Professional Development


Summer Courses 2017:


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SUMMER WORKSHOPS –



July 3 – July 31
Gateway to Blended Learning

Instructor: Marc Weiss
Location: Online
Hours: 15

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 15-hour 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.





July 3 – July 31
Taking Reading Strategies to the Next Level with Technology

Instructor: Regina Anderson and Arielle Fregoe
Location: Online
Hours: 15

This course will be a collaborative class working with reading strategies. We will be focusing on using technology to create lessons and materials for teachers to use in their reading lessons. 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, Smart Notebook, and a Poster Making App. You will leave this course with a toolkit of interactive materials and ideas to use in support of your reading instruction.





July 3 – August 11
Young Adult Literature and Technology

Instructor: Brenna Autrey
Location: Online
Hours: 20

This course gives participants the opportunity to review articles related to technology in education, read young adult titles (of the participant’s choosing), write and share reviews of those titles, and create a project that incorporates one of the books read and technology.





July 5 – August 2
Using Technology to Engage Students with Words Their Way

Instructor: Regina Anderson and Arielle Fregoe
Location: Online
Hours: 15

In this course we will be reviewing the basics of Words Their Way, but this is not a course explicitly about the program. We will be focusing on using technology to create materials for students to use in addition to the paper sorts. It will last for a total of 4 weeks. In this course you will gain experience with PDFs, PowerPoint and SMART Notebook. You will leave this course with a toolkit of interactive materials to use in support of the Words Their Way sorts.





July 5 – August 10
Matching Text to Readers – A Collection Through Google Docs

Instructor: Regina Anderson and Jessica Waterstram
Location: Online and NERIC Albany
Time: 9:00am-12:00pm
Hours: 15

Delve into text complexity using a variety of high quality texts to support literacy learning. You will learn how to match a variety of books to readers while integrating it within your curriculum. In this blended class, you will create and share several Google documents analyzing fiction and nonfiction texts. Participants who complete both the in-class and online component will receive 15 hours. You will have numerous opportunities to engage with complex, grade appropriate fiction and nonfiction texts for both whole class and small group settings to comprehend texts in a deeper way. The online portion of class runs July 5th through August 10th.





July 6 – August 31
Using Technology to Expore Yardsticks: Developmental Stages Ages 4-14

Instructor: Kate Elder
Location: Online
Hours: 21

The book Yardsticks by Chip Wood is a must-read for educators, administrators, and parents of students ages 4-14. In this 21-hour online course, you will use the book as a tool to help you address the developmental needs of your students. The course is self-paced, with technology-based assignments corresponding to reading assignments and Discussion Board responses. You will gain experience using Excel, Word Cloud apps, Google Docs, Padlet, and explore other grade-appropriate technology for use in your classrooms.





July 10
You Can Do That with Google Apps?!

Instructor: Brendan Swider
Location: Scotia-Glenville, Sacandaga Elementary School Library
Time: 9:00am-1:00pm
Hours: 4

This course is designed for participants that are familiar with Google Apps for Education (G Suite) and are now looking for new ways to use these tools in the classroom. We will look at multiple examples of class activities and applications using Google Classroom, Docs, Forms, MyMaps, Drawings, Slides and Sites. There will be opportunities to ask questions and begin designing your own materials for the coming school year!





July 10 – July 28
Kick it Up a Notch!  Digital Booktalk Strategies and Presentation Tools

Instructor: Deb Byrne
Location: Online
Hours: 15

Looking for new ways to engage readers? How to hook readers on new or classic books? Looking for fun, new ELA/reading projects for students? Then this course might be for you! We will learn the essence of what makes a successful booktalk – either for your use or for storytelling projects with students. Then we will learn to use cutting edge presentation tools to create the booktalks. After this course, you will know how to create a digital presentation storyboard, use five different computer-based tools to create a booktalk, and you will walk away with rubrics for each type of project. As a bonus, these skills can also be directly applied to future digital storytelling projects.





July 10 – July 28
Windows into the Past: Using Primary Source Materials in the Classroom

Instructor: Deb Byrne
Location: Online
Hours: 15

Come discover the power of using primary source materials in the classroom! Through primary source analysis teachers can help students construct knowledge, connect with content, think creatively and critically, and develop critical 21st Century Skills in every content area, at all grade levels! In this course we will learn about and how to: use digital collections of primary source materials; analyze primary sources; coach students to think like historians; identify strategies for inquiry-based learning; and generate a student lesson & activities that integrate/utilize primary sources. This is hands-on, inquiry-based learning at its best! 





July 10 – July 31
Fact Fluency: Mining and Adapting the Resources on EngageNY to your Math Program

Instructor: Kate Elder
Location: Online
Hours: 15

Learn to use the collaborative tools online such as Google Slides, Google Forms and Google Docs to adapt the fluency resources and activities online at EngageNY to your classroom math program. We will look at the Key Fluencies and how they progress from grades K through 8. We will watch videos and share examples of fluency activities and discuss how to fit them into your busy day.





July 10 – August 11
Tech-Infused Book Study: Teachers, Providers, and Paraprofessionals Creating Social Networking with Slack and Remind

Instructors: Kate Elder and Mary Hulbert
Location: Online
Hours: 15

This course is an online (mostly) asynchronous book study of the book The Paraprofessional’s Guide to the Inclusive Classroom: Working as a Team, by Mary Beth Doyle, PhD. We will use Slack to create a social media platform to facilitate communication between adults working together in Special Education classrooms, and Remind as a tool for communicating with families of our students with special needs. We will use Slack to share thoughts about the book, and practice using Remind, then set up both to get ready for our incoming classes for the fall. You will also participate in a GoTo Meeting, and set up a GoTo Meeting with another participant from the class, so that you learn to use that tool for networking with colleagues from other school districts.





July 10 – August 14
Digitally Introducing Texts into Guided Reading

Instructor: Regina Anderson and Arielle Fregoe
Location: Online
Hours: 15

In this course you will be learning the basics of guided reading and how to include technology in your book introductions in order to engage students. This course is split into three sessions in order to provide an outline for you to manage your time. You should allow two weeks per session. In this course you will gain experience with Excel, PDFs, Vocaroo, and Padlet. You will leave this course with a “data base” of book introductions for use in your own classrooms.





July 10 – August 14
Excel 2013: Spreadsheets for Educators

Instructor: Steve Janover
Location: Online
Hours: 15

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. 





July 10 – August 14
iPhoneography 101

Instructor: Steve Janover
Location: Online
Hours: 15

The best camera you have is the one you have with you. iPhoneography is the art of taking, editing, and sharing images with an Apple iPhone. This five week online course focuses on: photography techniques for the iPhone, using apps to edit and share your images, critiquing photos, and incorporating iPhones into the classroom.





July 10 – August 21
Google Classroom for Educators

Instructor: Steve Janover
Location: Online
Hours: 15

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.





July 11
Deeper Dive into Google Forms

Instructor: Virginia Bond
Location: NERIC Plattsburgh, Haystack Room
Time: 8:30am-11:30am
Hours: 3

Interested in learning how to really wrangle Google Forms? This hands-on training will encourage the participant to create multiple types of forms. Some examples include: event registrations, whip up a quick opinion poll, collect email addresses for a newsletter, create a pop quiz, permission slips and much more.





July 11
Coding for the Elementary Classroom

Instructor: Kacie Rea
Location: Schalmont, Jefferson Elementary School Library
Time: 9:00am-12:00pm
Hours: 3

Coding in grades K-5 will review strategies for introducing coding to students. Coding reinforces foundational skills such as left to right reading, counting, planning, and building patterns, which makes it an engaging learning experience even for our youngest student population. We will start with talking about how to introduce the thought process and logic behind coding before students begin to code on the computers through stories and paper-based activities. Then, we will review the many resources available on Code.org, Tynker, and Scratch. With these resources, students will reinforce critical thinking skills while programming with their characters from their favorite movies and games ranging from Frozen to Minecraft!





July 11
Google Classroom

Instructor: Virginia Bond
Location: NERIC Plattsburgh, Haystack Room
Time: 12:30pm-3:30pm
Hours: 3

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





July 13
Google Forms – The “New” Google Forms, Plus Self-Correcting Tests and Quizzes

Instructor: Carol LaRow
Location: Niskayuna, Iroquois Middle School
Time: 8:00am-2:00pm
Hours: 6

Learn the “new” Google Forms, with all its added features. Use with students or colleagues. Forms are easy to construct, and are designed using content pertinent to your subject area. Respondents fill out forms online, and Google “instantly” summarizes the answers in a spreadsheet and creates a colored chart, summarizing the respondent’s answers. Add images, videos, section headers, etc. Use images as part of the question, or as distractors. Use for quizzes, how-to steps, collecting assignments, data collection, science experiments, math reviews, and more.





July 13
Next Steps in Google: Moving Beyond the Basics

Instructor: Virginia Bond
Location: NERIC Plattsburgh, Marcy Room
Time: 8:30am-3:30pm
Hours: 7

This full-day, hands-on session will focus on ways to incorporate creativity, collaboration and communication into the classroom for not only student benefit, but for teacher and admin benefit as well. Learn some new tricks and tools as well as have some time to build for the upcoming school year. 





July 17
Make and Take MakerSpace Training

Instructor: Virginia Bond
Location: Malone, St. Joe’s Elementary Library Media Center
Time: 8:30am-3:30pm
Hours: 7

This full-day, hands-on session will focus on ways to take your classroom, school and/or district MakerSpace to the next level. Discussions will focus around ways to incorporate MakerSpaces into curriculum areas, ways to organize, review of Makerspaces as well as work time to create tasks. Participants should bring devices, ideas, and pictures of their MakerSpaces.





July 17 – August 4
LiveBinders

Instructor: Noura Badawi
Location: Online
Hours: 15

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. 





July 17 – August 4
Padlet – A Multimedia Friendly, Free-Form, Real-Time Wiki

Instructor: Noura Badawi
Location: Online
Hours: 15

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.





July 17 – August 4
Screencast-O-Matic and More!

Instructor: Noura Badawi
Location: Online
Hours: 15

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!





July 17 – August 21
Google Sheets for Educators

Instructor: Steve Janover
Location: Online
Hours: 15

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. 





July 17 – August 21
Introduction to Pixlr

Instructor: Steve Janover
Location: Online
Hours: 15

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





July 18
Google 101

Instructor: Virginia Bond
Location: NERIC Plattsburgh, Marcy Room
Time: 8:30am-11:30am
Hours: 3

Do you sometime 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. Participants are encouraged to bring their own devices, there will be a limited number available.





July 18
Google 102

Instructor: Virginia Bond
Location: NERIC Plattsburgh, Haystack Room
Time: 12:30pm-2:30pm
Hours: 3

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.





July 19
Chromebook Device Training

Instructor: Virginia Bond
Location: NERIC Plattsburgh, Marcy Room
Time: 8:30am-3:30pm
Hours: 7

Is your district moving to 1:1 devices with Chromebooks? Or, have you had a Chromebook and you would like to become more comfortable using the device to improve your instruction and to engage your students? This hands-on training will cover the basics of Chromebooks from logging in and out; accessing documents, apps and extensions; and instructional best practices for using Chromebooks in your own classroom. Creating collaborative documents as well as work and play time are embedded into the full day training.





July 19
Getting Started with Google Classroom

Instructor: Jennifer Sangiacomo
Location: Cohoes High School, LGI Room
Time: 12:30pm-2:30pm
Hours: 2

Learn how to assign and collect work easier with Google Classroom. We will cover everything you need to get started including setting up a class, inviting students, and creating assignments.





July 19
Immerse Yourself in Breakout EDU

Instructor: Jennifer Sangiacomo
Location: Cohoes High School, LGI Room
Time: 3:00pm-5:00pm
Hours: 2

Come see why teachers and students all over the world are falling in love with Breakout EDU, an immersive learning platform. In this session you’ll get to play a Breakout EDU game with other attendees. Using collaboration, creativity, critical thinking, and communication you will try to beat the clock and break into the Breakout EDU box. You will see how to transform any physical space into the ultimate gaming experience and use Breakout EDU with your students no matter what content area or grade level you teach.





July 20
How to Prepare Students for Online Testing

Instructor: Virginia Bond
Location: NERIC Plattsburgh, Marcy Room
Time: 8:30am-3:30pm
Hours: 7

New York State is making the move towards online testing for all students starting in 2020, but what does that mean to our students? What type of skills do our students need to master in order to be efficient users of technology to take these online assessments? It is more than just point and click.  Instructional best practices and strategies for reading online and for writing from online texts will be discussed and covered as well as what is entailed in completing math assessments online. Discussions will center around solutions to add simple technology components into what is already being taught within classrooms across the state, without having to reinvent.





July 20 and July 27
Dive into 3D Printing and Design

Instructors: Hilary Dee and Colin Strainge
Location: NERIC Albany, CVES Room
Time: 9:00am-11:00am
Hours: 5

In this two-part hands-on workshop, you will learn the fundamentals of 3D design using Tinkercad, a free online tool that makes 3D design easy even if you have no experience. This second session will focus on the basic use of a 3D printer, including types of filament, rafts, support for structures, and all the things you do not think about until you are actually trying to print something! We will be using our Afinia 3D printer, but information will be applicable to other brands. Best of all, we will be printing your design, so you will leave with a “trophy” of your hard work! (We will need to print most designs ahead of time, so some “work on your own” time is calculated in for you to perfect and email your file prior to the second meeting).





July 24 – August 11
LiveBinders

Instructor: Noura Badawi
Location: Online
Hours: 15

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. 





July 24 – August 11
Teaching with Primary Sources 2

Instructor: Deb Byrne
Location: Online
Hours: 15

This online course is for participants who have taken “Windows into the Past – Using Primary Source Tools” OR have some experience using Primary Sources in the classroom. In this course we will examine maps, printed texts, political cartoons, and discuss the inquiry process further.





July 24 – August 11
Technology Tools to Enhance Collaborative Learning

Instructor: Deb Byrne
Location: Online
Hours: 15

Participants will learn to use web-based, interactive technology to engage all levels of learners in any subject area. We will aggressively hit many tools and discuss key strategies for authentically using these tools in the classroom.





July 24 – August 21
Google Forms: In and Out of the Classroom

Instructor: Steve Janover
Location: Online
Hours: 15

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.





July 24 – August 25
Tech-Infused Book Study: Google Slides and Forms as Formative Assessment for Students with Severe Behaviors

Instructors: Kate Elder and Arielle Fregoe
Location: Online
Hours: 15

This course is an online asynchronous book study of the book Lost at School, by Ross W. Greene, PhD. We will use Google Slides to create mini-lessons for our students to develop and practice the skills they lack for responding to social, emotional, and behavioral challenges. We will develop surveys using Google Forms to use as an ongoing formative assessment, and help our students use Google Forms to create their own self-assessments to reflect on situations that challenge them.





July 26
Intro to G Suite

Instructor: Jennifer Sangiacomo
Location: Cohoes High School, LGI Room
Time: 12:30pm-2:30pm
Hours: 2

This course is for beginners who are seeking to find more comfort using Google Apps. A short overview of Google Apps for Education will be provide, followed by step-by-step guidance on how to perform basic, yet amazing, functions that will make your life easier. We will be working with Chrome, Drive, Docs, Slides, Forms, Sheets and Gmail.





July 26
Integrating Technology into Your Classroom – Featuring the 7 C’s

Instructor: Jennifer Sangiacomo
Location: Cohoes High School, LGI Room
Time: 3:00pm-5:00pm
Hours: 2

How can we use Google Apps for Education and other technologies to redefine learning in the classroom? You will walk away from this session with a set of resources for your classroom based around the 7 C’s of communication, creativity, critical thinking, curiosity, citizenship, and compassion. Time will be built in for discussion, questions and sharing.





July 26 – August 23
Making Mentor Sentences Digital

Instructors: Regina Anderson and Arielle Fregoe
Location: Online
Hours: 15

Mentor sentences are a fun and engaging way to teach grammar. By using sentences that come from the actual books students are reading, they are able to better transfer their skills to their own writing. In this 15-hour online course you will learn the basics of mentor sentences, how to implement them in your classroom, and ways to incorporate technology into your lessons. You will gain experience with Google Slides, Google Sharing, and Padlet. You will leave this course with a toolkit of interactive materials and ideas to use in support of your grammar instruction.





July 28
Make and Take MakerSpace Training

Instructors: Virginia Bond, Hilary Dee and Colin Strainge
Location: NERIC Albany, CVES Room
Time: 8:30am-3:30pm
Hours: 7

This full-day, hands-on session will focus on ways to take your classroom, school and/or district MakerSpace to the next level. Discussions will focus around ways to incorporate MakerSpaces into curriculum areas, ways to organize, review of Makerspaces as well as work time to create tasks. Participants should bring devices, ideas, and pictures of their MakerSpaces.





August 1
Chrome Apps and Extensions for the Classroom

Instructor: Virginia Bond
Location: NERIC Plattsburgh, Marcy Room
Time: 8:30am-3:30pm
Hours: 7

This full-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.





August 1
Event:  NYSCATE – Google Expeditions

Instructors: NYSCATE Trainer
Location: Cohoes High School, LGI Room
Time: 9:00am-4:00pm
Hours: 7

Virtual Reality opportunities allow for students to explore places they would not be able to easily. Visiting Museums, Underwater Reefs, and Outer Space are just some of the Virtual Field Trips that can be explored with Google Expeditions. District Teams are encouraged to attend this workshop to learn about the specific classroom materials that are needed to fully experience these trips as well as time to explore resources and build their own customized 360 adventures. Expeditions Kits are available for purchase and are encouraged to have a fully immersive experience (not required for attendance).





August 1 – August 29
Taking Writing Strategies to the Next Level with Technology

Instructors: Regina Anderson and Arielle Fregoe
Location: Online
Hours: 15

This course will be a collaborative class working with writing strategies. We will be focusing on using technology to create lessons and materials for teachers to use in their writing lessons. The tools you learn can be used to supplement any writing program that may be currently used in your school. In this 15-hour online course you will gain experience with Google Slides, Google Sharing, SMART Notebook, and multiple poster-making tools. You will leave this course with a toolkit of interactive materials and ideas to use in support of your writing instruction.





August 1 – August 31
Tech-Infused Book Study: Prezi, Padlet, and the Quiet Power of Introverts

Instructor: Kate Elder and Jen Hanes
Location: Online
Hours: 15

Group projects, class participation, and presentations are particularly difficult for introverted students learning to navigate an extroverted world. In this class we will read the book Quiet Power: The Secret Strengths of Introverts by Susan Cain, and learn how to use Prezi and Padlet as asynchronous collaborative tools, then develop a group project for our students to try using that technology. We will schedule a GoToMeeting to “present” projects to each other in the last week of the course. The book is written for kids and teens, so it is a quick read and easy to use in your classroom, with chapters written especially for teachers and parents.





August 2
Bring Your Work to the “Expert” Day

Instructor: Virginia Bond
Location: NERIC Plattsburgh, Marcy Room
Time: 8:30am-3:30pm
Hours: 7

This is the work day you’ve been looking for! Bring that big project you’ve been wanting to build but have been scared to start. Have access to an on-site “expert” to guide you through the process. Ideas include: building a curricular unit, your Google Classroom, creating a paperless classroom for the new year, learning a new software program, exploring a new online software programs with someone nearby to answer questions; the possibilities are endless!





August 2
Google Apps for Educators Webinar Series Part 1 (AM Session) – Using Google Docs – An Online Introduction

Instructor: Sara Gavens
Location: Webinar
Time: 10:00am-11:00am
Hours: 1

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





August 2
Google Apps for Educators Webinar Series Part 1 (PM Session) – Using Google Docs – An Online Introduction

Instructor: Sara Gavens
Location: Webinar
Time: 10:00am-11:00am
Hours: 1

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





August 3
Creating a MakerSpace Culture in Your Classroom

Instructor: Virginia Bond
Location: NERIC Plattsburgh, Marcy Room
Time: 8:30am-11:30am
Hours: 3

Want to create a MakerSpace environment within your own classroom but worried about how to start? This hands-on maker presentation will explore the basic concepts of MakerSpaces, cover low-tech and inexpensive ways to begin your own classroom MakerSpace, and give you some simple pointers on how to start from scratch. You will understand the basics of Maker environments and how to begin the process of creating such spaces within their classrooms.





August 3
Microsoft Excel 2013

Instructor: Steve Janover
Location: NERIC Albany, SLL Room
Time: 9:00am-4:00pm
Hours: 7

The Excel 2013 interface is the most popular version of Excel. This full-day session is designed for individuals who have worked with prior versions of Microsoft Excel. The course will focus on relevant classroom and office exercises that can be adapted by educators and support staff. Topics covered will include: the work environment, worksheet and workbook formatting, new ways of manipulating equations and functions, conditional formatting, charts and graphs, importing data, and PivotTables.





August 3
Make and Take MakerSpace Training

Instructor: Steve Janover
Location: NERIC Plattsburgh, Marcy Room
Time: 12:30pm-3:30pm
Hours: 3

This half-day, hands-on session will focus on ways to take your classroom, school and/or district MakerSpace to the next level. Discussions will focus around ways to incorporate MakerSpaces into curriculum areas, as well as work time to create tasks. Participants are encouraged to bring their own devices, there will be a limited number available.





August 7
Google 101

Instructor: Virgnia Bond
Location: NERIC Plattsburgh, Marcy Room
Time: 8:30am-11:30am
Hours: 3

Do you sometime 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. Participants are encouraged to bring their own devices, there will be a limited number available.





August 7
Google 102

Instructor: Virgnia Bond
Location: NERIC Plattsburgh, Marcy Room
Time: 12:30pm-3:30pm
Hours: 3

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. Participants are encouraged to bring their own devices, there will be a limited number available.





August 7-August 28
The Power of the Paperless Classroom & Beyond

Instructor: Chris Fey
Location: Online
Hours: 12

The Power of Paperless in the Classroom and Beyond 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.





August 7-August 31
Gateway to Blended Learning

Instructor: Marc Weiss
Location: Online
Hours: 15

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 15-hour 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.





August 8
Chromebook Device Training

Instructor: Virgnia Bond
Location: NERIC Plattsburgh, Marcy Room
Time: 8:30am-3:30pm
Hours: 7

Is your district moving to 1:1 devices with Chromebooks? Or, have you had a Chromebook and you would like to become more comfortable using the device to improve your instruction and to engage your students? This hands-on training will cover the basics of Chromebooks from logging in and out; accessing documents, apps and extensions; and instructional best practices for using Chromebooks in your own classroom. Creating collaborative documents as well as work and play time are embedded into the full day training.





August 8
Google Classroom for Special Area Teachers

Instructor: Erin Jankowski
Location: Menands School Library
Time: 9:00am-12:00pm
Hours: 3

Don’t think that just because you are not a traditional classroom teacher that Google Classroom is not for you! The possibilities are endless and make a great resource for connecting with students and families beyond your scheduled weekly meetings. This course will cover basic Classroom setup, assignments, question posts, and announcements. Additional creative uses for Classroom will also be explored such as small groups, differentiated instruction, parent communication and more.





August 9
Adding New Tools to the Tool Belt: Padlet, Symbaloo, SeeSaw, Kahoot! Day

Instructor: Virginia Bond
Location: NERIC Plattsburgh, Marcy Room
Time: 8:30am-3:30pm
Hours: 7

Padlet, Symbaloo, Seesaw, and Kahoot! are four online resources that are great tools for the teacher whose classroom has access to devices. Each tool brings different aspects of the 5 C’s (collaboration, communication, creativity, critical thinking and curation) into the classroom and can be used with students from kindergarten through high school. You will have the opportunity to play in each of the four tools and then create resources that can be used within your classroom for the new school year.





August 9
Google Apps for Educators Webinar Series Part 2 (AM Session) – Using Google Gmail, Calendars & Hangouts – An Online Introduction

Instructor: Sara Gavens
Location: Webinar
Time: 10:00am-11:00am
Hours: 1

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.





August 9
Google Apps for Educators Webinar Series Part 2 (PM Session) – Using Google Gmail, Calendars & Hangouts – An Online Introduction

Instructor: Sara Gavens
Location: Webinar
Time: 2:00pm-3:00pm
Hours: 1

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.





August 10
Google Classroom for Early Elementary Students

Instructor: Erin Jankowski
Location: Menands School Library
Time: 9:00am-12:00pm
Hours: 3

Google Classroom is a great tool! It can be used in a variety of ways, even by our youngest learners. This course will cover the basic Classroom setup, assignments, question posts, announcements, adding video, links, sharing work and much more. Participants will also see what the tool looks like from a student perspective. Additional creative uses for Classroom will also be explore such as small groups, differentiated instruction, parent communication, and beyond. Participants will leave with at least one Classroom all set up and ready to go for September!





August 10
Event:  Ignite Leadership: Inspire, Connect, Create

Instructors: Shannon Pitcher-Boyea and Lisa Ruud
Location: Lake Placid Conference Center
Time: 9:00am-3:00pm
Hours: 6

Leadership is challenging. As a leader your needs are met last, if at all.

NERIC Model Schools invites you to a very special retreat for school leaders, to nourish your professional wellness and needs.

Come to be inspired, rejuvenated, and truly connected with other leaders from the North Country to the Capital District.

Retreat highlights will include:
*Technology Integration
*The Connected Leader
*Mindful Leadership
*Active Learning Spaces
*Equity…and more

See the flyer in the Model Schools Catalog.





August 16
Google Apps for Educators Webinar Series Part 3 (AM Session) – Using Google Sheets – An Online Introduction 

Instructor: Sara Gavens
Location: Webinar
Time: 10:00am-11:00am
Hours: 1

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.




August 16
Virtual Chromebook Training

Instructor: Virginia Bond
Location: Webinar
Time: 9:00am-11:00am
Hours: 2

This two hour session will cover the basics of the Chromebook as well as ideas of how to use with students at various developmental levels.




August 16
Google Apps for Educators Webinar Series Part 3 (PM Session) – Using Google Sheets – An Online Introduction 

Instructor: Sara Gavens
Location: Webinar
Time: 2:00pm-3:00pm
Hours: 1

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.




August 23
Coding with Robots in the Elementary Classroom

Instructors: Hilary Dee and Colin Strainge
Location: NERIC Albany, CVES Room
Time: 9:00am-12:00pm
Hours: 3

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 BlueBot, Cubelets, Ozobot, and Dash and Dot robots. Any teacher that attends this workshop will have the opportunity to utilize each set for one-day use during the 17-18 school year.




August 23
Google Apps for Educators Webinar Series Part 4 (AM Session) – Using Google Forms – An Online Introduction 

Instructor: Sara Gavens
Location: Webinar
Time: 10:00am-11:00am
Hours: 1

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.




August 23
Coding with Robots in the Middle School Classroom

Instructors: Hilary Dee and Colin Strainge
Location: NERIC Albany, HFM Room
Time: 1:00pm-4:00pm
Hours: 3

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 Dash and Dot, Spheros, Ozobots, Scribblers and NAO Humanoid robots. Any teacher that attends this workshop will have the opportunity to utilize each set for one-day use during the 17-18 school year.




August 23
Google Apps for Educators Webinar Series Part 4 (PM Session) – Using Google Forms – An Online Introduction 

Instructor: Sara Gavens
Location: Webinar
Time: 10:00am-11:00am
Hours: 1

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.




August 25
Next Steps in Google: Moving Beyond the Basics

Instructor: Virginia Bond
Location: NERIC Albany, CVES Room
Time: 8:30am-3:30pm
Hours: 3

This full-day, hands-on session will focus on ways to incorporate creativity, collaboration and communication into the classroom for not only student benefit, but for teacher and admin benefit as well. Learn some new tricks and tools as well as have some time to build for the upcoming school year. 


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