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2019 RockingEduTech
Conference Sessions and Descriptions
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Session NameDescription of Session
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10+ Awesome Interactive Websites for Teachers and Their StudentsThis session will give a brief introduction to websites that teachers can use across the curriculum. Websites introduced will include Quizizz, Kahoot!, EDpuzzle, Epic! Books, Blendspace, BrainPOP, Nearpod, and many more. These are all super easy to use with Chromebooks. Come away with some ideas you can begin using in your classroom in August!
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101 Nearpod Skills, Introduction (vendor-led)This workshop is designed for anyone who is brand new to Nearpod and wants to get started
using Nearpod in their classrooms! Participants will experience all the interactive features,
explore the Nearpod Lesson Library, learn how to launch both Live and Nearpod Student Paced
lessons, and how to access post session reports. (Content Delivery)

Prerequisite: Nearpod Account

Objectives:
Experience a Lesson
Review each tab of the Nearpod Homepage
Explore Lesson Library
Launch a Live and Student Paced Lesson
Receive 101 resource to review for additional practice in a Student-paced NPL
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102 Nearpod Skills, Create & Edit (vendor-led)The best way to learn how to use Nearpod is to explore the tools, edit, and create lessons for
your own classroom. Participants will spend time editing and creating a lesson with the trainer
and learn how to include various interactive features and content materials for the students that
they teach. Bring your favorite PowerPoint or Google Slides presentation or customize a lesson
from the Lesson Library that you will use with your students. (Content Delivery)

Objectives:
Download Lesson from Lesson Library
Add Various Features
Add Audio
Add Media References
Import teacher resources (PDF, PPT, JPEG)
Explore 3 dots tab; Share, Duplicate, Add To, Reports & Delete
Receive 102 resource to review for additional practice in a Student-paced NPL
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360 Media in the Classroom--Part IA relaxed, informative, hands-on workshop sharing resources, tips, activities, and ideas for virtual reality experiences in your classroom. We'll share how to locate 360 media online to incorporate in your curriculum now, as well as how to create 360 content for your students and ideas on going past a virtual field trip. We'll bring our favorite 360 cameras (Ricoh Theta) to use and explore during our time together. Whether you're curious about virtual reality or you've participated in a few virtual field trips, this workshop is for you!
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360 Media in the Classroom--Part IIOn Day Two, we'll dive deeper into 360 technology with our 360 cameras (Ricoh Theta). Be ready to create your own virtual reality field trips for elementary, middle, and high school students. We'll include our own tried-and-true tips for editing 360 videos, Google Expeditions, and Tour Creator and how to share your classroom creations with the global classroom.
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A Little “Sum”thing to Make a “Difference” in MathematicsJoin us for a fast-paced showcase to see how technology can be intertwined with your upper elementary computation lessons. We will share an assortment of ideas that utilize some of our favorite web tools such as: Seesaw, Book Creator, PicCollage, Number Pieces, Dreambox, and more. This session is best suited for 4th and 5th grade teachers.
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Add Some SPARK to Student VideosAdobe Spark is an integrated suite of applications that are available on iPads and Chromebooks. This session will focus specifically on Spark Video. You will be amazed at how easily students can create beautiful, creative videos. Come learn how to add some SPARK to your classroom!
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Alexa--The Classroom Assistant You’ve Been Waiting ForExperience how Alexa can be a voice assistant to help you and your students learn in the classroom. Alexa can remind you about events, spell out words, pick a random student, lead brain breaks, give writing prompts, orchestrate review games, pick a random story, give the weather and news, or answer a question and so much more! See how the “AskMyClass” skill can be combined with Alexa to open up a world of educational options for using this voice assistant in your classroom.
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Apple ClassroomSave time and energy managing a set of iPads using Apple Classroom! Learn how to connect iPads to a teacher iPad, open apps and websites for students, lock students into apps, airdrop photos to students, and more!
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Becoming Pod(cast) People: Learning to Listen and Giving Students VoiceThis session introduces podcasts and focuses on how to integrate podcasts into the classroom with practical tips about how to create a podcast. We’ll briefly talk about our journey with our Unabridged podcast, including how it got started; the bulk of the session will focus on how teachers can incorporate podcasts into class projects, as well as how teachers can utilize them to reach students.
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Book Creator Content Ideas for K-1Book Creator is a simple tool for creating books and beyond on the iPad! This session will highlight easy ways kindergarten and first grade students can incorporate Book Creator into every subject. Its basic interface lends itself well to letting the littles be independent!
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Book Creator Ideas, Grades 2-3Book Creator is a simple tool for creating books and beyond on the iPad! This session will highlight easy ways second and third grade students can incorporate Book Creator into every subject. Its basic interface lends itself well to letting students of all ages be independent!
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Book Creator Ideas, Grades 4-5 Book Creator is a simple tool for creating books and beyond on the Chromebook (and iPad!). This session will highlight easy ways fourth and fifth grade students can incorporate Book Creator into every subject. Its basic interface lends itself well to letting students of all ages be independent!
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BreakoutEDU Featuring Elementary ContentBreakoutEDU: It’s time to think differently! Come find out the premise behind the game platform designed to promote collaboration, critical thinking, creativity, communication, and citizenship all while reinforcing content! In this session participants will experience a BreakoutEDU game focused on elementary skills and material. We will then explore more examples of how these games can fit your content!
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Can You Live Without These Extensions and Add-ons? We Think Not.Add-ons and extensions are small things that can help streamline workflow, improve organization, and make some pretty cool things happen. In this fast-paced session, we will provide quick overviews of some of our favorite extensions and add-ons.
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Capture, Create, and Collaborate like a Pro Using iMovie on the iPadiMovie is a free app on an iPad! Come learn the skills that will allow students to create movies along with book trailers. iMovie is a fun tool that students can use for any project or presentation. It even allows you to layer two movies/pictures!
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Catch a Glimpse of Your Students' Reading with BookSnapsBookSnaps are a quick and easy yet powerful way for your students to show you where they are in their reading. Any student, from kindergarten to high school, can create these fun and personal connections. This session will showcase a variety of apps students can use to share these snapshots of their thinking with you!
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Coding 101 for the Elementary ClassroomAlgorithms and programming in Kindergarten? Do the new computer science SOLs make you feel loopy? Let’s debug them together and learn some basics about coding with PreK - 5th grade students. This session will provide an introduction to basic elementary coding concepts, explore resources for beginner coders, and navigate how to incorporate it into existing curriculum.
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Comic Creation ToolsWe know that comics can be used to reach reluctant readers and make lessons more engaging, but have you considered having your students create their own comics? Come learn about tools that make it easy for students of any age to think critically about creatively expressing their ideas in any content area! Possible programs covered may include, but are not limited to, Pixton, Book Creator, Make Belief Comix, Google Slides, Storyboard That, and various iPad-specific apps.
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Constructing Your Own Clues! Already familiar with breakouts and ready for the next challenge? Put on your hard hats and come learn how to customize clues for your specific learners, your content, and your teaching style. Be ready to experience and explore 25 unique clues in the Breakout Construction Zone! You will leave with “blueprints” for how you too can create your own clues! **This session is geared toward elementary teachers.
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CoSpaces EDU: Designing in 3DLearn how to easily design a virtual reality scene using Cospaces EDU! From virtual exhibits and infographics to creative storytelling, students can add and modify 3D objects in their scene. Then, animate the space using code and share the project for others to view in VR or AR!
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Creating Connections: Six Word Memoirs in the ClassroomNeed a quick lesson that helps students engage with material and learn about each other? In this session, we will delve into six word memoirs and use language to succinctly communicate ideas, explore themes, and develop narratives, and more. We will look at various platforms for creating and sharing six word memoirs.
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Creating Digital Breakouts with Google Sites and FormsLearn how to create your own digital breakout using Google Sites and Google Forms. This session will include a digital mini-breakout as well as instructions and ideas so you can create your own. We also hope to have some time where you can start your own breakout.
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Creative ClipsExplore one of Apple’s hidden gems, the Clips app. Learn how this simple app can be used to make engaging videos in minutes. Use built-in filters, music, stickers, posters, and more for a bit of flair!
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Designing Your Own Seesaw ActivitiesReady to step up your Seesaw game? We’ve got you covered! This session will explore how to create your own custom activities by building templates in Google Slides. Bring a topic or lesson idea, and we will walk you through the process step-by-step so you can leave with a ready-to-use Seesaw activity.
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Developing Creators and Thinkers with Inquiry, Part 1: Be the StudentWhat’s it like for students who embark upon inquiry learning? Take a few minutes to experience what we might ask of our students in an inquiry-based lesson. Witness the launching of a lesson/project in our RockingEduTech Conference mini-classroom and then begin your own journey as a student by creating a plan and a timeline, generating ideas and questions, and more. Join us for “Developing Creators and Thinkers with Inquiry, Part 2: Be the Teacher” to learn more about the ideas/theories/research behind inquiry-based learning and how you might launch it in your classroom.
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Developing Creators and Thinkers with Inquiry, Part 2: Be the TeacherLearning today begs for experiential, authentic opportunities to balance more traditional, explicit, teacher-centered lessons. Inquiry learning can be the catalyst for change in your classroom. This session will define and explore Inquiry Learning. Then, attendees can start developing an Inquiry idea to implement in their classrooms. This session is the second part to the session entitled “Developing Creators and Thinkers with Inquiry, Part 1: Be the Student.” However, you do not have to have attended part 1 to participate in this session.
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Dive into BrainPopBrainPOP has moved WAY BEYOND movies and quizzes. For those with paid subscriptions (including RCPS middle and elementary schools), BrainPOP offers features such as idea mapping, games that promote critical thinking, links to reading resources, and provides the ability for students and teachers to make their own BrainPOP movies! Come and discover how BrainPOP can transform your students from consumers to engaged creators.
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Don't Forget Google Drawings!Sometimes Google Drawings gets overlooked. However, if you don’t take a gander at it, you might find that you and your students have missed out. Use this hour to learn the basics of Google Drawings. This session is designed for those who have not delved into Drawings and need some step-by-step help to get started. In addition to instruction, attendees will get some ideas for using it in a classroom to empower students to create, communicate, collaborate, and think critically.
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Drones: An Engaging Coding ToolCome learn how you can use code to fly drones in a controlled and fun way with your students. Robotics are a fun way to learn coding skills, and drones are one of the most popular coding toys we have right now.
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Engage and Spark Learning with Sphero RobotsSphero is the coolest new way to integrate coding into the classroom. These spherical robots are controlled in a variety of ways with an iOS or Android app. Students can do beginning code by drawing, intermediate with block code, and advanced with JavaScript. We'll talk about some fun projects to do with kids and ways to integrate them into your content. And, we'll leave plenty of time to PLAY!
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Enter the AR Universe with MetaverseApprehensive about the AR (augmented reality) universe? Participants will get an opportunity to experience AR as well as learn to build a simple game in Metaverse. This session will explore the basics of Metaverse and provide a peek into the more sophisticated features. At the end of this session, participants will be able to lead their students into the AR universe.
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Escaping the Echo Chamber: Helping Students (and Ourselves!) Use Social Media as an Effective News SourceWhile there can be problems with relying on social media as the primary source for news, social media is the reality of most students’ lives. There are ways to work with social media to moderate those potentially negative effects. In this short session, we will look at resources to consider when seeking balanced social media sources, ways to avoid fake news, and techniques to help students consider their news sources more carefully.
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Everything You Needed to Know About Chrome AccessibilityThis session will delve deeper into several specific accessibility tools to help students with common issues. A brief overview of these topics will include accessibility on Chromebooks, attention issues, audio recording tools, navigation, readability, reading aids, speech-to-text, text-to-speech, and writing tools. Bring your questions! Please bring a laptop that has Google Chrome. This session provides a deeper dive into digital accessibility; for a longer overview of speech-to-text and text-to-speech, attend the 25-minute session "Speech-to-Text or Text-to-Speech?" taught by Jennifer Showalter.
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Expand Your Global Classroom with Digital Pen PalsConnect to the global classroom with another class in Seesaw to create a digital pen pal relationship. In this session, you'll explore how to find a pen pal pair, connect with a video chat, and then create and connect. After the basics of how to start, we'll show you some of our favorite activities your class could participate in all year.
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You Can Do It!: Hosting a Podcast in Your Classroom, School, or DistrictPodcasts are a way to reach audiences that can go beyond blogs and websites, and they can be leveraged as a way to share professional development ideas or to share student thoughts and projects. It's easy to get a podcast up and running and to share your content with your community. We’ll talk through the logistics of preparing podcasts for the real world. We will cover potential platforms and accounts, marketing, and defining your audience based on our experience with the Unabridged podcast.
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Experience BreakoutEDUHave you heard of BreakoutEDU? Come find out what all the buzz is about! We will intro the idea and allow you to experience a game as a student would and discuss how you can facilitate one in your classroom.
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Experience NearpodAre you new to Nearpod or have only tried it a few times in your classroom? Come join me in this shorter session and experience a Nearpod lesson from the student’s perspective. The goal is to showcase some “best practice” strategies for creating engaging, student-centered lessons that will hopefully spark ideas for your own teaching methods.
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Explore littleBitsLittleBits are a circuit-based STEM tool that provides opportunities to create your own inventions and improve the inventions around us. They are color-coded, magnetic bits that create an electronic circuit. Learn how they work by exploring and creating your own circuits. Resources and project examples will be shared. For additional information on littleBits, attend the 60-minute session "Invent & Learn with littleBits," taught by Jennifer Showalter.
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Explore Makey MakeysJoin the Maker Movement by using everyday objects that conduct electricity to form a circuit to play games, become a musician, and to create your own invention. Build your imagination by exploring the possibilities with Makey Makeys and learn how you can incorporate them into your classroom. Please bring a laptop.
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Exploring Google Forms and Google DrawingsIn this session, we will focus on the benefits of Google Forms and Google Drawings. We will look at each of these tools independently and the way each can be used in the classroom. We’ll examine how Drawings can be used as a poster, landing page, or other graphic design project. With Google Forms, we’ll explore the basics of creating and sending out the forms, and then we’ll look at some specific ways to use the forms. You will learn tips and tricks for using both. We will cover the basics and beyond.
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Exploring Integration of STEM Tools in the Secondary Classroom In this session, we will explore how to integrate STEM tools into the secondary classroom. We will specifically focus on Spheros (spherical robots), Makey Makeys (electronic invention kits), Merge Cubes (which are used as triggers for AR Merge apps) and VR headsets along with the apps for them. Participants will get to see the tools in action, explore using the tools, and work toward integrating the tools into their curriculum areas.
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Finding Our Footing: Piloting Our Foundations for the Future ClassDuring the 2018-2019 school year, ITRTs who are former English teachers collaborated to teach Foundations for the Future, a class that fused English 10, Reading, and Study Skills. Our goal was to foster the personal growth of students who will be literate, culturally aware citizens who think critically and actively engage in their community and environment with the perseverance and determination to become self-directed, lifelong learners. We aimed to implement the inquiry learning approach and to emphasize grades/products less and learning/process more. In this session, we will talk through our initial goals, what went well and what didn’t go well, what we learned, and where we’re headed next.
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Genius Hour in 1st-3rd Grade“Genius Hour is a movement that allows students to explore their own passions and encourages creativity in the classroom. It provides students a choice in what they learn during a set period of time during school” (Source: https://geniushour.com/what-is-genius-hour/). Come explore how Genius Hour can be successfully implemented into your 1st-3rd grade classrooms! We will provide resources we have used in classrooms for making research easier for the littles!
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Genius Hour in 4th-5th Grade“Genius Hour is a movement that allows students to explore their own passions and encourages creativity in the classroom. It provides students a choice in what they learn during a set period of time during school” (Source: https://geniushour.com/what-is-genius-hour/). Come explore how Genius Hour can be successfully implemented into your 4th/5th grade classroom. We will provide guidance on research practices in the upper grade levels and on how to use Padlet & Seesaw for reflection and organization throughout the process.
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Get the Ball Rolling with SpheroSphero fuses physical robotic toys, digital apps, and entertainment experiences to unlock the true potential of play and inspire tomorrow's creators. This session is geared towards the elementary classroom and will focus on learning the basic features of Sphero: how to block code, drive, and draw.
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Get to Know the Breakout LocksThis 25-minute session will introduce you to the main types of locks that are available with a Breakout. If you have ever wondered how to set breakout locks or become frustrated with dealing with locks, this session is for you.
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Get Your Digital Ducks in a Row Using GoogleFeeling overwhelmed by your digital documents and files? Or by your email? Does your digital life feel out out of control? In this session, you'll have time to look through and organize your digital files in Google Drive. Using your Google account allows you to upload, host, and organize your teaching (and personal) files so that you can access them anywhere. You'll have hands-on time to work through your own files. I'll help you get the process started with lots of tips and tricks that really work, and we'll make progress getting your digital life in order. We'll also take time to look at Gmail, and I'll share some organization strategies to tame your inbox. In addition, you'll also learn about some helpful ways that you can curate your online content and organize all the websites, data, resources, and information that you have accumulated.
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Getting Started with Google Classroom for the Elementary TeacherReady to get started with Google Classroom? In this session, we will set up your classrooms and get you going! Learn how to add announcements, lesson material, and assignments. Keep using your Google Apps, and allow easy collaboration and productivity for students and teachers!
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Give Students a Choice in Their Learning through Genius Hour/Passion ProjectsGenius Hour/Passion Projects is a project-based learning project in which students are given an opportunity to research, impact the community, or invent something that pertains to the student interest. One of the goals of this process is to help the student learn how to teach themselves as well as how to network/resource.
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Give Your Students a VoiceStudents want to be, and should be, heard! This session will feature a variety of apps that provide students the opportunity to record their voice to share their opinions, explain what they know, or just say what's on their minds.
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Global Read Aloud 2019For 6 weeks in October and November, classrooms all over the world connect as they read the same book for their grade level. You, as the teacher, decide how much time to dedicate and how involved you would like your classroom to be. In this session, we'll explore some fun and familiar ways to connect with the global classroom. The Global Read Aloud's simple goal is for one book to connect the world!
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Google 101: The BasicsWant to use Google more purposefully but not sure where or how to start? This session will walk you through the basics of getting to know some helpful Google tools available to you: Drive, Calendar, Docs, Slides and Keep. You'll get an overview of these Google tools as well as hands-on time to work with each of them. I'll also answer any questions you might have and will help you begin to convert your files to Google, if you wish.
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Google Arts & Culture: Using Inquiry to Connect CulturesPerhaps you have heard of the Google Arts & Culture, one of the largest online databases of art, artifacts, and cultural pieces? Now, let’s explore how to use the Google Arts & Culture website in dynamic ways that require students to research, analyze, and curate their own cultural collections. Enjoy 360º scenes and video tours, cultural icons, incredibly high resolution imagery spanning from the ancient river valleys to the 21st century.
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Google Expeditions: Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality ContentTake your students on an adventure from the comfort of your classroom! Google Expeditions has over 900 Virtual Reality and over 150 Augmented Reality lessons that you can wow your students with. You are sure to find content to support your curriculum and your students' interests. All you need is your iPad or Chromebook and away you go. It's so easy and engaging!
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Google Hangouts, Skype, and Zoom ... Oh My!After I help classes conduct a Google Hangout or Skype, I regularly get feedback from students that it is their favorite thing they did all year. It can be such a powerful experience to connect with others around the world. I'll show you some of my favorite opportunities from live, interactive Safaris in Africa to ideas for connecting with classes around the world.
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Google Sites: Going Beyond the Traditional WebsiteLearn how easy it is for teachers and your students to create a website using Google Sites in this beginner session. In addition to learning the basics of building a site, participants will gain some ideas for ways to use Google Sites to deliver content, engage students, promote creative and critical thinking, and more.
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Got eBooks?: Free Educator ResourcesEpic! and Newsela are free educator resources that are adaptable to all classrooms. Epic! provides students with thousands of books on reading levels through middle school. Teachers can assign books and even assign quizzes on books they require their students to read. Newsela’s nonfiction articles are available on a variety of reading levels, making it easier for students to learn content on their own reading level. Got Books? With Epic! and Newsela the answer is YES!
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Graphic Design with Google DrawingsLearn how to design high-quality posters, flyers, and multi-layered images using Google Drawings.
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Green Screen MagicWant to fly like Superman? Travel back in time? Swim with the fish? Miniaturize your class? Discover endless possibilities with the Green Screen by DoInk iPad app. Learn and practice how to layer videos and images using chroma effects and the mask tool. Gather ideas for a variety of grades and subjects, and join us as we share the magic of green screen!
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Have a Ball With SpheroThis session is designed to get your hands on a Sphero and learn the different ways in which it can be moved and coded: Drive, Draw, Blocks, and Java. I'll be available if you are looking for ideas on how you can incorporate these robots into your class.
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Hyperdoc ResourcesIf you are not sure what a hyperdoc is, this short lesson will introduce you to some of the vocabulary and terms that explain how these docs are more than just digital worksheets. We will also focus on ways to find already created hyperdocs and edit them so they fit your teaching style.
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Information about Google CertificationDo you know that Google offers free training on basic and advanced ways to use their products in the classroom? During this short session, come learn about the Google for Education free resources, lesson banks, and Educator Level I and II Certifications, and how it can improve your digital skills, as well as boost your confidence, in a Google for Education environment.
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Innovate Instruction and Project Creation with Google SlidesThis session highlights utilizing a basic tool in a transformative way that focuses on creation of unique, interactive projects. Learn how to create interactive flashcards, digital note and source cards for research, simple blogs, viewer-guided experiences, animation, and more! Participants will see examples and learn the basic building components needed to create their own projects, and they will walk away with a plethora of templates to help them build their own versions of what we demonstrate.
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Inquiry with NearpodCome discover the world of Nearpod! We will showcase how Nearpod can be used in the elementary and secondary classroom for more than basic lesson delivery. We will explore best practice strategies to keep students engaged, as well as ways that it can spark student inquiry leading to greater learning opportunities.
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Interactive Lessons in Schoology, Part 1: Be the StudentIn this short session, you will have the chance to experience Schoology from the student side, participating in a lesson that uses some of our favorite Schoology features. Attend “Interactive Lessons in Schoology, Part 2: Be the Teacher” to learn how to create these materials for your own classes.
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Interactive Lessons in Schoology, Part 2: Be the TeacherSchoology can be more than just a way to deliver content to students. In the right hands (and with a little training), Schoology can be a way to create interactive and engaging lessons--most of which can all occur within the Schoology platform. Experience some of the ways you can get the best out of this learning management system. If interested in this session, you may consider attending “Interactive Lessons in Schoology, Part 1: Be the Student.” However, you don’t need to attend Part 1 to enjoy and learn from this session.
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Intro to QR CodesBasic intro on the use and creation of QR codes in the classroom.
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Introduction to Augmented RealityHow can augmented reality impact the future of classrooms? Imagine seeing the Mars Rover animated in the middle of your classroom, a volcano activating on your desk, or discover the mechanics of a cotton gin as you move around the space with your device! In this session, you’ll learn about the wonders of augmented reality and several of its educational applications.
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Introduction to Book Creator on the ChromebookDiscover the power and versatility of Book Creator! Easily adaptable to any content area for any grade level, Book Creator allows students to author their own stories, journals, portfolios, collaborative books--the possibilities are endless! Teachers can also create resources and templates for interactive books. This session will provide an overview of the Chromebook web version along with a variety of student examples and suggested uses for the classroom.
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Introduction to Book Creator on the iPadDiscover the power and versatility of Book Creator! Easily adaptable to any content area for any grade level, Book Creator allows students to author their own stories, journals, portfolios, collaborative books--the possibilities are endless! Teachers can also create resources and templates for interactive books. This session will provide an overview of the iPad app along with a variety of student examples and suggested uses for the classroom.
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Introduction to Coding with Dash & Dot RobotsDiscover Dash and Dot, Wonderworkshop robots designed to bring a wave of fun and creativity to your classroom. From simple visual sequencing to more advanced blockly programming, these robots fit a variety of ability levels. Learn how to design engaging and meaningful lessons that embrace VA computer science skills and challenge students to problem solve and think critically.
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Invent & Learn with littleBits!Invent & learn with littleBits! This circuit-based STEM tool provides opportunities to create your own inventions or improve the inventions around us. They are color-coded, magnetic bits that easily connect to make electronic circuit. Through the design invention process, students enhance their critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Explore and learn ways to incorporate this into your classroom! For an introductory experience to littleBits, attend "Explore littleBits" taught by Jennifer Showalter.
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Invention Literacy with Makey MakeyMakey Makeys offer a fun, hands-on learning experience that foster invention literacy, making, and design. We'll explore how Makey Makey projects pull together concepts of circuitry, conductivity and coding in a meaningful way. Participants will learn best practices and gain resources for implementing Makey Makeys into the classroom. For an introductory session on Makey Makeys, attend the 25-minute session "Explore Makey Makeys," taught by Jennifer Showalter.
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Jammin' with Google JamboardWould you like to have students be able to contribute to your whiteboard lessons without having to call them to the board one at a time? Do you often wish students could brainstorm collaboratively on a single digital whiteboard? With the Google Jamboard App now you can! Plus, easily save your work and add it directly to Google Classroom! Come check out this new Google app with endless possibilities!
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Kindergarten PodcastersLove podcasts? Love hearing what your students are thinking? In our session, we'll quickly explore two ways to create a podcast for your classroom to share with parents. Whether you use your Chromebook or your Mac desktop, you'll find podcasting a delightful way to give your students voice. This session will have examples from kindergarten podcasts, but the workflow would easily apply to any classroom.
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Let Students Lead the Way with Google ToursWhen students build their own virtual, 360º tours to demonstrate their learning, everyone benefits! Learn how to use Google Tour Creator to build your own interactive virtual tours and discover strategies for empowering students to create and share their own tours.
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Looking to Transform Your Classroom for Today’s World?Learn ways to transform your classroom and enhance deeper learning through partner, small-group, and whole-group activities and interactions that boost critical thinking, communication, and collaboration skills. Included in the presentation are digital and non-digital methods and resources.
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Making Number Sense APPeal to LittlesJoin us for a fast-paced showcase to see how technology can be intertwined with your primary number sense lessons. We will share an assortment of ideas that utilize some of our favorite apps, such as Seesaw, Book Creator, PicCollage, Number Pieces, and more. This session is best suited for PreK-3rd grade teachers.
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Making Your Mark: Leveraging Design Tools to Enhance Social Media PostsThis session will focus on design tools that will quickly and easily make social media posts more visually appealing. Participants will get a look at Be Funky and Pic-Tap-Go (image editing apps), Canva (a graphic design program), and Adobe Spark Post (which generates a digital postcard) and will see how those programs can improve the look of content. We'll also explore how secondary students can use some of these tools to enhance projects.
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Math Tech Toolbox, Grades 4-5Looking for ideas about how to use technology effectively in your mathematics class? This session will highlight ways to infuse technology into mathematics easily in elementary classrooms while focusing on conceptual understanding and critical thinking. Lesson ideas will incorporate the following apps: Seesaw, Book Creator, and more!
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Math Tech Toolbox, Grades PK-3Looking for ideas about how to use technology effectively in your mathematics class? This session will highlight ways to infuse technology into mathematics easily in the lower elementary classrooms while focusing on conceptual understanding and critical thinking. Lesson ideas will incorporate the following apps: Seesaw, Book Creator, Chatterkid, Pic Edu, Doodlebuddy, and more!
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Not Your Mama’s Word Study 2.0Are you looking to enhance your current word study routines with technology? Join us to explore a variety of ways to integrate familiar technology tools into your daily word study instruction. This session will focus on tools such as Seesaw, Draw & Tell, Chatterpix, PicKids, and more!
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Organizing Your Chaotic Camera RollStudents LOVE taking pictures with their iPads! This session will focus on strategies to help you and your students organize and enhance all of those pictures. Topics covered will include how to create albums, how to edit photos by cropping and adjusting color hues, and how to use the Markup feature as an instructional tool within your classroom.
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Overview of World Language and English Learner ResourcesThis session will introduce participants to websites, Google Chrome extensions, and apps that enhance language learning and help make language accessible.
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Pop It into PicCollageStudents can unleash their creativity with PicCollage. You can pop your photos, videos, fun stickers, text with various fonts, frames and more into PicCollage to create aesthetically pleasing designs. You’ll leave this fast-paced session with a plethora of ideas for implementing PicCollage into all subject areas.
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Research in the Primary ClassroomCome explore ways to engage and support young learners in the research process! This session will provide participants with developmentally appropriate tools and strategies to allow students to independently and confidently answer questions and learn more about a passion topic.
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Schoology: AdvancedSchoology offers several features that can make your teaching more efficient and effective. **This session is directed at teachers who are comfortable working within Schoology's basic features. For help with Schoology's more general features, attend "Schoology: the Basics."** This session will briefly cover how to use the Google Drive Assignments App before focusing on the use of rubrics (including how to create and store them as well as how to grade with them), linking sections, and using grading groups. We'll also cover use of the kiosk app as well as discuss the apps that can be integrated into Schoology. We'll touch on mastery, easy ways to grade presentations, and how to use completion rules.

Note: Schoology is a Learning Management System (LMS) that offers both free and paid services. Training in this session will focus on the Enterprise (paid) version. If you do not have a Schoology account, please create a free one in advance of the session at http://www.schoology.com.
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Schoology: Getting StartedSchoology is a way to organize your students' digital lives. This session will focus on an overview of Schoology's general features such as navigating the site, making and organizing materials including how to use resources, using the calendar, and using the Google Drive Assignments App. ***This session is for users who have very little experience with Schoology. For more detailed focus on features such as rubrics, linking sessions, and grading groups, attend "Schoology: Beyond the Basics."***

Note: Schoology is a Learning Management System (LMS) that offers both free and paid services. Training in this session will focus on the Enterprise (paid) version. If you do not have a Schoology account, please create a free one in advance of the session at http://www.schoology.com.
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Scratch CodingEmbrace the creative side of coding with Scratch! We’ll explore how this blockly coding program can be used to create incredible games, stories, and animations.
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Secondary Breakout Clue IdeasCome explore some of the various clues we have created with our teachers. This will have more of an "open house" feel where you can explore clues at your own pace and ask questions as you have them.
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Secondary Math and Science BreakoutIf you have never fully experienced a breakout, come to this session to learn what breakouts are all about. This session will focus on middle school content. The majority of the time will be spent experiencing a breakout, but we will also share some tips and tricks on how you can make breakouts work for you and your content.
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Seesaw Activities SOSCalling out an SOS?! We can help you get started with Seesaw activities by learning how to browse the activity library that is full of ready-made learning experiences for your students. In 3 easy steps, we will show you how to browse, add, and assign activities to engage students in a meaningful way. This session is geared towards teachers who are eager to begin using the Seesaw activity library.
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Seesaw for StudentsYou’ve started using Seesaw as a communication tool to share information with your parents. Now--learn how to empower your students to do the communication! Come get comfortable with the tools that are available right in Seesaw and learn to let your students do the creating and communicating!
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Sight Word VideosTired of the same old ways to teach sight words? Let’s explore some new, interactive ways to brighten up your sight word (or content vocabulary) instruction with some help from our favorite apps. Your students will be excited to practice sight words and you’ll be proud to send some creative ways home to practice. Get ready to put those paper word sorts, and definitely those pencils, on the back burner for awhile. Our hope is that you'll find some ideas to breathe some life into your sight word or vocabulary instruction. This session is very fast paced and chock full of ideas and tips. Instead of dreading these words on a weekly basis, let's have some fun with them!
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Sketchnoting 101 - A Beginner's Guide to Visual Notetaking"Sketchnoting," or visual notetaking combines images, diagrams, as well as words to understand a book, speaker, or video.
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Social Media: What Teachers Should KnowParticipants will learn about many of today's most popular social media apps, as well as tips and tricks for navigating them with students and what you should know as an educator. Additionally, we'll discuss digital footprints and ways to be aware of and manage your online identity. You’ll leave with powerful, applicable information both for yourself and the students that you work with.
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