Custom Professional Development Workshops for Your School or District

Every organization's culture is different, so we work closely with our clients before each visit to design a plan that meets their specific needs. Our workshops can be as short as a day or as long as a full week. We can give presentations to larger groups in auditoriums or work intensively in smaller hands-on sessions. Some of our specialties include 1:1 programs, iPad and mobile device integration, Flipped Classrooms, Google Apps for Education as well as content areas such as History, English, Foreign Languages, Elementary Education, and Higher Education.

Please contact Gail Ross-McBride at gail@edtechteacher.org or 888-377-9518 if you would like to schedule a member of our team. We also recommend our full year, Full Year Professional Development Program for schools who are looking for a more long-term, sustained model.

Popular EdTechTeacher Workshops

iPads in the Classroom

iPads have taken PS-12 and college-level classrooms by storm, quickly emerging as the mobile device of choice. As iPad evolves - and its apps become increasingly powerful - the device becomes more versatile, and its creative potential increases. Our iPad workshops focus on effective iPad innovation from both a conceptual as well as a practical standpoint. Beginning with understanding the device itself and the features of the iOS, we will move along a continuum from consumption to creation to curation to connection with iPad.

Using Google Apps in the Collaborative Classroom

Google Apps encourage collaborative learning, information sharing, and student engagement. They facilitate communication and community building. These hands-on workshops help educators use Google Drive and other apps for synchronous and asynchronous collaboration. In addition to basic uses of Google Docs and Drive, we will address advanced topics such Google Scripts, Chrome Apps and Extensions, as well as other apps that connect to Drive. Not only will we discuss how to use these tools to support collaboration, but also why.

Advanced iPads

For organizations who have already spent considerable time focusing on effective integration of iPads, this workshop provides an exploration of advanced curation, creation, collaboration and organization using iPads. In these sessions, we work to build app fluency and encourage teachers to explore the potential of App Smashing. Participants also address workflow problems and scenarios with an eye towards creating a Paperless Classroom and solving unique problems that arise in an iPad classroom.

Creating Digital Course Content

With the proliferation of mobile devices, educators now have the ability to create and curate their own custom content that can be published and distributed to students. The Creating Digital Course Content Workshop is an intensive, hands-on workshop for educators that focuses on creating custom digital resources. Participants learn how to create and distribute PDF and eBook documents, as well as audio, video, and screencasts, and experiment with various apps that can be used to read, annotate, create, and curate digital content.

Web Tools & Apps for ANY Classroom

This workshop highlights innovative educational uses of the web and shows how teachers can use these tools to empower students and facilitate creative and collaborative learning opportunities regardless of the device. Participants will gain an overview of some of the best and latest web tools and apps, and outlines classroom-tested projects and techniques for using them in the classroom. By the end of this workshop, participants will have built a toolkit of web tools to promote and support creation and collaboration across the K-12 curriculum in a learner-centered classroom.

The Flipped Classroom

With the Flipped Classroom, teachers turn the traditional classroom structure on its head and use technology to reorganize class so that students maximize the value of their time with their teachers and peers. In this workshop, teachers will develop the skills to flip their own classrooms. From conceptual framework, to formative assessment strategies, to screencasting and media production tools that allow teachers to create their own content, we will examine how teachers and students can use a variety of collaborative platforms in class to maximize the value of their class-time together.

Digital Storytelling

Digital storytelling, in the broadest sense, is about weaving together narrative, imagery, voice and music into media-rich presentations. In this workshop, we will look at the "Hows and Whys" of facilitating digital storytelling projects. We will examine examples of successful projects including identity narratives, oral histories, social issue documentaries, language activities, math and science demonstrations, and presentations of art and music. Participants will experience the process of creating a digital story through a hands-on exploration of popular online digital storytelling tools. Finally we will look at ways teachers can evaluate these projects through process and product rubrics.

Creating Differentiated Learning Environments with Technology

In this workshop, we will explore how technology can facilitate differentiation and create rich learning experiences that scaffold struggling students and enrich those who work at an accelerated pace. Given the accessibility features native to mobile devices such as text-to-speech, speech-to-text, interactive content, and quick access to supplemental resources, technology can be leveraged to create a "Least Restrictive Environment" for all students. During this hands-on workshop, participants will have abundant time to explore features, tools, apps, and pedagogical strategies to help students achieve the desired learning objectives.

Assessment 2.0

What does assessment look like in a Digital Age classroom of technology integration and multimodal projects? How do we distinguish between higher-order thinking and "bells-and-whistles?" In this session, we will explore the role of a "logic model" and backward-design principles in developing effective Assessment 2.0 strategies. We will look at storyboarding techniques and rubrics that help establish a clear relationship between project goals and skill benchmarks. We will also focus on the critical role of formative assessments and timely intervention. Furthermore, we will also examine how a "2.0" assessment model differs from traditional assessment. A fundamental goal is to identify the characteristics of effective assessments that link to and measure student mastery of worthwhile learning goals.

Primary Sources 2.0 & Inquiry Learning

Primary sources are increasingly available on the web and will become predominantly digital in the future. Furthermore, as conventional, print-based text gives way to screen-based "multimodal" communication, researchers will be as likely to encounter multimedia primary sources as print-based ones. This workshop develops skills for accessing and teaching with digital primary sources in inquiry learning environments. Participants will learn search techniques for uncovering primary sources and will explore cutting-edge interactive collections from the British Library, Smithsonian, and National Archives. Participants will also explore interactive eBook creation with new web tools and apps.

Subject specific workshops

Teaching History with Technology, Teaching English and Language Arts with Technology, Teaching Science with Technology, Teaching Foreign Languages with Technology, Technology in Elementary Classrooms, and Technology Programs in Higher Education.