Montgomery County Public Schools, Rockville, MD

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Workshop Descriptions

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Workshop Description Offered

Boardmaker Plus!

In this class you will learn how to use Boardmaker to create products such as:

  • Visual schedules and social skills stories for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Materials to reinforce common educational, behavioral, and functional living skills
  • Books and symbol-supported literacy
The class will include instruction on Symbolate, which allows you adapt a story or poem with by adding symbols to text automatically as you type. This class will also include instruction on how to make talking, interactive boards and linking pages.

Thursday
Aug 11 PM

Monday
Aug 15 PM

Clicker 5

Clicker is a multimedia enhanced word processor, which enables students to easily write using clickable grids comprised of whole words, phrases, pictures and more.  It can support spelling, vocabulary, or sentence construction.  Clicker can also be used to make multimedia story books with voice-output.  Participants will learn to adapt existing templates as well as create new activities to support struggling students in reading and writing.

Thursday
Aug 11 AM

Monday
Aug 15 AM

Wednesday Aug 17 AM

Digital Graphics to Support Learning

Participants will use online resources to obtain graphics, video and sound using presentation software. Learn how adding graphics to instructional materials can enhance student learning and promote student engagement across learning styles. Concepts of using digital multimedia will be discussed including file formats, copyright issues, and disk space.

Thursday
Aug 11 PM

Monday
Aug 15 PM

Discovery Education STREAMING Back to Basics:
A DE STREAMING Overview

Get back to the basics of Discovery Education STREAMING! Join us as we take you on a journey through the myriad of curriculum resources and timesaving features found in Discovery Education STREAMING. The Discovery Education STREAMING library offers more than 100,000 learning objects aligned to both state and Common Core standards including: 55,000+ video segments; 25,000+ images; and thousands of encyclopedia articles, songs and hard-to-find speeches. This session will begin with the basics and move through searches, the teacher center, and other curriculum integration resources and examples.

 

Thursday
Aug 11 PM

Monday
Aug 15 PM

 

 

Flickr Online Photo Management and
Sharing Tools to Support Instruction

Participants will create Flickr accounts and use Flickr tools such as notes, groups, maps, and slide shows to explore ways to communicate visually. We will use digital content from Flickr to support instruction and create content using tools in Flickr.

Friday
Aug 12 AM

Tuesday
Aug 16 AM

Introduction to Universal Design for Learning

Learn the basic principles of Universal Design for Learning as it relates to lesson planning, materials, and curriculum.  Connect to additional web-based resources to support implementing UDL at the classroom level.  We’ll discuss no-tech and technology UDL support options.

Thursday
Aug 11 AM

Monday
Aug 15 AM

Kidspiration

Learn how to use Kidspiration® to develop thinking, literacy and numeracy skills. In reading and writing, Kidspiration strengthens word recognition, vocabulary, comprehension and writing process skills. New Kidspiration features include visual math tools, which helps students build reasoning and problem solving skills.

Friday
Aug 12 AM

Tuesday
Aug 16 PM

Math UDL in the Elementary Classroom

This session will explore best practices in mathematics instruction and how the principles of Universal Design for Learning support these practices.  All elementary school classrooms will be receiving a UDL Math Kit this fall with a variety of math manipulatives including weighted numbers, clear base ten blocks, fraction pattern blocks, elapsed time rulers, and fraction rings.  Learn how to use these manipulatives to support mathematics instruction, and how the use of math manipulatives provides concrete representation of abstract concepts.   Participants will also explore how to use digital math supports including Kidspiration and Math e-Tools in the context of mathematics instruction.

Thursday
Aug 11 PM

Monday
Aug 15 PM

Tuesday
Aug 16 PM

Wednesday
Aug 17 PM

Movie Maker: Enhancing Instruction With Moving Images

Participants will learn to use the new Windows 7 Movie Maker (Tech Mod Summer 2011) to support students in producing digital stories. We will create slide shows (sequential stills) and learn to edit live video to include video effects, transitions, titles, and overlays.

Friday
Aug 12 AM

Tuesday
Aug 16 AM

PebbleGo Earth and Space

GO Science! with PebbleGo and other Online Services: Coming to your school this fall PebbleGo Earth and Space! Participants will review Pebble Go Earth and Space and other online services to support science instruction.

Thursday
Aug 11 AM

Friday
Aug 12 PM

Tuesday
Aug 16 PM

Wednesday
Aug 17 AM

Photo Story 3

Participants will learn how to create an exciting alternative to student projects. We will learn Microsoft Photo Story 3 and produce a short video by the end of this workshop. Participants will import, arrange and edit images.  We will add text captions, background music and narration to enhance the final product.

Monday
Aug 15 AM

Wednesday
Aug 17 PM

Pixie 2

Pixie 2 is the ideal software for primary grades. This workshop is intended to provide hands-on training and integration discussion that encompasses everything from literary skills, number operations, scientific concepts, and what a student should and should not bring to school in their backpack. The use of Pixie 2 is aligned to the Voluntary State Curriculum (VSC) for both Language Arts and Math for grades K-2 and provides engaging, differentiated instructional opportunities both in the classroom and computer lab. Please join Scott Loomis, the Regional Manager for Tech4Learning and former Maryland educator, for this exciting and innovative professional development.

Friday
Aug 12 PM

Tuesday
Aug 16 AM

Planning for a UDL Classroom with the Elementary Integrated Curriculum (EIC)

This session will focus on:

  • Collaborative planning for Universal Design for Learning within the Elementary Integrated Curriculum
  • Locating and using digital resources on the EIC, including adapting resources to meet the needs of diverse learners in a Universally Designed for Learning classroom
  • Sharing your UDL resources with other educators on the EIC
Experienced and novice users of the Elementary Integrated Curriculum will benefit from learning strategies to locate and modify resources on the EIC to meet the needs of a variety of learners within their classrooms.  Explore options for collaborative planning to support students with a range of learning needs and discover the benefits of sharing resources with other educators.  By the end of the session participants will have located, rated, modified and shared a resource on the EIC Instruction Center.

Friday
Aug 12 PM

Monday
Aug 15 AM

Tuesday
Aug 16 PM

PowerPoint Stories:
Making Accessible Talking Stories with PowerPoint

This hands-on computer lab training session will introduce the basics of PowerPoint, how to create a talking book, and how to set up the book for single switch access.  Participants will learn to create PowerPoint Talking Storybooks with features such as text-to-speech, recorded sound, and sound effects. Presenters will show how to import animated clipart and photographs and share suggestions for incorporating curricular topics. Participants will learn how to differentiate their PowerPoint Talking Story for a variety of student needs.

Wednesday
Aug 17 AM

Screencasting “How To’s”

Learn readily-available tools teachers can use to capture images and videos of actions on their computer screens to quickly create permanent, on-demand instructional resources.  Many tools support narration and can be used to create resources for students and staff at school and at home.  Discover how these screen-capture tools can be used to address common barriers to learning.

Thursday
Aug 11 PM

Monday
Aug 15 PM

Technology Tools to Support Math

Participants will explore the many technology tools available in MCPS that support the math curriculum.  Content will include hands-on exploration of the math features in Graph Club, Discovery Education STREAMING, Kidspiration, Inspiration and Excel. Discover how using technology tools can address common barriers to learning in math and promote student engagement.

Friday
Aug 12 PM

Wednesday
Aug 17 PM

UDL and Online Resources 

This session will provide hands-on experience with  a variety of online resources that allow students and teachers to locate curriculum text of different reading levels, locate multimedia to complement text, read text aloud, and other flexible options.  These are resources that are available in almost all elementary schools and some are available for student home use. 

Thursday
Aug 11 AM

Tuesday
Aug 16 PM

Wednesday
Aug 17
AM and PM

Using Digital Text in the Elementary Integrated Curriculum (EIC)

Participants will learn how to use Tumblebooks, One More Story, Accessible Book Collection, PebbleGo, Encyclopedia Britannica Online, Discovery Education STREAMING, and other digitally available texts to support indicators across content areas.  This session will focus on how to use digital texts to support all students including English Language Learners and students with disabilities.  You will explore how teachers and students can access subscription services at school and at home. 

Thursday
Aug 11 AM

Friday
Aug 12 AM

Monday
Aug 15 AM

Tuesday
Aug 16 AM

Using ELMOs Across the Curriculum

Participants will learn how to operate and implement the ELMO document camera in the classroom. Sample lessons across a variety of subjects will be modeled. Staff will learn to locate classroom resources on the MCPS webpage and on the Internet. Discussions will focus on the features of the ELMOs and how they support Universal Design for Learning.

Friday
Aug 12 AM

Tuesday
Aug 16 AM

Wedesday
Aug 17 PM

Using Technology In a One-Computer Classroom

How can you offer meaningful choices in tools and materials in a one computer classroom?  Which ways can offer support and challenge to match varied learning styles and needs?  What can you do in the classroom to make limited computer lab time more effective?  This session will focus on practical strategies to capitalize on technology to support and challenge students in classrooms with one computer and a projection device (e.g. LCD, interactive whiteboard, TV).

Friday
Aug 12 PM

Wednesday
Aug 17 AM

 

Updated August 10, 2011 | Maintained by by Linda Wilson