Instructional Technology Courses, Modules & Support


The ESC offers various instructional technology courses, modules, and supports focusing on tools to help you and your staff excel in and out of the classroom. Courses, modules, and support may be offered in-person, online, or on-demand depending on your preferred method. Most are offered on an ongoing, continuous basis, customized to your schedule and staff needs.

Accessibility Consultation

Learn how everyone can customize the technology they use every day to better suit their needs. This service begins with an introduction to Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and concludes with an exploration of your technology platform’s built-in accessibility features.

For more information, please contact [email protected].  

Achieve Online

The ESC's Achieve Online is a program created for member districts to provide students with part-time or full-time online learning options for both credit and credit recovery while also allowing them to remain enrolled in their local school districts.

For more information, please contact [email protected].

Applying the Quality Matters K-12 Rubric

New to blended or online learning? Wondering how to ensure that your course checks all the boxes for high-quality online/blended learning? Learn more by taking Quality Matters' (QM) flagship workshop! Get an introduction to QM, learn how to use the rubric and apply it to a real course. Practice writing helpful recommendations for continuous improvement with the QM Rubric as your guide. Offered completely online during a three-week session, this workshop is recommended for teachers, instructional designers, and administrators who are interested in learning more about research-supported best practices and quality course design.

For more information, please contact [email protected].

Balance with Blended Learning Book Study

In this self-paced, online book study based on Catlin Tucker's latest book, Balance with Blended Learning, you will explore the practical and concrete strategies that she has used over the past decade to rethink the roles, responsibilities, and workflow in her own classroom. You will also learn how Tucker has used blended learning to reimagine her teaching by effectively partnering with her students to assess, track, and reflect on their learning. Discover how this redefinition of roles encourages students to take ownership of their learning while helping teachers to feel more effective, efficient, and energized. Note: Participants will need to purchase their own copy of Balance with Blended Learning.

For more information, please contact [email protected].

Building Bitmoji Classrooms

The Bitmoji classroom is taking the world by storm, converting remote and/or blended learning into a fun and playful experience. In this session, you will learn what it takes to build engaging and interactive Bitmoji classrooms using Google Slides.

For more information, please contact [email protected].  

Building Choice Boards

Choice boards provide students with the power to choose “how” to learn a particular subject or concept. This freedom encourages them to be more responsible, accountable and independent in their learning. This course will cover the essentials of high-quality and engaging choice boards.

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Flipgrid Essentials

Flipgrid is a video tool that allows teachers to post "Topics" that are essentially videos with some accompanying text. In this session, we will provide an overview of Flipgrid and guide you through how to complete all of the requirements for earning the Flipgrid Level 1 Certification.

For more information, please contact [email protected].

Game-Based Learning with Kahoot!

Kahoot! is a game-based learning platform that makes it easy to create, share and play learning games or trivia quizzes in minutes. In this session, you will learn the basics of Kahoot! and leave with the tools to use the tool right away.

For more information, please contact [email protected].

Getting Things Done Interactive Book Study

Overflowing inbox? Zoom Fatigue? Part book study, part support group, this multi-week cohort can help. We will discuss the book Getting Things Done by David Allen and talk about how we can apply its techniques to our busy lives. Note: Participants will need to purchase their own copy of Getting Things Done (2015 edition).

For more information, please contact [email protected].

Google Tools & Certifications

For more information regarding any Google course, please contact [email protected].

Google Add-Ons & Extensions |  In this course, you will learn what add-ons are and how they can increase the functionality of the Google tools that you use. We will delve into the world of 3rd party integration tools that make G apps more powerful and useful to you and your students.   

Google Classroom (online) | Google Classroom is a streamlined tool that allows teachers to manage coursework and distribute assignments. It is part of the Google Workspace, making it work seamlessly with other Workspace apps to give teachers and students an efficient platform from which to work. 

Google Classroom: The Basics and Beyond | In this course, we will provide a brief overview of Google Classroom. You will learn how to build your classroom and will explore best practices for using this tool with your students. We will also discuss organizing and branding your Google Classroom, as well as how to include interactive templates for your students. 

Google Docs (online) |  This self-paced course offers an overview of Googles Docs and its collaborative features. It covers the main functions that users will encounter while using the app.

Google Drive (online) | Google Drive is a file storage and synchronization service developed by Google. It allows users to store files on their servers, synchronize files across devices, and share files. The cover provides an overview of the app, Google Drive's Dashboard, and collaboration and sharing.

Google Drive: Understanding & Organizing | In this introductory course, you will learn the basics of Google Drive and how to best organize and personalize your files. We will explore how to store, sync, and share files with collaborators, and you will leave with many tips and tricks.  

Google for Elementary Students | Elementary students have a lot to overcome when it comes to using technology in the classroom. In this session, you will learn tips and tricks to make engaging and interactive content for your littles. We will cover the basics of some of Google’s most popular apps including Docs, Slides, and Drawings.  

Google Forms: Gathering Data & Assessing Learning | In this course, you will learn the basics of how to use Google Forms, as well as how to use the app to build forms, create surveys, and administer auto-grade quizzes. Resources/templates, tips, and tricks for using Google Forms will be provided.  

Google Keep | In this course, we will provide an overview of Google Keep. You will learn how to create to-do lists, take notes, and stay organized using this application. We will also discuss ways educators can use Google Keep in their classrooms.  

Google Level 1 Certification | Before taking the Level 1 exam, you should be comfortable using Google Workspace and Google Classroom. This class covers the basics of the Google Workspace and exposes you to everything you need to prep for the Google Level 1 certification test.  

Google Level 2 Certification | The Google Level 2 certification is a step up from the Level 1 exam. It requires a deeper knowledge and integration of the primary Google products as well as use of secondary products like Blogger, Google Books, and Google Maps. This course offers a deeper dive while also covering the essentials.  

Google Meet | In this session, we will provide an overview of Google Meet. You will learn how to schedule, start, and run a full meeting. We will also walk through how to use your browser to share your video, desktop, and presentations with colleagues and students. 

Google Jamboard | Google Jamboard is a collaborative online whiteboard. It offers students creative workspace for collaboration. In this session, we will provide an overview of Google Jamboard. We will also explore the various ways it can be used in the classroom.  

Google Slides & Google Drawings | Teachers and students can do amazing things with Google Slides and Google Drawings, including creating engaging content! This session will briefly cover the basics of both apps and will include tips, tricks, and ways to build interactive templates.   

For more information, please contact [email protected].

Great Teacher Instructional Technology Resources

Teachers are always on the lookout for new inspiration and ideas! Unfortunately, there's little time to plow through the zillions of resources on the internet. Well, good news! We've done some research for you. We will share resources that can easily be added to your teaching routine...like tomorrow!

For more information, please contact [email protected].

Highly Qualified Teacher (HQT) Courses

For more information regarding any HQT course, please contact [email protected].

Language Arts/Reading (online) | The course is designed to help participants build confidence in their ability to successfully teach reading. Participants will participate in the course by posting responses to readings and responding to others in the course’s discussion forums. Throughout the course, participants will read and reflect on a variety of articles and lesson plans, and they will detail how the newly acquired information can best be put to use in the classroom. Initially designed for special education intervention specialists in grades 7-12, the HQT courses provide participants with the opportunity to accumulate 45 hours of training in a particular subject area, formerly required to meet the designation of Highly Qualified Teacher. Though no longer required for state or federal law, some schools continue to require teachers to complete coursework that provides the “HQT” designation. 

Math (online) | Anchored by six themes, this course is designed to help participants build content knowledge of Ohio’s Learning Standards for mathematics as they navigate through a collection of online math tutorials, all of which are based on these standards. Participants will also select and critically evaluate a variety of mathematics lesson plans. They will teach some of the evaluated lessons, reflect upon the lessons, and connect one or more of the four themes with each lesson. The navigation process will involve a degree of choice, much like considering the options of a menu as participants select experiences, which meet their needs and interests. Initially designed for special education intervention specialists in grades 7-12, the HQT courses provide participants with the opportunity to accumulate 45 hours of training in a particular subject area, formerly required to meet the designation of Highly Qualified Teacher. Though no longer required for state or federal law, some schools continue to require teachers to complete coursework that provides the “HQT” designation. 

Science (online) | Anchored by four learning segments, this course is designed to help participants build content knowledge of Ohio’s Learning Standards for science as they navigate through a collection of materials that are based on these standards. Areas of focus in the course include inquiry and application, earth and space science, life science, and physical science. Participants will gain content knowledge and science pedagogical content knowledge through viewing videos, visiting websites, reading online articles, participating in discussion forums by posting responses and replies, and completing response journals or taking quizzes aimed at assessing some topic related to the learning segment. Initially designed for special education intervention specialists in grades 7-12, the HQT courses provide participants with the opportunity to accumulate 45 hours of training in a particular subject area, formerly required to meet the designation of Highly Qualified Teacher. Though no longer required for state or federal law, some schools continue to require teachers to complete coursework that provides the “HQT” designation. 

Social Studies (online) | This course provides numerous academic resources for the improvement of teaching and learning in Ohio’s Learning Standards in social studies. Participants are considered key components of the knowledge base and will be required to create and share best practices and innovative ideas for the teaching and learning of social studies at all grade levels. An in-depth review of Ohio's Learning Standards in social studies is included in this course. Participants will become familiar with the standards and explore resources as they apply to best practices in the classroom. Successful completion of this course certifies that participants have met the “highly qualified” content requirements for social studies. Activities will introduce teachers to new social studies content, the uses of technology to engage students in the teaching and learning process, and an increased ability to collaborate with peers through Internet platforms. Initially designed for special education intervention specialists in grades 7-12, the HQT courses provide participants with the opportunity to accumulate 45 hours of training in a particular subject area, formerly required to meet the designation of Highly Qualified Teacher. Though no longer required for state or federal law, some schools continue to require teachers to complete coursework that provides the “HQT” designation. 

For more information, please contact [email protected].

Information Technology (IT) Audit

Customized to your school or district's needs, an ESC IT audit can help your leadership team evaluate and determine the next steps for both your technology operations and technology integration goals. 

For more information, please contact [email protected].

Introduction to Quality Matters (QM)

Learn what Quality Matters (QM) is and how it can help you deliver on your online promise. This two-week, facilitated workshop, available either online or in person, is ideal for those new to QM or considering a QM membership. Explore why QM is widely considered the gold standard in online quality assurance and how its implementation can support a culture of quality from many avenues.

For additional information, please contact [email protected].  

Making Technology Accessible

In this daylong course, we will bring a “Makers Mindset” to accessibility.  Using makerspace and MakeyMakey controller boards, we will create a variety of hardware switches and learn how to integrate them into your classroom devices. We will also introduce the Scratch drag-and-drop programing environment to utilize our switches.

For more information, please contact [email protected].  

Pear Deck for Google Slides

Pear Deck for Google Slides helps engage every student and also offers a platform for launching formative assessments, no matter what grade/subject you teach. Pear Deck supports an interactive and community-focused classroom that helps students build confidence and comprehension. In this session, we will provide an overview of Pear Deck and how it can be used in your classroom.

For more information, please contact [email protected].

zSpace Mobile STEAM Lab

zSpace combines the best aspects of Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality along with standards-aligned lessons. The ESC can provide training, support, and equipment for your teachers as they craft a unique learning experience for your students. Content focuses on Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM).

For more information, please contact [email protected].