2016-2017 Wired Workshops
All teacher workshops are scheduled for a full day at the District Office. These sessions begin with an introductory learning activity where teachers learn about a specific topic or tool that is supported for use in the District. Typically, the instruction will last from 2-4 hours, depending on the topic. The rest of the day will be spent putting into practice the information learned in the beginning of the day and making plans for incorporating it into the teacher’s instruction. The district will provide a substitute teacher for the day.
Check 4 Learning is a testing application built by the state of Nebraska. This uses the same platform as NeSA, and has some excellent applications for assessment and data collection in your classroom. This workshop will focus on learning how to navigate the interface, build assessments, generate reports, and analyze data using the system.
Building a website is really easy with Weebly and the new Google Sites! Learn how to use this simple interface to build a website that you can be proud of. Teachers will learn how to build a good website that is both informative and easy to navigate. By the end of the workshop, teachers will have a functional website that they can use to communicate with their students and parents. Note: Do not sign up for this workshop if you already have a website.
Since 2012, Bennington has offered a Moodle Institute that includes in-depth training and practice with Moodle and all the tools available in it. A lot of things have changed since Moodle was first rolled out to teachers, and there hasn’t necessarily been as much followup training regarding new features and enhancements...UNTIL NOW! This workshop will go over some of the new and updated features in Moodle 3.1 as well as some updates to plugins and filters that the district has added. We’ll also go over some of the more advanced and interesting features of Moodle that were not covered in the original Institute. Bring some curriculum and be prepared to make some updates to your classroom activities!
For those unfamiliar with using Google Apps, this basic workshop will work from the very basics of Google apps including how to create and share documents, how to use your Google Drive effectively, how to add and use some useful extensions for Chrome, search strategies and features, basic calendar use, gmail, sheets, maps, and more.
Intermediate users of Google Apps will benefit from this workshop that focuses a little more on how to use more advanced features of Google’s applications. Learn about Sheets, Forms, Drawings, Slides, Calendar, and Mail. We’ll also go into some additional tools provided by Google and other third party providers to help facilitate creativity, collaboration, and communication in the classroom. Upon completion of this workshop, teachers should be well-prepared to complete the Google Certified Educator Exam - Level 1.
Advanced users of Google Apps will find ways to work with many different Google tools to generate, summarize, and find information. We’ll spend time working with advanced features of Sheets, scripts, maps, Hangouts, YouTube, Sites, and much more. Upon completion of this workshop, teachers should be well-prepared to complete the Google Certified Educator Exam - Level 2.
Participants in this workshop will be prepared to take a Google Certified Educator Exam - Level 1. It is recommended that teachers complete Google 201 or demonstrate equivalent knowledge and ability prior to participating in this certification workshop.
Participants in this workshop will be prepared to take a Google Certified Educator Exam - Level 1. It is recommended that teachers complete Google 301 or demonstrate equivalent knowledge and ability prior to participating in this certification workshop.
The district utilizes a lot of Mimio hardware and software. In this session, participants will learn how to use MimioStudio as well as hardware basics for different pieces of equipment.
As the district continues to add Chromebooks for student use, teachers need to learn how to leverage these devices and the web to better support student outcomes. In this workshop, teachers will learn about teaching strategies with Chromebooks, Google Apps, and the web. By the end of the workshop, teachers will have a working knowledge of the options available to them and to their students using Chromebooks.
Bennington has been participating in an emerging technologies workgroup to see how we can incorporate 3D printing and engineering concepts into the traditional classroom. This workshop will take teachers through the work that has already been done and discuss ways to take the projects even further. Participants in this workshop will have the opportunity to schedule a rocketry and/or 3D printing unit and gain access to a 3D printer and laptop to use in the classroom during the project.
There are a plethora of powerful mapping tools available for teachers in Bennington. In this workshop, we’ll explore a couple of different tools including Google Maps, Google Earth, and ArcGIS to build lessons around geography and databases.
From photo slide shows, presentations, lessons, and highlight reels of classroom activities, video can be a powerful learning tool - particularly when teachers produce them for their students. In this workshop, you’ll learn the basics of video production including how to create video lessons, slideshows set to music, and more using tools that are readily available to Bennington teachers.
Seesaw is a great platform to have students reflect on and share their learning using a variety of devices. In this workshop, you’ll learn how easy it is to set up your classroom, let students contribute artifacts, invite parents to see their students’ work, and even how to publish student work to a class blog. This workshop is geared mostly towards K-6 teachers.
With the district’s full transition to Google Apps for email and calendar, there are many things that will need to be done differently than we have done them in the past. In this workshop, we’ll spend some time learning how to tweak your Bmail to meet your requirements and also go through some basic procedural items that you will need to know. From booking carts and rooms and setting appointments to participating in Hangouts and automating some email processes, this fast-paced day will help you learn as many possible tricks to help you manage your calendar and email to be more productive.
The district has invited students to bring their own devices to school. But what is a teacher to do with all these different pieces of student technology? In this workshop, teachers will learn more about best practices for including student devices. They will also learn more about Web 2.0 tools that can be used to support learning and assessment on any Internet-connected device. Finally, we will talk about and establish best practices for classroom management with personal student devices. Work time will be spent developing a classroom management plan and a lesson that incorporates one or more tools from the morning into a learning activity or project.
Did you know that the district used 3,668,401 sheets of paper last school year? Try to make a dent in that number and also improve communication with your parents by going paperless (or just less paper!) in your classroom. Using various tools with Moodle and Google Classroom, you can reduce your students’ paper use, speed up your student workflow and feedback loop, and increase communication with parents.
Specifically geared towards early childhood teachers, this workshop will explore some of the apps and activities that would be appropriate for centers, small groups, and the whole class using the equipment that we have available. Teachers who attend will be encouraged to share what they learn and resources they develop with their teammates.