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1. Unplugged Coding Activities for K-5 Classrooms

Program: LHRIC - Instructional Technology (Model Schools Courses)

Dates: 8/21/2018

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Do you want to learn how to locate resources, facilitate lessons, and tie best practices into unplugged activities that will empower your students to think critically, collaboratively, and flexibly about coding? There is no prior coding experience necessary!

Throughout this session, you will not only act, but also think like a computer scientist. Oh, and please leave your computer at home! Coding without a computer keeps the focus on the true power of collaboration, growth mindsets, and computational thinking without the distraction of a screen or the confinement of a specific coding program. With technology changing just as  quickly as programming environments, preparing young coders to think like computer scientists provides the necessary foundational skills that can be applied across a wide range of coding environments.



During this session you will:

*Participate in activities that support both coding concepts and computational thinking.

*Discover ways to differentiate activities to provide scaffolding for students.

*Leave with a toolkit of resources to bring back to your classroom.

2. Breakout EDU: Create Your Own Game

Program: LHRIC - Instructional Technology (Model Schools Courses)

Dates: 8/22/2018

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Breakout EDU’s powerful games teach students essential critical thinking skills, teamwork, and complex problem solving. If you are already comfortable and confident setting up your own Breakout box and facilitating pre-made games, then this workshop is for you!

During this session, you will be immersed in a Breakout EDU game and learn the skills necessary to design your own immersive Breakout learning experience from the ground up. Facilitator-supported independent working time will be provided to assist you with designing your own game.

3. Maker Mindset: Incorporating Coding & Engineering into the K-5 Classroom

Program: LHRIC - Instructional Technology (Model Schools Courses)

Dates: 8/23/2018

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Join us to learn and experience design thinking, computational thinking, and engineering through a series of hands-on challenges.  No coding, electronic or engineering experience is necessary!  This fun-filled course will provide you with a toolkit of strategies and lesson resources that will prepare you to lead your very own challenges!

Through our Make & Take Challenge, you will be provided with a complete project, along with lesson resources that you can take back to your classroom.  This is a small group session that allows for personalized learning and support. Take the challenge and join us!



During this session, you will:

*Discover strategies that foster a maker mindset

*Complete a series of maker challenges that incorporate basic coding and engineering.

*Explore popular resources for Makerspace lesson plans.

4. iLit: Online Seminar Series

Program: LHRIC - Instructional Technology (Model Schools Courses)

Dates: 8/23/2018

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Please join us for this exciting iLit Suite seminar series to learn all about iLit’s resources. iLit (inspire Literacy) has been proven to motivate and engage students, and has also helped students and districts gain as much as two years of reading growth in a single year!

5. Putting the "A" in STEAM

Program: LHRIC - Instructional Technology (Model Schools Courses)

Dates: 9/14/2018

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The purpose of this workshop is to help us to grasp something that we are physically unable to grasp, I am referring to steam. STEAM is a conceptual instructional strategy that brings up many connotations, expectations, and beliefs, yet as much as we know about the creation of STEAM initiative, we have been unable to define its purpose in the classroom, how it can transform learning, or how it will help students prepare for their future.

In this workshop, participants will:


- Review pedagogical and instructional technology strategies
- Discussion "What are the Arts, and how can I integrate them to increase student understanding?"
- Review a variety of integration strategies in a variety of curricular settings
- Develop personalized lessons to use in your classroom

6. Coding for Cowards: An Experience for the Interested Novice (@Brewster)

Program: LHRIC - Instructional Technology (Model Schools Courses)

Dates: 9/26/2018

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Most districts have taken a serious look at the role that coding exercises can play in developing computational thinking for K-12 students. Most of the highly popular coding environments (Scratch, Tynker, Code.org) are based on "building blocks" that make it easy to create interactive stories, animations, games, music and art. As students become immersed in coding work, they learn important mathematical and computational ideas, while also learning to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively.

This session is geared specifically for those who may not have a formal programming or computer science background, but are open to exploring how the thinking involved in coding can help enhance thinking across all disciplines. You will actively engage in programming scenarios where you will become familiar with the interface, commands, and basic protocols/commands of Scratch.

Please note: The 9/26/18 session will be hosted at the Brewster Central School District.

7. Lower Hudson Computer Science and Engineering Education Collaborative (CSEEC)

Program: LHRIC - Instructional Technology (Model Schools Courses)

Dates: 9/27/2018

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Are you actively building and growing your computer science (CS) or engineering education instruction within your district? If so, we invite you to join fellow technology, curriculum, and instructional leaders as we discuss curricula, explore standards, and share ‘best practices’ in Computer Science (CS) and Engineering education, the two newest core disciplines in K-12 education. The “Lower Hudson CS and Engineering Education Collaborative (CSEEC)” is a participant-led community for information gathering, sharing/cooperation, and brainstorming. If your district considers CS and engineering to be more than just an enrichment activity and you are actively building a comprehensive curriculum in these areas for your students, you will enjoy collaborating with like-minded thinkers and leaders in this collegial environment. Meetings will be highly participatory: topics for discussion will be presented and selected by CSEEC community members, and innovative solutions/programs by CSEEC members will be highlighted. Additionally, experts in K-12 CS and Engineering education will be invited to present cutting-edge research and evidence-based practices to the CSEEC community. Participants will be encouraged to host meetings during the year; please consult the individual My Learning Plan entry for each specific meeting location.

8. Everyone can Code: Hosted by Apple

Program: LHRIC - Instructional Technology (Model Schools Courses)

Dates: 10/3/2018

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Exciting updates have been made to the free "Everyone Can Code" curriculum, giving educators around the world new ways to teach students coding from kindergarten through college. Teacher guides and lessons serve to introduce coding concepts visually on iPads in elementary, then move to writing code with Swift Playgrounds in middle school and finally prepare students to build iOS apps on Mac with Xcode in high school (and beyond). Whether students are first-time coders or aspiring app developers, educators will learn about all the tools needed to teach coding in the classroom.

9. Google Drive: The Basics (@North Rockland)

Program: LHRIC - Instructional Technology (Model Schools Courses)

Dates: 10/4/2018

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Are you new to Google Drive? This session will provide you with an overview of G Suite’s various apps (productivity tools), what they are, and how they work. Your documents can be opened and edited from any computer or device connected to the Internet, and shared with others so that you can collaborate in real-time across different locations and times.

10. Designing Digital Portfolios & Digital Exchanges

Program: LHRIC - Instructional Technology (Model Schools Courses)

Dates: 10/5/2018

In today’s connected world the ability to share discoveries, build on understanding and create collaboratively is critical. This workshop focuses on the importance of student portfolios, digital exchanges and the many ways they can capture experiences, design thinking, feedback, and reflection.
During this session you will explore:
- strategies and practices to integrate portfolio work in your classroom or makerspace
- digital tools to that showcase reflective thoughts and project phases
- differences between portfolio platforms
- ways to Integrate student, teacher & community feedback in the portfolio cycle
Whether you are looking for ways to support student collaboration or portfolio development, or you're trying to share the amazing work in your school, this workshop will add depth and reach to your current work. Come and explore some of the top student portfolio sites for varying grade and ability levels.
Prerequisite: An understanding of the online tools available in your district.

11. Online and Blended Learning: Strategies for Success

Program: LHRIC - Instructional Technology (Model Schools Courses)

Dates: 10/11/2018

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What are the benefits of online and blended instruction for students? What platforms will help my students (and me) be successful in this realm? What tools can I incorporate to help me organize, deliver and assess the content delivered to students? In this workshop, we will reflect on our own practices in the face-to-face classroom, and will investigate ways to restructure lessons to create interactive, supportive and collaborative learning environments where students reap the benefits that online and blended learning offer.

12. Next Level Google Classroom Worksheets (@PNW BOCES)

Program: LHRIC - Instructional Technology (Model Schools Courses)

Dates: 10/12/2018

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Take your Google Classroom worksheets to the next level through the use of interactive websites and Google Drawings! Google Drawings allow you to create interactive lessons and activities that allow for hands-on manipulation. Think along the lines of SMART Notebook, except that every single student will have the ability to complete every single activity! From graphic organizers to drag-and-drop activities, the possibilities are endless! Samples used for multiple grade levels/subject areas will be provided.

13. Active Learning Center: Mini Tours

Program: LHRIC - Instructional Technology (Model Schools Courses)

Dates: 10/16/2018

For four years, the LHRIC Active Learning Center (ALC) has served as a hub of discovery and exploration for those interested in active learning spaces and flexible learning environments. The LHRIC Instructional Technology team has provided professional development programs including vision and design focused sessions for district leaders, a two-day session designed just for teachers, and ongoing custom guided tours for faculty and design teams.

We are scheduling these "open house sessions" to provide a brief introduction to the LHRIC ALC, and discuss critical factors for consideration when developing and designing future ready learning spaces. You are welcomed to bring a colleague or a small team! You will have the opportunity to practice and learn in an authentic and risk-free, hands-on active learning environment. You will leave with a toolkit of strategies to assist you in your own journey, regardless of your starting point.

Take a virtual tour of the LHRIC ALC at http://alc.lhric.org.

14. Breakout EDU

Program: LHRIC - Instructional Technology (Model Schools Courses)

Dates: 10/17/2018

Breakout EDU is a revolutionary approach that brings gaming into the classroom in an entirely different and meaningful way. These powerful games teach students essential critical thinking skills, teamwork, and complex problem solving. The greatest part about Breakout EDU, is that this concept can be used in ALL content areas! During this session, you will be immersed in a Breakout EDU game, learn how to access pre-made games, facilitate a game of your own, set up a “ Breakout box”, and more!

15. ObserverTab Lunch and Learn

Program: LHRIC - Instructional Technology (Model Schools Courses)

Dates: 10/17/2018

Join the LHRIC and ObserverTab for a Lunch and Learn at the LHRIC offices, introducing ObserverTab, an easy-to-use yet comprehensive data-collection system for school and district administrators.


With the ultimate goal of building student achievement through teacher excellence in the classroom, the company's on-site development and web-based ObserverTab, AssistTab, and GoalTab bring professional growth into the classroom with platforms for administrators, mentors, and colleagues.

The ObserverTab® online system offers summative and formative data-collection tools built on research as well as 20 years of the company's facilitations with district and building administrators nationwide in protocols for (1) incorporating their district’s or state’s standards and indicators and (2) diagnosing and assisting for teacher formative growth.

AssistTab provides research-based tools for coaches and mentors to diagnose, collect data, and conduct reflective conversations; GoalTab provides goal-setting, self-assessment, and communication tools for teachers along with content related to performance standards so that they can build and hone skills as part of their ongoing daily practice.

For more information, visit https://www.observertab.com/.

For questions regarding this session, please contact John Resanovich

16. Google Classroom (@North Rockland)

Program: LHRIC - Instructional Technology (Model Schools Courses)

Dates: 10/18/2018

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Google Classroom is an integral component of G Suite, and is designed to help teachers create and collect assignments paperlessly by automatically creating folders for each assignment in their Drive. This allows Classroom students to keep track of what assignments are due, while having the freedom to begin their work with just one click! We will also explore helpful tools such as research features, peer editing, commenting, and more!
During this session, you will learn Google Classroom fundamentals including the setup and management of your Classroom, how to push assignments out to students, and how to provide real-time feedback and grades without ever leaving the application!
Prerequisite: A Google account for you and your students within a G Suite domain and prior experience using Google Drive is required.

17. Digital Citizenship: Developing Digital Leaders Utilizing Common Sense Education (@Brewster CSD)

Program: LHRIC - Instructional Technology (Model Schools Courses)

Dates: 10/19/2018

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This session is designed to help educators build a unique classroom culture that promotes the positive uses of technology. We will explore simple strategies to address digital literacy and the social and emotional impacts of technology. We will provide you with valuable resources to support family and community members. After a comprehensive hands-on tour of the Common Sense Media Education© portfolio, you will map out a detailed path to digital literacy for your own classroom and students.

18. CS Language Exchange: Exploring Coding Languages & Platforms for K-5 Classrooms (@PNW BOCES)

Program: LHRIC - Instructional Technology (Model Schools Courses)

Dates: 10/23/2018

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Are you curious about additional coding languages and tools that you may be able to add to your computer science curriculum? This session will allow you to explore various coding languages and tools to learn their strengths, limitations, and unique device compatibilities. The ability for students to recognize language and coding concepts across different platforms is the key to coding as a literacy. Throughout this session, you will experience some of the greatest coding tools out there for use in your classroom!

During this session, you will learn:


- K-5 friendly coding languages.
- Sites and applications that support computational thinking and coding as a literacy.
- Device compatibility for apps and grade levels.
- Basic scripts that will allow you to create projects and introduce coding concepts.

Prerequisite: Current or planned inclusion of computer science in curriculum. Coding experience is helpful, but not required.

19. Make it from Scratch (Beginner coding) (@ Carmel)

Program: LHRIC - Instructional Technology (Model Schools Courses)

Dates: 10/23/2018

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Much like a recipe, coding is just a series of instructions. The end result will rely on the ingredients that you choose. Join us in creating music, art, games, tutorials, stories, and animations using the free online coding tool "Scratch".

This is your chance to:


- Learn how to teach the coding process without a computer.
- Explore tutorials and resources related to Scratch.
- Create a program that reflects your passion.

Prerequisite: This session is geared for those that may not have a formal programming or computer science background, but are open to exploring how the thinking involved in coding can help to enhance thinking across all disciplines.

20. A Thousand Words: Using Digital Imagery in the Classroom

Program: LHRIC - Instructional Technology (Model Schools Courses)

Dates: 10/25/2018

Once a luxury item, pictures are everywhere in today's world. Still images and photos are powerful tools in the modern classroom. From primary source documents and historic photographs to cartoons and images of everyday life, teachers can use digital images to enhance their teaching and reach different learning styles.

In this class, learners will explore free web resources to:


- Find appropriate and relevant images on sites such as Pics4Learning and Google Images
- Organize and store those images with cloud-based tools such as Google Photos
- Crop Images to make them specific to your lesson
- Edit the images to highlight important features using tools like Pixlr
- Use all of these techniques to help build fun and exciting activities to reach all learners

21. CS for All: CS Differentiation for the Inclusive Classroom

Program: LHRIC - Instructional Technology (Model Schools Courses)

Dates: 10/26/2018

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Everyone should have a chance to understand the technologies that we encounter in our daily lives. Join our team to explore the various ways that we can integrate coding and computer science into the classroom for ALL. You will learn about popular tools and modifications that will ensure that students of varying abilities have access to necessary computer literacy. At the very core of coding and computer science, lies computational thinking, problem solving, and collaboration.

During this session, you will explore:


- How gamification and badges can aid students in meeting learning goals.
- Alternative tools for students with varying cognitive, behavioral, or motor skills.
- Unplugged activities that reinforce coding concepts, while also providing sensory support.
- Resources that provide students with both guided and exploratory activities.

We kindly ask that you bring examples of strategies and modifications that you are currently using with your students (writing, daily activities, social goals), as this will be helpful in finding connections to computer science concepts as a group. These examples will be used to guide us in our work. Please note that a form will be sent prior to this session to remind and confirm that you have the necessary materials.

Prerequisite: Current or planned inclusion of computer science in curriculum. Coding experience is helpful, but not required.

22. Lower Hudson Computer Science and Engineering Education Collaborative (CSEEC)

Program: LHRIC - Instructional Technology (Model Schools Courses)

Dates: 11/1/2018

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Are you actively building and growing your computer science (CS) or engineering education instruction within your district? If so, we invite you to join fellow technology, curriculum, and instructional leaders as we discuss curricula, explore standards, and share ‘best practices’ in Computer Science (CS) and Engineering education, the two newest core disciplines in K-12 education. The “Lower Hudson CS and Engineering Education Collaborative (CSEEC)” is a participant-led community for information gathering, sharing/cooperation, and brainstorming. If your district considers CS and engineering to be more than just an enrichment activity and you are actively building a comprehensive curriculum in these areas for your students, you will enjoy collaborating with like-minded thinkers and leaders in this collegial environment. Meetings will be highly participatory: topics for discussion will be presented and selected by CSEEC community members, and innovative solutions/programs by CSEEC members will be highlighted. Additionally, experts in K-12 CS and Engineering education will be invited to present cutting-edge research and evidence-based practices to the CSEEC community. Participants will be encouraged to host meetings during the year; please consult the individual My Learning Plan entry for each specific meeting location.

23. Instant Feedback: Response Systems for All

Program: LHRIC - Instructional Technology (Model Schools Courses)

Dates: 11/6/2018

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It started with clickers, and then moved to web-based tools - audience response systems have become a genre all of their own! Response systems are highly prevalent and effective in higher education. During this session, you will explore the profound implications of these tools in formative assessment for the K-12 classroom.
With the prevalence of mobile devices in our classrooms, it is helpful to have a toolkit of options for capturing both student and group feedback. During this session, you will gain exposure to a host of different tools that are designed to help you to tap into your students’ thinking at any time before, during or after class.

24. What's New in Apple Education: Hosted by Apple

Program: LHRIC - Instructional Technology (Model Schools Courses)

Dates: 11/7/2018

Learn about the current and latest Mac & iPad hardware revisions, along with the recent changes & additions to the Deployment & Management of macOS & iOS devices. Hear about the recent iWork, Creativity and iCloud updates along with the new Schoolwork App, the updated Classroom App, Augmented Reality options and Assessment updates. The session should be considered by those with leadership and usage roles in device Deployment & Management, as well as those who use Apple devices in technical & instructional environments.

25. Google Drive: Add-ons and Chrome Extensions (@ Rye Neck Middle School/High School Community Room (BYOD)

Program: LHRIC - Instructional Technology (Model Schools Courses)

Dates: 11/15/2018

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Are you comfortable with the use of Google Drive and the Chrome browser? Are Google Drive’s features feeling very basic? Are you ready to enhance the functionality of your Google Drive and Chrome experience? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this workshop is for you!
Google Drive Add-ons are extra features within Google Drive that are used to enhance the functionality of Google Apps (Docs, Sheets, Forms, Slides). Examples include, but are not limited to: the use of templates, citations, clipart, voice comments, automated grading via Forms, concept mapping, and much more.
Like Add-ons, Chrome Extensions provide additional functionality to the Chrome browser. Chrome Extensions connect additional web utilities that can customize and enhance your overall experience on the web. Examples include, but are not limited to: shortcuts, saving content directly to Google Drive, ad-blocking, creating screenshots, screencasting, accessibility features, creating site annotations, enhanced readability, and much more.
Prerequisite: A Google account and prior experience using Google Drive is required.

26. Thinking Deeper Than Code: Creating an Agile Classroom

Program: LHRIC - Instructional Technology (Model Schools Courses)

Dates: 11/16/2018

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Are you implementing coding or other STE(A)M-related content in your classroom, makerspace, school or district? Would you like your students to have the skill-set necessary for planning, building, testing, reviewing, and evaluating projects? Join us for this introduction to the Agile method, where we will unpack its usefulness in the classroom.

Agile is an effective, transformative, and popular framework used by leading technology companies such as Microsoft, Google, and Apple to manage and ensure success in their product development projects. The Agile Classroom framework offers an adaption of the Agile methodology in simple and practical ways that can help teachers and students build the necessary skills to manage coding and STE(A)M-related projects in the classroom.

An Agile approach can be applied to a diverse range of industries, and can assist in the management of projects as simple as household chores, or as complex as developing the next iPhone. Regardless of your content area, this session will help you to gain a deeper understanding of methods to support your students’ comprehension in project development, teamwork, and the importance of iteration.

During this session, you will explore:


- What it means to have an Agile classroom and workflow.
- The adaptation of Scrum for use in the classroom.
- Ways to complete STEAM-based projects using Agile approaches.
- The importance of flexible learning environments when integrating Agile into your classroom.
- The importance of flexible learning environments when integrating Agile into your classroom.

27. STEAM Playdate

Program: LHRIC - Instructional Technology (Model Schools Courses)

Dates: 11/27/2018

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These sessions are designed for teachers and STEM/STEAM Coordinators with the K-8 student in mind. We will explore kits, tools and resources that can assist students with the engineering and design process.

The Playdates will focus on coding/programming, artistic and engineering design, testing and troubleshooting, and original creative expression. You will have the opportunity to complete guided activities and interact with tools and resources from our library of STEAM, engineering and coding kits.

We will spotlight/showcase products from selected vendors to help participants enhance their own library of materials. If you are interested in rolling up your sleeves and getting “hands on” in a safe and fun learning environment, this session is the perfect opportunity to mingle with fellow learners.

28. Illuminate Learning with Infographics

Program: LHRIC - Instructional Technology (Model Schools Courses)

Dates: 11/29/2018

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When presenting data, charts and graphs can be effective communication tools. They are easier to grasp than a set of numbers displayed in text or a table. Infographics enable understanding by integrating design, writing, and analysis to communicate information concisely. For teachers and students, infographics can go a long way to aid in comprehending the core ideas of a lesson or a concept. In this workshop you will experience how “eye candy” offered through infographics is transformed into "brain food" for your students. You will learn how you can use infographics as a teaching tool, and an assessment vehicle for your students. Various platforms will be presented, and all participants will walk away with their own creations.

29. Universal Design for Learning: Using Educational Technology to Ensure Every Student Succeeds (@ PNW BOCES)

Program: LHRIC - Instructional Technology (Model Schools Courses)

Dates: 11/30/2018

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Are you looking for new ways to provide your students with flexible, accessible, free tools that support diverse learning styles and ability levels in any content area? This workshop will address the growing need for flexible tools that allow students to share, gather and review information in a universally accessible way.
During this session, you will:
- discover how UDL principles and practices impact learning
- gain hands-on experience with educational technology tools
- explore the connection between UDL and educational technologies
- experience the role co-teaching plays in UDL application
We are excited to share some powerful learning tools that support the critical need to provide universally accessible content and experiences to students. Get ready to walk away with a toolkit filled with strategies, practices, websites, extensions and apps that will aid you on your journey toward designing accessible content and experiences.

30. iPads for Special Ed (@PNW BOCES)

Program: LHRIC - Instructional Technology (Model Schools Courses)

Dates: 12/3/2018

Special education classrooms are often the first to implement iPads in the classroom. Why are these devices so popular, and how can we make them work for the special education population?

During this session, you will learn how to:


- locate apps that support IEP goals-such as instructional, occupational, speech, physical, and behavioral.
- manage devices in the classroom.

31. Reaching all Learners: Hosted by Apple

Program: LHRIC - Instructional Technology (Model Schools Courses)

Dates: 12/5/2018

Reaching all learners has been part of Apple’s DNA for decades. Many updates to MacOS and iOS over the years have continued to enabling all learners, regardless of ability level. Come learn about the amazing built in (not bolted on) tools on iPad, Mac and iPhone, and hear from other educators who help students engage in personalized learning experiences every day.

32. Lower Hudson Computer Science and Engineering Education Collaborative (CSEEC)

Program: LHRIC - Instructional Technology (Model Schools Courses)

Dates: 12/6/2018

New
Are you actively building and growing your computer science (CS) or engineering education instruction within your district? If so, we invite you to join fellow technology, curriculum, and instructional leaders as we discuss curricula, explore standards, and share ‘best practices’ in Computer Science (CS) and Engineering education, the two newest core disciplines in K-12 education. The “Lower Hudson CS and Engineering Education Collaborative (CSEEC)” is a participant-led community for information gathering, sharing/cooperation, and brainstorming. If your district considers CS and engineering to be more than just an enrichment activity and you are actively building a comprehensive curriculum in these areas for your students, you will enjoy collaborating with like-minded thinkers and leaders in this collegial environment. Meetings will be highly participatory: topics for discussion will be presented and selected by CSEEC community members, and innovative solutions/programs by CSEEC members will be highlighted. Additionally, experts in K-12 CS and Engineering education will be invited to present cutting-edge research and evidence-based practices to the CSEEC community. Participants will be encouraged to host meetings during the year; please consult the individual My Learning Plan entry for each specific meeting location.

33. App Development for Elementary

Program: LHRIC - Instructional Technology (Model Schools Courses)

Dates: 12/7/2018

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If you are looking for a way to support your students as innovators there is an app for that! This workshop highlights all the steps and tools needed to support brainstorming, design, creation, and testing of apps for mobile devices.

During this session, you will explore:


- Design Thinking in the context of app development
- Digital tools to prototype and develop mobile apps
- Cross Curricular connections

Mobile app development has the unique ability to reach the masses and provide ingenious solutions to everyday problems. As a result it has the potential to touch on many subject matter areas. We look forward to exploring the possibilities with you during this session.

34. Next Level Google Classroom Worksheets (@ Rye Neck Middle School/High School Community Room (BYOD)

Program: LHRIC - Instructional Technology (Model Schools Courses)

Dates: 12/7/2018

New
Take your Google Classroom worksheets to the next level through the use of interactive websites and Google Drawings! Google Drawings allow you to create interactive lessons and activities that allow for hands-on manipulation. Think along the lines of SMART Notebook, except that every single student will have the ability to complete every single activity! From graphic organizers to drag-and-drop activities, the possibilities are endless! Samples used for multiple grade levels/subject areas will be provided.

35. Active Learning Center: Mini Tours

Program: LHRIC - Instructional Technology (Model Schools Courses)

Dates: 12/11/2018

For four years, the LHRIC Active Learning Center (ALC) has served as a hub of discovery and exploration for those interested in active learning spaces and flexible learning environments. The LHRIC Instructional Technology team has provided professional development programs including vision and design focused sessions for district leaders, a two-day session designed just for teachers, and ongoing custom guided tours for faculty and design teams.

We are scheduling these "open house sessions" to provide a brief introduction to the LHRIC ALC, and discuss critical factors for consideration when developing and designing future ready learning spaces. You are welcomed to bring a colleague or a small team! You will have the opportunity to practice and learn in an authentic and risk-free, hands-on active learning environment. You will leave with a toolkit of strategies to assist you in your own journey, regardless of your starting point.

Take a virtual tour of the LHRIC ALC at http://alc.lhric.org.

36. Google Drive: The Basics

Program: LHRIC - Instructional Technology (Model Schools Courses)

Dates: 12/11/2018

New
Are you new to Google Drive? This session will provide you with an overview of G Suite’s various apps (productivity tools), what they are, and how they work. Your documents can be opened and edited from any computer or device connected to the Internet, and shared with others so that you can collaborate in real-time across different locations and times.

37. Maker Mindset: Physical Computing & NGSS

Program: LHRIC - Instructional Technology (Model Schools Courses)

Dates: 12/14/2018

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Looking to experiment with tools and software that allow students to explore the world of computing in a tangible and memorable way? This workshop will allow you to explore popular kits that blend science, engineering and computer science.

During this session you will explore:


- hand-on activities with physical computing kits
- computer science concepts
- engineering habits of mind
- connections to NGSS
- educator resources

Be ready to tinker during this “Three Dimensional Learning” experience designed to help you gain insight and resources on how to integrate kits like these into your classroom.

38. Microsoft Teams: Classroom Integration Strategies

Program: LHRIC - Instructional Technology (Model Schools Courses)

Dates: 1/8/2019

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Microsoft Teams is a chat-based collaboration tool that is part of the Office 365 suite of services. Teams enables students to work together and collaborate through a common workspace, using features such as discussion boards, document collaboration, and OneNote Class Notebooks. Microsoft Teams can empower your students' voices through discussion boards, save you time by electronically handing out and collecting assignments, and to create, organize, and collaborate with their classmates in their digital OneNote Class Notebook.
In this workshop, participants will:
- Create collaborative lessons
- Review project assessment strategies
- Add students and co-teachers to Teams
- Create discussion boards
- Distribute and collect assignments
- Create a OneNote Class Notebook
Prerequisite: A basic knowledge of Office 365(OneDrive, OneNote) is helpful.

39. 20% Time/Genius Hour User Group

Program: LHRIC - Instructional Technology (Model Schools Courses)

Dates: 1/10/2019

Join us for a user group experience! By design, this user group targets educators that are already implementing 20% Time/Genius Hour into their classrooms. Participants will have the opportunity to learn from one another's "successes" and "failures," as both are equally important. This work will help shape your journey and considerations for future 20% Time/Genius Hour implementations.

40. Creating Accessibility Content with Microsoft Tools (@PNW BOCES)

Program: LHRIC - Instructional Technology (Model Schools Courses)

Dates: 1/11/2019

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“For most of us, technology makes things easier. For a person with a disability, it makes things possible.” Judy Heumann, American Disability Rights Activist and Former Assistant Secretary, U.S Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs
Providing students with the right tools for learning and creation impacts student success and confidence significantly. Come and discover ways you can ensure that you are making the most out of what O365 has to offer.
During this session you will:
- explore accessibility tools available within O365
- discover teacher supports to assist you in expanding your understanding of O365 Tools
- connect strategies and practices to tools
- create an assistive tech learning menu of tools for your students
Accessibility tools are always a great additional to any educators toolkit. Understanding what is available in half the battle. Join us on this journey to discover, experiment and share assistive tools in O365.

41. Google Forms (@North Rockland)

Program: LHRIC - Instructional Technology (Model Schools Courses)

Dates: 1/14/2019

New
Google Forms allows you to easily create forms, surveys, and assessments. Google Forms can be used innovatively in your classroom to formulate assessments, rubrics, assignment drop boxes, instant feedback, and much more! Form results connect with Google Sheets, allowing you to easily manage your data to impact instruction and learning. Prerequisite: Prior experience using Google Drive is required.

42. Active Learning Center: Mini Tours

Program: LHRIC - Instructional Technology (Model Schools Courses)

Dates: 1/15/2019

For four years, the LHRIC Active Learning Center (ALC) has served as a hub of discovery and exploration for those interested in active learning spaces and flexible learning environments. The LHRIC Instructional Technology team has provided professional development programs including vision and design focused sessions for district leaders, a two-day session designed just for teachers, and ongoing custom guided tours for faculty and design teams.

We are scheduling these "open house sessions" to provide a brief introduction to the LHRIC ALC, and discuss critical factors for consideration when developing and designing future ready learning spaces. You are welcomed to bring a colleague or a small team! You will have the opportunity to practice and learn in an authentic and risk-free, hands-on active learning environment. You will leave with a toolkit of strategies to assist you in your own journey, regardless of your starting point.

Take a virtual tour of the LHRIC ALC at http://alc.lhric.org.

43. STEAM Playdate

Program: LHRIC - Instructional Technology (Model Schools Courses)

Dates: 1/18/2019

New
These sessions are designed for teachers and STEM/STEAM Coordinators with the K-8 student in mind. We will explore kits, tools and resources that can assist students with the engineering and design process.

The Playdates will focus on coding/programming, artistic and engineering design, testing and troubleshooting, and original creative expression. You will have the opportunity to complete guided activities and interact with tools and resources from our library of STEAM, engineering and coding kits.

We will spotlight/showcase products from selected vendors to help participants enhance their own library of materials. If you are interested in rolling up your sleeves and getting “hands on” in a safe and fun learning environment, this session is the perfect opportunity to mingle with fellow learners.

44. Museum of Play

Program: LHRIC - Instructional Technology (Model Schools Courses)

Dates: 1/23/2019

New
Wake up your inner child and join us for a CS/STEAM interactive museum experience. This event features a collection of exhibits you won’t want to miss. If you like museums, you’ll appreciate the flow and format of this special exhibition.
This year’s theme is Human Centered Design.
Exhibits include:
- Virtually Anywhere: Simulated Environments
- How’s it Made? Explore the Design Thinking Process
- Inside the Mind of an Engineer: Engineering Habits of Mind in Action
- Riddle Me This: Solving Problems Computationally
- Act it Out: Innovation in Motion Through Active Learning Environments
- What’s the Matter? 3D Design & Printing in Education
- Make it! or Break it! A Gadget Breaker/Maker Station

45. Managing iPads with Apple Classroom

Program: LHRIC - Instructional Technology (Model Schools Courses)

Dates: 1/29/2019

Bring a teaching assistant into your classroom with Apple’s powerful Classroom app! Apple Classroom can help you to guide student learning, share and receive student work, and manage devices. Students have the ability to share their work with both you- the instructor, and with the class. You will be able to view what your students are working on, and even lock them into a specific app!

During this session, you will work with lessons using Apple Classroom’s management tool, and will learn how to guide your students and monitor their progress, while managing the distraction of mobile devices.

46. Lower Hudson Computer Science and Engineering Education Collaborative (CSEEC)

Program: LHRIC - Instructional Technology (Model Schools Courses)

Dates: 1/31/2019

New
Are you actively building and growing your computer science (CS) or engineering education instruction within your district? If so, we invite you to join fellow technology, curriculum, and instructional leaders as we discuss curricula, explore standards, and share ‘best practices’ in Computer Science (CS) and Engineering education, the two newest core disciplines in K-12 education. The “Lower Hudson CS and Engineering Education Collaborative (CSEEC)” is a participant-led community for information gathering, sharing/cooperation, and brainstorming. If your district considers CS and engineering to be more than just an enrichment activity and you are actively building a comprehensive curriculum in these areas for your students, you will enjoy collaborating with like-minded thinkers and leaders in this collegial environment. Meetings will be highly participatory: topics for discussion will be presented and selected by CSEEC community members, and innovative solutions/programs by CSEEC members will be highlighted. Additionally, experts in K-12 CS and Engineering education will be invited to present cutting-edge research and evidence-based practices to the CSEEC community. Participants will be encouraged to host meetings during the year; please consult the individual My Learning Plan entry for each specific meeting location.

47. Maker Mindset: Incorporating Coding & Engineering into the K-5 Classroom

Program: LHRIC - Instructional Technology (Model Schools Courses)

Dates: 2/1/2019

New
Join us to learn and experience design thinking, computational thinking, and engineering through a series of hands-on challenges. No coding, electronic or engineering experience is necessary! This fun-filled session will provide you with a toolkit of strategies and lesson resources that will prepare you to lead your very own challenges!

Through our Make & Take Challenge, you will be provided with a complete project, along with lesson resources that you can take back to your classroom. This is a small group session that allows for personalized learning and support. Take the challenge and join us!

During this session, you will:


- Discover strategies that foster a maker mindset.
- Complete a series of maker challenges that incorporate basic coding and engineering.
- Explore popular resources for Makerspace lesson plans.

48. Web Tools for Student-Centered Creative Expression

Program: LHRIC - Instructional Technology (Model Schools Courses)

Dates: 2/5/2019

New
Engage the voice within every student through the use of free web tools that have been designed to promote higher level thinking skills and performance! Join us to explore these free web-based tools that are sure to engage your students and allow for greater creative expression. During this session, we will review tools such as Thinglink, Storybird, Animoto, and more! You will have the opportunity to design your own mini-lessons for use with your students, supported by LHRIC staff and fellow participants.

49. Webquests and the SAMR Model (@Brewster)

Program: LHRIC - Instructional Technology (Model Schools Courses)

Dates: 2/6/2019

New
Back in the 1990s, "Webquests" were structured activities that helped students make sense of the growing world wide web of information by offering teachers easy to follow backward design lesson templates which made excellent use of internet resources. The SAMR Framework, popularized by Dr. Ruben Puentedura, has recently given us a model to reflect on how we're using educational technology to supplement, augment or even redefine a learning task. If you teach in a 1-1 environment, or a classroom which is approaching 1-1, you will find this session extremely practical. During this session, you will create a well designed "SAMR-informed" Webquest activity with support from LHRIC staff and fellow participants.

50. Break Into Breakouts, the Digital Way

Program: LHRIC - Instructional Technology (Model Schools Courses)

Dates: 2/7/2019

You have probably heard the buzz about Breakout EDU. But have you experienced a Digital Breakout? In some ways, this form of Breakout EDU is more conducive to the “average” school room. No classroom set-up is required, students work in collaborative teams on a shared device, and there are no issues with those pesky locks! In this workshop, you will learn how to create your own Digital Breakout based on your own curriculum. Digital breakouts may take some time and thought to create, but once you have done the legwork, they can be used over and over with students. They provide the same engaged learning experience for students that traditional Breakouts involve: critical thinking, teamwork and complex problem solving. Come with a colleague and create a Digital Breakout together!
Prerequisites: working knowledge and experience with Google apps.

51. The New Google Sites! (@PNW BOCES)

Program: LHRIC - Instructional Technology (Model Schools Courses)

Dates: 2/8/2019

New
The new and modern Google Sites provides a simple, aesthetically pleasing, and straightforward method for website creation and collaboration! The new Google Sites is simply an updated and streamlined version of the original platform. If you are new to Google Sites, have no worries! There is no prior knowledge necessary from the original Google Sites. The updated Google Sites makes website creation simple and efficient.
During this introductory session, you will learn:
- Basic web design principles.
- Page creation and organization.
- Aesthetic theme choice (color schemes, font styles).
- Google Drive folders & files integration.
- Inclusion of media-rich content (images, videos, URLs).
- Permissions settings
- Publishing
Prerequisite: A Google account is required.

52. Make it from Scratch (Beginner coding) (@ Carmel)

Program: LHRIC - Instructional Technology (Model Schools Courses)

Dates: 2/12/2019

New
Much like a recipe, coding is just a series of instructions. The end result will rely on the ingredients that you choose. Join us in creating music, art, games, tutorials, stories, and animations using the free online coding tool "Scratch".

This is your chance to:


- Learn how to teach the coding process without a computer.
- Explore tutorials and resources related to Scratch.
- Create a program that reflects your passion.

Prerequisite: This session is geared for those that may not have a formal programming or computer science background, but are open to exploring how the thinking involved in coding can help to enhance thinking across all disciplines.

53. Augmented Reality: Implementation in the Future Ready Classroom

Program: LHRIC - Instructional Technology (Model Schools Courses)

Dates: 2/13/2019

Learn how to augment reality by adding digital content to the existing world around you! Augmented Reality (AR) technologies allow our students to experience digital enhancements and realities right from the comfort of the classroom using tools such as Aurasma, Panoform, QuiverVision, and others!

During this session, you will take a deep dive into Augmented Reality (AR) and develop an understanding of how both students and educators can learn so much more about the world through immersive AR experiences.

54. Bridging the Gap: Moving from Scratch to Python

Program: LHRIC - Instructional Technology (Model Schools Courses)

Dates: 2/15/2019

New
If you are currently using Scratch with your students, and find that they may be ready to take their coding journey to the next level, you may want to consider Python! This diverse coding language is great for supporting students in their transition from block-based coding to text-based coding.

During this session, you will explore:


- Similarities between Scratch coding blocks and Python scripts.
- Tools for supporting the transition from block-based coding to to text-based coding.
- A variety of methods used by educators to teach Python to their students.

Learning about Python will provide students with the incredible opportunity to grow their coding literacy. With just a few Python basics and identification of the right tools, you will have your own classroom toolkit, that will make the introduction of this new language both fun and simple for your students!

Prerequisite: Experience using Scratch and an understanding of basic coding concepts.

55. Google Classroom

Program: LHRIC - Instructional Technology (Model Schools Courses)

Dates: 2/15/2019

New
Google Classroom is an integral component of G Suite, and is designed to help teachers create and collect assignments paperlessly by automatically creating folders for each assignment in their Drive. This allows Classroom students to keep track of what assignments are due, while having the freedom to begin their work with just one click! We will also explore helpful tools such as research features, peer editing, commenting, and more!
During this session, you will learn Google Classroom fundamentals including the setup and management of your Classroom, how to push assignments out to students, and how to provide real-time feedback and grades without ever leaving the application!
Prerequisite: A Google account for you and your students within a G Suite domain and prior experience using Google Drive is required.

56. Hyperdocs in Office 365: Student Driven Instruction

Program: LHRIC - Instructional Technology (Model Schools Courses)

Dates: 2/26/2019

New
This session will empower teachers with new and creative strategies for assessing prior knowledge, engaging the classroom, and encouraging students’ “voice and choice” through a fresh approach to Office 365 tools.
During this session, you will:
- Learn the process of creating HyperDocs and Choice Boards with tools from Office 365.
- Explore HyperDocs and Choice Boards that are being used by other teachers, and then adapt these samples for your students.
- Learn strategies for ensuring that HyperDocs are accessible for all students with tools from Office 365.

57. A Thousand Words: Using Digital Imagery in the Classroom

Program: LHRIC - Instructional Technology (Model Schools Courses)

Dates: 2/28/2019

Once a luxury item, pictures are everywhere in today's world. Still images and photos are powerful tools in the modern classroom. From primary source documents and historic photographs to cartoons and images of everyday life, teachers can use digital images to enhance their teaching and reach different learning styles.

In this class, learners will explore free web resources to:


- Find appropriate and relevant images on sites such as Pics4Learning and Google Images
- Organize and store those images with cloud-based tools such as Google Photos
- Crop Images to make them specific to your lesson
- Edit the images to highlight important features using tools like Pixlr
- Use all of these techniques to help build fun and exciting activities to reach all learners

58. Google Drive: The Basics

Program: LHRIC - Instructional Technology (Model Schools Courses)

Dates: 3/6/2019

New
Are you new to Google Drive? This session will provide you with an overview of G Suite’s various apps (productivity tools), what they are, and how they work. Your documents can be opened and edited from any computer or device connected to the Internet, and shared with others so that you can collaborate in real-time across different locations and times.

59. Lower Hudson Computer Science and Engineering Education Collaborative (CSEEC)

Program: LHRIC - Instructional Technology (Model Schools Courses)

Dates: 3/7/2019

New
Are you actively building and growing your computer science (CS) or engineering education instruction within your district? If so, we invite you to join fellow technology, curriculum, and instructional leaders as we discuss curricula, explore standards, and share ‘best practices’ in Computer Science (CS) and Engineering education, the two newest core disciplines in K-12 education. The “Lower Hudson CS and Engineering Education Collaborative (CSEEC)” is a participant-led community for information gathering, sharing/cooperation, and brainstorming. If your district considers CS and engineering to be more than just an enrichment activity and you are actively building a comprehensive curriculum in these areas for your students, you will enjoy collaborating with like-minded thinkers and leaders in this collegial environment. Meetings will be highly participatory: topics for discussion will be presented and selected by CSEEC community members, and innovative solutions/programs by CSEEC members will be highlighted. Additionally, experts in K-12 CS and Engineering education will be invited to present cutting-edge research and evidence-based practices to the CSEEC community. Participants will be encouraged to host meetings during the year; please consult the individual My Learning Plan entry for each specific meeting location.

60. Universal Design for Learning: Using Educational Technology to Ensure Every Student Succeeds

Program: LHRIC - Instructional Technology (Model Schools Courses)

Dates: 3/8/2019

New
Are you looking for new ways to provide your students with flexible, accessible, free tools that support diverse learning styles and ability levels in any content area? This workshop will address the growing need for flexible tools that allow students to share, gather and review information in a universally accessible way.
During this session, you will:
- discover how UDL principles and practices impact learning
- gain hands-on experience with educational technology tools
- explore the connection between UDL and educational technologies
- experience the role co-teaching plays in UDL application
We are excited to share some powerful learning tools that support the critical need to provide universally accessible content and experiences to students. Get ready to walk away with a toolkit filled with strategies, practices, websites, extensions and apps that will aid you on your journey toward designing accessible content and experiences.

61. Microsoft Sway: eBooks, Presentations, Websites, and more…

Program: LHRIC - Instructional Technology (Model Schools Courses)

Dates: 3/14/2019

New
Sway is an application from Microsoft Office 365 that helps teachers and students to gather, format, and share reports, newsletters, web pages, and presentations on an interactive, web-based canvas that looks great on any device.
In this workshop, participants will:
- Create a Sway from a topic
- Insert text, images, links
- Insert videos or interactive charts
- Distribute and collect formative assessment data
Prerequisite: a functional knowledge of Microsoft Office 365 is helpful.

62. The Many Facets of Google Draw

Program: LHRIC - Instructional Technology (Model Schools Courses)

Dates: 3/15/2019

New
G Suite users: Do you leverage the power of Google Draw? Do you take full advantage of this easy-to-use app to help elevate your practice? Attend this workshop to discover how this multifaceted tool can help you with interactive lessons and worksheets, graphic organizers and mind maps, flow charts and infographics. Create memes and personalized lessons. Have students demonstrate understanding through visual representation. If creativity, collaboration, communication and critical thinking are goals for your 4Cs classroom, then Google Draw can be a versatile and easy addition to your toolbox.

63. Mobilize your Learners (Formative assessment with iPads)

Program: LHRIC - Instructional Technology (Model Schools Courses)

Dates: 3/19/2019

Mobile devices are celebrated for their ease of use, accessibility, and their power of engagement. Join us to learn how to harness these strengths to get your students actively involved in the learning process.

During this session, you will:


- Learn how to distribute content for guided or self-paced learning.
- Experience quick techniques to get your students involved in assessment.
- Learn how to use apps to gather student feedback, complete quick checks, and allow your students to perform their own self-checks for understanding.
Please Note: This session is geared specifically for those using iPads.

64. Virtual Reality: Implementation in the Future Ready Classroom

Program: LHRIC - Instructional Technology (Model Schools Courses)

Dates: 3/20/2019

New
Learn how to take students on virtual journeys around the globe, and even view the inside of a human heart! With today's virtual reality technology, students can experience this right from the comfort of their classroom using tools such as Google Expeditions, Nearpod VR, CoSpaces, and many more!
During this session, you will take a deep dive into Virtual Reality (VR) devices and apps, and will develop an understanding of how both educators and students can learn more about the world around them through immersive VR experiences.

65. Digital Citizenship: Developing Digital Leaders Utilizing Common Sense Education (@PNW BOCES)

Program: LHRIC - Instructional Technology (Model Schools Courses)

Dates: 3/29/2019

New
This session is designed to help educators build a unique classroom culture that promotes the positive uses of technology. We will explore simple strategies to address digital literacy and the social and emotional impacts of technology. We will provide you with valuable resources to support family and community members. After a comprehensive hands-on tour of the Common Sense Media Education© portfolio, you will map out a detailed path to digital literacy for your own classroom and students.

66. Office 365 Tools for the Classroom: Teaching with Technology Basics

Program: LHRIC - Instructional Technology (Model Schools Courses)

Dates: 4/11/2019

New
This one day session will focus on simple yet effective uses for the Office 365 Productivity Suite: Word, Excel,PowerPoint & Sway, and OneNote. Collaborate with others using shared files stored in OneDrive.
In this workshop you will: - Create a Table of Contents in Office 365: Word in a few easy steps. - Calculate the school activity funds in Office 365: Excel. - Animate text and objects in Office 365: PowerPoint and Sway - Learn to upload an existing Microsoft Word document to your OneDrive for collaboration. - Create an organizational notebook for curriculum development using OneNote.
Prerequisites: an Office 365 account.

67. Unplugged Coding Activities for K-5 Classrooms (@PNW BOCES)

Program: LHRIC - Instructional Technology (Model Schools Courses)

Dates: 4/12/2019

New
Do you want to learn how to locate resources, facilitate lessons, and tie best practices into unplugged activities that will empower your students to think critically, collaboratively, and flexibly about coding? There is no prior coding experience necessary!

Throughout this session, you will not only act, but also think like a computer scientist. Oh, and please leave your computer at home! Coding without a computer keeps the focus on the true power of collaboration, growth mindsets, and computational thinking without the distraction of a screen or the confinement of a specific coding program. With technology changing just as quickly as programming environments, preparing young coders to think like computer scientists provides the necessary foundational skills that can be applied across a wide range of coding environments.

During this session you will:


- Participate in activities that support both coding concepts and computational thinking.
- Discover ways to differentiate activities to provide scaffolding for students.
- Leave with a toolkit of resources to bring back to your classroom.

68. Gamify - Fortify - Learn

Program: LHRIC - Instructional Technology (Model Schools Courses)

Dates: 4/16/2019

New
Consider the level of engagement you see when your students are playing games. Watch them collaborate, compete and search for strategies to win. See them persist in reaching the desired goal, no matter how difficult the task. How can you leverage that level of engagement and apply it to your own learning objectives? In this class you will explore some of the research conducted on gamification and game-based learning, learn the differences between the two, and explore ways to bring the practice of play in your classroom. Keep in mind that this workshop will not just cover computer or video games; we will explore role-playing games, scavenger hunts and games based on television shows such as Jeopardy. We’ll also look at badging strategies and the outcomes that can result when you fortify learning through games. Come prepared to have fun!

69. Google Forms

Program: LHRIC - Instructional Technology (Model Schools Courses)

Dates: 4/17/2019

New
Google Forms allows you to easily create forms, surveys, and assessments. Google Forms can be used innovatively in your classroom to formulate assessments, rubrics, assignment drop boxes, instant feedback, and much more! Form results connect with Google Sheets, allowing you to easily manage your data to impact instruction and learning. Prerequisite: Prior experience using Google Drive is required.

70. Breakout EDU: Create Your Own Game

Program: LHRIC - Instructional Technology (Model Schools Courses)

Dates: 4/25/2019

Breakout EDU’s powerful games teach students essential critical thinking skills, teamwork, and complex problem solving. If you are already comfortable and confident setting up your own Breakout box and facilitating pre-made games, then this is the next step for you.
During this session, you will be immersed in a Breakout EDU game and will acquire the skills necessary to design your own immersive Breakout learning experience from scratch. You will be supported by LHRIC staff and fellow participants as you design your own Breakout experience.

71. Lower Hudson Computer Science and Engineering Education Collaborative (CSEEC)

Program: LHRIC - Instructional Technology (Model Schools Courses)

Dates: 4/25/2019

New
Are you actively building and growing your computer science (CS) or engineering education instruction within your district? If so, we invite you to join fellow technology, curriculum, and instructional leaders as we discuss curricula, explore standards, and share ‘best practices’ in Computer Science (CS) and Engineering education, the two newest core disciplines in K-12 education. The “Lower Hudson CS and Engineering Education Collaborative (CSEEC)” is a participant-led community for information gathering, sharing/cooperation, and brainstorming. If your district considers CS and engineering to be more than just an enrichment activity and you are actively building a comprehensive curriculum in these areas for your students, you will enjoy collaborating with like-minded thinkers and leaders in this collegial environment. Meetings will be highly participatory: topics for discussion will be presented and selected by CSEEC community members, and innovative solutions/programs by CSEEC members will be highlighted. Additionally, experts in K-12 CS and Engineering education will be invited to present cutting-edge research and evidence-based practices to the CSEEC community. Participants will be encouraged to host meetings during the year; please consult the individual My Learning Plan entry for each specific meeting location.

72. OneNote to OneNote Classroom: Tools for Creation, Organization, and Publication

Program: LHRIC - Instructional Technology (Model Schools Courses)

Dates: 5/9/2019

New
In this one-day session, you will find that OneNote is the perfect app for capturing just about anything and everything! OneNote allows you to type notes or record audio from your laptop, sketch or write ideas from your tablet, and even add pictures from your phone using Office Lens. The possibilities for instructional content creation are limitless! You can then take your content to the next level by publishing to a OneNote Class Notebook. Your students will be able to view your content, collaborate in real-time, and have their own private notebook section within your Class Notebook.
In this session you will:
- Explore OneNote in the Cloud and the desktop application.
- Create, organize, and publish your classroom content seamlessly in the cloud.
- Design, develop, and collaborate with co-teachers.
- Add personal instructional style through the use of audio and video recordings.
- Create a OneNote Class Notebook to share content, collaborate with others, and review individual student classwork.
- Assess student work in real-time, as a formative snapshot to encourage the self-motivated learning process.
Prerequisites: a basic understanding of Office 365 (OneDrive) is helpful.

73. Flipped Classroom Summit (@PNW BOCES)

Program: LHRIC - Instructional Technology (Model Schools Courses)

Dates: 5/10/2019

New
"Calling all “flipped teachers” in the LHRIC Model Schools community! If you are experienced in flipped/blended instruction, this session will provide a new perspective on the fundamental changes within flipped learning. Together, we will examine what others are seeing and hearing, so that we can prepare for the future of flipped instruction.
During this session, you will:
- Understand common mistakes that we have learned over the years.
- Apply “rapid design” techniques to create a flipped lesson.
- Develop targeted strategies for securing stakeholder buy in from fellow teachers, administrators, parents, and students.
NOTE: this session will be held at PNW BOCES.

74. Next Level Google Classroom Worksheets

Program: LHRIC - Instructional Technology (Model Schools Courses)

Dates: 5/13/2019

New
Take your Google Classroom worksheets to the next level through the use of interactive websites and Google Drawings! Google Drawings allow you to create interactive lessons and activities that allow for hands-on manipulation. Think along the lines of SMART Notebook, except that every single student will have the ability to complete every single activity! From graphic organizers to drag-and-drop activities, the possibilities are endless! Samples used for multiple grade levels/subject areas will be provided.

75. Global Citizenship: Experience the World from Your Classroom

Program: LHRIC - Instructional Technology (Model Schools Courses)

Dates: 5/15/2019

New
What if you could easily bring subject-matter experts from around the world into your classroom? How can you help to prepare students for the connected workplace of the future? During this session, we will explore how technology can be used as a resource for personal discovery, as a tool to cultivate exposure to rich cultural diversity, and how it can assist us in promoting leadership building activities in the classroom.
During this session, you will:
- Explore a variety of tools that can provide students with a simple solution for establishing global connections with subject-matter experts and peers, regardless of physical location.
- Gain exposure to a host of virtual reality locations and communities.
- Establish a toolkit of applications and resources that will help inform tomorrow’s global leaders.

76. *COPY OF Web Tools for Student-Centered Creative Expression

Program: LHRIC - Instructional Technology (Model Schools Courses)

Dates: 6/6/2019

New
Engage the voice within every student through the use of free web tools that have been designed to promote higher level thinking skills and performance! Join us to explore these free web-based tools that are sure to engage your students and allow for greater creative expression. During this session, we will review tools such as Thinglink, Storybird, Animoto, and more! You will have the opportunity to design your own mini-lessons for use with your students, supported by LHRIC staff and fellow participants.

77. Web Tools for Student-Centered Creative Expression

Program: LHRIC - Instructional Technology (Model Schools Courses)

Dates: 6/6/2019

New
Engage the voice within every student through the use of free web tools that have been designed to promote higher level thinking skills and performance! Join us to explore these free web-based tools that are sure to engage your students and allow for greater creative expression. During this session, we will review tools such as Thinglink, Storybird, Animoto, and more! You will have the opportunity to design your own mini-lessons for use with your students, supported by LHRIC staff and fellow participants.

78. Google Classroom

Program: LHRIC - Instructional Technology (Model Schools Courses)

Dates: 7/9/2019

New
Google Classroom is an integral component of G Suite, and is designed to help teachers create and collect assignments paperlessly by automatically creating folders for each assignment in their Drive. This allows Classroom students to keep track of what assignments are due, while having the freedom to begin their work with just one click! We will also explore helpful tools such as research features, peer editing, commenting, and more!
During this session, you will learn Google Classroom fundamentals including the setup and management of your Classroom, how to push assignments out to students, and how to provide real-time feedback and grades without ever leaving the application!
Prerequisite: A Google account for you and your students within a G Suite domain and prior experience using Google Drive is required.

79. HyperDocs and Choice Boards: Empower Student Voice and Choice

Program: LHRIC - Instructional Technology (Model Schools Courses)

Dates: 7/9/2019

New
This session has been designed to empower teachers with new and creative strategies for assessing prior knowledge, engaging the classroom, and encouraging students’ “voice and choice” through a fresh approach to G Suite’s tools.
During this session, you will:
- Learn the process of creating HyperDocs and Choice Boards.
- Explore HyperDocs and Choice Boards that are being used by other teachers, and then adapt these samples for your students.
- Learn strategies for ensuring that HyperDocs are accessible for all students.

80. Implementing 20% Time/Genius Hour into Your Classroom

Program: LHRIC - Instructional Technology (Model Schools Courses)

Dates: 7/9/2019 to 7/11/2019

New
20% Time is a simple concept that every teacher can execute successfully. The concept was taken from Google’s 20% Time model and applied within a K-12 educational setting. Students are given 20% of their time to work on student-designed projects, which align the curriculum with their passions to help to identify their career path. Under the guidance of their teacher, students create their own goals and assessments, which truly makes for a purposeful and collaborative classroom environment— a piece of the pie that made Google enterprises so successful!
20% Time provides students with more freedom over their learning, hence sparking curiosity and increasing innovation and intrinsic motivation. We will also discuss Genius Hour (for those that may not be ready to commit to 20% Time), where students explore new topics each week with several informal presentations at the end of the hour.
You will have the opportunity to learn from guest facilitators (invited by the LHRIC to share their innovative work), who have successfully implemented these concepts in their own classrooms.

81. Google Certified Educator Level 1 Course

Program: LHRIC - Instructional Technology (Model Schools Courses)

Dates: 7/15/2019 to 7/16/2019

New
During this session, you will explore several tools within Google’s Level 1 curriculum, all of which will be taught in the context of their meaningful use in the classroom for both students and teachers.
Explore the core areas of G Suite to increase:
- Professional learning and leadership.
- Efficiency in the classroom.
- Student learning and creativity.
Please Note: At the end of this session, you will be required to complete your Level 1 Certification exam. The cost of the exam is $10, and must be completed and paid one week prior to the exam/session registration date.

82. Mobilize your Learners (Formative assessment with iPads)

Program: LHRIC - Instructional Technology (Model Schools Courses)

Dates: 7/16/2019

Mobile devices are celebrated for their ease of use, accessibility, and their power of engagement. Join us to learn how to harness these strengths to get your students actively involved in the learning process.
During this session, you will:
- Learn how to distribute content for guided or self-paced learning.
- Experience quick techniques to get your students involved in assessment.
- Learn how to use apps to gather student feedback, complete quick checks, and allow your students to perform their own self-checks for understanding.
Please Note: This session is geared specifically for those using iPads.

83. Augmented Reality: Implementation in the Future Ready Classroom

Program: LHRIC - Instructional Technology (Model Schools Courses)

Dates: 7/17/2019

Learn how to augment reality by adding digital content to the existing world around you! Augmented Reality (AR) technologies allow our students to experience digital enhancements and realities right from the comfort of the classroom using tools such as Aurasma, Panoform, QuiverVision, and others!

During this session, you will take a deep dive into Augmented Reality (AR) and develop an understanding of how both students and educators can learn so much more about the world through immersive AR experiences.

84. A Thousand Words: Using Digital Imagery in the Classroom

Program: LHRIC - Instructional Technology (Model Schools Courses)

Dates: 7/18/2019

Once a luxury item, pictures are everywhere in today's world. Still images and photos are powerful tools in the modern classroom. From primary source documents and historic photographs to cartoons and images of everyday life, teachers can use digital images to enhance their teaching and reach different learning styles.

In this class, learners will explore free web resources to:


- Find appropriate and relevant images on sites such as Pics4Learning and Google Images
- Organize and store those images with cloud-based tools such as Google Photos
- Crop Images to make them specific to your lesson
- Edit the images to highlight important features using tools like Pixlr
- Use all of these techniques to help build fun and exciting activities to reach all learners

85. Virtual Reality: Implementation in the Future Ready Classroom

Program: LHRIC - Instructional Technology (Model Schools Courses)

Dates: 7/18/2019

New
Learn how to take students on virtual journeys around the globe, and even view the inside of a human heart! With today's virtual reality technology, students can experience this right from the comfort of their classroom using tools such as Google Expeditions, Nearpod VR, CoSpaces, and many more!
During this session, you will take a deep dive into Virtual Reality (VR) devices and apps, and will develop an understanding of how both educators and students can learn more about the world around them through immersive VR experiences.

86. Instant Feedback: Response Systems for All

Program: LHRIC - Instructional Technology (Model Schools Courses)

Dates: 7/23/2019

New
It started with clickers, and then moved to web-based tools - audience response systems have become a genre all of their own! Response systems are highly prevalent and effective in higher education. During this session, you will explore the profound implications of these tools in formative assessment for the K-12 classroom.
With the prevalence of mobile devices in our classrooms, it is helpful to have a toolkit of options for capturing both student and group feedback. During this session, you will gain exposure to a host of different tools that are designed to help you to tap into your students’ thinking at any time before, during or after class.

87. Coaching for Coaches PLC: Learning First, Technology Second...

Program: LHRIC - Instructional Technology (Model Schools Courses)

Dates: 7/24/2019 to 7/25/2019

New
Engage the voice within every student through the use of free web tools that have been designed to promote higher level thinking skills and performance! Join us to explore these free web-based tools that are sure to engage your students and allow for greater creative expression. During this session, we will review tools such as Thinglink, Storybird, Animoto, and more! You will have the opportunity to design your own mini-lessons for use with your students, supported by LHRIC staff and fellow participants.

88. Mediapalooza!

Program: LHRIC - Instructional Technology (Model Schools Courses)

Dates: 7/24/2019 to 7/25/2019

New
LHRIC's inaugural "Mediapalooza!" event will provide a 2-DAY, hands-on laboratory experience filled with exploration, guided practice, trial and error, and fun.
Whether you're new to world of digital media or you've already dabbled in media creation and production before, attending Mediapalooza! will enhance your skills with all three forms of media: video, audio, and imagery.
You'll gain confidence in understanding media formats and increase your skills using techniques and tools for capturing, converting, creating, and producing your own custom graphics, video clips, and audio. You'll also discover novel uses of the mobile devices and tools you and your students already have to enhance your own content creation and expand student expression.
Laptops and mobile devices will be available but participants should bring their own laptop and smartphone or mobile device along with a collection of digital pictures, audio files, videos and project ideas you'd like to learn how to do in your classroom.
Activities will include strategies, techniques and tools for:
- Converting and editing audio and video
- Creating, cropping and customizing photos, images, and graphics
- Producing screenshots, snips, and screen grabs
- Planning and creating effective screencasting and on-screen demos
- Producing and distributing live motion, animated, and interactive videos

89. Microsoft Teams: Introduction

Program: LHRIC - Instructional Technology (Model Schools Courses)

Dates: 7/24/2019

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Microsoft Teams is a chat-based collaboration tool that is part of the Office 365 suite of services. Teams enables students to work together and collaborate through a common workspace, using features such as discussion boards, document collaboration, and OneNote Class Notebooks. Microsoft Teams can empower your students' voices through discussion boards, save you time by electronically handing out and collecting assignments, and to create, organize, and collaborate with their classmates in their digital OneNote Class Notebook.
In this introductory workshop, participants will:
- Explore the Teams environment
- Create classes
- Add students and co-teachers to Teams
- Create discussion boards
- Distribute and collect assignments
- Create a OneNote Class Notebook
Prerequisite: A basic knowledge of Office 365( One Drive, OneNote) is helpful.

90. Make it from Scratch (Beginner coding) (@ Carmel)

Program: LHRIC - Instructional Technology (Model Schools Courses)

Dates: 7/25/2019

New
Much like a recipe, coding is just a series of instructions. The end result will rely on the ingredients that you choose. Join us in creating music, art, games, tutorials, stories, and animations using the free online coding tool "Scratch".

This is your chance to:


- Learn how to teach the coding process without a computer.
- Explore tutorials and resources related to Scratch.
- Create a program that reflects your passion.

Prerequisite: This session is geared for those that may not have a formal programming or computer science background, but are open to exploring how the thinking involved in coding can help to enhance thinking across all disciplines.

91. Microsoft Teams: Classroom Integration Strategies

Program: LHRIC - Instructional Technology (Model Schools Courses)

Dates: 7/25/2019

New
Microsoft Teams is a chat-based collaboration tool that is part of the Office 365 suite of services. Teams enables students to work together and collaborate through a common workspace, using features such as discussion boards, document collaboration, and OneNote Class Notebooks. Microsoft Teams can empower your students' voices through discussion boards, save you time by electronically handing out and collecting assignments, and to create, organize, and collaborate with their classmates in their digital OneNote Class Notebook.
In this workshop, participants will:
- Create collaborative lessons
- Review project assessment strategies
- Add students and co-teachers to Teams
- Create discussion boards
- Distribute and collect assignments
- Create a OneNote Class Notebook
Prerequisite: A basic knowledge of Office 365(OneDrive, OneNote) is helpful.

92. Transforming Lessons Using the SAMR Framework

Program: LHRIC - Instructional Technology (Model Schools Courses)

Dates: 7/26/2019

New
If you would like to take your teaching to the next level, then read on!
Together, we will work to enhance your existing lessons and units of study through the use of technology and the SAMR model (Substitution, Augmentation, Modification & Redefinition), developed by Dr. Ruben R. Puentedura, Ph.D.
During this Make and Take styled session, you will use one of your current lessons or units as the foundation for the day’s work. We will explore techniques that will help to produce a deeper level of student learning. You will be able to choose from a rich showcase of technology applications (both free and paid) to help achieve the desired outcome.

93. Digital Citizenship: Developing Digital Leaders Utilizing Common Sense Education

Program: LHRIC - Instructional Technology (Model Schools Courses)

Dates: 7/29/2019

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This session is designed to help educators build a unique classroom culture that promotes the positive uses of technology. We will explore simple strategies to address digital literacy and the social and emotional impacts of technology. We will provide you with valuable resources to support family and community members. After a comprehensive hands-on tour of the Common Sense Media Education© portfolio, you will map out a detailed path to digital literacy for your own classroom and students.

94. Breakout EDU

Program: LHRIC - Instructional Technology (Model Schools Courses)

Dates: 7/30/2019

Breakout EDU is a revolutionary approach that brings gaming into the classroom in an entirely different and meaningful way. These powerful games teach students essential critical thinking skills, teamwork, and complex problem solving. The greatest part about Breakout EDU, is that this concept can be used in ALL content areas! During this session, you will be immersed in a Breakout EDU game, learn how to access pre-made games, facilitate a game of your own, set up a “ Breakout box”, and more!

95. Expanding your "Hour of Code" (Scratch Bootcamp)

Program: LHRIC - Instructional Technology (Model Schools Courses)

Dates: 7/30/2019 to 7/31/2019

New
Does your district participate in "Hour of Code"? Does it leave your students wanting more? Join us for an intensive two-day dive into Scratch. Scratch is a programming tool that helps young students learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively.

This is your chance to:


- Create games, keep scores, use webcams and microphones, and capture user input
- Explore techniques to integrate essential project-based learning elements within Scratch projects.
- Build coding skills and incorporate Agile approaches to manage Scratch projects throughout the year, semester, or an after-school course.

Prerequisite: This session is geared for those with prior experience using Scratch.

96. Google Drive: Add-ons and Chrome Extensions

Program: LHRIC - Instructional Technology (Model Schools Courses)

Dates: 7/30/2019

New
Are you comfortable with the use of Google Drive and the Chrome browser? Are Google Drive’s features feeling very basic? Are you ready to enhance the functionality of your Google Drive and Chrome experience? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this workshop is for you!
Google Drive Add-ons are extra features within Google Drive that are used to enhance the functionality of Google Apps (Docs, Sheets, Forms, Slides). Examples include, but are not limited to: the use of templates, citations, clipart, voice comments, automated grading via Forms, concept mapping, and much more.
Like Add-ons, Chrome Extensions provide additional functionality to the Chrome browser. Chrome Extensions connect additional web utilities that can customize and enhance your overall experience on the web. Examples include, but are not limited to: shortcuts, saving content directly to Google Drive, ad-blocking, creating screenshots, screencasting, accessibility features, creating site annotations, enhanced readability, and much more.
Prerequisite: A Google account and prior experience using Google Drive is required.

97. Microsoft Sway: eBooks, Presentations, Websites, and more…

Program: LHRIC - Instructional Technology (Model Schools Courses)

Dates: 7/30/2019

New
Sway is an application from Microsoft Office 365 that helps teachers and students to gather, format, and share reports, newsletters, web pages, and presentations on an interactive, web-based canvas that looks great on any device.
In this workshop, participants will:
- Create a Sway from a topic
- Insert text, images, links
- Insert videos or interactive charts
- Distribute and collect formative assessment data
Prerequisite: a functional knowledge of Microsoft Office 365 is helpful.

98. Google Certified Educator Level 2 Course

Program: LHRIC - Instructional Technology (Model Schools Courses)

Dates: 7/31/2019 to 8/1/2019

New
During this session, you will explore several tools within Google’s Level 2 curriculum, all of which will be taught in the context of their meaningful use in the classroom for both students and teachers.
Topics include:
- Chrome browser
- Google Sites
- Google Classroom
- Google Drive
- Docs
- Slides
- Sheets
- Forms
- Calendar
- Gmail
- YouTube
Please Note: At the end of this session, you will be required to take the 3-hour Level 2 Certification exam. The cost of the exam is $25, and must be completed and paid one week prior to the exam/session registration date.
During this session, you will explore several tools within Google’s Level 2 curriculum, all of which will be taught in the context of their meaningful use in the classroom for both students and teachers.
Topics include:
- Chrome browser
- Google Sites
- Google Classroom
- Google Drive
- Docs
- Slides
- Sheets
- Forms
- Calendar
- Gmail
- YouTube
Please Note: At the end of this session, you will be required to take the 3-hour Level 2 Certification exam. The cost of the exam is $25, and must be completed and paid one week prior to the exam/session registration date.

100. Global Citizenship: Experience the World from Your Classroom

Program: LHRIC - Instructional Technology (Model Schools Courses)

Dates: 8/5/2019

New
What if you could easily bring subject-matter experts from around the world into your classroom? How can you help to prepare students for the connected workplace of the future? During this session, we will explore how technology can be used as a resource for personal discovery, as a tool to cultivate exposure to rich cultural diversity, and how it can assist us in promoting leadership building activities in the classroom.
During this session, you will:
- Explore a variety of tools that can provide students with a simple solution for establishing global connections with subject-matter experts and peers, regardless of physical location.
- Gain exposure to a host of virtual reality locations and communities.
- Establish a toolkit of applications and resources that will help inform tomorrow’s global leaders.

101. Awareness, Analysis and Action: An Introduction to Digital Accessibility

Program: LHRIC - Instructional Technology (Model Schools Courses)

Dates: 8/6/2019

Recent updates to Federal guidelines for "accessible" web content have focused greater attention on ensuring access to information and learning for all regardless of auditory, cognitive, physical, speech or visual disabilities. What impact does this have on schools and teachers, and where does one begin? What do school and district web administrators need to be mindful of? How might this impact the work of teachers who are creating more and more digital learning content?

During this half-day session, we will decode the technical guidelines and examine several "getting started" strategies to help ensure that our digital information and learning materials are perceivable, operable, understandable, and robust for our school community at large, students, parents, and staff. Topics relevant for both school/district website administrators and teachers will include: defining alternative text for images and graphics, creating accessible PDFs (as well as alternative strategies), captions and transcripts for videos, and best practices for the use of contrast and color in digital materials.