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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

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a framework that centers around supporting all learners by providing multiple means of engagement, representation, and action / expression.

We will introduce the foundations of UDL, work with teachers on identifying current practices that align with UDL, and help teachers develop additional strategies to enrich their practice. We also will explore the built-in accessibility features included in their existing classroom devices and learning platforms, empowering all learners to adapt the technology to their needs.

An optional makerspace workshop is also available (see “Making Technology Accessible” below). This hands-on program utilizes the Design Thinking Process to guide participants in creating and refining an assistive technology device. This workshop can either serve as a team-building event, a train-the-trainer program, or a direct student experience.

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.

For more information, please contact [email protected].  

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 tomorrow!

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].