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Integration Tips for Google Chrome Canvas in the Classroom

Did you know there is a hidden gem in the world of Google-created apps? It's the relatively new app, Google Canvas! Let's explore this easy-to-use and navigable application that will allow your students to be little Picassos or VanGoghs. We will learn how to express our creative side by incorporating this app with other Google Workspace apps for easy classroom use.

Building Inquiry-Based Instruction

In the standardized testing era, students are too often asked to memorize facts and/or recall ideas without being expected to retain a deeper understanding of the information. Depth in learning comes from focusing on critical thinking, evaluating information, and tapping into students’ intrinsic curiosity. This session is designed to support educators in creating inquiry-based lessons with a focus on critical thinking and problem-solving skills, both of which enhance student performance in and out of the classroom. Applying and integrating inquiry-based lessons into instruction allows students to be independent learners and helps educators to increase the relevance of their lessons.

Matt Joseph is currently the Director of Evaluation, Supervision, Mentoring and Hiring in Brockton Public Schools. He is the CEO of X-Factor EDU and the author of several books. He has held many positions in education from classroom teacher to principal; this has given him insight into how best to support teaching and learning. He writes articles for national publications and is a frequent speaker at state and national educational events as well as the president-elect of MASCD.

Promoting Financial Literacy in the Secondary Classroom

Financial literacy (FL) should be an essential skill taught in the secondary education classroom. We will explore the concepts of FL and how to promote them within social science, economics, and mathematics settings. We will review tools and lesson ideas to teach the basics of money management, such as budgeting, saving, debt, investing, giving, and more. This knowledge lays a foundation for students to build strong money habits early on and avoid many of the mistakes that may lead to lifelong money struggles.

Celebrating Biodiversity with Google Earth Activities

Let's explore the Earth's biodiversity through activities with Google Earth (whether online or downloaded)! These sample activities can show the diversity of climate and the diversity of the life that occupies different regions. We will even explore the human interaction with the environment and its impact on biodiversity.

Civics - Type of Elections: School Board Elections

As citizens and/or residents of our local communities, it’s important to understand the different types of elections that we have the right to participate in. As residents of a local school district, you have the right to vote how school budgets are enumerated and spent. School board elections and budget votes tend to vary between states and even local municipalities — join our session as we dig into the details!