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Digital Learning Events

 
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Enhance Classroom Instruction with the Power of Digital Learning!
 
Explore innovative workshops, conferences, and special events on a variety of digital learning topics designed to enhance your  classroom in a traditional or virtual environment. For more information about these professional learning opportunities, e-mail digitallearning@esc4.net.
 
 

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For more information, you can also check out our professional development catalog here.   

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Upcoming Training Opportunities

 


 

Spotlight
 

In the digital age, Computational Thinking (CT) is an essential skill for students and educators alike. This systematic approach to solving problems is at the foundation of not just computer science, but many other subject areas – and careers – as well. Join us for an intro to Computational Thinking and its four key concepts of Decomposition, Patterns, Abstraction and Algorithms. Learning computational thinking can benefit students both economically and academically. Furthermore, studies have linked a host of academic benefits to learning CT, including improvement in student engagement, motivation, confidence, problem-solving, communication, and STEM learning and performance. Come learn how to integrate Computational Thinking into your subject areas so your students can learn to think creatively, reason systematically and work collaboratively - the essential skills we all need in today’s society! (Please bring an internet ready device to the session).  Participants will receive access to Cyber.org’s CT modules and Cybersecurity resources. 
 
Date February 22,  2023 |  4:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m. |  Session ID:1738814
Registration Fee: free

 

 

 


 

 

 

January
 
This course demonstrates how to navigate in Minecraft and access a wide range of lesson plans, mapped to grade level and curriculum standards across a variety of subjects. We’ll also touch on specific features designed for the classroom including accessibility options, assessment tools, and other settings.
 
January 17, 2023 |  4:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m.  |  Session ID: 1724661 
Registration Fee: Free
 
 
This course guides participants through unplugged activities, coding challenges, and interactive discussions to explore artificial intelligence (AI) and block-based coding, with a focus on completing quests in the 2019 Minecraft Hour of Code. Periodic recap check-ins help participants unpack the coding concepts they encounter in the quests, including sequencing, debugging, and conditionals.
 
January 19, 2023 |  4:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m. |  Session ID 1734953 
Registration Fee: Free

 
In this session, we will explore creative ways to enhance your teaching and learning materials to elevate your students' experiences. We'll show you digital video and design techniques that will help improve student learning. It's time to pick up that device, arm yourself with Creative Cloud® Express, and create!
 
January 23, 2023 |  4:15 p.m.–5:15 p.m. |  Session ID: 1728817
Registration Fee: $35.00
 

Microsoft® Education Tools in the K–12 Classroom (Online):  Flip Training
Flip is a free video discussion platform from Microsoft that helps educators see and hear from their learners anytime, anywhere. In Flip, educators post prompts for their class and learners respond with short videos, forming an asynchronous video discussion around educator-defined topics.

January 24, 2023 |  4:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m. |  Session ID: 1734949 
Registration Fee: Free
 

 

 

 

February
 
Today's students are bombarded with opinions from every direction. You only need to look at the phenomenal rise of "social media influencers." Everyone has an opinion about everything, and there is always an audience! In this session, you'll see how easy it is to bring this trend into your classroom, while helping students create their own podcasts regarding your classroom topics!
 
February 6, 2023 |  4:15 p.m.–5:15 p.m.  |  Session ID: 1738939
Registration Fee: $35
 
 
Capitalize on the competitive spirit of your students while meeting your curriculum goals! Gamification teaches problem-solving, collaboration, critical thinking, and so much more! Everyone wins! In this session, you’ll review several platforms that can be used to bring gaming into your next lesson as well as learn strategies to get started!
 
Date: February 27, 2023  |  4:15 p.m.–5:15 pm  |  Session ID: 1738799
Registration Fee: $35
 

 


 

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Ongoing Training Opportunities

 

Learn the technical challenges faced by people with disabilities, and the purpose and goal of designing accessible sites for all learners. We’ll share best practices for integrating media, as well as tips for designing your course with mobile users in mind!
 
Self-Paced  | Session ID: 1708751  |  Registration Fee: $25.00
 
 
This course will provide teachers with the foundational support needed to successfully utilize the Schoology platform to support teaching and instruction, collaboration, and communication. While this course will be facilitated in Canvas, you can follow along in your Schoology course

Self-Paced | Session ID: 1708741   |  Registration Fee: $25.00
 
 
In this course, you will learn about Seesaw, a student driven digital portfolio tool that captures learning, sparks reflection, and promotes engagement. To experience this course fully, you will need a mobile device/computer with the Seesaw app installed. Before we get started, we will walk through the process of downloading the Seesaw app and creating an account.
 
Self-Paced | Session ID: 1708737  |  Registration Fee: $25.00
 
 
Canvas Course Checklist with Region 4 
Whether you're new to Canvas or looking for ways to improve your current course, check out Region 4's  list of "must have's"! The modules in this self-paced course will help you learn best practices for organizing and delivering content, integrating your favorite apps, and maximizing Canvas' data reporting tools to get a snapshot of where each of your students are! 
 
Self-Paced | Session ID: 1708744  |  Registration Fee: $25.00
 
 
Today's students are bombarded with opinions from every direction. You only need to look at the phenomenal rise of "social media influencers." Everyone has an opinion about everything, and there is always an audience! In this session, you'll see how easy it is to bring this trend into your classroom, while helping students create their own podcasts regarding your classroom topics!
 
Self-Paced | Session ID: 1688930   |  Registration Fee: $25.00
 
 
Bring the power of teacher-created videos into your classroom to engage your students and allow for more flexible delivery! In this session we'll survey several free or "freemium" platforms that can be used to create screencasts. In addition to best practices, we'll discuss the features of each and how it can meet your needs. Platforms covered at Canvas Studio, Microsoft PowerPoint, Zoom, Screencast-o-matic, Flipgrid, Screencastify, Loom, Prezi Video, and Zoom. * Tools are subject to change and may not be included in every session.*
 
Self-Paced | Session ID: 1688956  |  Registration Fee: $25.00
 
 
In this course, you will learn the essentials of copyright and fair use guidelines for using content and resources in the K–12 classroom. Open educational resources and public domain also will be covered.
Self-Paced | Session ID: 1729007 | Registration Fee: $25.00 
 
 
 
With Adobe Express, your curriculum meets creativity! Students can create easy, custom, graphics such as flyers, posters, videos, infographics, and more. In this course you’ll be introduced to the platform and as well as design a simple “About me” graphic. Create your free account at https://www.adobe.com/express/create.
 
Self-Paced | Session ID: 1727832 | Registration Fee: $25.00 
 

 


 

Blended Learning Roadmapping (Online) Packing for The Journey [Self-Paced Course]

 

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Strengthen blended learning knowledge by engaging in an in-depth exploration of the instructional strategy from beginning to end. Through this journey participants will strengthen and develop skills to support their utilization of blended learning in any classroom or content area.


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NEW! Blended Learning Roadmapping Series
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Region 4's "Blended Learning Roadmapping" series of flexible and customizable courses provides support designed to assist campuses/districts in implementing the blended learning instructional methodology.
 
In this illuminating series, attendees will learn the basics of blended learning (or get a refresher), be equipped with research based digital strategies, strengthen their use of digital resources/tools, learn about copyright and fair use, and learn to navigate the blended learning environment like a pro.
 
Because sessions are customizable, we are able to support you whether you are just beginning the blended learning journey, have successfully implemented the methodolgy, or you are anywhere in between!
 
Sessions Include:
  • Foundations of Blended Learning for Administrators
  • The Administrator's Guide to Assessing The Blended Learning Classroom (Traditional or Remote)
  • Shifting Gears: Virtual Blended Learning
  • What is Blended Learning?
  • Blended Learning Best Practices in the K12 Classroom
  • Let's Get Ready to Blend-Setting Up a Blended Learning Environment
  • Managing The Blended Learning Classroom
  • Is It Working? Assessing the Blended Learning Classroom
  • Blended Learning Strategies for Student Engagement and Learning
  • Digital Tools and OER for the Blended Learning Classroom
  • Copyright, Fair Use, and OER for the K12 Classroom
  • Fostering Blended Learning in a Remote Setting
 

 

Interested in Learning More? 
 
 
Do you need a thought partner on a new initiative or have a question about a digital tool?
Reach out to any of us and we can assist.
 
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