MOREnet Class Offerings
- Video and Podcasting for Mobile Devices: 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.
- SMART Board Beginning: This hands-on course is designed to explore multiple uses of the SMART Notebook software SMART Technologies. Students will participate in hands-on exercises that guide them through the features of the SMART Notebook to enhance instruction, comprehension and presentations.
- SMART Board Intermediate: This hands-on course is designed to explore multiple uses of the SMART Notebook software SMART Technologies beyond the basics. Students will participate in hands-on exercises that guide them through the features of the SMART Notebook to enhance instruction, comprehension and presentations.
- SMART Board Advanced: This hands-on course is designed to focus on building lesson activities using the various features of the SMART Notebook software.
- Introduction to Windows 2012 Server Administration: Designed to build a foundation in basic server administration, this class introduces students to many of Windows Server 2012 features. The class includes extensive exercises which reinforce Microsoft Windows Server 2012 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 2012 Group Policy: 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, deploying software and finish with using Group Policy Preferences to map drives and clean out folders.
- Google Docs: 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: 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.
- Slides/Drawing: 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.
- Gmail and Google Calendar: This class is a hands-on, half day look at two of Google’s most popular tools. Gmail is the easy to use, easy to organize editor for managing your mail and contacts. Google Calendar is a very powerful tool for managing multiple schedules, events and collaborations. Participants will also learn about Chrome extensions that add even more to the features and functionality of these tools.
- Classroom: This class is a hands-on, half day workshop on setting up and using Google Classroom.
- Sites: This is a full day, hands-on look at Google’s tool for creating webistes, 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.
- 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.
- Online Resources: Learn to use the valuable online research resources provided as part of MOREnet membership including EBSCOhost and LearningExpress Library. All library and K-12 staff should have this training!
- The Chromebook Classroom: 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: 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.
- iBooks Author: If you have ever dreamed of publishing your own book, writing a story, creating a manual or any other written work, iBooks Author is an easy to use tool for creating and publishing your work! In this half-day class, bring your text in whatever format you have, add it to an iBooks Author template, format it and then publish it! You will need a Mac with iBooks Author installed (free) and an Apple ID. Books are free to publish unless you want to charge for them. Great for distributing your own materials to classes and as a start to your own iTunes U course.
- 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 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.
- Thinking of Flipping your Classroom? This new interactive course will discuss best practices for flipping and show you tools to get started in your room. Learn why a flipped classroom might be for you, find great tools to help you flip your classroom, explore examples of flipped classrooms and, finally, create a practice lesson.
- Introduction to Teaching Coding: 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: 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 getting exposure to multiple educational resources like Cubelets, Raspberry Pi and Lego Mindstorms EV3. This session will help build on previous coding experience.
- Start to 3D Design: 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.
- Robotics/Programming for Lower Elementary (Pre K-2): 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 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.