Professional Development

NERIC Model Schools Fall 2017 Catalog


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Click below for the NERIC Model Schools Fall 2017 Courses at a Glance printable summary:


Excel 2013: Spreadsheets for Educators – Online
October 16-November 20

This online course introduces educators to the features of Excel 2013. The focus is on standards-based exercises that can be easily integrated and adapted for educator use across the curriculum. Topics covered may include: new features and functions, using spreadsheets in the classroom and school environment, enhanced gradebooks, conditional formatting, lookup tables, graphing data, importing and filtering data, working with live Web-based data, lists and PivotTables.

 

Google Apps for Education Webinar Series Part 2 – Using Google Docs – An Online Introduction
October 18, 3:00pm-4:00pm

Spend an hour learning how to engage students in using Google Docs to create and edit content as well as collaborate online with peers and instructors. Some of the areas to be covered will include: creating, importing, and formatting a document; using a template; inserting images and hyperlinks; using the collaboration tools; adding comments; translating and using the voice typing. Ideas will be shared on best practices for using Google Docs with your students.

 

Explore with Google Expeditions!
October 23, 3:00pm-4:00pm
NERIC Albany

Come and take a journey using virtual reality headsets and Google Expeditions! This will be a hands-on session with teachers as Explorers! You will learn how Expeditions work, what technology is involved, where to find resources, and how to integrate Expeditions into your curriculum. You will also learn the process for signing up to use Google Expeditions in your classroom.

 

Introduction to Pixlr – Online
October 23-November 20

Pixlr is a free online cloud-based image editing tool that runs on both the PC and Mac platforms. It’s a flash-based app that closely resembles Photoshop. Images may be opened from your workstation or URL, as well as from Facebook, Flickr, and Picasa. The course, focusing on Web image creation for the classroom, will include: interface navigation, selection tools and layers, manipulating your images, transforming and retouching photos, and filters. 

 

Personalized Digital Libraries for your Students – EPIC!
October 25, 4:00pm-6:00pm
Tecler Arts in Education Magnet School, Amsterdam

Epic is a leading children’s online library, with unlimited access to 25,000 high-quality books, learning videos, quizzes and more for kids 12 and under. Epic’s award-winning library includes instant access to thousands of fiction, nonfiction, Read-to-Me books, Spanish books and more. This is an app for iPads, or you can use it with Chromebooks or even desktop computers. Each teacher sets up a class, and each student will have their own account. The best part is that it is FREE for students and educators! Teachers can build a list of books they want their students to use and send it to them. For example, a teacher can do a research project with first graders and can select the books for them to use. Young students can easily navigate the app! This course is geared for teachers of grades 1-5.

 

Google 101
October 26, 8:30am-11:30am
NERIC Plattsburgh

Do you sometimes feel like you are being left behind by your students? Come to this very hands-on Google 101 beginner teacher/administrator workshop and learn the basics of Mail, Drive, Calendar, Docs, Slides, Sheets, and Keep. 

 

Google 102
October 26, 12:30pm-3:30pm
NERIC Plattsburgh

Catching up and walking the talk is the name of the game. This Google 102 session will target school teachers and administrators. Walk away knowing how to leverage Forms, YouTube, Hangouts, Maps, Earth, Blogger, Classroom, Drawings, and Sites. 

 

Google Apps for Education Webinar Series Part 3 – Using Gmail, Calendars and Hangouts – An Online Introduction
October 26, 3:00pm-4:00pm

Spend an hour learning how to engage students using Google Gmail, Calendars, and Hangouts. Some areas to be covered will include: tricks for accessing, creating, formatting & organizing emails; setting up & sharing calendar events; and using Google Hangouts for easy communication and collaboration. Ideas will be shared on best practices for using these Google Apps with your students.

 

Coding in the Classroom?  Let’s Talk!
October 26 & November 30, 3:00pm-6:00pm|
Bethlehem Middle School

Are you using coding in your classroom? We are and we would love to share ideas with you! Computer Science is a new curriculum and needs to be encouraged at the K-8 level. We know there is a need to teach this to our students, but the challenge is how to do it. We have developed some great ideas about introducing computers and incorporated the design process through game development. Ultimately, we aim to create better engagement in coding and generate future interest in this area from our students. Come with ideas to share! This discussion is geared for teachers of grades K-8.

 

Breakout!  Breakout EDU Game Session
October 27, 3:00pm-4:00pm
NERIC Albany

Foster creativity, collaboration, cooperation, critical thinking, and communication skills in your classroom with a fun and immersive game that will challenge and engage your students! These exciting activities apply to a wide variety of grade levels and subject areas. Breakout EDU will have students working together and thinking in new ways as they solve puzzles, decipher clues, and piece together information to figure out how to break into the Breakout box.  For this session, you are simply a participant in a Breakout game! Come and work alongside fellow educators to solve a puzzle and gain experience with this type of learning activity. The best way to understand the Breakout EDU excitement is to come and be part of the game!

 

Coding with Robots in the Classroom
October 30, 9:00am-12:30pm
NERIC Albany

Model Schools is excited to present participating districts with an opportunity to learn and try out a variety of robots and coding tools! This course will be an overview of Blue-Bot, Cubelets, Ozobot, Dash and Dot, and Sphero robots. We will also touch on the NAO humaoid robot. Any teacher that attends this workshop will have the opportunity to utilize each set for one-day use during the 17-18 school year.

 

Google Forms: From Beginner to Expert in Three Easy Mini-Webinars – Session 1 – Google Forms Basics
October 30, 2:45pm-3:45pm

Interested in learning more about Google Forms but can’t seem to find the time to figure them out? Then these three mini-webinars may be just what you need. This webinar series will include a 30 minute training and then an optional 30 minute extension activity, that will dive deeper into the content already presented. Each session will build on the previous knowledge, but each session can also be a stand-alone.

 

Gateway to Blended Learning – Online
October 30-November 27

Struggling with student engagement, differentiated instruction, meeting the various ability levels of your students? Then let technology help you! Blended learning involves the combination of teacher-based instruction coupled with technology to provide students with the optimal learning experience. The purpose of this online course is to introduce you to the best practices for blended learning. After this is accomplished you will be introduced to the best and latest tools to create a blended learning lesson that you can use with your students.

 

Power of Paperless in the Classroom & Beyond – Online
October 30-November 27

This class will give teachers the power to incorporate applications and techniques to be more efficient, more organized, and significantly cut back on paper usage. Imagine a world without sticky notes; without piles of papers everywhere; no bulky planners or giant desk calendars; a world where students don’t lose assignments. This course will also help you be able to prepare students for college or the workforce where being able to survive in a digital, paperless environment is advantageous. We will explore numerous applications and extensions that make going paperless efficient.

 

Google Sheets for Educators – Online
October 30-December 4

This online course introduces educators to Google Sheets. The focus is on standards-based exercises that can be easily integrated and adapted for educator use across the curriculum. Topics covered may include: making the transition from Excel, using spreadsheets in the classroom and school environment, gradebooks, conditional formatting and filters, graphing data, working with live Web-based data, and using add-ons. 

 

Google Apps for Education Webinar Series Part 4 – Using Google Sheets – An Online Introduction
November 1, 3:00pm-4:00pm

Spend an hour learning how to engage students in using Google Sheets. Some of the areas to be covered will include: access and navigation tools, conditional formatting, formulas and auto-fill, sorting, simple charts, and collaboration. Ideas will be shared on best practices for using Google Sheets with your students.

 

Get Started with Google Classroom for Early Elementary and Special Area Teachers
November 1, 4:15pm-6:15pm
Menands School

Google Classroom isn’t just for older kids and traditional core classes. Google Classroom is a great tool to share work with students, organize work, and even share the wonderful things we do in our classrooms with families. Join us in getting started with Google Classroom. This course will focus on the creative ways early elementary and special area teachers can use this tool on a daily basis.

 

Google Classroom
November 2, 8:30am-11:30pm
NERIC Plattsburgh

Ever want to flip your classroom so your students were learning at home? Or maybe just have a safe environment that your students can comment and challenge each other? If so, then Google Classroom is for you. This half-day, hands-on training takes you from step one of creating a Google Classroom, to tips for getting the most effective use of your digital classroom. You’ll learn about: class setup, classroom use as a teacher, administrator or committee member, instructional tips, resources and using classroom as a student. Adequate work time will be embedded into session for teachers to feel comfortable in the platform.

 

Chrome Apps and Extensions for the Classroom
November 2, 12:30pm-3:30pm
NERIC Plattsburgh

This half-day session will be about exploring Apps and Extensions that work in classroom. The session will focus on general education and special education Chrome components. Participants will have time to install and play with the highlighted apps and extensions and to make the connection into their classroom, for not only themselves but for their students as well.

 

Webinar: Stay Connected with Remind
November 2, 3:00pm-4:00pm

Want to send text reminders, alerts and information to students and parents in a way that is safe and secure? With Remind, communication instantly increases between the classroom and home! This tool is easy to set up, easy to use, and it can vastly improve communication efforts for your classroom. You may wonder how you got by without it! 

 

Google Forms: From Beginner to Expert in Three Easy Mini-Webinars – Session 2 – Google Form as an Assessment
November 6, 2:45pm-3:45pm

Interested in learning more about Google Forms but can’t seem to find the time to figure them out? Then these three mini-webinars may be just what you need. This webinar series will include a 30 minute training and then an optional 30 minute extension activity, that will dive deeper into the content already presented. Each session will build on the previous knowledge, but each session can also be a stand-alone.

 

Google Forms In and Out of the Classroom – Online
November 6-December 11

This online course introduces educators to Google Forms for classroom and personal use. Google Forms is a tool that is a part of the G-Suite. It allows users to create easy-to-use web forms, that are linked to a Google Sheet. The course focus is on standards-based exercises that can be easily integrated and adapted for educator use across the curriculum. Topics covered may include: form creation and formatting, using templates, creating surveys, quizzes, exit tickets, sharing and collaborating, and using add-ons. 

 

Google Classroom for Educators – Online
November 6-December 18

Google Classroom is a free tool that allows teachers to create assignments, post announcements and start class discussions. As part of the G Suite, Google Classroom is suitable for a flipped classroom and blended learning experience. Classroom provides an easy-to-use interface that is accessible from all devices.

 

Google Apps for Educators Webinar Series Part 5 – Using Google Forms – An Online Introduction
November 8, 3:00pm-4:00pm

Spend an hour learning how to engage students in using Google Forms. Some of the areas to be covered will include: creating forms, surveys & quizzes, sharing forms with other educators and students, and collecting responses using Google Sheets for easy analysis. Ideas will be shared on best practices for using Google Forms with your students.

 

Makerspace Roundtable
November 9, December 7, February 1, March 1, April 12 & May 3, 3:30pm-5:00pm
Schalmont Middle School

The makerspace roundtable will meet monthly (except for January) throughout the school year to discuss various facets of makerspace life in school. Linda Fasano from Schalmont Middle School Library will facilitate. She has developed and run a makerspace for two years. This group is for those of you who want to know more about makerspaces, are just getting started in your school, or have a makerspace and want to learn more and share ideas.

 

Google Forms: From Beginner to Expert in Three Easy Mini-Webinars – Session 3 – Innovating with Forms
November 13, 2:45pm-3:45pm

Interested in learning more about Google Forms but can’t seem to find the time to figure them out? Then these three mini-webinars may be just what you need. This webinar series will include a 30 minute training and then an optional 30 minute extension activity, that will dive deeper into the content already presented. Each session will build on the previous knowledge, but each session can also be a stand-alone.

 

Breakout EDU Basics
November 14, 3:00pm-4:30pm
NERIC Albany

Foster creativity, collaboration, cooperation, critical thinking, and communication skills in your classroom with a fun and immersive game that will challenge and engage your students! These exciting activities apply to a wide variety of grade levels and subject areas. Breakout EDU will have students working together and thinking in new ways as they solve puzzles, decipher clues, and piece together information to figure out how to break into the Breakout box.  This session is for those who wish to facilitate a game in their classroom for the first time. We will go over best practices, instructional benefits, preparation, tips and tricks, and how the different pieces of the kit work. We will also go over how to borrow a Breakout EDU kit from NERIC.

 

Google Apps for Educators Webinar Series Part 6 – Google Classroom – An Online Introduction
November 15, 3:00pm-4:00pm

Spend an hour becoming familiar with Google Classroom. Some of the areas to be covered will include: classroom setup and navigation, creation and management of student assignments, and student communication. Ideas will be shared on best practices for using Google Classroom with your students.

 

LiveBinders – Online
November 20 – December 8

This course introduces teachers of all subjects and grade levels to LiveBinders, an Internet application that allows teachers to create classroom textbooks, ePortfolios, and more. Also, teachers can use it to provide parents with resources to help their children or showcase student work by sharing with parents and potential schools. Also, it can be used to help a substitute by providing everything they will need in one simple place. 

 

Padlet – A Multimedia Friendly, Free-Form, Real-Time Wiki – Online
November 20 – December 8

This course introduces teachers of all subjects and grade levels to Padlet, an Internet application that allows people to express their thoughts on a common topic easily. It works like an online sheet of paper where people can put any content (e.g. images, videos, documents, text) anywhere on the page, together with anyone, from any device. It is like a multimedia friendly, free-form, real-time wiki. Padlet is a great way to organize resources by subject or unit for students to view and/or edit or simply for personal use. It is an excellent tool for visual learners and for teachers who want to provide an easy way for students to access additional course materials. 

 

Screencast-O-Matic and More – Online
November 20-December 8

This course is intended to introduce teachers of all subjects and grade levels to innovative internet tools to use in any classroom. Screencast-O-Matic will be the main tool explored. It gives you the ability to create and share screen recordings to engage your auditory and visual learners. We will also be sharing tools such as Chirbit, Jing, Fakebook, and more!

 

Let’s Interact with Interactive Reading Notebooks
November 20-December 18

This course will be a collaborative class focusing on using technology to create lessons and materials for teachers to use in their reading lessons through the use of interactive notebooks. This class will be all online and will span 4 weeks. In this course you will gain experience with Google Slides, Google Sharing, PDFs, PowerPoint, Genius Scan and Smart Notebook to name a few. Furthermore participants will have an interactive notebook to guide their students. This tool then becomes a collection of their students’ learning through scaffolding and an authentic assessment. Participants will have multiple opportunities for discussions about classroom applications, best practice, and differentiated instruction to modify and create lessons/notebook materials to meet the CCSS for their grade/subject level. 

 

Explore with Google Expeditions!
November 28, 3:00pm-4:00pm
NERIC Albany

Come and take a journey using virtual reality headsets and Google Expeditions! This will be a hands-on session with teachers as Explorers! You will learn how Expeditions work, what technology is involved, where to find resources, and how to integrate Expeditions into your curriculum. You will also learn the process for signing up to use Google Expeditions in your classroom.

 

Breakout EDU Training
November 29, 8:30am-11:30am
Franklin Academy, Malone

Breakout EDU is an immersive learning game platform that requires players to use teamwork and critical thinking to solve a challenging series of puzzles in order to open a locked box. Learn the process of a Breakout kit, create one for your classroom and collaboratively work together to “breakout”. Once you attend a breakout training, you will be able to take a breakout kit for use within your own classroom.

 

Chrome Apps and Extensions for the Classroom
November 29, 12:30pm-3:30pm
Franklin Academy, Malone

This half-day session will be about exploring Apps and Extensions that work in the classroom. The session will focus on general education and special education Chrome components. Participants will have time to install and play with the highlighted apps and extensions, and make the connection into their classroom, for not only themselves but for their students as well.

 

Gateway to Blended Learning – Online
November 30-January 4

Struggling with student engagement, differentiated instruction, meeting the various ability levels of your students? Then let technology help you! Blended learning involves the combination of teacher-based instruction coupled with technology to provide students with the optimal learning experience. The purpose of this online course is to introduce you to the best practices for blended learning. After this is accomplished you will be introduced to the best and latest tools to create a blended learning lesson that you can use with your students.

 

Model Schools Robot Exhibition!
December 4, 2:00pm-4:00pm   –Drop-by event-
NERIC Albany

Come to this Robot Exhibition to informally try out different robots. Decide which set might work best in your classroom. You may then request a Robot Coaching Session where Model Schools brings the robots to your class and facilitates an activity. You may borrow the same robots again in the future to extend the learning.

 

LiveBinders – Online
December 4-December 22

This course introduces teachers of all subjects and grade levels to LiveBinders, an Internet application that allows teachers to create classroom textbooks, ePortfolios, and more. Also, teachers can use it to provide parents with resources to help their children or showcase student work by sharing with parents and potential schools. Also, it can be used to help a substitute by providing everything they will need in one simple place. 

 

Google 101
December 6, 8:30am-11:30am
NERIC Plattsburgh

Do you sometimes feel like you are being left behind by your students? Come to this very hands-on Google 101 beginner teacher/administrator workshop and learn the basics of Mail, Drive, Calendar, Docs, Slides, Sheets, and Keep. 

 

Google 102
December 6, 12:30pm-3:30pm
NERIC Plattsburgh

Catching up and walking the talk is the name of the game. This Google 102 session will target school teachers and administrators. Walk away knowing how to leverage Forms, YouTube, Hangouts, Maps, Earth, Blogger, Classroom, Drawings, and Sites. 

 

Breakout!  Breakout EDU Game Session
December 6, 3:00pm-4:00pm
NERIC Albany

Foster creativity, collaboration, cooperation, critical thinking, and communication skills in your classroom with a fun and immersive game that will challenge and engage your students! These exciting activities apply to a wide variety of grade levels and subject areas. Breakout EDU will have students working together and thinking in new ways as they solve puzzles, decipher clues, and piece together information to figure out how to break into the Breakout box.  For this session, you are simply a participant in a Breakout game! Come and work alongside fellow educators to solve a puzzle and gain experience with this type of learning activity. The best way to understand the Breakout EDU excitement is to come and be part of the game!

 

Personalized Digital Libraries for your Students – EPIC!
December 6, 4:00pm-6:00pm
Tecler Arts in Education Magnet School, Amsterdam

Epic is a leading children’s online library, with unlimited access to 25,000 high-quality books, learning videos, quizzes and more for kids 12 and under. Epic’s award-winning library includes instant access to thousands of fiction, nonfiction, Read-to-Me books, Spanish books and more. This is an app for iPads, or you can use it with Chromebooks or even desktop computers. Each teacher sets up a class, and each student will have their own account. The best part is that it is FREE for students and educators! Teachers can build a list of books they want their students to use and send it to them. For example, a teacher can do a research project with first graders and select the books for them to use. Young students can easily navigate the app! This course is geared for teachers of grades 1-5.

 

Get Going with Google Classroom!
December 11 & 18, 3:00pm-5:00pm
NERIC Albany

Ready to get going with a digital classroom? This course will provide all the foundation you will need to launch your own Google Classroom (or maximize an underused Classroom that you are hesitant about). You will get to see what the kids see – this will help you understand how to craft materials and sequences for efficiency and clarity. The one week gap between sessions will give you a chance to try Classroom with your students, then return for troubleshooting and Q&A.

 

Generating and Gathering Online Reading Lessons in Google Drive – Online
December 13-January 17

This course will teach you about the important aspects of a guided reading lesson. You will be creating guided reading lesson plans in Google Docs and sharing them with your classmates to create a toolbox of lessons that you can use in your own classroom. This class will be all online and will span five weeks. You will gain experience with Google Docs, Google Drive, and learn how to share in Google. You will leave this course with a database of guided reading lesson plans. 

 

Digital Notebooks?  Yes – with Google Sites!
January 8 & 22, 3:00pm-5:00pm
NERIC Albany

Tired of traditional three-ring-binder note-taking? Frustrated with students who lose materials (or forget them)? Trying to get those great visuals and video clips from your board into your students’ hands to help them learn? Then it’s time to try digital notebooks! This course will detail not only how to use the new Google Sites to build your own website, but how to help your students learn to keep a website as a notebook. Simple tools and no complex coding languages – just a way for your students to move off paper (and be able to study on a smartphone or even a PS4 or Xbox).

 

Explore with Google Expeditions!
January 17, 3:00pm-4:00pm
NERIC Albany

Come and take a journey using virtual reality headsets and Google Expeditions! This will be a hands-on session with teachers as Explorers! You will learn how Expeditions work, what technology is involved, where to find resources, and how to integrate Expeditions into your curriculum. You will also learn the process for signing up to use Google Expeditions in your classroom.

 

Breakout EDU Basics
January 25, 3:00pm-4:30pm
NERIC Albany

Foster creativity, collaboration, cooperation, critical thinking, and communication skills in your classroom with a fun and immersive game that will challenge and engage your students! These exciting activities apply to a wide variety of grade levels and subject areas. Breakout EDU will have students working together and thinking in new ways as they solve puzzles, decipher clues, and piece together information to figure out how to break into the Breakout box.  This session is for those who wish to facilitate a game in their classroom for the first time. We will go over best practices, instructional benefits, preparation, tips and tricks, and how the different pieces of the kit work. We will also go over how to borrow a Breakout EDU kit from NERIC.

 

Digital Tools Make Formative Assessment Easy
February 5 & 12, 3:00pm-5:00pm
NERIC Albany

This course will explore how digital tools can be incorporated for bell ringers, lesson presentations and quizzes to allow teachers to quickly see students’ progress and needs. Using Kahoot, PearDeck, and Google Forms, teachers will be able to have valuable access to information (organized in spreadsheet form) that will inform instructional practice, student grouping, and review strategies. The week-long interval between sessions will provide time to try something in class and come back for troubleshooting and Q&A. Let the computer work for you – save time and have more evidence of student progress!

 

Google Forms – Design Your Own Customized Forms and Make Self-Correcting Tests and Quizzes
February 6 & 13, 3:45pm-6:15pm
Van Antwerp Middle School, Niskayuna

Tired of traditional three-ring-binder note-taking? Frustrated with students who lose materials (or forget them)? Trying to get those great visuals and video clips from your board into your students’ hands to help them learn? Then it’s time to try digital notebooks! This course will detail not only how to use the new Google Sites to build your own website, but how to help your students learn to keep a website as a notebook. Simple tools and no complex coding languages – just a way for your students to move off paper (and be able to study on a smartphone or even a PS4 or Xbox).

 

 

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