Professional Development System

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PDS Virtual Conference- Friday, April 24, 2020

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Seesaw 101
Jodi Hebert, D.C. Virgo Preparatory Academy
Participants will learn all about Seesaw and how it empowers students of any age to independently document what they are learning through photos, videos or other digital creations. In this session, participants will experience Seesaw from a student perspective, explore classroom ideas and examples, and learn how to set up your class and access more resources. This session is intended for Seesaw beginners.
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Kick your Digital Feedback Up a Notch with Classkick!
Allyson Wiggs, New Hanover County Schools
Classkick is an app and web-based instructional tool that allows teachers to quickly assess and communicate with students digitally. Through this platform, students receive timely feedback from both their teachers and their peers directly on their computer or tablet screen. Learn how to implement Classkick and provide feedback as both a student and a teacher through this presentation. This session will target grades 3-12.
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Embracing Google Classroom
Emily Sobul, UNCW
Google Classroom was designed with the teacher in mind and is a significant part of the Google for Education suite. Learn how to make the best out of virtual instruction by using the Google Classroom as your learning management system. This session is intended for Google Classroom beginners and will start with the basics of creating a class and move through the different ways you can use the platform with your students effectively.
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Classroom Makeover: Integrating Digital Tools to Transform Instruction
Lindsey Evans, Brunswick County Schools
Are you looking for new and creative ways to integrate digital tools into your curriculum? Discover quick and easy ways to transform the traditional classroom into a student-centered learning environment by exploring digital tools that foster communication, collaboration, creativity, critical thinking, and assessment. This session will target grades 3-8.
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STEM for All!  Incorporating Project-Based Learning in a Virtual Environment
Carrie Brewington and Denise Hunt, UNC Pembroke NTSP
In this session, participants will use STEM resources to support project-based learning that can be used in a synchronous and asynchronous learning environment. Participants will explore choice boards, extended activities, and discussion platforms to enhance their virtual experience. Teachers in all content areas are welcome to participate and can benefit from the interdisciplinary nature of STEM experiences.
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Becoming a Meddler-in-the-Middle
Dr. Brian Housand, UNCW
Rather than being a Sage-on-the-Stage or a Guide-on-the-Side let’s instead strive to become the Meddler-in-the-Middle. Rather than rushing in to save students with the right answer, the Meddler-in-the-Middle intentionally creates puzzling situations to stretch students’ thinking. Come experience a collection of activities designed to promote meddling, curiosity, risk-taking, and creativity in you and your students.
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A Recipe for Success: Ideas for Increasing (Online) Student Engagement
Dr. Traci Bellas, UNCW
Our students are dealing with many distractions as they transition to their new “classroom”. If you want students to be interested, committed, and willing to devote their time to online learning, you cannot avoid the importance of stimulating excitement. This session will provide participants with some “ingredients” for serving up engaging interactions with your elementary students.
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Digging Deeper into Seesaw
Jodi Hebert, D.C. Virgo Preparatory Academy
Participants will learn even more about Seesaw and how to navigate as a teacher to support distance learning. In this session, participants will learn to create and assign activities and other work, give feedback, enable the class blog, and maximize family connections. This session is intended for advanced users.
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Ten Tips for Providing Effective Feedback to Improve Learning
Jami Graham, UNC Pembroke NTSP
This session is designed to support teachers in examining ten research-based strategies that support the positive relationship between the use of quality feedback and the learning process. Participants will engage in meaningful activities that will guide them toward successful implementation of a formative assessment process that includes descriptive, timely, and individualized feedback to their students. 
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Google Classroom, Phase 2
Erin Green, Pender County Schools
You have your classes all set up with your students and are posting assignments, so what's next? This session will show you tips for organizing and using Google Classroom efficiently in an attempt to make your life and your students' lives a little bit easier. Please come with any questions you have about Google Classroom and/or tips to share with others, too. This session is intended for advanced users.
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Virtual Tools for Teaching K-5 Mathematics
Dr. Tracy Hargrove, UNCW and Maggie Guggenheimer, UNCW
This session introduces participants to a variety of online tools for teaching math at the elementary level. Ways in which these tools can be used to connect math to other areas of the curriculum will be discussed. Whether your classroom is face-to-face or online, these free tools will make learning math more engaging for students.
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Voices of the World in Your (Virtual) Classroom 
Dr. Amy Garrett Dikkers, UNCW
As much as we may wish we could take our students and ourselves all over the world, that is rarely an option, and definitely isn’t an option in our current circumstances. This presentation introduces you to tools you can utilize to bring voices of the world to your classrooms. Participants will walk away with multiple resources and ideas of how to bring the world to their students! 
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Video Booktalking (for, with and by) Students!
Dr. Denise Ousley, UNCW
This session will share tips for creating 2-minute video booktalks. Guidelines will be appropriate for teachers and/or students to share favorite titles. Participants should come to the session with a few favorite books to share for practice!
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Math, Relationships & Remote Teaching
Ashley Wall and Bailey Hall, New Hanover County Schools
This break out session will focus on what two high school math teachers are doing to finish up the school year at home. We will be diving into what a "new" normal week looks like and how relationships are more important than ever.
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Supporting English Language Learners in an Online Environment
Dr. Eleni Pappamihiel, UNCW
In this session participants will explore ways that they can continue to support ELs in their classes. We’ll focus on online resources that are interactive and flexible.
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Fostering Discussions Online
Danielle Talbert, New Hanover County Schools
In this breakout session, teachers will explore free options available for engaging students in synchronous and asynchronous discussions online. Teachers will also learn about techniques and tips for structuring these discussions to optimize student learning and encourage student to student participation in 6-12 classrooms.
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Promoting Mathematical Understanding in Online Environments
Dr. Shelby Morge, UNCW
In this session, we will review, participate in, and discuss strategies to engage students in meaningful learning of mathematics in an online environment. Through individual and collaborative experiences, you will develop strategies for promoting students’ abilities to make sense of mathematical ideas and reason mathematically using interactive applets and available features of collaboration tools such as Zoom.
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Working Toward Creating Meaningful Instruction for Exceptional Children in an Online Learning Environment
Dr. Alicia Brophy-Dick, Sampson County Schools
In this presentation, tools and strategies to help support the online learning of students with disabilities will be provided. A variety of online resources will be discussed, in addition to sharing up-to-date information from the EC Division of NCDPI.
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E2 = Equity during the Epidemic
Angela Hill, Fayetteville State University NTSP
Equity in education means that personal or social circumstances are not obstacles to students when accessing instruction and achieving their educational potential. Educators are committed to ensuring that each student receives a quality education, but how does this look during an epidemic like the one we are currently experiencing? During this session, we will discuss the challenges that face each of us in preparing equitable experiences for our students and we will have a chance to share and explore solutions taking place across the nation. 
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STEM Education Teaching and Learning in Our World Today and Tomorrow
Michelle Hafey, UNCW CESTEM
Explore technology resources that engage your students in STEM topics online. Consider the integration of STEM Education within multiple disciplines. Envision possibilities for STEM Education implementation now and in the future!
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Literacy Tools to Enhance Remote Learning
Kassidy Barratt, New Hanover County Schools
This session will focus on utilizing Epic!, Flocabulary, and Readworks to enhance your K-5 virtual classroom. These resources enhance student engagement, offer easy assigning options, and provide the opportunity to give meaningful feedback. 
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PDS Virtual Conference- Friday, April 3, 2020

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Promoting Mathematical Understanding in Online Environments
Dr. Shelby Morge, UNCW
In this session, we will review, participate in, and discuss strategies to engage students in meaningful learning of mathematics in an online environment. Through individual and collaborative experiences, you will develop strategies for promoting students’ abilities to make sense of mathematical ideas and reason mathematically using interactive applets and available features of collaboration tools such as Zoom.
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Digital Authentic Assessments: Brown Bag Exam in a Distance Classroom
Dr. Denise Ousley Exum, UNCW
This presentation will give teachers a chance to practice transferring the Brown Bag Exam (an authentic assessment activity) to the distance classroom. It will serve as one example in a discussion of broader strategies for moving similar authentic assessments online.
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Early Literacy: From School to Home and Back Again
Dr. Kathy Fox, UNCW
School to home literacy has never been in the spotlight as in our recent two disasters, Hurricane Florence and the current COVID-19 crisis. This session focuses on simple literacy activities for children to do with family members in the home. The work mimics your classroom practices but give you, the early childhood teacher, culturally relevant information about your families and community. Teaching tools will be available when the session is completed.
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Getting 9-12 Students to Engage
Dr. Jeff Ertzberger, UNCW
In this session we will share different ideas and tools for engaging 9-12 students in an online environment. The session will create a shared document of tools and strategies to use. All participants will have access to the resources document when the session is completed.
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Seesaw 101
Jodi Hebert, D.C. Virgo Preparatory Academy
Participants will learn all about Seesaw and how it empowers students of any age to independently document what they are learning through photos, videos or other digital creations. In this session, participants will experience Seesaw from a student perspective, explore classroom ideas and examples, and learn how to set up their class and access more resources.
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Virtual Tools for Teaching K-2 Mathematics
Dr. Tracy Hargrove, UNCW
This session introduces participants to a variety of tools for teaching math at the K-2 level. Ways in which these tools can be used to connect math to other areas of the curriculum will be discussed. Whether your classroom is face-to-face or online, these free tools will make learning math more engaging for students.
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Inquiry-based Learning Online
Dr. Donyell Roseboro, UNCW
In this session participants will explore virtual field trips and other inquiry-based learning possibilities. We will practice creating standards-based activities and assessment rubrics. By the end of the workshop, participants should be able to design their own inquiry-based activities using online resources.
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Using Zoom for Class: Tips, Strategies, and Lessons Learned
Dr. Amy Garrett Dikkers, UNCW
This session provides a general overview of Zoom as a synchronous classroom space, with simple strategies to get started, different pedagogies used, and tips and tricks. I will also discuss ways to make your classroom space more secure.
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How to be an Effective Online Practitioner – AKA – How to Survive the Next 6(+) Weeks!
Erin Green, Pender County Schools
Jessica Eliot, New Hanover County Schools

This session will quickly get down to the nitty gritty and give you tips to maintain connections with your students, provided meaningful learning, and maintain your own sanity!
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Embracing Google Classroom
Emily Sobul, UNCW
Google Classroom was designed with the teacher in mind and is a significant part of the Google for Education suite. Learn how to make the best out of virtual instruction by using the Google Classroom as your learning management system. This session will start with the basics of creating a class and move through the different ways you can use the platform with your students effectively.
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Escaping Quarantine through Authentic Literacy: Pen Pal Schools
Courtney Townsend, UNCW
During this time of isolation from the classroom, Pen Pal Schools offers the ability for our students to learn and connect with others from around the world. Critical thinking skills are put into action as students read, comprehend, and respond to pre-selected topic guides and question stems.  This session will explore teacher and student usage of Pen Pal Schools and demonstrate how you can make this possible for your students.
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Virtual Tools for Teaching 3-5 Mathematics
Maggie Guggenheimer, UNCW
This session introduces participants to a variety of online tools for teaching math at the 3-5 level. Ways in which these tools can be used to connect math to other areas of the curriculum will be discussed. Whether your classroom is face-to-face or online, these free tools will make learning math more engaging for students.
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