Thomas Hammerlund Professional Learning

Date

Event / Course Name

Location

Facilitator

Description

June

2019

Scratch: Programming for Teachers

edx

Delft University of Technology

How to use Scratch in the classroom.

May

2019

 G Suite Administrator Fundamentals

Coursera

Google Cloud

G Suite Administrator Fundamentals serves as the starting place for any new G Suite admin as they begin their journey of managing and establishing G Suite best practices for their organization. This course is an introduction to the  basic functions of the Admin Console to manage users, control access to services, configure common security settings, and much more.

Apr

2019

Peardeck Introductory Webinar

Online

Erin Mills

An introduction about how to use Pear Deck. This covered how to connect Pear Deck to Google Slides.

Apr

2019

Japan International Schools' Technology Group Job-alike

Canadian Academy

Murray Smith,

CA Technology Director

People who hold tech titles from international schools all over Japan got together at Canadian Academy for two days to hold expertees sharing, unconferences, job-alike meetings, and demo slams. We ended up creating a network so we can continue to share ideas and answers.

Mar

2019

MYP Design Jobalike

Nagoya International School

Dean Heller,

NIS Design

10 MYP Design/Design teachers got together at NIS for a day of sharing practices and ideas. Through this meeting, we set up a way to stay connected, share resources in the future, and begin a way to calibrate our grading.

Mar

2019

5 Ways to Help Teachers Progress in Their Use of Technology

Online

Vicki Davis

I learned simple strategies that work to help teachers of all levels improve their use of technology in the classroom

- Visioncasting using phrases to help teachers adopt a growth mindset in their own personal PD

- What IT Directors and other school leaders can do each week to help their school progress in meaningful ways

- How to celebrate progress in ways that teachers love (and enjoy)

- How to encourage improvement while respecting the teacher’s current life situation

Jan

2019

Digital Wellbeing

Online

Google Digital Garage

I learned how to develop and maintain healthy tech habits.

Jan

2019

Build confidence with self-promotion

Online

Google Digital Garage

Discover how speaking about your achievements can boost your confidence and powers of persuasion.

Jan

2019

Introduction to Program a Progress Bar in Google Slides

Online

Google Applied Digital Skills  

I learned to program a progress bar in Google Slides using Apps Script. This course teaches how to program in a shape, a color for the shape, and loops in Apps Script. The result is a progress bar at the bottom of your presentation.

Jan

2019

Apps Script Blastoff!

Online

Ben Collins

An introduction to Google Apps Scripting.

Jan

2019

Google Certified Educator Level 2

(Recertification)

Online

Google

A recertification of the Level 2 exam.

Jan

2019

Google Certified Educator Level 1

(Recertification)

Online

Google

A recertification of the Level 1 exam.

Dec

2018

Increase Productivity at Work

Online

Google Digital Garage

 I learned how to become better at managing your time, and learn how delegation and prioritisation can help you work more efficiently.

Dec

2018

Soundtrap Certified Expert

Online

Soundtrap.com

Various

Similar to the Certified Educator course, but more in-depth.

Dec

2018

15 Classroom Creativity Activities (featuring Adobe Spark)

Online

YouTube Live

Monica Burns

I learned how to use the Adobe Spark tools

Examples of classroom activities

Strategies to share student work

Connections to your favorite tools

Notes

Dec

2018

Soundtrap Certified Educator

Online

Soundtrap.com

Taylor Haun

Learned to use Soundtrap in the classroom. How to manage students, use the tools, and get students composing music.

Sept

2018

Writers Workshop Weekend

Osaka YMCA International School

Kathryn Martinez Nalepa

The focus of this workshop was how to implement the workshop in your classroom. Kathryn also modeled a lesson and conferencing, provided resources for teachers to use, and answered questions we had.

Aug

2018

Create a Makerspace in a Week (Webinar)

Online

(Blend Education)

John Spencer

How to set up a makerspace in a week and why a culture of creating in the classroom is important.

July

2018

Certified Microsoft Innovative Educator

Online

Online

Awarded to Microsoft Educator Community Members by earning 1000 points through completing courses and demonstrating knowledge of Microsoft products.

July 2018

Screencastify: Master the Screencast 

Online

Matt Miller

Ideas for using Screencastify and how to create screencasts in class.

July

2018

Digital Storytelling with Book Creator

Online Webinar

Monica Burns

Ways to use (and how to use) text, video, images, and illustrations in Book Creator stories.

July

2018

Online Classroom Video Tips and Tools

Online Webinar

Don Goble

Don Goble shares tips on how to help students make better videos for in response to class assignments.  

  • How to tell a story using video.
  • Lighting & recording techniques that can make videos shine.
  • Tools and techniques for creating and editing videos on a smartphone.
  • The importance of video composition.

July

2018

Revolutionizing School Culture

Online Webinar

Hal Bowman

How to create a positive classroom and school environment.

June

2018

Leading without Formal Authority

Online
Linkedin

Linkedin

Learn how to demonstrate your leadership ability without having a formal leadership role.

June

2018

Sharing Activities with Students in Seesaw

Online

Seesaw Team

How to create and share activities with students through Seesaw.

May

2018

PD in Your PJs Sprint--Preparing Your Seesaw for Schools Class for the End of the Year

Online

Julie Jacobs

Seesaw Community Manager

Julie took questions and frequently asked questions and gave her advice on how to best deal with Seesaw classes for the end of the year.

May

2018

PD in Your PJs Sprint--Rethinking Newsletters

Online

Julie Jacobs

Seesaw Community Manager

Using Seesaw to communicate with parents and sending newsletters. Using Seesaw’s new tools to make sending and making newsletters better.

  • Attach images / the newsletter itself
  • Make a list beforehand
  • Attach a voice file with an image instead of text
  • Attach word clouds
  • Think of it as a conversation starter rather for what to ask students
  • Type a note and add a voiceover (if you use the note tool, Seesaw will translate it)

May

2018

Critical Creativity with Dan Ryder

Online

Dan Ryder

Creative ways to use Flipgrid. The free webinar is available here.

Apr

2018

Coaching Essentials: Getting Started as a Coach

Online

Eduro

Having been asked to be the Technology Learning Coach for OYIS next school year, I wanted to get a refresher on good coaching practices, learn new strategies, and hopefully connect with other coaches.

Apr

2018

Epic Certified Teacher

Online

Epic.com

I use Epic in my classroom and they offer a teacher training for their platform. Wanting to better serve my students and help their parents, I became certified.

Apr

2018

Getting Started with PBL: An On-Demand Webinar

Online

Blend Learning

John Spencer

An overview of Project Based Learning. There are also examples of projects to try.

The free webinar is available here.

Apr

2018

PD in Your PJs Sprint--Seesaw's Newest Feature!

Online

Julie Jacobs

Seesaw Community Manager

A rundown of Seesaw’s newest features. Now you can add notes, pictures, and videos to messages.

Mar

2018

Seesaw in the Makerspace

Online

Julie Lavine

Janine Conley

Using Seesaw to document learning in the makerspace.

Mar

2018

How to Read and use NWEA MAP Data

Skype live to OYIS

Candi Fowler

Candi spent an hour one afternoon Japan time to go over how to read and use the NWEA Map data to better help students.

Mar

2018

Unlock Deeper K-5 Comprehension with Better Questions

Online

Abrams Learning Trends

Erin King

Learn how to create a classroom full of Literacy Heroes from our literacy experts and authors as they explore topics around:

  • Ways to supercharge oral language and vocabulary
  • Packing an instructional punch with poetry and shared reading
  • Building comprehension and zooming in on meaning with close reading
  • Nonfiction and why it energizes students more effectively than fiction
  • The power of peer reading and reciprocal teaching
  • How balanced literacy satisfies the growing appetites of Literacy Heroes better than any other approach

Mar

2018

Writer’s Workshop: Engaging Students Using Mentor Texts and Writer’s Notebooks

Online

Augustana University

Chad Gilbertson

This course will help teachers renew their intentions to make writer’s workshop a classroom reality. Focus on background and strategies for implementing writer’s workshop, then connect the writing process with two powerful tools: the writer’s notebook and mentor texts. Explore options and applications to create a workshop model based on current classroom structure and needs. How do I create and maintain an effective writer’s workshop to support students’ writing development?

Feb

2018

PD in Your PJs Sprint--Listening Stations Come Alive!

Online

Angela Gatke

Three ideas for making listening stations come alive.

Feb

2018

Seesaw Ambassador

Online

Seesaw

Feb

2018

Sharing Book Projects in Seesaw

Online

Kara Brem,

Seesaw Ambassador

Nov

2017

Digital Learning for the K-8 Classroom Certificate

Columbia University Teachers College

Online

This certificate offered by Teacher’s College of New York, talks about how to set up technology-rich units, how to teach them, and how to assess learning.

Oct

2017

Reading Workshop

Weekend

Osaka YMCA International School

Kathryn Martinez Nalepa

During this workshop, teachers will experience an overview of how the workshop model looks in the classroom. With a focus on balanced literacy, we will discuss how Reading Workshop, Writing Workshop, Assessments, and Word Study (Words Their Way) are intertwined. In addition, we will explore some essential organization tools used for implementing these programs.

Sept

2017

Math in the Early Years

Canadian Academy, Kobe, Japan

Dr. Juanita Copley

Concept-based learning strategies for the early years (K-2) classroom.

July

2017

Common Sense Education K-2 Digital Citizenship Certificate

Online

commonsense.org

Common Sense Education

Apr

2017

Design Thinking for Teachers

Online

blendeducation.org

John Spencer

Using the LAUNCH Cycle for design thinking in the classroom

Mar 2017

Southern Taiwan Google Summit

Kaohsiung American School

EdTech Team

*Presenter

I didn’t know you could do that with Google Forms

Jan

2017

DQ 101: Introduction to Decision Quality

Online

Standford Edx

DQ 101 Teaching Team

Use logic to make quality decisions.

Dec

2016

Classroom Strategies for Inquiry-Based Learning

Online

edx.org

UT Austin

Inquiry-based learning is the hallmark of the UTeach program’s model for preparing pre-service teachers and a key element of the UTeach professional development model for practicing teachers. Inquiry based teaching aims to increase student engagement in learning by helping students to develop hands-on, minds-on skills needed for the 21st century. This approach honors the complex work of learning.  It prioritizes the knowledge and experience students bring to the classroom and it promotes active problem solving, communication of results, and the shared construction of new ideas.

Nov 2016

5 Lessons to STEAM Up Your Classroom

Online

edcloset.com

Susan Riley

Sept 2016

ELL: Best Teaching, Learning & Assessment Practices in the Mainstream Classroom

Kaohsiung American School

Eric Smith

This workshop is designed for international school classroom teachers with a high percentage of English Language Learners. It will provide them with background knowledge, skills and perspective to best meet the needs of ELLs in the content areas while the students are acquiring English language skills. The main focus of the workshop will be the Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol Model (SIOP).  A secondary component will be the development of academic vocabulary for English Language Learners. Workshop participants will be better equipped to face the challenges of international teaching.

Jul

2016

Favorite Apps to Use With

Book Creator

Online

Monica Burns

Explore different apps to design dynamic Book Creator products.

Jul

2016

Teaching Digital Citizenship

Online

netsmartz.org

Participants learn what digital citizenship is, what resources to use, and how to prepare children to use the internet as a tool.

Jun 2016

ISTE Coaching Academy

Course 1

Course 2

Course 3

Course 4

Course 5

Course 6

Online

Les Foltos

Ed tech coaches play a critical role in helping colleagues integrate technology and enhance learning.  The six self-paced courses in ISTE's Coaching Academy will teach you how to use coaching skills to help fellow educators embrace technology and leverage digital age teaching for improved learning.

Mar 2016

Teach for Google:

RAFT Assignments

Online

Google

Feb 2016

MYP Design: Implementing the MYP Curriculum

Online

Daniella Lira

Jan 2016

Google Certified Educator

Level 2

Online

Google

If you're an educator who knows how to use Google tools in the classroom, this certification proves your proficiency.

Dec 2015

Google Certified Educator

Level 1

Online

Google

If you're an educator who knows how to use Google tools in the classroom, this certification proves your proficiency.

Sept - Oct 2015

Coaching:

From Theory to Practice

Online

Eduro Learning

Participants will be exposed to a variety of resources about successful coaching to enable them to develop an action plan for creating a successful program in their school.

Oct

2015

Making Media that Sticks

edweb.net

Tony Vincent

There are six principles of sticky ideas according to Dan and Chip Heath, authors of Made to Stick. Sticky ideas are ones that we can plainly understand, clearly remember, and easily retell. When teachers and students make educational media, whether visual, audio or video, we want them to be sticky. Let’s look at examples so we can make our own (and our students’) ideas stick.

Sept 2015

Google Summit - Hong Kong

The Independent  Schools Foundation Academy, Hong Kong

EdTech Team

This two-day high-intensity event focuses on deploying, integrating, and using Google Apps for Education (and other Google tools) to promote student learning in K-12 and higher education.

Jun-Jul, 2015

Principles of Instructional Design and Technology

Online - through Tarleton State University, TX

Dr. Crenence Baker

This course will arm participants with critical knowledge and skills for designing and implementing online learning objects, tools and activities to engage and empower learners.

Apr 2015

Red Cross First Aid Training

Tohoku International School

Stephen Hall, Christian Academy Japan

Feb - Apr, 2015

Coaching Digital Learning | Cultivating a Culture of Change

Online

The Friday Institute, North Carolina State College of Education

Lisa Hervey,

et. al.

A course to learn along with colleagues from other schools and districts to enhance digital learning content knowledge and further develop coaching strategies.

Jan 2015

Google Online Professional Exam

Online

Google Web Academy

An exam covering Google’s business apps.

Nov 2014

Using Cliff-Hanging Texts to Ignite Students’ Comprehension

Webinar

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Curiosity Series

Mary Ellen Vogt

Join HMH program contributor MaryEllen Vogt as she models the steps of the DR-TA process with a sample text that is a “cliff-hanger” to teach students how to read closely and think deeply about complex text. Highlights of this webinar will include: types of questions that prompt students to use close reading skills, how to spark curiosity with DR-TAs, and how to engage students with complex texts.

Oct 11-12, 2014

Making the PYP Happen

Yokohama International School

David Whitehead

Participants develop personal knowledge and understanding of the essential elements of the programme; deepen understanding of internationalism and the learner profile; prepare for planning, teaching and assessing students; and develop skills to analyse and refine the school’s programme of inquiry. The workshop environment supported educators as lifelong learners through reading and discussing current pedagogy and research.

Jun - Jul 2014

How to Learn Math: For Students

Stanford University Online  

Dr. Jo Boaler,

Stanford University

Dr. Boaler is the author of the book, The Elephant in the Classroom, Stanford Professor, and creator of YouCubed.com

Apr 2014

Google For Education Basic Exam

Online  

Google Web Academy

An exam covering the basics of Google’s programs.

Apr - Dec 2014

IB Webinar Pass

Online

IB Presenters

About once a month the IBO puts out a webinar about different aspects of the IB.

 Feb 2013 -  May 2014

COETAIL -

Certificate in Online Learning and Digital Literacy

Online  

Jeff Utecht

Rebekah Madrid   

Brandon Hoover

COETAIL is a 5-course (15-credit) certificate program designed by, and for, international school teachers interested in developing their technology skills in an authentic, project-based environment. All courses include specific skills and concepts essential for the 1:1 classroom – including blogging, understanding copyright and Creative Commons, digital storytelling, and building a personal learning network. Each class includes time to develop technology-rich projects to implement in your classroom.

 Aug 2013

Foundations of Teaching for Learning 1: Introduction

Online (coursera.org)

John Macbeath,

Commonwealth Education Trust

Accomplished with Distinction

 Aug 2013

First Year Teaching (Elementary Grades) - Success from the Start

Online (coursera.org)

New Teacher Center

 

 Jul 2013

Mapping With Google

Online

Google Maps Team

A course covering how to use  Google Maps Engine Lite and Google Earth.

Spring 2013

Google Apps Ninja Training

Tohoku International School

Crawford Heisz, Tohoku International School

 

Autumn - Spring 2012

- 2013

ESL in the Mainstream Training

Tohoku International School

Sunita Devidas, Yokohama International School

The course presented strategies and discussed issues which consistently address the fundamental relationship between language and learning. It promotes a holistic approach to teaching that ensures students are successful learners.

Summer 2012  

Google Power Search Course

Online

Google Search Team

Using Google Search more effectively.

Nov 2012

Red Cross First Aid Training

Tohoku International School

Stephen Hall, CAJ

May 2012

Webinar: Differentiating Instruction With Technology

Online (ASCD)

Melissa Haney, Amelia Earhart Elementary School, Goddard, Kansas, USA

How to use technology to differentiate instruction and what technology works best. Using the latest technology (Mimio, iPads) to reach the learning styles in the classroom.

Nov 2011

Common Core 101 with John Kendall

Online (ASCD)

John Kendall

In this webinar, John Kendall, author of Understanding Common Core State Standards, gave an overview of the new standards in English language arts/literacy and mathematics, highlighting their key aspects. He also suggested transition activities for teachers and districts to consider, including

  • Creating a Crosswalk, which compares the content of the common core with your current standards.
  • Developing transition documents that support deeper understanding of the Common Core State Standards by using current standards as a bridge.
  • Taking the longer view of implementing the common core systemically.

slides

Nov 2011

Bridging the Gap: Brain Based Learning

Yokohama International School

John Joseph

Weighted Elements-why is there an achievement gap?

Motivation and confidence-essential ingredients from successful students.

The Four Worlds-building confident and capable learners with a focus on talent and the future.

Managing Stress-coping with the pressures of school

Brain Care-building healthy sleep patterns.

Sept 2011

Teaching with the Brain in Mind

Tohoku International School

Paul Guiniss   

Classroom strategies for engaging teaching.

Apr 2011

Teaching Through Challenges

Tohoku International School

David Tharp

David, a therapist based in Tokyo, came in after the March 2011 earthquake to assist us with ways we can help our students.

Jun 2011

International Baccalaurate (IB) Certificate in Teaching and Learning

Online

Bethel University

Greg Nelson, Jody Baker, Jeff Overlie

A fully online, 3-course program covering Internationalism, Planning, and Teaching and Learning in the PYP.

 Jun

2010

6+1 Traits of Writing  

Augustana University

Mail-in Assignment

A course using the 6+1 Traits of Writing to teach writing using assessments.

Aug 2010

de Bono’s 6 Hats Thinking Skills

Tohoku International School

Alana Steward

Using the 6 Hats Thinking Skills in the classroom.

Aug 2010

Differentiation

Tohoku International School

Alana Steward

Using different teaching strategies and assessments to reach the different learning styles of the students.

Jan 2010

Strengths

Tohoku International School

David Jellicoe

Finding out what each person's strengths are, and how to best use them in team settings.

Nov 2009

Internationalism

Tohoku International School

Alana Steward

A discussion about what the word internationalism is, and what we can do to better support our students.