EDTECH OFFERINGS

The pressures of technological change and the need to optimize its use in teaching has never been more important. That’s why the CPD has created an EDTech Series so that educators, like you, can quickly adapt and embrace new learning programs, technologies and platforms for the classroom.

Join Dr. Ron Kotlik (and CPD Educational Consultant) in all, one or a combination of any of our online, self-paced modules (Inquire about our CTLE Credits Available).

Introduction to Chromebooks

Are you confused or feel overwhelmed with all of the new technology available to our students? If so, this course will guide through the basics of Chromebook use for both teacher and student use. Participants will learn how to navigate the basics of Chromebook setup, the differences between Chromebooks and other devices, applications available, and how to best use them with students.

Introduction to Digital Storytelling

Digital Storytelling involves using digital tools to create documentaries, computer-based narratives, digital essays, electronic memoirs, interactive storytelling, etc. These techniques can be used in all academic areas. Participants will learn how to integrate these projects into their various subject areas. The course will focus on using WeVideo, a web based video creation tool, to facilitate digital storytelling.  Participants will learn how to use WeVideo to create both teacher content and to create projects that empower students to creatively engage with classroom content through video projects.

Introduction to Screencasting and the Flipped Classroom

Are you looking for an easy way to create video content for your students to extend lessons beyond the classroom? Have you heard of the “flipped classroom” but are not sure where to get started? This course will demonstrate web based and computer based tools to easily produce both student and teacher created videos that can be used to bring the content delivery of any course outside of the classroom. The “flipped classroom” uses that “extra” time for engaging activities and differentiated instruction. Tools that will be demonstrated include Screen-cast-omatic, Screencastify, and Loom.

Introduction to Google Docs

This course will give participants an overview of the free digital tools associated with Google Drive and Google Docs.  Participants will learn how to use Google Docs as a free cloud based content creation tool that is similar to Microsoft Word. Google Docs allows students and teachers to work collaboratively in real time from any location.

Introduction to Google Drive

This course will give participants an overview of the free digital tools associated with Google Drive.  Participants will learn how to use Google Drive as a cloud storage and content creation tool that allows students and teachers to work collaboratively in real time from any location.

Introduction to Google Slides

This course explores how to create presentations using Google Slides. Google Slides offers many of the features of PowerPoint but a no cost!  This is an introductory course that helps educators learn how to use this tool with their colleagues and students. The series will guide viewers on how to create and name a Google Slide, navigate the menu options, share and work collaboratively on Slides, design and use templates, and present a Google Slide.

Introduction to Google Forms

This course explores how to use Google Forms to create effortless online data collection. This is an introductory series that helps educators learn how to use this tool with their colleagues and students. The course demonstrates how to create & name a Form, navigate the menu options, share a Form, design and use templates, send a form, and access the data from a Form via a Google Sheet.

Introduction to Google Sites

This course explores how to create websites using Google Sites. This is an introductory course that helps educators learn how to use this tool with their colleagues and students. The series will guide viewers on how to create and name a Site, navigate the menu options, share a Site, design a Site, use templates, and publish a Site.

Introduction to Google Hangouts

Are you looking for an easy way to video conference with your colleagues, students, and parents? Are you looking for a free alternative to other video conferencing tool that would give your students the chance to speak with guest speakers from around the world? This course explores Google’s free video conferencing tool – Google Hangouts. Hangouts provides an excellent video conferencing platform with chat and screen sharing tools. Integrate Hangouts with Google Drive for a seamless workflow.

Smart Polling

This course provides an overview of Poll Everywhere, a free polling service that provides businesses an easy format to collect data from students for formative assessments. Administer polls via the web, email, Facebook, and Twitter. Embed polls into PowerPoint and Google Slides for engaging presentations. Multiple polling questions are available including multiple choice, true/false, audience Q&A (question & answer), rank order, surveys, open-ended questions, and more!

Using Tablets, Cell Phones, & Chromebooks for Formative Assessments

Are you getting frustrated with students texting in class and using their cell phones rather than paying attention? It is time to embrace this technology as an instructional tool rather than an instructional foe. This online course will guide participants in designing instructional materials that effectively use cell phones, tablets, and Chromebooks.. Participants will learn how to use web based tools such as Polleverywhere, Socrative, and Quizlet to create quizzes, review games, interactive polls and discussions that engage students’ attention while using their own cell phones for constructive activities. Further, participants will learn how to create teacher and student podcasts and vodcasts (audio and video recordings) for various projects. Finally, participants will learn how to create and scan QR codes that bring traditional learning materials (worksheets, books, etc.) into a more engaging digital atmosphere with student cell phones.

Social Media in the Classroom with Schoology

Have you ever wanted to use Facebook as a classroom tool but were afraid of all the problems associated with using social media with students? Schoology is a “Facebook” like product that eliminates those problems and allows teachers to use social media in a responsible fashion and teach students important digital literacy skills. Schoology looks and feels like Facebook but is completely closed from the rest of the digital world. Teachers can create class accounts where only individuals in a particular class can gain access to the class on Schoology. Participants in this course will learn how to create Schoology classes, add files and links to their classes, create assignments, and manage a classroom calendar.

Social Media in the Classroom with Edmodo

Have you ever wanted to use Facebook as a classroom tool but were afraid of all the problems associated with using social media with students? Edmodo is a “Facebook” like product that eliminates those problems and allows teachers to use social media in a responsible fashion and teach students important digital literacy skills. Edmodo looks and feels like Facebook but is completely closed from the rest of the digital world. Teachers can create class accounts where only individuals in a particular class can gain access to the class on Edmodo. Participants in this course will learn how to create Edmodo classes, add files and links to their classes, create assignments, and manage a classroom calendar.

Gamification in the Classroom

We all know that students love to play games! This course will offer numerous technology driven strategies to add gaming elements to your classroom. Participants will learn how to use Kahoot, Socrative, and Quizlet to motivate students to achieve. The course will also discuss how to create badges and award systems using technology tools.

Is Your Classroom Ready for Twitter?

Students are deeply interested in social media! This course will focus on using Twitter in a constructive manner to deepen the learning process. Participants will learn numerous strategies to use Twitter including as a classroom communication tool with parents and students, as a way to have meaningful debates and conversations, as a way to conduct research, and as a means to deepen team building.