Free Event

Tuesday, June 25 Schedule

Session 1: 10 - 10:30 am ET with Jerry Swiatek "Google Docs: An Intro to Creating, Formatting, Sharing, and More"  

Google Docs is a powerful free app that you and your students can use to create, share, edit, and collaborate on documents, reports, and written assignments. While Google Docs are easy to use, it can be helpful to know some basic features and tips so that you can readily begin creating and collaborating. Join Jerry Swiatek as he demonstrates step-by-step how to create a basic Google Doc. As part of creating a document, he will show how to check spelling, add images, wrap text, apply formatting, enter comments, and more. Jerry will also cover how to share, find, and organize documents so that you and your students can begin using this awesome collaborative tool.

Session 2: 11 - 11:30 am ET with Jerry Swiatek "Google Sites: An Intro to Creating, Adding Content, Managing Settings, and More"  

Have you wished you could have your own class or personal website, but thought you just didn't have the technical expertise to build it? Or maybe you already have a website, but it is outdated or difficult to update. Have you wished you could have your own class or personal website, but thought you just didn't have the technical expertise to build it? Or maybe you already have a website, but it is outdated or difficult to update. Google Sites makes it easy to create a class website that you can use to share info and assignments with students, parents, and colleagues. Join Jerry Swiatek as he shows how you can use the revamped tools and features of Google Sites to create a robust, informative website. He will show how to create a site from scratch or using one of the templates. In addition, he will explain how to edit, add text, insert pictures, include gadgets, embed other Google items, revert to previous versions, and more. Jerry will also share how to manage site settings, as well as how to share with collaborators and publish the site.

Session 3: 12 - 12:30 pm ET with Shelly Sanchez Terrell "Stories on the Go: Digital Storytelling with Mobile Devices"  

Students enjoy listening to stories and creating their own stories. Storytelling encourages learners to use the knowledge they have learned and apply it to a context and setting in a creative way. Digital storytelling takes this learning to the next level. By sharing stories digitally, learners teach others about their culture, environment, or themselves. Mobile devices have several features that motivate young learners to create and share their stories digitally. In addition, they let students carry their stories with them and allow them to create stories whenever they are inspired. In this webinar, we will explain the various features and cover some free and very inexpensive applications that help learners create digital stories. We will also share examples of digital stories created with handheld devices.

Session 4: 1 - 1:30 pm ET with Shelly Sanchez Terrell "10 Activities That Will Have Students Moving With Mobile Devices"  

Mobile devices, such as tablets, iPads, and smartphones have the ability to transform the way we learn. Many their built-in features and available apps allow learners to move around the classroom, which helps spark creativity and imagination. This webinar will cover activities that get learners on their feet exploring, analyzing, and engaging the concepts they are learning. Join Shelly Terrell as she shares a variety of activities that use offline features of mobile devices including recording video, taking photos, and recording audio. The webinar will also explore fun apps that allow students to create offline.

Wednesday, June 26 Schedule

Session 1: 10 - 10:30 am ET with Christine Romano "Ignite Classroom Learning with LEGO"  

LEGO bricks have stood the test of time. Even with technology and video games competing for our children's attention, most kids still love building with bricks. Join Chrissy Romano-Arrabito as she shares some easy ways to inspire curious minds and stimulate creativity in your classroom through the love of LEGO. These activities can be used not only to enhance creativity and curiosity, but also to support and reinforce various learning concepts across curriculum.

Session 2: 11 - 1:30 am ET with Leigh Anne Kraemer-Naser "Blending Fine Arts and Fine Motor"  

Many early learners enjoy creating artwork, and every piece they create is a masterpiece to be cherished. However, for those students struggling to develop their fine motor skills, it can be frustrating to produce visual arts. Join Leigh Anne Kraemer-Naser as she provides an overview of major milestones in fine motor development and explains how they align to basic principles of art instruction and evaluation. She will also review the themes of artistic study in conjunction with the use of developmentally appropriate materials and techniques.

Session 3: 12 - 12:30 pm ET with Shervette Miller-Payton "Using Rigor and Relevance with Teens to Build Skills, Fight Apathy, and More!"  

Do the following student complaints sound familiar? "Why are we doing this?" "This is so boring!" "I'll just copy the answers." Teaching adolescents can be a challenge because they are often struggling with issues related to apathy, self-esteem, and rebellion. However, by using highly relevant and rigorous material, teachers can chip away at those challenges and further build skills needed for college and careers. Join Shervette Miller-Payton as she introduces the Rigor and Relevance Framework and how it can be used when developing real-world projects, quick assignments, and authentic assessments for teens. She'll also discuss how to avoid pitfalls of rigor and interdisciplinary work, and how the framework can help decrease cheating plagiarism.

Here's what your fellow educators had to say...

"Thanks for helping me feel secure enough to start our 1 to 1 device program! Looking forward to more info from Jerry! Thank you!"

- Elisabeth Bertero, Middle School Teacher

"I liked the Read World Word Problems: pair/group, create visual, pass to peers to solve, and to try Educareations. Thank you!"

- Kathy Lincoln, Elementary Teacher

"Awesome presntation! Great conceptualization of rigor and relevance and the use of community partners!!!"

- Chanel Lewis, Non-instructional

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