Teaching & Learning with Technology

2020 CLASS Conference

The LPS CLASS Conference is a yearly professional learning event that intends to provide sessions that will meet the needs of teachers still emerging in their use of technology as well as the teachers that have been teaching with it for some time. 

This summer we will be meeting together via Zoom on:

June 8th & July 8th

  • Presentations on dozens of topics!
  • Optional follow-up Q&A time. Extend the conversation!

Session One

Providing Feedback to Students in a Systematic Way with the PEN+ Model

We will practice using the PEN+ model to provide crucial feedback during the formative assessment cycle.

MyVRSpot: Uploading, Recording, and Sharing Media

Learn how to upload, record, and share content both inside and outside the walls of LPS using our preferred and supported media storage platform.

Updated Synergy Grade Book - ELEMENTARY ONLY

Synergy has enhanced the Grade Book making many requested features available to teachers. Auto saving, customizable look and feel, enhanced student profile, and new standards view are just some of the many new features available in the new Synergy grade book!

Updated Synergy Grade Book - SECONDARY ONLY

Synergy has enhanced the Grade Book making many requested features available to teachers. Auto saving, customizable look and feel, enhanced student profile, rich content, and an updated StudentVUE screen are just some of the many new features available in the new Synergy grade book!

Evaluating Online Information

Learn strategies to teach students how to decipher fact from fiction when encountering information online.

"I do, we do, you do" that voodoo that Hāpara do so well

Explore strategies for using Hāpara to guide student learning.

Independent practice with G Suite

New to G Suite? We’ll get you a checklist of the foundational skills you need, and point you towards resources for individualized learning. Bring some headphones and your curiosity.

Session Two

Google Classroom Basics

The most popular and most used classroom tool for digital classroom workflow.

Synergy Basics for Teachers

Take some time to become more comfortable in the core components of Synergy for teachers. 

Rich Content and Google Hand-in/out in Synergy - SECONDARY ONLY

Synergy now allows you to build rich, detailed assignments and integrates fully with Google. You can hand-out Google Docs, as well as have students turn in Google Docs all without leaving Synergy. 

MyVRSpot: MediaSpot and SmartSpot
(Galleries, Playlists, and Video Quizzes)

Create lessons, labs, video playlists, and interactive videos with embedded quizzes with MyVRSpot

Opportunities to Respond in Pear Deck

Bell ringers, quick checks, exit slips and other formative data, in real time!

Multi-user ebooks for Remote Learning

Learn how to locate high-quality, high-interest multi-user ebooks for your student. Perfect for remote learning!

Checks for Understanding and Immediate Feedback using Google Forms

Participants will use the platform of Google Forms to create Checks for Understanding with immediate embedded feedback.  

Session Three

Building Class Culture in a Remote Learning Environment

Ideas and strategies for building class culture in a remote learning setting.

Making Learning Visible with Google Sites

Building a web site is a creative, authentically engaging activity that allows students to show an audience what they know.

Synergy Quick Assessments

Use the “Quick Assessment” feature of Synergy Assessment to capture student responses using existing multiple choice assessments!

Synergy & Google Classroom Integration

Learn about the integration between two of the most used tools in LPS.

WeVideo

Full video editing in the cloud – WeVideo allows students and staff to collaborate on video edits and projects.

Annotate PDFs with Kami

Take document annotation to a new level with Kami.

Session Four

Connected Classrooms for in-Class and Zoom-in Students

This session outlines the technical basics of preparing for synchronous in-person & Zoom-in instruction.

Providing Feedback to Students in a Systematic Way with the PEN+ Model

We will practice using the PEN+ model to provide crucial feedback during the formative assessment cycle.

Updated Synergy Grade Book - ELEMENTARY ONLY

The Synergy Grade Book now has a refreshed look and feel. See the new features in action.

Updated Synergy Grade Book - SECONDARY ONLY

The Synergy Grade Book now has a refreshed look and feel. See the new features in action.

Feedback in G Suite (Keep, Docs, Forms, etc.)

Use G Suite tools to focus on providing (and receiving) quality feedback from students. 

Student Project Ideas for Google Slides
(that aren’t Presentations!)

If you think Google Slides is a presentation tool, you are limiting its possibilities!

Session Five

Managing Zoom Rooms for Learning

Running a well ordered Zoom room isn’t as hard as you might think!

Assessing Student Learning with Synergy Full Assessments

Learn how to wield the district’s supported tool for digital assessments.

Rich Content and Google Hand-in/out in Synergy - SECONDARY ONLY

Synergy now allows you to build rich, detailed assignments and integrates fully with Google. You can hand-out Google Docs, as well as have students turn in Google Docs all without leaving Synergy. 

Recording Audio and Creating Music Online with Soundtrap

Full audio editing in the cloud – Soundtrap allows teachers and students grades 5-12 to collaborate on audio like podcasts, voice recordings and multi-track music projects.

Checks for Understanding and Immediate Feedback using Google Forms

Participants will use the platform of Google Forms to create Checks for Understanding with immediate embedded feedback.  

Registration

Cost
There is no cost to attend the CLASS Conference sessions. You must pre-register in the professional learning catalog for each session you wish to receive credit for attending.

Do we get credit for attending?
District or Building Professional Learning hours may be available for some (or all) sessions offered at the CLASS Conference, as determined by your Principal (building) or curriculum specialist (district). Properly signing up in the professional learning catalog will help you keep track of what you attended.

District vs. Building Credit
Sessions appear in the professional learning catalog as district courses. If your Principal is offering BUILDING credit for attending, ask your office staff to convert your session credits from district to building in the catalog after you attend.

Credit hours are only available for attending the scheduled session. No credit hours are available for the follow-up Q&A time, or for viewing recordings of the sessions after they have ended.

Plans Changed?
Please be considerate of colleagues and register only for sessions you actually plan to attend, and unenroll as soon as any conflicts arise.

Build-Your-Own Schedule!
You can sign up for exactly what you need! Build the schedule that makes sense for you by registering for the sessions of your choosing. All of the sessions being offered are 1 hour in length and many of the most popular workshops will be offered multiple times during the day to allow the greatest flexibility in choosing sessions that fit your schedule. Feel free to come back and repeat sessions if it helps you learn!

Remember you are creating your own personal schedule for the day. Session leaders will not be able to look up your registrations for you. Make note of what sessions you registered for, or use the mobile app to view them. See the section at right for information on installing the Performance Matters mobile app, if you are curious.

Questions?

About sessions?
Kristi Peters (kristi@lps.org)

About the registration process?
Professional Development
at 402-436-1851

Mobile Schedule

To have access to your own schedule, you might want to install the professional learning catalog (Performance Matters) mobile app on a device that you plan to bring to the conference. To do so:

 

1. Download the app for your device:

 

2. To login, use your LPS credentials and the LPS code: 

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Preparing

Tips

If you are a new-to-LPS employee you can sign up for sessions in the professional learning catalog with a “guest” account. Bring your own laptop, but you may be limited to observing sessions, depending upon the tool and your status in the onboarding process.

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About the LPS CLASS Plan...

Rather than create a technology plan that emphasizes the “what,” LPS branded our tech plan CLASS (Connected Learning for the Achievement of Students & Staff) to articulate “why” the plan was adopted.

LPS resolves to support, train, and develop staff so that district supplied digital resources can be leveraged to extend the reach of instruction, enhance access to data and expand learning opportunities.

Registration for 2020 sessions is not yet open.​

Previously offered sessions...

Topics focus on ways the technology tools available to LPS teachers can be used in conjunction with instructional strategies your buildings may already be focusing on!

Assessing student learning with Synergy Assessments

Learn how to wield the district's supported tool for digital, summative assessments.

Personalized Learning

In this session, we will highlight examples of Personalized Learning that are occurring in LPS.

Social learning ideas in G Suite

Use digital learning protocols and G Suite features to help students co-learn.

Micro-feedback loops with Google Keep

Feedback should be timely, specific, and not take up too much of your time. Google Keep can help with that.

Engaging K-1 students with library resources on the iPad

Learn instructional strategies for using PebbleGo, Tumblebooks, and Early World of Learning on the K-1 iPads.

Visible evidence of understanding in Google Drawing

Google Drawing is not a tool for artists, it's a tool for everyone!

Supporting students with disabilities using assistive technology

Read&Write Google, Chromebook extensions, apps & websites to support reading, writing and math.

Formative feedback in Google Forms

Not just for t-shirt signups, Google Forms is a powerful tool with branching, feedback, and automatic grading - with a host of uses!

Excite readers with 24/7 access to eBooks

Improve reading performance by giving students access to high-interest self-selected books.

Feedback loops in G Suite

Use G Suite tools to focus on providing (and receiving) quality feedback from students.

Student project ideas for Google Slides (that aren’t presentations!)

If you think Google Slides is a presentation tool, you are limiting its possibilities!

G Suite foundational skills

New to G Suite? We'll get you a checklist of the skills you need, and point you towards resources for individualized learning.

Chrome & Chromebooks

Become more familiar with the Chrome browser and student Chromebooks.

Syncing Synergy & Google Classroom

Learn about the integration between two of the most used tools in LPS.

Home-school communication options in Synergy

You may not realize all of the ways Synergy allows you to communicate with parents. Find out how to simplify your life... and theirs!

Synergy Gradebook, Rubrics & Drop Box

You use it every day, but you may not know of these important options.

Making learning visible with Google Sites

Building a web site is an authentically engaging activity that allows students to show an audience what they know.

Zoom (Connect to meetings, parents, experts and more)

Zoom can connect you to other teachers and bring the world to your classroom. Learn how!

Engaging secondary students using Gale and World Book

Leverage Gale and World Book to create richer and deeper learning opportunities in your secondary classroom.

Choosing digital tools with The Matrix

Not every tool you find online is appropriate for use with students. Learn what tools LPS has investigated, and how the process works if you want them to look into a tool for your students!

Differentiated Learning Opportunities in the K-1 Classroom using iPads

Discover ways to personalize and differentiate student learning using the iPad.

Share video playlists and galleries with MyVRSpot

Create lessons, labs, and video playlists to make delivering content a breeze.

Create more opportunities to respond in Pear Deck

Bell ringers, quick checks, exit slips and other formative data, in real time!

Exploring learning resources with Destiny Discover

Explore resources for openers, closures, and engagement through this one-stop shop for resources.

Monitor Chromebook use and guide student learning with Hapara

Explore strategies for using Hapara to guide student learning.

Copyright: The questions that haunt us

Learn how to maximize use of digital and print resources in your instruction.

Fact vs. fiction: evaluating online information

Learn strategies for teaching students to critically evaluate & fact-check online information

Make recordings with MyVRSpot

Use MyVRSpot to pre-record and share lessons, labs, sub notes, and more.

Manage digital workflows with Google Classroom

The most popular and most used classroom tool for classroom workflow.

PDF annotation with Kami

Take document annotation to a new level with Kami.

Preparing

Driving directions

Room map

Session Schedule

Tips

Please bring your LPS-assigned laptop. 

If you are a new-to-LPS employee you can sign up for sessions with a “guest” account. Bring your own laptop, but you may be limited to observing sessions, depending upon the tool and your status in the onboarding process.

Lunch is NOT provided.
There is a window of time between sessions at the noon hour in which you might leave the building and visit any of the surrounding food options.

Dress in layers.
The air conditioning can be tricky in large buildings in the summer. It gets chilly sometimes!