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PD in your PJs - September 2016

September Professional Development

Title: Harnessing The Power of Infographics as Teaching Tools
  • Organization: InSync Training
  • Date: Tuesday, September 6, 2016 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm EDT
  • Description:  Infographics are striking visual representations of information intended to illustrate information efficiently and effectively. Additionally, they can be FUN to explore! Infographics are advantageous in learning because they have the power to improve comprehension by using graphics to enhance a participant’s ability to see patterns and trends. In doing so, infographics support learning transfer and retention. By the end of this webinar, you will be able to:
    • Value infographics as learning tools
    • Describe standard infographic types
    • Appreciate the appropriate use of chunking and visual cues in an infographic
    • Be aware of several web-based infographic tools available for creating your own infographics
Title: Fostering Innovation and Creativity
  • Organization: InfoPeople
  • Date: Thursday, September 8, 2016 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm EDT
  • Description:   Fostering innovation requires two key things: an organizational culture that supports innovation and tools/processes that support innovation. Join Brenda Hough and Stephanie Gerding in this fast-paced and interactive webinar to explore how to be more creative and innovative yourself… and how to help others get in on the fun, too. At the end of this one-hour webinar, participants will be able to:
    • List three potential innovation barriers and motivations
    • Cite examples of innovation
    • Describe techniques to foster a culture of innovation and experimentation
    • Recognize the importance of rapid iteration and documentation in learning from innovation
    • Use strategies to balance risk and innovation
Title: Juggling 101: Managing Multiple Priorities
  • Organization: InSync Training
  • Date: Tuesday, September 13, 2016 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm EDT
  • Description:  “Time management” is an oxymoron. You can’t change it, or lengthen it, or shorten it, or ‘manage’ it. This course will help you identify ways to deal with the things you can manage: yourself, others, and the tasks with which you’re confronted.
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Title: Digital Storytelling on ANY device with Sway
  • Organization:SimpleK12
  • Date: Thursday, September 15, 2016 @ 3:00 pm – 3:30 pm EDT
  • Description: Want to help students develop their most creative and innovative abilities? Introduce them to digital storytelling, regardless of their digital device! Students can use digital tools to create and share their own stories or experiences, or reflect on what they’ve learned. Join Robyn Hrivnatz as she discusses how digital storytelling can be used in the classroom. She will include information about how you can use Sway, a NEW innovative web-based learning tool that can be used on any device your students may have access to in the classroom. Kids love to be creative and share stories about themselves…digital storytelling is the perfect way to let them do it!
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Title: The Importance of Validating and Affirming Home Language: Key Instructional Practice
  • Organization: edWeb
  • Date: Thursday, September 15, 2016 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm EDT
  • Description: This webinar will be of interest to K-12 teachers and educators at all levels who want to understand how to validate and affirm the home language of students of all ages in school and in their academic programs. There will be a particular focus on writing and academic language. Dr. Hollie will outline three steps:
    • Acknowledging linguistic biases
    • Recognizing linguistic features
    • Providing opportunities for situational appropriateness
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Title: Teen Programming: A Mover & Shaker’s Recipe for Impact and Success
  • Organization: OCLC Webjunction
  • Date: Tuesday, September 20, 2016 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm EDT
  • Description:  When “Change Agent” Courtney Saldana was featured as a 2016 Library Journal Mover & Shaker, we were treated to a sampling of her outstanding work with teens, and knew that all libraries could benefit from hearing more. Learn about her teen programming basics along with practical and actionable steps for doing a teen needs assessment, creating a teen space and hosting a teen book fest. Courtney will also introduce us to Skills for Teen Parenting (STeP), a program connecting teens with what they need to succeed as adults and parents: how to interview successfully, dress professionally, deal with conflict and time management, care for their child, postpone or prevent a second pregnancy, and more. Expanding from local success to state-wide implementation, the STeP program embodies a wonderful example of the replicable innovation brought to the field by Movers & Shakers.
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Title: Master Chromebooks in Your Classroom
  • Organization:SimpleK12
  • Date: Saturday, September 24, 2016 @ Various Times 10:00 am – 3:30 pm EDT
  • Description:  Discover ways you can use Chromebooks.  Get secret tips on the easiest ways to get started with Chromebooks in your classroom. Save time and increase your productivity with these free apps and extensions. Take your students on any adventure without worrying about cost with virtual fieldtrips.
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The webinars above were curated by Dr. Daniella Smith for the AASL Knowledge Quest blog.

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