Professional Development Opportunities
for Darke County & Western Ohio
Summer 2013 workshops
Interested in NEW BOOKS?
The Darke County ESC will be hosting its 5th Read In this June.
Where: Darke County ESC
When: Thursday, June 13, 2013, 9:00-3:00
Come for the morning, come for the afternoon, or come all day!
What to Bring: notebook, writing utensils, and lunch (or eat out)
What to Expect: books, door prizes, and snacks
Credit: CEUs will be offered for the hours that you attend,
Cost: free for Darke County Teachers; $35 for teachers outside of Darke County
Registration Deadline: May 31, 2013
Contact April Wulber, Darke County ESC with questions -
Summer Reading - Children's/Adolescent - Online Course
Where: DarkeNet Conference Folder
When: June 10-August 22, 2013
- 2 credit hours can be purchased from University of Dayton ($175/hour);
- CEUs can be given if you don't want credit
Cost: Free for Darke County Teachers; $75 for teachers outside of Darke County
Registration: Email April Wulber by May 31; registration will be done at the end of the course
iPad Apps for Creating
Have you wanted to know how (or wished you had the time) to use your iPad to create instructional videos, ebooks and flashcards? Are you ready to turn your students into creators and publishers of content? During this workshop, participants will explore apps for creating materials to use with students both in and out of the classroom. These same apps can turn students into active authors of digital materials.
Wednesday, June 12th, 2013 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Darke County ESC
• iPad with iOS 6.0+ (if you will be using a new iPad, please have the device set up and ready to use prior to the workshop.)
• Apple iTunes account
• Workshop apps downloaded
Workshop: Free for Darke County educators
$25 for educators outside of Darke County (due day of workshop)
Apps: Approx. $15.00
To register for this workshop, email Lois Bunger by June 7th.
Apps needed for this workshop:
|Explain Everything $2.99 |
|Book Creator $4.99
|Educreations Free |
|ShowMe Free |
|Creative Book Builder $3.99
|ScreenChomp Free |
|Knowmia Free |
|Doceri Free |
|Quiz Me! $0.99
Teacher-Student Communications Through FirstClass
When: June 17th, 2013 Session 1: 8:00 am - 11:30 am Session 2: 12:00 pm - 3:30 pm
(These sessions are identical so only register for one:)
Where: Darke County ESC
If your students have, or are getting, FirstClass/DarkeNetJr accounts, register for one of these half day sessions! Participants will explore strategies for using FirstClass to communicate with students by posting content, assignments, resources, feedback, etc.
Advantages of creating this virtual environment include students having access to information and resources wherever they have a device with Internet connectivity; students having with a digital space for storing and working on assignments; teachers providing written and audio feedback to students; and students knowing where to view the lesson and assignments for the day when they miss class.
There will be time to work on creating content for your virtual classroom so plan on bringing needed materials. Plus each participant will meet individually with me to discuss ways to customize their FirstClass desktop to better reflect the physical learning environment.
Cost: Free for Darke County educators
To Register: email Lois on DarkeNet by June 12th
Teaching for Understanding
When: Online component June 10th - July 1st, 2013
On-site workshop June 19th, 2013 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Where: Darke County ESC (for on-site workshop)
Hopefully, you are aware of the new Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Mathematics; the new Ohio Learning Standards for Science and Social Studies; and the Next Generation Science Standards. What do all of these documents have in common? Answer - an emphasis on teaching for understanding so students can analyze, problem solve and defend/justify a position or process. To accomplish this shift in the acquisition of knowledge, teachers can implement strategies utilizing online and in-class components. This professional development opportunity will model a blended/flipped learning environment where participants first access information online and then meet face-to-face to explore online resources to support the new standards; use applications to create videos and materials to use in the
classroom; and learn strategies to improve student classroom engagement and potentially increase assessment scores. Participants will also need to be active contributors to an online environment that will support the workshop objectives.
This workshop is being offered to support teachers in preparing students for the new assessments. No, this is not a session to learn how to teach to the test :) Rather, the new assessments are a traumatic change from the current paper/pencil multiple choice/extended response tests, which presented opportunities for students to get a number of "free" points by guessing. Students will take the new assessments on a computer, laptop or tablet and questions will require them to drag-and-drop, select and/or manipulate items to arrive at their responses. Students will be able to conduct experiments, change variables and test hypotheses to display understanding of concepts covered in the curriculum. These assessments will require teachers to reevaluate their teaching strategies with less emphasis on
learning terms and memorizing facts, and more emphasis on inquiry and non-traditional problem solving.
Participants will have an opportunity to view sample assessment questions and explore web resources to help students become active learners who are ultimately prepared to face the new assessments.
Credit: • 1 credit hour can be purchased from University of Dayton ($175)
• 15 hours CEUs will be available for those not wanting graduate credit
Cost: Free for Darke County teacher
$75 for teachers outside Darke County
To register for this workshop, email Lois Bunger by May 31st.
More Than a Projection Screen: Creating Lessons in SMART Notebook
When: Friday, June 21st, 2013 8:30 am - 2:30 pm
Where: Darke County ESC, Room 2
This workshop will focus on using SMART Notebook software to create educational materials to support classroom lessons. Participants will explore the features in the Notebook application, create a lesson to use with students and investigate additional resources to support the use of the SMARTboard (interactive whiteboard). Bring a laptop with the SMART Notebook software installed (if your district does not have licenses for the software, there is a 30 day trial version you can use for the workshop) and any materials to reference when creating interactive lesson.
Cost: Free for Darke County educators
$25 for teachers outside of Darke County