Course Descriptions

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

Apple Classroom/Schoolwork (3 hour)
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, led by an Apple Certified Teacher.

Apple GarageBand (3 hour)
Apple GarageBand makes working with sound and music easy and fun. It 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.

Apple iMovie (3 hour)
Apple iMovie is a fun and easy way to take your videos and images and combine them 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.

Apple Keynote (3 hour)
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.

Apple Numbers (3 hour)
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.

Apple Pages (3 hour)
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.

Nearpod Basics (3 hour)
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.

Google

Google Basics (3 hour)
This class is a hands-on, half-day look at three of Google's basic tools, Gmail, Calendar and Drive. This class is a must-have for anyone new to the Google environment. These tools are the basis for communication, organization, sharing and collaboration in the Google world. This foundational class is a hands-on half day to help you get set up and organized as you start your Google journey.

Google Docs (3 hour)
This class is a hands-on, half-day deep dive into Google's document creation tool, Google Docs. Learn how 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.

Google Forms/Sheets (3 hour)
This class is a hands-on, half-day deep dive into Google's form creation and spreadsheet tools, Google Forms and Sheets. Learn how 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. Then combine the two for a powerful set of tools! Participants will also learn to set up and utilize great tools from Google Add-ons.

Google Slides (3 hour)
This class is a hands-on, half-day deep dive into Google's presentation creation tool, Google Slides. Participants will also learn how use all the features in Google Drawings to add valuable information and visuals to other Google tools.

Google Classroom (3 hour)
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.

Google Sites (3 hour)
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.

Learning "withGoogle" (3 hour)
This is a half-day, 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!

Google Admin (9-3)
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.

Advanced Google Admin (9-12)
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.

Maker

Most of these courses require the resources in the MILL at the MOREnet offices in Columbia.

Creating Makers and Spaces (3 hour)
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.

Robotics/Programming for Lower Elementary (Pre K-2) (3 hour)
This half-day, 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.

Introduction to Teaching Coding (3 hour)
This session will show educators how to incorporate basic coding into the classroom or media center. Resources to be showcased will be "unplugged" activities to engage students without the need for technology, online resources that are available, as well as getting hands-on exposure to interactive tools. This half-day training is designed for those with coding backgrounds at various levels. You do not need to have previous coding experience.

Teaching Beyond Code (3 hour) - Offered only in the MILL in Columbia, MO
This offering is designed to help educators incorporate intermediate coding and programming into their classrooms. Participants will engage in simulations and guided projects, as well as get exposed to multiple educational resources like Cubelets, Raspberry Pi and LEGO Mindstorms EV3. This session will help build on previous coding experience.

Introduction to Circuits (3 hour) - Offered only in the MILL in Columbia, MO
This session will focus on two of the maker movement's favorite tools. Little Bits and Makey Makey are two fun and easy kits to spark creativity and invention. This session will introduce the pieces and techniques necessary to get started and then the rest of the day building projects and challenges.

Basics of 3D Design and Printing (8-4) - Offered only in the MILL in Columbia, MO
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 readings. They can find and print 3D models to support their research. We will look at beginning design using Tinkercad, a free online design program, and Sculptris, a free 3D sculpting program.

Introduction to Raspberry Pi (9-4) - Offered only in the MILL in Columbia, MO
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 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, 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, lights and attachments. Attendees will work through available resources, programming essentials and basic physical computing activities designed to build a familiarity and comfort with Raspberry Pi.

Virtual and Augmented Reality - Offered only in the MILL in Columbia, MO
Augmented reality allows you to enhance user experience by adding to or augmenting it via apps for mobile devices. Virtual reality allows you to fully immerse your users in 3D surroundings of your own creation. This session will demonstrate both worlds and give you tools and tips for using or creating augmented or virtual experiences. This session will be hands-on, and participants will have the opportunity to try out and create with several tools.

Building Your Own Breakout Rooms (9-4)
Breakout rooms/boxes are an innovative way to bring technology and critical thinking into the library/classroom. They promote engagement, collaboration and can also be used as an authentic assessment tool. They can be done with no tech or show tech, using physical boxes or digital environments. In this hands-on session we will explore a variety of ideas for building your own breakout challenges. Participants will leave with resources for making your own breakout rooms/boxes, if they can breakout.

Mobile Devices

The Chromebook Classroom (3 hour)
This hands-on class will introduce students to Chromebooks and ways they can be integrated into classroom environments. The class will explore setting up and managing devices for classroom sets or student-owned devices. Topics discussed will be basic setup of Chromebooks, feature sets and strategies for introducing them to students. We will also learn about downloading apps, using individual apps for classroom instruction, combining apps for lessons such as podcasts and video creation, and we'll provide time to explore the tools and create lessons with them.

The iPad Classroom (3 hour)
This hands-on class will introduce students to the iPad and ways they can be integrated into classroom environments. The class will explore setting up and managing devices for classroom sets or student-owned devices. Topics discussed will be basic setup of iPad, feature sets and strategies for introducing them to students. We will also learn about downloading apps, using individual apps for classroom instruction and combining apps for lessons such as podcasts and video creation, and we'll provide time to explore the tools and create lessons with them.

Education and Library Resources

EBSCO and LearningExpress Library (3 hour)
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!

WordPress (3 hour)
WordPress is a free, easy-to-use tool to create great-functioning and great-looking websites. In this course, schools and libraries will learn to 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.

SMART Board

SMART Digital Educator (Level 1) (9-4)
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.

SMART Digital Champion (Level 2) (9-4)
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.

SMART Integration Specialist (Level 3) (9-4)
This hands-on course is designed to focus on building lesson activities and integrating the various features of the SMART Learning Suite. You will also learn how to conduct effective workshops to ensure the successful integration of SMART solutions in your organization. You are encouraged to bring a laptop with the latest version of SMART Learning Suite installed to this course.

Video

Video and Podcasting for Mobile Devices (10-3)
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.

Zoom and Watch.more.net (3 hour)
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 make their accounts in class and then set up and test video in different scenarios. Once the videos are created, we will explore watch.more.net as a video repository. Learn how to upload and manage videos and users in this clean, easy-to-use interface.

Windows

Introduction to Windows 2016 Server Administration (2 full days)
Designed to build a foundation in basic server administration, this class introduces students to many Windows Server 2016 features. The class includes extensive exercises designed to reinforce Microsoft Windows Server 2016 network administration skills as they are learned. The course will provide a foundation for understanding both Domain Name System and Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol. Students will install and configure these services for automated IP communications. At the end of the day the students will also use the bulk user import utility using PowerShell.

Introduction to Windows 2016 Group Policy (8-4)
This class is designed to allow students to centrally manage workstations and servers with Group Policy Objects (GPOs) within a Windows Active Directory domain. In class, we will start at the beginning with defining what Group Policy is and what can be accomplished by using Group Policies within your organization. We will create simple group policies and test their effectiveness. We will explore some advanced Group Policy subjects such as redirecting user data and folders and deploying software. We'll finish with using Group Policy Preferences to map drives and clean out folders.