Session 1: 10 - 10:30 am ET with Monica Burns "Easy-to-Use Tools that Let Your Early Learners Share Learning and Become Creators"
Would you like your early learners to be able to share the story of their learning by creating websites and other artifacts of learning? It's easier than you might think. Join Dr. Monica Burns as she discusses why Adobe Spark, a free, easy-to-use tool for teachers and students, is perfect for little learners. She will show how you and your students can create websites, movies, and posters with Spark Page, Spark Video and Spark Post on a variety of devices, including desktop computers, Chromebooks, laptops and iPads. Discover how you can showcase student learning and turn students into creators with this powerful tool!
Session 2: 11 - 11:30 am ET with Jason Innes "STEAM Learning Through Play! Screen-free Coding & Robotics for Young Learners with KIBO"
KIBO is a screen-free robot kit that lets 4- to 7-year-olds build, decorate, and code their imagined creations. KIBO is based on over 20 years of child development research to help engage young students as producers and creators with technology. Kids decorate KIBO with craft materials, scan their sequence using the programmable wooden building blocks, and bring their robot to live! Join Jason Innes of KIBO as he shows how your youngest learners can engage with 21st Century learning and innovation skills while you integrate robotics and coding into engaging classroom projects – a research project on migrating whales, a re-enactment of a favorite storybook, and more!
Session 3: 12 - 12:30 pm ET with Leigh Anne Kraemer-Naser "Formative Assessment Strategies and Tips for Early Childhood"
Assessment is frequently thought of as a measure of what students have learned. However, what if you could assess your students to measure what they COULD learn? In this webinar, join Leigh Anne Kraemer-Naser as she introduces a variety of formative assessment methods that can be used in early childhood classrooms, including PreK and Kindergarten. After comparing and contrasting formative and summative assessment outcomes, Leigh Anne will provide an overview of strategies for formative assessment, such as observation, running records, pre-assessment, and reflection. In addition, she will share a list of skills that can be assessed using each of these techniques. While the strategies and examples given focus primarily on PreK and Kindergarten, many would be applicable to other early grade levels as well.
Session 4: 1 - 1:30 pm ET with Naomi Harm "Social and Emotional Learning: Engineering Empathy in The Early Childhood Classroom "
Would you like to inspire inquiry, critical thinking, and problem-solving in your students? Consider STEAM, which is at the heart of innovation. This learning approach integrates Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics into the curriculum, while stimulating and cultivating these critical skills. This approach also helps students to develop the skills, interest, and drive needed to pursue high demand careers in STEM professions. Join Shelly Sanchez Terrell as she introduces you to cross-curricular STEAM resources and strategies that students will love! She will also share how these resources and strategies can help students build a better narrative of how their learning impacts their lives and the world around them.
Session 5: 2 - 2:30 pm ET with Shelly Terell "Teaching the "T" in STEM "Technology" to Young Learners (PreK to 2)"
Technology can be a great tool to help motivate children learn how to read, write, do math, and more. Join Shelly Sanchez Terrell as she introduces you to free websites, online games, apps, and programs that are safe for children, and which also help them code, design, type, create, and innovate. Shelly will also share lesson ideas and tips so you can easily use these technologies in your classroom. Discover how to get your young learners excited about STEM!
Session 6: 3 - 3:30 pm ET with Melissa Mann "20 Tips and Tricks to Help Early Learners with Fine Motor Skills"
Are your early learners having trouble with fine motor tasks? This fast-paced webinar will cover 30 strategies that you can take back to your classroom and implement right away. Join Melissa Mann as she shares tips and strategies she uses every day that can help develop and improve motor skills. She will include strategies that help students who have trouble writing letters, have sensory issues, or have trouble with motor tasks in general. While the approaches discussed are geared towards early learners, many of the strategies covered would be useful to special needs students or older students who struggle with motor skills.