Communication & Collaboration

40 Courses
  • Google Docs

    Estimated Time: 2 Hours  |  Created By: Jason Cross

    Google Docs is a word processor that lives in your browser and in the cloud. Google Docs lets you create and format text documents and collaborate with other people in real time.  You will learn the ins and outs of using Google Docs as a powerful tool in your classroom.

     

  • Google Sheets

    Estimated Time: 2 Hours  |  Created By: Jason Cross

    Google Sheets is a robust and powerful cloud based spreadsheet application that allows for collaboration and real time multi-user editing. This software is part of your Google Account and all information is stored in the Google Drive.

     

  • Google Calendar

    Estimated Time: 2 Hours  |  Created By: Jared Covili

    The Google Calendar series will demonstrate creating and sharing a classroom calendar to use with students and parents. Calendars can be used to coordinate events, schedule out resources and keep school stakeholders aware of events.

     

  • Twitter

    Estimated Time: 30 Minutes  |  Created By: Dani Sloan

    Twitter is an online networking service that enables users to send and read short messages called Tweets. It is an easy way to discover the latest news related to subjects you care about.This course will focus on Twitter for teachers and to grow personal networks as well as how teachers can use Twitter to engage students and parents in your classroom activities.

     

  • Remind

    Estimated Time: 30 Minutes  |  Created By: Mindy Branson

    Remind is a great communication tool that allows teachers to send announcements and messages to students and parents without sharing their personal phone number or gathering student's personal information. The Remind program allows teachers to connect with their subscribers instantly, safely, efficiently, and freely.

     

  • Padlet

    Estimated Time: 1 Hour  |  Created By: Ashley Johnson

    Padlet is an awesome virtual version of old school sticking post-it notes to the board with additions that make it an exciting collaboration tool for the classroom. Padlet allows teachers and students to share ideas, links, photos, files, videos etc. to an online board that can be utilized in many different forms. Padlet is a great addition to any classroom.

     

  • Overdrive

    Estimated Time: 1 Hour  |  Created By: Keith Smedburg

    Overdrive is a free service that is offered by local libraries, both school, and public, that allows you to borrow from the library's digital collection of eBooks and audiobooks. This service is available through a free app on any mobile devices or any internet browser. You will also need a library card or student idea from the library you are accessing on Overdrive.

     

  • OneDrive

    Estimated Time: 2 Hours  |  Created By: Rob Bentley

    This course will help users understand the purpose of Microsoft OneDrive and how to use it effectively as a cloud storage service. The course covers how to use the OneDrive website, how to install the OneDrive folder on your computer, sharing options, advanced features, and practical classroom examples.

     

  • Google Sites: Classic

    Estimated Time: 2 Hours  |  Created By: Jared Covili

    Want to use an easy website builder for your class website? Google sites is your answer. As part of the Google Apps Suite, Google Sites is a free way to create and share webpages. All you need is a Google account to get started.

     

  • Class Calendars with Google Calendar

    Estimated Time: 1 Hour  |  Created By: Mindy Branson

    Creating a classroom calendar that you can share with your students is very helpful for planning and communication purposes. You can use Google Calendar to lesson plan, share your class schedules as well as to share events with parents, students, and administration.

     

  • Seesaw

    Estimated Time: 1 Hour  |  Created By: Ashley Johnson

    A student’s learning can be captured and chronicled in SeeSaw through photo and video. Because this digital portfolio system allows parents to connect with their student, learning is no longer constrained to the four walls of the classroom. Because students are engaged with an authentic audience (parents, teachers, peers) through Seesaw, learning will accelerate and home and school connections will be strengthened.

     

  • Read and Write for Google Chrome

    Estimated Time: 30 Minutes  |  Created By: Clarissa Draper

    Read&Write for Google Chrome is an extension that supports reading and writing— including research, comprehension, and translation.

     

  • Adobe Connect

    Estimated Time: 1 Hour  |  Created By: Stacey King

    Adobe Connect is a web conferencing program that can be used as an “online classroom” to facilitate lectures, discussions, and collaboration between people that are not able to all be at the same place at the same time. The sessions can be recorded and distributed to students who couldn’t make the session.

     

  • Tricider

    Estimated Time: 1 Hour  |  Created By: Karen Eini

    Tricider is a free, versatile, online survey, and brainstorming tool that is efficient and simple to use. Tricider enables you to post a question to your students and invite them to collaborate in the discussion by contributing ideas and responding to posts from their peers. This course will teach you how to design Triciders, implement the resource in the classroom, and maximize stimulating discussion with Tricider.

     

  • Livebinders

    Estimated Time: 2 Hours  |  Created By: Jessica Schouweiler

    Livebinders is a digital binder that allows you to combine all cloud documents, stored documents, and links - to then provide access or share with online. Livebinders is a free program available on any operating system with the option to pay for upgraded features.

     

  • Actively Learn

    Estimated Time: 2 Hours  |  Created By: Karen Eini

    Actively Learn is an interactive reading platform that engages students in motivating reading experiences. The combination of support in scaffolding and reading aids, online collaboration with peers and teachers and engaging questions types integrated with media make Actively Learn an excellent resource for any content area.

     

  • Kidblog.org

    Estimated Time: 2 Hours  |  Created By: Ashley Mcbride

    Kidblog.org is a site that provides teachers a secure class blog page that is user friendly. It works well for students in upper elementary and middle school (basically anyone who can use a computer to write and is not offended by the word kid in the title). Teachers are able to view student work before it is able to be viewed by others preventing inappropriate content while still providing an authentic audience for students to write for. You do get a 30 day free trial, but after that you will pay $36 per year or $8 per month to continue service.

     

  • Swivl

    Estimated Time: 1 Hour 30 Minutes  |  Created By: Teena Martin

    Swivl is a robot and app that allows teachers to capture video in the classroom. Using your own phone or tablet and a marker, the robot follows your movements around the classroom while recording. Using additional markers will allow you to record student responses, as well. This course will show you everything you need to know to capture and share videos using the Swivl robot and Capture app.

     

  • Pear Deck

    Estimated Time: 2 Hours  |  Created By: Chris Buehnerkemper

    Pear Deck is a web-based app for presenting content to students allowing them to interact with the lesson through formative assessment type items such as simple multiple choice, short or long free response, draggable points/icons or lines, drawing etc. It actively engages students in the lesson allowing even the most introverted of students to participate in class. Some features described in this course are premium and require a subscription.

     

  • News-O-Matic

    Estimated Time: 1 Hour  |  Created By: Clarissa Draper

    News-O-Matic inspires students to read and become informed about current news and world events. Stories from around the world are published every weekday in this fun, interactive, and informative app.

     

  • Smore

    Estimated Time: 1 Hour  |  Created By: Lande Brady

    A quick and effective online source to communicate with students, staff, parents, and the community. Present various types of educational information in an elegant and easy to create newsletter format. There is a free and paid version of Smore.

     

  • iCivics

    Estimated Time: 2 Hours  |  Created By: Ashely McBride

    iCivics is a free web program that provides teachers with lesson and unit plans and interactive games that help teach social studies concepts to students. Teachers can create classes that allow them to assign discussion questions, games, and assignments while monitoring student progress through these activities.

     

  • Bloomz

    Estimated Time: 1 Hour  |  Created By: Amanda Barnes

    Bloomz is a free, teacher-parent communication site where teachers and parents can send messages, set up events, and share photos. This course will show a teacher how to set up an account and add classes and parents, as well as set up events and parent-teacher conferences.

     

  • Gleam

    Estimated Time: 2 Hours  |  Created By: Jessica Schoweiler

    Gleam is a marketing app designed to run competitions, capture emails, provide visual galleries, and redeem rewards. This course will focus on the components for building an online platform for running a competition, while simultaneously marketing your school district, school, or classroom.

     

  • Microsoft Outlook

    Estimated Time: 1 Hour  |  Created By: Jason Cross

    This course is a great overview of Microsoft Outlook that takes you through all of the basic features to be able to use the mail client as a way to organize your information. The course starts with setting up your email account(s) with Microsoft Outlook and then looks at how the email system functions. From there you get more in depth on ways you can utilize some of the available features to help automatically sort your emails and organize them in a way that will save you time. This course is good for anybody getting started using Microsoft Outlook and is from the perspective of a teacher looking to utilize it with their district email.

     

  • Microsoft Word

    Estimated Time: 1 Hour 30 Minutes  |  Created By: Kenny Assmus

    This course will teach you everything you’ll need to create, format and fix all of those documents, homework assignments, reports and letters. You’ll learn shortcuts, tricks and tips to save time and make your documents stand out. Microsoft Word is available for Windows and OSX and requires payment.

     

  • Classroom Application for QR Codes

    Created By: Stephanie Hamilton

    There are many classroom applications for QR codes (Quick Response codes). A QR code is a barcode that contains data that can be read by a phone's camera. Most smartphones come equipped with software that allows them to download a QR Code reader. Once you download a reader, the phone's camera acts like a scanner, allowing it to "read" the barcode. These codes, once scanned by your phone, can provide you with a URL, contact information, SMS, or similar links to information right on your phone.

     

  • Google Forms

    Estimated Time: 30 Minutes  |  Created By: Stacci Barganz

    This course will train users on how to use Google Forms, which are great for survey writing, assessments, and collecting data. This course will both train you on how to create a Google Form document and some sample ideas on why you might want to use them.

     

  • Duolingo

    Estimated Time: 1 Hour  |  Created By: Chris Lee

    Duolingo is a personal coach that is designed to help you learn a new language by making the whole process feel just like a game! Users read, listen, and speak their way to earning points and meeting their set goals. Duolingo is designed so that you can learn “anytime, anywhere” - as long as there is a connection to the internet. Teachers can also set up classrooms and track the progress of their students. This program can be played on all computer and mobile devices/tablets of any platform, and is completely free.

     

  • Kaizena

    Estimated Time: 1 Hour 30 Minutes  |  Created By: Ashley Mcbride

    Kaizena is a Website and Google Add-on that allows individuals to share documents and give feedback through text and voice options. Teachers can create shared documents for the entire class, small groups, or individual students. The program also allows the teacher to create a database of video lessons to suggest to students as a way to differentiate instruction.

     

  • GoodNotes for iOS

    Estimated Time: 1 Hour 30 Minutes  |  Created By: David Gomes

    This course will contain instruction on the different features and tools available in the note taking and PDF annotation app, GoodNotes, which is a paid app for iOS devices. This app is essential for any 1:1 classroom.

     

  • VoiceThread

    Estimated Time: 30 Minutes  |  Created By: Don Davidson

    VoiceThread™ is a fee-based interactive tool that allows users to upload media to support conversations in the Cloud on any operating system. VoiceThread™ supports instruction in a discussion that simulates a live presence creating the platform for instructor feedback, peer feedback, and collaboration.

     

  • Using Adobe Spark Video for Fundraising

    Estimated Time: 30 Minutes  |  Created By: Alyssa Tormala

    This tutorial is designed to help teachers and administrators harness the power of Adobe Spark Video as a way for students to engage more creatively with a donor audience.

     

  • Slack

    Estimated Time: 1 Hour  |  Created By: Jason Cross

    This course looks at how to utilize Slack for your school teams. Slack is a powerful organization communication tool that will help increase the overall level of communication in your school, while decreasing the amount of time people spend communicating. This course looks at everything from setting up a Slack account to using slack for your team. Slack has the power to transform the way your school collaborates and works together.

     

  • Haiku Wiki Projects

    Estimated Time: 30 Minutes  |  Created By: Stephanie Tello

    Haiku is a learning management system that allows teachers to create a digital classroom. A teacher can create a group project among different students by using WikiProjects. WikiProjects allows students to create a secure, online Haiku page where students can create and collaborate together. WikiProjects can be used as a year-long project for individual students, or as a short-term group or class project.

     

  • Recap

    Estimated Time: 30 Minutes  |  Created By: David Gomes

    Recap is a video response and reflection app available for free on computer web browsers and iOS and Android devices. It provides a secure and practical way for using video in the classroom, which allows students to respond to teacher questions by recording videos using the app. This course will contain information about the navigation and management of classes on the Recap web-browser site for teachers, and the video creation and self-assessment tools in the Recap iOS app on an iPad.

     

  • Schoolwires

    Estimated Time: 1 Hour  |  Created By: Stacie Boudrie

    Schoolwires is a mobile, web-based program for educators to communicate with students, parents, and the community. Since Schoolwires is a web-based program, you can access anywhere on any device on the internet. WIth its click-and-drag format, Schoolwires is easy to use no matter your technology skills. Schoolwires is a web-management system purchased by your district for district-wide use.

     

  • Google Hangouts

    Estimated Time: 1 Hour  |  Created By: Sonal Patel

    Google Hangouts is a free tool available on the web, as well as an app on personal devices. Hangouts allow users to communicate with anyone in the world, as well as help connect educators and their classes locally and all over the world. Google Hangouts allows users to communicate virtually via messaging, voice, and video. This course will allow for learners to become familiar with the mechanics of how to use Google Hangout.

     

  • Creating a School News Program using iMovie

    Estimated Time: 30 Minutes  |  Created By: Greg Cox

    This course will show you how to create easy, but amazing videos that can be used for multiple purposes in the classroom. This course will focus on creating a news program that any grade can use in order to share important news information with faculty, students, and the community.

     

  • Using Blogs in the Classroom

    Estimated Time: 1 Hour  |  Created By: Ashley Mcbride

    In this course, participants will be introduced to how blogging can motivate students to become more focused writers. This format can be used for one writing assignment or throughout the school year in any content area. Blogging can motivate and inspire students to reflect and share their learning experiences with others.