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Recently Added Sessions
  1. Science Squad Rendezvous-Word Wall
    During this one-hour webinar your Science Squad will teach you the ins and outs using Word Wall in the science classroom. Word Wall is a super easy website where you can make custom activities for your classroom (quizzes, match ups, word games and so much more!). Students can utilize this tool in the classroom or virtually! This course is a 1 hour webinar on June 1 @ 10AM.
  2. Techie Teacher’s Guide to Students’ Love Languages
    Dr. Gary Chapman, author of the #1 New York Times international bestseller The 5 Love Languages with over 12 million copies sold, has been improving relationships for more than 25 years. Why not use his techniques to speak our students’ love languages? This training will take that principle by applying it in the classroom. Participants will discover their own love language, learn how to assess their own students’, create lessons to help each student flourish in the classroom, and create a strong bond in each students’ life. This course is set up to be interactive as participants will discuss and collaborate while learning together.Participants will leave with ideas to guide them to communicate their students’ love language that will help them flourish and feel valued. Join our Google Classroom to access resources and collaborate with other teachers; a code will be emailed to you after registration! Be looking for the code in the email!
  3. Social and Emotional Learning of Gifted/Talented Students
    This online course will examine characteristics of gifted students that tend to influence social and emotional needs, investigate the challenges that gifted learners have in social and emotional learning, and present strategies that can be used to empower our GT students to deal with the challenges they face and how to overcome them.
  4. Science Squad Rendezvous-Classkick
    During this one-hour webinar your Science Squad will teach you the ins and outs of using Classkick in the science classroom. Classkick is a free digital formative assessment tool that allows teachers to create lessons and assignments. Students can utilize this tool in the classroom or virtually!
  5. Google Fundamentals – Drawings
    Description: Google Drawings is a web-based diagramming software part of the Google Docs Editors suite developed by Google. It allows users to collaborate and work together in real time to create flowcharts, organizational charts, mind maps, concept maps, and other types of diagrams. AutoDraw is a new kind of drawing tool. It pairs machine learning with drawings from talented artists to help everyone create anything visual, fast. There's nothing to download. AutoDraw's suggestion tool uses the same technology used in QuickDraw, to guess what you're trying to draw. Google Quick Draw is a game built with machine learning you draw, and the network tries to guess what you're drawing. This course is a great way to learn how to get started in Google Drawings, Google AutoDraw, and Google Quick Draw with your students.
  6. Technology Toolbox Series: Digital Choice Boards
    This course is a great way to learn about digital choice boards that give students the ability to tap into multiple intelligences and learning styles. Choice boards are graphic organizers that have a variety of squares with an activity for students to practice a concept, create, or collaborate with each other that allow them to choose how they learn. This technology tool is great to increase student engagement, student ownership, and differentiate learning.
  7. Technology Toolbox Series: Whiteboard.fi
    Welcome to Whiteboard.fi! This course is a great way to learn how to get started in Whiteboard.fi with your students. Whiteboard.fi is an instant formative assessment tool for your classroom, providing you with live feedback and immediate overview over your students. Whiteboard.fi is a simple tool that can be used instantly. By creating a class and letting your students join, everyone will get a digital whiteboard.
  8. Technology Toolbox Series: Seesaw
    Welcome to Seesaw! This course is a great way to learn how to get started in Seesaw with your students. Seesaw is a platform for student engagement that inspires students of all ages to do their best, and saves teachers time! Students use creative tools to take pictures, draw, record videos and more to capture learning in a portfolio. Teachers find or create activities to share with students. Families only see their child's work and leave comments and encouragement.
  9. Technology Toolbox Series: Wakelet
    Welcome to Wakelet! This course is a great way to learn how to get started in Wakelet with your students. Wakelet is a free platform that allows you to curate and organize content to save and share. You can save videos, articles, images, Tweets, links or even add your own text. Save this content in your bookmarks, or organize related items into a collection.
  10. Technology Toolbox Series: Idea Boardz
    Idea Boardz is an online website that allows you to promote collaboration virtually. It allows students to collectively brainstorm, gather inputs, reflect and collaborate with others. Let's explore Idea Boardz together!
Upcoming Sessions
  1. Orientation to the Texas Education Code for New Board Members
    This training is designed for new school board members. It is an orientation to the Texas Education Code.
  2. 504 Committee Training- Online
    This session is for members of a 504 committee. It will dive into legal responsibilities of the committee members and types of accommodations for students with a 504 plan.
  3. 504 for Beginners-Online
    This workshop will go in depth about how to determine who gets a 504 plan, how to create one, 504 legal updates, district policies, and problem issues. It is designed for participants new to their role as a 504 coordinator.
  4. Title IX All Staff - Online Course
    The new Title IX regulations require staff training to inform all district staff about their responsibility to identify and report sexual harassment in the school setting. Training provided by Underwood will inform educators and staff about the new legal definitions, duties and procedures for reporting possible sexual harassment, and will address the following topics: Identifying and reporting sexual harassment; understanding your duties and how your role intersects with the Title IX Coordinator, as well as administrators investigating or reviewing complaints of harassment; awareness of changes to a district’s Code of Conduct; implementing interventions for students during and following a sexual harassment investigation.
  5. Title IX Specific Requirements and Duties - Online Course
    The new Title IX regulations require the Title IX coordinator, as well as district and campus administrators who may be investigators or serve as grievance hearing officers, to obtain training on the new legal standards and procedural requirements applicable to complaints, investigations and appeals of alleged harassment. Training provided by the Underwood Law Firm will not only inform administrators about the new legal definitions and procedures, but will also provide practical guidance on how to effectively implement the new regulations in the context of a district’s complaint and discipline procedures.
  6. Instructional Coaches PLC
    Join our Google Classroom to access resources and collaborate with other instructional coaches in our region! This is a great place to see what others are doing on their campuses, post resources to support other coaches, and collaborate in order to provide the best instruction possible to all students!
  7. Be Internet Awesome Digital Citizenship By Google
    Be Internet Awesome is a program from Google that aims to help kids be safe, confident explorers of the online world. It includes a robust classroom curriculum, resources for parents, and Interland, an adventure-packed game for kids. In this online training you will explore the 5 fundamental elements designed to help students stay safe on the internet!
  8. Developing High Quality Paraprofessionals
    Paraprofessionals are often utilized as the facilitator for classrooms, but may not have the appropriate training to fill this important role. This training clarifies the role of the paraprofessional, gives a basic look at the student who receives special education services, strategies for in-class assistance and collaboration with the special education and general education teachers. Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires that the State educational agency will ensure that all paraprofessionals working in a program supported with funds under Title I, Part A meet applicable State certification requirements. This session provides the framework for highly qualified paraprofessionals.
  9. Digging Deep with Depth and Complexity (GT 6 Hour Update)
    In this course, you will understand the elements of depth and complexity and how to engage your GT students in your classroom. Participants will dig deep into the interrelationships of Kaplan's elements of depth and complexity while walking away with tools to easily differentiate learning for their GT students. This course is aligned to the Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented Students and meets state requirements for 6 hours of G/T credit. Participants will learn at their own pace through this 6 hour online course.
  10. G/T Online: Administrator/Counselor Training
    In this course, you will learn about the nature of gifted students, identification measures to find the gifted, and program options that meet their needs. You will also learn what is required by Texas law for gifted students and what best identification and program practices should be followed. The objectives will be met through online research and examination of district information and practices. This course is aligned to the Texas State Plan for the Education of the Gifted/Talented Students and meets Texas state requirements for 6-hour G/T administrator and counselor training.
  11. G/T Online: Designing Curriculum for G/T Students
    In this course, you will learn about innovative and practical ways to design appropriately challenging curricula for gifted students and about the Texas Performance Standards Project (TPSP) for gifted students. You will contribute ideas to group discussions, share your own experiences, and research related information. You will take a 10-question test at the end of the course. This workshop meets the state mandate (19 TAC 89.2(1) specifically Section 4.1.1C of the Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented students for teachers working toward the state required 30 hours of training for gifted educators.
  12. G/T Online: Differentiating Instruction for G/T Students
    In this course, you will learn about traditional methods of reaching gifted students as well as newly developed methods. You will learn what differentiation truly means and what it should look like for gifted students. You will also learn what is required by Texas law for the design of curricula for gifted students and what best instructional practices should be followed. You will contribute ideas to the discussion board, share your own experiences, and research related information. You will take a 10-question test at the end of the course. This workshop meets the state mandate (19 TAC 89.2(1) specifically Section 4.1.1C of the Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented students for teachers working toward the state required 30 hours of training for gifted educators.
  13. G/T Online: Foundations of Gifted Education
    In this course, you will learn how we defined giftedness and served gifted students in the past, and how that past has shaped our present legal and conceptual understandings of giftedness. You will contribute ideas to the discussion board, share your own experiences, and research related information. You will take a 10-question test at the end of the course. This course is aligned to the Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented Students and meets state requirements for 6 hours of G/T credit.
  14. G/T Online: Nature and Needs of G/T Students
    In this online course, you will learn about the cognitive, social, and emotional characteristics of gifted students. You will contribute ideas to group discussions, share your own experiences, and research related information. The objectives will be met through online research, investigation of district information and practices, and discussions. You will take a 10-question test at the end of the course. This workshop meets the state mandate (19 TAC 89.2(1) specifically Section 4.1.1C of the Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented students for teachers working toward the state required 30 hours of training for gifted educators. This workshop highlights often seen characteristics and behaviors of gifted students for classroom teachers and others new to the field of gifted education.
  15. G/T Online: Research Skills for G/T Teachers
    In this course, you will learn research skills and how to teach them to G/T students. You will learn ways of selecting research topics, how to ask provocative questions about their topics, how to create a research proposal, methods of conducting research, analysis and synthesis of data, and ways of presenting research results. You will learn how to teach your students to do all of these research activities. Learning ways to coach students at each stage of the research process, so that students become more self-reflective about their own thinking, is an integral part of the course. Objectives will be met through online research, engaging in other research-related activities, and practice in coaching students through simulated student/teacher encounters in each course section. Course content aligns with the Texas Performance Standards Project. This course is aligned with standards set forth in the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) §110.45. (14) (A–G) and meets state requirements for 12 hours of G/T credit.
  16. G/T Online: Setting Standards for Success of G/T Students
    In this course, you will learn more about using assessment to measure student growth and the quality of a district's services for gifted students. You will learn about the Texas Performance Standards Project (TPSP) and how districts can use this project to ensure that gifted students are showing academic and personal growth. You will also learn how district services are helping gifted students reach the goals established in the Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented Students. You will contribute ideas to the discussion board, share your own experiences, and research related information. You will take a 10-question test at the end of the course. This workshop meets the state mandate(19 TAC 89.2(1) specifically Section 4.1.1C of the Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented students for teachers working toward the state required 30 hours of training for gifted educators.
  17. Google Classroom - Basics and Beyond
    This course is a great way to learn how to get started in Google Classroom with your students. Google Classroom is an online website and application accessible from mobile devices, laptops, and desktops that allows teachers to create classes, distribute assignments, and send feedback to students. As you progress through this course, you will complete assignments. After completion, your assignments will be graded. You must score at least 70% to receive credit. Once grading is complete, you will get a completion email confirming your success.
  18. Google Fundamentals - Docs
    This course is for beginners learning the basics of G-Suite. Google Docs is a free application created by Google which allows users to create and edit files online and offline while collaborating with others. This course is a great way to get started in creating documents that allow for collaborating and student involvement. As you progress through this course, you will complete assignments. After completion, your assignments will be graded. You must score at least 70% to receive credit. Once grading is complete, you will get a completion email confirming your success.
  19. Google Fundamentals – Drawings
    Description: Google Drawings is a web-based diagramming software part of the Google Docs Editors suite developed by Google. It allows users to collaborate and work together in real time to create flowcharts, organizational charts, mind maps, concept maps, and other types of diagrams. AutoDraw is a new kind of drawing tool. It pairs machine learning with drawings from talented artists to help everyone create anything visual, fast. There's nothing to download. AutoDraw's suggestion tool uses the same technology used in QuickDraw, to guess what you're trying to draw. Google Quick Draw is a game built with machine learning you draw, and the network tries to guess what you're drawing. This course is a great way to learn how to get started in Google Drawings, Google AutoDraw, and Google Quick Draw with your students.
  20. Google Fundamentals - Drive
    This course is a great way to learn the basics of Google Drive with your students. As you progress through this course, you will complete modules and a scavenger hunt. After completion, your assignments will be graded. You must score at least 70% to receive credit. Once grading is complete, you will get a completion email confirming your success. Google Drive is a file storage and synchronization service developed by Google. Google Drive allows users to store files on their servers, synchronize files across devices, and share files. Files created and edited through the suite are saved in Google Drive.
  21. Google Fundamentals - Forms
    This course is for beginners learning the basics of G-Suite. Google Forms is a survey administration app that is included in the Google Drive office suite. It is a tool that allows collecting information from users via a personalized survey or quiz. As you progress through this course, you will complete assignments. After completion, your assignments will be graded. You must score at least 70% to receive credit. Once grading is complete, you will get a completion email confirming your success.
  22. Google Fundamentals - Sheets
    This course is for beginners learning the basics of G-Suite. Google Sheets is a free, web-based program for creating and editing spreadsheets. It's similar to Microsoft Excel within Microsoft Office. As you progress through this course, you will complete assignments. After completion, your assignments will be graded. You must score at least 70% to receive credit. Once grading is complete, you will get a completion email confirming your success.
  23. Google Fundamentals - Sites
    This course is for beginners learning the basics of G-Suite. Google sites is free and easy to use. As you progress through this course, you will complete assignments. After completion, your assignments will be graded. You must score at least 70% to receive credit. Once grading is complete, you will get a completion email confirming your success.
  24. Google Fundamentals - Slides
    This course is for beginners learning the basics of G-Suite. Google Slides is a presentation program included in G-Suite. Slides allows users to create and edit presentations online while collaborating with other users in real-time. This course is a great way to learn how to get started in Google Slides with your students. As you progress through this course, you will complete assignments. After completion, your assignments will be graded. You must score at least 70% to receive credit. Once grading is complete, you will get a completion email confirming your success.
  25. Google Intermediate - Docs
    This course is for intermediate learning of G-Suite. Google Docs is a free application created by Google which allows users to create and edit files online and offline while collaborating with others. This course is a great way to get started in creating documents that allow for collaborating and student involvement. As you progress through this course, you will complete assignments. After completion, your assignments will be graded. You must score at least 70% to receive credit. Once grading is complete, you will get a completion email confirming your success.
  26. Google Intermediate - Forms
    This course is for intermediate learning of G-Suite. Google Forms is a survey administration app that is included in the Google Drive office suite. It is a tool that allows collecting information from users via a personalized survey or quiz. As you progress through this course, you will complete assignments. After completion, your assignments will be graded. You must score at least 70% to receive credit. Once grading is complete, you will get a completion email confirming your success.
  27. Google Intermediate - Google Classroom
    This course is for intermediate users and is a great way to further your knowledge in Google Classroom with your students. Google Classroom is an online website and application accessible from mobile devices, laptops, and desktops that allows teachers to create classes, distribute assignments, and send feedback to students. As you progress through this course, you will complete assignments. After completion, your assignments will be graded. You must score at least 70% to receive credit. Once grading is complete, you will get a completion email confirming your success.
  28. Google Intermediate - Sheets
    This course is for intermediate learning of G-Suite. Google Sheets is a free, web-based program for creating and editing spreadsheets. It's similar to Microsoft Excel within Microsoft Office. As you progress through this course, you will complete assignments. After completion, your assignments will be graded. You must score at least 70% to receive credit. Once grading is complete, you will get a completion email confirming your success.
  29. Google Intermediate - Slides
    This course is for intermediate learning of G-Suite. Google Slides is a presentation program included in G-Suite. Slides allows users to create and edit presentations online while collaborating with other users in real-time. This course is a great way to learn how to get started in Google Slides with your students. As you progress through this course, you will complete assignments. After completion, your assignments will be graded. You must score at least 70% to receive credit. Once grading is complete, you will get a completion email confirming your success.
  30. GT Online: Identification and Assessing the Needs of G/T Students
    In this course, you will gain understanding of how to implement Texas law and the State Board of Education rule concerning the assessment and identification of gifted and talented students. You will also learn about methods of assessment that help accurately identify the needs of the gifted students in a district. You will contribute ideas to the discussion board, share your own experiences, and research related information. You will take a 10-question test at the end of the course. This workshop meets the state mandate (19 TAC 89.2(1) specifically Section 4.1.1C of the Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented students for teachers working toward the state required 30 hours of training for gifted educators.
  31. Online Google Level 1 Educator Certification Course
    This course is for intermediate to advanced users! Participants need to have experience working with Google products. In this training you will experience challenges that will help prepare you for the Google Educator Level 1 Exam. After the training you will need to register and take the exam. The exam will take 3 hours to complete. The exam fee for level 1 is $10. Region 16 will not be responsible for paying for the cost of your exam.
  32. Online Google Level 2 Educator Certification Course
    This course is for intermediate to advanced users! Participants need to have experience working with Google products. Participants are encouraged to have passed Google Level 1 prior to this training. In this training you will experience challenges that will help prepare you for the Google Educator Level 2 Exam. After the training you will need to register and take the exam. The exam will take 3 hours to complete. The exam fee for level 1 is $25. Region 16 will not be responsible for paying for the cost of your exam.
  33. Technology Toolbox Series: Digital Choice Boards
    This course is a great way to learn about digital choice boards that give students the ability to tap into multiple intelligences and learning styles. Choice boards are graphic organizers that have a variety of squares with an activity for students to practice a concept, create, or collaborate with each other that allow them to choose how they learn. This technology tool is great to increase student engagement, student ownership, and differentiate learning.
  34. Technology Toolbox Series: EdPuzzle
    How many times did you plan a lesson and events led to an unexpected circumstance? In this workshop you will learn how to plan an amazing video-lesson and how to use it effectively with your students. Even in the most unpredictable circumstances. It's hard to reuse videos from other teachers and you have to spend your weekends creating your videos from scratch. Do you know if they are watching the lesson? If you assign a video to your class you don't know who is paying attention and who is on Facebook. Are the students having a passive experience? A video can be like a lecture without interaction: boring and useless. Accept it, a 30 minutes video about exponents can be really boring. Do you know if students are learning? How do you know if your students got the lesson from the video? Maybe they weren't paying attention or they just skipped that part. You don't know. EDPuzzle will solve these problems. EDpuzzle is a video platform where you can make any video your lesson. For free. Use your favorite videos from YouTube or upload your own and build an interactive lesson for your students.
  35. Technology Toolbox Series: Flipgrid
    This course is a great way to learn how to get started in Flipgrid with your students. As you progress through this course, you will complete assignments and quizzes. After completion, your assignments will be graded. You must score at least 70% to receive credit. Once grading is complete, you will get a completion email confirming your success.
  36. Technology Toolbox Series: Google Jamboard
    Google Jamboard is an interactive tool that allows teachers to engage students in a whiteboard style experience. We will learn how to create content specific Jamboards to collaborate, share ideas, and access from anywhere. Google Jamboard integrates easily with Google Classroom and can contain images, shapes, sticky notes, and text options. Students can also create products using Jamboards to show their thinking. Come join us as we explore the power of a Jamboard in classrooms.
  37. Technology Toolbox Series: Idea Boardz
    Idea Boardz is an online website that allows you to promote collaboration virtually. It allows students to collectively brainstorm, gather inputs, reflect and collaborate with others. Let's explore Idea Boardz together!
  38. Technology Toolbox Series: Pear Deck
    Pear Deck is a platform for student engagement that inspires students of all ages to do their best, and saves teachers time! Pear Deck is an interactive presentation tool used to actively engage students in individual and social learning. Teachers create presentations using their Google Drive account. During each session, teachers can see the presentation as well as the students participating in the session. This is a great collaboration tool.
  39. Technology Toolbox Series: Quizizz
    Quizizz is a platform for student engagement that inspires students of all ages to do their best, and saves teachers time! Teachers can organize their students, assign quizzes easily and sort their reports by class. Quizizz is an online assessment tool that allows teachers and students to create and use one another's quizzes. A quiz can be recorded live as a timed competition or used as homework with a specific deadline.
  40. Technology Toolbox Series: Screencastify
    Screencastify is a simple video screen capture software for Chrome. It allows you to record a browser tab, your whole desktop or your webcam. You can also embed your webcam in the corner while you're recording a tab or your desktop. Participants will learn how to record lessons, share it with students, and features within Screencastify to take teaching to the next level.
  41. Technology Toolbox Series: Seesaw
    Welcome to Seesaw! This course is a great way to learn how to get started in Seesaw with your students. Seesaw is a platform for student engagement that inspires students of all ages to do their best, and saves teachers time! Students use creative tools to take pictures, draw, record videos and more to capture learning in a portfolio. Teachers find or create activities to share with students. Families only see their child's work and leave comments and encouragement.
  42. Technology Toolbox Series: Slides Mania/Vocaroo
    Vocaroo is a fully-online audio recorder that allows users to capture media without downloading any software. Use this web-based tool to create audio files and share as a link or an embedded file. Vocaroo can also be used to host audio files that you have uploaded and want to use with an interactive player. Slides Mania is a website which includes free themes, templates, resources and How To’s for Google Slides and PowerPoint! This course will show you how to incorporate both technology tips together.
  43. Technology Toolbox Series: ThingLink
    Thinglink is an education technology platform that makes it easy to share videos, images, and content with students. The audio and visual aspect of the platform creates an engaging experience for students and can potentially house all content needed for a unit of study! Join us as we learn to create our very own Thinglink for our content. (We will only be exploring the free version of Thinglink!)
  44. Technology Toolbox Series: Wakelet
    Welcome to Wakelet! This course is a great way to learn how to get started in Wakelet with your students. Wakelet is a free platform that allows you to curate and organize content to save and share. You can save videos, articles, images, Tweets, links or even add your own text. Save this content in your bookmarks, or organize related items into a collection.
  45. Technology Toolbox Series: Whiteboard.fi
    Welcome to Whiteboard.fi! This course is a great way to learn how to get started in Whiteboard.fi with your students. Whiteboard.fi is an instant formative assessment tool for your classroom, providing you with live feedback and immediate overview over your students. Whiteboard.fi is a simple tool that can be used instantly. By creating a class and letting your students join, everyone will get a digital whiteboard.
  46. Social and Emotional Learning of Gifted/Talented Students
    This online course will examine characteristics of gifted students that tend to influence social and emotional needs, investigate the challenges that gifted learners have in social and emotional learning, and present strategies that can be used to empower our GT students to deal with the challenges they face and how to overcome them.
  47. Science Squad Rendezvous-Classkick
    During this one-hour webinar your Science Squad will teach you the ins and outs of using Classkick in the science classroom. Classkick is a free digital formative assessment tool that allows teachers to create lessons and assignments. Students can utilize this tool in the classroom or virtually!
  48. Science Squad Rendezvous-Word Wall
    During this one-hour webinar your Science Squad will teach you the ins and outs using Word Wall in the science classroom. Word Wall is a super easy website where you can make custom activities for your classroom (quizzes, match ups, word games and so much more!). Students can utilize this tool in the classroom or virtually! This course is a 1 hour webinar on June 1 @ 10AM.
  49. Techie Teacher’s Guide to Students’ Love Languages
    Dr. Gary Chapman, author of the #1 New York Times international bestseller The 5 Love Languages with over 12 million copies sold, has been improving relationships for more than 25 years. Why not use his techniques to speak our students’ love languages? This training will take that principle by applying it in the classroom. Participants will discover their own love language, learn how to assess their own students’, create lessons to help each student flourish in the classroom, and create a strong bond in each students’ life. This course is set up to be interactive as participants will discuss and collaborate while learning together.Participants will leave with ideas to guide them to communicate their students’ love language that will help them flourish and feel valued. Join our Google Classroom to access resources and collaborate with other teachers; a code will be emailed to you after registration! Be looking for the code in the email!
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