Cedar International School - August 2016 PD

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Session Descriptions

What is Digital Citizenship?
As teachers, we have all taken on a responsibility to teach more than content. We teach kindness, respect, and responsibility. This extends to the digital world. A conversation about technology use in the classroom must also include a discussion on digital citizenship and digital resilience so we can help students think critically, behave safely, and participate responsibly as they navigate their lives both online and offline. In this session, we’ll look at Common Sense Education’s Digital Citizenship curriculum and discuss how we can integrate digital resilience conversations into our classroom routines.

SAMRize the SMART Board
How do we use technology for more than just a replacement for what we used to do? How can we leverage technology in new and meaningful ways that not only engage students but lead to deep, meaningful learning? Using the SAMR model of technology integration, we’ll start by looking at examples of technology use in other classrooms. From there, we’ll look deeply at our use of SMART Boards in order to push it along the SAMR ladder (Substitution - Augmentation - Modification - Redefinition). Rather than using tech just to use tech, let’s use it to redefine the kind of learning in our classrooms.

Which session should I choose: beginner or advanced?
While the content for both groups is the same, the pacing and discussion will be different. If you are not a confident SMART Board user, choose the beginner session. If you already use the SMART Board on a regular basis in your classroom, choose the advanced session. Feel free to ask me for advice on Thursday morning!

Google Slides and Classroom - Going Beyond Presentations
In this session, we’ll explore ways in which students can use Google Slides to present learning in different ways. (Think beyond just slide presentations to story books, animations, choose your own adventures, etc.) We’ll learn how to use font and color to communicate a message. You can take these easy tips and tricks and share them with your students. They’ll be sharing their creativity with you in no time. We’ll experience using Google Classroom from a student’s perspective during this activity. For the second half of this session, we’ll look at Google Classroom from a teacher perspective and discuss best practice for setting up and using Classroom to share resources and collect student work.

Which session should I choose: beginner or advanced?
While the content for both groups is the same, the pacing and discussion will be different. If you feel like a novice Google Apps user, choose the beginner session. If you know how to create and share a Google Doc, change color/font/size of text, customize a Google Slideshow, or are already using Google Classroom, come to the advanced session. Feel free to ask me for advice on Thursday morning!

MacBooks - Tell Me with a Graphic
We often ask students to make visuals (posters, pamphlets, etc.), but we don’t always equip them with the skills they need to communicate a visual message effectively and creatively. In this session, we’ll use the MacBook to create a visual while learning basic graphic design skills you can easily share with students. When students have access to MacBooks, they have professional quality creation tools available at their fingertips. Use this power of creation and engage students in using Mac apps (Pages and Keynote) to share their learning in new ways. Let’s explore ways in which visual literacy skills can be built into different content areas and give students even more ways to express themselves.

Creating with iPads
As we all know, the iPad is so much more than a device for watching videos. Students can use it to record and share learning or create stories and images. In this session, we’ll do a few different projects using recording and creation apps like explain everything, piccollage, and stop motion. As a group, we’ll discuss ideas for how these apps fit into your classroom environment. Let’s encourage students to create and share on iPads rather than just be consumers of media!