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Congratulations staff members for getting Google Certified Educator Level 1

Individuals who have achieved this certification may publicize their status with their personalized certificate and badge. Always label your status with the achieved level: Google Certified Educator Level 1. This certification is valid for 24 months.

 

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Part of every educator’s job is figuring out what content to share with students and video is no different. In this capacity, teachers become curators of videos, finding quality content that can be used for a particular purpose

Educators can curate videos on their own, looking for either instructional or supplemental content distinguishing the gold from the garbage. For time-strapped teachers looking for help with curation, here are some strategies and tips to help identify and evaluate videos without spending endless hours online.

 

 

SITES THAT CURATE EDUCATIONAL VIDEOS

First, check out videos that have already been curated. Doing a blind search for videos related to “biology” yields hundreds of thousands of links, but the quality of the content varies widely. The best place to start is by exploring a site that’s done some of the work for you – a site dedicated to curating educational content. This makes it possible to more quickly identify the best content available online.

Youtube.com/Teachers saves time by identifying and organizing educational content aligned with the Common Core State Standards. Teachers can search by subject area - language arts, math, science and social studies, or by grade level - elementary, middle school and high school.

 

EduTube.org is an educational video search platform with helpful indexes that measure popularity, ranking and educational value. The objective is to create a more effective way to search YouTube videos for specific content.

BackPack.TV is a video curation site that partners with teachers to find quality video content. The result is a user-friendly site where teachers and students can search a large collection of curated videos by subject, playlist or textbooks. Several of the featured schools include popular video collections like Khan Academy, a growing collection of video tutorials about math, science, humanities and art concepts; 60 Second Recap, featuring quick, highenergy summaries and overviews of popular novels; Bozeman Biology, a high school biology teacher’s video site explaining and demonstrating concepts; and PatrickJMT, supplemental math videos designed to enhance great teaching.

 

 Megabyte Partnering Districts 2017-2018

 Edinburg CISD, Lyford CISD, McAllen ISD,Mission CISD,

Raymondville ISD, Sharyland ISD, Valley View ISD

 

Webinars STEM Google Utech
Workshops Onsite Cafe SxS

 

Workshop
Region One MEGAbyte Services

 

Instructional Technology Workshops @ Region One ESC
September 27, 2018 98808 Project-Based Learning Overview (PBL 101)
October 4, 2018 98611 Digital Citizenship & Social Media in the Classroom
October 11, 2018 98810 STEM and Robotics for K-12
November 1, 2018 98767 Building the Online Modules for a Blended Learning Classroom
November 13, 2018 98601 EdTech Trends and Tools for the Digital Learning Classroom
November 28, 2018 98812 STEM and Coding for K-12
December 12, 2018 98614 Augmented & Virtual Reality in the Classroom
January 16, 2019 98615 Blended Learning for Differentiation
February 12, 2019 98616 Technology Tools for Project Based Learning
February 28, 2019 98815 Gamifying the STEM Classroom with BreakoutEDU
March 6, 2019 98817 Design Thinking with STEM Tools
April 16, 2019  99338 Using Design Thinking in the Blended Learning Classroom

 

 

Instructional Technology Workshops @ Brownsville
October 3, 2018 98809 Project-Based Learning Overview (PBL 101)
October 11, 2018 98612 Digital Citizenship & Social Media in the Classroom
October 17, 2018 98811 STEM and Robotics for K-12
November 6, 2018 98773 Building the Online Modules for a Blended Learning Classroom
November 14, 2018 98610 EdTech Trends and Tools for the Digital Learning Classroom
November 29, 2018 98813 STEM and Coding for K-12
December 13, 2018 98613  Augmented & Virtual Reality in the Classroom
January 17, 2019 98617  Blended Learning for Differentiation
February 13, 2019 98618  Technology Tools for Project Based Learning
March 5, 2019 98816  Gamifying the STEM Classroom with BreakoutEDU
March 7, 2019 98818  Design Thinking with STEM Tools
April 18, 2019 99342  Using Design Thinking the Blended Learning Classroom

 

 

Google Educator Certification
October 30-31, 2018 98197 Google Educator Level 1 Certification - Fall 2018
Nov. 30-Dec. 1, 2018 98426 Google Educator Level 2 Certification - Fall 2018
January 25-26, 2019 98500 Google Educator Level 1 Certification - Spring 2019
March 22-23, 2019 98507 Google Educator Level 2 Certification - Spring 2019
June 5-6, 2019 98502 Google Educator Level 1 Certification - Summer 2019
July 24-25, 2019 98495 Google Educator Level 2 Certification - Summer 2019

 

 

Microsoft Innovator Educator (MIE) Certification
October 25, 2018 98525 Microsoft Innovator Educator Certification- Fall 2018
February 15, 2019 98527 Microsoft Innovator Educator Certification- Spring 2019
June 15, 2019 98533 Microsoft Innovator Educator Certification- Summer 2019

 

 

CONFERENCES
November 8, 2018 83260 UTechMDC18 - Free Registration for Megabyte Districts
February 21-22, 2019   STEM Summit- 50% off Registration for Megabyte Districts
April 5, 2019 86249 SbyS Tech- 50% off Student Registration for Megabyte Districts
May 20 - 22, 2019   Region One ESC Technology Conference

 

 

EDTECH Trends
    Coming Soon

 

 

Blended Learning Educator Certification
     Coming Soon
     

 

 

 

OFFERED ON SITE FOR MEGABYTE DISTRICT staff development days and conferences

Microsoft Innovator Educator
#BreakOutEDU Room
Makerspace Stations
EVENTZEE game

 

 

FREE tools to integrate during presentations along with a short description:

  • TodaysMeet – Create your own room to where people can respond to a question or reflect in 140 characters. This is a great tool to use for a backchannel.
  • Tozzl – Take your backchannel to a new level! People can respond via text, videos, images, and documents. You can even integrate a Twitter hash tag.
  • AnswerGarden – My new favorite tool! Use it for real time audience participation, online brainstorming and classroom feedback.  Responses can only be 20 or 40 characters.
  • Mentimeter – Move over Poll Everywhere. Mentimeter is a great tool that allows you to poll your audience in a variety of ways. You can even create a presentation that has multiple polls.
  • Tackk – Collaborate, discuss, and create all on one interactive platform. Over 300 apps can be embedded making it a great platform for app smashing. Be sure to check out Tackk in the classroom.
  • Padlet – A long time favorite of mine, which allows participants to respond using virtual Post-It notes. The beauty of this tool is that within each board responses can be text, video, images, or attached documents.
  • Lino – An online web sticky note service that can be used to post memos, to-do lists, ideas, and photos anywhere on an online web canvas that is similar to Padlet
  • Kahoot – A fan favorite of educators around the world. It is a free game-based learning platform that not only gives everyone a voice, but also provides a fun way to do it.
  • ProConIt – Gather and organize opinions on any topic while engaging your audience. This is a great tool to formatively evaluate just about anything.
  • FlipGrid (NOT free) – You need to pay a little for this one, but oh is it worth it. Create grids of questions or topics using text or video and share your questions with whomever you like. Your audience then responds with recorded videos.

  

 

Paperless Workflow For Teachers Using Google Drive Set up student Gmail Students create and share a folder with the teacher in Google Drive from edudemic.com
 

GP4E - (Google Play For Education)
Teaching with Play for Education (videos), explore ways in which teachers are using GP4E in a digital classroom. 
 
Chrome Pilot Central
 Chrome Tips, a presentation (which includes videos, explanations, and guides for using the Chromebook) and other shortcuts and helpful tips for you and your Chromebook Classroom.  
 
"Managing Your Classroom" link next to the Chrome Tips page for some best practices on how to use devices in your classroom.
 
 
Work Faster
Top 10 ways to use Google Apps to go paperless. Reduce printing expenses and share more easily by moving your organization's tasks and processes online.
 
 
 

 

 

STAFF RESOURCES: coming soon!

Google Apps Release Calendar: Check out the What's New in Google Apps Newsletter

Google Training Center: Guided training paths just for educators

 

STAFF QUICK LINKS: coming soon!

 

STAFF OTHER RESOURCES:

 

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