In-Person, On-Site Professional Development Workshops
Most people know that Google Forms give teachers a powerful data collection tool,but did you also know that Google Forms can be used as a powerful differentiation tool? In this workshop, participants will explore how to use sections and branching logic to control which questions or information respondents see. They will leave with their own Google Forms that they can put to immediate and good use in their own classrooms.
The basics function of Google Docs, Google Sheets, and even Google Classroom are only the beginning of the creative and powerful ways to use Google Apps for Education in the classroom. This workshop offers an in-depth exploration of the range of tools available to take both the teacher and student experience to the next level. Participants will explore Google add-ons and Chrome extensions that can make their lives easier and enhance the functionality of the Google Apps they are already using.
HyperDocs are more than just online documents with hyperlinks. They are part of a pedagogical approach to instruction in a blended classroom that shifts the role of the teacherfrom one of lesson planner to one of lesson designer. This workshop provides an overview of all of the critical elements of creating digital lessons with HyperDocs. With a focus on the 4C’s (Critical Thinking, Creativity, Collaboration, and Communication) and Universal Design Principles, participants will learn how HyperDocs offer a way to personalize the learning experience for all students while still meeting the requirements of the Standards. Participants will explore HyperDocs, as well as create digital lessons to use right away! NOTE: This workshop is platform independent and can be customized for both Google and Office 365 users.
Most people know of Desmos as a free, graphing calculator, but did you also know that Desmos can be used as a dynamic instructional tool? In this workshop,participants will explore how to use Desmos activities to facilitate classroom conversations and implement the 5 Practices. They will use the Activity Builder to create their own Desmos-powered activities that they can put to immediate and good use in their own classroom. NOTE: Desmos can even be used in any grade-level classroom and in subjects other than math.
Imagine a platform through which you could create and distribute assignments, deliver feedback, and collaborate in real-time all in the same place. With Google Classroom, you can do all of that, and more! This course offers a guide to Google Classroom as well as an in-depth exploration of the G Suite for Education. Participants will be instructed on how to utilize these tools to enhance and manage their classrooms, as well as foster collaboration and communication. Additionally, instructors will be given opportunities to explore some of the many applications that integrate with Google Classroom to cultivate creativity, expression, and engagement.
Technology can make formative assessment a seamless part of everyday activities. Online tools and mobile devices can help teachers stay organized when collecting data that will make analyzing information easier and more meaningful. During this workshop, participants will first consider why we use formative assessment, then will explore tools and apps that make the process more efficient and effective. Participants will find the material interesting and useful, but will also have a lot of fun exploring all of the possibilities.
This workshop is a high-octane charged workshop with topics ranging from technology-based PBL, virtual field trips, gaming, digital storytelling, podcasting, and animation. Throughout the workshop, participants will learn how to utilize apps to enhance instruction, to foster creativity, and to implement the 4 C’s. By the conclusion of the workshop, participants will have a strong understanding of how to improve any lessons by incorporating today’s technologies.
This workshop demonstrates how to create a learning environment that incorporates the best technological tool for each instructional goal. The workshop begins with a review of digital citizenship and what it means to create a digital-age classroom. The participants consider and evaluate digital tools and resources that enhance teaching and learning, and are compatible with the school technology infrastructure. Throughout the workshop, the presenter models the use of online and blended learning, digital content, and collaborative learning networks to support and extend student learning. The workshop concludes with an evaluation of digital communication and collaboration tools that participants can use to communicate with students, parents, colleagues, and the community.
Active learning is the process of engaging students as participants in their own learning. Free online technology tools can be used to extend proven active learning strategies. To explore the connection between technology, active learning, and teaching, workshop participants focus on the application of technology tools to enhance active learning strategies, including collaborative learning in a back-channel discussion, KWL creation through online whiteboards, think-pair-share using online audio recorders, and concept mapping with electronic graphic organizers and mind maps.
In this workshop, we look at proven strategies for using mobile devices in ways that purposefully impact student learning. First, we begin by making the most of tablets, iPods, smart phones and Chromebooks, learning how to make instructional improvements that allow for thoughtful and purposeful use of these tools in the classroom. Next, we examine ways to leverage the power of YouTube channels, calendar, sites and more to support high-level classroom instruction. From Google Docs for collaboration to Google Sites for publishing, we will explore all of the amazing ways to use Google. At the end of this workshop, participants leave with strategies and ideas for effectively using mobile devices to increase critical thinking skills and improve information literacy.Participants also develop a set of strategies for creating an innovative and collaborative classroom.
Transform your classroom into an inquiry-based/problem-solving zone rather than a lecture zone.This workshop-based course gives educators the opportunity to implement one of the simplest yet most valuable forms of blended learning. Participants will examine different models of flipped teaching and how these address the requirements of the NJSLS. They will then develop lesson plans for their classrooms.
The Standards require students to be able to effectively research, produce, publish, collaborate, and interact while achieving curricular Standards. This course offers an in-depth exploration of Google Applications suited to support these expectations. Participants will be instructed on how to use these tools and will have the opportunity to create lessons that utilize this cloud-based environment. Doing so will help participants meet the Standards in their classrooms and provide students with essential life skills beyond.
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