Do you ever feel like your students aren’t as engaged or interested as they could be?

WebPics (3)Integrating online tools into your lesson plans can make learning more fun for everyone — and it doesn’t have to be difficult, expensive, or confusing.

As teachers ourselves, we’ve been using dozens of online tools for years, and can show you the best ways to implement them in your class.

From interactive games to classroom management and presentation tools, we’ll show you simple, convenient ways to shake things up.

And yes, most of them are free!

Common Core

Common Core Countdown

In this session, we’ll count down 10 ways to integrate technology into the Common Core Standards. Kill two birds with one stone — have fun and motivate your students to succeed. You’ll discover free websites and apps to support RTI and curriculum mapping, plus “bonus” sites to help you collaborate with other teachers and manage common assessments.
*Presentation or hands-on

More Common Core Countdown

Didn’t get enough of the Common Core Countdown? Learn 10 additional ways to integrate technology into the Common Core Standards. You’ll discover even more free websites and apps to support RTI and curriculum mapping. Plus, we’ll show you example lesson plans that align with Common Core.
*Presentation or hands-on

Google Workshops

Google DRIVErs' Education

We drank the “Google Kool-Aid,” and now we’re hooked. Attend this session to find out how to use Google Drive in your school. From administrative ideas to classroom collaboration and organization, we’ll show you all kinds of ways to take full advantage of Google Drive in your educational setting.
*Hands-on

Google Magic - Captivate, Motivate, and Educate Your Student

Did you know that Google offers a number of free tools that can enhance what you teach? Using Google Docs, you can have students work collaboratively from any computer to effectively generate documents, spreadsheets, and presentations. Plus, we can show you how to use Google Forms to create an online test that students can take from any computer.
*Hands-on

Google Earth - It's Not Just for Social Studies Anymore

Learn how to fully integrate Google Earth across the curriculum using advanced place-marks. We’ll show you several examples of interdisciplinary lessons, have you participate in a sample activity, and then help you create a lesson of your own. If you don’t teach Social Studies, don’t worry! Google Earth is for every classroom!
*Hands-on

Google Calendar - Never Forget Another Meeting!

In this session, we’ll show you how to set up an online calendar that will save you time and organize your life. As an educator, you know that deadlines, meetings, and obligations can be overwhelming. With Google Calendar, you can make professional or personal calendars, embed them on your website or blog, and even use them for lesson plans. Best of all, it’s free!
*Hands-on

Google Tasks – Finally, the Ultimate Checklist for Busy People!

Did you know that Google Calendar includes a way to set up tasks that you can check off as you complete them? In this session, we’ll show you how to effectively manage all of your personal and professional obligations. Don’t forget another meeting or birthday again!
*Hands-on

Web 2.0 Workshops

10 Ways to Shake It Up!

Are you stuck in a rut? Do you feel like your students are less than enthused with your class? In this session, we’ll count down 10 ways to integrate technology into your classroom to shake things up. These ideas are easy to use and will cost your district little or nothing to implement. Student examples will be shown for a full understanding of how to put tech into your current curriculum and make it exciting for you and your students.
*Presentation

10 More Ways to Shake Up Your Classroom

We’ve expanded on our original presentation to feature even more free and low-cost ways to add technology to your curriculum. This presentation follows the same format as “10 Ways to Shake It Up,” but offers brand new ideas. It’s a great choice if you’ve taken the first class and want to shake up things even more!
*Presentation

Web 2.0 Smackdown

Do you want to “wrestle” with technology in your classroom this year? Attend this “fast-paced smackdown” to join Nancy and Shannon as they go head-to-head with their favorite Web 2.0 integration tools and ideas. You’ll be able to ask questions about implementing these ideas into your classroom, plus, we’ll help you try them out for yourself. No sitting on the ropes! Get into the “technology ring” with Shannon and Nancy to get some new ideas!
*Presentation

Technology Idol

Join us for a session that highlights our students’ favorite classroom “tech-activities” as well as our “Can’t Wait to Teach It” activities. Learn about free (and safe!) online resources that will connect your students to information in ways that will motivate them. We’re going to do our best to impress the judges with our favorite technology integration ideas. You, the audience, will be our Keith Urban, Harry Connick Jr., and Jennifer Lopez! Attend this session and share your voice in deciding which idea will be the next tech integration superstar.
*Presentation or hands-on

Techno Teacher

Have you felt a little left out regarding technology in the classroom? Does it seem like professional development is targeted toward the integration of technology for the kiddos? What about you? How can you use technology as a teacher to make your life simpler (and maybe even more fun)? We’ll show you a multitude of ideas, ranging from classroom management to organization to just plain making your life easier.
*Presentation or hands-on

Raising Your Technology Comfort Level

This session puts the participants in control by allowing them to decide which topics are covered. We’ve created a “virtual bulletin board” with a wide variety of tech topics. As a participant, you’re free to choose from our bulletin board topics, or you can ask a question of your own. We can cover a range of issues, such as organizing files and folders on the computer, “finding” items that have been saved “somewhere,” as well as various Web 2.0 vocabulary terms. If you’re a beginner, this is the session for you!
*Presentation (administrator edition and/or teacher edition)

3 Big Ways to Use Web 2.0

Animoto, Glogster, and VoiceThread are three highly motivating and interactive web 2.0 tools that students in our classroom love! This hands-on session will lead you through all three applications. We’ll give you time to practice so you feel comfortable using the tools with your students. Bring a lesson you want to enhance, and we’ll show you how!
*Hands-on

What's with the QR Code?

Have you seen those little black squares that look like UPC symbols? They seem to be popping up all over! What are they, and how can you use them in education? In this session, you’ll discover many different ways you can implement QR codes into your classroom. From scavenger hunts to differentiated instructional resource materials, there are plenty of ways to have fun (and learn)!
*Presentation or hands-on

Webquest 101

If you would like to empower your students with inquiry-based technology projects, this workshop is for you! WebQuest is the ultimate integration tool that allows you to put the student in charge of his or her own learning. We will teach you the steps to build a WebQuest, as well as give you many examples of existing WebQuests. There will be time set aside to begin creating your own WebQuest with free online tools. Bring a unit of study that you currently teach so we can help you transform it into a WebQuest!
*Hands-on

Blogging for Beginners

What is a blog? Why would a teacher have one? If these are questions you have asked yourself, let us introduce you to this powerful tool that will enhance your classroom culture. In this workshop, you will explore examples of classroom and teacher blogs, each used in a unique way. We will work with you to set up your own blog, your students’ blogs, or both. By the end of this session, you will have created your first post, and will understand how this free tool will have a huge impact across all curricular areas.
*Hands-on

Web Design Workshops

EZ Web Design

Are you ready to take your classroom to the Internet? If you’ve always wanted a website, but feel overwhelmed by HTML codes and “geek speak,” this is the session for you! We’ll help you set up a free web page without a school server or tech coordinator. If you can edit a document, you can create a simple website during this session. The only thing you’ll need is access to your email on the web.
*Hands-on

EZ Web Design - The Next Chapter

Have you always wanted your own website, but thought it was just too difficult to create on your own? Do you have a website started, but just haven’t had a chance to finish it? Are you stuck deciding what to put on your pages? By creating a website for your students and their parents to access, you can create a 24/7 learning environment — and we can help! If you attended our EZ Web Design class and would like more ideas or follow-up support, or if you’d like to jump in and get started with a new website, join us for this completely hands-on workshop. The only thing you’ll need for this session is access to your email on the web.
*Hands-on