6 Technology Tools Every Teacher Should Be UsingWhether you are a techie teacher or a techno-novice, there are a number of online tools available to help you increase your productivity and perfect your computer skills.
This session will cover five main technology areas: storage solutions, password management, bookmarking, information gathering and information sharing. Each of the five areas include multiple options to help allow for both flexibility of choice and availability of assortment.
The different areas contain multiple tools, including; online flash drives, applications to help you remember your different passwords, the ability to save your Internet bookmarks to multiple web browsers and computers, sharing your bookmarks with others, RSS feeds, blogs, wikis, Twitter, and URL shorteners.
Each of the areas contain both free and paid versions of tools allowing everyone the opportunity to use the products regardless of funding and finances.
RSS in a Post-Google Reader WorldDo you check multiple websites a day to keep up with the latest educational trends, music/movies news, funny comics, or just to check on family members' blogs? If you answered yes to any of the above, STOP right now! There is an easier way using RSS and having the websites tell you when they have any updates. With the recent closure of Google Reader there have been a number of newer and better RSS readers available. Come find out about some of the best both free and paid and find out how to put the Internet to work for you!
Promethean Starter TipsAre you new to the Promethean interactive white board (IWB) system? Do you want to learn how to use it more effectively in your classroom? Are you interested in using a Student Response System (SRS) to assist you in teaching and assessments?
If you answered yes to any of the previous questions, this class is for you. This class is designed to help with the basic skills in using and understanding your Promethean IWB system. We will also look at using the ActivExpression SRS "clickers" to assess your students in both summative and formative use cases. Learn where and how to find pre-made "flipcharts" and assessments as well as how to create your own. The Promethean IWB and SRS systems are incredibly useful and this class will help you gain a better understanding of how to make them work for you and your teaching.
Social Media in the Elementary ClassroomSocial Media has become a mainstay in many of our lives and the lives of our students and their parents, yet how many of us think to put it to work for educational growth? This course will help you learn more about how social media can be used for more than just sharing funny pictures and personal stories. We need to find ways to reach out to our students and their parents where they are already actively involved online and use that location to help teach them about being good members of the online community. But social media isn’t just about teaching our students, but also about helping ourselves become better teachers. Some of the best FREE professional development around can be found online, if you know where and how to look for it. We will also discuss the importance of creating a Professional Learning Network (PLN) and how to get started in learning with other educators all around the world! Come learn and play using Social Media in the classroom.
Coding for the Elementary ClassroomWhat is coding and why should I teach it to my elementary students? Coding is computer programming and a skill that is quickly becoming one of the most requested and useful skills of high school and college graduates. According to Code.org, “One million of the best jobs in America may go unfilled because only 1 in 10 schools teach students how to code.” Many teachers think coding is too difficult to learn themselves and then even harder to teach to their elementary students, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Come learn how to teach your students the basics of analytical thinking that will help prepare students to learn to code. Steve Jobs once said, “Everybody in this country should learn to program a computer … because it teaches you how to think.” Come and become one of the teachers willing to help their students progress to the next level of academic skills needed for tomorrow.
Solving the Case of the Mystery Skype ClassroomGet ready to load up the Mystery Machine and put on your Sherlock detective hat because it's time to solve the case of the Mystery Skype Classroom!
Do you want to find ways to help your students learn more about other states or counties? How about connecting with different classrooms across the U.S. or world? How can you do all these things with a shrinking or non-existent field trip budget? Come find out and learn how Mystery Skype can help you make learning fun again!