Rutherford County Schools

Technology Professional Development (Fall 2016)

Fall into Fun by Learning Exciting Ways to Use Technology!

Do you want to learn new and exciting ways to use the technology you have to engage your students in creative projects? Do you need a "Back to School" refresher on Canvas or Schoolnet? We can help you with whatever need you have!


Please join us for a few hours of fun, interactive learning in a supportive, stress-free environment! Let us help you make the most of this school year!

NCEES Registration

Registration for professional development is conducted within the NCEES PD system. The course title and course numbers are listed for each session. Click the blue course number for a direct link to register for the course. Technology CEU credit will be awarded at the completion of each session. If you need assistance, please email your instructional technology facilitator. Be sure to bring your laptop/iPad to all sessions.

Stop, Collaborate, and Animate


NCEES Course Code#: 5297

CEUs: .3 Technology

Instructors: Andrew Sherrill, Steve Chappell

Location: CO - TTA

Date: September 13, 2016

Time: 3:30 - 5:30 pm

Audience: K-12


Learn the basics of animation and video making. You will get time to play with three different animation techniques: Green Screen, Stop Motion, and Claymation. These techniques are fun, easy, and cheap to replicate in your classroom. Creating these videos can help students display mastery of storytelling, concept-building, and teamwork.


Note: Due to the late notice, this session will be offered again this coming Spring.

iPad Tips & Tricks


NCEES Course Code #: 3705

CEUs: .15 Technology

Instructors: Kendra Greenlee and Donna Ledford

Location: CO - TTA

Date: September 20, 2016

Time: 3:30p-5:00p

Audience: K-4


Come join us to make sure you know the neat iPad tips and tricks that will be shared during this session. We will also explore some of the educational apps you can use in your classroom.


*Please be sure to bring your iPad with you to the session.

Set Your Classroom on FIRE!


NCEES Course Code #5306

CEUs: .15 Technology

Instructors: Angie Steed, Kim Ingle

Location: CO - TTA

Date: September 27

Time: 3:45 pm- 5:15 pm

Audience: 6-12


Need some kindling to promote your interactive classroom for maximum student engagement? Look no further than Pear Deck and Socrative web tools which marry the best of interactive lessons utilizing your Google drive and real time data for instant insight into levels of student understanding which boosts active learning in your classroom. Don’t miss out on the SPARKS!


*Please be sure to bring your MacBook with you to the session.

Utilizing Schoolnet Data


NCEES Course Code # 5503

NCEES Section Code # 8670

CEUs: .15 Technology

Instructors: Donna Hensley & Amanda Willis

Location: CO-TTA

Date: September 28, 2016

Time: 3:45p-5:15p

Audience: 6-12


Have your students taken a Schoolnet test? Do you want to know how to get more out of the data? Schoolnet offers many different data sets to help inform instruction. In this session, we will explore the various types of data reports and brainstorm ways to use the data to improve student achievement.


**Prerequisite - Participants have created and administered at least one schoolnet assessment in fall 2016 prior to this session.

Canvas Essentials and Design


NCEES Course Code # 5477

NCEES Section Code # 8622

CEUs: .15 Technology

Instructors: Angie Steed/Angie Taub

Location: CO-TTA

Date: Sept. 29, 2016

Time: 3:45p-5:15p

Audience: K-12


This session will introduce the essentials and course design strategies for courses in Canvas. Participants will be able to use features in Canvas to design their courses including essential tools like Files, Pages, and Modules. They will be able to create course activities including Assignments, Discussions and Quizzes. Quick overview of Discussion and Collaboration.


Please be sure to bring your MacBook to the session.

Success with Schoolnet


NCEES Course Code #:5343

CEUs: .15 Technology

Instructor: Donna Ledford and Kendra Greenlee

Location: CO - TTA

Date: October 4, 2016

Time: 3:30-5:00

Audience: 3-5


Guarantee the success of your students by exposing them to questions written around the standards. Participants will use Schoolnet to create assessments tied to their curriculum standards that will be ready to deliver the next day in class.


*Please be sure to bring your MacBook with you to the session.

Canvas in the Elementary Classroom (iPads)


NCEES Course Code #: 5399

NCEES Section Code #: 8462

CEUs: .15 Technology

Instructors: Tara Mauney

Location: CO - TTA

Date: Oct. 11, 2016

Time: 3:45p-5:15p

Audience: K-4


With the implementation of 1:1 and Canvas in the Elementary classroom many teachers do not know where to begin. In this session teachers will walk through how to use the RCS Instructional Framework (LIF & MIF) Master Courses in Canvas in their classrooms. Teachers will learn how to navigate, download, annotate, and submit lessons as students and how to do the same, as well as, grade and respond to student work as an instructor.. Participants will leave this session with a deeper understanding of how to use Canvas in their daily instruction with their students.


*Please be sure to bring your iPad & MacBook with you to the session.

Set Your Classroom on Fire: Pear Deck Web Tool

NCEES Course Code # 5306

CEUs: .15 Technology

Instructors: Kim Ingle

Location: CO - TTA

Date: October 18th

Time: 3:45 pm- 5:15 pm

Audience: 6-12


Pear Deck web tool marries the best of interactive lessons utilizing your Google drive and real time data for instant insight into levels of student understanding which boosts active learning in your classroom.


*Please be sure to bring your MacBook with you to the session.

Oh, The Places We Will Go... (Elementary)


NCEES Course Code #: 5398

NCEES Section Code #: 8461

CEUs: .15 Technology

Instructors: Tara Mauney

Location: CO - TTA

Date: Oct. 20, 2016

Time: 3:45p-5:15p

Audience: Pre-K - 5th


Using Google Street View, create 360° photos to show exactly where you have been. Learn how to create and view 360° photos using Google Cardboard. Teachers can explore the uses of 360° photos and videos for curricula. Great for virtual field trips, scavenger hunts, etc...

Canvas in the Elementary Classroom (MacBooks)


NCEES Course Code #: 5399

NCEES Section Code #: 8463

CEUs: .15 Technology

Instructors: Tara Mauney

Location: CO - TTA

Date: Oct. 25, 2016

Time: 3:45p-5:15p

Audience: 5th Grade


With the implementation of 1:1 and Canvas in the Elementary classroom many teachers do not know where to begin. In this session teachers will walk through how to use the RCS Instructional Framework (LIF & MIF) Master Courses in Canvas in their classrooms. Teachers will learn how to navigate, download, annotate, and submit lessons as students and how to do the same, as well as, grade and respond to student work as an instructor.. Participants will leave this session with a deeper understanding of how to use Canvas in their daily instruction with their students.


*Please be sure to bring your MacBook with you to the session.

Podcasting with Garageband


NCEES Course Code #: 5473

NCEES Section Code #: 8614

CEUs: .15 Technology

Instructors: Angie Taub / Steve Chappell

Location: CO - TTA

Date: Oct. 27, 2016

Time: 3:45p-5:15p

Audience: K-12


Creating student projects with Garageband is super easy! Students can easily create amazing book reports, country reports, etc with just a few clicks of a mouse. Come find out how you can inspire your students to create something great!