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Going Paperless with Google Apps

Why carry the heavy bag of student papers home with you every night? With more and more students carrying smart phone and laptop devices, it makes sense to cut the waste and go paperless. During this session, we will explore ways to use Google Apps with students to create a paperless workflow. Even if not every student has a device, there are still activities you can do to ease the paper consumption in your classroom. Join us on Thursday, May 14 from 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM for a live webinar event where Kelly Kermode will share her experiences teaching high school students in a paperless classroom. Strategies for moving from a traditional workflow toward a more digital, collaborative workflow will be shared, as well as favorite add-ons, Chrome web apps and extensions. By the end of this webinar, attendees will have an understanding of how to use Google Apps in the classroom to cut the paperweight demand. While this webinar focuses on the secondary level, other educators and administrators are encouraged to attend. Many of the experiences and ideas shared will be applicable to all grade levels, as well as staff development. This course in an online Webinar and will not be held at Kent ISD. You will receive a separate email with the link to the webinar once you have registered. More...

Formative Assessment Technology Tools in the Math Classroom

Even in 1-to-1 environments, math teachers tend to struggle with using technology for instruction and assessment. Creating graphs, writing equations, and showing work can be difficult to do using technology, even with a touchscreen device. How can math teachers overcome these challenges and take advantage of technology to enhance student learning and teacher efficiency? Nichole Steinman, 8th grade math teacher at Godfrey-Lee Middle School, has been working to answer these questions ever since her school went 1-to-1. Join us on May 27 at 4PM for a live webinar event where Nichole Steinman will share her experience with integrating technology in her 8th grade math classroom. In addition to sharing her experiences, Nichole will provide demonstrations and tips for teachers who would like to start using technology to teach and assess 8th grade math. More...

STEM in the Classroom

In this webinar instructors from Comstock Park High School discuss their experience designing, setting up, and implementing a STEM lesson in their classes. Content includes: A verbal summary of students results Lesson overview (teacher) Teacher perspectives/perceptions Resources required Techniques using resources STEM Content Building an assessment What standards were addressed Q & A with other attendees More...

Building a Collaborative Community

Join us for an overview of the Classroom Learning Lab process and how this initiative is changing the culture of classrooms, buildings, and districts. The structure of Classroom Learning Labs provides for collaborative dialogue around instructional decisions that impact student achievement. Educators are creating their own learning communities around instructional strategies and best practices. More...

The Flipped Classroom- How to Turn Your Classroom Upside Down

Have you ever wanted to devote more time in the classroom to exercises, projects, discussions or hands on activities? The "flipped classroom" is a class structure where the lectures are the "homework" and class time is used for application of concepts. Join us on Wednesday, April 29 from 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM for a live webinar event where Steve Virkstis, a science teacher at Comstock Park High School, will share his experience implementing the "flipped classroom" model at the high school level. Steve will discuss his experiences changing from the traditional classroom to the "flipped classroom". Steve will also discuss various aspects of producing your own video lectures. While this webinar focuses on the high school level, middle school educators are encouraged to attend. More...

Digital Literacy for Educators

This webinar is meant to help educators build their technological skills so that they can function and thrive in digital environments. Participants will increase their understanding and skill with operating systems / file management, web browser use, shortcuts, and multimedia. The webinar will also include examples of how these skills can be useful for typical tasks that educators need to perform. The focus will be on Windows-based operating systems with references to Mac, iOS, Android, and Chromebooks. This will be especially helpful for those who struggle with technology, but it will also help intermediate to advanced users refine their skills and think about ways to enhance their work. Join us for an hour of digital exploration. More...

How Edify can Generate Real Time Data Without Generating Real Time Tears

Have you ever wanted to individualize your student's learning but have been overwhelmed by generating and analyzing the data? Edify, an individualized learning management systems (iLMS), helps teachers individualize instruction by providing real time data with the click of a button. Teachers are now able to easily track the performance of individual students or classes by strands and standards. This allows teachers to truly individualize instruction so that students may reach their learning targets. Join us on Monday, April 13 from 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM for a live webinar event where Dan Hoekstra, a science teacher at Grand Rapids Christian High School, will share his experience with Edify at the high school level. Dan will show how he has used Edify in his chemistry class to both host resources and generate data. He will include how Edify can generate data through pre-tests, lesson assessments and summative post-tests and will provide a demonstration of the different reports that can easily be created. By the end of this webinar attendees will have a strong understanding of how Edify can painlessly provide real time student data that can be used to individual student learning. While this webinar focuses on the high school level, middle school educators are encouraged to to attend. Many of the reports shared will be applicable to any grade level that focuses on standards. More...

STEM in the Classroom - Design Thinking

Design Thinking has been a long establish practice in the engineering and technical applications. Recently the Design Thinking process has gained a lot of popularity in many industries including business, legal, social and education. In this webinar the GRAM's School Programs Senior Coordinator provides an overview of design thinking and its practice in the Art world and education connections. The STEM consultant from the Kent ISD will be providing different Design Thinking models for various grades, and disciplines. General topics Include: - How can the Design Thinking practices can be used in your classroom? - What are some successful implementations of Design Thinking? - Design Thinking project ideas. Please join us to learn more about these topics and how Design Thinking can enhance your classroom instruction. More...

So, You Want to Do Work-Based Learning at Your School?

Is your district interested in integrating employer-based learning experiences for your high school students? Do you want to start or bring back a work-based learning (WBL) program for your schools? Join us on March 24th from 3-4 PM for a live webinar to hear from local district coordinators and their experiences with WBL. Topics covered include: the different types of WBL opportunities; key components of a WBL program; examples of school-WBL programs in Kent County from local coordinators; and must-have resources to get you started in developing your program. More...

Beyond Hoops: High Achieving Black Males WEBINAR

This webinar will activate your thinking about the type of educational experiences your black male students are having. We will also grapple with concepts that may assist you in strengthening your efforts in serving this segment of your student body. More...

How Google Classroom Has Transformed the Elementary Classroom (WEBINAR)

Google Apps for Education has quickly become one of the most popular educational tools in the United States. Its most recent app, Google Classroom, has allowed teachers to change the way they teach and students learn. While many educators have heard of Google Classroom, few have been able to see how it works in an actual classroom. Matt Becker, 5th grade teacher at Central Woodlands 5-6 School in Forest Hills Public Schools, would like to change that. More...

Outperforming School: What is Working?

North Godwin Elementary is beating the odds. Watch this webinar to find out what they are doing to succeed! More...

A Day in the Life of a Digital Teacher

There are so many digital tools to use in the classroom that it can be overwhelming. Where do you start? Which tools are the best? How can I get students to access these tools? On March 25 at 3:30PM, Dave Prindle from Byron Center High School, will answer these questions and more. He will walk us through a typical day, week, or unit in his blended classroom, sharing the different web applications he uses and why he uses them. The tools discussed include: Google Apps for Education, EdPuzzle, Curriculet, LiveBinders, Quizlet, Kahoot, and Schoology. Although there are many apps to work with, they integrate seamlessly with planning and provide a students with a technology-rich and effective learning experience. All of these tools shared in this webinar are free and easy to use. Best of all, most do not require a student account or can be accessed using Google Single Sign-On. More...

 

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