Summer 2018 Tech Training

Tech Professional Development with Lisa Suhr in USD 113

Please Join Me!

Summer is a great time to learn something new in a relaxed, low-pressure setting like these short, fun, hands-on tech sessions. Come explore ideas around a new tech tool or get a refresher on a tool you've seen before! The last hour of each 3-hour session will be for you to dig deeper, create and explore with the support of the session facilitator!

Easy Website Creation using Google Sites

Thursday, May 31st, 8:30-11:30am

USD 113 Board of Education Office

Have you always wished you had a quick and easy way to put together a simple website to share information with your students? Google Sites is the web creation tool associated with your G-Suite account and has been redesigned to be even easier to use! In this session, learn the basics, build a sample website, and get started designing a website project to meet your own needs as well!


Plan to bring both laptop and iPad for this session, but we'll mostly be on your laptop.


Register for this session here!

Creating eBooks with Book Creator and/or Pages App

Thursday, May 31st, 12-3pm

USD 113 Board of Education Office

Creating eBooks that your students can open and read with on their iPads is a great way to meet their individual needs. Assessing student learning by asking THEM to create an eBook as a way to demonstrate what they've learned is even better! In this session we'll explore two different ways eBooks can be created: Book Creator app and Apple's Page app, which has a new eBook template option. Learn the basics of these two apps, then spend the last hour creating a sample project and designing a project to support learning in your own classroom!


Plan to bring both laptop and iPad for this session, but we'll mostly be on iPad.


Register for this session here!

Video Creation on the iPad: iMovie, GreenScreen and Clips

Thursday, June 7th, 8:30-11:30am

USD 113 Board of Education Office

The iPad has so many different ways for you and your students to create videos. For this session, I'll assess who my audience is once everyone has signed up and I will tailor-fit this session to you, your subject matter and your students' age. We'll explore GreenScreen, iMovie and the new Clips app for sure, and will look at some other options as appropriate. No student is too young to demonstrate what they know by making a video for you!


Plan to bring both laptop and iPad for this session, but we'll mostly be on iPad.


Register for this session here!

iSuite Updates and Apple Teacher Certification

Thursday, June 7th, 12-3pm

USD 113 Board of Education Office

The "native" apps to the iPad (Pages, Keynote, Numbers, Garage Band) all got a recent facelift that include some cool new features. This session will be an overview focusing mostly on Pages and Keynote (the word processor and presentation tools) as well as how you can pursue the Apple Teacher certification which includes lessons on all their native apps and how to be creative with them as an educator. This session will be appropriate for anyone! All student iPads have these apps available and they are intuitive to use! Make sure you understand them enough to offer them as choices when your students are completing projects! The last part of this session, you may plan to start working on the Apple Teacher certification tutorials, but it is more fun to do this with a friend!! Invite someone along!


Plan to bring both laptop and iPad for this session!


Register for this session here!

Increasing Classroom Engagement When Using Instructional Videos

Tuesday, June 12th, 8:30-11:30am

USD 113 Board of Education Office

Instructional Videos can be a powerful tool for meeting the learning styles of our students. But how can we best organize our resources and make them available to our students. And maybe even more importantly, how can we hold students accountable for watching them and getting the most learning out of their time viewing them?


This session will focus on creating YouTube playlists for organizational purposes, as well as how to "approve" YouTube videos so our students can access them. We'll also explore EdPuzzle, a resource that allows a teacher to enhance an existing instructional video by editing start and end time, preventing fast-forward viewing, adding voice comments and even inserting stopping points where students must engage by answering a question. Experience the tool as a student and have time during the last hour to create your own account and create a project for use next year.


Plan to bring both laptop and iPad for this session!


Register for this session here.

Technology Tools to Increase Student and Family Engagement

Tuesday, July 10th, 12-3pm

USD 113 Board of Education Office

So many excellent technology tools exist for increasing student engagement during class time and family engagement after hours. In this session, we'll explore the following tools: Seesaw, Nearpod, Flipgrid, blogging platforms. (And maybe a new tool or two that Lisa finds when she attends the ISTE conference in June!)


Plan to bring both laptop and iPad for this session!


Register for this session here!

Baileyville Education Summit

Tuesday, July 17th, 9am

Highland Community College Western Center, Baileyville, KS, USA

Baileyville, KS

I'll be presenting on several topics and there will be several other great presentations! If you want to attend, please complete a PDP Toolbox request after getting approval from your building administrator or Mrs. Gatz! This is the 3rd year for this summit and the sessions are always diverse and valuable!


Because I'm presenting most of the day, our district does qualify for a few free admissions, so if you want to go, be sure to make a request! Once the schedule is finalized, I'll update this information with a link to it here.


Registration: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdLqgPaMHHYzNMEa5r6DIFuFLFCAhmUZrr1Yy8SqaphxZk3fg/viewform

Come and Go Tech Support Day

Tuesday, Aug. 7th, 8am-4:30pm

USD 113 Board of Education Office

The ever-popular Come and Go Tech Support Day is back! No need to sign up, just come and work and Lisa will be available to answer questions about any tech topic you're working on. This is a great time to get your online textbook calendars set for the coming year, too, so get your team together and come at the same time! Past topics we've worked on include: Google Drive organization, setting up Seesaw or Remind accounts for the coming year, etc!


No need to sign up, just put it on the calendar and show up when it works best for you!

Five Favs on Friday: Weekly Video (by Sign-Up Only)

This summer each Friday I will be making a short video that highlights five of my favorite education "things." The things might be tech tools, web resources, blogs, books, podcasts, project ideas, etc.


If you want to receive the videos, you MUST sign up here to be put on the list!