Monday, October 10, 2016

PD in Your PJs - October 2016

October Professional Development

Title:  Utilizing Partnerships to Expand Professional Development Opportunities Worldwide
  • Organization: International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA)
  • Date: Wednesday, October 10, 2016 @ 1:00 pm CDT
  • Description: While partnerships have been an instrumental part of the library’s success in serving the needs of their communities, they now offer librarians profound opportunities for developing new competencies and skillsets that strengthen their careers. This webinar will highlight various examples of international initiatives that not only expand professional development opportunities for librarians, but also connect them to dynamic and globally-based professional networks.
Title:  Tech Integration Made Easy – Animoto
  • Organization: TeachersFirst
  • Date: Tuesday, October 11, 2016 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm CDT
  • Description: Want to engage your students with instructional video? Learn how to do just that with Animoto. Transform your classroom activities by learning how to use Animoto. Engage students and deepen content area knowledge by instructional videos. Text, audio, and video bring additional context to content area instruction for your students. Use student created videos as formative assessment. Brainstorm with others how you and your students can use Animoto in your classroom. This session is for teachers at ALL technology comfort levels.
Title:  Classroom-Library Coteaching 4 Student Success
  • Organization: edWeb
  • Date: Wednesday, October 12, 2016 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm EDT
  • DescriptionRise up to meet the co-teaching challenge! Instructional partnerships are pathways to improving students’ learning and educators’ professional practice. Educators who co-plan develop more creative, engaging, and effective instruction. In this interactive webinar, Literacies and Libraries Consultant Judi Moreillon, Ph.D., will provide strategies for:
    • Identifying potential collaborative partners
    • Using electronic tools for collaborative planning
    • Determining the most effective co-teaching approach for the lesson or unit
    • Developing dispositions for successful instructional partnerships
    • And providing evidence of the value and efficacy of classroom-library collaboration
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Title:  Transitioning from High School to College or Employment for People with Disabilities
  • Organization: Texas State Library & Archives Commission
  • Date: Tuesday, October 18, 2016 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am CDT
  • Description: Are you familiar with transition resources for students with disabilities? Librarians will learn about agencies and organizations that assist young people, their families, and school personnel in important decisions concerning higher education or employment opportunities. Relevant web sites, online guides and articles, and access to print materials will be included. In addition, librarians will learn about topics that relate to and can affect transition, such as independent living, self-determination, mentoring / shadowing, and personal assistance services. 
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Title:  Getting to Know Creative Coding Through Games and Apps (CCGA)
  • Organization: SimpleK12
  • Date: Tuesday, October 18, 2016 @ 2:00 pm – 2:30 pm EDT
  • Description: Would you like to introduce coding to your students in late-middle school to early secondary grades? If you are considering bringing computer science into your classroom – whether you have a few weeks or a full semester to engage students with fun coding – “Creative Coding Through Games and Apps” (CCGA) could be just what you’re looking for! Join Lisa Simmons as she provides an overview of the CCGA curriculum, which introduces programming concepts in a manner that will excite and engage. Best of all – no prior experience is required! The CCGA self-paced, online training tools, lesson plans, and more are publicly available and free!
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Title:  Student-Led Game Making and Learning
  • Organization: edWeb
  • Date: Wednesday, October 19, 2016 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm EDT
  • Description: Explore how teachers can use student-led game-making to enrich learning. Panelists will review the protocols of game-making, types of student-made games that are well suited for schools, what makes games engaging, and how various cross-curricular content areas come alive in games. Participants will be inspired to: create-present-respond- and connect game-making to the curriculum in innovative ways that boost engagement and deepen learning.
Title:  Introduction to Digital Storytelling
  • Organization: TeachersFirst
  • Date: Tuesday, October 25, 2016 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm CDT
  • Description: Promote higher level thinking and stimulate multiple intelligences in every content area with Digital Storytelling. Start with the basics and empower your students to soar. Enrich and improve student writing with digital storytelling – giving written stories voice, imagery, and power. Learn to promote higher level thinking while students develop creativity, problem-solving, and critical thinking skills to take narratives to the next level.  In this session, we will begin by exploring ways to improve writing with story development steps and tools; discover tech tools for editing and sharing student drafts; and finally, discuss strategies for collaborative writing. Our digital storytelling guest expert, author, speaker, writer, Jason Ohler, joins us to help you begin your journey into digital storytelling. This session is for teachers at ALL technology comfort levels.
Title:  Principles of Reinforcement for Students with Autism
  • Organization: edWeb
  • Date: Wednesday, October 26, 2016 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm EDT
  • Description: Teachers face many challenges when working with students with autism. These challenges include learning difficulties and behavioral and social difficulties. Often these challenges impact the student’s overall success within an educational setting. One of the often misused and misunderstood tools that teachers can use is reinforcement. Reinforcement is a critical component to changing a student’s behavior in the classroom. In this webinar Nina Finkler, M.Ed., LDT/C, BCBA will give participants a better understanding of reinforcement, strategies for implementing and using reinforcement in the classroom, and specific ideas of what to use for reinforcement. This webinar will benefit any staff from pre-school to high school, including teachers, assistants, speech therapists, OT, PT and administrators.
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Title:  Google Sheets: Project Ideas and Implementation Across Curriculum
  • Organization: SimpleK12
  • Date: Saturday, October 29, 2016 @ 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm EDT
  • Description: The idea of “using spreadsheets” usually doesn’t elicit much excitement or anticipation, yet spreadsheets can be extremely versatile tools in your instructional toolbox. From math to science, and everywhere in between, spreadsheets can provide autonomy and engagement for your students – and when you add the convenience, ease-of-use, and collaborative aspect of Google Sheets, you have a true powerhouse. Join Lauren Boucher as she shares implementation and project ideas using Google spreadsheets at all grade levels. You will receive project templates and lesson resources, and will leave with a better understanding of how truly useful spreadsheets can be!
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Title:  Fabulous Forms: Amazing Ways to Integrate Google Forms in the Classroom
  • Organization: SimpleK12
  • Date: Saturday, October 29, 2016 @ 3:00 pm – 3:30 pm EDT
  • Description: Google Forms is an incredibly versatile, but often overlooked, free tool for both teachers and students. From basic surveys, to exit tickets, to parent or peer feedback, to auto-differentiating quizzes, forms have almost endless potential for collecting, organizing, and assessing information. In this webinar, join Meredith Martin as she takes a look at a variety of ways to use forms in the classroom to streamline your teaching and assess student learning. You’ll leave with a toolkit packed with sample forms you can start using right away.
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