explore how you can use the features within Forms to create engaging lesson activities for your students and promote student growth.

CLIMBE with Spaces

A classroom is not bound by four walls but instead is a place where learning is cultivated, led, inspired, motivated, built, and empowered (CLIMBE). Join educator and author, Dene Gainey as he demonstrates how learning can happen anywhere, whether individually, in groups, or as a whole-class discussion using Spaces, an innovative assessment and lesson delivery system. Part two in our series on Spaces, this webinar will dig deeper into the features, usability, and examples of how Spaces can be integrated into your classroom.
 

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.

All in the Right Spaces!

Learning happens in so many ways that are not always effectively demonstrated by a test. Learning is multi-modal! This webinar introduces you to Spaces, an innovative assessment and lesson delivery system that promotes, encourages, and inspires student learning in more ways than one. Join educator and author, Dene Gainey to learn about Spaces from set up to first use. As an educator, Dene makes it his mission to build bridges and fill gaps, not to mention motivate students to be “more.” In this session, we will discuss how to use Spaces to help students effectively learn and assess that learning - from project and problem-based learning to social-emotional benefits and portfolio building.
 

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.

Ozobot in the Elementary Math Classroom

Building concrete foundational math skills is essential to developing abstract mathematical reasoning. What better way to support that transition than with Ozobot in your Elementary Math Classroom. Join us as we explore the many ways that Ozobot can build both concrete and abstract mathematical thinking while learning to code as well.

Quick Collaborative Activities You Can Create in 15 Minutes

Looking to bring more collaborative learning opportunities to your classroom but not sure where to start? Join Monica Burns for a brand new webinar featuring quick collaborative activities you can create in just 15 minutes. During this session, you'll get a behind-the-scenes look at the free, interactive presentation tool Lumio. You'll hear how Lumio is different from SMART Notebook and how you can use this dynamic tool with or without a SMART Board. Attendees will get a chance to participate in interactive activities and create their own collaborative task during the webinar.

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!

Tools to Support Center Rotations in the Special Ed Classroom

Are you looking to incorporate center rotations into your classroom? In this session, we will explore the benefits of using centers in your special education class, as well as strategies for getting organized, setting up your centers, and supporting students along the way as they dive into their center activities. We will discuss the importance of creating a schedule for center rotations as well as making sure that your centers are created to set your students up for success in order to meet their learning goals. We will also explore specific center activity ideas for you to try out with your students!

Using Jamboard to Support Writing Stations

Looking for ideas and graphic organizers to support your students thoughts during the writing process? Jamboard can be a great location for research, brainstorming, prewriting, and more. Join us to learn how your students can use Jamboard to organize their thoughts before writing an informative, argumentative, or narrative piece.

Resources for Autism

Special education can be an extremely fast-paced and rewarding job. Special educators are challenged to think and act quickly as well as be flexible enough to adapt to any situation. Having a set of tools ready to go at any time can be the difference between successful lessons and negative experiences. Join us for this course as we explore some great educator resources for autism spectrum disorder.

Interactive Storytelling with Jamboard

Jamboard is an interactive whiteboard that can be used for brainstorming, creating, and sharing information. In this session, we will discuss how to create storyboards and how to use the drawing and text features within Jamboard. Join us to discuss the importance of introducing storytelling skills at an early age. We will also explore specific examples and Jamboard templates that can be used for the story creation process.

Love YourSELFie with Jamboard

Are you looking for a unique way to engage your students with social-emotional learning activities? Jamboard is the perfect tool for creating unique learning and self-reflection opportunities. In this session, we will explore the importance of integrating SEL into daily lessons for your early elementary students. We will also dive into specific activities and templates that can be created with Jamboard. Join us for some great ideas to help your students gain self-esteem and build confidence!

Using Book Creator to Create Digital Stories for ELLs

Digital storytelling is the perfect way to engage your English Language Learners. Join us for this session where we will review the power of digital storytelling and discuss the benefits of storytelling for your students. We will then dive into Book Creator, a website for creating digital books that incorporate drawings, narration, video, and so much more. We will explore how to get started with this digital tool and brainstorm ideas for your students to bring their stories to life. We will also explore digital story topics and examples that are sure to engage your English Language learners. Let’s get creative with this literacy tool to support our students with their reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills!

Creating a Culture of Kindness in the Early Childhood Classroom

As educators, we know the importance of building a positive classroom community. A major part of bringing this practice to life is teaching our students the importance of kindness and treating one another with respect. In this session, we will review the value of creating a culture of kindness at an early age. We will dive into strategies, best practices, and activity ideas to get your students motivated to connect with one another in meaningful ways. We will also explore relevant children’s literature to spark powerful conversations about kindness both in and out of the classroom. Join us for some tips and tricks for fostering a culture of kindness!

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.

Culturally Responsive Teaching: Promoting Student Reflection

Culturally responsive teaching enables us as educators to build the connection between academics and students' cultural backgrounds. The key is to provide our students with daily opportunities to reflect and share their voices. Join us in this session as we dive into activities and reflection opportunities that we can bring into our classroom to get our students thinking about and sharing history, traditions, and experiences of other cultures and groups. We will discuss guiding questions for reflection and conversation starters to promote a positive learning environment.

Using Emojis to Manage Classroom Routines and Activities

Who doesn’t love a good emoji? You may already be using emojis in some way in your classroom, but did you know that these little characters can be a great visual cue for students as they work through assignments? Join us as we share suggestions for incorporating emojis into your pre-existing assignments and explore how these fun characters can even help you to manage classroom routines!

Culturally Responsive Teaching: Gamification

Through culturally responsive teaching, we can provide opportunities for our students to be engaged in learning and to process content in a way that best suits their individual needs. In this session, we will explore how to use gamification to get our student's attention and to enrich their learning experiences. We will provide examples of games that will keep students engaged in learning and that promote conversation and friendly competition. Let's discuss the power of games and incorporation repetition, problem solving, and making connections.

Culturally Responsive Teaching: Google Tools

Culturally responsive teaching is at the forefront of education today. Come check out how you can use common Google tools that you are probably already using, (don't worry if you're not, it's ok, come anyway) to promote culturally responsive teaching and practices. Can't wait to see you there!

Wonder Workshop’s Virtual Robot and Class Connect Webinar

Bring coding to life with Wonder Workshop’s Virtual Robot & Class Connect software, no robot necessary! In this webinar, we will review Class Connect, software that unlocks Dash’s Neighborhood, a Virtual Robot inside of

Blockly for Web and iOS. Kids can solve robot coding challenges by moving Dash around right on the screen in a rich, 3D environment. 

Technology to Support Your Calming Space

Creating a space for students to feel safe when they are feeling dysregulated can be essential in any educational setting. Come join us as we discuss different ideas for the use of technology in these types of environments. Together, we will explore different ideas to help students regulate, feel safe, and refocus their attention.

Introduction to Digital Storytelling

Are you interested in learning more about how to incorporate digital storytelling into your classroom? In this session, we will dive into an overview of digital storytelling as well as the benefits of using this activity in your classroom to encourage student creativity. We will discuss some ideas to get you started with digital storytelling and explore various platforms that students can use to plan and create. We will also share some best practices and things to consider when starting a digital storytelling project. Join us for some storytelling fun!

Using Google Workspace to Support Emerging Writers

Writing is an essential skill for every student, but it doesn't have to be frustrating. Join us as we explore how Google Workspace for Education can inspire your students to become independent writers. We will take a look at some ways you can use the Google applications to build great writing habits in your students.

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.

Differentiation Tips for ELLs Using Lumio

Lumio is a digital tool for creating and editing lessons, activities, and assessments. But how can this tool be used to differentiate instruction? In this session, we will explore how Lumio can help you to address the diverse strengths and weaknesses of your students. We'll provide background information on differentiating instruction for your ELLs, along with resources to help you differentiate planning, instruction, management, and student assessment. Join us as we explore how to create additional supports for students to complete Lumio lessons and reach language objectives.

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.

Administrator Track: Assessment & Student Data

Join us as we explore assessment tools and share best practices for assessments in the first course of our administrator track. Whether you are looking to enhance the formative or summative assessment taking place in your school, we are here to assist as you support your teachers in creating high validity data collection that will guide future instruction and promote student growth.

MC: Google Advanced - Session 9 - Using Jamboard and Google Groups to Foster Student Discussion

Session 9 in our Google Educator Advanced Micro-credential will focus on providing students with new experiences to enhance discussion and gather ideas with peers. While focusing on Google tools such as Jamboard and Google Groups, we will look at various ways that students can collaborate and share their voices on group projects, book clubs, and even class debates. Join us to look at some new ways that students can enhance their discussion skills inside and out of the classroom.

Using Seesaw to Support Your Project-Based Learning

Project-based learning (PBL) provides opportunities for students to gain knowledge and skills by exploring authentic, complex questions, problems, or challenges. There are many moving parts inherent to PBL that can become quite overwhelming for teachers and students. In this course, you will learn how Seesaw can support PBL in a variety of ways. Seesaw is a versatile digital portfolio, multimedia learning, and communication tool. Some options we will explore are how students and teachers can organize their work with folders, provide effective feedback to one another, monitor workflow, and use many multimodal tools to demonstrate their progress over time. Join us to learn how Seesaw can make your PBL manageable and successful.

MC: Google Advanced - Session 8 - Using Google Scholar and Chrome to Take Research to a New Level

Let's take research to the next level with Google Workspace. In Session 8 of our Google Educator Advanced Micro-credential we will dive into using different search tools within Google Workspace, such as Google Scholar and Chrome, to help students improve search results, cite resources, and even locate academic resources.

Celebrate Black History with Game-Based Learning

Let’s celebrate Black History Month through game-based learning activities. In this course, we’ll cover fun and engaging activities using Blooket, Lumio, Quizlet, Nearpod, and Quizizz to help students learn about the important people, accomplishments, and events in the history of the African diaspora.

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 6 - Using Classroom and Calendar to Support Class Communication

In Session 6 of our Google Educator Advanced Micro-credential, we will explore how you can take your Google Classroom to the next level. We will dive into how you can use Google Classroom, along with Google Calendar, as a tool to keep your students (and their guardians) up to date on what's happening in your classroom!

MC: Google Advanced - Session 5 - Using Blogger to Collaborate with Colleagues and Share Best Practices

Have you tried out Blogger? Did you know that it can be a great tool for teachers and students alike? Join us for our fifth session to see what Blogger has to offer. We will explore some of the features of Blogger such as scheduling posts, adding collaborators, tagging and more!

Student Engagement with Google Tools

Student engagement matters for learning. Google Workspace apps such as Docs, Sheets, Forms, Slides, Jamboard, Classroom, and more do not create engagement by themselves. Additionally, paper activities do not always translate well to a digital medium. Google Tools certainly have the potential to create an engaging learning environment when they are paired with pedagogy around what creates engagement. In this workshop, Google Certified Innovator Alice Keeler will show you tried and tested engagement strategies utilizing Google tools.

Digital Tools for Elementary Math

Are you looking for new ways to engage your students in math lessons? In this session, we will dive into the importance of providing your elementary students with digital math tools. We will explore resources available for teachers to model key math concepts for students. We will also discuss how students can use digital manipulatives, worksheets, and websites to take their math understanding to the next level. Join us as we explore how to incorporate digital tools into your teaching toolbox!

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.

MC: Google Advanced - Session 3 - Applying Features Within Google Sheets to Work Through Large Data Sets

In Session 3 of our Google Educator Advanced Micro-credential, we will dive into the features in Google Sheets that will support you in your instruction and help your students too! We will explore some of the tools such as such as color coding, drop down lists, and more!

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 2 - Using Organization Features to Make Engaging Google Docs and Slides

In this second session of our Google Educator Advanced Micro-credential we will focus on the tools within Google Workspace to help keep your Google Docs and Slides organized. Join us as we explore what we feel are the most valuable features within Docs and Slides that will support you as you create engaging activities for your students!

LEGO SPIKE Prime Basics

The LEGO® Education SPIKE™ Prime Set is a premier STEAM learning tool for middle school students. Using familiar LEGO bricks, along with some new easy-to-use hardware, and a drag-and-drop coding language based on Scratch, it engages students in hands-on problem solving and design. Join us as we explore the set from unboxing to the basics of design and incorporating the SPIKE into your classroom. This is a course you do not want to miss!

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.

Project-Based Learning (PBL) with Google

Join us as we explore how Google can improve the quality of your project-based learning activities. We'll cover how you can use Google Workspace for Education to create PBL activities that promote critical thinking, communication, and collaboration in your classroom. In this course, we'll focus on features that support research, gathering (and analyzing) feedback, and presenting knowledge in your classroom.

Using Nearpod for Brain Breaks

As educators, we know the value of brain breaks. They allow our students to recharge and get moving. Nearpod adds interactivity to our instruction and provides students with meaningful and engaging tools to keep them motivated. Join us as we discuss tools such as VR field trips, polling, collaboration features, and more for effective brain breaks.

KIBO Advanced Coding Extension Set

Now that you and your students have mastered the basics of the KIBO Robot, it's time to kick it up a knoch.  Come and see how your students can advance their knowledge of coding concepts with the KIBO Advanced Coding Extension Set.  During this course we will talk about subroutines, "If Not' parameters and "Repeat Random" parameters.  We will also leave you with some activities to get you and your students started with each new concept.  Can't wait to see you there!  

Better Progress Reports in Google Classroom

Google Classroom is helpful for digital interactions and managing student work with Google Drive. However, one of the weaknesses of Google Classroom is the lack of reports. Classroom teacher Alice Keeler will show you how she uses a free teacher account in Schoolytics.com to create and share better progress reports with students and guardians. Use Alice Keeler's Chrome extension designed to make it even easier to share progress reports and feedback through Google Classroom.

Snow Much Fun with KIBO

Are you looking for a unique activity using KIBO? Now that the winter months are officially here and snow is starting to fall, we are going to need a snowplow! In this session, we will explore how to turn KIBO into a snowplowing robot to clean up cotton ball snow. We will review the basics of KIBO, discuss important materials needed, and how to add code to make the snowplow do its job. We will also explore the steps for following the engineering design process to design the snowplow, put our work to the test, and make improvements along the way. Once the snowplow has been created, we will dive into some unique activity ideas. Get ready for a flurry of fun with KIBO!

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.

Differentiation Tips for ELLs

Culturally responsive and sustaining teaching are paramount in today's classrooms to ensure equity, inclusivity, and growth for all learners.  Discover how to help the growing population of ELLs attain success.  In this session, we will focus on helping ELLs reach content objectives by crafting observable and measurable language objectives.  We will look at specific methods and resources that will assist you in creating pathways of learning for your ELLs.

Sphero Indi Basics

Come meet Sphero's newest member of the team-Indi!  Indi is an early education robot that offers both screen-free and app-based coding experiences.  Take a ride with us as we explore the color code tiles, personalization options, and the new SpheroEdu Jr. app.  

EdTech Essentials: Assess with EdPuzzle

In this session Monica Burns, author of EdTech Essentials will introduce the benefits of formative assessment with digital tools. Participants will explore how digital tools provide a special benefit for students as they increase student opportunities (frequency) and options (choice) to share their learning. This session will focus on formative assessment best practices and how to check for understanding using the resources within EdPuzzle.

IEP/504 Accommodations

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 are for special education and 504 plans are for physical access to learning. Join us as we go over these differences in depth and give you strategies to help you meet every student's needs according to their plans.

Lesson Planning for ELLs Using Google Docs

As educators, we know the importance of meeting the diverse needs of all of our students. In this session, we will explore strategies for supporting ELLs in our classroom. We will discuss specific lesson planning ideas using Google Docs such as using built-in tools like graphic organizers, image search, and templates. We will also share lesson plan examples that include tips for promoting the use of background knowledge as well as the development of academic language.

Making Your Token Economy Digital

Are you looking to incorporate a token economy into your classroom? A token economy is a Positive Behavioral Intervention and Support (PBIS) system used to quickly award points and recognize students for meeting goals. While the idea of giving a student a reward for reaching a goal hasn't changed, the structure of keeping track of these rewards and distributing them has. In this session, we will explore strategies for shifting from physical tokens to creating your own digital token economy. We will also dive into the benefits of tracking points, as well as ideas for prizes. Join us to learn more about transforming your token economy!

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!

Fostering Cultural Awareness in Your Students

Influencing the way students view the world, and how they connect with the people they meet, is just as important as learning how to read, write, and solve math problems. In this session, we'll look at some tips and tricks to help teachers foster supportive learning environments where students of all cultures feel included. We'll also discuss how to incorporate cultural differences into activities and lessons that help students become even more well-rounded members of their own community

EdTech Essentials: Collaborate with Lumio

In this session Monica Burns, author of EdTech Essentials will introduce the benefits of incorporating collaborative learning experiences into tech-rich lessons. This session will focus on best practices for fostering collaboration through interactive activities in Lumio. 

Managing Assignments and Submissions in Google Classroom

Google Classroom is a powerful platform for delivering and receiving assignments.  Join us to learn how to effectively post, track, and organize your student submissions.  We will also discuss returning student work, giving feedback, and using the gradebook.  Can't wait to see you there! 

EdTech Essentials: Assess with Nearpod

In this session Monica Burns, author of EdTech Essentials will introduce the benefits of formative assessment with digital tools. This session will focus on formative assessment best practices and how to check for understanding before, during, and after instruction using the interactive presentation tool Nearpod.

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!

Introduction to ClassFlow

ClassFlow is an in browser lesson building application created by Promethean. In ClassFlow you can create lessons, assessments, and assignments that are easily accessible at home or on the go! Join us as we go over the basics and discover what ClassFlow has to offer to help make your classroom more interactive. 

EdTech Essentials: Curate with Wakelet

In this session Monica Burns, author of EdTech Essentials will introduce the idea of curation and the role of an educator as a curator. Selecting “just right” resources for students is an essential practice for educators to help make sure the needs of all students are addressed.  In this session, we’ll explore how to pull together resources that connect to curriculum goals while supporting the needs of all students with the free tool Wakelet

Game-Based ELL Instruction

Game-based learning is an area of education that has been getting a lot of attention recently. Games are a powerful tool to engage learners and can help you in your efforts to develop the comprehension and communicative skills of your ELLs. Join us as we share tips and tricks for gamifying a variety of content while meeting curricular goals.

Scary Stories with Scratch

Happy Halloween!  One of the best parts of Halloween is scary stories.  If you are brave enough, come join as we show you how your students can create and code their very own scary (or not-so-scary) Halloween story with Scratch, a free block based coding program.  Can't wait to see you there! 

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.

Using Google Forms for Assessment

Google Forms is one of the most versatile tools Google has to offer. In this course, we'll go over things like collecting data, conducting peer reviews, and creating formative assessments. Join us to explore the variety of ways that Google Forms can be implemented in your classroom to meet your assessment needs.

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. 

Assistive Technology (AT) Resources

Teaching students with physical, cognitive, or learning disabilities can be a demanding but rewarding job. Teachers need to think about all possible adjustments and supports that will help these students in the school (and post-school) environment. Having a set of tools ready to go at any time can be the difference between successful lessons and negative experiences. Join us as we explore some great resources for working with students who require assistive technology!

Morning Meeting with Lumio

A morning meeting that goes over the calendar and class schedule has always been a staple in primary classrooms as a way to set the tone for the day. What if you could incorporate technology into your morning meetings? How about leveraging them as a way to engage students and bolster your classroom community, even when students can’t be present in the physical classroom? Join us as we explore how to use Lumio to transform your morning meeting activities!

Creating Student-Driven Instruction with Lumio

The more technology advances, the more independent today's learners can become! Lumio, formerly known as SMART Learning Suite Online, enables learners to take control of their learning in a multitude of ways. Contributing to workspace activities, accessing lessons outside of class, and manipulating individual handouts are just some levels of ownership students can take. Join us as we walk through what's possible when students can access lessons from anywhere, at any time, and on any device!

Engaging Activities to Build Classroom Culture

As educators, we know the importance of creating a positive classroom environment right from the start of the school year. As we re-enter the classroom, our goal is to build meaningful relationships and provide our students with a sense of safety and security. In this session, we will explore specific team building activities as well as opportunities for discussion and collaboration. We will also provide tips for creating a positive classroom culture and discuss ideas for building rapport with our students. Let’s start off our year with positivity and classroom community!

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.

Body, Mind and Zen: Mindfulness Activities for Students

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! 

Literacy Apps for Early Education

With the many educational apps available, and your limited time to research, how do you know which ones are going to benefit your students the most?  During this course you will learn some helpful guidelines on how to choose quality literacy apps for early education.  We will then take a closer look at apps that support early literacy skills such as Epic, Dela Kids, and Starfall Learning to Read. Join us to explore features like differentiation tools, personalized learning, data collection, and more. 

Re-Adjusting to the Classroom: Strategies for ELLs

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.

Social and Emotional Learning with Storyboards

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.

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.

Creating Schedules for Students with Special Needs

It's the beginning of the school year! We want to start our students off on the right foot, but how do we ensure that they get the best possible start? For many students, organization and having a schedule to follow can mean a more focused and productive day. In this course, we will take a look at how to create, distribute, and keep schedules for special needs students. We will go over tools, tips, and tricks for creating and maintaining consistency to help you and your students start the school year right.

Measuring Student Engagement with Google Classroom

Join Alice Keeler for this special Google Classroom session on how to get simple reporting for teachers that will save time and better support students. You will see how Google Classroom data can be used to track patterns in student engagement and performance over time, identify students disengaged from learning, and more! 

Social and Emotional Learning with Pear Deck

Pear Deck is a Google add-on that allows us to transform Google Slides presentations to enhance student engagement and lesson content. Social and emotional learning is an essential part of our daily instruction and it's necessary to provide opportunities for this type of learning throughout our instruction. In this session, we will explore the pre-made social and emotional learning templates available on Pear Deck, and discuss the benefits of check-ins throughout academic lessons. Join us for some unique, ready-to-go SEL lessons!

Building Background Knowledge with Edpuzzle for ELLs

Building background knowledge is essential for all students, but especially for ELLs. Connecting classroom content to previous knowledge and life outside school is essential in creating motivation and interest, as well as building transferable skills. In this course, we'll take a look at how to use the multimedia tools in Edpuzzle to help students connect with content.

PD Design Elements: Engaging Teachers in Professional Learning

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. 

Using Screencastify to Introduce Class Routines

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!

Back to School with Google Forms

Google Forms is the greatest thing since sliced bread. You know the basics of creating a Google Form but what else can you do to leverage the learning power and student engagement elements of Google Forms.  Let's go over how to reuse your Google Forms from last year, including why and how to use branching Forms. Join Alice Keeler to start the school year off right by upping your Google Forms game! 

SAMR Model

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.

TPACK Framework

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.

PICRAT Model

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.

Introduction to Lumio

Lumio gives teachers a place to create classroom activities, assessments, and enhance archived lessons to extend learning. Join us as we walk through the 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!

KIBO Basics

Young children learn by doing, experimenting, and playing - all essential parts of the learning process.  They are natural scientists, engineers and problem solvers.  The KIBO robot kit harnesses the way children learn best and explores the concepts of block based coding, sequences, art and more.  Best of all, it does this screen free!  Join out session to explore the KIBO curriculum and walk through the basic use and functionality of this unique little robot. 

Sending and Sharing Google Forms

Google Forms is one of the most useful tools in Google Workspace for Education, giving educators the ability to collect data, create graded quizzes, and much more. One of the most basic skills to understand is the difference between sharing with a collaborator and sending the form to a recipient. One allows you to collaborate on creation and share data, while the other allows you to distribute the form for individuals to complete. Join this session to understand the differences and to get the most out of Google Forms.

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!

Getting the Most Out of the WAVE Extension

In this session, we will review how to conduct an accessibility test using the WAVE extension and then how to understand the results.  This will allow you to find accessibility errors on your site that will need to be fixed.

Google Tools for Social and Emotional Learning

Google tools can be used in social and emotional learning for students in both traditional and non-traditional classrooms. In this course, we'll explore multimedia and interactive approaches, brain breaks to promote cultural awareness, safe methods for self-expression, and emotional check-ins.

Using Screencastify to Provide Special Ed Accommodations

Teachers now know a lot more about remote learning and have a pretty good idea of what works and what doesn't. However, you may still be struggling with figuring out how to make your assessments more reliable and accessible for your Special Education students. In this course, we'll cover how programs like Screencastify can help you provide Special Education accommodations — such as the “test-read” option — even when students are not learning in a face-to-face setting.

Manual Testing for Website Accessibility

Automated testing, although it is useful to check for website accessibility, actually only accounts for 30% of website accessibility issues.  In this session, learn how to check for the other 70% of issues that prevent an accessible website.  You will learn 4 easy manual tests to conduct yourself, 5 things to ensure your website has, and 6 things to avoid on your website.

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 Docs

In this course we will talk about the basic features of Google Docs - not just as a word processor, but as a powerful and innovative collaboration and sharing tool. From research to images and drawing, Google Docs is well integrated. Join us to get the most out of your Google Docs!

Google Workspace for Education: Google Drawings

Google Drawings are a great way to create charts, mindmaps and other diagrams. In this course we will take a look at some of the basic features of Drawings and how best to utilize them for yourself and your students.

Google Workspace for Education: Google Forms

Google Forms is one of the core Google Workspace for Education apps. It is a multipurpose tool that allows administrators, teachers, and students an easy way to collect and organize information, big or small. Plan events, survey parents, create a quick opinion poll for students, create quizzes and informal assessments for a lesson, export data to a Google Sheet to analyze trends, and collect information in a streamlined, easy way. Come join our Curriculum Specialists as they walk you through the process to begin incorporating Google Forms in your classroom!

Google Workspace for Education: Google Sheets

Are you ready to become more efficient with your classroom data? In this course, we'll cover some of the basic features of Google Sheets so you can easily add, organize, and analyze data. We'll also share some ideas to get your students using Google Sheets in the physical or virtual classroom. Join us to learn how you can get more organized, increase productivity, and better inform instruction!

Google Workspace for Education: Google Sites

Google Sites is a structured wiki and webpage creation tool offered as part of the Google Workspace for Education: Google Sites applications. Google Sites is a tool for anyone to be able to create simple websites that support collaboration between different editors. We'll show you how to get started with your site and how to take advantage of the many tools to make resources available to your students, parents, colleagues, and school community!

Google Workspace for Education: Google Slides

Let’s take our knowledge of Google tools to the next level! Join us as we discuss the benefits of using Google Slides with your students. We’ll show you how to create engaging and visually appealing Google Slide presentations using text, images, animations, and links. We’ll also discuss how to share, collaborate, and publish your Slides. Finally, we’ll cover some best practices for presentation creation, and share ideas for using Google Slides across all grade levels!

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.

MakerBot Sketch Basics

Need some help getting started with your new MakerBot Sketch printer? Join our session to explore the basics of MakerBot's Sketch 3D printer hardware. Learn the parts of your printer and how to get it set up to start your first print. You will also be introduced to the resources available through MakerBot including Thingiverse and MakerBot Cloud.     

Lumio & Google Workspace for Education Integration

Lumio, formerly known as SMART Learning Suite Online, integrates with Google Workspace for Education. This session will cover how you can create, access, and deliver Lumio files from Google Drive and Google Classroom, all while using content that already exists in your Google Drive.

Virtual Pen Pals for ELLs with Flip

Note: Flipgrid is now Flip! There have been many updates to the functions and look of the platform. In this session, you will notice some differences between the video and the current version of Flip. We are aware of this and are working on updating our courses to reflect these changes.

Flip (formerly Flipgrid) is an interactive web tool that is perfect for engaging your students in learning. In this session, we'll explore how we can use Flip to connect with other classrooms and students worldwide! We'll learn how GridPals can be used for finding pen pals at the appropriate grade level, and discuss the benefits of pen pals for ELLs to promote writing, speaking, and listening skills. We will also explore how to create unique topics for students to make connections, build conversation skills, and collaborate.

EdTech Essentials Part 3: Assessment and Goal Setting

Join educator, author, and speaker Monica Burns and the OTIS for educators team for part three of this three-part webinar series that will explore essential EdTech topics alongside actionable tips and favorite tools. Learn about the “value add” of using digital tools for assessment and collaboration with students. In this session, you’ll explore the tools and the strategies for checking for understanding and supporting students along with how to set professional goals and identify next steps for the upcoming school year. 

10 Google Classroom Tips for a Student-Centered Classroom

Google Classroom is a game changer in how we teach, but only if we take advantage of what is now possible compared to what before was difficult-to-impossible. How can we leverage Google Classroom to give students more voice and choice? How can Google Classroom allow us to create more authentic learning experiences? Join Alice to discuss these challenges with a more student-centered approach and how Google Classroom can help.

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.

MC: Assistive Technology Certification Session 13- Final Assignment

Congratulations! You have made it to the last session in our Assistive Technology certification series. You are one assignment away from earning your certificate! In this session, we'll provide you with an example final assignment and a detailed look at the rubric that will be used to grade your submission.

EdTech Essentials Part 2: Creation and Collaboration with Digital Tools

Join educator, author, and speaker Monica Burns and the OTIS for educators team for part two of this three-part webinar series that will explore essential EdTech topics alongside actionable tips and favorite tools. Learn strategies for supporting students as creators and how to design learning activities for movie making, ebook design, website building, podcasting, and more. In this session, you’ll explore how to support students as creators as they work together with their peers. 

MC: Assistive Technology Certification Session 12- Future Innovations in AT

With all of the advances in technology each day, Assistive Technology is no exception. In recent years, calculators, high-def electronic glasses, and smartpens– to name a few, have made their appearance in the AT world. In Session 12 of our AT certification, we will explore the innovation that has been directed toward addressing students with special needs.

MC: Assistive Technology Certification Session 11- Equity & Ethical Concerns

When it comes to Assistive Technology, it's important to consider appropriate funding and sources. In session 11, we will review and discuss equity and ethical concerns and the impact on our students. We'll also explore federal assistance programs in relation to AT and how to best share this information with other members of our school.

MC: Assistive Technology Certification Session 10- Assessing Needs & Technologies

Join us for Session 10 of our Assistive Technology certification to learn about assessing need, IEPs, and more. When it comes to AT, there are many working parts. These can include determining who will join discussions and serve on the child-study team, routine opportunities to meet and analyze the need for AT in different areas like handwriting, communication, recreation, and self-care to name a few. As well as selecting a designee (usually the Special Education teacher) who will illustrate the need for AT in the IEP document itself. Don't miss out!

MC: Assistive Technology Certification Session 9- Evaluation of AT

Assistive Technology in education is about much more than selecting and implementing the specific tool or device. Beyond the preliminary assessment to ensure a “match” between the students' abilities and the features of a device, comes the ongoing monitoring to make sure the tool is achieving its intended purpose. Join us in Session 9 to explore plans for evaluating Assistive Technology.

MC: Assistive Technology Certification Session 8- Software & Internet Accessibility

There are a number of software solutions that fall under the Assistive Technology umbrella. In addition, accessibility features such as screen readers, magnification, and alternative input software help individuals with disabilities with daily assignments in the classroom. In Session 8 of our AT certification, we will explore some of the software and accessibility supports out there to help students with mild to significant physical, cognitive, and sensory disabilities.

MC: Assistive Technology Certification Session 7- Hardware & Telecommunications

Did you know that Assistive Technology is any piece of equipment that is used to increase, maintain, or improve the functional capabilities of a person with a disability? In Session 7 of our AT certification, we will explore examples from low-tech AT such as communication boards made of cardboard or fuzzy felt to high-tech AT including special-purpose computers.

MC: Assistive Technology Certification Session 6- AT in Different Environments

Assistive Technology is used widely in school settings but also prevalent in other environments such as the home, workplace, and various locations in the community. Devices like hearing aids, wheelchairs, and braille systems are just some examples of AT equipment that are geared towards improving the everyday life of people with disabilities. In session 6, we will explore the use of AT devices in various settings outside of the classroom.

MC: Assistive Technology Certification Session 5- Designing Effective Learning Solutions

The Universal Design for Learning aims to eliminate or reduce barriers to academic success. In session 5, we will explore learning solutions and how to design and implement the most effective lessons for our students. In addition, we will discuss the importance of UDL and its place in the educational setting. We'll also explore how to best incorporate Assistive Technology into daily lessons in order to create the most meaningful learning experiences.

MC: Assistive Technology Certification Session 4- AT vs. Accommodations

What if we told you that all Assistive Technology devices are classified as accommodations but not all accommodations are categorized as AT? In Session 4 of our Assistive Technology certification, we will dive into the differences between AT and accommodations by taking a closer look at the four main types of accommodations as well as the spectrum of tools and devices that fall under the AT umbrella.

MC: Assistive Technology Certification Session 3- Laws

When it comes to Assistive Technology, there is a wide range of services and devices that children may be entitled to. In Session 3 of our Assistive Technology certification, we'll dive into federal law and review some of the existing laws regarding AT and the progression over time. We'll also explore the terminology and acronyms used in conversations about AT.

Effective Organization of Microsoft OneDrive

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.

MC: Assistive Technology Certification Session 2- Evolution of Assistive Technology

Let's explore what Assistive Technology is all about. In session 2, we'll identify various disabilities and discuss how AT can support those struggling with a physical, sensory, or cognitive disability. We will also discuss the history and evolution of assistive technology to identify the most beneficial tools and devices for our students. Join us as we take a deeper dive into where AT started and how it continues to advance.

EdTech Essentials Part 1: Curating Resources and Expanding Classroom Walls

Join educator, author, and speaker Monica Burns and the OTIS for educators team for part one of this three-part webinar series that will explore essential EdTech topics alongside actionable tips and favorite tools. Learn about free and low-cost resources for student consumers that connect to reading, viewing, and listening experiences students have online. In this session, you’ll explore the tools and the strategies for curating content for students with an emphasis on expanding classroom walls with digital resources. 

MC: Assistive Technology Certification Session 1- Introduction

Join us for the first session in our Assistive Technology (AT) certification! We'll start off the certification with an introduction to the series, and discuss the breakdown of courses, assignment requirements, and support resources. Then, we'll explore the first legal mandates of AT in education, and cover examples of products and equipment that exist to improve learning for people with cognitive problems, physical impairments, and learning disabilities.

Social and Emotional Learning with Sphero

With Social and Emotional Learning being a focus in education, teachers are always looking for fun and creative ways to incorporate SEL into their daily lessons. In this course, we'll explore how the Sphero robot can not only be used to teach code, but be a key player in SEL. Come roll on in for some fun ideas and inspiration!

Cleaning Up Your Google Classroom to be Ready for Next Year

The best way to be ready for Fall is to clean up your Google Classroom now so you do not have to worry about it later. This session will provide you with practical tips on how to manage your current Google Classroom to help you be ready to use Google Classroom in the Fall, including tips for cleaning up Google Drive, saving your student work exemplars, and lessons learned for how to better structure Google Classroom for next year.

Teaching Math Concepts to ELLs Using Google Drawings

Are you looking for a unique way to engage your ELLs in math lessons? In this course, we'll explore how to provide learning opportunities for our students using Google Drawings. We'll demonstrate how students can create math problem-solving models and utilize the Drawings space to show their visual thinking skills. We'll also discuss how students can collaborate and share their Drawings with peers.

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.

Utilizing Google Workspace for Summer Reading

Ready to transition your summer reading program to a more digitally-based process? In this course, we'll share tips on using different applications within Google Workspace (formerly G Suite for Education) to structure a summer reading program and push out materials. We'll also share book lists and reflection activities to keep students reading during the summer months and prevent that summer slide!

Using Screencastify Submit to Assess Students

If you are already utilizing Screencastify in your classroom, you probably know how easy it is to create screencasts for your students to watch. However, did you know you can easily assess your students by having them create their own screencast? Screencastify Submit is an easy-to-use feature that allows you to do just that. Join us to see how you can utilize this feature in your classroom!

Leveraging Google Remote Skills for Re-adjusting 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.

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.

Utilizing Portfolios in ClassDojo

ClassDojo is an educational tool for connecting teachers, students, and parents. In this session, we'll dive into student portfolios — a specific tool for students to showcase their work. Portfolios on ClassDojo are a safe way for students to share their work samples, engage in learning, and stay connected with one another. We will discuss getting started with portfolios, adding work samples, and submitting them for feedback. In addition, we'll demonstrate how teachers can create and assign activities, and even explore pre-made content.

Preventing Regression in Your Special Education 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.

Wrapping Up Your Year with Google

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.

Teaching Narrative Arc with Ozobot for Elementary School Students

Are you looking for a unique way to teach storytelling elements to your students? Join us for a literary coding adventure as we explore how to use Ozobot to learn about narrative arc. These tiny robots can be used to trace a narrative arc and stop at designated points in a story to detail characters, setting, conflict, and resolution. We'll discuss the process of having students draw, code, and retell the story, and will explain how students can add speed, turns, and even color changes to their Ozobot to reflect the character’s feelings and actions.

MC: Apple iPadOS - Session 9 - Final Assignment

You've made it to the end of our Apple iPadOS micro-credential! During this last session we will review your final assignment, and go over how to integrate each of the apps to make a complete final presentation. Join us to wrap up your learning into one cohesive presentation, and complete your Teq micro-credential!

MC: Apple iPadOS - Session 8 - iMovie

iMovie is a fantastic tool to expand your teacher toolkit and help students express their learning in new ways. Session 8 of our Apple iPadOS micro-credential will focus on bringing media into the classroom through the use of short movies and trailers. Give your students a new way of presenting their work, reaching out to the community, and showcasing their skills through this great multimedia platform.

MC: Apple macOS - Session 9 - Final Assignment

You made it to the end of our Apple macOS micro-credential! During this last session we will review your final assignment and go over how to integrate each of the apps to make a complete final presentation. Join us to wrap up your learning into one cohesive presentation, and complete your Teq micro-credential.

MC: Apple macOS - Session 8 - iMovie

iMovie is a fantastic tool to expand your teacher toolkit and help students express their learning in new ways. Session 8 of our Apple macOS micro-credential will focus on bringing media into the classroom through the use of short movies and trailers. Give your students a new way of presenting their work, reaching out to the community, and showcasing their skills with this great multimedia platform.

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 macOS - Session 6 - Keynote

Apple's Keynote is a great application — it's the one you've been seeing throughout this micro-credential! In this session, you'll learn how to create engaging presentations to make the most of your lesson content. Join us as we take a look at a full presentation and show you how to incorporate some of the great features Keynote has to offer.

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 5 - Numbers

In session 5 of our Apple macOS 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 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 6 - Keynote

Apple's Keynote is a great application — it's the one you've been seeing throughout this micro-credential! In this session, you'll learn how to create engaging presentations to make the most of your lesson content. Join us as we take a look at a full presentation and show you how to incorporate some of the great features Keynote has to offer.

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.

MC: Apple iPadOS - Session 2 - Settings and Accessibility Features

Welcome back for the second session of our Apple iPadOS micro-credential. Our iPads have many settings and features — where do we even begin? In this session, we will go over some of the most helpful settings and features your iPad has to offer. Screen recording, security features, screen zoom, and guided access, are just a few of the settings we will discuss. Join us to make the most of the iPads in your classroom.

MC: Apple iPadOS - Session 1 - Introduction

Welcome to the first session of our Apple iPadOS micro-credential. Throughout this micro-credential, you will learn the ins and outs of many of the iPadOS applications as well as how to incorporate them into your classroom instruction. In this first session, we will take a look at a sample final project to set you up for success. We will also discuss the process of submitting your assignments, finding your feedback, and how to receive support. Let's get your iPads ready for some learning!

MC: Apple macOS - Session 2 - Settings and Accessibility Features

Welcome back for the second session of our Apple macOS micro-credential. Our Macs have many settings and features — where do we even begin? In this session, we will go over some of the most helpful settings and features your Mac has to offer. Screen recording, security features, screen zoom, and smart folders are just a few of the settings we will discuss. Join us to make the most of the Mac in your classroom.

MC: Apple macOS - Session 1 - Introduction

Welcome to the first session of our Apple macOS micro-credential. Throughout this micro-credential, you will learn the ins and outs of many of the macOS applications, as well as how to incorporate them into your classroom instruction. In this first session, we will take a look at a sample final project to set you up for success. We will also discuss the process of submitting your assignments, finding your feedback, and how to receive support. Let's get your Mac ready for some learning!

Using Google Chrome's Read&Write Extension in the Special Ed Classroom

Google Chrome’s Read&Write extension is a downloadable software toolbar that helps students that require literacy support to create and access the same content as their peers. Join us as we explore how Read&Write provides a personalized learning experience for each student in your class and helps them to meet their full potential.

Best Practices for Accessible Websites

There are many requirements of an accessible website.  In this course, you will learn some best practices to ensure that your website is accessible.  We will reinforce accessibility basics and help you post accessible information on your website.

SMART Tools for SEL

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.

Using Flip to Teach Current Events

Note: Flipgrid is now Flip! There have been many updates to the functions and look of the platform. In this session, you will notice some differences between the video and the current version of Flip. We are aware of this and are working on updating our courses to reflect these changes.

Flip (formerly Flipgrid) is a great tool for engaging your students through collaboration and discussion. In this session, we will explore how to use the resources available on Flip to teach students about current events. We will use the Discovery Library to search for and view ready-to-use and customizable lessons that will spark conversation. Join us as we share creative tips for students to research and share their ideas on current event topics.

Using Edpuzzle to Teach Story Elements to Your ELLs

Edpuzzle gives you the opportunity to easily create interactive video lessons for your students that you can integrate right into your Learning Management System (LMS). Join us as we explore how to use Edpuzzle’s built-in question feature to teach story elements to ELLs in your literacy classroom. We will also explore the benefits of using Edpuzzle's interactive components to engage your ELLs in daily lessons.

Using Microsoft Teams Breakout Rooms for Jigsaw Activities

Jigsaw activities are a great way to have your students work collaboratively in the classroom. However, can they be done virtually? Join us in this session as we use breakout rooms within Microsoft Teams to demonstrate how we can complete jigsaw activities virtually.

Creating Workout Videos on Flip

Note: Flipgrid is now Flip! There have been many updates to the functions and look of the platform. In this session, you will notice some differences between the video and the current version of Flip. We are aware of this and are working on updating our courses to reflect these changes.

Are you looking for a unique way to incorporate physical education activities into your instruction? In this session, we will explore how we can use Flip (formerly Flipgrid) with our students to create and share workout videos. We will also discuss the importance of physical activity, living a healthy lifestyle, and unique Flip features and activity ideas.

Using Newsela to Teach Current Events

Do you want to incorporate more current events in your classroom but struggle to find grade-appropriate texts? This is a problem for many teachers, but Newsela serves as a solution. Join us as we demonstrate how to find grade-appropriate current events that you can share with your students.

Wrapping Up Your Year With Microsoft

Hang in there — summer is almost here! Join us as we take a look at how to close out the school year using Microsoft 365. We'll prepare you for the next school year now, so you can have more fun in the sun this summer. We'll demonstrate how to organize your OneDrive, get student feedback, and create a summer to-do list so that next year you're ready to hit the ground running!

Sight Word and Vocabulary Instruction Using Pear Deck

Building vocabulary is important for all students regardless of age or subject matter, and Pear Deck can help! In this course we will explore how to use Pear Deck to create and manage vocabulary lists, as well as how to effectively engage your students in vocabulary-based activities.

Getting Started with Flocabulary

Join us as we take a look at Flocabulary, a web-based platform that uses research-based videos and activities to build the background knowledge and vocabulary students need to succeed.  See how we can find content, create assignments, invite students, and review student work in an easy to navigate cloud-based program.

STEM and Remote Learning in Early Education

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.

Using Jamboard in the Elementary Science Classroom

Science is all about collaboration and engagement, but if your students are not sitting at the same lab table, this can be a challenge.  In this course you will learn how you can use Jamboard to deliver engaging lessons to your elementary science students. 

GoGuardian - Basics

This video covers the basics of what a teacher can do inside GoGuardian to monitor what activities students are doing on their Chromebooks.  It includes Teacher Commands, Sessions and Scenes.  Come and join us!

Project-Based Learning with Canvas

Project-based learning (PBL) is a great way to engage students, and Canvas can help you create, manage, and deliver outstanding PBL activities. In this course, we’ll show you how to utilize the Canvas platform for each element of a project-based learning activity.

Cooperative Learning Opportunities Using Kami

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.

Using Technology to Support 3D Teaching and Learning

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. 

Reading Comprehension for ELLs with Thinglink

You may already be familiar with Thinglink as a powerful tool that can be used to create interactive photos, videos, and media. In this course, we will take the possibilities of Thinglink even further by incorporating text along with other media types to create rich, meaningful readings for the English Language Learners in your class.

Virtual 1:1 Check-Ins Using Google Meet

We've already seen so many ways that Google’s tools can be used to support distance learning, but did you ever think of using Google Meet to facilitate individual daily check - in meetings? In this course we'll explore settings and features in Meet, as well as share some tips for making check-ins on Google Meet a regular routine in your hybrid or remote classroom.

Virtual 1:1 Check-Ins with Microsoft Teams

Checking in with your students is important whether you are taking a remote, hybrid, or traditional approach to teaching. In this course we will explore how to use Microsoft Teams to meet face-to-face with your students, share documents, and more!

Planning Virtual Parent-Teacher Conferences with Google Calendar

Parent-teacher conferences will always be an important component of the school year, whether education is done in the classroom, or at home. Join us as we discuss how to plan parent-teacher conferences virtually using Google Calendar. We'll also demonstrate how to share important sign-up information, schedule appointments, and more!

EdTech Planning 101

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.

Getting Started with Classkick

Feedback is an essential component of learning and development and Classkick makes it easy to deliver content and grades to students, whether in class or at home. Classkick is a great tool for giving students individualized, real-time feedback and grading. It's easy for teachers to personalize content, track student progress, and interact with students as needed. Join us to learn the basics of Classkick!

Voice & Choice - Choice Boards Using Google Docs

If you are looking for a way to give your students more freedom in their learning activities and add a little zest to your choice boards, look no further. In this course we will explore how you can use Google Docs to create digital choice boards and share some example boards that can be easily differentiated to fit your classroom needs.

Voice & Choice - Choice Boards Using Microsoft Word

If you are looking for a way to give your students more freedom in their learning activities and add a little zest to your choice boards, look no further. In this course we will explore how you can use Microsoft Word to create digital choice boards and share some example boards that can be easily differentiated to fit your classroom needs.

Mid-Year Portfolios Using Seesaw

Are you looking for a unique way to check-in on student progress? In this session, we'll explore Seesaw, a learning management system that specializes in portfolios and student engagement. We'll discuss how to set up student portfolios and how students can add work samples to showcase their achievements as well as work-in-progress. In addition, we'll discuss how teachers and students can provide feedback to one another in order to enhance their portfolios and skills.

Using Microsoft Teams for School PLCs

Just because teaching may look a little different right now, doesn’t mean that professional learning communities (PLCs) can’t continue! Join us as we explore how Microsoft Teams allows you to connect with others on your grade level or subject area while following a hybrid or remote learning model. We’ll also share how to use Microsoft Teams to build off one another’s ideas and how to easily share files and data with others in your PLC.

The Science of Alt Text

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.  

 

Digital Journal Activities for ELLs Using Google Slides

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.

Providing Valuable Grading Feedback with Google Classroom

With more students learning digitally, we need to shift our grading feedback to focus more on how they are learning, growing, and changing! With focused feedback, students will be more invested in their learning! Join us as we share strategies and explore tools within Google Classroom that support process-based grading and that will help you to provide valuable feedback to students as they practice and work towards mastery.

Dealing with Digital Distractions

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.

Web Resources for the Special Ed Classroom

How can we provide meaningful learning opportunities and develop key learning and life skills for our students with special needs? In this session, we will provide you with different web-based tools to satisfy a variety of needs. We'll discuss specific websites and virtual tools to get you started. We guarantee that you will leave this session with a variety of useful resources for differentiating lessons, creating scaffolds, increasing student social skills and more for you to implement in your instruction!

MC: Microsoft - Session 10 - Final Assignment

Congratulations! You’ve made it to the final session in the Microsoft micro-credential. Now it’s time to review what you learned and show off your new skills. In this session, we will review and preview your final assignment. Join us to get some final tips and ideas for completing your assignment with flying colors.

MC: Microsoft - Session 9 - Teams

In Session 9 of our Microsoft micro-credential, we will dive into Teams, a collaboration tool that enables users to work and meet together in an efficient way. Teams creates a “digital hub” for teachers and administrators, bringing together conversations, content, and apps in one common workspace, while also providing the ability to video conference. Teams is not just for teachers though — students can also utilize Teams as a protected and productive learning environment. Join us to learn how to improve your workflow and stay connected with Teams!

MC: Microsoft - Session 8 - Forms

Join us for Session 8 of our Microsoft micro-credential. In this session we will show you how you can take a powerful tool like Microsoft Excel, and make it that much better with Microsoft Forms. Forms is a survey and data collection application that allows you to autopopulate responses in a designated Excel spreadsheet. With this automation, you can easily analyze and recognize patterns in your responses using Excel. In this session, we'll not only show you how to use Forms in conjunction with Excel, but we will share some creative ways to use Forms for permission slips, quizzes, polls, and more!

MC: Microsoft - Session 7 - PowerPoint

Join us for an exciting session in our Microsoft micro-credential. This session focuses on creating engaging and useful presentations with Microsoft PowerPoint, and we will share some tips and tricks for creating presentations for a variety of purposes, including direct instruction, engaging multiple learning styles, and increasing interactivity.

MC: Microsoft - Session 6 - Excel

In Session 6 of our Microsoft micro-credential, we will show you how to best organize and analyze your data with Microsoft Excel. Excel lets you create, view, and share spreadsheets while collaborating with others in real time. With this powerful tool, administrators can organize student information, develop school budgets, and create engaging charts to represent information around academic performance and population demographics. Teachers can construct gradebooks, discuss and view data sets, teach mathematics and science fundamentals, organize resources for class projects, and more. If you have data to collect and analyze, Excel is a great tool to consider!

MC: Microsoft - Session 5 - Word

Session 5 of our Microsoft micro-credential focuses on creating template documents for frequent use, and utilizing the bibliography elements within Microsoft Word. Word is a fantastic word processing program that helps you bring out the best in your writing with PDF editing capabilities, research and proofing tools, and collaboration and "tell me" features. And with Microsoft Office 365’s cloud capabilities, you can easily access all of your documents from anywhere, at anytime, and on any device with internet access.

MC: Microsoft - Session 4 - Outlook

Session 4 of our Microsoft micro-credential focuses on increasing communication and organizing meetings with the use of Microsoft Outlook. Using Outlook, we’ll view group member availability, create meeting appointments while finding appropriate locations and times, and give you some helpful tips and tricks for staying connected through email.

MC: Microsoft - Session 3 - OneNote

In our third session, we will dive into the Microsoft brainstorming tool, OneNote. OneNote is a fantastic collaboration tool to gather information in free form by allowing typed and written annotations, pictures, drawings, and audio commentaries.

MC: Microsoft - Session 2 - OneDrive

Join us for our second session as we take a look at Microsoft's cloud storage tool, OneDrive. This tool allows you to store your files on the web and gives you the ability to sync and share them with others. You can easily access all your files with an internet connection from anywhere, at any time, and on any device.

MC: Microsoft - Session 1 - Introduction

Earn your micro-credential by learning the ins and outs of Microsoft with our ten-part series. Join our first session for an introduction to the micro-credential course track, and an outline of the topics we will cover. We will guide you through the process of logging in and downloading the software, and provide you with an example of the final project. Lastly, we will explore some support resources to help you build your understanding of Microsoft!

Manipulatives for Anywhere 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.

Building a Hybrid Learning Environment

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.

SMART Board Basics

A SMART Interactive Flat Panel is considered a new era of classroom collaboration. This product gives teachers and students a premium touch experience, superior collaborative features, and 4K Ultra HD resolution. The SMART 6000, 7000, 6000S & MX series now includes exclusive iQ technology - unifying classroom devices with your display and software - creating a hub for classroom collaboration! Come join us to learn how the 6000 series provides reliability, simplicity, and intuition to help you teach, collaborate and share content to your students.

Creating Collaborative Environments with Jamboard

Ready to take Jamboard to the next level? In today's session, learn how you can use Jamboard to create collaborative learning spaces for students to work together on group projects and other class activities. We'll go over collaboration and sharing settings, best practices, and fun ideas for the classroom. Get ready to see student engagement soar!

Non-Verbal Communication for Student Engagement

Whether you are conducting class remotely, in person, or hybrid, non-verbal communication skills can make a world of difference. Having a strong and consistent approach to non-verbal communication will help with both classroom management and student engagement. In this course, we'll discuss different strategies and resources you and your students can use to make communication efficient and effective!

Google Enterprise Features

You've probably heard of G Suite for Education, but did you know that with Google Enterprise there are additional tools and features for many of the most popular Google apps? In this course, we'll cover some of the premium features available with Enterprise such as record, breakout rooms, and unlimited originality reports.

Formative Assessment Using Kahoot!

Want to enhance student engagement while getting real data about student understanding? In this course, we'll explore the game-based platform Kahoot! and how it can be used as a formative assessment tool. Learn the basics of using Kahoot, discuss important considerations for remote learning, and leave with some great tips and tricks for using Kahoot! with your students.

Virtual Classroom Management with Zoom

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.

Virtual Classroom Management with Google Meet

How can we engage our students and manage our virtual classrooms while using Google Meet? In this session, we'll discuss strategies for setting up a Google Meet and maintaining organization while running the meeting. We'll also learn unique ideas for visual polling in order to maintain focus and engagement during the session. Join us as we explore how to foster discussion and manage tasks in a virtual classroom!

Intro to Jamboard

Jamboard is a digital whiteboard by Google that students and teachers can use anytime, anywhere! In this course, we'll show you how to access Jamboard, and explore available features, ideas for the classroom, and tips and tricks for getting started. Join us as we learn about this powerful tool for increasing student engagement.

MC: Google Educator Basics - Session 15 - Final Assignment

Congratulations! You have made it to the last session in our Google Educator Basics micro-credential series. 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. In this session, we'll provide you with plenty of example final assignments, a detailed look at the rubric, and a review of the Google Educator Certification process should you decide to move forward with Google's own certification.

MC: Google Educator Basics - Session 14 - Additional Google Tools

Join us for Session 14 of our Google Educator Basics course series! After reviewing numerous tools and applications within the realm of Google, we have a few more to mention! Google Earth, Jamboard, Science Journal, and Your Plan, Your Planet could be a great addition to your classroom — and you might be surprised to learn what other tools are available out there!

MC: Google Educator Basics - Session 13 - YouTube

Did you know that YouTube, the popular video sharing website, can be used as an effective tool in the classroom? Join us for Session 13 of our Google Educator Basics micro-credential series to learn about embedding videos, creating playlists, and more!

MC: Google Educator Basics - Session 12 - Sites

In Session 12 of our Google Educator Basics series, we'll explore ways to share your students' work using Google Sites, and many other ways Sites can be used in the classroom. By the end of this session, you will know how to create your own site, complete with images, text, and embedded content.

MC: Google Educator Basics - Session 11 - Classroom

Ready to learn about the best way to create and organize assignments? Join us for Session 11 of our Google Educator Basics series where we'll cover Google Classroom. This platform brings some of the best features of Google Drive and key add-ons together in one easy-to-navigate application. We’ll cover how to create a class, add students, manage class documents, communicate with your class, and more.

MC: Google Educator Basics - Session 10 - Forms

In Session 10 of our Google Educator Basics micro-credential series, you will learn all about Google Forms! Google Forms is a great tool for teachers. You can use it to collect and grade quizzes, gather feedback from students, and more. Join us to discover how you can incorporate Google Forms in your classroom.

MC: Google Educator Basics - Session 9 - Sheets

Join us for Session 9 of our Google Educator Basics micro-credential series to learn about using Google Sheets in the classroom. We will focus on ways you can increase you and your students' organization and productivity by maximizing the features of Sheets. You’ll learn creative and customized ways to add, organize, and analyze data to inform instruction, identify areas of student need, and view student growth over time.

MC: Google Educator Basics - Session 8 - Slides

Continue your learning in Session 8 of our Google Basics series! In this session, we'll dive into the benefits of Google Slides. You will learn how to share slides with the aim of decreasing the amount of paper copies you create, learn how to create engaging and attractive presentations, and get some tips and tricks on best practices for presentation creation!

MC: Google Educator Basics - Session 7 - Collaborating with Docs & Drawings

Session 7 of our Google Basics micro-credential series is all about Google Docs, Google Drawings, and using these tools for class collaboration! We will discuss the real-time editing features of Google Docs, and the ability to share these files with individuals or groups for editing and feedback. We'll also dive into how to use Google Drawings to increase collaboration and creativity in the classroom.

MC: Google Educator Basics - Session 6 - Staying Organized

In Session 6 of our Google Educator Basics micro-credential series, we'll explore how to get organized by keeping track of class schedules and appointments using Google Calendar. We will also discuss how to use Google Tasks to stay more organized, and demonstrate the many uses of Google Keep.

MC: Google Educator Basics - Session 5 - Optimizing Communication

Wondering how to maximize effective communication between student and teacher? Join us for Session 5 as we dive into ways to optimize your communication with Google. We'll explain Gmail, Google Meet, and a variety of Google tools that can assist in the classroom. Our discussion will include how you can facilitate effective student collaboration, hold productive meetings, and create opportunities for fair and open communication both in and out of the classroom.

MC: Google Educator Basics - Session 4 - Drive

Join us for Session 4 of our Google Educator Basics micro-credential series! In this course, you'll learn how to utilize Google Drive in your classroom. With discussion topics like uploading content, making and sharing documents, and creating a paperless classroom, it's sure to be a wild ride!

MC: Google Educator Basics - Session 3 - Chrome

Join us for Session 3 of our Google Educator Basics micro-crediential series where we'll discuss how to maximize the use of Google Chrome, and the functions that make it more than a traditional web browser. During this course, you will learn how to search more effectively, as well as how to use the Chrome Web Store to manage apps, extensions, and themes.

MC: Google Educator Basics - Session 2 - Support Resources

Do you ever feel like you don't have enough support? Here at Teq, we got you! Continue your learning by joining us for Session 2 of our Google Educator Basics micro-credential series where we'll explore resources available to you through the Google Learning Center and Help page. During this course you will learn about best practices for implementing technology into your classroom, teaching digital citizenship, and where to locate support resources.

MC: Google Educator Basics - Session 1 - Introduction

Join us for the first session in our Google Educators Basics micro-credential track! During this series, you'll learn how to create a 21st-century classroom with Google. You might even move on to take Google's Google Educator Level 1 exam! In our first session, we'll introduce the micro-credential, discuss the breakdown of courses, assignment requirements, and support resources. We'll also go over the Google Tools that will be covered throughout the series and how you can use these in creative ways to expand your classroom and create relevant, collaborative, and exciting learning opportunities for your students.

MC: SMART Learning Suite - Session 8 - Review and Final Assignment

Thank you for joining us for this series on SMART. In this final session, we will do a brief review of what we covered and discuss how to complete your final assignment. You will receive your micro-credential certificate once you have successfully completed all assignments (Session 4, 5, and 8) as well as passed the quiz for each course in the series. Once you have completed the requirements, your certificate will be posted in your Achievements tab on your dashboard. 

MC: SMART Learning Suite - Session 7 - Lesson Delivery with Lumio

In this course we will dive into best practices for delivering the lessons you have created. From students access, to creating content on the fly, to switching between teacher paced and student paced, this course will cover all you will need to know to deliver highly engaging lessons. Additionally, we will show you how to use Lumio, formerly known as SMART Learning Suite Online, materials for both direct and indirect instruction and how to view student data collected in Lumio.

MC: SMART Learning Suite - Session 6 - Lumio

Lumio, formerly known as SMART Learning Suite Online (SLSO), is a powerful online program that you can use to deliver, share, and create lesson content. In this course, we will show you how to convert various files and upload them for use on Lumio, how to create interactive handouts for students, and how to create content directly on Lumio that you can share with students and teachers alike. 

MC: SMART Learning Suite - Session 5 - ClassLab in Notebook

At this point in the track, you should now be able to create a variety of interactive lesson content. Now, we will take a look at ClassLab in SMART Notebook for some pre-made activities from SMART. Game based activities such as Monster Quiz, Game Show, and Speed It Up; as well as built in formative assessment tools like Shout It Out and Response 2 are wonderful features that make it quick and easy to build customizable interactive content. We will show you how to deliver this content to students directly from Notebook.

MC: SMART Learning Suite - Session 4 - Interactive Pages 2

In this course we will continue our exploration of Notebook's interactive features. This session will include how to add sounds to objects as well as add-on tools such as the Activity Builder, SMART Blocks, and Geogebra. 

MC: SMART Learning Suite - Session 2 - Using SMART Notebook

In session 2, we will delve into the SMART Notebook program. In this course you will learn the basics of navigating and using Notebook to build engaging and interactive lessons. This first course on Notebook will go over using features such as pages, shapes, text, images and video. 

MC: SMART Learning Suite - Session 1 - Introduction

Welcome to the micro-credential track for SMART. In this introductory course, we will show you how to access the software, go through basic board and pen set up, and more. 

Creating Virtual Calming Rooms

In times of stress, it is important to have outlets and coping strategies. This is often managed with calming techniques, mindfulness, and dedicated spaces for relaxation. What happens if your students are not physically present in school? In this course, we will go over how to offer social and emotional support and build emotional management skills in your students, whether you are teaching traditionally, hybrid, or remote. Digital calming spaces can be a great resource for students of all ages.

WebEx Meetings Update 2020

In this course we will take a look at an important and useful update to WebEx Meetings - breakout rooms! This session is intended as a