In-Person, On-Site Professional Development Workshops
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 theStandards in their classrooms and provide students with essential life skills beyond.