Instructional Technology Offerings

Summer 2016 Professional Learning Experiences

Each summer the office of instructional technology here at BLaST IU 17 strives to provide quality professional learning experiences for educators from across our region. Below you will find our summer 2016 instructional technology offerings. If you have any questions, please email our Instructional Technology Specialist, Scott Ringkamp, at sringkamp@iu17.org.

Google Apps for Education 101: Google Drive and Docs

The combination of Google Drive and Google Docs provides a fantastic way for teachers, administrators, and students to collaborate inside and outside the classroom. This professional learning experience will focus two things. First, participants will learn how to share documents of all kinds using Google Drive. Then the focus will turn towards using Google Docs, slides, and sheets to foster collaboration. Participants will receive detailed instructions and examples to take with them.



  • When: June 22 - Canton Office, June 29 - Williamsport Office
  • Time: 8:30am - 12:30pm
  • Cost: $20
  • Credits: 4


Register for June 22 in Canton

Register for June 29 in Williamsport

Google Apps for Education 101: Gmail and Calendar

Google Apps for Education provides access to two incredible communication tools. This professional learning experience will focus on using gmail as a primary email service. This includes organizing, attaching documents, and more advanced ‘behind the scenes’ settings that you might have never known about. Then, we will turn to google’s calendar app and learn how to create and modify events, invite participants, and create and share calendars for home, work, and beyond. Participants will receive detailed instructions and examples to take with them to facilitate the use of these tools for the upcoming school year.


  • When: July 6 - Canton Office, July 13 - Williamsport Office
  • Time: 8:30am - 12:30pm
  • Cost: $20
  • Credits: 4


Register for July 6 in Canton

Register for July 13 in Williamsport

Social Media in the Classroom & for the Teaching Professional

How can social media be used in the classroom safely while creating engaging educational experiences? Also, how can a teacher use social media to advocate and connect with parents, other educators, and the larger world community? This professional learning experience will seek to answer both of these questions while providing participants with both practical tips and sound educational theory on the usage of social media in the classroom. Participants will walk away with ideas and content that they can implement right away in the classroom and as professionals.


  • When: July 20 - Williamsport Office, July 27 - Canton Office
  • Time: 8:30am - 12:30pm
  • Cost: $20
  • Credits: 4


Register for July 20 in Williamsport

Register for July 27 in Canton

Inexpensive Digital Storytelling

Transforming writing into amazing digital stories that can reach beyond the classroom is easier and cheaper than many are led to believe. Learn about the effectiveness of giving students control in the class by taking their work and transforming it into a digital story that demonstrates their understanding of the content being presented in the classroom. This professional learning experience will then look at the tools and equipment needed to make this happen. Participants will receive resources that will assist them in creating these experiences in their own classroom.



  • When: August 4 - Williamsport Office, August 11 - Canton Office
  • Time: 8:30am - 12:30pm
  • Cost: $20
  • Credits: 4


Register for August 4 in Williamsport

Register for August 11 in Canton

BLaST Intermediate Unit 17

BLaST Intermediate Unit 17 is a regional educational service agency created by the Pennsylvania General Assembly in 1971 to serve the needs of public and nonpublic schools in Bradford, Lycoming, Sullivan, and Tioga Counties.