Google Basics (3 hour)
This class is a hands-on, half-day look at two 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.
Google Admin (9-4)
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 (10-3)
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.
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.
Prototyping and Design in Makerspaces (3 hour)
With so much focus on the tools involved in makerspaces, the most critically overlooked processes tend to be the planning, design and prototyping of your projects. Using the "measure twice, cut once" philosophy of prototyping and design can save your institution time, money and frustration. This session will look at ways to help your makers use planning tools and ways to design such as brainstorming, storyboards, diagrams of processes, prototyping and more to "think" their designs before they build them. This session is hands on and is expected to be messy!
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)
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.
Little Bits and Makey Makey (3 hour)
This session will focus on two of the maker movements 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 (1.5 days)
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)
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
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.
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!
iBooks Author (3 hour)
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. Participants are required to bring their own Macbook with iBooks Author already installed and content to populate your book!
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.
Flipped Classroom Basics (3 hour)
This new interactive course will discuss best practices for flipping and show you tools to get started in your classroom. 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.
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. This course will prepare you for SMART certification.
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.
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 2012 features. The class includes extensive exercises designed to 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 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.