Technology to Support T-TESS: Domain 4 - Professional Practices and Responsibilities

Teachers often struggle with juggling their many roles and responsibilities throughout the school year, on top of priority number one: teaching. With a profession as challenging as an educator's, self-reflection is one of the best things a teacher can do for him or herself as it presents opportunities for growth. Thinking about what works, and why it works, as well as what didn't work, and why it didn't work, plays an integral role in the process of becoming a better teacher - and role model for students. Join our Curriculum Specialists as we go through strategies for reflecting on teaching, maintaining accurate records, communicating with families, participating in the professional community, growing and developing professionally, and showing professionalism - all while creating engaging lessons for our students and keeping students informed, motivated, and performing at their best. As the final session of our "Technology to Support T-TESS" series comes to a close, we'll help support you as you juggle your many responsibilities.

Technology to Support T-TESS: Domain 3 - Learning Environment

Students and teachers sometimes consider school their "second home." Because of this, establishing a positive culture for learning and a productive classroom environment full of respect and rapport is not just the teacher's responsibility anymore. Teachers and students must work together to establish routines, behavior management plans, and everyday procedures. Even the physical space should be organized in such a way that benefits all learning styles. Teachers shift to being the advocator for the needs of all students in the classroom, and the students shift to being the collaborators, encouragers, and supporters of the peers around them. Join our Curriculum Specialists as we dive into the third session of the Technology to Support T-TESS (Texas Teacher Evaluation and Support System) series, exploring a variety of resources and technology to support both teachers and students.

Apple's Numbers: Building Sophisticated Spreadsheets

Numbers, a spreadsheet creation software from Apple, can be incorporated into your curriculum in many ways. Numbers provides an easy way for students to collect and analyze data, and then display that data with interactive charts, graphs, and tables. Let's explore some of the key features of Numbers to enable students to make the most of their data collection.

KIBO Basics

Young children learn by doing, experimenting, and playing – all essential parts of the learning process. The KIBO robot kit harnesses the way kids learn best and explores the concepts of block-based coding, sequences, and more. Join our session to explore the KIBO curriculum and walk through the basic use and functionality of this unique little robot.

SMART Board Basics: MX Series

The SMART Board MX series interactive display represents a new era of classroom collaboration. This product gives teachers and students a premium touch experience, superior collaborative features, 4K Ultra HD resolution, and the exclusive iQ technology. Join us to learn how the reliable and intuitive MX series SMART Board can help you share content to your students, and create a hub of classroom collaboration.

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! 

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.

MakerBot Replicator Mini+ Basics

Don't let the name fool you - the Makerbot Replicator Mini+ is a powerful classroom solution! If you're ready to get going with your new Makerbot Replicator Mini+, but aren't sure where to start, don't fret. Join our session to learn the basics of your 3D printer hardware. From loading your filament, to changing your smart extruder, we'll show you everything you need to know to get started printing your 3D models.

Ultimaker 3/3 Extended Basics

Not sure where to start with your new Ultimaker printer? Come explore the basics of the Ultimaker 3 or 3 Extended! In this session we will go over some 3D printer need-to-know basics like how to change a print core, how to load and unload material, and how to interpret the display. You'll be on your way in no time, and ready to print your 3D models using Ultimaker's reliable (and amazing) dual extrusion!

Technology to Support T-TESS: Domain 2 - Instruction

This is the second of a four-session series reviewing the Texas Teacher Evaluation and Support System. Join our Curriculum Specialists as they help you to incorporate technology into the second standard of T-TESS, Instruction. The T-TESS is a set of standards with the purpose of reviewing teacher performance to inform the training, appraisal, and professional development of teachers. From demonstrating knowledge of resources, content, and pedagogy, to designing student assessments, our Curriculum Specialists will guide you through their favorite websites, platforms, and software programs for Instruction!

Technology to Support T-TESS: Domain 1 - Planning

This is the first of a four-session series reviewing the Texas Teacher Evaluation and Support System. Join our Curriculum Specialists as they help you to incorporate technology into the first standard of T-TESS, Planning. The T-TESS is a set of standards with the purpose of reviewing teacher performance to inform the training, appraisal, and professional development of teachers. From demonstrating knowledge of resources, content, and pedagogy, to designing student assessments, our Curriculum Specialists will guide you through their favorite websites, platforms, and software programs for Planning!

District and School Performance Improvement Strategies

In the effort to improve student achievement and learning outcomes, it is essential for any school or district leader to know the methods and measures used for evaluating success. From unwrapping state standards, to developing academic intervention and enrichment programs, school and district leaders must understand how to design programs that will lead to improved achievement in the classroom and beyond. This series of administrator sessions will identify some successful strategies to enhance performance improvement initiatives in schools and districts.

College and Career Readiness

The primary goal of every school or district is to ensure that students are well-prepared and ready for life beyond the K-12 academic program. Creating successful middle and high school programs that will increase graduation rates and prepare students for college and career readiness are essential to this process. This series of administrator sessions will provide information and strategies that can be used to support school or district efforts to promote early college awareness.  

Ultimaker: Optimizing Your 3D Print

The Cura 3.2.1 software by Ultimaker is a free slicing software with over 200 settings to adjust your 3D print to fit your needs. Join us as we show you where to download the software and learn specific skills to enhance the details and optimize your 3D model.

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!

MakerBot: Optimizing Your 3D Print

Makebot's Slicing Software, MakerBot Print is a free, advanced solution for discovering, preparing, and sharing your 3D Prints. Integrated with Thingiverse navigation, there is no limit to your imagination. Join Teq's Curriculum Specialists as we show you where to download the software, gain access to the app as well as the web version, in order to view, arrange, orient, and scale your 3D Designs. Learn some specific skills to enhance the details and optimize your 3D model such as print setup, materials, and scaling. 

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.

CAD Software: 3D Slash

Computer Aided Design (CAD) Software is one of the easiest ways to create/design 3D models. 3D Slash is a great program to use to introduce yourself and your students to the world of CAD software. Starting with a cube and ending with your design, 3D Slash is an easy and fun way to get your students designing and thinking outside the box.

Testing Tools in the Math Classroom

We all know that end of year testing is 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 tools to help gauge student readiness and resources for comprehensive student practice in the Math classroom.

Testing Tools in the ELA Classroom

We all know that end of year testing is 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 tools to help gauge student readiness and resources for comprehensive student practice in the ELA classroom.

Coding on the pi-top

Looking to learn Python with a pi-top? We can help you get started! In this session, we will visit pi-topCODER and the beta version of pi-topCLASSROOMS, provide you with some suggested worksheet tracks, and complete a worksheet with you. Upon completion of this session, you should feel comfortable suggesting worksheets, and building your own circuit! 

PBL with Google

See how Google can improve the quality of your project-based learning activities. Learn how to implement Google-based PBL activities to promote critical thinking, communication, and collaboration in your classroom. In this course, you will learn how to use Google’s free tools to promote the key elements of PBL, such as research, collaboration, gathering (and analyzing) feedback, and presenting knowledge in your classroom.

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.

PBL for ENL/ELL

See how technology can improve the quality of your project-based learning activities. Learn how to implement PBL activities to promote critical thinking, communication, and collaboration with your ENL/ELL students. In this course, you will learn how to use various tools to promote the key elements of PBL, such as research, collaboration, gathering (and analyzing) feedback, and presenting knowledge in your classroom.

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.

Math Notebooks in the Digital Age

Leave the handwritten "Math Notebook" behind with Teq's Math Notebooks in the Digital Age course! Learn how to create top-notch interactive math notebooks using a variety of collaborative tools in order to enhance your students work and strengthen their understanding. Teach your students to organize and synthesize their thoughts, build a portfolio, and take ownership of their own learning! WIth Digital Math Notebooks, students can create a resource they could refer back to for years!

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.

Low-Tech Design Challenges

Whether you have high tech tools like 3D printers and laser cutters in your classroom or not, this is a session for you! The purpose of a design challenge is to get your students thinking like an engineer and problem-solving! Join us for a fun session where we give you the tools to help your students flex their engineering muscles with brain breaks, writing prompts, games, and more, all geared towards certain aspects of the engineering design process! Students with all levels of technology available to them will benefit from the resources and activities shared in this session, so you don’t want to miss it!

Intro to Design Challenges

Join us for an exciting session where our Curriculum Specialists will flex their technological expertise and share with you their favorite version of the cyclic Engineering Design Process: Build, Test, Learn, Design. Whether you're practicing this process in relation to 3D Printing, or low-tech technologies it will help students build transferable 21st-century skills like critical thinking and create a student-focused environment. In this session, we will give you the knowledge and tools to get started with engineering design thinking in your classroom today!

Organizational Design and Improvement Strategies

When Designing School and District Improvement Strategies, it is Vital to Align all of your Educational Plans and Priorities Under One Large Umbrella. The Development of a Strategic Plan that Establishes Goals and Expectations, Identifies Program Strengths and Weaknesses, and Aligns Revenue and Resources into One Cohesive Document is a Necessary Tool in this Process. This Series of Admin Sessions will Focus on Key Strategic Planning Questions that can Guide the Design and Development of a Strategic Plan that Addresses Your Current Reality; Identifies Your Desired Outcomes; and Aligns Your Action Plan(s), Revenue, and Resources to School and District Priorities, Goals, and Expectations.

Best Web Resources for the High School Math Classroom

Join our curriculum specialist to learn how find and utilize some great web resources for your math classroom. We will explore advanced Google searches and some websites to assist you in your math instruction and practice. You will leave this session with a variety of math resources that you will be excited to explore more and begin implementing in your classroom.

Intro to Google Classroom

Join our curriculum specialists as we dive into Google Classroom! The platform brings some of the best features of Drive and key add-ons together in one easy-to-navigate application. Our PD Specialists will help you not only get up-and-running, they’ll give you some great ideas for simplifying your workflow too. See how easy it can be to manage entire class sets of documents and assignments with this amazing tool by Google.

PBL for ELA

See how technology can improve the quality of your project-based learning activities. Learn how to implement PBL activities to promote critical thinking, communication, and collaboration in your ELA classroom. In this course, you will learn how to use various tools to promote the key elements of PBL, such as research, collaboration, gathering (and analyzing) feedback, and presenting knowledge in your classroom.

Effective Instructional Leadership - Introduction

Among the Many and Varied Goals and Expectations of the School or District Administrator is to Need to Demonstrate Effective Instructional Leadership at the District, School, and Classroom Levels. Research Provides Several Strategies that can Assist and Support the School or District Leader in their Efforts to Improve Performance and Create a ‘True’ and ‘Inclusive’ Academic Learning Community. This Series of Admin Sessions will Focus on Some Key Strategies and Steps that can Implemented by School and District Leaders in the Efforts to Identify and Establish Clear Academic Goals, Expectations, and Plans that can Benefit their Entire School Community 

Administering Chrome Devices

Once you obtain your G Suite account, the next step is to set up the devices you have available at your school in order to maximize the effectiveness of teacher and student experience. Join us for Administering Chrome Devices where we review how to enroll Chromebooks, and answer questions about the mobile devices you may have available. We will also discuss setting apps and extensions for use across your domain and show how to review reports for your account. Come gain key knowledge to successfully deploy Chrome devices in your school!

IEP/504 Accommodations

Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) and 504 plans are instrumental tools in getting formal help for students in K-12 education with learning and attention issues. While they both focus on giving all students equal opportunities to learn, they are used for different reasons; IEPs for special education and 504 plans for physical access to learning. Join us as we go over these differences in depth and give you strategies and awareness to help you meet every student's needs according to their plans.

SAMR and TPACK

Teachers have been delivering fantastic lessons for generations, using a wide array of technology, or even none at all. Once technology is made available, how does it get used? This session will explore two paradigms to analyze technology integration within the classroom – the Technological/Pedagogical/Content Knowledge (TPACK) framework, and the SAMR Substitution/Augmentation/Modification/Redefinition (SAMR) framework. Participants will leave with a keener eye towards examining technology usage and some ways to enable teachers to better their own practices.

Evaluating Effective Classroom Technology Usage

It is easy to walk into a classroom and see that a teacher has something displayed on an interactive whiteboard, but how do you really assess what type of learning is taking place? During this session, we will examine the utilization of Interactive Whiteboards, Laptops/Chromebooks, and iPads/Tablets into classroom instruction. Participants will leave this session able to apply two model frameworks for the integration of technology into classroom curriculum and content:  SAMR and T-PACK. We will look at effective tools for evaluation:  lesson planning templates and rubrics.  If you are concerned that your school technology investments may be underutilized, or you want to highlight your great technology pioneers, this session is for you.

Identifying Effective Classroom Technology Usage

What makes a great technology-infused lesson?  How can you encourage teachers to better utilize their available classroom technology more effectively? Participants will leave this session with an understanding of two popular model frameworks for integrating technology tools: SAMR and T-PACK. Administrators will be better able to motivate their teachers into higher levels of effective technology usage, and teachers will be able to do lesson planning to enable deeper understanding and increased engagement from their students.

Admin G Suite - Part 2

Join us for our second session of our G Suite Admin Series! Our first session covered how to manage users, enable and disable services, and create groups to more efficiently manage daily communication. This session will dive deeper into the capabilities of the Admin Panel and go over configuring security settings, managing devices, and getting support! This course can be viewed in conjunction with Teq's Digital Teacher Certification Google Educator Basics program which covers the use of all things Google, including Google Chrome, Gmail, Calendars, Drive, Sites, Forms and more!

Admin G Suite - Part 1

This session is designed for school administrators, instructional technology specialists, or anyone interested in learning how to manage their school or district's G Suite for Admin domain. Using our training domain, we'll explore how to manage users, enable and disable services, and create groups to more efficiently manage daily communication. This course can be viewed in conjunction with Teq's Digital Teacher Certification Google Educator Basics program which covers the use of all things Google, including Google Chrome, Gmail, Calendars, Drive, Sites, Forms and more!

Technology to Support the Danielson Framework - Domain 4

Teachers face countless choices  daily when it comes to their students, lesson planning, parent interaction, and the environment of where learning takes place. With a profession as challenging as teaching, self reflection is beneficial for teachers as it presents opportunities for growth. Thinking about what works, and why it works as well as what didn't work and why it didn't work plays an integral role in the development of becoming a better teacher and role model for students. Join our curriculum specialists as we go through strategies for reflecting on teaching, maintaining accurate records, communicating with families, participating in the professional community, growing and developing professionally, and showing professionalism all while creating engaging lessons for our students and keeping students informed, motivated, and improving performance. As the final session of our  "Technology to Support the Danielson Framework" series comes to a close, we will help support you as you juggle the many responsibilities assigned to you.

Assistive Technology Resources

Does your classroom cater to the needs of all learners?  Are you struggling to help those students with learning disabilities or other special needs? If you answered yes to either of those questions join our Curriculum Specialists to learn about some assistive technologies you can implement in your classroom!  Assistive technology helps to level the playing field for your students and chances are you have some in your room already.  Let's take a look at how students can use assistive technologies such as speech to text, iPad apps, and even some low tech options to further their education.

Technology to Support the Danielson Framework - Domain 3

Are you struggling to engage your students in learning? Do you ever ask yourself, "How can I bring this complex content that MUST be taught...to life for my students?" If you answered yes to all these questions, then you're in the right place! Our Curriculum Specialists will guide you through a variety of resources and technology to support Domain 3 of the Danielson Framework, Instruction, where their focus will be to provide strategies for improving your communication with students, introduce different techniques for questioning and discussion, and enhance your flexibility and responsiveness during any type of lesson. Here in Domain 3, teachers execute the plans that they previously created in Domain 1: Planning and Preparation. This domain is considered the "heart" of teaching and we are more than excited to support your passion for instruction as we boost students' passion for learning!

Technology to Support the Danielson Framework - Domain 2

Join our Curriculum Specialists as we explore a variety of resources and technology to support Domain 2 of the Danielson Framework, focusing our attention on your efforts in creating an exceptional "Classroom Environment." Priorities for establishing a classroom environment full of respect and rapport, a culture for learning, and organizing the physical space include the teacher's ability to create an atmosphere for students that is not only safe and comfortable, but gives all students the feeling of success. Teachers and students begin to work together to establish routines, behavior management strategies, and every-day procedures that work while constructing a caring and warm space, fostering a professional learning setting for all parties involved  As a result, there is mutual respect, understanding, and ultimate success for both teachers and students. 

Technology to Support the Danielson Framework - Domain 1

In this first of four-session series, we'll explore how you can best incorporate technology resources to demonstrate your effectiveness of various components of Domain 1 of The Danielson Framework. The Danielson Framework is a constructivist set of instructional components aimed at helping teachers in four domains: Planning and Preparation, Classroom Environment, Instruction, and Professional Responsibilities. From demonstrating knowledge of resources, content and pedagogy, to designing student assessments, our curriculum specialists will guide you through their favorites websites, platforms, and software programs for Planning and Preparation!

Administering SMART amp

Did you just obtain SMART amp at your school, and you want to know how to get started? Learn about how to use SMART amp from the very beginning, and discover how to successfully introduce it into your school community. Learn how to create and manage student and teacher accounts with your Google Apps for Education account, and lead your teachers to success.  

Administrator Track: Assessment and Student Data

Discover a variety of assessment tools that will help guide effective evaluation procedures in this final course of our administrator track. Whether looking to enhance formative or summative assessment in the classroom, we will share a number of resources and helpful techniques that will assist in receiving valuable date to help guide future instruction.

Administrator Track: Designing and Building Engaging Learning Environments

Join us in the second part of this administrator track where we focus on key elements of an engaging learning environment. Take a closer look at how teachers can use the tools available to them, along with additional resources to make the most of their learning environment. Assist teachers in creating an engaging and interactive learning space with some of the techniques shared by our PD staff.

Administrator Track: Identifying Effective Technology Use

In this first course of our sessions dedicated to administrators, we will focus in on how to identify whether the technology you have invested in is being used to its utmost potential. Whether you are working with interactive whiteboards, iPads, Chromebooks, or tablets, this course will help administrators and their teachers make the most out of the available resources.

Administering Chrome Devices

Once you have set up your Google Apps for Education account, the next step is to set up the devices you have available at your school in order to maximize the effectiveness of teacher and student experience. Join us for Administering Chrome Devices where we review how to enroll Chromebooks, and answer questions about the mobile devices you may have available. We will also discuss setting apps and extensions for use across your domain and show how to review reports for your account. Come gain key knowledge to successfully deploy Chrome devices in your school!

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