Professional Learning

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Date: July 12-13, 2017
Time: 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM     
Cost: $299 (Lunch will be provided.)
Instructor: John Sowash, Sowash Ventures, LLC

Prerequisite knowledge: It is recommended that attendees be familiar with Chromebooks and the G Suite for Education platform.
Grade Level: K-12
Audience: Elementary, middle school, and high school teachers; media specialists; and other interested educators
SCECHs: 11 (No additional fee)

Description: Classroom Disrupt is an immersive 2-day experience in new instructional methods and ideas for technology using teachers. Participants will experience, discuss, and engage in new teaching methods and cutting edge tools designed to transform the classroom into a dynamic and engaging learning center. At the end of this experience you will be prepared to place responsibility back into the hands of the learner; save time and energy by streamlining classroom procedures and tasks; challenge your students to demonstrate learning through multimedia; develop engaging presentations and direct-instruction lessons; and engage ALL learners with carefully designed classroom activities!

For more information about "Classroom Disrupt," click here to open the workshop flyer.

To register for "Classroom Disrupt" click here!

Making Form Banner.pngMakerspace Exploration!

Date: July 18, 2017
Time: Arrive at 9:00 AM or later and stay as long as you like. The event will wrap up at 1:00 PM.
Cost: $10 in Oakland County
Food: Snacks and beverages will be available throughout the event
Facilitators: Laura Cummings, Educational Technology Consultant, Oakland Schools and Lisa Whiteside, K-5 Technology Teacher, Madison District Public Schools
Prerequisite Knowledge: None
Audience: Elementary, middle school and high school teachers, media specialists and other interested educators

Description: This event is a "drop-in," open house style session where items from the Classroom Makers Project will be available for participant exploration with guidance and facilitation available as needed. Come and spend time with other educators checking out what can happen in a makerspace environment. Explore robots, 3D printing, electrical circuits, storytelling tools, building materials, and more. Play our game and enter your gamecard for a chance to win books about makerspaces and making. Find out how you can borrow items to use in your classroom from the Oakland Schools/REMC 17 lending library of maker materials available for educators working in public schools located in Oakland County. Leave with ideas for bringing or extending the use of making experiences for your students.

To register for "Makerspace Exploration," click here!

Discovery Streaming: Videos and So Much More!

Date: August 7, 2017
Time: 8:30 AM - 2:45 PM     
Cost: $20 in Oakland County / $40 out of Oakland County (Lunch will be provided.)
Instructor: Laura Cummings, Educational Technology Consultant
Prerequisite knowledge: All levels
Grade Level: K-12
Audience: Elementary, middle school, and high school teachers; media specialists; and other interested educators
SCECHs: 5 ($10 additional fee)

Description: This hands-on, minds-on workshop will provide you with exciting and enriching professional development, focused on creative ways to maximize your Discovery Education STREAMING subscription, emphasizing instructional best practices for digital media. Whether you are new to Discovery Education STREAMING or you are an “every day, every lesson” user, this workshop will provide you with creative ways to motivate students; engage higher order thinking; support retention and transfer; and achieve learning and curriculum goals with a myriad of creative integration strategies for using Discovery Education media assets. This workshop will begin with the basics and will move on to explore how to use Discovery Education resources to create interactive lesson plans that support all curricular areas while differentiating instruction. You’ll leave feeling empowered to create rigorous and relevant, media-infused learning experiences that support all learners! We will have PC laptops available for use, but feel free to bring your own device.

To register for "Discovery Streaming: Videos and So Much More!" click here.

​Buffet of Digital Tools for Formative Assessment

Date: August 8, 2017buffet picture
Time: 8:30 AM - 11:00 AM    
Cost: $20 in Oakland County / $40 out of Oakland County (Breakfast will be provided.)
Instructor: Laura Cummings, Educational Technology Consultant
Prerequisite knowledge: All levels
Grade Level: K-12
Audience: Elementary, middle school, and high school teachers; media specialists; and other interested educators
SCECHs: N/A

Description: Come to this fun, fast-paced, evening event and enjoy a buffet dinner while you interact with a buffet of digital tools for formative assessment. The featured tools will include Plickers (only need one device the teacher’s!), Kahoot! (game-based fun), Socrative (quizzes, exit tickets, games & more), and Google Forms (multiple choice, short answer, & extended response options). You will experience each tool from the student’s point-of-view and then get a peek into the teacher’s view. You will leave with a set of Plickers cards and information on how to enroll in free, self-paced courses that will guide you step-by-step in getting started with any or all of these formative assessment tools.

To Register for "Buffet of Digital Tools for Formative Assessment, click here!

Third Annual Summer Digital Learning Conference

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Date: August 22, 2017
Time: 9:00am - 2:30pm
Location: Oakland Schools
Cost: $20
Audience: Elementary, middle school and high school teachers, media specialists and other interested educators
SCECHs:  4 ($10 additional fee)

Description: Digital learning is any instructional practice that effectively uses technology to strengthen a student’s learning experience. Join us at Oakland  Schools in August 2016, for the third annual Oakland Schools Summer Digital Learning Conference! This one-day conference will run from 9:00 AM - 2:30 PM. Various Michigan educators will present on a range of topics such as: Google apps for education, STEM, digital tools for assessment, online resources, iPad apps, teaching strategies and more. Sessions will last for one hour and lunch will be provided midday. Be sure to bring a fully charged device with you so you can interact with the resources and tools throughout the day! 

To register for the Summer Digital Learning Conference, click here!

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Free online course! (Open only to educators who teach in Oakland County.)
Time: Begin and end any time between now and November 6, 2017!
Instructor: Laura Cummings, Educational Technology Consultant
Prerequisite Knowledge: None
Audience: Elementary, middle school and high school teachers, media specialists and other interested educators 
SCECHs: 9 ($10 processing fee)

Description: Google Maps is the Google mapping tool that most of us have used to get directions at one time or another. Because of things like Street View and Photospheres, Google Maps is now so much more than a method of finding your way from Place A to Place B. Google My Maps is a newer Google mapping tool that is associated with a user's Google Drive. It provides a way for you and your students to create and share customized maps. Google My Maps allows you to add images, movies and text in Placemarks to create interactive maps that tell a story, outline historical events, explore geography and more! If you would like to get started using Google mapping tools in your classroom, sign up for "Google Mapping Tools in the Classroom." You will be guided, via video and text-based tutorials, through all of the steps needed to use Google mapping tools. It is expected that it will take 9 hours to complete the course. This includes the time you will spend developing mapping resources and activities to use with your students. Note: You can begin and complete the courses any time between now and November 6, 2017.

To register for "Google Mapping Tools in the Classroom," click here!​​

​Using iMovie for iPad in the Classroom

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Free online course! (Open only to educators who teach in Oakland County.)
Time: Begin and end any time between now and January 26, 2018!
Instructor: Laura Cummings, Educational Technology Consultant
Prerequisite Knowledge: None
Audience: Elementary, middle school and high school teachers, media specialists and other interested educators 
SCECHs: 6 ($10 processing fee)

Description: iMovie is Apple’s video editing app. iMovie is easy to learn, easy to use and can produce great results that will wow students, parents and colleagues. With iMovie you and your students can create digital stories, reports, etc. by adding titles, voice, music, transitions, credits and more to videos and photos. It's easy to share your finished iMovie videos because they can be uploaded to YouTube, SeeSaw, DropBox, Vimeo, and more. They can also be stored in the Photos app and/or shared via iMessage and AirDrop. This course will teach you how to use iMovie on an iPad to do all of these things. If you would like to get started using iMovie in your classroom, sign up for this free, self-paced, online course. You will be guided, via video and text-based tutorials, through all of the steps needed to use iMovie on an iPad. It is expected that it will take 6 hours to complete the course. This includes the time you will spend creating an iMovie project and an iMovie Trailer

To register for "Using iMovie for iPad in the Classroom," click here!

Socrative - Engage & Assess as Learning Happens!

Free online course! (Open only to educators who teach in Oakland County)socrative-teacher pic
Time: Begin and end any time between now and April 16, 2018!
Instructor: Laura Cummings, Educational Technology Consultant
Prerequisite Knowledge: None
Audience:Elementary, middle school and high school teachers, media specialists and other interested educators
SCECHs: 6 ($10 processing fee)

Description: Socrative is a cloud-based, student response system developed in 2010 by Boston-based graduate school students. It allows teachers to create simple assessments that students can take quickly on computers, tablets and/or smartphones. Available question types are true/false, multiple choice, graded short answer, and open-ended short responses. Activities can be teacher-paced for use during a classroom discussion or student-paced for use as a more traditional class-end, “exit ticket” or quiz. There’s also a gaming element, the “Space Race” feature, which sets up a quiz so that teams of students can compete against one another. Results can be displayed live in the classroom to facilitate discussion with student identities kept anonymous. Teachers can use the Reports to access detailed classroom and student data. If you would like to get started using Socrative, sign up for this free, self-paced, online course. You will be guided, via video and text-based tutorials, through all of the steps needed to set up and use Socrative. It is expected that it will take 6 hours to complete the course. This includes the time you will spend using Socrative with your students.

To register for "Socrative-Engage & Assess as Learning Happens," click here.

Kahoot! Game-based Online Assessments

Free online course! (Open only to educators who teach in Oakland County)Kahoot Logo
Time: Begin and end any time between now and April 16, 2018!
Instructor: Laura Cummings, Educational Technology Consultant
Prerequisite Knowledge: None
Audience:Elementary, middle school and high school teachers, media specialists and other interested educators
SCECHs: 5 ($10 processing fee)

Description: What is Kahoot!? Kahoot! is a fun, learning game made with a series of multiple choice questions that may contain images, videos and diagrams. It works on any device with an Internet connection. The teacher displays a question and possible responses via a computer connected to a projector or other large screen display. Students respond to the questions on their own devices by tapping or clicking the shape that matches the correct answer. Correct responses and speed result in the points awarded to each player. A leaderboard is displayed after each question. Once students play a game, the teacher can launch it in Ghost Mode and students can complete against their own previous scores. At the end of each session the teacher can download a spreadsheet of data about student responses. Kahoot! is a very fun way to check for student understandings! If you would like to get started using Kahoot! in your classroom, sign up for this FREE, self-­paced, online course. You will be guided, via video and text­-based tutorials, through all of the steps needed to set up and use this tool. It is expected that it will take 5 hours to complete the course. This includes the time you will spend using Kahoot! for the first time with a group of your students.
To register click here.

Utilizing Google Forms for Formative Assessment

Free online course! (Open only to educators who teach in Oakland County)Forms Icon
Time: Begin and end any time between now and April 16​, 2018!
Instructor: Laura Cummings, Educational Technology Consultant
Prerequisite Knowledge: None
Audience: Elementary, middle school and high school teachers, media specialists and other interested educators
SCECHs: 8 ($10 processing fee)

Description: Google Forms are an excellent tool to use for formative assessments when your students have access to computers, tablets and/or smartphones for taking assessments. Good formative assessment allows you to be quickly responsive to students’ learning needs, and Google Forms gives you the data from your students instantly after they click submit. Since all of the student data from the assessment is collected into one spreadsheet, it is easy to quickly get a snapshot of how your students are understanding the skills and concepts you were assessing. You can then use that information to adjust your lessons, plan for reteaching, etc. If you would like to get started using Google Forms to create formative assessments, sign up for this free, self-paced, online course. You will be guided, via video and text-based tutorials, through all of the steps needed to set up and use Google Forms. It is expected that it will take 8 hours to complete the course. This includes the time you will spend giving two Google Forms assessments to your students.
Click here to register!

"Plickers - A Simple Tool for Formative Assessment"

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Free online course! (Open only to educators who teach in Oakland County)
Time: Begin and end any time between now and April 16, 2018​​!
Instructor: Laura Cummings, Educational Technology Consultant
Prerequisite Knowledge: None
Audience: Elementary, middle school and high school teachers, media specialists and other interested educators
SCECHs: 4 ($10 processing fee)

Description: Plickers is a free app for iOS and Android devices that lets teachers collect real-time, formative assessment data without the need for student devices. Students use printed cards that are associated with specific students via numbers on the cards. Each card also has the answer choices A, B, C and D. The teacher displays a question and possible responses via a computer connected to a projector or other large screen display. Students hold up their cards with the answer choices they choose at the tops of their cards. The teacher then uses a smartphone or tablet with the Plickers app to scan the classroom and capture the students’ responses. Some data about student responses is displayed right on the teacher’s device. All data is automatically saved in the teacher’s account at Plickers.com and is accessible via the Plickers Reports. Plickers can be used for pre-assessments, checks for understanding, polls or class surveys, tickets out the door, review, and more. If you would like to get started using Plickers in your classroom, sign up for this free, self-paced, online course. You will be guided, via video and text-based tutorials, through all of the steps needed to set up and use this tool. It is expected that it will take 4 hours to complete the course. This includes the time you will spend using Plickers for the first time with a group of your students.

To register for "Plickers-A Simple Tool for Formative Assessment" click here!

Creating and Collaborating with Google Drive

Date: Not currently scheduledGoogle
Time: N/A    
Cost: $20 in Oakland County / $40 out of Oakland County (Lunch will be provided.)
Instructor: Laura Cummings, Educational Technology Consultant
Prerequisite knowledge: All levels
Grade Level: K-12
Audience: Elementary, middle school, and high school teachers; media specialists; and other interested educators
SCECHs: 5
Description: In this workshop we will spend time with several of the Google Drive Apps, including Documents, Slides and Drawings, looking at how they can be used to create artifacts and how they can be used for collaboration purposes. We will review the basics for each app and then dive into tips & tricks even long time Google Drive users often don’t know about. Classroom examples will be shared and participants will have time to work with each of the featured apps to create their own artifacts. Bring your own laptop or use one of ours. If you bring your own, please have the Chrome browser installed. Everyone should come with their Google accounts set up and ready to use. 

App Smashing Your Way to Powerful Learning & Assessmentapp-smashing-icon

Date: Not currently scheduled
Time: N/A
Cost: $20 for Oakland County Educators - $40 for out-of-county (Lunch will be provided.)
Instructor: Laura Cummings, Educational Technology Consultant
Prerequisite Knowledge: Some experience using an iPad
Audience: Elementary, middle school and high school teachers, media specialists and other interested educators
SCECHs:  5 ($10 additional fee)
Description: App Smashing is the process of using multiple apps to create projects or complete tasks. App Smashing can provide your students with creative and inspired ways to showcase their learning. By introducing your students to a core of key apps, giving them the parameters of the project, and supporting them as they learn and create, you will very quickly be facilitating App Smashing in your classroom. Attend this workshop to get hands on experience and practice with App Smashing ideas and resources for iPads that will help you begin or expand your current repertoire. Bring your own iPad or use one of ours.

Create, Interact & Collaborate with Google Drawings!

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Cost: $20 in Oakland County / $40 out of Oakland County
Instructor: Laura Cummings, Educational Technology Consultant
Prerequisite knowledge: All levels
Grade Level: K-12
Audience: Elementary, middle school, and high school teachers; media specialists; and other interested educators
SCECHs: 3
Description:​​​ Google Drawings is a tool in the Google Apps for Education suite that few know about. Come to this workshop to learn the basics for creating Google Drawings. See how Google Drawings can be used to enhance instructional resources and student projects with things like banners, fancy titles, custom drawings and annotated photos. Time will also be spent looking at how Google Drawings can be set up as interactive activities like labeling diagrams, matching tasks, collaborative graphic organizers and more. Google Drawings come with the same collaboration tools as the other Google products, so sharing and learning in a collaborative fashion are easily accomplished. Bring your own laptop or use one of ours. If you bring your own, please have the Chrome browser installed. Everyone should come with their Google accounts set up and ready to use.

Google Spreadsheets & Forms in the Classroom

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Date: Not currently scheduled
Time: N/A
Location: Oakland Schools
Cost: $20 for Oakland County Educators - $40 for out-of-county (Lunch will be provided.)
Instructor: Laura Cummings
Prerequisite Knowledge: Participants should already have a Google Account
Grade Level: Elementary, middle school and high school teachers, media specialists and other interested educators 
SCECHs:  6 ($10 additional fee)
Description: 
What is so special about Google spreadsheets and forms? What do these tools give you that you can't get with a regular spreadsheet program? Attend this workshop and find out how Google spreadsheets and forms can simplify your own data collection, allow for collaboration, provide easy access for students (templates or shared folders) and let you easily publish the results to the web. You will learn how to use formulas, create charts, make surveys, quizzes, rubrics, assessments, and more.  Bring your own laptop or use one of ours. If you bring your own, please have the Chrome browser installed. Everyone should come with their Google accounts set up and ready to use.