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1. Distance Learning Practitioners' Meeting (June 2017)

Program: NERIC: Special Events

Audience: DL Teachers, DL Teachers' Aides

Dates: 6/21/2017


We've made it to the end of another school year! It's time to come together and share Distance Learning (DL) experiences, in order to build and grow as successful DL Practitioners in the new school year!

We are holding the Distance Learning Practitioners' Meeting on Wednesday, June 21st from 12:30 to 2:30 PM with lunch offered at 12 noon. Cohoes High School has agreed to host this meeting. The address for Cohoes High School is 1 Tiger Circle, Cohoes, NY 12407. We will be meeting in the LGI Room (Room 254) in the high school. Please register to hold your place, as your voices and experiences will drive this collaborative session.

More detailed information 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 June meeting, please be in touch with Mary Morris at mary.morris@neric.org. Topics could include, but are not limited to:

* Introduction to recording of DL courses (Rev)
* Creative ways of using DL equipment to connect, collaborate, and build the DL community (i.e. - Sip and Paint, After School Review, Guest Speakers via WebEx, etc.)
* Leveraging DL Practitioners' listserv for mentoring
* Use of the Distance Learning white binder as a resource
* 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 June 12th.

Looking forward to seeing you and continuing the DL conversation!

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. Excel 2013: Spreadsheets for Educators - Online

Program: NERIC: Model Schools

Dates: 10/16/2017 to 11/20/2017

This online course introduces educators to the features of Excel 2013. The focus is on standards-based exercises that can be easily integrated and adapted for educator use across the curriculum. Topics covered may include: new features and functions, using spreadsheets in the classroom and school environment, enhanced gradebooks, conditional formatting, lookup tables, graphing data, importing and filtering data, working with live Web-based data, lists and PivotTables. 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 Excel 2013 software. Prior knowledge of Excel is strongly recommended.

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: $125
Location: Online

3. Google Apps for Educators Webinar Series Part 2 - Using Google Docs - An Online Introduction

Program: NERIC: Model Schools

Audience: Teachers/Administrators

Dates: 10/18/2017

Starting Soon
This 6-part webinar series will introduce the user to the most frequently used Apps in the Google Educators' Suite.

Part 2 - Spend an hour learning how to engage students in using Google Docs to create & edit content, as well as collaborate online with peers and instructors. Some of the areas to be covered will include: creating, importing, & formatting a document; using a template; inserting images & hyperlinks; using the collaboration tools; adding comments; translating & using the voice typing. Ideas will be shared on best practices for using Google Docs with your students.

It is not required, although highly encouraged, that participants register for all sessions within the series. Information regarding accessing each webinar will be sent to all registrants for that session via email prior to the event.

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

4. Introduction to Pixlr - Online

Program: NERIC: Model Schools

Dates: 10/23/2017 to 11/20/2017

Starting Soon
Pixlr is a free online cloud-based image editing tool that runs on both the PC and Mac platforms. It's a flash-based app that closely resembles Photoshop. Images may be opened from your workstation or URL, as well as from Facebook, Flickr, and Picasa. The course, focusing on Web image creation for the classroom, will include: interface navigation, selection tools and layers, manipulating your images, transforming and retouching photos, and filters. Participants who complete all the assignments, assessments and projects will receive a certificate of completion for 15 hours of participation. Registrants will be notified by email with course access information.

Prerequisites: Must have Internet access. Participants should also have access to a digital camera or digital images for final project completion.

Note: 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 or Mac
Fee: NERIC Model Schools Districts - FREE
Others: $250
Location: Online

5. Explore with Google Expeditions!

Program: NERIC: Model Schools

Dates: 10/23/2017

Starting Soon
Come and take a journey using virtual reality headsets and Google Expeditions! This will be a hands-on session with teachers as Explorers! You will learn how Expeditions work, what technology is involved, where to find resources, and how to integrate Expeditions into your curriculum. You will also learn the process for signing up to use Google Expeditions in your classroom.

This technology is available to all NERIC Model Schools district teachers who attend an orientation. (On a first come, first served basis and subject to availability).

Free to NERIC Model Schools Districts
Others: N/A
Location: NERIC Albany, CVES Room

6. STAR Assessments Annual User Group Meeting

Program: NERIC: Special Events

Audience: NERIC & Questar III STAR Assessment supported district administrators & teachers

Dates: 10/25/2017

Please join us for a day of conversation as we take a closer look at STAR Assessments and how they are meeting the needs of your students.

The day will begin with our keynote speaker Jan Bryan, Ed.D., Vice President, & National Education Officer at Renaissance who will talk about Personalized Learning followed by our agenda, which will include:


•Explore Star reports and Star Reading/Math Dashboard data
•Understand and interpret Student Growth Percentile
•Understand Star learning progressions and how to access instructional resources by standard and skill
•Creating differentiated groups and use learning progressions to guide instructional planning


Following lunch our conversation will continue with the following:


•Understand how to create progress monitoring goals
•Evaluate progress monitoring growth data and to help make intervention decisions
•Understand how Star results guide teachers in selecting which skills to probe utilizing Star Custom skill checks
•How does Star support Renaissance practice programs
•We will also highlight some new and updated views you can look forward to seeing this fall

Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Please click here to access the Event Invitation

Please note that only educators from districts supported through either NERIC or Questar III that are using STAR Assessments will be eligible to attend.

7. Personalized Digital Libraries for your Students - EPIC!

Program: NERIC: Model Schools

Dates: 10/25/2017

Epic is a leading children's online library, with unlimited access to 25,000 high-quality books, learning videos, quizzes and more for kids 12 and under. Epic's award-winning library includes instant access to thousands of fiction, nonfiction, Read-to-Me books, Spanish books and more. This is an app for iPads, or you can use it with Chromebooks or even desktop computers. Each teacher sets up a class, and each student will have their own account. The best part is that it is FREE for students and educators! Teachers can build a list of books they want their students to use and send it to them. For example, a teacher can do a research project with first graders and select the books for them to use. Young students can easily navigate the app! This course is geared for teachers of grades 1-5.

Amsterdam teachers should bring their laptops, while other teachers will be provided with Chromebooks.

Fee: Free for Model Schools
Others: $75
Location: Amsterdam

8. Google 101

Program: NERIC: Model Schools

Audience: All Educators

Dates: 10/26/2017

Do you sometimes feel like you are being left behind by your students? Come to this very hands-on Google 101 beginner teacher/administrator workshop and learn the basics of Mail, Drive, Calendar, Docs, Slides, Sheets, and Keep. Participants are encouraged to bring their own devices, there will be a limited number available.

Length: 3 hours
Date: October 26th
Time: 8:30-11:30
Location/Room: NERIC Plattsburgh / Marcy Room

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

9. Google 102

Program: NERIC: Model Schools

Audience: All educators

Dates: 10/26/2017

Location: Marcy Room

Catching up and walking the talk is the name of the game. This Google 102 session will target school teachers and administrators. Walk away knowing how to leverage Forms, YouTube, Hangouts, Maps, Earth, Blogger, Classroom, Drawings, and Sites.

Length: 3 hours
Date: October 26th
Time: 12:30-3:30
Location: NERIC Plattsburgh/Marcy Room

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

10. Coding in the Classroom? Let's Talk!

Program: NERIC: Model Schools

Dates: 10/26/2017 to 11/30/2017

Are you using coding in your classroom? We are and we would love to share ideas with you! Computer Science is a new curriculum and needs to be encouraged at the K-8 level. We know there is a need to teach this to our students, but the challenge is how to do it. We have developed some great ideas about introducing computers and incorporated the design process through game development. Ultimately, we aim to create better engagement in coding and generate future interest in this area from our students. Come with ideas to share! This discussion is geared for teachers of grades K-8.

Laptops provided or bring your own.

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

11. Google Apps for Educators Webinar Series Part 3 - Using Google Gmail, Calendars, & Hangouts - An Online Introduction

Program: NERIC: Model Schools

Audience: Teachers/Administrators

Dates: 10/26/2017

This 6-part webinar series will introduce the user to the most frequently used Apps in the Google Educators' Suite.

Part 3 - Spend an hour learning how to engage students using Google Gmail, Calendars, and Hangouts. Some areas to be covered will include: tricks for accessing, creating, formatting, & organizing emails; setting up & sharing calendar events; and using Google Hangouts for easy communication and collaboration. Ideas will be shared on best practices for using these Google Apps with your students.

It is not required, although highly encouraged, that participants register for all sessions within the series. Information regarding accessing each webinar will be sent to all registrants for that session via email prior to the event.

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

12. Breakout! Breakout EDU Game Session

Program: NERIC: Model Schools

Dates: 10/27/2017

Foster creativity, collaboration, cooperation, critical thinking, and communication skills in your classroom with a fun and immersive game that will challenge and engage your students! These exciting activities apply to a wide variety of grade levels and subject areas. Breakout EDU will have students working together and thinking in new ways as they solve puzzles, decipher clues, and piece together information to figure out how to break into the Breakout box.

Breakout EDU games are similar to an “escape room” experience, but instead of being “locked” in a room, the goal is to figure out the clues and open the locked Breakout box.

For this session, you are simply a participant in a Breakout game! Come and work alongside fellow educators to solve a puzzle and gain experience with this type of learning activity. The best way to understand the Breakout EDU excitement is to come and be part of the game!

Games (Participant's Choice) -
A science game, recommended for ages 5-10
A general interest game, recommended for age 13+
Remember that games can be modified, so there is flexibility here!

Free to NERIC Model Schools Districts
Others: $75
Location: NERIC Albany, CVES Room

13. Gateway to Blended Learning - Online

Program: NERIC: Model Schools

Dates: 10/30/2017 to 11/27/2017

New
Struggling with student engagement, differentiated instruction, meeting the various ability levels of your students? Then let technology help you! Blended learning involves the combination of teacher-based instruction coupled with technology to provide students with the optimal learning experience. The purpose of this 15-hour online course is to introduce you to the best practices for blended learning. After this is accomplished you will be introduced to the best and latest tools to create a blended learning lesson that you can use with your students.

You will be provided with an ENORMOUS amount of support to ensure your success! You must have access to a Learning Management System, preferably Blackboard 9.1.

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

14. Google Sheets for Educators - Online

Program: NERIC: Model Schools

Dates: 10/30/2017 to 12/4/2017

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

15. Power of Paperless in the Classroom & Beyond - Online

Program: NERIC: Model Schools

Audience: Educators

Dates: 10/30/2017 to 11/27/2017

This class will give teachers the power to incorporate applications and techniques to be more efficient, more organized, and significantly cut back on paper usage. Imagine a world without sticky notes; without piles of papers everywhere; no bulky planners or giant desk calendars; a world where students don't lose assignments. This course will also help you be able to prepare students for college or the workforce where being able to survive in a digital, paperless environment is advantageous. We will explore numerous applications and extensions that make going paperless efficient.

Must have very basic familiarity with Google Drive and the ability to create a Google Doc.

Fee: Free for Model Schools
Others: $250
Location: Online

16. Coding with Robots in the Classroom

Program: NERIC: Model Schools

Dates: 10/30/2017

Half Day Robot Orientation for Borrowers

Model Schools is excited to present participating districts with an opportunity to learn and try out a variety of robots and coding tools! This course will be an overview of Blue-Bot, Cubelets, Ozobot, Dash and Dot, and Sphero robots. We will also touch on the NAO humaoid robot. Any teacher that attends this workshop will have the opportunity to utilize each set for one-day use during the 17-18 school year.

MS or HS teachers may arrive at 9:30 and miss the Blue-Bot overview.

For NERIC Model Schools only. More extensive use of the robots is possible with our Robot Service - call for details.

Fee: Model Schools Participants - FREE
Others: $125
Location: NERIC Albany, HFM Room

17. Google Forms: From Beginner to Expert in Three Easy Mini-Webinars - Session 1 - Google Form Basics

Program: NERIC: Model Schools

Audience: Educators

Dates: 10/30/2017

Interested in learning more about Google Forms but can’t seem to find the time to figure them out? Then these three mini-webinars may be just what you need. This webinar series will include a 30 minute training and then an optional 30 minute extension activity, that will dive deeper into the content already presented. Each session will build on the previous knowledge, but each session can also be a stand-alone.

SESSION 1 - Google Form Basics: What is it? How to create and how to use.

Date: Monday, October 30
Length: 30 minute training and optional 30 minutes deeper dive.
Time: 2:45-3:45
Location:Room: Online: via WebEx: Presenter will send information and link prior to the session.

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

18. Google Apps for Educators Webinar Series Part 4 - Using Google Sheets- An Online Introduction

Program: NERIC: Model Schools

Audience: Teachers/Administrators

Dates: 11/1/2017

This 6-part webinar series will introduce the user to the most frequently used Apps in the Google Educators' Suite.

Part 4 - Spend an hour learning how to engage students in using Google Sheets. Some of the areas to be covered will include: access and navigation tools, conditional formatting, formulas and auto-fill, sorting, simple charts, and collaboration. Ideas will be shared on best practices for using Google Sheets with your students.

It is not required, although highly encouraged, that participants register for all sessions within the series. Information regarding accessing each webinar will be sent to all registrants for that session via email prior to the event.

Fee: NERIC Model Schools Districts - FREE
Others: $75
Location: Online Webinar
Google Classroom isn't just for older kids and traditional core classes. Google Classroom is a great tool to share work with students, organize work, and even share the wonderful things we do in our classrooms with families. Join us in getting started with Google Classroom. This course will focus on the creative ways early elementary and special area teachers can use this tool on a daily basis.

Please bring a laptop or Chromebook.

Fee: Free for Model Schools
Others: $75
Location: Menands

20. Google Classroom

Program: NERIC: Model Schools

Audience: All Educators

Dates: 11/2/2017

Ever want to flip your classroom so your students were learning at home? Or maybe just have a safe environment that your students can comment and challenge each other? If so, then Google Classroom is for you. This half-day, hands-on training takes you from step one of creating a Google Classroom, to tips for getting the most effective use of your digital classroom. You'll learn about: class setup, classroom use as a teacher, administrator or committee member, instructional tips, resources and using classroom as a student. Adequate work time will be embedded into session for teachers to feel comfortable in the platform. Participants are encouraged to bring documents, units, quizzes to the session to add to your Google Classroom. Participants are encouraged to bring their own devices, there will be a limited number available.

Length: 3 hours
Date: November 2
Time: 8:30-11:30

Location: NERIC Plattsburgh/Marcy Room

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

21. Chrome Apps and Extensions for the Classroom

Program: NERIC: Model Schools

Audience: All Educators

Dates: 11/2/2017

This half-day session will be about exploring Apps and Extensions that work in the classroom. The session will focus on general education and special education Chrome components. Participants will have time to install and play with the highlighted apps and extensions, and make the connection into their classroom, for not only themselves but for their students as well. Participants are encouraged to bring their own devices, there will be a limited number available. (Please note: be sure that your Google domain administrator has given you rights to add apps and extensions to the device you are bringing).

Length: 3 hours
Date:November 2nd
Time: 12:30-3:30
Location: NERIC Plattsburgh/Marcy Room

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

22. Webinar: Stay Connected with Remind!

Program: NERIC: Model Schools

Dates: 11/2/2017

Want to send text reminders, alerts and information to students and parents in a way that is safe and secure? With Remind, communication instantly increases between the classroom and home! This tool is easy to set up, easy to use, and it can vastly improve communication efforts for your classroom. You may wonder how you got by without it! You will receive Webex access information via email the day before the class.

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

23. Google Classroom for Educators - Online

Program: NERIC: Model Schools

Dates: 11/6/2017 to 12/18/2017

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.

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

Program: NERIC: Model Schools

Dates: 11/6/2017 to 12/11/2017

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
Interested in learning more about Google Forms but can’t seem to find the time to figure them out? Then these three mini-webinars may be just what you need. This webinar series will include a 30 minute training and then an optional 30 minute extension activity, that will dive deeper into the content already presented. Each session will build on the previous knowledge, but each session can also be a stand-alone.

SESSION 2 - Using Forms as an Assessment: Use features within Forms to create simply graded assessments.

Date: Monday, November 6th
Length: 30 minute training and optional 30 minutes deeper dive.
Time: 2:45-3:45
Location:Room: Online: via WebEx: Presenter will send information and link prior to the session.

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

26. Google Apps for Educators Webinar Series Part 5 - Using Google Forms- An Online Introduction

Program: NERIC: Model Schools

Audience: Teachers/Administrators

Dates: 11/8/2017

This 6-part webinar series will introduce the user to the most frequently used Apps in the Google Educators' Suite.

Part 5 - Spend an hour learning how to engage students in using Google Forms. Some of the areas to be covered will include: creating forms, surveys, & quizzes, sharing forms with other educators and students, and collecting responses using Google Sheets for easy analysis. Ideas will be shared on best practices for using Google Forms with your students.

It is not required, although highly encouraged, that participants register for all sessions within the series. Information regarding accessing each webinar will be sent to all registrants for that session via email prior to the event.

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

27. Makerspace Roundtable

Program: NERIC: Model Schools

Dates: 11/9/2017 to 5/3/2018

New
The makerspace roundtable will meet monthly (except for January) throughout the school year to discuss various facets of makerspace life in school. Linda Fasano from Schalmont Middle School Library will facilitate. She has developed and run a makerspace for two years. This group is for those of you that want to know more about makerspaces, are just getting started in your school, or have a makerspace and want to learn more and share ideas.

Fee: Model Schools Participants - FREE
Others: $200
Location: Schalmont

Interested in learning more about Google Forms but can’t seem to find the time to figure them out? Then these three mini-webinars may be just what you need. This webinar series will include a 30 minute training and then an optional 30 minute extension activity, that will dive deeper into the content already presented. Each session will build on the previous knowledge, but each session can also be a stand-alone.

SESSION 3 - Innovating with Forms: Going beyond the simple and thinking outside the box, working smarter,not harder with forms. What aspects of your classroom could you automate with Forms?

Date: Monday, November 13th
Length: 30 minute training and optional 30 minutes deeper dive.
Time: 2:45-3:45
Location:Room: Online: via WebEx: Presenter will send information and link prior to the session.

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

29. Breakout EDU Basics

Program: NERIC: Model Schools

Dates: 11/14/2017

Foster creativity, collaboration, cooperation, critical thinking, and communication skills in your classroom with a fun and immersive game that will challenge and engage your students! These exciting activities apply to a wide variety of grade levels and subject areas. Breakout EDU will have students working together and thinking in new ways as they solve puzzles, decipher clues, and piece together information to figure out how to break into the Breakout box.

Breakout EDU games are similar to an “escape room” experience, but instead of being “locked” in a room, the goal is to figure out the clues and open the locked Breakout box.

This session is for those who wish to facilitate a game in their classroom for the first time. We will go over best practices, instructional benefits, preparation, tips and tricks, and how the different pieces of the kit work. We will also go over how to borrow a Breakout EDU kit from NERIC.

Prerequisite - You must have played a Breakout EDU game before, either at NERIC, a conference, or your school. This course is required if you wish to borrow a kit.

Free to NERIC Model Schools Districts
Others: $75
Location: NERIC Albany, CVES Room

30. Shared Learning Objectives Fall Meeting - 11/16/17

Program: NERIC: Special Events

Audience: Shared Learning Objectives district participants

Dates: 11/16/2017

Location: SLL Room

AGENDA

SLO Home Page Navigation
Highlight of Current and Past Projects
2017-2018 Project Options
Guest Presenter
New Applications and Sites to Share
Training Information

This workshop is only open to current participants of the NERIC's Shared Learning Objectives service.

31. Creating Online Professional Development Courses in Schoology

Program: NERIC: Special Events

Dates: 11/17/2017

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 instructor with online content on Blackboard.

32. Let's Interact with Interactive Reading Notebooks

Program: NERIC: Model Schools

Dates: 11/20/2017 to 12/18/2017

New
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. Participants who complete all the assignments will receive a 15 hour completion certificate. Registrants will be notified by email with course access information.

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

33. LiveBinders - Online

Program: NERIC: Model Schools

Dates: 11/20/2017 to 12/8/2017

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

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

Program: NERIC: Model Schools

Dates: 11/20/2017 to 12/8/2017

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

35. Screencast-O-Matic and More! - Online

Program: NERIC: Model Schools

Dates: 11/20/2017 to 12/8/2017

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

36. Explore with Google Expeditions!

Program: NERIC: Model Schools

Dates: 11/28/2017

Come and take a journey using virtual reality headsets and Google Expeditions! This will be a hands-on session with teachers as Explorers! You will learn how Expeditions work, what technology is involved, where to find resources, and how to integrate Expeditions into your curriculum. You will also learn the process for signing up to use Google Expeditions in your classroom.

This technology is available to all NERIC Model Schools district teachers who attend an orientation. (On a first come, first served basis and subject to availability).

Free to NERIC Model Schools Districts
Others: N/A
Location: NERIC Albany, CVES Room

37. Breakout EDU Training

Program: NERIC: Model Schools

Audience: Educators

Dates: 11/29/2017

Breakout EDU is an immersive learning game platform that requires players to use teamwork and critical thinking to solve a challenging series of puzzles in order to open a locked box. Learn the process of a Breakout kit, create one for your classroom and collaboratively work together to “breakout”. Once you attend a breakout training, you will be able to take a breakout kit for use within your own classroom.

Length: 3 hours
Date: November 29th
Time: 8:30-11:30
Location/Room: Malone: Franklin Academy, Active Learning Space Classroom (Rm. 148)

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

38. Chrome Apps and Extensions for the Classroom

Program: NERIC: Model Schools

Audience: All Educators

Dates: 11/29/2017

This half-day session will be about exploring Apps and Extensions that work in classroom. The session will focus on general education and special education Chrome components. Participants will have time to install and play with the highlighted apps and extensions and to make the connection into their classroom, for not only themselves but for their students as well. Participants are encouraged to bring their own devices, there will be a limited number available. (Please note: be sure that your Google domain administrator has given you rights to add apps and extensions to the device you are bringing).

Length: 3 hours
Date:November 29th
Time: 12:30-3:30
Location: Malone: Franklin Academy, Active Learning Space Classroom (Rm. 148)

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

39. Gateway to Blended Learning - Online

Program: NERIC: Model Schools

Dates: 11/30/2017 to 1/4/2018

New
Struggling with student engagement, differentiated instruction, meeting the various ability levels of your students? Then let technology help you! Blended learning involves the combination of teacher-based instruction coupled with technology to provide students with the optimal learning experience. The purpose of this 15-hour online course is to introduce you to the best practices for blended learning. After this is accomplished you will be introduced to the best and latest tools to create a blended learning lesson that you can use with your students.

You will be provided with an ENORMOUS amount of support to ensure your success! You must have access to a Learning Management System, preferably Blackboard 9.1.

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

40. NERIC Annual Awareness Day

Program: NERIC: Special Events

Audience: Educators, District Technology Specialists

Dates: 12/1/2017

The theme of Awareness Day 2017 is Ignite Learning: Inspire, Connect and Create.

Inspire: Tell your story. How do we craft and share our narrative with the world to inspire and be inspired?
Connect: Your school, your community, your network.
Create: An impact.

This year, Awareness Day is igniting learning to inspire you, connect you and create an impact in your practice.

Use our hashtag #TechADay on Twitter to share and follow Tech A-Day experiences!

41. Creating Online Professional Development Courses in Schoology

Program: NERIC: Special Events

Dates: 12/1/2017

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 instructor with online content on Blackboard.

42. LiveBinders - Online

Program: NERIC: Model Schools

Dates: 12/4/2017 to 12/22/2017

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

43. Model Schools Robot Exhibition!

Program: NERIC: Model Schools

Dates: 12/4/2017

Did you know that you can borrow robots through Model Schools to use in your classroom? There are two ways to make this happen.

Option 1 - Come to our half-day Robot Orientation, which is listed separately in the catalog. Upon completion, you may request to borrow robots.

Option 2 - Come to this Robot Exhibition to informally try out the different robots. Decide which set might work best in your classroom. You may then request a Robot Coaching Session where Model Schools brings the robots to your class and facilitates an activity. You may then borrow the same robots again in the future to extend the learning.

This showcase event is informal and you may stop by anytime between 2PM-4PM. This is your chance to see and touch the robots as preliminary exposure for potential future use. This is a stop-by event, so certificates will not be issued.

Fee: Free for Model Schools
Others:N/A
Location: NERIC, HFM Room

44. Google 101

Program: NERIC: Model Schools

Audience: All Educators

Dates: 12/6/2017

Do you sometimes feel like you are being left behind by your students? Come to this very hands-on Google 101 beginner teacher/administrator workshop and learn the basics of Mail, Drive, Calendar, Docs, Slides, Sheets, and Keep. Participants are encouraged to bring their own devices, there will be a limited number available.

Length: 3 hours
Date: December 6th
Time: 8:30-11:30
Location/Room: NERIC Plattsburgh / Marcy Room

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

45. Google 102

Program: NERIC: Model Schools

Audience: All educators

Dates: 12/6/2017

Location: Marcy Room

Catching up and walking the talk is the name of the game. This Google 102 session will target school teachers and administrators. Walk away knowing how to leverage Forms, YouTube, Hangouts, Maps, Earth, Blogger, Classroom, Drawings, and Sites.

Length: 3 hours
Date: December 6th
Time: 12:30-3:30
Location: NERIC Plattsburgh / Marcy Room

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

46. Breakout! Breakout EDU Game Session

Program: NERIC: Model Schools

Dates: 12/6/2017

Foster creativity, collaboration, cooperation, critical thinking, and communication skills in your classroom with a fun and immersive game that will challenge and engage your students! These exciting activities apply to a wide variety of grade levels and subject areas. Breakout EDU will have students working together and thinking in new ways as they solve puzzles, decipher clues, and piece together information to figure out how to break into the Breakout box.

Breakout EDU games are similar to an “escape room” experience, but instead of being “locked” in a room, the goal is to figure out the clues and open the locked Breakout box.

For this session, you are simply a participant in a Breakout game! Come and work alongside fellow educators to solve a puzzle and gain experience with this type of learning activity. The best way to understand the Breakout EDU excitement is to come and be part of the game! If you have come to a game at NERIC before and need more practice, you are welcome to come back - these games are different!

Games (Participant's Choice) -
A literature, art and team-building game, recommended for elementary/middle
A cross-curricular game, recommended for middle/high/adult
Remember that games can be modified, so there is flexibility here!

Free to NERIC Model Schools Districts
Others: $75
Location: NERIC Albany, CVES Room

47. Personalized Digital Libraries for your Students - EPIC!

Program: NERIC: Model Schools

Dates: 12/6/2017

New
Epic is a leading children's online library, with unlimited access to 25,000 high-quality books, learning videos, quizzes and more for kids 12 and under. Epic's award-winning library includes instant access to thousands of fiction, nonfiction, Read-to-Me books, Spanish books and more. This is an app for iPads, or you can use it with Chromebooks or even desktop computers. Each teacher sets up a class, and each student will have their own account. The best part is that it is FREE for students and educators! Teachers can build a list of books they want their students to use and send it to them. For example, a teacher can do a research project with first graders and select the books for them to use. Young students can easily navigate the app! This course is geared for teachers of grades 1-5.

Amsterdam teachers should bring their laptops, while other teachers will be provided with Chromebooks.

Fee: Free for Model Schools
Others: $75
Location: Amsterdam

48. Get Going with Google Classroom!

Program: NERIC: Model Schools

Dates: 12/11/2017 to 12/18/2017

Ready to get going with a digital classroom? This course will provide all the foundation you will need to launch your own Google Classroom (or maximize an underused Classroom that you are hesitant about). You will get to see what the kids see - this will help you understand how to craft materials and sequences for efficiency and clarity. The one week gap between sessions will give you a chance to try Classroom with your students, then return for troubleshooting and Q&A.

A limited number of laptops will be available, but please bring one if possible.

Fee: Free to Model Schools
Others: $125
Location: NERIC Albany

49. Generating and Gathering Guided Reading Lessons in Google Drive - Online

Program: NERIC: Model Schools

Dates: 12/13/2017 to 1/17/2018

This course will teach you about the important aspects of a guided reading lesson. You will be creating guided reading lesson plans in Google Docs and sharing them with your classmates to create a toolbox of lessons that you can use in your own classroom. This class will be all online and will span five weeks. You will gain experience with Google Docs, Google Drive, and learn how to share in Google. You will leave this course with a database of guided reading lesson plans. Participants will need a Google account.

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

50. Creating Online Professional Development Courses in Schoology

Program: NERIC: Special Events

Dates: 12/22/2017

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 instructor with online content on Blackboard.

51. Digital Notebooks? Yes - with Google Sites!

Program: NERIC: Model Schools

Dates: 1/8/2018 to 1/22/2018

Tired of traditional three-ring-binder note-taking? Frustrated with students who lose materials (or forget them)? Trying to get those great visuals and video clips from your board into your students' hands to help them learn? Then it's time to try digital notebooks! This course will detail not only how to use the new Google Sites to build your own website, but how to help your students learn to keep a website as a notebook. Simple tools and no complex coding languages - just a way for your students to move off paper (and be able to study on a smartphone or even a PS4 or Xbox).

A limited number of laptops will be available. Please bring your own if possible.

Fee: Free to Model Schools
Others: $125
Location: NERIC Albany

52. Creating Online Professional Development Courses in Schoology

Program: NERIC: Special Events

Dates: 1/12/2018

New
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 instructor with online content on Blackboard.

53. Explore with Google Expeditions!

Program: NERIC: Model Schools

Dates: 1/17/2018

Come and take a journey using virtual reality headsets and Google Expeditions! This will be a hands-on session with teachers as Explorers! You will learn how Expeditions work, what technology is involved, where to find resources, and how to integrate Expeditions into your curriculum. You will also learn the process for signing up to use Google Expeditions in your classroom.

This technology is available to all NERIC Model Schools district teachers who attend an orientation. (On a first come, first served basis and subject to availability).

Free to NERIC Model Schools Districts
Others: N/A
Location: NERIC Albany, CVES Room

54. Breakout EDU Basics

Program: NERIC: Model Schools

Dates: 1/25/2018

Foster creativity, collaboration, cooperation, critical thinking, and communication skills in your classroom with a fun and immersive game that will challenge and engage your students! These exciting activities apply to a wide variety of grade levels and subject areas. Breakout EDU will have students working together and thinking in new ways as they solve puzzles, decipher clues, and piece together information to figure out how to break into the Breakout box.

Breakout EDU games are similar to an “escape room” experience, but instead of being “locked” in a room, the goal is to figure out the clues and open the locked Breakout box.

This session is for those who wish to facilitate a game in their classroom for the first time. We will go over best practices, instructional benefits, preparation, tips and tricks, and how the different pieces of the kit work. We will also go over how to borrow a Breakout EDU kit from NERIC.

Prerequisite - You must have played a Breakout EDU game before, either at NERIC, a conference, or your school. This course is required if you wish to borrow a kit.

Free to NERIC Model Schools Districts
Others: $75
Location: NERIC Albany, CVES Room

55. Creating Online Professional Development Courses in Schoology

Program: NERIC: Special Events

Dates: 1/26/2018

New
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 instructor with online content on Blackboard.

56. Digital Tools Make Formative Assessments Easy!

Program: NERIC: Model Schools

Dates: 2/5/2018 to 2/12/2018

This course will explore how digital tools can be incorporated for bell ringers, lesson presentations and quizzes to allow teachers to quickly see students' progress and needs. Using Kahoot, PearDeck, and Google Forms, teachers will be able to have valuable access to information (organized in spreadsheet form) that will inform instructional practice, student grouping, and review strategies. The week-long interval between sessions will provide time to try something in class and come back for troubleshooting and Q&A. Let the computer work for you - save time and have more evidence of student progress!

Please bring a computer and/or mobile device.

Fee: Free to Model Schools
Others: $125
Location: NERIC Albany

Learn to create Google Forms and use all of the features with students and/or colleagues. Forms are easy to construct, and are designed using content pertinent to your subject area. Respondents fill out the form online, and Google "instantly" summarizes the answers in a spreadsheet and charts. You can add images, videos, sections and more. You can use images as part of the question or as part of the answer. Ideas for use include quizzes, how-to steps, assignment collection, science experiments, math reviews and more. You can make the forms "self-correcting" for grading tests quickly. Assign points to each question, create answer keys, and give students immediate feedback or email grades later. Add links to "extra help resources" within questions. You can give individual feedback and private comments, and hand-score for students who need special attention.

Participants should have a personal Google/Gmail account or school 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. They should have one of the following browsers installed: Firefox, Chrome, or Safari. Please do not bring a mobile device to work on.

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