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.
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."
Building an Environment of Trust and Collaboration
Description: Building an Environment of Trust and Collaboration is designed to build a trusting and collaborative relationship between teachers, support staff, administration, anyone working with students. We want to shift the focus and our energy back to the reason we are in this profession. We will look at situations, perceptions, problems, misunderstandings and develop ways of addressing this situations in a manner that cultivates a positive learning and working environment.
Coding and Computational Thinking in the Early Childhood Classroom
Description: What is it like for young children to engage in computational thinking? Learn the foundations of computational thinking and explore pre-coding activities for our early learners. Discuss the benefits of coding and programming as we engage in appropriate hands-on coding activities that support problem solving, critical thinking and creativity. Participate 'in the playground' as we showcase some of the robotics developed for early learners.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Meet Edison Robot- our newest programmable robot for all ages!
Description: Why Edison? Edison is an affordable and versatile programmable robot designed to be a complete STEM teaching resource for coding and robotics education for students. Children as young as four years old can begin to explore the STEM education topics of coding and robotics using Edison’s pre-set programs and remote-control operation capabilities. Older students can learn the fundamentals of coding as they progress from drag-and-drop icon-based programming all the way through to coding in a vertical text-based language.
Mind, Brain, & Education Research: Power Strategies for Teachers and Students
Description: We have learned more about the brain in the last 20 years than we have in the last 200 years. Since we ask students to use their brains every day, how much do we educators know about the brain and how it most effectively works to enable student learning? This 2 day training will share the research on the brain and move through Power Strategies for Teachers and Power Strategies for Students that enhance student learning according to the biological working of the brain. This training will also include an overview of curriculum work for embedding this information into the students’ mindsets.
Mindfulness for Educators 101
Description: Mindfulness for Educators 101 is an introductory workshop on the practice of mindfulness, and its benefits to educators, students, and the learning environment. This interactive course builds educators’ capacity to apply mindfulness to their lives and their classrooms. Educators will learn what mindfulness is, the science behind it, how to establish a practice, and how to start incorporating it into the classroom.
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.
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.
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!!!
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.
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.
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.
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.