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Providing Personalized Support in Schoology

As teachers, we always strive to provide all our students with the best learning outcomes possible. In the digital age, it's easier than ever before to give every student the tailored experience they need with a few clicks. Join us for this session, where we're going to look at the different ways you can use your Schoology LMS to help provide your students individualized support. From small group to individual scaffolds, you'll learn some great strategies to use and how to put them in place in Schoology.

Advisory Routines for Community Building

In this course, we will look into how to establish a strong connection with your students and fellow staff members. We will focus on community building activities and routines to establish the basics of a positive, safe, and caring environment that is built on trust, listening, and connectedness. Join us as we explore strategies to use in your advisory class and beyond!

Appsmashing with ChatGPT

In this session, participants will learn exactly what ChatGPT is, how to access it, and how to use it to assist with instructional tasks in the classroom. We'll start by sharing an abundance of use cases for classrooms of any grade level and content area, and then take it one step further by exploring the places you can take that content. There are so many websites, resources, and apps that teachers can use to appsmash. Plus, they can leverage the content produced by ChatGPT to streamline their teaching!

Mary Howard is a Nationally Board-Certified 6th grade ELA and science teacher who passionately believes in the potential that technology has for reaching and engaging all learners. She has spent the past 10 years presenting at dozens of technology conferences and has become a globally recognized speaker on AR and VR in the classroom, 3D design, QR codes, and AI. She authored the book, Artificial Intelligence to Streamline Your Teacher Life. Mary's accolades include NYS Master Teacher, NYS Teacher of the Year finalist in 2018 and 2020, ISTE Virtual Pioneer of the Year 2018, and is a Silver Presidnetial Service Award recipient. She is also a mother of 3 and an avid runner, cycler, and hockey volunteer.

100 Prompts for ChatGPT to Support Students

ChatGPT and AI models are going to be everywhere. Just how Google Search changed how we get information, AI is going to change how we work, teach, and learn. The trick is to ask ChatGPT questions that will help you get the most use out of the AI chatbot. In this session, Alice Keeler will be providing expert tips based on her popular blog post "100 Prompts for ChatGPT to Support Students.” The session will explore the best way to ask your questions and refine your prompts in order to support your students during the school year.

Alice Keeler is a former teacher, mom of five, expert in edtech integration & virtual learning, speaker, and author. She is passionate about student-centered teaching and using tech to build relationships, empower students, and make learning better. She is the author of 50 Things You Can Do with Google Classroom and Stepping Up to Google Classroom. 

Community Building for ELLs Using Google Workspace

Including our English language learners into the school community is crucial, especially at the start of the new school year. Join us for this session where we will explore how to build community with your ELLs interpersonally and school-wide using Google Workspace tools. We will be exploring Google Sites, Slides, My Maps, and more! You will leave this course with resources that you can begin using with your students starting on day one!

Classroom Projects to Inspire Creativity & Foster Social-Emotional Learning

Based on Dr. Haiken's book, this session is for educators who want to utilize creative classroom projects to foster content knowledge and social-emotional learning (SEL). Participants will be introduced to hands-on projects across disciplines that engage students, promote design thinking, and elevate learning while helping to build social and emotional skills.

Michele L. Haiken, Ed.D. is an educator, author, and blogger. She has been teaching for more than 24 years and is passionate about empowering 21st century learners through educational technology and literacy so everyone can reach excellence. She is the author of Creative SEL: Using Hands On Projects to Boost Social-Emotional Learning and Personalized Reading.

Diving into AI in Education: 10 Things to Try and 10 to Avoid

Uncover the potential of AI to revolutionize teaching and learning while learning from real-world examples. AI offers new opportunities to enhance student engagement and personalize learning experiences. However, AI comes with both promises and challenges. We will explore 10 dos and don'ts when it comes to AI. For example, do learn how AI-powered tutoring systems can adapt to individual student needs and provide personalized learning experiences but don't overlook data privacy or the ethical considerations when using AI in education. Join us to explore some AI tools and essential considerations.

Rachelle Dene Poth is a Spanish and STEAM teacher and attorney. She is a frequent presenter at conferences on emerging technology and ways to benefit student learning. Rachelle has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Presidential Gold Award for Volunteer Service in Education. As an accomplished author, she has seven titles currently in print, and has contributed to multiple collaborative publications. She enjoys delivering PD, especially on appsmashing, AR/VR, SEL, STEM, project-based learning, and more.

Starting Strong with Data

You've got a new class, but what do you need to know about them? This course will share different data sources that you can use to plan your initial instruction and differentiate right from the start. We will explore a variety of collection tools that are immediately usable, easy to implement, and sustainable, through the Lumio, Mircrosoft, and Google platforms. Start the year off by supporting and enriching your student's learning.

Constitutional Rights in the Digital Age

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

5 Classroom Management Tricks: Low Tech to No Tech

Get back to basics with helpful tips and tricks for classroom management on the secondary level. Learn to engage students using everyday, "no-tech" items as well as a low-tech counterpoint that can be integrated in any subject or content area! Make the transition into the new school year a smooth one as you implement these five tricks in your classroom.

Coaching for Instructional Success

We often think of coaching as something that teachers and leaders get when they are struggling. Athletes at all levels receive coaching to continue to improve their skills. Educators need the same. In this session, we will begin to explore the world of instructional coaching and ways to embed best practices into your observation, coaching and teaching routines.

Using Jamboard to Support ELA Standards

Looking for a way to support students in ELA and align to the Next Generation ELA standards? In this session, we will be utilizing Jamboard as a way for students to apply targeted skills in a collaborative way. Join us as we explore some of the standards in depth, create interactive activities, and use Jamboard to promote reading, writing, and discussion at the secondary level.

Meet Google Bard, Your Free ChatGPT Alternative

Dive into the world of AI with Alice Keeler as she introduces Google Bard™, the free alternative to ChatGPT™. In this practical and education-focused session, Alice will demonstrate how teachers can harness the power of Google Bard to revolutionize their classrooms. Discover Google Bard's capacities to assist in lesson planning, improve student engagement, and offer personalized learning experiences. Alice will guide participants through navigating Bard's user-friendly interface, utilizing its educational applications, and optimizing its use to complement and enhance traditional teaching methods. Learn new strategies to use Google Bard effectively in your teaching practice, opening up a whole new world of educational possibilities.

Alice Keeler is a teacher, mom of five, expert in edtech integration & virtual learning, speaker, and author. She is passionate about student-centered teaching and using tech to build relationships, empower students, and make learning better. She is the author of 50 Things You Can Do with Google Classroom and Stepping Up to Google Classroom.

Combining the Creative Power of Book Creator and Canva!

Book Creator is already one of our favorite platforms for digital storytelling, but did you know that you can now combine Book Creator with the power of Canva? In this session, we'll be looking specifically at the Canva app within Book Creator. You'll walk away with an understanding of how to use Canva within Book Creator, plus some exciting classroom applications!

Kicking off the New School Year with Lumio Activities

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

Creating Virtual Calming Rooms with Wakelet

Wakelet is the perfect tool for organizing content for personal and student use. In this session, we’ll explore how to use Wakelet to create your own virtual calming room that students can access with ease. Join us to learn how to add resources for meditation, mindfulness, inspiration, and so much more to your Wakelet collection. We will also discuss how a digital calming space can be a powerful resource for students, teachers, and families.

Using Adobe Express to Create Engaging Content for ELLs

Let's explore new features of Adobe Express! In this session, we will dive into specific activity ideas to engage our English language learners. We will go through the video creation process and share ideas for your students to create their own unique videos to show off their language skills. We will also share video and poster ideas that can help teachers capture the attention of ELLs. Let's get creating with Adobe Express!

Building Resilience in Students and Teachers

This session will focus on understanding the concept of resilience and its importance in maintaining mental well-being. Participants will learn about practical strategies to develop and strengthen resilience in both students and teachers, including coping with stress, fostering a growth mindset, and creating a supportive learning environment.

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. She is an author of several books in the mental health and education space.

Empowering Diverse Learners with Student-Paced Lessons

In the era of increasing diversity in classrooms, educators must find innovative ways to meet the needs of all learners. This session will explore how student-paced lesson planning can be used in conjunction with MTSS and UDL frameworks to create inclusive, engaging, and differentiated learning experiences that empower each student to work in ways that align with their unique needs and abilities.

Bonnie Nieves is the author of Be Awesome on Purpose as well as a contributor to EdReports and The American Biology Teacher Journal. She has nearly two decades of experience as a high school science teacher. Bonnie holds a master's degree in Curriculum, Instruction, and Educational Leadership and is a member of many professional organizations including MassCUE, ISTE, and NSTA. Her passion for creating immersive and authentic experiences that fuel curiosity and creating student-centered, culturally responsive learning spaces that promote equity and inclusion has led her to establish Educate On Purpose Coaching. Connect with her on Twitter @biologygoddess, Instagram @beawesomeonpurpose, and LinkedIn.