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Tech Tools Sessions are provided FREE of charge to all staff at districts/sites with an active 2022-23 ERS Library Media Services Agreement. Staff members 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:
sara
Sara Torabi

sara.torabi@tcoe.org
(559) 651-3031
 

CONTENT CONTACTS:
 
doug
Doug Cairns

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


steve-head
Steve Woods

steve.woods@tcoe.org
(559) 651-3031


2022

August 
17th
3:00pm - 5:00pm
Introduction to Google Drive & Docs
w/ Steve Woods

Google Drive isn’t just about putting your important learning documents online. It’s an online hub that creates opportunities for collaboration with students or colleagues. Learn how to share resources through proper organizing and sharing techniques in Drive. Discover how Google Docs provides unique collaboration opportunities between administrators, office staff, educators and students, along with amazing tools that take advantage of the hardware built into your computer.
24th
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Introduction to Google Classroom
w/ Doug Cairns

Google Classroom is a free learning management system from Google. It is 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. There are a variety of new features we'll be covering!
September 
14th
3:00pm - 5:00pm
Introduction to Google Slides
w/ Steve Woods

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.
21st
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Intro to Google Drive & Docs
w/ Doug Cairns

Google Drive isn't just about putting your important learning documents online. It's an online hub that creates opportunities for collaboration with students or colleagues. Learn how to share resources through proper organizing and sharing techniques in Drive. Discover how Google Docs provides unique collaboration opportunities between administrators, office staff, educators, and students, along with amazing tools that take advantage of the hardware built into your computer.

October 
12th
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Introduction to Google Jamboard
w/ Doug Cairns

Google Jamboard allows you and your students to work together on a virtual whiteboard. Write, Move, Resize, Draw, Sticky Notes, Pictures and more all from inside your Jam! We will cover how each tool is used for both the web app 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.
19th
3:00pm - 5:00pm
Introduction to Google Forms
w/ Steve Woods

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 that are linked together (or ignored) based on earlier responses. A great class for office staff and administrators, too!

November 
9th
3:00pm - 5:00pm
Introduction to Google Classroom
w/ Steve Woods

Google Classroom is a free learning management system from Google. It is 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. There are a variety of new features we'll be covering!
16th
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Introduction to Flipgrid
w/ Doug Cairns

Flipgrid is an asynchronous application that allows teachers to facilitate video discussions. Students are organized into groups and given access to discussion topics that are curated by the educator. Learn how to set up your classroom in Flipgrid. Let's get the conversation started!

2023

January 
18th
3:00pm - 5:00pm
Introduction to Google Drawing
w/ Steve Woods

Discover the visual presentation power of Google Drawings, and how graphics and images you create and annotate can be integrated into all of your G Suite for Education documents.

25th
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Introduction to Screencastify
w/ Doug Cairns

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 screens. We will also review some example cases and demonstrate how to apply them.

February 
15th
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Introduction to Google Forms
w/ Doug Cairns

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 that are linked together (or ignored) based on earlier responses. A great class for office staff and administrators, too!

22nd
3:00pm - 5:00pm
Introduction to Blogger
w/ Steve Woods

Isn’t it about time you considered blogging? Whether you’re an administrator who wants to keep your community informed or a teacher who wants to communicate to (and with) your class, Google’s free Blogger platform can help you get the word out! Learn how Blogger can be set up through G Suite for Education, to help your students creatively write and comment to each other in a safe environment.

March 
15th
3:00pm - 5:00pm
Introduction to Google Sites
w/ Steve Woods

Google Sites is a free and easy, drag and drop website creation tool that integrates with many of the great Google tools you use. Embed presentations, videos, pictures, forms, and calendars to stay connected with your students and the greater educational community. Google Sites is simple enough for students to create their own site for portfolios and presentations, yet powerful enough to handle the needs of your entire campus or district. Collaboration and control are easy and require no code experience.

22nd
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Introduction to EdPuzzle
w/ Doug Cairns

EdPuzzle is a tool that allows educators to take a video and transform it into an interactive activity. You can upload your own video or pull from YouTube. Once you have your video selected you can edit it, add voice-over, add questions, and more. With EdPuzzle you will be able to track, monitor, and grade students' engagement with the videos used in your lessons.

April 
19th
3:00pm - 5:00pm
Introduction to Microsoft Sway
w/ Steve Woods

Discover how this dynamic and visually interesting presentation tool can transform how you share information with your class.

26th
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Introduction to Scratch
w/ Doug Cairns

This session provides educators an introduction to Scratch, an application your students can use to code their own interactive stories, animations, and games. In the process, they learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively — essential skills for everyone.


May 
17th
3:00pm - 5:00pm
Intro to Microsoft Whiteboard
w/ Steve Woods

Learn more about how this presentation and diagramming tool can help you express ideas in real-time with your class.

24th
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Introduction to Code.org
w/ Doug Cairns

Discover this fun, creative, and free way to bring the coding experience to your classroom. You will be introduced to Code.org's toolbox of coding projects that will help you teach your student the basics of computer programming. We'll also explore ways to introduce coding without computers. No prior experience is required!



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