Session Descriptions


Top 10 Ways to Collaborate

Having trouble finding and/or keeping up with Web 2.0 online resources? In this session a variety of free, collaborative online resources will be introduced and participants will have an opportunity to explore as many as time permits.




Top 10 Ways to Use LCD Projector

Do you have access to an LCD projector? Are you wondering how you can use it in your classroom? In this session you will get some great ideas for integrating the LCD Projector into your classroom.




Top 10 Ways to Communicate with Classroom Families

Want to know some easy and quick ways to share information with your students' families? In this session we will show you how to use tools you already have -- first class and school center to keep families informed. We will look at email lists, web page subscriptions, RSS feeds, daily podcasts and on line calendars - just to name a few. Participants will take home step-by-step instructions so you will be able to do this in the fall!




Top 10 Ways to Use Technology to Make your Job Easier

Technology is here to stay, it is not a fad! See how to use all of the features of Word, PowerPoint, and Excel to make classroom management easer. Discover the all of the tips and tricks of First Class. Explore ways the web can be used to make life simple: news delivered to you, free and easy ways to create websites and blogs, and all of the coolest websites out there for the classroom.

PowerPoint from the Lesson: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HxLoESaezl0




Top Ways to Build a Personal Learning Network

Networking has taken on a whole new meaning in the 21st century! Learn how to harness the power of the web to create your very own personal learning network by using blogs, social networks, and rss aggregators.




Top 10 Ways to Maximize the Use of SchoolCenter

All teachers in the District are encouraged to have at least a basic webpage that communicates a welcome statement, his/her daily schedule and his/her syllabus. But SchoolCenter is way more fun than just the basic three. A teacher can use SchoolCenter to manage and deliver much of his/her curriculum. If you have used a product like Blackboard for an online course, you will find that SchoolCenter has many of the same functions. On your webpage, students and parents can view all your class handouts and Powerpoints, visit webpage links that support your teaching, take surveys, listen to podcasts, respond to your Blog, create student projects and more. Come and see the possiblities.




Digital Storytelling/Essays

A variety of online resources and applications will be introduced in this session. Voicethread, an online visual collaboration tool, will be introduced as well as iMovie and iPhoto for Mac users and Movie Maker and Photostory for PC users. Participants will choose their medium of choice for the hands-on portion. The culminating activity will be a brainstorming session about how these resources can be used in the classroom.



Global Collaboration

Wondering how to bring a more global perspective to your classroom and incorporate 21st Century Learning Skills? Participants will learn how to use 21st Century technology tools (Web 2.0) such as; Google Docs, Blogs, Wikis, and project-based Web sites such as think.com and globalschoolnet.org to expand their classroom walls.




Web/Video Conferencing

Experience collaboration through simple, user-friendly Web video conferencing. Participants will learn how to use interactive technology tools to enhance classroom instruction.




Podcasting

What is a podcast? Is it easy to create one? What are some of the practical classroom applications of podcasting? Come to this session to learn more and use different applications to create you own podcast!




Online Documents (Blogs, Wikis, Google Docs

Blogs, Wikis, Google Docs....Oh My! This session will explore the uses of blogs, wikis, and Google Docs as a collaboration tool for students and staff.



SchoolCenter Introduction

This session is designed to help teachers set up a basic classroom webpage. You will have the opportunity to practice step-by-step procedures for creating your Welcome page, your Daily Schedule page ,and uploading your syllabus to the Syllabus page.You will also learn how to setup and use a classroom Calendar and a Contact form. Upon the completion of this session, you will have the basic homepage that the District encourages all teachers to have. It will be helpful for you to have your syllabus and any photos you want to use available in your Connect2School account.



SchoolCenter for the 21st Century Teacher

SchoolCenter is way more fun than just the basic three pages you are encouraged to have. You can use SchoolCenter to manage and deliver much of your curriculum. If you have used a product like Blackboard for an online course, you will find that SchoolCenter has many of the same functions. On your webpage, students and parents can view all your class handouts and Powerpoints, visit webpage links that support your teaching, take surveys, listen to podcasts, and respond to your Blog, You will learn how to add pages, edit existing pages, password protect pages (including blogs) and more. Come and create your classroom site that will help you become a 21st Century teacher.




Interactive Response Systems

Remote controls in the classroom? You bet! Come see how to use interactive response systems that quickly assess what your students have learned and which concepts needs to be retaught. Students enjoy using these hand-held remotes, as they allow them to participate anonymously during every lesson! Additionally, interactive response systems provide the teacher with immediate feedback from every learner. Use existing curricular units or create your own in minutes per item.




SMART Boards

Get to know basic SMART Board tools and work a variety of activities you can use with your classes. Learn how to teach probability or create tessellations in math, do map reading in social studies, categorize book characters in reading, and so on. Download existing activities from SMART Tech or create your own activities in a few minutes in SMART Notebook, or even just Microsoft Word.




Online Video (United Streaming, You Tube, Teacher Tube)

Participants will be introduced to several video sites that can be used for instruction. After an introduction to these resources, participants will paruse the sites and practice searching, downloading, organizing and storing videos for future use.



Social Bookmarks (del.icio.us, diigo)

Ever been on someone else's computer and really wanted to get to a site you know is bookmarked on your computer, but you can't get to your bookmarks? Now bookmarks can exist on the Internet rather than on a specific computer and you can get to them from any Internet enabled computer! Better yet, your peers (and students) can access your bookmarks and you can use theirs! Come learn how to set up these tools and use them to increase the information power in your classroom.




Everything Google

Google runs the internet! Learn how to manage documents online, create mailing lists and groups for collaboration, manage your First Class Email via Gmail, create blogs, custom news channels, and many many more features.




Google Earth/Sketch Up

Google Earth and Sketch Up are two free downloadable applications by Google. Google Earth lets the user view various aspects of our earth and fly to destinations by using addresses or coordinates. Sketch Up is a tool that allows the user to create 3-D shapes that form into buildings and cities. This hands-on introduction will show how these applications can be used for a myriad of objectives in all subject areas from primary grades through high school. The cullminating activity will be a brainstorming session about how these resources can be used in the classroom.