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The Office of Instructional Technology is pleased to announce Professional Learning Opportunities for APC renewal credit designed for AACPS teachers.

Check back periodically as we will add additional professional learning opportunities.

If you are no longer able to take a section, please withdraw so that others may be added to the class. Register on Unified Talent.


Just Added Brightspace 101

August 12, 9-10:30, Section 90161

August 17, 9-10:30, Section 90162

August 17, 1-2:30, Section 90163


NOTE: If you teach in a Charter School, please check to see if you have the applications before registering for a workshop or self-paced course.


Questions: Debbie Ray, dray@aacps.org

New Brightspace 101

Brightspace can be intimidating, but this session aims to make it accessible by reviewing key terms, explaining the different levels of content, and clarifying the different types of assignments. Participants will leave this session with a clearer understanding of how their prior experiences with Google Classroom will transfer to Brightspace, creating a meaningful digital classroom for students and teachers.


  • August 12, 9-10:30 Section: 90161
  • August 17, 9:00-10:30 Section: 90162
  • August 17, 1-2:30 Section: 90163


Brighter with Brightspace Conference July 27 and July 28th

Brightspace implementation begins this fall. Are you ready? Learn more about Brightspace this summer by attending a virtual conference. During the conference attendees will review and enhance skills learned during the Getting Started with Brightspace Spring Professional Development modules as well as learn new skills to create a Brightspace learning environment for their students. The conference is for all staff. By attending both days of the conference teachers are eligible to become a Brightspace Champion for their school beginning this fall.


  • Both Days (July 27-28), 9:00-2:00, Section: 90085
  • July 27, 9:00-2:00, Section: 90086
  • July 28, 9:00-2:00. Section: 90087

A stipend will be available for attendees that attend the conference.


More Info about the Conference

Book Study in Brightspace

If you attended the Everything Google Professional Development last summer, you may have won the book CTRL ALT Achieve. We invite you to attend this workshop and dive a little deeper. We do have a limited number of books still available. Complete the form when you register in Unified Talent to indicate whether you have a book or not.

During this 5 week book study we will explore the teachings of Eric Curt’s Control Alt Achieve. We will explore Google Docs, Slides, Drawings and Sheets as tools to use with our students as we move forward. This will be a combination of synchronous and asynchronous activities utilizing BrightSpace.

Two virtual synchronous meetings will be held:

June 22 and July 20, 10:00-11:00

Section: 89935

Course will be held in Brightspace.

1.0 Beginner Workshops

Exploring Discovery Education

Discovery Education is so much more than videos! Participants will be guided through an introduction of the Discovery Education platform. Beginning with how to search and filter content by exploring the various categories: channels, videos, images, text and boards. How to download resources, so they can be easily embedded into a Google Slide or embedded in Brightspace will be covered. While exploring all that Discovery Education has to offer the discussion will provide ideas for how to creatively integrate these resources into content lessons. Learn about the upcoming school year updates.

  • July 13, 1:00-2:30 Section: 89954
  • August 3 , 9:00-10:30 Section: 89955


Nearpod for Beginners

Learn how to create engaging lessons with instant feedback from your students. Participants will discover how lessons can be teacher led or student paced. During this workshop attendees will learn how to use the differentiation tools built into Nearpod to meet the needs of their students as well as leave with ideas and strategies to engage students in their lessons.

  • August 5, 9:00-10:30 Section: 89939



SMART Learning Suite Online (SLSO) Lumio and Google Integration

During this workshop learn how to save SMART Notebook files to your Google Drive that can be opened, edited and shared with students entirely online. Great interactive lessons, activities and assessments can be shared directly to students devices such as Chromebooks. Students can engage in the lesson content collaboratively or independently at the teacher’s pace or self-paced

  • July 7, 11:30-1:00 Section: 89550
  • July 13, 9:00-10:30 Section: 89951
  • August 11, 11:30-1:00 Section: 89952



Wixie Basics and Brightspace (K-12)

Participants will learn how to make the best use of visual thinking and learning strategies to improve student success and to differentiate instruction using Wixie by assigning work based on curriculum and student needs. Time is alloted for both exploration and project creation. Attendees will explore existing activities, learn how to create new ones as well as how to assign and assess student activities. Attendees will learn best practices to locate resources, see the latest updates in Wixie and how to best use Wixie with Brightspace.

  • July 7, 9:30-11:00 Section: 89947
  • July 13, 11:00-12:30 Section: 89948
  • August 5, 11:30-1:00 Section:89949

2.0 Intermediate Workshops

(New) Discovery Education's Enhanced Video Player and Studio Board (Participants should be comfortable using Discovery Education)

Engage students by creating a video quiz or slideshow. With the video quiz add questions at a specific stop point to assess student understanding. Learn how to add the video, title, directions, and a short answer quiz question to a studio slideshow to create a quick formative assessment for students. Participants will learn how to use the Video quiz Student Led or Teacher-Led. Check out how these new exciting features engage students!

  • August 3, 11:00-12:30 Section: 89956
  • August 11, 9:00-10:30 Section: 89957


Intermediate Nearpod (6:00-7:30)

Have you ever wondered if other applications can be used with Nearpod? During this workshop, participants will learn how to integrate the use of applications such as Discovery Education, Google Arts and Culture, National Geographic, the Online databases and others into their Nearpod lessons. Participants will learn how to integrate the use of these applications into their lessons as well as leave with ideas and strategies to engage their students in their lessons.

  • August 12, 9:00-10:30 Section: 89943

3.0 Advanced Workshops

Nearpod for SPED, SIST's, and ESOL

During this workshop participants will learn about the tools that Nearpod has to differentiate classroom materials, how these tools work, and how to create differentiated lessons from any subject to meet the needs of students. Attendees should have materials available to use to create a differentiated Nearpod lesson for their students.

This is not a beginner Nearpod. Participants should have Nearpod experience.

  • August 19, 9:00-10:30 Section: 89944

APC Renewal Self-Paced Courses Registration opens June 14

All Self-Paced Courses will be held in Brightspace

Registration ends August 1, 2021


(New) Engaging Digital Lessons

June 22nd- August 20th

Section: 89959

4 hours to complete/0.27 APC renewal credit

In this course attendees will learn:

  • Engaging interactive lesson tools

  • Engaging Collaborative lesson tools

  • Engaging Real-world tools

  • Engaging Student Choice tools


Engagement can mean so many things in the classroom. In this session we offer a few ways teachers can boost engagement through four types of lessons activities. Instructional strategies such as ways to implement all student response and creating choice boards will be explored. Applications that offer digital manipulatives, virtual field trip experiences, and cultural connections will also be investigated! You will learn about apps such as SLSO, Nearpod, Discovery Education, Wixie, Google Earth and more. This is a self-paced 2 hour course that includes video tutorials, Your Turn components and assessments.

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(New) Google in Brightspace

June 22nd- August 20th

Section: 89958

4 hours to complete/0.27 APC renewal credit

In this course attendees will learn:

  • How Brightspace organizes Google files in Google Drive for teachers and students when Google Assignments is used

  • How teachers can create Google Assignments and what features they can include

  • How students can access, complete and turn in Google Assignments

  • How teachers can access and give feedback on submitted and in-progress Google Assignments

  • How student can access returned assignments to see feedback and resubmit if needed

  • How teachers can share Google Forms with students in Brightspace

  • How teachers can manage whole class or small group collaborative assignments using Google files

  • How teachers and students can communicate within Brightspace


If you are transitioning from using Google Classroom with your students, or if you are just a big fan of using Google files for all instructional resources you share with students, then this course will help you get set up for success. This is a self-paced 4 hour course that includes video tutorials, handouts, interactives, and assessments.

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Google Earth

June 22nd- August 20th

Section: 89960

2 hours to complete/0.13 APC renewal credit

In this course attendees will learn:

  • How to navigate in Google Earth
  • How to access settings to customize their experience in Google Earth

  • How to find and share Voyager Stories

  • How to use the I’m Feeling Lucky tool

  • How students can build and share their own Project in Google Earth

  • How to use the measurement tools


Google Earth is an online globe that students and teachers can use to explore the world around them. They can virtually visit countries, and cultures too far away to realistically explore in-person. They can even explore the ocean, inside of a building and go back in time. If you have heard the term Virtual Field Trips and thought you’d like to give that a try, then Google Earth is for you! This is a self-paced 2 hour course that includes video tutorials, assessments and Your Turn components.

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Google Drive and the Big 3

June 22- August 20th, 2021

Section: 89962

5 hours to complete/0.33 APC renewal credit

In this course attendees will learn:

  • How to manage their account in Google Chrome
  • How to create and organize files in Google Drive including uploading existing files and converting Microsoft files

  • The basic features of Docs, Slides and Drawings

  • How to share files in Google Drive including sharing folders and using Shared Drives

  • Additional tips for getting and staying organized in Drive through advanced search techniques, the use or Priority Workspaces and using Google Drive for Desktop


Are you new to using Google Workspace for Education or feel like you know just enough to be dangerous? Do you spend way too much time lost or unsure if this is the best way to access something, or if you’re using the best tool for the task? In this course we will take you from Google novice to Google expert in all things Drive and the Big 3. This is a self-paced 5 hour course that includes video tutorials, handouts, interactives and assessments.

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(New) Google Sites

June 22- August 20th, 2021

Section: 89961

2.5 hours/ 0.17 APC Renewal Credit

In this course participants will learn:

  • How to create a Google Site.

  • How to add content to the site, making sure all is visible to viewers.

  • How to customize the look of their site.

  • How to publish their site for their intended audience.


Google Sites allows students and teachers to design beautiful websites independently or collaboratively with its easy drag and drop interface. Student portfolios, informational sites, blogs and more can be created and shared giving our students and teachers a powerful tool to showcase learning. This is a self-paced 2.5 hour course that includes video tutorials, interactives, Your Turn components and assessments.


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Other Google Tools

June 22- August 20th, 2021

Section: 89963

5 hours/ 0.33 APC Renewal Credit

In this course participants will learn:

  • how to utilize Jamboard for instruction

  • how to create and manage notes in Google Keep

  • the instructional uses for Google Keep

  • how to create and share a Google Site for a variety of purposes.

In this self-paced course, participants will explore three Google Workspace for Education applications:

  • Jamboard is a simple whiteboard app that allows users to sketch out ideas, problem solve or draw collaboratively. With it’s simple interface, and minimal but powerful tools, Jamboard is an ideal application for instruction.

  • Google Keep is a note taking application that integrates seamlessly into other common Google apps like Docs, Slides, and Drawings. Take notes, draw, create checklists, and set reminders then add them to projects simply by clicking and dragging. Add in the Keep extension for researching on the web, and you have an instructional game-changer.

  • Google Sites allows students and teachers to design beautiful websites independently or collaboratively with its easy drag and drop interface. Student portfolios, informational sites, blogs and more can be created and shared giving our students and teachers a powerful tool to showcase learning.

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Paper to Digital

June 22- August 20th, 2021

Section: 89988

2 hours/ 0.13 APC Renewal Credit

In this course attendees will learn:

  • What the Paper to Digital website is and how to access it from Classlink

  • How to search By Projects

  • How to search By Apps

  • How to get inspiration from the Variations on Projects sheet

  • How to provide students with Digital Feedback on their projects in various applications

  • How to navigate the Paper to Digital FAQs


Paper to Digital is a website created and maintained by your Office of Instructional Technology. The idea is one-stop-shopping for teachers and students who want to complete more projects in a digital format. We offer a ton of approved applications, suggestions for which apps lend themselves to various project types, features that are available in each app and even step-by-step instructions for how to create a similar project in each app. If you want to get creative with your student projects, P2D is for you! This is a self-paced 2 hour course that includes video tutorials, assessments and Your Turn components.

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SMART Learning Suite Online (SLSO)

June 22- August 20th, 2021

Section: 89989

4 hours/ 0.27APC Renewal Credit

In this course attendees will learn:

  • How build from scratch in SLSO
  • How to upload and edit existing files including all supported file types

  • How to customize their settings to improve the experience in SLSO for them and their students

  • How to deliver a lesson to students

  • How to access and view results after a lesson has concluded


SLSO is SMART's online activity creation and delivery system. Teachers who know SMART Notebook will find it easy to transition to the SLSO, but so will teachers who love Nearpod, Wixie, Kahoot and Discovery Education. With SLSO teachers can build instructional resources, games, interactives, and assessments that can be shared with students and accessed right on their Chromebooks. Students can work independently or collaboratively in SLSO and teachers can monitor the learning in real-time or after the lesson has ended. This is a self-paced 4 hour course that includes video tutorials and assessments.


SMART also includes the SMARTboard hardware and Notebook software available in classrooms and on teacher computers. Specific information about the boards and Notebook is covered in the self-paced course titled SMARTboard & Notebook Basics which is also available on UTLGS for registration. It is not required that staff take both courses, or take them in any order; the content is designed to stand on its own.

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SMARTboard and Notebook Basics

June 22- August 20th, 2021

Section: 90001

6 hours/ 0.4 APC Renewal Credit

In this course attendees will learn:

  • The different SMARTboards in AACPS, the various features of each model and how to tell which model they have in their classroom
  • What is Notebook software and how to install it on a personal computer if they wish

  • How to use the tools on the Toolbar in SMART Notebook

  • How to use the Tabs in SMART Notebook

  • How to add and edit content on the page in SMART Notebook

  • How to import and export files into/out of SMART Notebook

  • How to use their SMART board with other applications like Microsoft files or their Chrome browser


The combination of a SMART board and Notebook software is an amazing instructional tool that allows both students and teachers to get hands-on with their content. The board allows drag and drop activities and digital ink that users can interact with without having to hide behind their computer screen. Notebook software allows teachers to create lessons, engaging interactives and formative assessments that students can work through whole class or small-group.


SMART also has an online platform that allows teachers to share lessons and interactives with students through the SMART Learning Suite Online. Specific information about the SLSO is covered in the self-paced course titled SMART Learning Suite Online which is also available on UTLGS for registration. It is not required that staff take both courses, or take them in any order; the content is designed to stand on its own.

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WeVideo for Instruction

June 22nd- August 20th

Section: 89964

3 hours to complete/0.2 APC renewal credit

In this course attendees will learn:

  • How to change between Storyboard and Timeline modes
  • How to record using the webcam, screen capture or both
  • How to do simple editing in Storyboard mode
  • Hot to do more advanced editing in Timeline mode
  • How to finish and save a project


WeVideo is an entirely online video recording and editing platform. Editing options include everything from basic cropping and splicing videos, to adding effects, layering audio and green-screen. And because it is entirely online, it works on our Chromebooks and any home device as long as the user has internet access. Throughout this course you will watch short tutorial videos designed to get you started in WeVideo, take you through basic editing and then ramp up to the more advanced, professional grade editing that students will love for video projects. This is a self-paced 3 hour course that includes video tutorials and assessments.

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For more information about these self-paced courses, contact Tracey Brown, tebrown1@aacps.org or Kerri Lambert, kllambert@aacps.org.


Register for these Self-Paced Courses on Unified Talent.