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.

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.

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.

Digital Citation Tools

Do your students struggle to write proper citations? Do they forget to include them or purposely avoid them? Join us as we share with you our favorite digital citation tools including the Google Docs explore tool and the EasyBib add-on. With these, creating citations is so easy your students will want to add them! 

Evaluating Web Resources(TEKS ELA)

Every day, your students are faced with questionable material on the Internet. All over sites like Facebook and Twitter, your students see articles like “Save the Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus!” or “Beware of Dihydrogen Monoxide!” Are these articles credible? Join our PD Specialists as they teach you new strategies to address TEKS standard 110.25. 8A ((8)  The student reads critically to evaluate texts in order to determine the credibility of sources. The student is expected to: (A)  evaluate the credibility of informational sources and their relevance for assigned and self-selected topics) and help your students avoid citing hoax websites, dodge pitfalls in the research process, and discern fact from fiction.

Redefining Creative Writing Prompts: Story Dice

While attending PAX 2017 we stumbled upon a low cost "game" that we thought would be perfect for the ELA classroom, Story Dice. Join us as we discuss what story dice are, and how they can help redefine creative writing prompts! We will also give you suggestions on ways to incorporate them into your classroom and how to create a grading system to make sure your students are staying on task and meeting specific standards.

Using Role Playing Games For Social/Emotional Development

There's more value in Dungeons and Dragons than you may know. Yes, Dungeons and Dragons. While attending PAX East 2017 we were enlightened by a panel discussion ran by the founders of Wheelhouse Workshop, a social skills group based in Seattle, WA. Wheelhouse Workshop has been helping teens and adolescents build social skills with role-playing games like Dungeons and Dragons for a few years now and they are seeing positive outcomes. Join us to explore how the game master in a role-playing game can create therapeutic and deliberate challenges for each participant to help them overcome the anxieties they may struggle with. 

Social Emotional Learning with Storyboards

Do you have a student who is frequently becoming frustrated with what seems like simple tasks and isn't sure how to act in general social situations? Join our Curriculum Specialists and Teddy as we take a look at creating and implementing Storyboards in your classroom.  Storyboards help students develop skills to combat difficulties throughout the day while incorporating different components of social emotional learning techniques in a safe environment.  Learning how Teddy reacts in difficult situations gives students the necessary tools to get through their own day with less frustrations and difficulties.

Better Bookmarks

Some days we have so many ideas running through our minds its hard to keep track. Do you ever wish you could capture specific aspects of resources found online like a photo on a digital poster, jot down voice memos, or tag resources to find later? Join us as we explore the many benefits of using apps like Diigo and Google Keep to organize those ideas and save them for those rare days when we do have time.

Collaborating in G Suite

Are you curious about facilitating virtual collaboration? Do you need a little help to get started? Join us as we explore the many ways you can use the core productivity apps in the G Suite Collaboration series, Docs, Sheets, and Slides, to leverage their communication features to increase engagement, participation, and creativity in your classroom. We will discuss digital literacy, best practices, and give you implementation tips to make you feel comfortable using the G Suite Collaboration series in your classroom today!

Clerical Applications: Docs

Join us for our last session in our Clerical Applications Series where we will be focusing on Gsuite Docs. Our Curriculum Specialists will show you how to format your documents, create and edit headings and templates, export and import documents, utilize revision history and the research tool, import fonts, take advantage of keyboard shortcuts, and some of the useful editing and sharing settings within Docs. 

Clerical Applications: G Suite

Recently Google made some changes to their naming convention. Join us for our third session in our Clerical Applications Series as we discuss with you the changes to Gsuite and the various ways that Slides, Drive, and Sheets can help you with your day to day tasks. 

Clerical Applications: Excel

Join us for our second session of our Clerical Applications Series! In our first session we focused on Microsoft Word and in this session we will be working with Microsoft Excel. Our Curriculum Specialists will show you how to customize the Excel interface, format text and numbers, utilize templates, perform basic calculations using applicable functions, utilize editing and sharing settings, and some more general tips to maximize the usefulness of Excel for your staff. 

Clerical Applications: Word

Join us for our first ever Clerical Applications series! For our first session we will be focusing on Microsoft Word. Our Curriculum Specialists will show you how to format your documents, create and edit headings and templates, export documents to various formats, import fonts, utilize keyboard shortcuts, and some of the useful editing and sharing settings within Word. 

Going Further with Programming: Hour of Code Edition Part 2

Its Hour of Code Week! Todays course will be a continuation of our Hour of Code Series. Join us to continue to learn about programming using applications beyond those provided by Code.org. In this course we will dive into some of the resources we provided in our first course to help you take your students deeper into the applications of computer programming. 

iOS 10

In this course, the PD team will explore the most effective and exciting features iOS 10 has to offer!  Released in September 2016, the iOS 10 operating system is sure to help teachers create an engaging learning environment for their students.  Updates to notifications and live broadcasting options within apps are some of the biggest changes that users will come to understand better after participating in this session!

Going Further with Programming: Hour of Code Edition Part 1

Hour of code is a global movement aimed to expose as many students to coding as possible. This December you can volunteer to organize an hour of code for your school. In the introduction of this series we walked you through the basics of orgainizing your own Hour of Code. In this session we will give you the step by step process of completing an Hour of Code coding activity!

Intro to Programming - Hour of Code Edition

To some people programming may seem intimidating and we understand that! However, it doesn’t have to be that way. Join us as we help you develop a positive relationship with programming by showing you how easy it can be to learn and integrate into your classroom! In this course you will learn about a few free online programs like Tynker and Scratch that simplify the language of programming. With the increasing demand for individuals entering the workforce to know some basics of programming we would be doing a disservice to our students if we didn’t expose them to it. Programming uses a wide range of critical thinking and troubleshooting skills which are part of the 21st century skills framework.  Come learn how to successfully get your students involved in one of the most popular educational topics right now!

Organize and Effectively Use Your Computer: Mac

Join us to learn some basic ways to keep your computer content organized and enhance your knowledge of programs that you can use in the classroom. We will be discussing how to successfully create and save documents, how to create favorites in an appropriate web browser, and how to organize all of this great content for easy access for your Mac computer.

Organize and Effectively Use Your Computer: Windows 10

Join us to learn some basic ways to keep your computer content organized and enhance your knowledge of programs that you can use in the classroom. We will be discussing how to successfully create and save documents, how to create favorites in an appropriate web browser, and how to organize all of this great content for easy access for your Windows 10 computer.

Organize and Effectively Use Your Computer - Windows 7

Join us to learn some basic ways to keep your computer content organized and enhance your knowledge of programs that you can use in the classroom. We will be discussing how to successfully create and save documents, how to create favorites in an appropriate web browser, and how to organize all of this great content for easy access on your Windows 7 computer.

Digital Tools for the Writing Process

Integrate collaborative learning tools to increase the quality of students’ writing. This session will introduce different web tools and apps that can be used to aid students with each step of the writing process (planning/brainstorming, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing). Teachers will learn how students can use technology to interact and collaborate with peers during the writing process through web tools and applications such as Edmodo, Padlet, Popplet, OneNote, Evernote, and Google Docs.

Evaluating Web Resources

Everyday, your students are faced with questionable material on the Internet. All over sites like Facebook and Twitter, your students see articles like “Save the Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus!” or “Beware of Dihydrogen Monoxide!” Are these articles credible? Join our PD Specialists as they teach you new strategies to address CCRA.W.8 (Assess the credibility and accuracy of [a] source) and help your students avoid citing hoax websites, dodge pitfalls in the research process, and discern fact from fiction.

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.

Getting to Know the iPad - iOS 9.2

Join us to learn about the newest features of the most updated operating system for the iPad. In December of 2015, Apple released their newest iOS, 9.2. In this course we will take a look at the newest features and their application to the classroom. 

What's New in Windows 10?

Following the release of Windows 10 we'll cover the newest features that you need to know to be successful in using Windows 10 in your classroom.

Using the iPad for Math Practice and Improvement

Join us to learn about engaging center based and individual activities in the Math classroom for student practice and skill improvement. We'll discuss how you can get the most out of your one to one devices for ongoing math practice. We'll focus in on programs that adjust to students individual achievement level to assist with differentiation and student skill building.

Using Web Resources to Enhance Literacy

Join us as we explore a variety of literacy techniques that should be implemented in a well developed Common Core classroom. We will also provide a number of web resources that correspond to these techniques and will help enhance instruction and keep students engaged.

Common Core Overview with Teq Online PD

Here at Teq, we are committed to helping teachers become comfortable and proficient with implementingCommon Core State Standards in their ELA and Math classrooms. Join us as we review what to expect from Teq's Common Core Mondays! Each Monday afternoon, we offer courses dedicated to practices and resources to assist with Common Core teaching and learning. Take a look at the Teq platform and what we have to offer on this (and other) great topics!

Surface Pro 3 & Windows 8

In this course, well look at features for the Surfaces operating system, Windows 8.1 and overview the new Start menu. Then, we delve into some differences between full screen apps and desktop programs, and look at where you can find apps within the new Windows store. Lastly, well discuss how you can connect a Surface to a ScreenBeam and joining a wireless network.

Organize and Effectively Use Your Computer - Welcome Back Edition

At the start of the summer, our Organizing and Effectively Using Your Computer course helped you organize and prepare your materials for end of the year clean up. Join us for our welcome back edition where we discuss ways to get the technology in your classroom back up and running for a successful start to your school year. Enhance the use of your browser bookmarks, file storage, and content organization as you join us for this special welcome back session!

Surface Pro 3 and Windows 8.1, Part 7

This final session of the Anatomy of the Surface Pro 3 and Windows 8.1 series focuses on organization--how to keep documents and programs organized now that you know your way around the device. Participants will explore ways to maintain an efficiently-arranged desktop and Start screen, then explore and expand upon techniques from previous sessions that can serve the same purpose. 

Surface Pro 3 and Windows 8, Part 3

This session will explore the touch-dependent features of the Surface Pro 3 hardware. As a combination tablet and laptop, the Surface Pro 3 can be used quickly and intuitively with a touchscreen interface, as well as swipe gestures on the keyboard cover and with the Surface Pen stylus. This session will provide a brief overview of these types of interaction, display unique features of each, and discuss when each might be appropriate when using the device. This session will also feature snapping multiple applications to the Surface Pro screen, a useful feature when combining educational apps with OneNote use in a classroom setting.

Surface Pro 3 and Windows 8, Part 4

This session will focus on the aspects of the Surface Pro 3's hardware that have not been previously covered. We will review the available ports, as well as how to connect additional outside hardware to the device for classroom use. Finally, we will provide some tips on the maintenance of both the hardware and software of the Surface Pro 3, in order to maximize the effective life of your device when used heavily in a classroom setting. 

Surface Pro 3 and Windows 8.1, Part 5

This session will explore some applications and programs that can be downloaded to the Surface Pro 3. With quick access to the App store, teachers will be able to locate and quickly download a number of free applications in the classroom, and we've found some in particular we would recommend to streamline your use of the Surface, and expose teachers to new ways they and their students can use this device. 

Surface Pro 3 and Windows 8.1, Part 6

In this session, our focus is on tips and tricks any teacher can use to optimize the use of their Surface Pro 3 for everyday classroom use. We introduce teachers to the locations of key settings in the Control Pannel and Settings apps, then introduce concepts such as customizing battery use and login options. We also introduce methods teachers can use to improve the ease of use in a daily setting, particularly for teachers who may require unique accomodations in order to efficiently use a computer as a classroom tool. 

How to Organize and Effectively Use Your Computer

Join us to learn some basic ways to keep your computer content organized and enhance your knowledge of programs that you can use in the classroom. We will be discussing how to successfully create and save documents, how to create favorites in an appropriate web browser, and how to organize all of this great content for easy access.

Testing Tools in the Common Core 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.

Testing Tools in the Common Core 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.

Introduction to Programming Education

In this course, learn about some great tools and resources to help teach coding practices to your students. Programming uses a wide range of critical thinking and troubleshooting skills, and is a very popular topic that will engage our 21st century learners. Even if you are not a coding expert, come learn how to successfully get your students involved in one of the most popular educational topics right now!

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.

Getting to Know iOS8

Join us to learn about the updates to Apple's newest operating system, iOS8. Learn about some great tools in accessibility and management for the variety of devices you may be implementing in your classroom, school, or district. Learn how to maximize the use of these devices for teacher and student.

Surface Pro 3 & Windows 8, Part 2

This session, we look at the various storage options open to Surface Pro 3 users. These focus on both on-device and off-device locations. Then, we look at the pen button settings, and review how to take screen shots while using the stylus

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