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1. Distance Learning Design Challenge

Program: NERIC: Special Events

Audience: Distance Learning Teachers and TAs

Dates: 1/22/2018

In conjunction with the Distance Learning Practitioners' Meeting, the DL Program is sponsoring the Distance Learning Design Challenge professional learning opportunity to help inform the design of the next generation Distance Learning Classroom. In this challenge, Distance Learning Teachers and TAs are invited to provide feedback in a facilitated setting to questions such as:
- What kinds of interactions should student experience?
- What skills and dispositions do we want students to have to function in the world?
- What do we want to be doing in these DL spaces?
- What could a next generation DL classroom look like?

Participants in this Design Challenge will both learn from fellow Distance Learning colleagues and help inform the design of new DL spaces going forward.

We are holding the Design Challenge on Monday, January 22nd from 9:30 to 11:45am with lunch offered at 12 noon. Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School has agreed to host this challenge. The address for Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School is 88 Lakehill Road, Burnt Hills, NY 12027. We will be meeting in Room 150C at the high school. Please register to hold your place, as this inaugural challenge might fill up quickly!

Looking forward to seeing the ideas you bring to the table!

Thank you,
Eileen Drescher, Mike Sylofski, & Mary Graham-Morris

NOTE: This meeting is open to DL Practitioners' from districts participating in the Full Distance Learning Program.

2. Distance Learning Practitioners' Meeting (January 2018)

Program: NERIC: Special Events

Audience: Distance Learning Teachers and TAs

Dates: 1/22/2018

The Distance Learning Practitioners' Meeting allows veteran DL Practitioners (teachers and TAs), those new to the DL environment, and even those thinking about entering the Distance Learning classroom for the first time to share knowledge, troubleshoot common issues, and meet other Practitioners face to face to improve the Distance Learning Program.

We are holding the Distance Learning Practitioners' Meeting on Monday, January 22nd from 12:30 to 2:30pm with lunch offered at 12 noon. Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School has agreed to host this meeting. The address for Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School is 88 Lakehill Road, Burnt Hills, NY 12027. We will be meeting in their Library at the high school. Please register to hold your place, as your feedback is the driving force for this collaborative forum.

More detailed information will follow. If you have a DL best practice experience you would like to share, or a DL pain point you hope to get feedback from others about, please be in touch with Mary Morris at dl@neric.org. Once we hear from you, we will announce the topics used to launch the forum discussions.

Please send any suggested topics you have, either to present or just to discuss as a group, to dl@neric.org by January 15th.

Looking forward to seeing you!

Thank you,
Eileen Drescher, Mike Sylofski, & Mary Graham-Morris

NOTE: This meeting is open to DL Practitioners' from districts participating in the Full Distance Learning Program.

3. Videoconferencing Liaisons Summit 2018

Program: NERIC: Special Events

Audience: Anyone interested in videoconferencing (VC) opportunities to collaborate, VC Practitioners, Educational Technology Integration Specialists, DL Practitioners, Technology Directors, etc.

Dates: 3/29/2018

Location: HFM Room at NERIC, 900 Watervliet-Shaker Road, Alb


In response to hearing from a number of Videoconferencing Services subscribers that they want to network and connect with one another more frequently to provide exceptional resources for collaborations and other VC opportunities, bringing the world into their classrooms, we held our first Video Conferencing Liaisons' Summit in 2017.

To continue the conversation about videoconferencing opportunities and best practices opening up new possibilities for students, teachers, staff, and communities to connect, we have scheduled a second virtual Videoconferencing Liaisons Summit on Thursday, March 29th from 10:00 to 11:30 AM. We will have a physical meeting in the HFM Room at the NERIC offices (900 Watervliet-Shaker Road in Albany), as well as the ability to connect via VC and WebEx. Please save the date, as your voices and experiences will continue to drive these collaborations.

Sue Porter and Elaine Shuck of TWICE/CAPspace have agreed to speak on how to leverage the TWICE and CAPspace websites to grow your videoconferencing network!

We will also need the topics you would like to discuss during the Summit, so be sure to email mary.morris@neric.org by Thursday, March 22nd with questions, pain points, and/or success stories you have in the Video Conferencing Environment. A detailed agenda will follow which will include the topics you provide.

Other suggested topics might be:
- Creating a listserv to keep in touch with each other throughout the year
- Discussing VC subscribers' experiences with different connections
- WebEx as a way to deliver your students into the world!

Looking forward to seeing you and facilitating more collaborations!

Thank you,
Mary Graham-Morris & Mike Sylofski

NOTE: This Summit is open to subscribers of NERIC's Video Conferencing and/or Distance Learning Services.

4. Distance Learning Practitioners' Meeting (June 2018)

Program: NERIC: Special Events

Audience: Distance Learning Teachers and TAs

Dates: 6/15/2018

The Distance Learning Practitioners' Meeting allows veteran DL Practitioners (teachers and TAs), those new to the DL environment, and even those thinking about entering the Distance Learning classroom for the first time to share knowledge, troubleshoot common issues, and meet other Practitioners face to face to improve the Distance Learning Program.

We are holding the Distance Learning Practitioners' Meeting on Friday, June 15th from 12:30 to 2:30pm with lunch offered at 12 noon. Schalmont High School has agreed to host this meeting. The address for Schalmont High School is 1 Sabre Drive, Schenectady, NY 12306. We will be meeting in their Library at the high school. Please register to hold your place, as your feedback is the driving force for this collaborative forum.

If you have a DL best practice experience you would like to share, or a DL pain point you hope to get feedback from others about, please be in touch with Mary Morris at dl@neric.org. Once we hear from you, we will announce the topics used to launch the forum discussions.

Please send any suggested topics you have, either to present or just to discuss as a group, to dl@neric.org by June 6th.

Looking forward to seeing you!

Thank you,
Eileen Drescher, Mike Sylofski, & Mary Graham-Morris

NOTE: This meeting is open to DL Practitioners' from districts participating in the Full Distance Learning Program.

5. Personalizing Google for Your Classroom - Online

Program: NERIC: Model Schools

Audience: Teachers, Administrators, all staff

Dates: 7/5/2018 to 9/29/2018

Location: NERIC Albany, Active Learning Space

Are you interested in adding new Google tools to your toolbox, but want, or even NEED, the training to be relevant to your own classroom? If so, this blended learning opportunity could be just what you are looking for.

This 13-part series will consist of two components per session: an asynchronous, pre-recorded webinar and a creation of an artifact approporiate to your specific classroom. Each pre-recorded session will be active and available as of July 5th, will be approximately 45 minutes in length and will be available through Google Classroom. All class assignments will be due on or before September 15, 2018.

In order to receive credit, you will need to submit a project, a lists of ways to use the specific Google tools, or an artifact, proving your grasp of the webinar session. Each webinar session will have varying time issued, a list can be found here.

To receive access to the individual webinar series within this course, please fill out the following form, Personalizing Google for your Classroom url , and indicate which session you wish to take. The maximum number of credits an individual can receive for taking all webinars is 25 hours.

This workshop is free for Model Schools subscribers and $125 per person outside of the Model Schools network.

6. Google for Secretaries: Malone

Program: NERIC: Model Schools

Audience: Teachers, Administrators, all staff

Dates: 7/10/2018

Location: NERIC Malone: Active Learning Space Room 148

This Google training is specifically for secretaries and support staff.The day will include time in each of the following apps: Drive, Mail, Docs, Slides, Sheets, Calendar and well as sharing within Google and file management.

Please bring a device if possible and your Google login credentials. There will be Chromebooks available for use.

This workshop is free for Model Schools subscribers and $125 per person outside of the Model Schools network.

7. Google Sheets for Educators - Online

Program: NERIC: Model Schools

Dates: 7/16/2018 to 8/20/2018

This 15-hour online course introduces educators to Google Sheets. The focus is on standards-based exercises that can be easily integrated and adapted for educator use across the curriculum. Topics covered may include: making the transition from Excel, using spreadsheets in the classroom and school environment, gradebooks, conditional formatting and filters, graphing data, working with live Web-based data, and using add-ons. Participants who complete all the assignments will receive a 15 hour completion certificate. Registrants will be notified by email with course access information. Prerequisites: Must have Internet access and a Google Drive account. Prior knowledge of Excel is strongly recommended.

Prerequisites:Must have Internet access and a Google Drive/Gmail account.

Note: All participants must login and/or contact the course instructor within one week of the start of this course.

Platform: PC
Fee: NERIC Model Schools Districts - FREE
Others: $250
Location: Online

8. Parental Communication in the Social Media Age

Program: NERIC: Model Schools

Dates: 7/16/2018 to 8/17/2018

Location: Online

The overall goal of this course will be to improve and strengthen 21st Century communication skills in order to improve effectiveness. We will focus on communication with parents and students using multiple applications. One primary topic will be how to write effective emails to parents regarding discipline/academic concerns, encouragement, and complimentary messages.

Fee: Model Schools Participants - FREE
Others: $250

9. Bring Your Work to the "Expert" Day

Program: NERIC: Model Schools

Audience: All Educators

Dates: 7/17/2018

This is the work day you’ve been looking for! Bring that big project you’ve been wanting to build but have been scared to start. Have access to an on-site “expert” to guide you through the process. Ideas include: building a curricular unit, your Google Classroom, creating a paperless classroom for the new year, learning a new software program, exploring a new online software programs with someone nearby to answer questions; the possibilities are endless! Come with resources, your own device, and charging cords. There will be room to spread out and time to brainstorm a plan of attack.

Length:6 hours
Date: July 17, 2018
Time: 8:30-3:30

Location: NERIC Plattsburgh/Marcy Room

10. Google Level 1 Bootcamp and Certification: Albany

Program: NERIC: Model Schools

Audience: Teachers, Administrators, all staff

Dates: 7/20/2018

Location: NERIC Albany, Active Learning Space

Starting Today
Are you ready to take the Google Level 1 Educator test but want a quick review and then a quiet place to take the test? If you answered yes, then this is the day for you!

The morning will be individualized review/prep for the test, as well as test-taking tips and tricks.The afternoon will be time for you to take your Educator Exam. NERIC will provide an extra device for you to use during the exam. Participants should register for the Google Level 1 Educator Exam, at https://edutrainingcenter.withgoogle.com/certification_level1, within 3 days of the training. (Test credentials are only good for 7 days, and may take up to 48 to be sent). Participants using a school device should check to make sure they are able to use Incognito mode, which is needed for the test. Please bring your Google login credentials and headphones/earbuds may be useful.

This workshop is free for Model Schools subscribers and $125 per person outside of the Model Schools network.

11. Balancing Conversation: A Book Study About Talking Less So That Your Students Do More

Program: NERIC: Model Schools

Dates: 7/23/2018 to 8/20/2018

Location: Online

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In this course you will learn how to support your students in reading instruction and beyond as they do more of the work. You will learn how to say less so your students can say more as you explore the book Who's Doing the Work? by Jan Burkins and Kim Yaris. This book study will support you in your planning of daily reading instruction across all content areas. You will also gain experience with Google Docs, Google Drive, Flipgrid and Schoology. You will leave this course with plans to use in your classroom and a possible change in mindset for your daily instruction.

Participants must have access to the book Who's Doing the Work? by Jan Burkins and Kim Yaris. Open to all, but best suited for K-5.

Fee: Model Schools Participants - FREE
Others: $250
Location: Online

12. Google Classroom for Educators - Online

Program: NERIC: Model Schools

Dates: 7/23/2018 to 8/27/2018

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Google Classroom is a free tool that allows teachers to create assignments, post announcements and start class discussions. As part of the G Suite, Google Classroom is suitable for a flipped classroom and blended learning experience. Classroom provides an easy-to-use interface that is accessible from all devices.

Topics covered in this 15 hour online course may include: the layout, setting up your classroom, adding students and co-teachers, documents, calendar, posting announcements, assignments and questions, using classroom as a student, exporting grades, and integrating other Google tools and add-ons.

Requirements: Participants will need to submit their school's Google domain to steven.janover@neric.org to facilitate optimal access to the Google Classroom.

13. Google Forms: In and Out of the Classroom - Online

Program: NERIC: Model Schools

Dates: 7/23/2018 to 8/27/2018

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This 15-hour online course introduces educators to Google Forms for classroom and personal use. Google Forms is a tool that is a part of the G-Suite. It allows users to create easy-to-use web forms, that are linked to a Google Sheet. The course focus is on standards-based exercises that can be easily integrated and adapted for educator use across the curriculum. Topics covered may include: form creation and formatting, using templates, creating surveys, quizzes, exit tickets, sharing and collaborating, and using add-ons. Participants who complete all the assignments will receive a 15 hour completion certificate. Registrants will be notified by email with course access information. Prerequisites: Must have Internet access and a Google Drive account. Prior knowledge of Google Drive is strongly recommended.

Prerequisites:Must have Internet access and a Google Drive/Gmail account.

Note: All participants must login and/or contact the course instructor within one week of the start of this course.

Platform: PC
Fee: NERIC Model Schools Districts - FREE
Others: $250
Location: Online

14. Google Level 1 Bootcamp and Certification: Plattsburgh

Program: NERIC: Model Schools

Audience: Teachers, Administrators, all staff

Dates: 7/24/2018

Location: NERIC Plattsburgh, Marcy Room

Starting Soon
Are you ready to take the Google Level 1 Educator test but want a quick review and then a quiet place to take the test? If you answered yes, then this is the day for you!

The morning will be individulaized review/prep for the test, as well as test-taking tips and tricks.The afternoon will be time for you to take your Educator Exam. NERIC will provide an extra device for you to use during the exam. Participants should register for the Google Level 1 Educator Exam, at https://edutrainingcenter.withgoogle.com/certification_level1, within 3 days of the training. (Test credentials are only good for 7 days, and may take up to 48 to be sent). Participants using a school device should check to make sure they are able to use Incognito mode, which is needed for the test. Please bring your Google login credentials and headphones/earbuds may be useful.

This workshop is free for Model Schools subscribers and $125 per person outside of the Model Schools network.

15. BF Get & Go: Breakout, FlipGrid, Tour Builder and Google Expeditions: Plattsburgh

Program: NERIC: Model Schools

Audience: Teachers, Administrators, all staff

Dates: 7/25/2018

Location: NERIC Plattsburgh

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Are you interested in some new tools for engaging your students differently? This full-day session will focus on Breakout Edu, FlipGrid, Tour Builder and Google Expeditions (both AR and VR), all tools that have been proven to engage students in all classrooms. The day will focus on training and instructional best practices with each tool. By taking this full day session, you will be able to sign out a NERIC Breakout Edu Kits and/or the Google Expeditions kits for use within your classroom.

Please bring a device if possible and your Google login credentials. There will be Chromebooks available for use.

This workshop is free for Model Schools subscribers and $125 per person outside of the Model Schools network.

16. BF Get & Go: Breakout, FlipGrid, Tour Builder and Google Expeditions:Malone

Program: NERIC: Model Schools

Audience: Teachers, Administrators, all staff

Dates: 7/26/2018

Location: NERIC Malone: Active Learning Space Room 148

Starting Soon
Are you interested in some new tools for engaging your students differently? This full-day session will focus on Breakout Edu, FlipGrid, Tour Builder and Google Expeditions (both AR and VR), all tools that have been proven to engage students in all classrooms. The day will focus on training and instructional best practices with each tool. By taking this full day session, you will be able to sign out a NERIC Breakout Edu Kits and/or the Google Expeditions kits for use within your classroom. This will be a collaborative session between Malone and Albany's Active Learning Spaces.

Please bring a device if possible and your Google login credentials. There will be Chromebooks available for use.

This workshop is free for Model Schools subscribers and $125 per person outside of the Model Schools network.

17. Introduction to Excel 2016

Program: NERIC: Model Schools

Dates: 7/26/2018

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The Excel 2016 interface is the most current version of Microsoft Excel. This half-day session is designed for individuals who have no prior experience with Microsoft Excel. The class will focus on relevant office and classroom exercises that can be adapted and modified by educators and support staff. Topics covered will include: the work environment, worksheet and workbook formatting, formulas and functions, conditional formatting, and basic charts and graphs.

Please bring a laptop running Excel 2016.

Fee: NERIC Model Schools Districts - FREE
Others: $75
Location: Schenectady

18. Intermediate Excel 2016

Program: NERIC: Model Schools

Dates: 7/26/2018

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This class is designed for individuals who have some experience using Microsoft Excel. The focus is on graphing and analyzing data in Excel. Topics covered may include, but are not limited to: new features and functions in Excel 2016, using spreadsheets in the classroom and school environment, enhanced gradebooks, conditional formatting, lookup tables, graphing student and scientific data, importing and filtering data, working with live Web-based data, lists and PivotTables.

Please bring a laptop running Excel 2016.

Fee: NERIC Model Schools Districts - FREE
Others: $75
Location: Schenectady

19. Expand Your Knowledge of Google Classroom and Extensions

Program: NERIC: Model Schools

Dates: 7/27/2018

Learn how to engage your students with Google. In this training, you will learn the about using extensions and apps for use in your Google classroom. This class will focus on extensions, Google apps and add-ons (particularly Flubaroo, Doctopus, Classroom). Ideas will be shared on best practices for using these Google Apps with your students.

Bring a laptop or Chromebook.

Fee: Model Schools Participants - FREE
Others: $75
Location: Johnstown

20. Saranac Lake Tech Camp Day 1

Program: NERIC: Model Schools

Audience: Teachers, Administrators, all staff

Dates: 7/27/2018

Location: Petrova Elementary

Saranac Lake Central School is hosting two identical tech camp days this summer, July 27th and August 8th.This registration is for Tech Camp Day 1. These sessions will be of varying levels and topics.

There will be 4 sessions, each 50 minutes in length.Sessions will be at Petrova Elementary School and will start at 9am (Please note: location may be changed due to district on-going construction) Lunch will be on your own. Please bring a device.

To access a schedule, click here.

This workshop is free for Model Schools subscribers and $125 per person outside of the Model Schools network.

21. LiveBinders - Online

Program: NERIC: Model Schools

Dates: 7/30/2018 to 8/19/2018

Location: Online

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This course introduces teachers of all subjects and grade levels to LiveBinders, an Internet application that allows teachers to create classroom textbooks, ePortfolios, and more. Also, teachers can use it to provide parents with resources to help their children or showcase student work by sharing with parents and potential schools. Also, it can be used to help a substitute by providing everything they will need in one simple place. Upon completion of the course, teachers will receive a certificate for 15 hours of participation.

Fee: Model Schools Participants - FREE
Others: $250
Location: Online

22. Padlet- A Multimedia Friendly, Free-Form, Real-Time Wiki - Online

Program: NERIC: Model Schools

Dates: 7/30/2018 to 8/19/2018

Location: Online

This course introduces teachers of all subjects and grade levels to Padlet, an Internet application that allows people to express their thoughts on a common topic easily. It works like an online sheet of paper where people can put any content (e.g. images, videos, documents, text) anywhere on the page, together with anyone, from any device. It is like a multimedia friendly, free-form, real-time wiki. Padlet is a great way to organize resources by subject or unit for students to view and/or edit or simply for personal use. It is an excellent tool for visual learners and for teachers who want to provide an easy way for students to access additional course materials. Upon completion of the course, teachers will receive a certificate for 15 hours of participation.

Fee: Model Schools Participants - FREE
Others: $250
Location: Online

23. Screencastomatic and More! - Online

Program: NERIC: Model Schools

Dates: 7/30/2018 to 8/19/2018

This course is intended to introduce teachers of all subjects and grade levels to innovative internet tools to use in any classroom. Screencast-O-Matic will be the main tool explored. It gives you the ability to create and share screen recordings to engage your auditory and visual learners. We will also be sharing tools such as Chirbit, Jing, Fakebook, and more! Upon completion of the course, you will receive a certificate for 15 hours of participation.

Note: All participants must login and/or contact the course instructor within one week of the start of this course.

Fee: Model Schools Participants - FREE
Others: $250
Location: Online

24. Creating Online Professional Development Courses in Schoology

Program: NERIC: Special Events

Dates: 7/31/2018

This face-to-face course is explicitly designed for NERIC Model Schools online instructors who wish to migrate their current online content to the Schoology LMS platform. The class will focus on the following topics: overview and navigation of Schoology, importing and creating new content, logon procedures for participants, and the differences between Schoology and Blackboard LMS platforms. Prerequisites: You must be a current NERIC Model Schools or Distance Learning instructor.

25. Fact Fluency: Mining and Adapting Online Resources to Your Math Program - Online

Program: NERIC: Model Schools

Dates: 8/1/2018 to 8/31/2018

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Learn to use the collaborative tools online such as Google Slides, Google Forms and Google Docs to adapt the fluency resources and activities online at EngageNY to your classroom math program. We will look at the Key Fluencies and how they progress from grades K through 8. We will watch videos and share examples of fluency activities and discuss how to fit them into your busy day.

The suggested audience is K-8 math educators.

Fee: Model Schools Participants - FREE
Others: $250
Location: Online

26. Taking Writing Strategies to the Next Level with Technology

Program: NERIC: Model Schools

Dates: 8/1/2018 to 8/29/2018

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This course will be a collaborative class working with writing strategies. We will be focusing on using technology to create lessons and materials for teachers to use in their writing lessons. The tools you learn can be used to supplement any writing program that may be currently used in your school. In this 15-hour online course you will gain experience with Google Slides, Google Sharing, SMART Notebook, and multiple poster-making tools. You will leave this course with a toolkit of interactive materials and ideas to use in support of your writing instruction.

It is highly recommended that participants have access to a copy of The Writing Strategies Book by Jennifer Serravallo.

Fee: Model Schools Participants - FREE
Others: $250
Location: Online

This course is for teachers, specialists and administrators searching for tools to use when working with students with severe behaviors. It is a (mostly) online asynchronous book study of Lost at School, by Ross W. Greene, PhD. We will use Google Slides to create mini-lessons for our students to develop and practice the skills they lack for responding to social, emotional and behavioral challenges. We will develop surveys using Google Forms to use as an ongoing formative assessment, and use collaborative Google apps to share thoughts, resources, and ideas. This course will include one virtual meeting using Zoom to be scheduled by surveying participants at the start of the course.

Participants must have access to the book Lost at School, by Ross W. Greene, PhD Fee: Model Schools Participants - FREE
Others: $250
Location: Online

This course is for teachers, specialists, administrators and paraprofessionals searching for tools to use when working with students with severe behaviors. It is a (mostly) online asynchronous book study of the book The Explosive Child, by Ross W. Greene, PhD. We will use Social Network tools such as Class Dojo as communication tools for education teams and parents working together to address severe behaviors. We will use Google Apps to track triggers and analyze data about our children.

Participants will need access to the book The Explosive Child, by Ross W. Greene, PhD. Fee: Model Schools Participants - FREE
Others: $250
Location: Online

Group projects, class participation, and presentations are particularly difficult for introverted students navigating an extrovert-centric school setting. In this class we will read the book Quiet Power: The Secret Strengths of Introverts by Susan Cain, and learn how to use technology to reach our introverted students as we develop alternatives to the traditional presentations and group work that cause them undo stress and anxiety. The book is written for kids and teens, so it is a quick read and easy to use in your classroom, with chapters written especially for teachers and parents.

You will need access to the book Quiet Power: The Secret Strengths of Introverts by Susan Cain.

Fee: Model Schools Participants - FREE
Others: $250
Location: Online

30. Digital Storytelling Tools: Albany

Program: NERIC: Model Schools

Audience: Teachers, Administrators, all staff

Dates: 8/1/2018

Location: NERIC Albany, Active Learning Space

Digital stories are multimedia files that combine photos, video, animation, sound, music, text and often a narrative voice. Digital storytelling may be used as an expressive way to integrated subject matter along with knowlege and skills from the entire curriculum into any classroom.

This full day session will highlight the basics of digital storytelling, including the elements and then participants will dive into technology tools. Tools to be covered but not limited to, are: Animoto, Google Slides and Keep, Flip Grid, Tour Creator, Tour Builder, StreetView, Canva, Screencastify, Visme.

Please bring your own device, there will limited Chromebooks available for use.

This workshop is free for Model Schools subscribers and $125 per person outside of the Model Schools network.

31. Model Schools Leadership Retreat: Building Bridges with Your Stories

Program: NERIC: Model Schools

Audience: School Leadership

Dates: 8/2/2018

Location: Lake Placid Conference Center

NERIC Model Schools invites you to a very special retreat for school leader located in beautiful Lake Placid. Come to be inspired, rejuvenated, and truly connected with other leaders from the North Country to the Capital District.

This year our Model Schools theme is Building Bridges with Your Stories. Join NY Times Best-Selling Author and Educator Paul Reynolds for his keynote address "How to Use the Power or Storytelling to Further Your District's Mission." Paul will also be on hand for a book signing and fireside chat.

Other sessions include:
*The Heart of Leadership: The Power of Your Own Story!
*The Story Behind the Numbers
*Community Forums: Why and How to Become the Host with the Most
*Learning is a Journey: Telling the Full Story with Digital Badges
*Assumptions vs. Analytics: How Big Data Can Uncover the True Story of Why Students Fail
*Cultivating Effective Leadership and Building Trust Through Stories!

Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Date: Thursday, August 2, 2018
Location: Lake Placid Conference Center, Lake Placid, NY
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Fee: NERIC Model Schools District Members- Free, Others- $150.00 per person.

32. Digital Storytelling Tools: Malone

Program: NERIC: Model Schools

Audience: Teachers, Administrators, all staff

Dates: 8/3/2018

Location: NERIC Malone: Active Learning Space Room 148

Digital stories are multimedia files that combine photos, video, animation, sound, music, text and often a narrative voice. Digital storytelling may be used as an expressive way to integrated subject matter along with knowlege and skills from the entire curriculum into any classroom.

This full day session will highlight the basics of digital storytelling, including the elements and then participants will dive into technology tools. Tools to covered but not limited to, are: Animoto, Google Slides and Keep, Flip Grid, Tour Creator, Tour Builder, StreetView, Canva, Screencastify, Visme.

Please bring your own device, there will limited Chromebooks available for use.

This workshop is free for Model Schools subscribers and $125 per person outside of the Model Schools network.

Learn how to engage your students with Google. In this training, you will create interactive notes to use in the classroom. We will use Drawings, Docs, Slides, and Keep. The class will also focus on how to create and format notes using Google Apps. Some areas to be covered will include: templates, editing tools, formatting, backgrounds, best blogs and useful sites. Ideas will be shared on best practices for using interactive notes with your students.

Bring a laptop or Chromebook.

Fee: Model Schools Participants - FREE
Others: $75
Location: Johnstown

34. Uncommon Learning - A Book Study

Program: NERIC: Model Schools

Dates: 8/6/2018 to 8/26/2018

Location: Online

“Integrate digital media and new applications with purpose and build a culture of learning with pleasure! Let students use real-world tools to do real-world work and develop skills society demands. Be the leader who creates this environment. UnCommon Learning shows you how to transform a learning culture through sustainable and innovative initiatives. It moves straight to the heart of using innovations such as Makerspaces, Blended Learning and Microcredentials.”-Book Description

The purpose of this book study is to create a culture of learning and sharing as we delve into the educational text UnCommon Learning: Creating Schools That Work for Kids by Eric C. Sheninger. This online collaborative environment will enable you to interact with other educators, discover additional resources, and inspire you to think differently. The format of this book study allows you to participate at times that are most convenient for you and your schedule.

Must have access to the book UnCommon Learning: Creating Schools That Work for Kids by Eric C. Sheninger.

Fee: Model Schools Participants - FREE
Others: $250
Location: Online

35. Parental Communication in the Social Media Age

Program: NERIC: Model Schools

Dates: 8/6/2018 to 8/18/2018

Location: Online

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The overall goal of this course will be to improve and strengthen 21st Century communication skills in order to improve effectiveness. We will focus on communication with parents and students using multiple applications. One primary topic will be how to write effective emails to parents regarding discipline/academic concerns, encouragement, and complimentary messages.

Fee: Model Schools Participants - FREE
Others: $250

36. Primary Source Connections - Online Resources for Teachers

Program: NERIC: Model Schools

Dates: 8/6/2018 to 8/26/2018

Location: Online

This online course will introduce you to a plethora of online resources to use when developing your lessons and teaching with primary sources. Learn about digital collection resources, analysis tools, and picture books to enhance your lessons. Whether you are an elementary or secondary teacher, you’ll find valuable resources to enhance your primary source instruction.

Fee: Model Schools Participants - FREE
Others: $250
Location: Online

The book Yardsticks by Chip Wood is a must-read for educators, administrators, and parents of students ages 4-14. In this 15-hour online course, you will use the book as a tool to help you address the developmental needs of your students. The course is self-paced, with technology-based assignments corresponding to reading assignments and Discussion Board responses. You will gain experience using Google apps such as Slides, Docs and Sheets, Word Cloud apps, and Zoom virtual meetings, and explore other grade-appropriate technology for use in your classrooms.

This course will be presented on Schoology, with one in-person meeting on 8/7 at NERIC, 900 Watervliet Shaker Road, Albany, CVES Room from 1pm-4pm. Books will be available to look at. Bring a copy of your incoming class lists, including birthdays, as we will use our actual incoming students to build birthday charts and analyze the range of ages and corresponding developmental stages of our soon-to-be students. There will also be one virtual meeting (date/time to be determined via survey of participants).

You will need access to the book Yardsticks by Chip Wood.

Fee: Model Schools Participants - FREE
Others: $250
Location: Online

38. Google Drive and Docs - AM Session

Program: NERIC: Model Schools

Dates: 8/8/2018

This hands-on workshop will focus on Google Drive and Docs. Participants will learn how to use each application and how they work together. Drive skills will include: making a copy, creating new folders, renaming, changing layout and understanding where things are stored. Docs skills will include: sharing, collaborating in real time, adding images, creating hyperlinked docs, and adding comments and suggestions.

Please bring a laptop or Chromebook. Participants must have a Google account.

Fee: NERIC Model Schools Districts - FREE
Others: $75
Location: Schenectady

39. Saranac Lake Tech Camp Day 2

Program: NERIC: Model Schools

Audience: Teachers, Administrators, all staff

Dates: 8/8/2018

Location: Petrova Elementary

Saranac Lake Central School is hosting two identical tech camp days this summer, July 27th and August 8th.This registration is for Tech Camp Day 2. These sessions will be of varying levels and topics.

There will be 4 sessions, each 50 minutes in length.Sessions will be at Petrova Elementary School and will start at 9am (Please note: location may be changed due to district on-going construction) Lunch will be on your own. Please bring a device.

To access a schedule, click here.

This workshop is free for Model Schools subscribers and $125 per person outside of the Model Schools network.

40. Google Drive and Docs - PM Session

Program: NERIC: Model Schools

Dates: 8/8/2018

This hands-on workshop will focus on Google Drive and Docs. Participants will learn how to use each application and how they work together. Drive skills will include: making a copy, creating new folders, renaming, changing layout and understanding where things are stored. Docs skills will include: sharing, collaborating in real time, adding images, creating hyperlinked docs, and adding comments and suggestions.

Please bring a laptop or Chromebook. Participants must have a Google account.

Fee: NERIC Model Schools Districts - FREE
Others: $75
Location: Schenectady

41. Introduction to Excel 2016

Program: NERIC: Model Schools

Dates: 8/9/2018

The Excel 2016 interface is the most current version of Microsoft Excel. This half-day session is designed for individuals who have no prior experience with Microsoft Excel. The class will focus on relevant office and classroom exercises that can be adapted and modified by educators and support staff. Topics covered will include: the work environment, worksheet and workbook formatting, formulas and functions, conditional formatting, and basic charts and graphs.

Please bring a laptop running Excel 2016.

Fee: NERIC Model Schools Districts - FREE
Others: $75
Location: Schenectady

42. ISTE Certification for Educators

Program: NERIC: Model Schools

Dates: 8/9/2018 to 8/10/2018

Closed

Focused on Pedagogy. Based on the ISTE Standards.
ISTE is focused on pedagogy, not tools. It’s not about edtech per se, it’s about what you do with the tech to transform learning and improve student outcome.

For Classroom Educators, Coaches and Library Media Specialists
ISTE Certification helps build a teacher’s professional profile and provides a digital credential to demonstrate mastery and earn recognition for his or her work in using technology to transform learning.

For School & District Leaders
ISTE Certification provides education leaders with a way to identify a school or district’s educators who are leading the way with digital age teaching practices. The certification also provides a vendor-neutral edtech credential that can be used in staff hiring decisions.

Certification Process
Through the ISTE Certification process, educators will participate in an eight week blended learning cohort based on the ISTE Standards and transformative pedagogy. After completing the blended learning course, participants will have six months to apply their learning and compile artifacts and reflections into a competency-based portfolio to earn ISTE Certification. Content will be taught in the following four modules: Designing For Diversity; Personalized Learning & Alternative Assessments; Digital Learning Environments: Design Thinking & Computational Thinking; and The New Digital Citizenship.

Fee: Model Schools Participants - LIMITED TIME discounted price of $650 which includes all course materials, online content, portfolio submission and Facilitator support, includes Level 1 exam voucher and lunch
Others: Register though NYSCATE directly here
Location: NERIC Albany

43. Intermediate Excel 2016

Program: NERIC: Model Schools

Dates: 8/9/2018

This class is designed for individuals who have some experience using Microsoft Excel. The focus is on graphing and analyzing data in Excel. Topics covered may include, but are not limited to: new features and functions in Excel 2016, using spreadsheets in the classroom and school environment, enhanced gradebooks, conditional formatting, lookup tables, graphing student and scientific data, importing and filtering data, working with live Web-based data, lists and PivotTables.

Please bring a laptop running Excel 2016.

Fee: NERIC Model Schools Districts - FREE
Others: $75
Location: Schenectady

44. E-rate Category 2 Funding Workshop

Program: NERIC: Special Events

Dates: 8/10/2018

Did you know over $10 million of Category 2 funds have not been claimed by districts in the NERIC Region?

In 2015, as part of E-rate modernization, the FCC budgeted $150* per student to each school to fund internal connections (Category 2) upgrades, which is available for five years. This is the last year the funding will be guaranteed.

We invite you to join NERIC, EducationSuperHighway and E-Rate Central to learn more about the E-rate Category 2 funding available to your district and how to use those funds to deploy a robust LAN / Wi-Fi network. If your district has not claimed Category 2 funding, this workshop is for you!

EducationSuperHighway, a leading nonprofit focused on helping to upgrade the Internet access in every public school classroom in America, offers free tools and resources designed to help districts make the best use of these funds and plan a network upgrade. E-Rate Central was established in 1997 for the sole purpose of helping schools, school districts, and libraries to successfully navigate the complex and time-consuming rules and procedures of the Federal E-rate Program.

Lunch will be provided courtesy of the hosts.

45. LiveBinders - Online

Program: NERIC: Model Schools

Dates: 8/13/2018 to 9/3/2018

Location: Online

This course introduces teachers of all subjects and grade levels to LiveBinders, an Internet application that allows teachers to create classroom textbooks, ePortfolios, and more. Also, teachers can use it to provide parents with resources to help their children or showcase student work by sharing with parents and potential schools. Also, it can be used to help a substitute by providing everything they will need in one simple place. Upon completion of the course, teachers will receive a certificate for 15 hours of participation.

Fee: Model Schools Participants - FREE
Others: $250
Location: Online

46. Padlet- A Multimedia Friendly, Free-Form, Real-Time Wiki - Online

Program: NERIC: Model Schools

Dates: 8/13/2018 to 9/3/2018

Location: Online

This course introduces teachers of all subjects and grade levels to Padlet, an Internet application that allows people to express their thoughts on a common topic easily. It works like an online sheet of paper where people can put any content (e.g. images, videos, documents, text) anywhere on the page, together with anyone, from any device. It is like a multimedia friendly, free-form, real-time wiki. Padlet is a great way to organize resources by subject or unit for students to view and/or edit or simply for personal use. It is an excellent tool for visual learners and for teachers who want to provide an easy way for students to access additional course materials. Upon completion of the course, teachers will receive a certificate for 15 hours of participation.

Fee: Model Schools Participants - FREE
Others: $250
Location: Online

47. Screencastomatic and More! - Online

Program: NERIC: Model Schools

Dates: 8/13/2018 to 9/3/2018

This course is intended to introduce teachers of all subjects and grade levels to innovative internet tools to use in any classroom. Screencast-O-Matic will be the main tool explored. It gives you the ability to create and share screen recordings to engage your auditory and visual learners. We will also be sharing tools such as Chirbit, Jing, Fakebook, and more! Upon completion of the course, you will receive a certificate for 15 hours of participation.

Note: All participants must login and/or contact the course instructor within one week of the start of this course.

Fee: Model Schools Participants - FREE
Others: $250
Location: Online

48. E-rate Category 2 Funding Workshop

Program: NERIC: Special Events

Dates: 8/15/2018

Did you know over $10 million of Category 2 funds have not been claimed by districts in the NERIC Region?

In 2015, as part of E-rate modernization, the FCC budgeted $150* per student to each school to fund internal connections (Category 2) upgrades, which is available for five years. This is the last year the funding will be guaranteed.

We invite you to join NERIC, EducationSuperHighway and E-Rate Central to learn more about the E-rate Category 2 funding available to your district and how to use those funds to deploy a robust LAN / Wi-Fi network. If your district has not claimed Category 2 funding, this workshop is for you!

EducationSuperHighway, a leading nonprofit focused on helping to upgrade the Internet access in every public school classroom in America, offers free tools and resources designed to help districts make the best use of these funds and plan a network upgrade. E-Rate Central was established in 1997 for the sole purpose of helping schools, school districts, and libraries to successfully navigate the complex and time-consuming rules and procedures of the Federal E-rate Program.

Lunch will be provided courtesy of the hosts.
This is a team-building course for classroom teachers, special education teachers, providers and paraprofessionals, team leaders and administrators who work with populations of students with special needs in any setting. Although it is not required, we highly recommend that you take this with co-workers, so that you can start to build your team’s strategies as you prepare together for the upcoming school year. We also recommend that your team purchase the book The Paraprofessional’s Guide to the Inclusive Classroom: Working as a Team, by Mary Beth Doyle, PhD. You can take the class without the book, but the book has many great resources, forms, and research that will help clarify and streamline the work that you do.

We will meet once in-person on 8/15 at Ryder Elementary, 143 Golding Drive, Cobleskill, Room 101 from 1pm-4pm. Bring your Smartphone or your tablet; we will use that time together to learn the technology and introduce the book (Chrome Books and copies of the book will be available to use at the in-person session). You will complete the remaining activities online at your own pace, practicing using the technology to strengthen your team’s ability to communicate and work together effectively.

Fee: Model Schools Participants - FREE
Others: $250
Location: Online