TIE offers a variety of fee-based and free opportunities to support professional learning. The titles and descriptions below offer a variety of examples that may be of interest. Please know TIE is committed to customizing learning opportunities to specifically meet unique and varied needs.

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Woope Sakowin: Classroom Management Using the Seven Sacred Laws

Description: Woope Sakowin: Classroom Management Using the Seven Sacred Virtues (Laws) is an interactive one-day workshop that explores how universal virtues can be used as a foundation for accessing Lakota culture, providing structure, promoting positive behavior, and developing trusting relationships between student and teacher. It provides steps that teachers can adapt to specific classroom needs. It provides examples of how Woope Sakowin can transform classrooms into safe and constructive learning environments.

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Wolakota Project (retreat series)

Description: In 2011, the WoLakota Project was born via a collaboration between the South Dakota Department of Education, the South Dakota Office of Indian Education, the Lakota, Dakota and Nakota Elders who authored the Oceti Sakowin Essential Understandings (OSEU) and Technology & Innovation in Education (TIE). The goals were to support the learning of all South Dakota students.

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Webb Leveling & Higher Order Thinking: What do I ask and how do I assess?

Description: To deliver quality assessments we must identify the specific level of learning required and then write quality assessment questions to verify we helped students reach higher levels of thinking. We know we assess what we value, but what does your district value? Are your district and classroom assessments aligned to best teaching practices which address skills based instruction as outlined in the CCSS? Do your assessments align to the new curriculum plan adopted by your district?

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Web Productivity

Description: Productivity is no longer just the act of using Office software on a computer to create isolated files. Rather, learning to use web-based tools like Google Apps, Microsoft OneDrive, and Dropbox to create, store, and manage documents--this is a vital skill. Utilize the share features to collaborate with other educators and students in ways not possible even 5 years ago. Discover how these tools can be accessed from a wide variety of devices.

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Virtual Reality (VR) in Education

Description: Virtual Reality transports users to new and exciting places through the use of a computerized headset or phone. Students wear headsets that simulate physical environments with sounds and other sensations. It can be used to provide learners with a virtual environment where they can explore different cities, continents, historical places, and even the solar system, as well as to develop their skills without the real-world consequences.

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Understanding Fractions in Grades 3-5

Description: The concept of fractions is difficult for students to grasp when they first start learning about them. Students struggle greatly with the various operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, comparing, simplifying, etc. of fractions if they are taught traditionally through the memorization of rules. To help students better learn and understand fractions, they need to be taught through engaging hands-on, visual lessons that help them learn fractions in meaningful ways.

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Text Immersion

Description: This training includes elements of both Close Reading Strategies and Text Dependent Question Development. We will review resources related to textual immersion and practice strategies for evolving current approaches to the understanding/analysis of complex text.

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Technology in the Early Learning Setting

Description: Technology is undoubtedly everywhere, even with our earliest of children. Learning how to use innovative programs geared for the littlest of learners will be covered in this session. We will review some of the robotics and game systems that connect to apps for endless play. We'll discover coding for the earliest learner and engaging lessons that support technology discoveries. What fun it is to connect our children with intention.

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Teaching and Learning with Generations Y and Z

Description: This workshop explores the similarities and differences among generations in regard to teaching and learning. Characteristics of today's learners from Generation Y (millennials) and from Generation Z will be examined. Strategies for engaging these generations of learners will be shared.

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Student Engagement

Description: This course uses the book "Eight Myths of Student Disengagement" to investigate how classroom practices influence engagement, including types of tasks assigned, quality of teacher-student relations, and peer dynamics. The course encourages participants to recognize that engagement is not just on-task behavior, but incorporates behavioral, emotional, and cognitive practices. Participants will consider a variety of instructional practices and their connection to student engagement.

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Social Media in the Classroom

Description: Ever wonder what the best way is to leverage online learning platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Blogging for educational purposes? Let's dive in to understand the networking that exists inside of these social platforms and how to best use them productively.

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Smarter Balanced at the Target Level: Improving ELA, Math, and Writing

Description: Analyzing the Smarter Balanced Assessment Results at a target level and implementing the examples available can help teachers hone in on what their specific students need in the areas of English/Language Arts, Math, and Writing. Many tools are available to help teachers teach according to the standards at the level of rigor expected in the standards. This work also includes rigor, types of writing, and web leveling discussion. All teachers in all content areas need to implement the strategies from this session in their content work.

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Self-Directed Learning

Description: Self-Directed Learning is one of the modules for the Customized Learning Guru Series! Self-Directed Learning is one of the models of personalized learning. We will explore the four stages of self-directed learning and compare those stages to the instructional framework of the gradual release of responsibility model. We will consider how technology supports students in the classroom to own their learning and work collaboratively with others. We might think of self-directed learning as only for a certain age group. Self-directed learning has a broad spectrum. Let's consider what self-directed learning looks like for all ages and in a variety of classroom scenarios.

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Refining Beliefs, Vision, and Mission

Description: This work enables schools and districts to process through the development of a vision and mission, necessary elements for leading a school district positively. Also included is the process to include all staff in the development of a set of core beliefs that the district can use as a filter for decision-making and day-to-day situations. This work will also lead to the development of a strategic plan based on the core beliefs, mission, and vision of the district.

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Reading and Writing Across the Curriculum: Incorporating ELA Standards in Every Classroom

Description: This workshop will illustrate the integration of English Language Arts (ELA) standards into every classroom. Teachers will leave the training with a wealth of technology tools and resources to easily implement ELA standards into the instruction of their content area. In addition, teachers will gain instructional strategies and examples of reading, writing, listening and speaking.

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Project Based Learning

Description: Project-Based Learning is spreading quickly and many educators are seeking it out to offer more meaningful and engaging lessons for their students. The traditional classroom where learning occurs in the vacuum of separate and distinct islands will soon be replaced by interconnected curriculum via authentic inquiry based learning experiences. There are many Project-Based resources available today. One of the goals for this class is to expose you to these resources and help you develop your own personal notion of Project-Based Lessons within the context of your own classroom.

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PRISM – Personalized research-based investigative systemic collaborative movement

Description: Our PRISM process helps leaders and their teams view their school(s) through many different spectrums

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Organizing Web Content: Symbaloo & Diigo

Description: Symbaloo is a unique, visual bookmarking site that uses tiles instead of text to help organize your favorite online links including google docs, video, rss feeds, websites, and much more. The visual format is simple to organize, user friendly, free to use, shareable, and is accessible from any browser. Diigo is a bookmarking website that allows users to bookmark and tag Web pages. Additionally, they can highlight any part of a webpage and attach sticky notes to specific highlights or to a whole page.

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Organizing Web Content: LiveBinders

Description: The days of organizing our web resources by using the Favorites or Bookmark tools on our browsers are over. We are constantly switching between devices and need to access our resources. There are many tools available, but one you might consider is LiveBinders. Not only will this tool bookmark your sites, but you can also upload documents from your computer to this tool. This is a great tool to create ePortfolios as well. And best of all - it's FREE!!!

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Open Education Resources: Developing Your Own Textbook

Description: Explore the creation of personalized digital textbooks incorporating free Open Education Resources (OER). This training will provide examples of OER textbooks, copyright, platform and content considerations and resources to incorporate into your own textbook.

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Open Education Resources: Content for Your Classroom

Description: Open Education Resources (OER) are freely available courses, textbooks, activities and more that are licensed for reuse. Incorporating them can save money, empower teachers and provide students with relevant, high quality content. This session will cover OER resources that are being developed in South Dakota schools along with other resources that are freely available for your school.

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Online Learning

Description: Some subject matter is best taught face-to-face, while other things can be taught in an online environment. Some students do really well with online learning, while others struggle. There is much that goes into the designing of an online course. This course uses many articles and videos for research and the opportunity to create on online class. The module will cover what is the learning environment, active learning, real-world application, assessment, differentiation, ethics, as well as other topics.

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OneNote Teacher Academy

Description: In this 6 hour class you will discover how with Microsoft OneNote, you can create digital notebooks that support academic standards across disciplines and tasks, such as writing, reading, mathematics, science, history, CTE, and elective courses. In addition, OneNote may be used to increase 21st century skills. Students may use OneNote across content areas and grade levels, and use OneNote to compile and organize unstructured information, research, and content.

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Office 365 Teacher Academy

Description: This six-hour Academy allows participants to take a deep dive into cloud-based tools for the classroom, with a special focus on topics such as file storage, collaboration and communication using Office 365. It will also give educators the opportunity to apply their learning towards the end of each part of the session – reflecting on the topics covered, as well as strategizing on how they can be put to the best use in the classroom or with other educators.

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Oceti Sakowin Essential Understandings Training (lesson design, modeling, OSEU overview)

Description: In this training, teachers become familiar with the newly revised (2016) Oceti Sakowin Essential Understandings (OSEU) as well as the large collection of Oceti Sakowin Elder interviews archived on the WoLakota Project website (www.wolakotaproject.org ). They will also become familiar with the Inquiry Design Model (IDM) for lesson planning. Participating educators may use newly gained knowledge of all of these along with South Dakota’s set of Exemplar SS & OSEU Lesson plans and Social Studies/OSEU “Connector Statements” to construct lesson plans in the IDM format (or another appropriate formats) that link to both South Dakota content standards and the Oceti Sakowin Essential Understandings.

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Mindfulness in the Classroom

Description: Breathe in and out. Again, breathe in and out. By taking 5-10 minutes a day in guided, quiet reflection we can become aware of the amygdala and make choices in how to respond to situations. Daily practice teaches practical techniques to appropriately handle emotions such as stress, anxiety, anger, excitement and more.

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Microsoft Innovative Educator Academy

Description: Come spend the day getting excited about the many tools Microsoft has to offer students and teachers. Teachers will reflect and create a customized toolkit of resources to increase engagement, efficiency and develop modern skills for a global classroom/society. This is an introductory course intended to expose Microsoft offerings for education.

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Mathematical Mindsets

Description: Students often walk into a math classroom with anxiety and fear, saying they are not good at math, or that they inherited the "bad math gene" from their parents. These pre-conceived ideas and societal norms often hold students back from succeeding in a math classroom. In this class you will learn that all people can learn math, and learn it well if a student's mindset is in the right place.

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Mathematical Discourse

Description: How do we get students talking in the math classroom? Mathematical discourse is associated with one of the Common Core Mathematical Practices: construct viable arguments and critiques the reasoning of others. It is about whole-class discussions where students share and describe math in such a way that reveals their understanding of concepts of math that they or their peers have done. Discourse involves asking strategic questions that elicit from students both how a problem was solved and why the students used the method they did.  Through this process, students learn to critique their own work as well as their classmates.

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Makerspaces: Implementing One In Your School

Description: Makerspaces provide the tools and space to allow students to collaborate and share knowledge.Now that you've got a Makerspace, this training will help all staff develop the skills and confidence to utilize the resource with their students.

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Makerspaces on a Dime: Adding Innovation Opportunities without Breaking the Budget

Description: Considering adding Makerspaces to your building? Makerspaces provide the tools and space to allow students to collaborate and share knowledge. This hands-on session will provide lots of examples and ideas for adding innovation opportunities via Makerspaces to your space!

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Make Learning Personal

Description: This is a four-unit module about personalizing learning. If you have read the book, Inevitable: Mass Customized Learning, you already have some knowledge about what we are talking about. In this workshop we will reference both books. Personalized learning is starting to happen all over the country and we need to not only understand WHAT it is, but also how we can make it happen in our schools.

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Leading Together (day training for school Leadership Teams, or intensive ongoing support)

Description: The Leading Together (LT) program is an offering of TIE in conjunction with the Center for Courage & Renewal® (CCR) designed to build adult community in schools. The program is grounded in research and closely aligned with Social Emotional Learning and Relational Trust constructs.

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Leading Socratic Seminars: Teaching Civility and Thoughtfulness

Description: This workshop is experiential and provides intensive practice to develop the skills of seminar leadership. Participants will engage in a large group seminar followed by guided practice with designing and leading small group seminars.

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Integrating Online Primary Resources in the Classroom

Description: Bring history to life by integrating primary sources into your classroom with ideas the Library of Congress, Smithsonian and more. Primary sources are objects, diaries, art, music and other resources that were created during the time period studied; they can provide artifacts and evidence for the topic at hand. This session will cover online primary source resources and ways to integrate them with technology for K-12 and beyond.

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Higher Order Thinking Skills to Engage Learning

Description: Creative ways to scaffold discussions, instructional strategies that feel like games, and discussion strategies for any content area—these are some of the tools teachers will leave with, ready to take right from the training to students. Engagement is high and so is the rigor.

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Growth Mindset – Changing Students and Teachers

Description: Learn about the characteristics of a growth and fixed mindset and how mindset impacts student learning. Consider 9 findings that have very strong implications for students that when acted upon could unleash their potential. Learn ways to implement instructional practices to promote growth mindset in every student.

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Google Classroom

Description: This class covers how to set up and utilize a Google Classroom management system. We will do an overview of Google Docs and Drive and then look at the features Google Classroom offers. Participants will develop an awareness of: Google Docs and Drive; Google Classroom and offer practice using the functions for facilitating classroom instruction. You MUST have a Google Apps account to take this class.

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Google Apps and Google Classroom

Description: Google Apps can make your class a collaborative, paperless work environment. Learn how to use Documents, Spreadsheet, and Presentations with your students. Google Forms make great quizzes, formative assessment pieces, and surveys. Do you want that quiz to grade itself – add Flubaroo! Add in Google Classroom to facilitate online discussion, homework turn-in, student collaboration and class communication.

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GIS in Your Classroom: Incorporate Mapping Activities with a Free Platform and Ready Made Lesson Plans

Description: Utilizing GIS enables students to think critically about real-world content and make inferences using data. Students have the opportunity to analyze, create and make connections with real data and real issues in all content areas. Learn ways to incorporate the ArcGIS Online platform into your classroom. You will use lesson plans prepared by ArcGIS, plans created by other educators and learn how to create your own maps.

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Gifted or Accelerated Learners: understanding the need

Description: Gifted students and accelerated learners are actually two separate types of students. This workshop will cover how to identify and work with both types of students to meet their needs. These students are looking for deeper learning opportunities to connect previous knowledge to new ideas and build upon them.

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Free Cool Tools

Description: Whether you are using iPads, Chromebooks, laptops, or other mobile devices, there are so many resources to choose from. And we all know there isn't enough time in the day to research all of them! This session will include the web resources that TIE is currently excited about! This will be a hands-on session, so bring your device!

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Flipped Classroom

Description: The Flipped Classroom has become the rage in recent years. Now that more schools are embracing the use of technology, this is a great first step towards customized learning. It can be done in any grade level, for any subject. This training will cover what is Flipped Learning, tools to make videos, assessment, how to use the extra class time meaningfully, and the pros and cons of this method.

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Flexible Curriculum

Description: Flexible Curriculum is an online class from the Customized Learning Series-Guru! The class uses videos, articles, and websites to develop your understanding of designing, using, and sharing flexible curriculum. Be prepared to explore a variety of sites that help you consider pace, place, path, and time of your learners.

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Film as Text in the ELA Classroom

Description: The purpose of this training is to motivate your students to practice and sharpen critical thinking skills through the use of film. Film is a powerful visual medium that, if used correctly, can make learning fun and build confidence in all students. You will be guided in how to incorporate film reading/viewing strategies into an engaging lesson.

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Digital Literacy Skills All Educators Should Know

Description: Implementation of 1:1 technology is not enough. Digital literacy skills have become more critical for student learning than content knowledge--unfortunately, most students and educators “don’t know what they don’t know.” Even the best problem solving skills can be hampered without a deep understanding of the tools and processes for digging past surface-level information often found on the web. Develop a better understanding of how the web works, including the use of advanced search techniques to find richer more relevant information for better professional productivity and classroom integration. Develop a stronger understanding of web tracking, privacy, and ""publicness"" issues in teacher and student usage of web services.

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Digital Literacy Platforms

Description: Digital literacy includes knowledge, skills, and behaviors involving the effective use of digital devices such as smartphones, tablets, laptops and desktop PC's for purpose of communication, expression, collaboration and advocacy. This class will explore how to teach these skills to our students through use of free, online curriculum. Compare and contract several options to find the best fit for your program and get things started right away!

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Digital Literacy

Description: The course incorporates five phases to help you implement Digital Literacy in your classroom. As education evolves toward customized learning, digital literacy skills become absolutely critical--unfortunately, most students and educators “don’t know what they don’t know.” Even the best problem solving skills can be hampered without a deep understanding of the processes for digging past surface level information often found on the web. Examine the importance of students acquiring vital digital literacy skills for better problem solving as well as implications for using these tools in a customized environment.

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Differentiated Instruction: It Doesn’t Have to be Overwhelming! Classroom Tools, Tips and Techniques

Description: This session covers learning about differentiated instruction across all content areas by practicing differentiation based on content, process and product, along with student readiness, interest and learning profile.This interactive session will provide strategies to incorporate differentiation concepts into your classroom along with providing great tools to facilitate the process.

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Differentiated Instruction with an ELA Focus: Resources and Strategies for Your Classroom

Description: This session covers learning about differentiated instruction with an ELA focus by practicing differentiation based on content, process and product. Participants will explore technology tools that facilitate classroom differentiation and incorporate them into their ELA lessons or units.

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Differentiated Instruction with a Social Studies Focus: Resources and Strategies for Your Classroom

Description: This session covers learning about differentiated instruction with a social studies focus by practicing differentiation based on content, process and product. Participants will explore technology tools that facilitate classroom differentiation and incorporate them into their lessons or units.

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Differentiated Instruction with a Science Focus: Resources and Strategies for Your Classroom

Description: This session covers learning about differentiated instruction with a science focus by practicing differentiation based on content, process and product. Participants will explore technology tools that facilitate classroom differentiation and incorporate them into their lessons or units.

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Developing Conceptual Understanding of Ratios and Proportions in the Middle Grades

Description: Proportional reasoning is one of the most fundamental topics in middle grades mathematics. A student's ability to reason proportionally affects their understanding of fractions and measurement in elementary school, and it supports their understanding of functions and algebra in middle school and beyond. Teachers will broaden and deepen their understanding of ratios, proportions, and proportional reasoning. This course will help you to engage your students in hands-on learning where you will develop appropriate tasks, techniques, and tools for assessing your students’ understanding of the topic.

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Cyber Security Career Explorations

Description: Discover a FREE tool for your students to engage with as they learn more about exciting career opportunities in the field of computer science and security. This course will deepen the understanding of practical Computer Science applications, invite discoveries into the ever-expanding field of Cyber Security and include a hands-on opportunity to experience the work. A real-world scenario requires the students to practice their encryption, coding, and data retrieval to solve the mystery!

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Courage to Teach (retreat series, retreat or day workshop)

Description: In a time when stress and pressure on elementary, middle and high school teachers in public, private and charter schools continues to rise because of internal and external demands, Courage to Teach® provides educators an opportunity for rest, renewal, and re-engagement with their identity and integrity as teachers.

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Computer Science: Scratch

Description: Learn to program your own interactive stories, games and animations using Scratch. Scratch is freely accessible coding program that provides students with the opportunity to think creatively, problem solve, and work collaboratively. Scratch can be integrated into content areas such as math, ELA and more. It is appropriate for elementary through high school.

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Computer Science: Robotics (Ozobots, Spheros, We-Do, Dash)

Description: Learn a collaborative and innovative way to teach STEM activities incorporating robotics and technology, coding and 21st century skills. Explore Ozobot, Sphero, Dash and Dot and We-Do Legos with hands-on and interactive activities. Consider ways to engage your students while integrating robotics into your existing program.

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Computer Science: Raspberry Pi

Description: Investigate myriad possibilities for coding, programming and generally interacting with your powerful, credit card sized computer. Incorporate elements of art, reading, science and mathematics into hands-on, higher order thinking, rich, highly engaging explorations that your students will love. Challenge yourself and your students to the next level of computer science based classroom lessons.

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Computer Science: Minecraft in the classroom

Description: Take Minecraft to the next level in your learning environment! This class will introduce lesson plans and implementation of content through the use of Minecraft coding. Students will have a chance to showcase their learning through the creative use of pixels on their screens.

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Computer Science: Microsoft Microbit and CS Discoveries Circuit Playground

Description: Combine physical computing and coding with the Microsoft MicroBit and or the CS Discoveries Circuit Playground. Both allow programming from any web browser with no special software. Invent your own designs or use existing projects. Devices can respond to various inputs, for example the Microbit can respond to buttons, light, motion and temperature, providing for endless problem solving options.

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Computer Science: Drones

Description: The quintessential robotics platform. Learn about incorporating content standards within fun and challenging drone programming activities. Get current with your students inner child and their desire to explore the world in three dimensions.

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Computer Science: “The Makey Makey Invention Literacy Workshop for Educators”

Description: The Makey Makey Invention Literacy Workshop for Educators is a fun, hands-on learning experience where you’ll learn how to teach Invention Literacy, Making and Design Thinking using the award winning Makey Makey invention kit. We’ll explore how to teach circuits and conductivity using Makey Makeys and then put those skills to use to design your own invention with the meaningful integration of content standards. Learn a collaborative and innovative way to teach STEM activities incorporating robotics and technology, coding and 21st century skills. Explore Ozobot, Sphero, Dash and Dot and We-Do Legos with hands-on and interactive activities. Consider ways to engage your students while integrating robotics into your existing program.

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Blended Learning

Description: Welcome to the module on Blended Learning for the Customized Learning Series-Artiste! The module uses the eBook Blended-Using Disruptive Innovation to Improve Schools as our main text, as well as some articles and videos. The course incorporates four phases to help you implement a Blended Learning environment in your classroom. What is Blended Learning, what could it mean for you, and how can you move to a Blended Learning environment in your classroom? A unit on how to assess in the Blended Learning classroom is also included in this course.

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Augmented Reality (AR) in Education

Description: Do you want your subject to jump off the page and engage students in 4D? Augmented Reality is the answer. AR is an enhanced version of reality where a view of the physical world through a computer, tablet, or phone is augmented with superimposed, computer-generated images that enhance the viewers’ current perception. AR changes the physical world by overlaying information over the viewer’s field of vision. Users of AR experience a new and improved world where virtual information is used as a tool to learn new things, share information, and create new learning experiences. Your classroom will come alive, parents will feel more connected, and students will love the creative possibilities that will be available to them.

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App Smashing: Bringing Innovation into the iPad Classroom

Description: No one app does everything. App Smashing combines the products of multiple apps into a final product. While many apps slightly overlap in terms of functionality, there tends to be a few black holes in each app that require the use of another app to complete the process. Join us to bring App Smashing to your students to create a web based timeline, to capture their learning, to share a digital portfolio, or to capture an event, era or topic of study.

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Adventures in the Classroom

Description: Get active in the classroom and bring learning to life by using experiential education techniques that leaves learners with real-world experiences. Bring those experiences around to reflection and relate them back to understanding the content. This completes the learning cycle. As John Dewey says, "Give the pupils something to do, not something to learn; and the doing is of such a nature to demand thinking; learning naturally results."

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