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September 14

Under the Hood of Chrome

September 28

Setting Up Your Digital Classroom

October 5

Portfolios, Storage and Communication with Families

October 26

Code Studio; Computer Programming for Elementary

November 9

Mobilizing your GAFE (Google Tools) Suite

November 30

Elementary Subscriptions

January 11

New Year, New Ways to Engage your Students

January 25

Makers’ Spaces

February 8

Basics of Google Forms & Google Sheets

February 22

Write a Grant

March 8

Learning Outside the Walls

March 22

Apps for iPads

April 12

Top Ten Hits

April 26

Digital Center Time

May 10

Mother’s Day (round 2)

September 14th, 2016-Shelly Stanton

Under the Hood of Chrome

Google Chrome is an awesome browser for several reasons but most importantly it makes any user more efficient. We will start with simply describing and labeling Chrome with an interactive activity and then we’ll customize Chrome for you and your style. And yes, Chrome is free. If you have been wondering the difference between apps, extensions, add ons and themes (or all those other goofy words) this is a great class for you. Or, if you just want to know how to do things quicker this is the ticket for you.  Please bring a device and if you are bringing an ios device have the Chrome app installed.

September 28th, 2016-Mark Kane

Setting Up Your Digital Classroom

What digital resources should you set up right away? What can wait? Come to this session and we will set up three digital resources together that will last your whole-year long. We will set up Seesaw, which is a digital portfolio your students will love; Remind, a parent communication tool that is first-rate; and Symbaloo, a digital bookmarking tool that makes the internet easily-accessible in your classroom. Bring a laptop and your class list with complete parents’ contact info, especially cell-phone numbers.

October 5th, 2016-Shelly Stanton, Traci Piltz and Marybeth Moses

Portfolios, Storage and Communication with Families

Our students are so innovative and learning so much but often don’t share this with their families. If you want to have your students compile their works in something other than a 3 ring binder this is a great class. We will look at different tools one could use and then you will have time to explore. Today, the three tools are Seesaw, Google Sheets and websites but with the speed of edtech change these could all be revamped by October. Please bring a device.

October 26th, 2016-Mark Kane

Code Studio; Computer Programming for Elementary

If you tried the Hour of Code last year, or even if you didn’t, this session is for you. Computer science has the potential to open many doors for students; doors from today’s poverty into future security. We want this for our students! Come explore a fully-prepared, free, year-long curriculum that is easy to use. If you can turn on a computer, you can teach this!

November 9th, 2016-Shelly Stanton

Mobilizing your GAFE (Google Tools) Suite

Take advantage of the power of collaborative tools by exploring what makes Google Apps valuable for you and others. We will look at each GAFE tool and then also how it can work for you. Understand how to use your mobile Google tools like a dynamo and become more efficient with Keep, Calendar and chaos.  Hands on activities and time exploring will make this session worth any drive. Please bring a mobile device with Please bring your password so you can download Google Apps onto your device.

November 30th, 2016-Mark Kane

Elementary Subscriptions

Your principal said you could have one subscription for the year. You’ve got 5 minutes to decide. Go! The jungle of elementary subscriptions is thick. Every website seems to want you to subscribe to their paid service, costing possibly hundreds of dollars each year.  Do you choose a real-paper print service like Scholastic News? A fully-digital resource like Reading Rainbow , News-O-Matic, or Raz-Kids? A hybrid like Reading A-Z? We will look into many paid subscription services (and a few free ones) to help you choose.

January 11th, 2017-Shelly Stanton

New Year, New Ways to Engage your Students

We all have go to tools that we use to engage our students. This fun learning session will cover favorite technology engagement tools to use with your students. You’ll leave with at least one activity you can use the next day in your classroom. Please bring a device (computer or Chromebook preferred).

January 25th, 2017-Mark Kane

Maker’ Spaces

Last year, McKinley students began a club called LaunchPad that focused on exploration in electronics, robotics, and computer science.  This year the club has continued!  Join us as McKinley kids share their experiences, their creations, and get tips on how to start a club at your school. We’ve learned new tools and found some new tricks in a year’s time!

February 8th, 2017-Shelly Stanton

Basics of Google Forms & Google Sheets

Google Sheets makes everything from collecting assignments to assessing student growth a snap (well click). This session will prove to be an excellent way to overcome your spreadsheet woes in a hands on manner. Please bring a device, if you will be using an iPad please download the Forms and Sheets Apps.

February 22nd, 2017-Mark Kane

Write a Grant

This session will step away from a typical how-to-use-the-tool seminar. This time we will focus on how to GET the tool in the first place. We will look at websites like Donors Choose and Adopt-a-Classroom. Even getting funds from your principal is a form of grant writing; you’ve got to convince her! Plus, we will also discuss writing for the Billings Education Foundation grants (Due March 10th!) for BPS teachers.

March 8th, 2017-Shelly Stanton

Learning Outside the Walls

We have all heard that results in education come from relationships, rigor, and relevance. This class will look at how we can take authentic student interest and create Google Maps that break down barriers. We will utilize Google Forms and Mapping tools to take learners from their minds to the world miles away. We will also explore tools to connect geography to any lesson. Please bring a device.

March 22nd, 2017-Mark Kane

Apps for iPads

The app landscape is always changing. What are the best new apps? What are the oldie-but-goodies? This session will be a great refresher for anyone already using iPads in the classroom and a must-attend for anyone beginning their journey.

April 12th, 2017-Shelly Stanton

Top Ten Hits

EdTech changes faster than a teenagers mood and this class will share the top tech tools/tips of the week. Get ready to explore, learn and share in this fast paced, upbeat class. Please bring a device.

April 26th, 2017-Mark Kane

Digital Center Time        

Good centers can drive your time to teach. Bad centers can drive you mad. This session will focus on what works, how to rotate digital and real content, and how to avoid common mistakes in digital centers.

May 10th, 2017-Mark Kane

Mother’s Day (round 2)

Kids love digital projects almost as much as Mom. For the second year in a row, we will try to make Mom’s day shine with new projects to say “I Love You”.  The neat thing about these projects is that they double as ways to report ed content, too. Just insert your own topics.