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Professional Development Workshops

We offer a wide variety of professional development opportunities at Western Reserve Public Media. Our licensed educators are also available to provide workshops onsite. Contact education services for more information on customized onsite professional development.

Professional Development Workshops
Unless otherwise noted, workshops are full day 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Some workshops are offered multiple times. Choose the date that works best for you.
 

 

Google Classroom and Hyperdocs
Distributing assignments, tracking student work, and class communication just got easier with Google Classroom. You will learn how to set up your classroom, enroll students, and maximize the features of Classroom for less paper and more efficiency. Next learn how easy it is to design and create a digital lesson  (hyperdoc) using Google. Participants will leave a with digital lesson ready to be assigned in their Google Classroom.

Audience: All.  Previous Experience: None required.

$125 per attendee

Wednesday, Sept. 20 • 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
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"Make"ing it Possible! Makerspaces in the K-5 classroom
Keep hearing about Maker Spaces but not sure exactly what one is or how you could create one in your classroom or library? Need ideas for your Maker Space? This fun hands on interactive session is designed for K-5 educators who want to learn more about the Maker Movement and ways to get started. You will be busy as you will become a maker yourself. See examples of other Maker Spaces and get ideas and resources to MAKE things possible in your classroom. Participants will leave with resources, materials and a plan for their classroom.

Audience: K-5 educators, librarians, curriculum directors.  Previous Experience: None required.

$125 per attendee

Tuesday, Sept. 26 • 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
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SmartPath Financial Literacy Training
$martPath, a free easy to use interactive online platform for teachers in grades 1-6 incorporates relevant and fun economic and financial education into your classroom. Teachers attending the training will receive a $50 gift card as well as another $50 gift card after implementing the program in their school. Teachers that have received past $martPath training are not eligible. 

Audience: Teachers Grades 1-6.  Previous Experience: None required.

FREE to all Districts

Wednesday, Sept. 27 • 4:30-6 p.m. 
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Makey Makey Invention Literacy Workshop
The Makey Makey Invention Literacy workshop is a fun hands-on workshop where you’ll learn how to teach Invention Literacy, Making, and Design Thinking using the award winning Makey Makey invention kit. Great for Makerspaces, learn how you can integrate Makey Makey across the curriculum. We'll explore how to teach circuits and conductivity using Makey Makeys and then put our skills to use designing your own inventions! Participants will receive a Makey Makey and resources to use back in the classroom. *Western Reserve Public Media Education Services is a certified Makey Makey Workshop Partner.

Audience: All.  Previous Experience: None required.

$125 per attendee (includes Makey Makey)

Thursday, Sept. 28 • 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
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“MAKE”ing it Possible—Grades 6-8
Keep hearing about Maker Spaces but not sure exactly what one is or how you could create one in your classroom? Need ideas for your Maker Space? This fun hands on interactive session is designed for educators in grades 6-8 who want to learn more about the Maker Movement and ways to get started. Spend time with colleagues at our rotation statons where you will try  trying different hands on activities and exploring different products including Ozobot, Makey Makey, Edison, Scribbler Pen, and Scratch. Participate in discussions with fellow Maker Educators. Attendees will leave with resources, materials and a plan to make things happen in their classroom.

Audience: 6-8 educators, librarians, curriculum directors.  Previous Experience: None required.

$125 per attendee

Tuesday, Oct. 3 • 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
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Code.org Workshop for K-5 Educators
Code.org has developed elementary school curriculum that allows even the youngest students to explore the limitless world of computing. Led by a Code.org facilitator, this hands-on workshop will guide you through understanding what coding is, and how you can integrate the free resources from Code.org into your curriculum. Teachers will receive FREE materials to take back to the classroom.

Audience: K-5.  Previous Experience: None required.

FREE to all Districts | Lunch included

Thursday, Oct. 5 • 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
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Set Your Sights on Creating a New Google Site!
Set your sights on creating your new class webpage with the new Google Sites. During this hand on 3 hour workshop we will get you up to date on the new Google sites. Spend time creating your new Google website with instructor support. Leave with a class website ready to share with families.

Audience: All.  Previous Experience: None required.

$50 per attendee

Thursday, Oct. 5 • 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
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Makerspace Exploritorium
Overwhelmed by the plethora of technology that is available for Makerspaces. Having trouble deciding which ones are the best fit for your space? Stop in at our Makerspace Exploritorium where you can explore and tinker with various Makerspace resources including Ozobots, Edison, Scribbler 3D Pen and Makey Makey.

Audience: All teachers, all subject areas, administrators.  Previous Experience: None required.

FREE to all Districts

Tuesday, Oct. 10 • 4:30-6:30 p.m. 
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Introduction to G-Suite
Did your district adopt G Suite, Google’s online education products? Not sure what this means or where to begin? Great! We will introduce you to G Suite, including docs, sheets, slides, forms and classroom. During the hands on workshop you will have time to explore and create in the various components of G Suite. Participants will leave with an overview of the different main features of G Suite and how they can be utilized in the classroom.

Audience: All teachers, all subject areas, administrators.  Previous Experience: None required.

$125 per attendee

Tuesday, Oct. 17 • 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
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Webquests
Webquests are an inquiry-oriented, interactive learning journeys where a majority of the activities, resources and information are from the web. Join us during this hands on workshop where you will learn about and create a Webquests to use back in the classroom. Centered on a theme, Webquests are a great vehicle for independent and differentiated learning. As long as you have access to software where you can create hyperlinks you are good to go! This means you can use any word processing software, spreadsheet, or presentation software.

Audience: All teachers all subject areas, any educator using Google Classroom.  Previous Experience: Familiarity with basic features of word processing.

$50 per attendee

Thursday, Oct. 19 • 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
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The One iPad classroom
One ipad for one classroom? No problem. Become more fluent on your iPad while learning how to turn your 1 iPad classroom into a tool for collaborative learning experiences, digital storytelling, and creating rich multimedia artifacts. You will have fun in this hands on, interactive workshop and leave with implementation ideas ready to go. Optional pricing available to include iPad with the workshop.

Audience: All.  Previous Experience: None required.

$125 per attendee

Tuesday, Oct. 24 • 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
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SmartPath Financial Literacy Training
$martPath, a free easy to use interactive online platform for teachers in grades 1-6 incorporates relevant and fun economic and financial education into your classroom. Teachers attending the training will receive a $50 gift card as well as another $50 gift card after implementing the program in their school. Teachers that have received past $martPath training are not eligible. 

Audience: Teachers Grades 1-6.  Previous Experience: None required.

FREE to all Districts

Wednesday, Oct. 25 • 4:30-6 p.m.
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Scratch 101
This hands on workshop will introduce you to Scratch, a free project from the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at MIT Media Lab. Scratch is an online programming language that encourages creativity, reasoning, and problem solving. Scratch is also used in conjunction with a variety of devices including Makey Makey, Lego Mindstorms, Brick Pi’s (Dexter Industries) and other educational hardware. Great for creating Digital artifacts this online resource is open ended allowing for infinite ways for integration within your curriculum. Attendees will leave with a completed Scratch project, resources and scratching their head with new ideas for the classroom. Attendees should log on to https://scratch.mit.edu/ and create an account. Not required however having an account will allow you to save your project.

Audience: All.  Previous Experience: None required.

$125 per attendee

Thursday, Nov. 2 • 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
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Coding in the Classroom 101
Not sure what all the buzz is about with coding and programing? Never thought of yourself as someone who could program, or integrate these concepts within your curriculum? Then this workshop is for you! Come learn exactly what is meant by coding, and see examples of how it used in the classroom. You will discover several free online resources for coding including Scratch, LOGO, Edublocks, Earsketch, RoboBlockly and more. Find the one that is right for you and spend time learning to create your first few programs. Leave with a new understanding of Coding, how it can benefit your students,and unleash the secret programmer in you! 

Audience: All K-8 educators.  Previous Experience: None required.

$125 per attendee

Wednesday, Nov. 8 • 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
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Google Forms and Maps
Google Forms is more than a simple tool to create a form. You will learn how Forms is an interactive resource in G Suite used to create quizzes, surveys, and more. Forms lends itself to differentiated learning with its ability to integrate videos, images and branching. It gets better! We will explore Google Maps and learn how you and your students can utilize forms to create a 3-D interactive map. Discover how this feature can apply in so many subjects including language arts, social studies, math, science, and geography, You will be surprised how easy it is to do this and the numerous ways you can integrate across the curriculum.

Audience: All.  Previous Experience: None required.

$125 per attendee

Tuesday, Nov. 14 • 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
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Spreadsheets in the Classroom
The most powerful tool you never knew you had!
The spreadsheet is the most overlooked yet powerful tool in your teaching toolbox. Join us as we first show you the basics from cell formatting to yes—how to do that return in a cell to continue typing. Then learn how spreadsheets can do be “taught” to compute math equations, count data, and more. During this hands on workshop you will learn how to use a spreadsheet to compute mean, median, mode, average, countif. You will even learn how to concatenate! Leave with resources, lessons ready to integrate seamlessly with your curriculum, and a tool that will empower you and  your students!

Audience: All.  Previous Experience: None required.

$125 per attendee

Thursday, Nov. 16 • 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
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Innovation Nation with the iPad
This workshop is designed for educators new to using iPads or looking for ways to best leverage iPads in the classroom. We will start from the beginning, and go through all basic features of the iPad. From here we will focus on apps and classroom integration. Learn how the iPad can be an easy to use tool for digital storytelling, creativity and innovation! Leave with resources and ideas ready to take back to the classroom.

Audience: All.  Previous Experience: None required.

$125 per attendee

Thursday, Nov. 29 • 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
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Google Classroom and Hyperdocs
Didn’t have time to get your Google Classroom ready for the start of the school year? Lets get your Google Classroom ready to roll when the students return from Winter Break. Distributing assignments, tracking student work, and class communication just got  easier with Classroom. You will learn how to set up your classroom, enroll students, and maximize the features of Classroom for less paper and more efficiency. Next learn how easy it is  to design and create a digital lesson (hyperdoc) using Google. Participants will leave a with digital lesson ready to be assigned in their brand new Google Classroom!

Audience: All.  Previous Experience: None required.

$125 per attendee

Thursday, Dec. 7 • 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
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