2017-18 Training Options:


✍️ 👩‍🏫 #DesignTeaching

Did you know that 80% of mobile apps are deleted within the first 3 days of original download? What if your class was an app, would your students delete it? How can you ensure that instruction isn’t long-pressed and permanently trashed from the memory of your students and staff? Deeply engage your learners by designing experiences, not just lessons. This is Design Teaching.


🤔 📖 #ThinkOpen

Think beyond your devices, beyond your personal knowledge base and even your comfort zone. Think beyond the four walls of your school or even the state of your state mandates and regulations. To Think Open is to consider your students, their future as citizens and your opportunity to inspire them to do great things as change makers. #ThinkOpen is more than a keynote or a concept. It’s a movement that every educator is welcome to join!

Perennial Keynote


💁 💯 A Lil’ Something To Take The Edge Off of Grading

Think of the most tedious and boring activity in the world you can imagine. Now imagine having to do that very thing almost every evening and weekend after a long day at work. This is the teacher life, and it’s the tough task you volunteered for. This session isn’t for the technologically faint of heart either, but if you’re unafraid to get a little geeky to learn how to use some paperless grading tools like Doctopus and Goobric, you’ll be back to binge-watching your favorite shows instead of working away your Saturdays in no-time!

Advanced Session

Recommended Devices: Laptop

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📱 📷 🤳Become a Mobile Photo Pro

In this session we learn professional photography tips in order to maximize the use of that digital camera in your pocket- your mobile phone. These tips for photo taking and editing are also great for tablets as well. Want to democratize your yearbook or social media with your students, or just want to make sure your personal photos are taken well and taken care of in the cloud? No matter what your motive, you will leave this hands on session with the tools to create amazing and inspiring photos for the world to see.

Suggested apps to download in advance- Google Photos, Snapseed, and Prisma.

Beginner to Intermediate session

Recommended Devices: Android or iOS mobile devices

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🐣🐦 Get Your Tweet On

Twitter is nearly 10 years old, has over 1 billion users, and is one of the most influential public media outlets in the world. Have you still haven’t gotten your Tweet on? Let's crack that egg and dive into some cross platform social media tips to build your PLN, showcase your school, and even build your social cred. Also, a special challenge for the best Tweet awaits at the end of this session!

Beginner session

Recommended Devices: Mobile or Laptop

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⏱️✂️🍽️ #MakerKitchen

Think you have what it takes to create an awesome project with just 40 minutes and a bag full of goodies? Start with imagination, fearlessness, and teamwork; bring to boil, stirring occasionally. Add critical thinking with research and communication; simmer until innovation is cooked through, about 40 minutes. Add reflection and admiration until tender, about 10 minutes.

Beginner session

Recommended Devices: Mobile optional

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🌩️🌐💡 Mind Mapping to Unleash Your Creativity

Bring your colored pencils, paper, and personality. We will learn the basics of Mind Mapping for note-taking, brainstorming, event planning and more. Afterwards you can choose to create a slideshow or doc, or other digital publishing tool to put your creation in action.

Beginner session

Materials needed: colored pencils and art paper

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🛄 🌏 🚀 Unreal Virtual Field Trips

Ready to take your students across the globe? Or how about empower your kids to take you back in time and share amazing historical information about your local city? In this session, we will explore a dozen or so possibilities, including VR experiences that can radically transform your teaching and learning.

Suggested apps to download in advance- Google Photos, Google Cardboard, Cardboard Camera, Google Street View, YouTube, and Expeditions.

Beginner session

Recommended Devices: Android or iOS mobile devices

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🖥️ 🤔 What Can't Chromebooks Do?

Chromebooks have soared to the top as the device of choice for schools throughout the US. Is it because of the inexpensive price-tag, the choice of hardware, the seamless integration with Google Apps, superior battery life? What more do Chromebooks have to offer? A whole lot, and they keep improving! Come to this session to learn the ins and outs of your Chromebook device for yourself and your students. We will dispel many myths and conflicting statements about their limitations, and get you even more excited about the possibilities of a Chromified Classroom.

Beginner to Intermediate session

Recommended Devices: Chromebook

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💭 👾 What if HyperDocs and AppSmashing Had a Baby? Meet #Smashboard

Learn how a Google Innovator Project turned into a full-on student craze at Charlotte Lab School. Students devouring complex learning experiences and begging for more? Yes, please! Turn your ho-hum lesson plans into deeply engaging experiences where each student or group creates a unique product that they want to write home about! Using a simple Google Slides template and well-designed logic sequence, you can unleash your classroom creativity with nothing but free web-based tools or cross platform mobile apps. Note that this session is an extension of the #DesignTeaching concept.

Recommended Devices: Laptop or Mobile

Intermediate to Advanced session

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