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Professional Development

September

27th Afternoon – Extreme Makeover: Classroom Edition

Is your classroom still organized in rows and columns? Explore ways to create a variety of unique and brain-satisfying learning spaces, discuss the ideas behind the design, and integrate what you learn to design and plan your own classroom makeover. It's time to give your classroom a DIY learning-space makeover!

28th – Classroom in a Blender

Insert classroom, push blend. What is Blended Learning and how do I do it? Embrace a deeper understanding of the blended learning model and how it can be used to design learning that is varied and appropriate to all ability levels of students and actively engages them in ownership of their learning. You will walk away with technology tools and strategies to help you begin blending the learning in your classroom right away. Please bring your own device (laptop preferred) and a power cord.

October

11th Morning – Makerspaces—It's Elementary!

Making is a national movement that is changing the way students learn. In this session, classroom teachers and librarians explore ideas for creating a makerspace using the design thinking approach. Experience a variety of tools and methods to determine which type of makerspace materials and equipment is best for your students. Draft a plan for makerspace implementation that includes management, scheduling, and selecting materials and equipment for K-5 grade levels.

11th Afternoon – Get Going with Google Apps!

Not seeing the true collaboration you'd like to in your classroom? Need a one-stop-shop for students to develop and share content? Explore Google applications (Docs, Sheets, Forms, Sites) to increase student engagement and achievement. Come with a Google account and leave with toolbox full of ideas. Make learning relevant and real for your students with this awesome suite of tools. Participants should bring a laptop or Google Chromebook. No Device? Don't worry! A limited number of laptops will be available for use during the session.

24th Morning – Out with Traditional Classroom Management, In with Gamification!

Classroom management is one of the many buzz words in education. But what if it was more than a buzz word? How can you manage your classroom in a way that is fun and engaging for you AND your students? Gamifying your classroom allows you to have structures and systems to effectively manage student behavior while improving engagement and classroom culture. It's fun and useful, whether you've been teaching for 1 year or 20 years. During this session you will begin to develop your own unique system for introducing game dynamics to your classroom. Don't miss this opportunity to truly transform your classroom!

24th Afternoon – Personalizing the Classroom

Turn your classroom into a personalized learning environment. In this session, we will explore personalized learning; including the benefits for students, and various models, examples, and tools for personalizing the learning experience to better meet your students' needs. Participants will walk away with an action plan for implementing a personalized learning framework in their classroom.

November

7th Morning – Secondary Maker

 

7th Afternoon – Extreme Makeover: Classroom Edition

Is your classroom still organized in rows and columns? Explore ways to create a variety of unique and brain-satisfying learning spaces, discuss the ideas behind the design, and integrate what you learn to design and plan your own classroom makeover. It's time to give your classroom a DIY learning-space makeover!

December

5th Afternoon – VR-Virtual Reality, and AR-Augmented Reality

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