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1. Distance Learning Practitioners' Meeting

Program: NERIC: Special Events

Audience: DL Teachers, DL Teachers' Aides

Dates: 1/27/2017


Happy New Year! It's time to come together and share Distance Learning (DL) experiences, in order to continue your growth as even more successful DL Practitioners!

We are holding the Distance Learning Practitioners' Meeting on Friday, January 27th from 12:30 to 2:30 PM 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 room 104 in the high school. Please register to hold your place, as your voices and experiences will drive this collaborative session.

A detailed agenda will follow, but your colleagues are very interested to hear specifically from you. If you have a DL best practices experience you would like to present or co-present at your January meeting, please be in touch with Mary Morris at mary.morris@neric.org. Topics could include:

* Use of learning management systems in the DL environment
* Effective teaching strategies in the DL classroom
* Leveraging online tools to engage DL learners
* Any topic you feel will add to the growth of DL Practitioners!

Please send any suggested topics you have, either to present or just to discuss as a group, to mary.morris@neric.org by January 16th.

Looking forward to seeing you and facilitating the DL conversation!

Thank you,
Mary Graham-Morris & Mike Sylofski

2. Let's Interact with Interactive Reading Notebooks

Program: NERIC: Model Schools

Dates: 4/3/2017 to 5/1/2017

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This course will be a collaborative class focusing on using technology to create lessons and materials for teachers to use in their reading lessons through the use of interactive notebooks. This class will be all online and will span 4 weeks. In this course you will gain experience with Google Slides, Google Sharing, PDFs, PowerPoint, Genius Scan and Smart Notebook to name a few. Furthermore participants will have an interactive notebook to guide their students. This tool then becomes a collection of their students' learning through scaffolding and an authentic assessment. Participants will have multiple opportunities for discussions about classroom applications, best practice, and differentiated instruction to modify and create lessons/notebook materials to meet the CCSS for their grade/subject level.

ISTE Standards for Teachers: This course focuses on Standard 1-Facilitate and inspire student learning and creativity Teachers use their knowledge of subject matter, teaching and learning, and technology to facilitate experiences that advance student learning, creativity, and innovation in both face-to-face and virtual environment. Also Standard 2- Design and develop digital age learning experiences and assessments Teachers design, develop, and evaluate authentic learning experiences and assessments incorporating contemporary tools and resources to maximize content learning in context and to develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes identified in the Standards. Also finally Standard 3- Teachers exhibit knowledge, skills, and work processes representative of an innovative professional in a global and digital society. Collaborate with students, peers, parents, and community members using digital tools and resources to support student success. The course also touches on a wide variety of Common Core State Standards.

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

3. Google Classroom for Educators - Online

Program: NERIC: Model Schools

Dates: 5/1/2017 to 6/12/2017

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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.

4. Introduction to Coding Classroom Web Pages with HTML5 and CSS3 - ONLINE

Program: NERIC: Model Schools

Dates: 5/1/2017 to 6/12/2017

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HTML5 is the most current version of HTML (HyperText Markup Language), the hidden code behind pages on the Web. HTML is used to structure and organize content; CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) defines the layout of HTML documents: fonts, colors, formatting, images, etc.

The focus of this course will be on creating and troubleshooting classroom web pages. The coding skills learned may be used by educators to introduce students to the fundamentals of web page creation and are the foundation of other front-end languages. HTML and CSS are also very useful skills for jobs involving online content and for troubleshooting and editing wikis, blogs, LMS content and other applications.

Prerequisites: Must be able to download and install a free text editor.

Note: This is a challenging course.

Priority registration for online courses will be given to NERIC Model Schools Service subscribers. All online 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

5. Teaching with Primary Sources 2 - Online

Program: NERIC: Model Schools

Dates: 5/1/2017 to 5/19/2017

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This online course is for participants who have taken "Windows into the Past - Using Primary Source Tools" OR have some experience using Primary Sources in the classroom. In this course we will examine maps, printed texts, political cartoons, and discuss the inquiry process further. Participants who complete all course work will receive a certificate of completion for 15 hours of participation. Registrants will be notified by email with course access information.

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

6. Technology Tools to Enhance Collaborative Learning

Program: NERIC: Model Schools

Dates: 5/1/2017 to 5/19/2017

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Participants will learn to use web-based, interactive technology to engage all levels of learners in any subject area. We will aggressively hit many tools and discuss key strategies for authentically using these tools in the classroom.

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

7. Taking Reading Strategies to the Next Level with Technology

Program: NERIC: Model Schools

Dates: 5/4/2017 to 6/1/2017

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This course will be a collaborative class working with reading strategies. We will be focusing on using technology to create lessons and materials for teachers to use in their reading lessons. This class will be all online and will span 4 weeks. In this course you will gain experience with Google Slides, Google Sharing, PDFs, PowerPoint, Smart Notebook, and a Poster Making App. You will leave this course with a toolkit of interactive materials and ideas to use in support of your reading instruction.

This class is geared towards a wide audience; teachers across the grades could gain many strategies for teaching reading. It is highly recommended that participants have access to a copy of The Reading Strategies Book by Jennifer Serravallo.

ISTE Standards for Teachers: Standard 1-Facilitate and inspire student learning and creativity Teachers use their knowledge of subject matter, teaching and learning, and technology to facilitate experiences that advance student learning, creativity, and innovation in both face-to-face and virtual environment. Also Standard 2- Design and develop digital age learning experiences and assessments Teachers design, develop, and evaluate authentic learning experiences and assessments incorporating contemporary tools and resources to maximize content learning in context and to develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes identified in the Standards. Also finally Standard 3- Teachers exhibit knowledge, skills, and work processes representative of an innovative professional in a global and digital society. Collaborate with students, peers, parents, and community members using digital tools and resources to support student success. The course also touches on a wide variety of Common Core State Standards.

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

8. Creating a Makerspace Culture in Your Classroom

Program: NERIC: Model Schools

Audience: Teachers and administrators

Dates: 5/9/2017

Location: Marcy Room NERIC Plattsburgh

Want to create a MakerSpace environment within your own classroom but worried about how to start? This hands-on maker presentation will explore the basic concepts of makerspaces, cover low-tech and inexpensive ways to begin your own classroom makerspace, and give you some simple pointers on how to start from scratch. Participants will understand the basics of maker environments and how to begin the process of creating such spaces within their classrooms.

Appropriate for: Elementary Teacher/Staff, Middle Teacher/Staff, High School Teachers/ Staff, Librarian/Media Specialist, Technology Integration Coordinator, Administrators

This workshop is free to participating Model Schools subscribers, and $75.00pp for participants outside of the Model Schools network.

9. Webinar: Create Exciting Classroom Quizzes!

Program: NERIC: Model Schools

Dates: 5/9/2017

Want to add excitement to your lessons or put some fun in your review sessions? Kahoot is a free and simple-to-use online tool that turns your classroom into an educational game show! Use in your classroom with students, or even for professional development with your colleagues!

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

10. The "New" Google Forms, Plus Self-Correcting Tests and Quizzes

Program: NERIC: Model Schools

Dates: 5/9/2017 to 5/16/2017

Learn the "new" Google Forms, with all its added features. Use with students or colleagues. Forms are easy to construct, and are designed using the content and information pertinent to your subject area. Respondents fill out forms online, and Google "instantly" summarizes the answers in a spreadsheet and creates a colored chart, summarizing the respondents' answers. Insert nine different kinds of question types. Add images, videos, section headers, etc. Use images as part of the question, or as distracters. Use for quizzes, how-to steps, collecting assignments, data collection, science experiments, math reviews, and more. After learning the basics of the "new" Forms, we will move onto self-correcting forms. Features include the ability to assign points to each question, create answer keys, and decide whether to give students immediate feedback when they complete the tests (without the need for email), or email students their grades at a later date. Teachers can add links to extra help resources within each question for students to use when they get their test results. Teachers can also give individual feedback to students, with private comments. And, they can hand score individual questions for specific students, such as special needs students. Test data can be analyzed with the new Explore Feature.

Attendees should create a personal Google account or a Gmail account before the first session. The instructor will email instructions for creating Google accounts when she receives the session roster. We will use the school's computers, but attendees may bring their own laptops. If possible, they should have the Chrome browser installed. They can also use Firefox or Safari. Participants should use laptops, Chromebooks, or notebooks for this session, not iPads or Androids.

Fee: Model Schools Participants - FREE
Others: $125
Location: Niskayuna

11. Creating a Makerspace Culture in Your Classroom

Program: NERIC: Model Schools

Audience: Teachers and administrators

Dates: 5/16/2017

Location: Large Conference Room FEH Boces Malone

Want to create a MakerSpace environment within your own classroom but worried about how to start? This hands-on maker presentation will explore the basic concepts of makerspaces, cover low-tech and inexpensive ways to begin your own classroom makerspace, and give you some simple pointers on how to start from scratch. Participants will understand the basics of maker environments and how to begin the process of creating such spaces within their classrooms.

Appropriate for: Elementary Teacher/Staff, Middle Teacher/Staff, High School Teachers/ Staff, Librarian/Media Specialist, Technology Integration Coordinator, Administrators

This workshop is free to participating Model Schools subscribers, and $75.00pp for participants outside of the Model Schools network.

12. Cisco Spark & Spark Board Live Demonstration

Program: NERIC: Special Events

Dates: 5/16/2017

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Please join us for a live demo of Cisco Spark & Spark Board.

May 16th, 10AM-1PM

Lunch will be provided.

Cisco Spark is an innovative new way to collaborate on a single, simple to use platform. It is the evolution of learning technology and communication and leads the way in the convergence of digital classroom technologies—such as whiteboards, wireless content sharing, AV, lecture capture, unified voice, LMS, and Google integration.

For AdministratorsCisco Spark and Cisco Spark Board support the business of education, creating better faculty development, staff connections, and greater safety and security.

For Teachers - Cisco Spark and Cisco Spark Board give every student a voice, enabling teachers to assess progress and respond quickly, live. The platform also improves communications and collaboration among teachers, across the building, and changes the approach to traditional office hours, advising, tutoring sessions, and parent/teacher conferences.

For StudentsCisco Spark and Cisco Spark Board provide an opportunity for students to engage with teachers at any time of the day. Students can interact after class hours and expand relationships with teachers and their peers.

For the CommunityCisco Spark can engage parents, mentors, government, and business into the learning process and thereby help foster a strong and connected community.

Dr. Lance Ford Spark Video
Cisco Spark Board Product Page

13. Introductory AT device training

Program: NERIC: Model Schools

Audience: Elementary Teacher/Staff, Middle Teacher/Staff, High School Teachers/ Staff, Librarian/Media Specialist, Technology Integration Coordinator, Administrators

Dates: 5/17/2017

Location: Large Conference Room

What are some of the accessibility features available to Special Education students, within the iPad, iPhone and Windows computers? What are the best Apps to use with Special Ed students and what Chrome extensions will be beneficial to these students and teachers within those classrooms? This hands-on workshop will cover all these questions and lots more too.

Appropriate for: Elementary Teacher/Staff, Middle Teacher/Staff, High School Teachers/ Staff, Librarian/Media Specialist, Technology Integration Coordinator, Administrators

Please bring your own device and google login credentials.

This workshop is free to Model Schools Subscribers and $75 per person outside of the Model Schools network.

14. Cisco Spark & Spark Board Live Demonstration

Program: NERIC: Special Events

Dates: 5/17/2017

New
Please join us for a live demo of Cisco Spark & Spark Board.

May 17th, 10AM-1PM

Lunch will be provided.

Cisco Spark is an innovative new way to collaborate on a single, simple to use platform. It is the evolution of learning technology and communication and leads the way in the convergence of digital classroom technologies—such as whiteboards, wireless content sharing, AV, lecture capture, unified voice, LMS, and Google integration.

For AdministratorsCisco Spark and Cisco Spark Board support the business of education, creating better faculty development, staff connections, and greater safety and security.

For Teachers - Cisco Spark and Cisco Spark Board give every student a voice, enabling teachers to assess progress and respond quickly, live. The platform also improves communications and collaboration among teachers, across the building, and changes the approach to traditional office hours, advising, tutoring sessions, and parent/teacher conferences.

For StudentsCisco Spark and Cisco Spark Board provide an opportunity for students to engage with teachers at any time of the day. Students can interact after class hours and expand relationships with teachers and their peers.

For the CommunityCisco Spark can engage parents, mentors, government, and business into the learning process and thereby help foster a strong and connected community.

Dr. Lance Ford Spark Video
Cisco Spark Board Product Page

15. Introductory AT device training

Program: NERIC: Model Schools

Audience: Elementary Teacher/Staff, Middle Teacher/Staff, High School Teachers/ Staff, Librarian/Media Specialist, Technology Integration Coordinator, Administrators

Dates: 5/17/2017

Location: Large Conference Room

What are some of the accessibility features available to Special Education students, within the iPad, iPhone and Windows computers? What are the best Apps to use with Special Ed students and what Chrome extensions will be beneficial to these students and teachers within those classrooms? This hands-on workshop will cover all these questions and lots more too.

Appropriate for: Elementary Teacher/Staff, Middle Teacher/Staff, High School Teachers/ Staff, Librarian/Media Specialist, Technology Integration Coordinator, Administrators

Please bring your own device and google login credentials.

This workshop is free to Model Schools Subscribers and $75 per person outside of the Model Schools network.

16. Using Technology for Deeper Learning

Program: NERIC: Model Schools

Audience: School District Leadership/Teacher Leaders/Tech Coordinators

Dates: 5/24/2017

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Using Technology for Deeper Learning is designed to help school leaders understand the use of technology for deep learning. Participants discuss ideas and strategies to move towards more student-centered learning environments through exploration of readings, videos and self-reflection. Extension activities provide opportunities to explore more in depth topics of interest.

This is an in-person workshop intended for School District Leadership. We encourage a team of 3 if possible.

This workshop is free to Model Schools Subscribers and $125 per participant for non Model Schools subscribers. We need 15 participants to offer this workshop.

17. Google 101

Program: NERIC: Model Schools

Audience: Teachers, Administrators, all staff

Dates: 6/7/2017

Location: Marcy Room

Are you being left behind by your students or your staff? Come to this very hands-on Google 101 beginner teacher/admin workshop and learn the basics of Mail, Drive, Calendar, Docs, Slides, Sheets, and Keep.

Please bring your own device and Google login credentials.

This workshop is free for Model Schools subscribers and $75 per person outside of the Model Schools network.

Social pinboard sites like Pinterest have become tremendously popular for sharing personal interests, websites, and all types of media on a favorite topic. These sites let you pin video, audio, images, web links, etc, to a virtual bulletin board, and share your favorite items with whomever you wish. You can follow other people who have created boards that are of interest to you. Come join us for an hour webinar to learn how to use this dynamic tool as a professional resource (for example, for planning and collaborating with colleagues), and in your classroom (for example, for project resources). Please make sure that you will have access to the Pinterest website if you are using a school computer.

--NEW DATE June 7--

Fee: Model Schools Participants - FREE
Others: $125
Location: Online

19. Google 101

Program: NERIC: Model Schools

Audience: Teachers, Administrators, all staff

Dates: 6/9/2017

Location: FEH BOCES Malone Large Conference Room

Are you being left behind by your students or your staff? Come to this very hands-on Google 101 beginner teacher/admin workshop and learn the basics of Mail, Drive, Calendar, Docs, Slides, Sheets, and Keep.

Please bring your own device and Google login credentials.

This workshop is free for Model Schools subscribers and $75 per person outside of the Model Schools network.