General Interest

Growth Mindset: Addressing Failure

If Albert Einstein, Benjamin Franklin, or Alexander Graham Bell gave up in the face of failure, we might not have the knowledge we do today about physics, electricity, or the telephone. A commonality among successful engineers and scientists is what we call "growth mindset," or the ability to see failure as a springboard for success. In this session, we will provide you with strategies to teach growth mindset and use failure to encourage your students to stretch their abilities and reach higher levels of achievement.

Digital Citizenship for 21st Century Learners

Technology is changing the landscape of education - and the way we approach digital citizenship. Students must become evaluators of information, and we have a responsibility to equip them with this skill. In this course, we will discuss how technology is changing the way we discuss Digital Citizenship and some ways you can start the conversation in your classroom. Ditch how you thought you should approach this topic in your classroom and join us to learn a new approach! 

Saving Teachers Time

For teachers, time is the #1 commodity. We're on a mission to save you time throughout the school year, so you don't have to wait till summer break to have some actual "you" time. In this session, we will share some time-saving tips like making Google Forms Quizzes, importing grades into Google Classroom, and saving question sets in SMART lab. Time flies...but these tools can help you save some!

Preparing for the New School Year with Google

Your class did a lot of great work last year. Your Google Classroom is filled with discussions, assignments, and quality feedback, your Google Drive has your organizational structure for assignment submissions, and your collaborative apps have chats filled with evidence of all the work put in. We don't want to see it go, either! Before you hit that dreaded trash can icon, hear us out. In this session we'll tell you why you should archive instead of delete, and we'll show you how to do it! Hint: you and your students will still be able to access last year's hard work, and you'll set yourself up for even more success in the year to come.

Mindfulness Activities for Middle and High School

Are your students having trouble paying attention, coping with change, or difficulty expressing their emotions? There are many layers of mindfulness that you might not know of. Join us as we share ways you can help your middle or high school students build flexibility and emotional toolkits. With these activities, your student will be well on their way to becoming mindful individuals capable of dealing with emotional challenges to be fully present and aware of whats happening in your lesson. 

Demonstrating Understanding with Infographics

When students create infographics, they are using information, visual, and technology literacies. When teachers create infographics, they can spark classroom debates, gamify the activity, or provide aid for a difficult concept. Infographics can make wonderful study guides, but what happens when students can't understand what they mean? Join the Curriculum Specialists as we dissect these graphically designed tools and learn how to develop assessments where students create their own visual representations of data which will help students successfully showcase their mastery of knowledge.

What We Learned at PAX East 2018

We recently attended PAX East 2018 in Boston, MA. While this wasn’t an education- specific conference there were a lot of education-focused sessions, as well as educational applications for much of the other content presented. Join us as we go over the highlights of what we learned at this exciting conference!

Funding Classroom Projects with DonorsChoose.org

DonorsChoose.org is an online charity designed to help teachers raise funds for necessary materials in their classroom. It allows teachers to collect money from friends, family, and even strangers, to bring new and exciting experiences and materials to their students. Join our Curriculum Specialists as we take you through the process of starting a project and give you some tips to help get your project funded.

Engaging Students with Video:PlayPosit

Do you assign students videos and clips to watch for complicated content? Maybe you provide multimedia for students to use as additional resources and review. How can you tell with the utmost certainty that your students are actually utilizing these videos, and learning from them? With PlayPosit, you can add interactivity to your videos and get data about students' use and performance with embedded assessment items. From popular sites like YouTube and Vimeo, PlayPosit allows you to stream videos on to your personal dashboard and customize the user experience with pauses, questions and more! Now integrated with Google Classoom, PlayPosit makes it easy to use video in your already seamless workflow! Join the Curriculum Specialists as we guide you through the platform, so you too can begin using this wonderful learning tool in your class!

Managing Student Accounts

Are you in the process of setting up students with accounts to various online services? Not sure how the laws surrounding student privacy work? Join our Curriculum Specialists as we take a look at some of the laws protecting students, and how they could affect the accounts they need.

Mindfulness Activities

Do you find your students drifting away to a dream land during the day? Students have a limited attention span and getting students to refocus once they start day dreaming can be hard. Join our Curriculum Specialists as we explore some activities for mindfulness to help your students be fully present and aware of what is happening in your lesson.

Strategies for Reducing Test Anxiety

Students are often nervous and anxious for upcoming tests. Join our Curriculum Specialists as we take a look at some strategies for your students to use to help reduce test anxiety and how you as the teacher can help.

Prepping for the Exam

We all know that those big testing days are quickly approaching! Join us as we review some helpful tools to be sure that students are prepared for what lies ahead with various upcoming exams. Learn about some helpful teacher strategies to help gauge student readiness and resources for comprehensive student practice.

Making Your Token Economy Digital

Token Economies are a Positive Behavioral Intervention and Support (PBIS) used to recognize students for meeting goals. While the idea of giving a student a reward for meeting a goal hasn’t changed the structure of keeping track of these rewards and distributing them has. Join us as we show you how to free yourself from the problems of lost, damaged, or stolen physical tokens and create your own digital token economy.

Engaging Students with Video:EDpuzzle

How can you make sure your students are fully understanding the videos and clips you are showing them? Yes, we use videos all the time in our classrooms. Our hope is that we not only increase student engagement, but student achievement as well. EDpuzzle allows teachers to customize a video with embedded questions, voice tracks, and notes. With this platform, you are always in the know of how your students are doing. Teachers can also trim videos for important content, permit scrubbing features and other viewing options, and integrate video assignments with Learning Management Systems such as Google Classroom and Edmodo. Join our curriculum specialists for an exciting and informative course on ways to take advantage of video in your classroom!

Brain Breaks for Movement and Alertness

According to a growing body of research, scheduled movement in the classroom has positive effects on cognitive development. In this session we will share with you our top energizing brain breaks for the classroom to give your students the mental breaks they need to refocus the physical and mental state. Some breaks we will discuss are 5-4-3-2-1, movement songs, and Ear Nose Switch. Don't miss out on all the tips and advice this session has to offer to help you incorporate brain breaks in your classroom in a positive, and meaningful way!

iTunes U Course Manager

Learn how to create and manage courses and materials using the iTunes U Course Manager. This organizational tool is full of quality educational content including iBooks, podcasts, documents, and more! Perfect for the blended classroom and free to use, iTunes U Course Manager enables you to share content with your students directly to their iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch.

ISTE 2017 Highlights

This year's ISTE conference was held in San Antonio Texas and had 18,000 attendees. Wasn't able to attend? No worries! We are here to share with you our top highlights from the three day event.

Intro to GamerScore

Wondering how to introduce Gamification into your classroom? Do you want to learn a new way to motivate your students, and don't know where to start? Join us as we explore the topic of GamerScore and give you a starting structure to use in your classroom!

Recording Podcasts with Audacity

Join us as we use Audacity to record, edit, and create podcasts. Engage students with a new method of presentation, and encourage them to use their creativity and broadcasting skills from multiple devices. Also learn how podcasts can be used by the teacher to communicate with students in a new way.

Engaging Students with Videos

Do you have trouble reaching a variety of learning styles in your classroom? Are you nervous that you haven't motivated your students when you introduced a brand new topic? Are your students losing interest and excitement as the unit progresses? If you answered YES to any of these questions, come join our curriculum specialists as we embark on a journey to implement video use in the classroom! Teachers who have used instructional videos have reported that their students retain more information, are more enthusiastic about the learning, and comprehend the concepts of the topic faster. Sometimes, it's impossible to take students on field trips, participate in experiments, purchase materials, or illustrate complex topics with a conventional way of teaching (and limited amount of time). Now, with videos, students can experience all of this and more! If you're seeking an innovative way to take advantage of video in your classroom, join us for this informative PD!

St. Patrick's Day Poetry

Join us to find the gold at the end of the rainbow as we explore St. Patrick's Day themed poetry lesson ideas geared to elementary students. Our curriculum specialist will walk you through some fun ways to incorporate technology into your poetry lesson, while showing you some great tools both you and your students can benefit from. Now let's go find that gold!

20 Cool Things - Part 2

Join us for Part 2 of this course where we discover some more of the latest and least-known uses for the interactive whiteboard. This fast-paced session will explore 20 resources, features, and techniques, designed for your interactive whiteboard to help engage your students and enhance curriculum and instruction.

20 Cool Things - Part I

Explore some of the latest and least-known uses for the interactive whiteboard. This fast-paced session will explore 20 Common Core-aligned resources, features, and techniques, designed for your interactive whiteboard.

Web Safety for Students

Have you ever heard of the term “digital citizenship?” As 21st century learners, it is important that our students practice good digital citizenship when working with various technology platforms. Join us as we explore best practices for digital citizenship and various resources which help teachers model and teach the importance of it in the classroom.

Cross-curricular Lesson Ideas for Leap Day

2016 is a leap year! Join us to discover some fun, engaging lesson ideas that will can help advance students' understanding of a Leap Day. We will explore a variety of tasks in various subject areas, focusing on asking questions that will peak students' interest and demonstrate understanding. Join us to learn how to make this real-world topic a fun lesson idea for your students. 

QR Codes in the Classroom

QR codes are popping up everywhere—on movie posters, ads, signs, and in classrooms. These “Quick Response” codes take us quickly to data and information for learning. In this session, we’ll explore how QR codes work and ways that teachers are using them in instruction.

Intro to Podcasting

In our Intro to Podcasting course, we will take a look at some valuable resources for successful podcasting techniques in the classroom. Learn about valuable educational podcasts that students and teachers can follow, along with best practices and benefits of using podcasting for instruction and content creation. 

Resources to Support Common Core State Standards

This course will help educators learn how to use modules that have been set up by Engage NY in conjunction with other resources to enhance their Common Core classroom. We will focus on integrating digital tools and manipulativesin order to increase student engagement and understanding while being sure that standards are being met in an ideal way.

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