The Digital Learning Team believes that the innovative use of technology empowers learners. Professional learning should be a hands-on, relevant experience for educators, one that can be replicated in schools and districts to increase motivation and engagement. These best practices ensure educators leverage technology to transform learning.
Bring the World into your Classroom with AR and VR*
With VR and AR, teachers are no longer limited by the space of the classroom. VR lets you explore the world virtually while AR brings abstract concepts to life—allowing teachers to guide students through collections of 360° scenes and 3D objects, pointing out interesting sites and artifacts along the way. By helping your students visualize information in a new way, you can positively impact their ability to retain information. In this session how to create immersive learning experiences for your students with various AR and VR tools.
Designing Instruction in the Digital Age*
The role of the teacher is being recast as a designer of learning experiences. In this session participants will experience thoughtful lesson design, learn how to curate resources, and plan for providing high-quality feedback.
Digital and Instructional Coaching Academy (6 hours)
Our goal is to enabling coaches to provide every teacher with the hands-on support they need to meet system-wide initiatives and bring digital skills to life for each student. Coaches will explore an innovative coaching model, coaching strategies, how to provide relevant and flexible professional learning opportunities, and explore related coaching literature.
Digital Citizenship: Cultivate a #DigCit State of Mind!*
In today’s 1:1 environment, it is no longer an option NOT to address digital citizenship in your classroom, and teaching #digcit is EVERYONE’s responsibility, every day! In this fun, interactive class, your traditional ideas about what digital citizenship means will be challenged. Move beyond thinking of digital citizenship as simply “not cyberbullying” and discover ways that you can make #digcit instruction a part of your everyday routines. Leave with lots of resources for your own and your students’ learning.
Extraordinary Ways to Solve Problems*
Do you have a process for solving problems? In this session, you'll learn about design thinking by experiencing design challenges, and then we'll discuss ways you can use this problem-solving process with your students, classes, teams, or schools.
Feedback for Learning*
Feedback is a key tool in the formative assessment process and has the highest impact on student learning. In this session we will explore the digital platforms that can streamline the process.
Hidden Stories: The Secret Messages Graphics Convey*
Graphic design and illustration are not only a prominent part of our culture, but also a key medium for sharing information visually, telling digital stories and engaging an audience - and they can also be a lot of fun to create! Learn the basic principles of graphics and illustration both in the classroom and beyond. In this session we’ll show you how quick and easy it can be to create engaging digital graphics and develop a new set of skills that you can pass on to your students. A laptop or Chromebook is required for this session.
HyperDocs for Student-Centered Learning*
HyperDocs are interactive Google Docs that have the potential to shift the way you instruct with technology. HyperDocs capture your lesson plans and instructional delivery strategies, allowing students to personalize their exploration of content, collaborate with peers and creatively show what they know. HyperDocs are for educators who are already using Google Apps and are ready to take tech integration to a transformational level.
Insert Impactful Technology Experiences into Everyday Learning*
We will dig into 6 areas of Impactful Technology Use and explore how they can present themselves in your classroom. Whether you’re you’ve just made the decision to start integrating technology or you’re already a tech master, we’ll discover tools, strategies, and ideas to help move your students toward innovation. The 6 areas of Impactful Technology Use include:
Students as Designers
Creativity and Innovation
ISTE Standards Overview*
The International Society for Technology in Education has created standards for Students, Educators, and Coaches. In this hands-on session, you will become familiar with the ISTE Standards and how would you use them in conjunction with your content standards to make learning more effective, meaningful, and relevant to today’s students. You’ll also learn how the ISTE Standards can help you set and meet T-TESS goals.
Make Learning Stick*
What are strategies and tools that really help learning stick? In this session, we’ll explore the six core learning strategies and share resources about the research behind them.
Next, we’ll take deeper dives into each of the strategies and share the (tech) tools that can be used to embed these strategies into everyday practices.
Making a Shift from Territorial Teacher to Futuristic Facilitator*
In the digital age, we’re making a shift from from managing students to designing and facilitating learning experiences. In this session, explore how to implement a practical small group station rotation model for any grade level (great for upper grades) to help you facilitate student learning learning while also discover ways to help you shift from managing your class to fostering relationships that empower students.
Explore tools for content creation or for students to creatively showcase their learning. Hone your skills in the creation of presentations, video, screencasts, graphics, audio and more in this hands-on, self-directed session.
Podcasts for Learning*
In this session, you will explore podcasts to consume AND the steps required to create podcasts. You will add podcasts to your professional learning playlist, and you will find ways to clip and curate podcasts as a medium for content delivery. Bring your earbuds and your ideas, and get ready to record!
Tech Tools You Didn’t Know to Ask For: Helping your Dyslexic and EL Students Succeed*
Technology has the power to change lives! Come to this session to explore tools that can transform learning for students with dyslexia, English learners, and more. You will have plenty of time to get comfortable with a variety of tools as well as develop an implementation plan. Let tech help you help your students!
Using Technology to Support Differentiated Instruction*
Using a variety of apps and web resources, we will follow Carol Ann Tomlinson’s framework for differentiated instruction to explore how technology can assist with teacher productivity and/or student engagement in a differentiated classroom.
Your Favorite Strategy with Technology: It All Adds Up!*
Effective technology integration means much more than creating a digitized worksheet! If you add your favorite tech tools to high-impact instructional strategies, the use of technology can amplify the experience, feedback, and outcomes. In this workshop, we’ll take your favorite thinking routines or learning strategies, and analyze how the addition of technology can boost the learning for your students.
* Available at no additional cost for members of the Regional Cooperative Service
G Suite for Your Own Productivity*
This session will give participants a basic understanding of Chrome, Google Drive management and the basic features of Google Docs. We will start at the beginning and cover the most “popular” features to use Google Apps for your own productivity.
Google Apps for Collaboration*
Now that you're comfortable using Google Apps for your own productivity, what's next? How can you maximize the power of Google Apps for collaboration in your classroom and beyond? In this session, we'll explore ideas for how to use Google Apps in your classroom to help you collaborate, differentiate, and engage your students. This session is for intermediate and advanced users of Google Apps.
Google Forms and Sheets for Feedback*
Google Forms may be used for short quizzes, formative assessments, and surveys, but when you include a few add-ons, you become even more productive. In this session, we’ll demonstrate some “advanced” features of Google Forms, and we’ll create workflows using Forms and Google Sheets that can save you time and allow you to get more things done with these Google tools.
Google Classroom for Curation and Collaboration*
Google Classroom provides a platform for you to design different types of learning tasks, curate resources, and give and receive feedback. In this session, you will participate in a Classroom where you can practice these types of experiences for yourself. After our exploration, you will leave with ideas you can implement immediately to take your own Classroom to new heights.
Google Sites for Sharing*
Now that you are familiar with the basics of Google Apps, how can you share information with your students and parents? In this session, we’ll walk you through the steps to create your own Google site, so you will need electronic copies of your curriculum, notes, handouts, etc. that you plan to post on your site. This session will be for intermediate and advanced users of Google Apps.
* Available at no additional cost for members of the Regional Cooperative Service
Join us for a collaborative, online experience as we read, learn, discuss, and share ideas from a current educational or leadership book. Each book study will consist of podcasts, learning tasks, and sharing ideas and reflections on Twitter.