Course Information

Professional Development

This is a description of each of the courses we offer. Most of these classes can be scheduled as an in-service or are on the classroom training calendar. Many of them can be customized by your group on an as-needed basis. A few are only offered at the MILL in Columbia.

Apple iPad

Intro to iMovie for iPad

Using iMovie, Apple’s free video editing app, is an easy and fun way to start creating more complex videos. This one-hour demonstration will cover the interface, how to create videos and access resources and look at the basic editing tools in iMovie. This is a great session to prepare for our full iMovie for iPad class.
Virtual: One hour
Face to face: N/A

Apple iMovie for iPad

Apple iMovie is a fun and easy way to combine your videos and images into amazing video projects. An easy-to-use interface lets you combine videos, edit them and add transitions and audio to rapidly build great project videos. This session is for iPads ONLY. Bring your own iPad with iMovie installed, or we have a limited number of devices to share. This session will take the user through the key features of iMovie in a hands-on session to get you started creating and sharing your iMovie videos.
Virtual: N/A
Face to face: Two hours

Intro to GarageBand for iPad

If you are looking for a way to record and edit audio or start creating your own music, GarageBand is an excellent choice. This free app from Apple is loaded with features, tools and sample files to get you started. This class will demonstrate how to use the basic interface to record voice audio tracks, and we’ll explore some of the many ways to create music in GarageBand. This is a great session to prepare for our full GarageBand for iPad class.
Virtual: One hour
Face to face: N/A

Apple GarageBand for iPad

Apple GarageBand makes working with sound and music easy and fun. GarageBand allows you to make awesome recordings of your voice, your musical creations or combinations of all of them! No prior musical knowledge required. This session is for iPads ONLY. Bring your own iPad with GarageBand installed, or we have a limited number of devices to share. This session will take you through the key features of GarageBand in a hands-on session to get you started creating and sharing your GarageBand documents.
Virtual: N/A
Face to face: Two hours

Intro to Nearpod

Nearpod allows teachers to create, distribute and control lessons. This brief overview of Nearpod is a demonstration of the features and functions of the tool and ways to get started using it in your classroom.
Virtual: One hour
Face to face: N/A

Nearpod Basics

Nearpod allows teachers to create dynamic, interactive lessons. Easily add discussions, quizzes, video, VR content and more through a web interface and then distribute it directly to student devices (any device). Monitor student participation and engagement, and keep track of what your students are doing in one simple app.
Virtual: N/A
Face to face: Three hours

Google

Basic Formatting With Google Docs

This demonstration shows users how to begin formatting different types of documents and setting up Google Docs to meet your workflow. Items discussed are setting defaults (fonts, sizes, etc.), working with spacing, setting tab stops, building navigation and adding images.
Virtual: One hour
Face to face: N/A

Advanced Formatting With Google Docs

Google Docs can do much more than just basic document creation. This session covers setting up more complex documents using headers and footers, page numbering, tables of contents, tables and citations.
Virtual: One hour
Face to face: N/A

Google Docs Tools

Docs contains some great tools for making creation of documents easy to manage for all users. This session is a demonstration of Accessibility features, voice typing, using the Explore function and setting program preferences.
Virtual: One hour
Face to face: N/A

Google Docs Add Ons

Add ons for Docs take Google Docs to the next level. This session demonstrates some of our favorites for managing documents, adding different types of content and useful tools for students like a thesaurus and study tools.
Virtual: One hour
Face to face: N/A

Google Docs Collaboration Tools

Once you make a doc and learn how to share it, you have many options for collaboration. Working in suggestion mode gives you final say over an edit before it goes in. Comparing documents via version history helps find content and see who did what to a document. Comments are a great way to asynchronously discuss a document and manage group tasks.
Virtual: One hour
Face to face: N/A

Intro to Google Forms

Google Forms is an outstanding tool for collecting data, building assessments, doing surveys and more. This session covers the basic features, question types and settings you need to get started.
Virtual: One hour
Face to face: N/A

Google Forms Data Collection

Once your form has been created you have several options for collecting, storing and interpreting your data. This session looks at the built-in tools for data collection as well as how to move your data to a separate Google Sheet for more robust analysis.
Virtual: One hour
Face to face: N/A

Building Assessments in Google Forms

Creating question sets for quizzes and assessment takes time. But Google has built in many features for automatic grading that can be invaluable to teachers. This session shows you how to take your questions and turn them into a self-grading quiz.
Virtual: One hour
Face to face: N/A

Google Forms

This class is a hands on, deep dive into Google's form creation and spreadsheet tools, Google Forms and Sheets. Learn how to use all the features in Forms to set up and distribute everything from surveys to quizzes. Then learn to use Google Sheets to create spreadsheets to collect, analyze and manipulate data. Combine the two for a powerful set of tools! Participants will also learn to set up and utilize great tools from Google Add-ons.
Virtual: N/A
Face to face: Two hours

Beginners Guide to Spreadsheets

Spreadsheets are an invaluable tool in today’s world. Many people are put off from learning because they are hesitant about formulas and think they have no real need. This is not true. Teachers can store information without complicated formulas. In this session we will look at ways to first learn how to use the spreadsheet to help better organize your teaching and beginning ways to introduce students to this valuable resource. The information learned will also apply to Excel.
Virtual: One hour
Face to face: One to two hours

Beyond the Basics: Spreadsheets

This class will build on Beginners Guide to Spreadsheets or could be valuable to anyone who has a basic understanding of how spreadsheets work. We will focus on ways to incorporate spreadsheets and forms into the classroom by collecting and analyzing data.
Virtual: One hour
Face to face: One to two hours

Intro to Google Slides

This class is a hands-on, half-day deep dive into Google's presentation creation tool, Google Slides. Participants will also learn how to use all the features in Google Drawings to add valuable information and visuals to other Google tools.
Virtual: One hour
Face to face: N/A

Intro to Google Classroom

This class is a hands-on, half-day workshop on setting up and using Google Classroom. Users will learn to set up classes, enroll students, distribute materials and assignments, use the grading tools and collaborate with students and parents in this powerful online learning portal.
Virtual: Three hours
Face to face: Three hours

What’s New in Google Classroom

This class is for those teachers who have used Classroom in the past and just need an overview of what has been released. This is usually a class for summer after ISTE and the latest and greatest updates are released.
Virtual: One to two hours
Face to face: One to two hours

Google Sites

This is a half-day, hands-on look at Google's tool for creating websites, Google Sites. Participants should bring content and images and be prepared to leave with a fully functioning website! Learn how to insert and format content, adjust images and layouts and set up your easy-to-use, custom website.
Virtual: N/A
Face to face: Three hours

Learning With Google

This is a hands-on look at Google's amazing web resources for teachers. Google provides an entire set of lessons on utilizing Google tools together to create projects called Applied Digital Curriculum, complete with videos and a Classroom-like interface that tracks student progress. Be Internet Awesome is an outstanding tool for teaching digital citizenship and Internet safety. And the "withGoogle" sites have an astounding number of games, projects and experiments that lean on Google's experimentation and expertise for just about every subject. And this is just the beginning. This guided tour will give you plenty of time to experience these tools and share what you find!
Virtual: Two hours
Face to face: Two to three hours

Google Arts and Culture

Don’t let the name fool you, this wonderful resource from Google is applicable to almost any grade level or subject. An extensive resource for art, of course, but also science and history. Come explore an art museum in Prague, a glacier in Alaska or watch a dinosaur come to life. This is appropriate for all age groups.
Virtual: One hour
Face to face: One hour

Going on the Road With Google Earth

Google Earth isn't just for geography (although it IS great for that); it is also wonderful for history, communication arts and science. Come learn how to use this tool in a variety of subjects and grade levels.
Virtual: One hour
Face to face: One hour

Google Admin

Setting up a Google Apps for Education domain is a pretty easy process. The real work comes in customizing the settings to control permissions, security and user settings. This full-day class assumes participants have already requested and been approved for their domain by Google and takes them through the process of everything from adding users to customizing email settings, adding more services and creating resources for your domain to use.
Virtual: N/A
Face to face: Five hours

Advanced Google Admin

This class is an add-on to the beginning class. In this session we will learn how to automate some of the more cumbersome processes an administrator faces. We will use several tools including the Google Admin Manager, extensions for Chrome and G Suite Add-ons.
Virtual: Three hours
Face to face: Three hours

Video

Video Recording

This day-long, hands-on session introduces participants to shooting and editing video with mobile devices. Why buy an expensive camera and editing equipment when you have everything you need in your phone or on your tablet? If you have been thinking about creating instructional videos, podcasts, demos, tutorials or any other types of teaching activities with video, this session is for you. We will discuss and demonstrate tools for shooting and editing video for podcasts, YouTube, screencasts and other uses. We will explore and use tools for converting video between multiple formats, recording and adding audio and where to put your finished products. Examples will be created using Android, iPad and PC recording devices. MOREnet has labs of devices to experiment with, or you can bring your own.
Virtual: N/A
Face to face: Six hours

Video Editing With WeVideo

WeVideo is a full-featured online tool for editing video with a simple, easy-to-use interface and creates videos in commonly accepted formats. This session will cover the basics of how to get started with WeVideo and how to use the most common tools for editing your projects.
Virtual: One hour
Face to face: N/A

Zoom and Dacast

MOREnet members have access to two fantastic resources for working with and storing all types of video. This class is a hands-on look at Zoom, an easy-to-use tool for video, videoconferencing and live broadcasting. Participants will learn the features and functions of Zoom then set up and test video in different scenarios. Once the videos are created, we will explore Dacast as a video repository. Learn how to upload and manage videos and users in this clean, easy-to-use interface.
Virtual: One hour
Face to face: N/A

Working With Green Screens

Creating video content for schools and libraries has become mainstream. Recorded lessons, tutorials and even live events are easy to create and enhance learning. Green screens can take the learning even further and provide a great tool for student-generated content, but they can be tricky to set up to achieve your desired effect. This hands-on session looks at how to set up and light your green screen and covers different shooting scenarios for live green screen vs. adding in your background after you shoot in editing software.
Virtual: One hour
Face to face: Three hours

Intro to iMovie for iPad

Using iMovie, Apple’s free video editing app, is an easy and fun way to start creating more complex videos. This one-hour demonstration will cover the interface, how to create videos and access resources and look at the basic editing tools in iMovie. This is a great session to prepare for our full iMovie for iPad class.
Virtual: One hour
Face to face: N/A

Apple iMovie for iPad

Apple iMovie is a fun and easy way to combine your videos and images into amazing video projects. An easy-to-use interface lets you combine videos, edit them and add transitions and audio to rapidly build great project videos. This session is for iPads ONLY. Bring your own iPad with iMovie installed, or we have a limited number of devices to share. This session will take the user through the key features of iMovie in a hands-on session to get you started creating and sharing your iMovie videos.
Virtual: N/A
Face to face: Two hours

Maker

Teaching Electronics for Makerspaces

This course is intended to provide educators with training, resources and activities to begin to introduce electronics to makerspaces and classrooms.
Virtual: Canvas
Face to face: N/A

Intermediate Circuits With Arduino Controllers
MILL only

This class will show members how to take the next step in creating electronic circuits. Using Arduino Uno control boards and electronic components, we will learn about specific electronic components like resistors, capacitors, servos and more. We will build the circuits and then connect them to the Arduinos and learn the basics of programming them with the Arduino IDE.
Virtual: N/A
Face to face: Six hours

Basics of 3D Design and Printing
MILL only

3D printing is being used across the curriculum to support learning. Typically, students are not allowed to interact with fragile objects like fossils and artifacts. 3D printing allows students to touch, hold and even take home models. Students can design and print objects from their discussions and reading, as well as use 3D design to support research. We will look at beginning design using Tinkercad, a free online design program, and Blender, which adds elements of visual effects and motion graphics.
Virtual: N/A
Face to face: Five hours

Bringing Augmented and Virtual Reality Into the Classroom or Library
MILL only

See how to turn your tablet into a tool for good instead of evil. Experience how to bring augmented reality (AR) into your classroom and bring a new dimension to many learning activities. AR allows educators to enhance the learning experience through augmenting a traditional ruler. See how to plot coordinates on a 3D plane and then bring those objects to life in your classroom. Science educators can explore the solar system in 3D, show a model of human anatomy or make a virtual prototype and customize its behaviors. Learn how to create your own objects and augment them into your learning environment.
Virtual: N/A
Face to face: Three hours

Introduction to LittleBits

This demonstration session will introduce users to LittleBits and how they can be used in classrooms, libraries and makerspaces to create fun projects and teach basic electronic concepts.
Virtual: One hour
Face to face: N/A

LittleBits

Working with electronic components and prototyping circuits can be a daunting task. So many wires and pins, and they all have to be hooked up correctly. With younger learners, this can be really frustrating. This session introduces LittleBits for prototyping circuits. We will build several example circuits from a simple flashlight to a robot to a scoreboard and more! See how LittleBits can be a great addition to your electronics makerspace!
Virtual: N/A
Face to face: Three hours

Introduction to Makey Makey

Makey Makey control boards are an excellent way to introduce students to fundamental electronic concepts. This demonstration session covers the basics of the board and how it works, using Scratch as a coding interface. We’ll also detail some basic projects you can do to get started with your learners in the fun world of electronics.
Virtual: One hour
Face to face: N/A

Makey Makey

Teaching fundamental electrical concepts such as conductivity, input/output, open and closed circuits, etc. is a critical first step in understanding electronics. Makey Makey is a great tool to demonstrate these concepts with fun activities in a safe way. This class will explain how Makey Makey control boards work and then jump right into fun projects you can build with your learners.
Virtual: N/A
Face to face: Six hours

Introduction to Micro:Bits

You have many options when it comes to introducing control boards to your learners. Among the best out there is Micro:Bits. This session takes a look at the board, describes its features and introduces the participants to the MakeCode interface for programming your Micro:Bits to really get them going.
Virtual: One hour
Face to face: N/A

Micro:Bits

Once you are comfortable with basic electronic circuits, the next logical step is to start learning to control them. Micro:Bits are a great first step into true control boards. They are packed with features and functions and can be programmed with an easy, blocks based coding environment to do some really amazing things! This full day session will cover the basics of Micro:Bits and then use projects to dive deeper into how they can be added as a great next step in your electronics classes.
Virtual: N/A
Face to face: Six hours

Introduction to Circuit Playground

Another excellent option for basic control boards (plus a few cool features) is the Circuit Playground from Adafruit Industries. This session will take a basic look at the board and its features and then introduce you to the MakeCode interface for programming.
Virtual: One hour
Face to face: N/A

Circuit Playground

Circuit Playground, from Adafruit Industries, is a powerful little control board. It has more onboard features than most control boards and can be programmed with numerous languages, depending on your curriculum. This session will teach the basic features and functions of Circuit Playground and then dive deeper with projects you can use to create lessons.
Virtual: N/A
Face to face: Six hours

Computer Science

Robotics/Programming for Lower Elementary Learner (Pre K-2)

This hands-on course teaches the basics of robotics and coding for lower elementary students. Multiple tools will be identified and demonstrated, and then participants will be given time to explore and create using different robots and coding resources. This interactive session is geared to help educators and librarians get age-specific coding activities into their classrooms. Participants will be engaged in projects that will showcase essential skills necessary for success in the coding environment: problem-solving, sequential thinking and collaboration.
Virtual: N/A
Face to face: Three hours

Intro to Coding

This class will focus on teaching how to introduce coding to youth in your classroom or library. Modules will include unplugged activities that do not require technology, using Scratch, coding Ozobots and coding Spheros.
Virtual: Canvas
Face to face: N/A

Teaching Code in the Classroom or Library

This session will show educators and librarians how to incorporate basic coding into the classroom or media center. Resources to be showcased: unplugged activities to engage students without the need for technology; online block-programming tools such as Code.org and Scratch; Apple's Swift, and other education-friendly resources that can bring computer science exposure to students at all age levels.
Virtual: N/A
Face to face: Three hours

Introduction to Raspberry Pi

The Raspberry Pi is a small computer that can be used for a variety of projects and has been heralded as a great boon to education and media centers due to its flexibility, simplicity and affordability. The Raspberry Pi also has the unique ability to allow users to develop skills in physical computing, such as wiring, LED lights and sensors. Modules include setting up and imaging an SD card, block and text programming and using some attachments and sensors that add to the Pi’s capabilities. This class is designed to build a familiarity and comfort with the Raspberry Pi.
Virtual: Canvas
Face to face: N/A

Raspberry Pi for the Library or Classroom
MILL only

The Raspberry Pi is a small computer that can be used for a variety of projects and has been heralded as a great boon to education and media centers due to its flexibility, simplicity and affordability. Participate in this session to explore the Pi's ability to bring coding and programming into the classroom or library, while also providing quality office software. The Raspberry Pi also has the unique ability to allow users to develop skills in physical computing, such as wiring, LED lights and sensors. Attendees will work through available resources, programming essentials and basic physical computing activities designed to build a familiarity and comfort with Raspberry Pi.
Virtual: N/A
Face to face: Three hours

Using Spreadsheets to Teach Coding

This class will present how to use a spreadsheet to teach coding. We will look at formulas and how to insert into cells to return data. We will use formulas to introduce the basics of coding--syntax, errors, returning results from data, etc. This course has the added benefit of students becoming familiar with spreadsheets.
Virtual: One hour
Face to face: One hour

Ozobots in the Elementary Classroom

Ozobots are great, scalable robots which can be coded without any typing by using markers. Come see how to program the Ozobot with younger students whose writing skills are limited.
Virtual: One hour
Face to face: Two hours

Coding With Sphero and Cue

These engaging, programmable robots have excellent coding interfaces that allow you to teach block- or text-based (Javascript) coding. Projects and lessons can be created for a variety of subjects, age levels or technology ability. This class is hands-on and only basic understanding of coding is needed to get started.
Virtual: See Intro to Coding in Canvas
Face to face: Two hours

SMART Learning Suite

SMART Learning Suite (Level 1)

This foundational course is designed to introduce participants new to SMART Boards and SMART interactive displays to the features and functionality of these interactive tools. Hands-on exercises will allow participants to practice setting up, customizing and troubleshooting SMART products. We will also learn how to use some of the tools included with your SMART product as well as gain a basic introduction to the SMART Learning Suite.
Virtual: N/A
Face to face: Six hours

SMART Learning Suite (Level 2)

This hands-on course is designed to explore multiple uses of the SMART Learning Suite. Participants will complete hands-on exercises that guide them through the features of the SMART Learning Suite to enhance instruction, comprehension and presentations.
Virtual: N/A
Face to face: Six hours

Education and Library Resources

EBSCO and LearningExpress Library

Learn to use the valuable online research resources provided as part of your MOREnet membership, including EBSCOhost and LearningExpress Library. All library and K-12 staff should have this training!
Virtual: MOREnet Online Resources Canvas class or one hour
Face to face: Thee hours

EBSCO eBooks

MOREnet's Online Resources has thousands of eBook for your school with unlimited usage. Come see how to access those with your students.
Virtual: MOREnet Online Resources Canvas class or one hour
Face to face: One hour

Hidden Gems in EBSCO

Many know the obvious features in EBSCO, but this class will focus on some of the hidden features you may not know of. Come learn how to create lists of searched items to share, citations, folders and much more. This class would be of use to anyone who has a familiarity with EBSCO.
Virtual: One hour
Face to face: One hour

Missouri History and Heritage Quest

If you are looking for Missouri history resources, look no further. The Secretary of State’s Office maintains extensive resources dedicated to all things about Missouri History. Once we've looked at those resources, we will move over to Heritage Quest and learn how to use this great resource to search census records, death records, cemetery records and even private collections for information.
Virtual: MOREnet Online Resources Canvas class or one hour
Face to face: One hour

LearningExpress Test Prep

Looking for exceptional national test prep for students? LearningExpress Library gives you access to pre, post, simulated and learning tests for ACT, SAT, PSAT, ASVAB and many more. This course is a must for counselors who need online resources to share with students.
Virtual: MOREnet Online Resources Canvas class or one hour
Face to face: One hour

Creative Commons

A phrase we hear a lot but, what does it mean? Why is it important for students and teachers to understand how CC works? This class will explain what CC is and how use the CC website, your browser, and even popular software to search for images available under the Creative Commons label.
Virtual: One hour
Face to face: One hour

WordPress

WordPress is a free, easy-to-use tool to create great-functioning and great-looking websites. In this course, schools and libraries will learn how to set up a basic website using templates, plug-ins and add-ons. Once set up, the WordPress site becomes an easy-to-navigate and updated portal for patrons to use to access resources.
Virtual: Three hours
Face to face: Three hours

Enhancing Digital Content

Digital Citizenship and Equity

Educators need to be able to promote learning through technology regardless of being online or face-to-face and need to be confident in the digital citizenship of its young learners. With the increased technology at the fingertips of students, it will be vital to ensure that Internet safety and citizenship are embedded into learning activities. This session will show how to promote digital citizenship in Missouri and what educators and libraries can do to build digital equity for its members. We will also explore resources available to educators, parents and learners to build a foundation for digital citizenship.
Virtual: N/A
Face to face: Two hours

Digital Accessibility

Creating good content takes time and thought, but something that is often missing from a lot of content and media is a consideration of all users and how they interact with it. Whether it is a document, video, podcast or presentation, working to make all content as accessible as possible to all users is critical. This session will look at some of the commonly used rich content and media formats such as Word documents, presentations, videos and websites and discuss tips and strategies for making them accessible.
Virtual: One hour
Face to face: Two hours

Other Topics Available as In-Services

Apple Keynote for iPad

Apple Keynote makes building beautiful and engaging presentations easy. With it, you can combine text, images, video, animations and color into powerful and attention-grabbing presentations. This session is for iPads ONLY. Bring your own iPad with Keynote installed, or we have a limited number of devices to share. This session will take you through the key features of Keynote in a hands-on session to get you started creating and sharing your presentations.
Virtual: N/A
Face to face: Three hours

Apple Numbers for iPad

Apple Numbers is a powerful, full-featured spreadsheet creation tool. It allows you to create spreadsheets that combine data, charts, graphs and images. This session is for iPads ONLY. Bring your own iPad with Numbers installed, or we have a limited number of devices to share. This session will take the user through the key features of Numbers in a hands-on session to get you started creating and sharing your spreadsheets.
Virtual: N/A
Face to face: Three hours

Apple Pages for iPad

Apple Pages is an outstanding, full-featured document creation and page layout application. It allows you to create rich, beautiful documents quickly and easily. This session is for iPads ONLY. Bring your own iPad with Pages installed or we have a limited number of devices to share. This session will take the user through the key features of Pages in a hands-on session to get you started creating and sharing your Pages documents.
Virtual: N/A
Face to face: Three hours

Apple Classroom/Schoolwork for iPad

Apple Classroom is a great tool for monitoring your student devices in the classroom. Guide your students through lessons, help them stay on task and monitor behavior all in a simple and easy-to-use application. This session will be a hands-on demo of the features and functions of Apple Classroom.
Virtual: N/A
Face to face: Three hours

Creating Makers and Spaces

This session is an introduction to making and makerspaces. The focus of discussion will be about space, materials, equipment and tools. We will look at three distinct budget scenarios for creating either integrated or dedicated makerspaces, and we will consider options for bringing the maker movement to your school and library.
Virtual: N/A
Face to face: Three hours

Google Docs

This class is a hands-on, half-day deep dive into Google's document creation tool, Google Docs. Learn how to use all the features in Docs to set up and format larger, more complex documents, automate processes and do research. Participants will also learn to set up and utilize great tools from Google Add-ons.
Virtual: N/A
Face to face: Three hours