Workshops

Take a journey with Janet and Joan and explore new and exciting technology ideas for your classroom. Integrating technology into the curriculum is their passion, bringing years of experience from campus, district, national, and international levels to their workshops and presentations. Be prepared to ride away with new ideas for all grade levels and curriculum areas.  The following workshops/sessions are available as presentations or workshops. We also  provide keynote presentations, personalized training and cadre coaching. Smore

Session/Workshop Descriptions

App Smackdown! 
Join Janet and Joan in this fast-paced session showcasing our favorite apps for teachers and students. Audience members will also have an opportunity to share their favorite apps.

App Smashing - Just Don't Stop With One App
Why limit your students to just one app?  Let their creativity explode by combining multiple apps to create a project or activity.  We will explore apps that encourage the use of higher order thinking skills including creating, evaluating, and analyzing.  By combining these apps, your students can produce products that can then be published and shared. You’ll be amazed at what App-Smashing can do for your classroom!

Augmented Reality (AR) - Better Than the Movies
What is augmented reality? Movies have given us a sense of “alternative reality” for years. Augmented reality makes something come to life! It seems like magic. Come experience AR activities that are readily available and learn how to extend your students' learning. Preferred device for attendees to bring: iPad, tablet or smartphone.

Be a Movie Producer with Animoto
Amaze your students, parents and administrators by creating awesome videos using your digital photos. Animoto magically analyzes your pictures and music, adds professional-looking transitions and creates a video worthy of an Oscar!

Bring It On! BYOD/1:1 Activities That Work 
Your school has adopted a BYOD or 1:1 program, so what meaningful activities can students engage in? Participate in hands-on, engaging activities that can be modified for multiple subjects and grade levels using most any device that can access the Internet. Preferred device for attendees to bring: iPad, tablet, laptop, or smartphone.

Digital Tools for the English-Language Arts Classroom
Where do you find great digital resources for the English-Language Arts classroom?  Who should you follow on Twitter and what blogs should you read to develop a robust PLN?  This session will introduce you to awesome websites, apps and educators that will enhance your digital classroo

Digital Tools for the Mathematics Classroom
Where do you find great digital resources for the Mathematics classroom?  Who should you follow on Twitter and what blogs should you read to develop a robust PLN?  This session will introduce you to awesome websites, apps and educators that will enhance your digital classroom.


Digital Tools for the Science Classroom
Where do you find great digital resources for the Science classroom?  Who should you follow on Twitter and what blogs should you read to develop a robust PLN?  This session will introduce you to awesome websites, apps and educators that will enhance your digital classroom.

Digital Tools for the Social Studies Classroom

Where do you find great digital resources for the Social Studies classroom?  Who should you follow on Twitter and what blogs should you read to develop a robust PLN?  This session will introduce you to awesome websites, apps and educators that will enhance your digital classroom.

Digital Tools to Strut Your Stuff

There are tons of digital tools that allow your students to demonstrate mastery of a skill or their newest acquired knowledge.   These tools can be used for a presentation, to create a website, make a cartoon or timeline and much more.  In this session, we will discover some of the best apps and websites that allow students to be creative as they “strut their stuff” and show the world what they know!

Do You Have Permission to Use That Image?
In our digital classrooms, students and teachers are frequently creating projects using digital images.  We will present free sources for copyright-free photos plus tips and tricks for curating your own as well as websites and apps that utilize Creative Commons images.

Engaging Students with QR Codes is Fun for Everyone
QR codes - they're everywhere, but how can they be used in the classroom? Leave this session with lots of QR code activities for all subjects and grade levels.

Fabulous, Fun & Free (or almost free) 
Who has the time to make professional-looking homework passes, parent meeting reminders, worksheets, certificates and presentations? Learn the secrets for obtaining free or almost free materials for your classroom.

Finding Hidden Treasures for Your Interactive Whiteboard
Are you looking for websites and activities that will work with your interactive whiteboard? Discover a treasure chest of sites that will motivate and engage your students. More and more of today's classrooms are equipped with interactive whiteboards. Most teachers don't have time to find age-appropriate and content-rich interactives and activities to transform their whiteboards into engaging classroom tools These sites will also work well in a computer lab, a mobile lab or the few computers at the back of the classroom.

Formative Assessment Using Technology 
Teachers and students can be provided ongoing, real-time feedback utilizing many technology tools that are currently available in schools. Attendees in this session will experience how teachers can utilize technology to easily assess student understanding before they move on to the next topic or lesson.

Go Noodle...It's More Than Just Dance Videos!
The GoNoodle website uses interactive videos for physical activity integrated with core subject content. Join us as we use GoNoodle to gain focus and academic achievement in your classroom.

Green Screen Magic
Your K-12 students can easily create videos for storytelling, book reviews, historical reenactments, weather reports and more through the use of Green Screen Technology.  We will show you how to create awesome videos with an iPad, some cool apps and various inexpensive green screen backgrounds.

Increase Your Super Human Skills with Nearpod
You might not leave this session with x-ray vision or the ability to leap tall buildings, but you will learn super-human Nearpod skills that allow you to combine your existing presentations with real-time interactivity and feedback.

Nearpod is a web tool/app that allows teachers to deliver interactive content and assessment activities to students. The ability to add engaging interactive features like polls, drawings, quizzes and free text activities not only increases engagement but also provides teachers with valuable feedback on student learning.

Internet Safety/Cyber Bullying - Get Smart About Cyber Safety
Do you know who your students are talking to online? Do you know if your students are being cyberbullied? This session will provide you with information and resources that will enable you to educate your faculty, parents and students.

iPads for Early Learners
Your little ones love to use the iPad and computers to play "games", but how can they be used for instruction? You'll be amazed at the things even your tiny tots can do when given the chance to use iPads and computers to create and learn. Walk away with ideas that can be used immediately in the classroom.

Keynote Presentation 
Take a journey with Janet and Joan and explore new and exciting technology ideas for your classroom. Integrating technology into the curriculum is their passion, bringing years of experience from campus, district, national, and international levels to their workshops and presentations. Be prepared to ride away with new ideas for all grade levels and curriculum areas.

No More PowerPoints - Go Interactive!
Do you want to jazz up your presentations? Would you like to have innovative and interactive content available to your students 24-7? We’ll explore how to make your lessons more engaging with a few simple web tools: ThingLink, Canva, Smore, Tackk and more.

Organize Your Life with LiveBinders
Move those 3-ring binders from your bookshelf to a virtual space where you can share your favorite sites and documents with friends and colleagues around the world. LiveBinders allows you to create online binders with tabs and sub-tabs containing your favorite websites, documents and videos. This is a great organizational tool as well as an awesome instructional tool!

Pinterest for Educators
You have a Pinterest account and you know how to find recipes and home projects, but what about using Pinterest for educational purposes? We’ll show you outstanding examples of how teachers and districts are using Pinterest to organize activities, lessons, Apps and so much more!

Professional Development Extreme Makeover
Revolutionize the integration of  the latest technology skills into the curriculum by transforming your professional development. Learn new methods and strategies to create this extreme makeover for your campus or district. The workshop will address different learning environments, best practices for integrating technology into the curriculum and ideas for increasing teacher productivity and professional status.

Slammin’, Jammin’ Apps & Apptivities
The educational apps just keep popping up in the App Store, so how do you know which ones are right for your students?  Are there apps that can effectively be used as a creative, instructional tool in the classroom? Which apps encourage the use of higher order thinking skills including creating, evaluating, and analyzing?  In this rapid-fire, action-packed presentation, we will highlight educational apps and "apptiviities" that will engage students and enrich learning.  

Staff Meeting Fixer Upper
Does your staff look forward to attending your meetings? Do they come up with all kinds of excuses to be absent? Let us help you redesign and remodel your meetings with fresh new approaches that are authentic, engaging and meaningful to all involved. Your staff will soon be asking, "When's the next staff meeting? I can't wait to be there!"

SymbalooEDU
Are you searching for an easy way to organize websites for your students use? In this workshop, you will learn how to organize websites for yourself and your students using Symbaloo webmixes.

Tech Tools for Early Learners
Your little ones love to use the iPad and computers to play "games", but how can they be used for instruction?  You'll be amazed at the things even your tiny tots can do when given the chance to use iPads and computers to create and learn. 
Walk away with ideas that can be used immediately in the classroom.  


These are a Few of Our Favorite Apps
There are so many apps available and new ones are being introduced every day, so how do you know which ones to download? Joan and Janet will show you our favorites and where we find app reviews, sales and giveaways!

Watch Your Classroom Explode with Cool Web Tools
All you need is a computer or device and an Internet connection to transform your classroom into an exciting learning community. The session will highlight free web 2.0 tools for all grade levels and curriculum areas.

Web 2.0, Digital Photos & Technology Integration
Have you experienced those cool Web 2.0 tools that incorporate digital photos? Have you used digital images to spice up your lessons? Learn to create fun and educational projects that your students will love! Participants are encouraged to bring digital photos on a flash drive or have them accessible on the web.

What’s New?  What’s Hot? What’s Cool?
Have you seen the latest technology tools, websites, gadgets and apps?  We’ll explore some of our favorite finds that will make your head spin! Audience members will have an opportunity to share their favorite new, hot and cool tech tools.  You will not want to miss this engaging, fun and informative session!

Yes You Can Flip Your Elementary Classroom!
One of the most talked-about topics in education today is the flipped classroom. In this session we will discuss what a flipped classroom is and share resources available to teachers who want to try flipping in their elementary class.  Topics will include distinguishing between a traditional classroom and a flipped classroom, ideas and examples of activities for flipping the classroom and tools currently available to teachers who want to flip.