Teach Interactive provides relevant, hands-on professional development workshops with clear step-by-step directions on instructional technology tools (most of which are free or low-cost) that are immediately applicable in the classroom. Please keep in mind that the following topics can be tailored to your specific needs. Please feel free to ask.
Multimedia and Interactives:
Online Math Practice:
Overwhelmed by Google search? Tired of sifting through dozens of websites for the resources you are looking for? Thinkfinity is a free, online search engine funded by the Verizon Foundation with high quality, vetted education resources from content partners such as National Geographic, Read Write Think, and National Council for Teachers of Mathematics. With one interface search for lesson planes, interactives, multimedia, and resources. Dial in by subject, grade level, and state content standards. Learn about Thinkfinity and how to integrate it into your curriculum from a certified Thinkfinity Field Trainer.Google Docs:
Do your students have problems finding their work? Can't remember which computer they were on? Forgot their flash drive or which folder they saved it in? Can't find the most current version? Lose changes? When working on group projects - documents, power points - do they all have an equal opportunity to contribute? Can they work on their projects at home? Do you want to be able to check their progress? Google Docs lets multiple users edit the same document/power point/spreadsheet at the same time on multiple computers. Stores the doc online so it doesn't matter which computer you are on. Autosaves revisions so previous versions can be retrieved. Allows you to edit, comment, check progress in real time. Its FREE! Learn from a Google Certified Teacher how to integrate Google Docs into your instruction. Google Docs in Plain English video
Screencasting (Flipped Classroom & Wireless Slates training Included):
Do you have an interactive whiteboard (SMARTboard. Promethean, etc.) and don't quite know where to get started? Learn how to get started building dynamic lessons that engage students. Discover how to integrate peripheral tools such as wireless slates and student response systems.Student Response Systems:
Mouse Mischief is a free software upgrade for Power Point that allows multiple mice to interact with a Power Point presentation. Student response is integrated with this new feature. Check for understanding as students answer embedded questions. Engage their attention to lessons as they become part of the lesson by controlling their own mouse. Great for Special Ed, RSP, Intervention, and small groups.
Developing education websites:
Google Sites is a free, highly customizable website development tool that easily integrates Google Docs and Apps for Education tools. It is great for embedding presentations, video, pictures, forms, and calendars to make your content easily accessible to students. You can even create a dropbox for students to turn in their work electronically as well as create a virtual file cabinet of documents for student/parent access. Google Sites is simple enough for students to create their own site for portfolios and presentations, yet powerful enough to handle the needs of your entire school. Collaboration and control is easy and requires no html or code writing. This site was created using Google Sites. Google Sites introduction
Weebly is a free, highly customizable website development tool.The layout themes make it very fast and easy to create a professional looking attractive site. Web parts are drag-and-drop making it simple and quick to customize and re-arrange. Integrate a calendar to create your own learner management system. Sample site: http://kimbleycomputech.weebly.com/
To schedule an instructional technology workshop please email me with the details of your needs.