January PD Sessions

Cindy Evans, Tech Coach

Office 365 and One Drive

Thursday, Jan. 8th, 3:45-5:15pm

103 Lab @ SCHS

This inservice will go more in-depth on using One Drive and answer any questions you might have about our new email and Calendar functions!

Use Office 365 for instruction, collaboration, assignments, communication, and more. This session wil give you best practices for utilizing Office 365's collaborative features and help you to integrate them to increase the effectiveness of PLCs as well as classroom instruction. One Drive provides users with unlimited cloud based storage so there is no need of CDs or thumb drives. During this session you will learn tips to promote a respectful online culture, privacy and security measures for user safety and rules for online discussion.

Length of Session: 1.5 hours

TEAM Strand: Activities and Materials and Motivating Students

Digital Citizenship Component: Privacy and Security, Rules for Online Discussion​

Introduction to and Applied Writing With Technology (Parts 1 & 2)

Monday, Jan. 12th, 3:45-5:45pm

103 Lab @ SCHS

With the upcoming Writing Assessments, I thought this month might be a great time to focus on preparing our students for the assessment. Although this might not be "counted" yet, if we don't start focusing on writing strategies now, we will not be prepared as teachers when it really DOES count!

This is really 2 one-hour sessions. The first hour is spent looking at various websites and tools to use in teaching writing and is required in order to attend Part 2, which is when you will have the opportunity to set up a writing assignment in one of the tools we looked at in the first hour so that you can go back in the classroom knowing you are ready to tackle a productive practice writing session with your students! I have uploaded students to the MIST site and there are already practice tests that you can assign to them, but you may also want to pull some writing videos from Compass Odyssey to watch as a whole group with your students to enhance the writing process.


Part I: Introduction to Writing with Technology

Descriptor: Looking for ways to improve writing assessment scores, but you don't know how? Are you comfortable with teaching writing but need some new resources? Do you want to make sure that your students are successful with writing online by providing good oral and written feedback? If so, come to the Writing with Technology in-service. This session will provide you with ideas and resources to help prepare students for writing online across the curriculum.

Sample Programs Include: Word Pad, Note Pad, Edmodo, Moodle, Student Turn-in folder, Odyssey Writer, MIST, etc.

This session is appropriate for middle and secondary to prepare for the on-line writing assessment in February. This session is a pre-requisite to the optional hour extension Applied Writing with Technology (Part 2--see below).

Length of 1st session: 1 hour

TEAM Strand: Academic Feedback

Digital Citizenship Component: Creative Credit & Copyright


Part II: Applied Writing with Technology

Descriptor: Examine writing resources from Part 1 further and apply them to your classroom. Add students, setup your classroom, make assignments, create an activity or lesson plan, create/upload a writing prompt, or create a grading rubric with some of your favorites in part one. This hands on part 2 workshop allows teachers to dig deeper int a resource learned during part 1-Word Pad, Note Pad, Edmodo, Moodle, Student Turn-in folder, Odyssey Writer, MIST, etc.

This session is appropriate for middle and secondary to aid in preparing for on-line writing assessment in February.

Length of session: 1 hour

TEAM Strand: Academic Feedback

Digital Citizenship Component: Creative Credit & Copyright

Mining for Information: Getting to the Core with Technology Tools

Wednesday, Jan. 21st, 3:45-5:45pm

103 Lab @ SCHS

For those of you doing Research this semester, this is the session for YOU!!

Descriptor: Research is fully integrated into the Common Core Curriculum Standards for science, social studies, technical subjects and English in grades four through twelve. Come to this in-service and learn more about each step of the research process. You will be given technology tools to help your students dig into their research topics, organize their inforamtion, cite their sources, create unique products, and more. From novice to experienced researcher, this session has something for everyone.

Length of Session: 2 hours

Strand: CCSS ELA, Literacy in Social Studies, Literacy/Science/Technology

Digital Citizenship Component: Information Literacy, Creative Credit & Copyright, Search Strategies.