Level 2 Certification Bootcamp
Move beyond the basics of Google Tools and learn how to maximize 21st century learning in the classroom and within your school site. Teachers will learn how to move into purposeful blended learning lessons while enhancing student understanding of topics and concepts. Learn how to organize course work and leverage the Internet to better meet the needs of an increasingly digital curriculum. We’ll explore key units in the Level 2 curriculum including personalized learning models and coaching models. Registration includes a voucher for the Level 2 exam.
*Graduate credit is available in conjunction with our Bootcamps for an extra fee.
Level 1 Certification Bootcamp
Gear up to become a Level 1 Google Certified Educator. In this one day workshop we’ll explore the core areas of Google Apps for Education to increase professional learning and leadership; efficiency in the classroom; and student learning and creativity. We’ll explore several themes in the Level 1 units; including creating a paperless classroom, educator and student organization of online work, and ways to measure student growth. In addition, we’ll elaborate on critical student skill sets of working in an online environment and digital citizenship. As an educator we’ll also explore creating effective lesson plans, using media, and facilitating online group work within the Google Apps suite (and beyond). Completion of this day will prepare you to take the Google Certified Educator Level 1 exam. Registration includes a voucher for the Level 1 exam.
*Graduate credit is available in conjunction with our Bootcamps for an extra fee.
Workshop featuring Apple Teacher
This full-day (six-hour) workshop is lead by an Apple Distinguished Educator. Participants are introduced to the Apple Teacher Learning Center and to popular apps relevant to many grade levels or subject areas. Through a series of hands-on challenges, participants earn at least two out of eight badges on either Mac or iPad toward Apple Teacher recognition. Each activity is rich with inspiring ideas, providing participants with a positive hands-on experience and the confidence to immediately apply their new knowledge in the classroom.
The face-to face workshop offers an opportunity to ask questions and receive one-on-one support from the facilitator. All participants are also invited to join EdTechTeam’s Community for Apple Teachers, where members receive ongoing support to continue their learning, earn their badges, and achieve Apple Teacher recognition.
G Suite for Education Technical Retreat
(for CTOs, SysAdmins, and Tech Support)
The G Suite for Education Technical Retreat is intended for an audience of technology directors, systems administrators, and others who support technology needs in schools. The content is focused on the process and challenges of migrating educational institutions from legacy systems (or current systems) to G Suite for Education. Participants will learn best practices and current issues from experienced peers and experts. Prepared presentations and activities are supplemented by structured time for discussion and networking.
- Sessions will include topics such as:
- Overview of G Suite Dashboard Settings
- Migrating Data from Microsoft Exchange or First Class to Google
- Using Google’s API’s to Mass-Create Accounts for All Current Email Users.
- Migrating Large Organizations
- Using the Google Apps Manager Command-line Tool
- Using the Google Apps Migration Tool
- Managing Sub-organizations & Setting Up Permissions for Individual Apps
- Creating an Implementation Plan for Current Staff
- Creating a Dual-Delivery Pilot to Test the Systems and Migration
- Strategies for Roll-Out Beyond a Pilot
- Retention Strategies for Legacy Systems
- BONUS: Chromebook Deployment and Management
Productivity tips for G Suite (particularly Gmail, Google Calendar, and Google Docs) will also be included in this retreat. Participants will leave better prepared to use and support these tools in an educational context.
Chrome Device Implementation & Management Best Practices Technical Retreat
Are you managing or rolling out Chrome Devices at your school or district?
Does your IT staff have all the tools and knowledge they need to support Chrome in the field?
Chromebooks now account for over 50 percent of technology devices used in classrooms across North America. Our one day training session will provide you with insight into what devices and models will best fit the needs of your schools. As well as best practices on deployment and management of these devices at scale. There is more that just Chromebooks in the Chrome family. We also cover Chrome boxes, bases, and bits as well as the Chrome browser for Windows and Mac platforms. Finally a showcase and discussion of premium and free tools that are out there to make life easier for IT teams as well as a question and answer session complete the day.
The 1:1 Chromebook Classroom
My classroom is now 1:1, but what do I do? With so many free Google tools, access to devices like Chromebooks, and many web resources, there are now endless learning possibilities. But figuring out where to start, and what the learning looks like can be a big challenge. During this hands-on workshop, you will learn how to create units of study that give students voice, choice, and the opportunity to develop 21st century skills through inquiry-based projects.
We’ll start by diving into the basics and setting the stage for learning. We will then participate in a few example activities that will showcase the use of Google Apps, as well as feature some of the best unknown Google gems. Attendees will experience what it’s like to be in the student role while making note of how to manage a virtual classroom from a facilitator perspective.
During the reflections for each activity, you will learn how you can best manage your apps so that you can free up your and your student’s time to teach and learn. We will spend time creating a seamless workflow for implementing the use of technology into your classroom and will discuss the advantages and limitations of the different tools as well as your Chromebook.
There is no better preparation for teaching and learning with Google Apps – or for using Chromebooks in the education space. So don’t get stuck in the rut of using Google for just storing data and sharing files, come experience the true potential of using G Suite for Education in your classroom!
Become more familiar with how to use Google tools in the education space
Explore Chromebook features and shortcuts
Learn advanced settings and tips for better managing your Google learning environment
Google for Educational Leaders
This one-day experience is designed to inform, inspire, and empower educational leaders. Make the most of the free tools Google offers educational institutions. Understand the Google Apps suite, and how your support staff can manage student and teacher accounts. Be prepared to make decisions regarding the benefits (and limitations) of Chromebooks and Nexus devices. And learn which tools in the Google Apps Marketplace, the Chrome Web store, and Google Drive might best benefit your organization. This session also includes a segment focused on maximizing your own productivity with Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Docs, and more time-saving collaborative tools.
Google and the iPad Workshop
Get hands-on with the G Suite for Education on iOS. We’ll devote significant time to Google-iPad workflows, including Google Classroom, to help you transform your teaching and make Google Drive the digital hub of your classroom. You’ll participate in fun, paperless activities while exploring the Google apps available on the iPad, as well as, tips and tricks and additional recommended apps that are good for any classroom. We’ll dig into Google Drive, Docs, Slides and Sheets on iOS, and also will explore Google Classroom, Google Search, YouTube Capture, Google Earth, Google Plus and more.
Google Apps and the Common Core State Standards (CCSS)
Google Apps is the perfect tool kit to support implementation of the CCSS and next generation assessments. In this workshop, participants deep dive into how Apps can be used with students to support collaboration, creativity, critical thinking, and communication. Activities and exercises for this workshop are anchored to the Standards for Mathematical Practice (SMP) and Anchor Standards for Writing (ASW).
Google Infused Classroom
My district went Google, now what? With so many free Google tools, access to devices like Chromebooks, and many web resources, there are now endless learning possibilities. But figuring out where to start, and what the learning looks like can be a big challenge. During this hands-on workshop, participants learn how to create units of study that give students voice, choice, and the opportunity to develop 21st century skills through inquiry-based projects.
Google in Education Workshop
This one-day hands-on primer begins with a welcome activity that invites participants to co-create a new vision for education in the age of Google. Discover a toolkit of digital applications for students and educators, including Google Drive and Classroom. Dive into Google Drawings and Forms to facilitate collaboration and creation between students and among colleagues. Take Google Docs to the next level with Suggested Edits and the Research Tool. Experience the ease of online publishing with Google Sites (and Blogger). Learn to expand your own personal learning network online with Google+. “Even more” inspiring instructional ideas conclude the day before a final reflection activity.
Geo Educators Workshop
Take your lessons around the world with this workshop designed to help connect students and teachers to place. Google offers a suite of Geo based tools that have the potential to change how teachers teach and students learn about their communities and the world as a whole. This one-day event will introduce and reinforce how Google Geo applications like My Maps, Tour Builder, and Street View and much more can be used to create powerful and engaging opportunities for students of all ages.
Curation to Creation – The Youtube Master’s Class
With 300 hrs of content uploaded every minute and more than 1 billion users, YouTube has become an invaluable addition to the classroom that cannot be ignored. This workshop will help you start curating and creating videos so you can start using right away. Let us walk you through the many ways you can use the site safely and effectively in your classroom.
In this workshop, you will have hands and practical activities that include:
- Effectively search and find useful videos
- Create, embed and share playlists
- Explore privacy settings when uploading content
- Tips and tricks on creating a channel for hosting your own content
- Create a Channel that will host all of your classroom content, playlists and more.
- Edit your own original videos using the YouTube Editor.
- Create classroom content using Creative Commons videos
- Embed videos and playlists in your Google Site
Stop worrying about how to use YouTube and start engaging your students with videos that will generate questions and wonder.
Create, Curate and Collaborate – Visible Thinking and Learning with Digital Portfolios
If we truly want to “transform” education, it is time we realize that we have at our disposal the digital tools necessary to gather very rich and valuable information about each individual student. All of the incredible learning that happens in the classroom can now be captured, curated and shared in an online student portfolio. If done correctly, digital portfolios should serve as a window into student thinking and understanding. In this day long workshop, you will learn the pedagogy behind effective and purposeful student portfolios. You will leave with a solid understanding of the best tools needed to gather, house and publish student work using G Suite for Education.
Exploring Inspiring Learning Spaces and the Maker Movement
In this learning space workshop, we’ll explore how the process of design can be used to create inspiring spaces that support student learning in a variety of ways. You’ll have the opportunity to learn and apply the basics of design to create physical and digital spaces for learning, while exploring the most interesting trends and directions in learning space design, including the development and implementation of makerspaces. Specifically, throughout the day, you will have an opportunity to:
understand how the process of design is used to create human-centered learning spaces.
develop a learning space vocabulary that provides a foundation for learning space design.
explore strategies that can be used to create 21st Century classrooms that are a blend of physical and digital spaces.
investigate contemporary designs of library spaces and informal spaces for learning.
develop an understanding of how furniture, lighting, wall and floor finishes, and color are used to create flexible, agile and comfortable learning spaces
explore the concept of a makerspace and learn how they are created to support the development of a maker culture.
explore the basics of maker tools.
build a comprehensive model of space design that integrates a wide variety of spaces to support student learning.
construct a personal design that makes use of the workshop principles to recreate or design a selected learning space.
Blended Learning with Google Classroom
In this full-day workshop, participants are introduced to using Google Classroom (and integrated Google tools) to expand physical classroom spaces into virtual “always-on” student learning environments. Explore and learn how the core interactions of student to student, student to content, and student to teacher provide the fuel for personalized learning paths providing agency for students to control the pace, place, time and path of their learning.
Breakout EDU: Bring Gaming into the Classroom
This one day workshop will teach educators how to bring gaming into their classrooms using Breakout EDU.
Educators will begin the day by playing one of the Breakout EDU games. After the game, educators will debrief the experience. The middle of the day will be devoted to designing games for the classroom based on each educator’s curriculum. The day will conclude with a debrief and playing each other’s games.
The workshop will be led by Breakout EDU founder, James Sanders.
Each session attendee will get their own Breakout EDU kit!
More Info on Breakout EDU
Breakout EDU is a platform for immersive learning games. Games (Breakouts) teach teamwork, problem solving, critical thinking, and troubleshooting by presenting participants with challenges that ignite their natural drive to problem-solve.
The inspiration for Breakout EDU comes from the wildly popular “escape the room” games where players have a set amount of time to solve the puzzles and escape the room.
Rather than escaping the room, students have a set amount of time to solve curricular aligned puzzles to open the box. The platform has many free games as well as templates to help educators design their own!
A wide variety of other workshops for educators can also be customized, including: Google Search, Google Chrome, Mobile Apps, Blogger, Google+, and more.