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Tech Tools Sessions are provided FREE of charge to all staff at districts/sites with an active 2022-23 ERS Library Media Services Agreement. Staff members are encouraged to register for as many sessions as they like. All Tech Tools sessions are virtual and will be held via Zoom. 

If your schedule does not allow you to attend a live virtual session, you can register to receive a link to the session recording. This will be emailed to all registrants one week after the event. The recordings are for your viewing only; please do not share any link(s) you receive.

Registration Contact:

Bitmoji Sara

Sara Torabi
sara.torabi@tcoe.org
(559) 651-3031

Content Contact:

Bitmoji Steve

Steve Woods
steve.woods@tcoe.org
(559) 651-3031

Content Contact:

Bitmoji Doug

Doug Cairns
doug.cairns@tcoe.org
(559) 651-3031

2022

August 17
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Introduction to Google Drive & Docs
w/ Steve Woods
Registration Link

Google Drive isn’t just about putting your important learning documents online. It’s an online hub that creates opportunities for collaboration with students or colleagues. Learn how to share resources through proper organizing and sharing techniques in Drive. Discover how Google Docs provides unique collaboration opportunities between administrators, office staff, educators and students, along with amazing tools that take advantage of the hardware built into your computer.


August 24
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Introduction to Google Classroom
w/ Doug Cairns
Registration Link

Google Classroom is a free learning management system from Google. It is designed to simplify the exchange of Google and other formatted documents to and from your students, grade them and provide feedback seamlessly. Built-in socialization tools allow you and your students to share ideas in a safe environment while exhibiting good digital citizenship. There are a variety of new features we'll be covering!


September 14
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Introduction to Google Slides
w/ Steve Woods
Registration Link

These days, it's all about collaboration, and presentation building is no exception. Slides, Google's collaborative presentation tool, can help you and your students to create visually interesting presentations, and share them with the larger community. With Google Slides' Q&A presentation mode, allow your audience to provide input or inquiry, while you seamlessly view questions, presenting without interruption.


September 21
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Introduction to Google Drive & Docs
w/ Doug Cairns
Registration Link

Google Drive isn't just about putting your important learning documents online. It's an online hub that creates opportunities for collaboration with students or colleagues. Learn how to share resources through proper organizing and sharing techniques in Drive. Discover how Google Docs provides unique collaboration opportunities between administrators, office staff, educators, and students, along with amazing tools that take advantage of the hardware built into your computer.



October 12
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Introduction to Google Jamboard
w/ Doug Cairns
Registration Link

Google Jamboard allows you and your students to work together on a virtual whiteboard. Write, Move, Resize, Draw, Sticky Notes, Pictures and more all from inside your Jam! We will cover how each tool is used for both the web app and mobile device app. There are some significant differences in the tools you can use depending on how you access your Jams. Join me and learn how to have creative interactions with your students on this virtual whiteboard.


October 19
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Introduction to Google Forms
w/ Steve Woods
Registration Link

Google Forms is one of the most versatile and useful of the Google Apps tools. In this class, you’ll begin learning how to create simple surveys and quizzes, and see how Google can automatically collect and analyze responses using its supportive Sheets spreadsheet application. Auto-grade student submissions, and learn about valuable add-ons. Discover how to create survey sections that are linked together (or ignored) based on earlier responses. A great class for office staff and administrators, too!


November 9
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Introduction to Google Classroom
w/ Steve Woods
Registration Link

Google Classroom is a free learning management system from Google. It is designed to simplify the exchange of Google and other formatted documents to and from your students, grade them and provide feedback seamlessly. Built-in socialization tools allow you and your students to share ideas in a safe environment while exhibiting good digital citizenship. There are a variety of new features we'll be covering!


November 16
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Introduction to Flipgrid
w/ Doug Cairns
Registration Link

Flipgrid is an asynchronous application that allows teachers to facilitate video discussions. Students are organized into groups and given access to discussion topics that are curated by the educator. Learn how to set up your classroom in Flipgrid. Let's get the conversation started!



2023

January 18
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Introduction to Google Drawing
w/ Steve Woods
Registration Link

Discover the visual presentation power of Google Drawings, and how graphics and images you create and annotate can be integrated into all of your G Suite for Education documents.


January 25
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Introduction to Screencastify
w/ Doug Cairns
Registration Link

Learn how to install and use this free Chrome Extension. Discover how you and your students can use this tool to record what is happening on their screens. We will also review some example cases and demonstrate how to apply them.


February 15
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Introduction to Google Forms
w/ Doug Cairns
Registration Link

Google Forms is one of the most versatile and useful of the Google Apps tools. In this class, you’ll begin learning how to create simple surveys and quizzes, and see how Google can automatically collect and analyze responses using its supportive Sheets spreadsheet application. Auto-grade student submissions, and learn about valuable add-ons. Discover how to create survey sections that are linked together (or ignored) based on earlier responses. A great class for office staff and administrators, too!


February 22
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Introduction to Blogger
w/ Steve Woods
Registration Link

Isn’t it about time you considered blogging? Whether you’re an administrator who wants to keep your community informed or a teacher who wants to communicate to (and with) your class, Google’s free Blogger platform can help you get the word out! Learn how Blogger can be set up through G Suite for Education, to help your students creatively write and comment to each other in a safe environment.



March 15
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Introduction to Google Sites
w/ Steve Woods
Registration Link

Google Sites is a free and easy, drag and drop website creation tool that integrates with many of the great Google tools you use. Embed presentations, videos, pictures, forms, and calendars to stay connected with your students and the greater educational community. Google Sites is simple enough for students to create their own site for portfolios and presentations, yet powerful enough to handle the needs of your entire campus or district. Collaboration and control are easy and require no code experience.


March 22
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Introduction to EdPuzzle
w/ Doug Cairns
Registration Link

EdPuzzle is a tool that allows educators to take a video and transform it into an interactive activity. You can upload your own video or pull from YouTube. Once you have your video selected you can edit it, add voice-over, add questions, and more. With EdPuzzle you will be able to track, monitor, and grade students' engagement with the videos used in your lessons.


April 19
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Introduction to Microsoft Sway
w/ Steve Woods
Registration Link

Discover how this dynamic and visually interesting presentation tool can transform how you share information with your class.

 

April 26
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Introduction to Scratch
w/ Doug Cairns
Registration Link

This session provides educators an introduction to Scratch, an application your students can use to code their own interactive stories, animations, and games. In the process, they learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively — essential skills for everyone.



May 17
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Intro to Microsoft Whiteboard
w/ Steve Woods
Registration Link

Learn more about how this presentation and diagramming tool can help you express ideas in real-time with your class.


May 24
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Introduction to Code.org
w/ Doug Cairns
Registration Link

Discover this fun, creative, and free way to bring the coding experience to your classroom. You will be introduced to Code.org's toolbox of coding projects that will help you teach your student the basics of computer programming. We'll also explore ways to introduce coding without computers. No prior experience is required!