Instructional Technology

Instructional Technology PLOs
For the 2017/2018 School year we are going to be offering the following Instructional Technology PLOs on demand. Schools who wish to host any of the offerings for their staff or for their District can fill out this form. If you have any questions, please contact Lori Stahl-Van Brackle at

Google 101

This overview of G Suite touches on all the applications and uses of the G Suite. We will look at Google Drive for organization, Google Doc for collaboration, Google Forms for gathering information, and Google Classroom and Google Sites for sharing information. Whether your school has just become a G Suite school with it’s own domain or you’re just considering what Google can offer, this introductory course is for you. To request this PLO be hosted at your school fill out this form.

 Google 201

Picking up from where Google 101 left off, we’ll explore ways to leverage the G Suite of applications in the classroom and in your school. From Classroom to Sites to Google + and Hangouts we’ll take a closer look at how to get the best out of Google. (This workshop is for G Suite for Education Schools looking to roll out or further develop G Suite expertise.) To request this PLO be hosted at your school fill out this form.

 Google Classroom

A G Suite for Education School can easily incorporate Google Classroom as a daily tool that gives students an in-and-out-of-class resource. We’ll explore how to use the tool in class and how it will help students maintain communications, stay on deadlines, and collaborate with teachers and classmates. We’ll also look at the Guardian reports and how you can use Classroom to communicate with parents. To request this PLO be hosted at your school fill out this form.

 Building a School Web Site

With the DOE Web Site undergoing major rebuilding the old school portals are no longer being supported. The timing isn’t great, with every school competing for students with schools that have organizations that put money into building slick marketing and Web sites. With the right tools and planning there’s no reason your school Web site can’t represent how dynamic and engaging school is by serving your community’s needs and celebrating your school’s successes. We will explore constructing an impactful school site and how to maintain a vibrant communication platform by looking at various tools that make it possible with minimal to no coding knowledge. To request this PLO be hosted at your school fill out this form.

 Class Web Site Design

Class Web sites serve a variety of purposes for teachers but the initial investment of time and effort may seem daunting. Taking a look at a variety of tools we’ll focus on how to streamline the workflow from lesson plan to vibrant Web site. Creating a repository of information for your students, from homework assignment to projects to celebrations of student work, a class Web site is the best way to showcase the amazing work you’re doing while helping your students stay on track. To request this PLO be hosted at your school fill out this form.

Documenting Student Success through Digital Portfolios

Digital Portfolios sound all well and good until it comes to implementation. We’ll be exploring ways students of every grade band can create digital documentation that can follow them throughout their academic career. We’ll look at protocol, laws that affect what students can do, and the benefits to students, teachers, and schools to creating digital portfolios that showcase the impact of the work done during the school year. To request this PLO be hosted at your school fill out this form. 
 Maker Education 101

Have Maker Spaces, the Maker Movement, and MFSC’s Mini-Maker Faire caught you interest? This workshop will explore how to incorporate the Maker Movement into classroom or after-school programs to allow students creative freedom while exploring rigorous design projects. We’ll discuss project based assessments, how to procure materials and, most importantly, how to tie Making to the curriculum to show mastery of material. To request this PLO be hosted at your school fill out this form.

Tinkering with 3D Design

Diving deeper into the Maker Movement, we’ll work in TinkerCad and look at other tools like Blender, Maya, and Sketchup. We’ll look at 3D printers from various manufacturers and determine the pros and cons of each based on your class or school needs. We’ll also look at curriculum building and assessment of pieces based on the design process. To request this PLO be hosted at your school fill out this form.
 Engaging ELLs Through Coding

This two part professional learning series is designed for all subject teachers in K-8. Participants will learn the basics of Scratch, a coding program, and create projects from the Scratch Creative Computing Curriculum.  They will also learn how to analyze the language demands of the Scratch content objectives and write corresponding language objectives for ELLs.  We will then use the process of identifying language objectives to look at other tools such as News Maker and Pixton, and develop projects that all students will find engaging but will give added support to ELLs. To request this PLO be hosted at your school fill out this form.

 Exploring ISTE Standards

In 2016 ISTE released updated Student Standards that bridge the divide between 20th and 21st Century learning. “Empowering connected learners in a connected world - As educators, we are preparing students for a future that we cannot yet imagine. Empowering students to become lifelong learners and providing them with the skills to face future challenges resourcefully and creatively is critical. It’s not about using digital tools to support outdated education strategies and models; it’s about tapping into technology’s potential to amplify human capacity for collaboration, creativity and communication. It’s about leveling the playing field and providing young people worldwide with equitable access to powerful learning opportunities.” We’ll look at the Student Standards and link them to current curriculum and then we will look at the 2017 Educator Standards and how they align with what we already do in the classroom. To request this PLO be hosted at your school fill out this form.

If you would like to request a customized PLO be hosted at your school, email Lori Stahl-Van Brackle
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