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Tech Tools Sessions are provided FREE of charge to all staff at ERS Library Media Services contracting districts/sites. Site staff are encouraged to register for as many sessions as they like. All Tech Tools sessions are virtual and will be held via Zoom. 

If your schedule does not allow you to attend a live virtual session, you can register to receive a link to the session recording. This will be emailed to all registrants one week after the event. The recordings are for your viewing only; please do not share any link(s) you receive.





REGISTRATION CONTACT:
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Sara Torabi

sara.torabi@tcoe.org
(559) 651-3031
 
CONTENT CONTACTS: 
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Doug Cairns

doug.cairns@tcoe.org
(559) 651-3031


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Steve Woods

steve.woods@tcoe.org
(559) 651-3031 

                                          Date/Time
   
 
2021-22 Tech Tools Sessions Instructor
August 18
3 PM - 5 PM
Introduction to Google Drive & Docs
Google Drive isn't just about putting your important learning documents online. It's an online hub that creates opportunities for your students to have a greater voice in their learning -- with each other, and with their community. Learn how to share resources with (and between) your class and other teachers through proper organizing and sharing techniques in Drive. Discover how Google Docs provides unique collaboration opportunities between educators and students, along with amazing tools that take advantage of the hardware built into your computer. 
Steve Woods
August 25
2 PM - 4 PM
Google Classroom – A Deep Dive
Google Classroom is a free learning management system from Google, designed to simplify the exchange of Google and other formatted documents to and from your students, grade them, and provide feedback seamlessly. Built-in socialization tools allow you and your students to share ideas in a safe environment, while exhibiting good digital citizenship. We'll be covering how to initiate Google Meet virtual meetings with your students as well as parents. A thorough review of creating a "Quiz" type of assignment will also be included in the session (best practices and setup of answer keys for automated grading).
Doug Cairns
September 15
3 PM - 5 PM 
Google Classroom – A Deep Dive
Google Classroom is a free learning management system from Google, designed to simplify the exchange of Google and other formatted documents to and from your students, grade them, and provide feedback seamlessly. Built-in socialization tools allow you and your students to share ideas in a safe environment, while exhibiting good digital citizenship. We'll be covering how to initiate Google Meet virtual meetings with your students as well as parents. A thorough review of creating a "Quiz" type of assignment will also be included in the session (best practices and setup of answer keys for automated grading). 
Steve Woods
September 29
2 PM - 4 PM 
Introduction to Google Drive & Docs
Google Drive isn't just about putting your important learning documents online. It's an online hub that creates opportunities for your students to have a greater voice in their learning -- with each other, and with their community. Learn how to share resources with (and between) your class and other teachers through proper organizing and sharing techniques in Drive. Discover how Google Docs provides unique collaboration opportunities between educators and students, along with amazing tools that take advantage of the hardware built into your computer.
Doug Cairns 
October 13
3 PM - 5 PM 
Introduction to Google Forms
Google Forms is one of the most versatile and useful of the Google Apps tools. In this class, you’ll begin learning how to create simple surveys and quizzes and see how Google can automatically collect and analyze responses using its supportive Sheets spreadsheet application. Auto-grade  student submissions and learn about valuable add-ons. Discover how to create survey sections which are linked together (or ignored) based on earlier responses. A great class for office staff and administrators, too!
Steve Woods
October 20
2 PM - 4 PM 
Introduction to Google Forms
Google Forms is one of the most versatile and useful of the Google Apps tools. In this class, you’ll begin learning how to create simple surveys and quizzes and see how Google can automatically collect and analyze responses using its supportive Sheets spreadsheet application. Auto-grade  student submissions and learn about valuable add-ons. Discover how to create survey sections which are linked together (or ignored) based on earlier responses. A great class for office staff and administrators, too! 
Doug Cairns
November 3
2 PM - 4 PM 
Flipgrid – Learning the Ins and Outs
Flipgrid is a website that allows teachers to create "grids" to facilitate video discussions. Each grid is like a message board where teachers can pose questions, called "topics," and students can post video responses that appear in a tiled grid display. Grids can be shared with classes, small groups, or individuals. Each grid can hold an unlimited number of topics and each topic can hold an unlimited number of responses. Topics can be text-based or include a resource such as an image, video, Giphy, emoji, or attachment. Join me to learn the ins and outs of Flipgrid. 
Doug Cairns
November 10
3 PM - 5 PM 
Introduction to Google Slides
These days, it’s all about collaboration, and presentation building is no exception. Slides, Google’s collaborative presentation tool, can help you and your students to create visually interesting presentations, and share them with the larger community. With Google Slides’ Q&A presentation mode, allow your audience to provide input or inquiry, while you seamlessly view questions, presenting without interruption. 
Steve Woods 
 December 1
2 PM - 4 PM
Google Jamboard – Web & Mobile Apps
Google Jamboard allows you and your students to work together on a virtual whiteboard. Write, Move, Resize, Draw, add Sticky Notes, Pictures and more all from inside your Jam! We will cover how each tool is used for both the web and mobile device app. There are some significant differences in the tools you can use depending on how you access your Jams. Join me and learn how to have creative interactions with your students on this virtual whiteboard. 
 Doug Cairns
December 8
3 pm - 5 PM
Introduction to Google Sheets
An introduction to Google’s online Excel-like spreadsheet tool, including basic terminology necessary to understand spreadsheet concepts. Delve into understanding how formulas, conditional design elements and logic can help you view exactly the results you need.  Learn how to filter, sort, merge, and divide up information in cells, and discover how charts can help you look at data in a whole new way. 
Steve Woods 
January 12
2 PM - 4 PM 
Google Forms: Breakout Rooms
Google Forms is one of the most versatile and useful of the Google Apps tools. In this class, you’ll begin learning how to create virtual Breakout rooms based on worksheets you already use with your students. This is a great class for adventurous educators!
Doug Cairns 
January 19
3 PM - 5 PM 
Flipgrid – Learning the Ins and Outs
Flipgrid is a website that allows teachers to create "grids" to facilitate video discussions. Each grid is like a message board where teachers can pose questions, called "topics," and students can post video responses that appear in a tiled grid display. Grids can be shared with classes, small groups, or individuals. Each grid can hold an unlimited number of topics and each topic can hold an unlimited number of responses. Topics can be text-based or include a resource such as an image, video, Giphy, emoji, or attachment. Join me to learn the ins and outs of Flipgrid. 
Steve Woods 
 February 16
3 PM - 5 PM
Google Jamboard – Web & Mobile Apps
Google Jamboard allows you and your students to work together on a virtual whiteboard. Write, Move, Resize, Draw, add Sticky Notes, Pictures and more all from inside your Jam! We will cover how each tool is used for both the web and mobile device app. There are some significant differences in the tools you can use depending on how you access your Jams. Join me to learn how to have creative interactions with your students on this virtual whiteboard.
 Steve Woods
February 23
2 PM - 4 PM 
Gamify Your Lessons
Learn about various tools to turn your lessons and assessments into interactive games. Examples on how to setup and use each tool will be demonstrated live. You and your students will enjoy a fun and interactive way to learn.
 Doug Cairns
March 16
3 PM - 5 PM 
Google Forms – Choose Your Own Adventure Stories
Working from a basic knowledge of Google Forms, this session will cover how to use the logic features of Forms, coupled with form sections, to create a Choose Your Own Adventure story. Use these features to show your students how to create interactive book reports or stories that other students can enjoy over and over. 
 Steve Woods
 March 30
2 PM - 4 PM
Screencastify
Learn how to install and use this free Chrome Extension. Discover how you and your students can use this tool to record what is happening on their screen. We will also review some example cases and demonstrate how to apply them. 
 Doug Cairns
 April 6
3 PM - 5 PM
Intermediate Google Sheets
Learn the power of Google’s online spreadsheet tool as we delve into advanced formulas and logic, then create and edit a variety of charts. Create and format tables, including conditional formatting and an introduction to pivot tables.
 Steve Woods
April 20
2 PM - 4 PM
Google Earth – Stories & Maps
Learn how to create stories and maps. With creation tools, you can draw on the map, add your photos and videos, customize your view, and share and collaborate with others. Take your students on virtual field trips around the world. Google Earth’s creation tools allow you to create your own projects. Add points, text, and rich multimedia content to share stories and maps visualized on a 3D globe.
Doug Cairns 
 May 11
3 PM - 5 PM
Creating a Bitmoji Classroom
Love sharing your Bitmoji when expressing yourself online? In this 2-hour session, you'll learn how to combine your Bitmoji and Google Slides to create a unique virtual learning environment to support your students' educational experience. Discover why Bitmoji Classrooms have become so popular with educators who want to connect with the community they support. 
Steve Woods 
 May 25
2 PM - 4 PM
Minecraft for Education
Minecraft is one of the most popular games in history. Learn how to leverage one of the most popular gaming platforms, and something your kids already enjoy, to make your lessons exciting! Explore ways to transform your ideas into interactive Minecraft games. Discover how Minecraft Education Edition will allow you to teach virtually any lesson in any content area in a fun and interactive environment.
 Doug Cairns
June 8
2 PM - 4 PM 
Summer Tech Fun
Summer is here, and this tech class is all about getting more personally techy! We'll cover using an RSS (Really Simple Syndication) reader, so you can enjoy your favorite blog posts all in one place. Learn how to find enjoyable, entertaining, and yes, even educational podcasts to enjoy this summer. Want to start a blog so your students know what you're up to? We'll cover some possibilities for you. Learn how having a Twitter account can help you create a group of friends and even online colleagues. We'll also cover some fun and exciting possibilities for you to enjoy the summer while becoming familiar with tech trends your students have been latching onto for years. 
Doug Cairns
&
Steve Woods 


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