Professional Learning Services
These are brief descriptions of the sessions and workshops that we can provide to your district.  Our sessions are designed for one to two hours and our workshops are designed for three to six hours.  Multiple days can be scheduled to cover more than one of these sessions or workshops.  We will customize and design all of our sessions to meet the exact needs of you and your district.

Our Taxonomy
Over our many years of delivering professional development and infusing technology into our own classrooms, we have always felt that there needed to be developed a way for teachers to determine their cognitive level of technology integration.  After much research and evaluation of non-technology specific taxonomies, we’ve developed this revolutionary model of technology infusion from the perspective of learner cognition.

As you follow the taxonomy from top to bottom, two tracks of increasingly higher level thinking and integration skills are occurring.  As a result of the increasing expectation of student independence, students will operate at higher degrees of cognition both from in their analysis of content and appropriate technology use.
Look for more from EdTechInnovators as we further develop our taxonomy model and implementation.
Be sure to visit our Taxonomy Wiki.



Our Sessions
Integrating Technology into the Classroom
The National Education Technology Standards for Students (NETS-S) provide a map for what 21st century students should be able to do.  This session will demonstrate how teachers can effectively integrate technology seamlessly into the science classroom.  From the one computer classroom to a 1:1 situation, you will see how to make use of different technologies.  We will share some best practices and handouts with ideas.  

Digitizing the Classroom – Prepare Students for the Global Society
Today’s students are innovative and understand how to communicate and collaborate in their personal lives.  This session will show you how to capitalize on these characteristics and bring your classroom into the 21st century putting your curriculum into students’ hands the way they live their lives.  Students already have the toys, come see how to put them to use.

Wikis for Students and Teachers
Hands On!  Come and set up your wiki.  You will learn how to create and maintain a wiki including adding images, links, and audio.  Return to your classroom with a resource already in place to be used with your science curriculum and instructional strategies.

Podcasting for Students and Teachers
Hands On! Come and create your own Podcasts, learn the details of publishing and subscribing to Podcasts, and gain new ideas for how to use Podcasting in your classroom.  Participants will create a podcast and post it to a wiki during this session.

Student Voices on Technology
Teachers will be joined virtually by their students to discuss and demonstrate best practices on using technology in the science classroom.  Take a peak into what students think about the use of technology in the classroom.   During the discussion, panelists will:  explore the current research on technology in education; demonstrate how to create tech savvy opportunities with limited resources; and explain the impact technology has on teaching and learning.  This session will include Q&A of both teachers and students.  

Emerging Technologies in the Classroom
Hands On!  Web 2.0 provides many opportunities to transform the digital learning environment.  This session will explore how to use the latest web 2.0 tools available including Google Docs, del.icio.us, and more.    Participants will have the opportunity to get involved from the student perspective.

Using Technology to Break the Traditional Mold of a Laboratory Report
Do your students write lab reports? We will show you how to use technology with students that will change the face of the traditional science lab report.  Research and problem solving are important skills students learn in science.  Using technology alongside these activities turns them into 21st century skills.

Creativity and Innovation in Schools
Inspired by the ISTE Standards for Students, see how students and teachers use technology as a part of their learning and teaching.  A technology-enriched environment leads to better learning.


Our Workshops
The How-To Workshop for New Technologies
Our classroom goals include problem solving, collaborating and communicating.  Students can interact with their peers, teacher, and students from other schools using the latest online tools.  This workshop consists of 3 mini-sessions:  Wikis, Blogging and Web 2.0 apps.  Participants will set up and explore each of these technologies.  Leave with a toolbox ready to implement in your classroom. Don’t forget to Bring your own Computer for this session.

Technology-based Science
Traditional lab reports consist of typed or hand-written documentation of data, results and analysis of laboratory investigations.  Participants will learn how to use emergent technologies with students that make laboratory analysis and delivery of results more meaningful through enhancing their communication skills and working collaboratively with their peers.  Participants will learn how to use Powerpoint, Inspiration, iMovie / MovieMaker, and Notebook to create digital laboratory write-ups for their science classrooms.  We will show participants how to tie their content, curriculum and technology together in meaningful ways that allow them to address both science standards and technology standards.