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, as well as content areas such as History, English, Foreign Languages, or Elementary Education.
Please Contact Us if you would like to schedule a member of our team. We also recommend our full year, Teaching for the 21st Century (T21) Program for those who are looking for a more long-term, sustained model.
The iPad Classroom
In the past year, iPads and iPad Mini 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. This workshop focuses 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 with iPad.
The Advanced iPad Classroom
For organizations who have already spent considerable time focusing on effective integration of iPads, this workshop provides an exploration of advanced curation, creation and organization using iPads. Advanced workflow strategies and multi-app combination scenarios to create multimedia content are a central focus in this session. Participants also explore the use of iPad specific Learning Management Systems (LMS) to organize and manage an iPad classroom as well as the creation of student portfolios. Advanced iPad classroom scenarios are also explored with an eye towards solving unique problems that arise in an iPad classroom.
Creating Digital Course Content
With iPads and other mobile devices increasingly becoming the device of choice for 1:1 programs, educators now have the ability to create and curate their own custom content that can be published and distributed to students online and then directly to their mobile device. The Creating Digital Course Content Workshop is an intensive, hands-on workshop for educators, Tech Directors, and Technology Integration Specialists that focuses on creating custom resources for the iPad and other mobile devices. Participants learn how to create and distribute PDF and eBook documents both from a computer as well as a mobile device, and experiment with various apps that can be used to read, annotate, create, and curate digital content. Additionally, participants may explore ways to create and integrate multimedia such as audio, video, and screencasts in addition to these publications.
Using Google Apps in the Collaborative Classroom
Google Docs and Google Drive encourage collaborative learning, information sharing, and student engagement. They facilitate communication and community building between teachers, students, colleagues, and parents. This hands-on Google Docs workshop will help educators use Google Docs and Google Drive for synchronous and asynchronous collaboration with their students as well as their colleagues. In addition to basic uses of the tools, we will address advanced topics such as conditional formatting in spreadsheets for formative assessment and collaborating across multiple devices (e.g. laptop, iPad, or other tablet) using the Drive app. We will not only discuss how to use these tools to support collaboration but also why.
The Best Web 2.0 Tools & Apps for Teachers
This workshop highlights innovative educational uses of the Read-Write Web and shows how teachers can use Web 2.0 to empower students and facilitate creative and collaborative learning opportunities. The session provides an overview of some of the best and latest Web 2.0 tools and apps for education, and outlines classroom-tested projects and techniques for using Web 2.0 in the classroom. Classroom examples feature blogs, wikis, social networks, podcasts, screencasts, e-book creation, and more. The intuitive, free, and interactive Web 2.0 tools featured in this session allow educators to create online connections that support both classroom instruction and professional growth. Participants will work with a few free and simple tools and may also choose to explore a particular tool of interest in detail.
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 strategies for ensuring that students perform the most cognitively difficult work during class time when they have peers and teachers to help them, to simple 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 time together.
Digital storytelling, in the broadest sense, is about weaving together narrative, imagery, voice and music into media-rich presentations. Educators from various disciplines are using online tools to create engaging and powerful "digital stories" in their classroom. In this workshop we will look at the "Hows and Whys" of facilitating digital storytelling projects. We will look at examples of successful projects including identity narratives, oral histories, social issue documentaries, language activities, math and science demonstrations, and presentations of art and music. We will experience the process of creating a digital story through a hands-on exploration of the popular VoiceThread online digital storytelling platform. Finally we will look at ways teachers can evaluate these projects through process and product rubrics.
Primary Sources 2.0 & Inquiry Learning
Primary sources are increasingly available on the Web and will become predominantly digitally based 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 and National Archives. Participants will also explore interactive e-reader creation with new Web 2.0 technologies.
21st Century School Leadership: Leading Change in Changing Times
As technology and globalization transform our economy and civic sphere, educators must rise to the challenge of preparing students for an ever more complex and cognitively demanding world. This workshop is designed for school leaders working to make 21st Century Learning an essential element of school culture and intellectual life, and organized around three core themes:
- Why Change? Making the case for 21st Century Skills instruction
- What Does Change Look Like? Envisioning and enacting 21st Century Skills instruction across schools
- Assessing Change in Changing Times: Monitoring school progress towards 21st Century Skill goals.
We'll begin by closely examining the global forces transforming our world and explore the skill sets that our students will need to thrive in their future, looking at strategies for convincing diverse stakeholder groups — students, teachers, parents, administrators, and school board members — about the imperatives of 21st Century Skills instruction. Then we will immerse ourselves in hands-on practice with tools and pedagogies that transform classrooms from assembly lines within a factory model to creative agency classrooms, where students are empowered to create and explore. After that, we will examine several key conceptual frameworks, as well as a suite of strategies for guiding and supporting change in the instructional core, including backwards planning and logic modeling. Particular attention will be paid to the essential role of teacher-leaders in leading the way towards meaningful technology-integration. Finally, we will examine the issue of performance assessment with 21st Century teaching and learning.
What does assessment look like in a Digital Age classroom of Web 2.0 integration and multimodal projects? How do we distinguish between higher-order thinking and 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 differ from a traditional assessment. A fundamental goal is to identify characteristics of effective assessments that link to and measure student mastery of worthwhile learning goals.
Why Johnny Can't Search: Teaching Effective Search Strategies and Web Literacy
This workshop provides a variety of teaching strategies for helping teachers and students develop skills for effectively searching and navigating the Web and evaluating Web resources. We will begin by reviewing the “grammar of the Internet” and Web site structure, then compare search directories with search engines, and then learn to use advanced search tools in Google. Participants will also learn effective uses of specialized search engines. We’ll also cover “proactive” searching techniques that create ongoing Web filters. Teachers will benefit in two ways from this workshop: they will develop their own Web literacy considerably and become more efficient Web users, and they will learn a set frameworks, lessons and techniques for developing student Web literacy. The workshop is suitable for all teachers who ask students to search the Web, and the only technological proficiency assumed is the ability to use a Web browser.
Subject specific workshops include: Teaching History with Technology, Teaching English and Language Arts with Technology, Teaching Elementary Grades with Technology, Teaching Science with Technology, Teaching Foreign Languages with Technology, and Creating Differentiated Learning Environments with Technology.