Information Services runs various trainings throughout the year, both at the IU and at district in-services.
Check back periodically as this page is continuously being updated. We currently are scheduling teacher trainings in the following, both online and face-to-face:
Straight from the Sources Mouth: Critical Thinking with Primary Sources
Experience free and practical tips, activities, strategies, and resources that will engage your students and help transform them into historical detectives and storytellers.
The purpose of this session is to provide hands-on activities and to demonstrate how teaching with primary resources encourages a varied learning environment for teachers and students alike.
Participants will analyze photographs, historical documents, and audio and video recordings using elements form the National Archives and the Library of Congress whose vast resources are available electronically at no cost to our citizens and schools. Copyright issues will also be discussed.
Universal Design for Learning
Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is an approach that addresses and redresses the primary barrier to making expert learners of all students: inflexible, one-size-fits-all curricula that raise unintentional barriers to learning. A universally designed curriculum is designed from the outset to meet the needs of the greatest number of users, making costly, time-consuming, and after-the-fact changes to curriculum unnecessary.
Creating “Sticky” and H.E.A.T.ed Lessons and Presentations
Experience several research-based “sticky” teaching strategies and presentation techniques by exploring the use of images and how they help students make connections and create context. Learn how incorporating music to set the mood and by involving students’ senses enriches their experiences, enhances their memory, and fosters their engagement. We will discuss how small changes in pedagogy can bring lessons and activities to a higher level on Bloom’s taxonomy.
Developing a Personal Learning Network (PLN) — Tips, Tools, and Resources
PLNs provide individuals with learning and access to leaders and experts around the world bringing together communities, resources, and information impossible to access solely form within school walls.
In this workshop, participants will be introduced to and understand the interconnectedness of all elements of Standards Aligned System (SAS). Participants will learn how to navigate the SAS Portal, utilize the Teacher Tools, and access targeted resources that are standards-based, promote active engagement, and reflected best practice.
Thinkfinity: Internet Content for the Classroom features seven content websites with lesson plans, student interactive content, downloadable worksheets, links to panel-reviewed websites, and additional resources created by the nation's leading education organizations.
Discovery Education's unitedstreaming is a digital video-based learning resource. With unitedstreaming, educators gain on-demand access to 50,000 content-specific segments from 5,000 full-length educational videos.
21st Century Teaching and Learning Institute is brought to all educators by a partnership of Intermediate Unit 1, California University of Pennsylvania, and the 21st Century Teaching and Learning (formerly CFF) Coaches. All Techapalooza sessions will be hands-on and practical, giving participants ample time to explore and determine how the information learned can immediately be implemented in the classroom with students. All activities will support PA State Standard Aligned System (SAS) designed lessons.
Dates for the 2013 Techapalooza are August 5–7, 2013.
Content Collaboration Days
Technology content collaboration full-day workshops are available at various times of the year in the following subjects areas:
- Language Arts
- Physical Education
- World Languages
- Social Studies
- Technology Education and Family
- School Counselors
- Consumer Science
Interactive White Boards
We provide beginning, intermediate, and advanced trainings in the use and integration of Smart, Promethean, and Polyvision interactive white boards.
Internet Resources and Web 2.0 Tools
Sessions include introduction to the tool or tools and integration tips. Please email Stevie Kline or call her at 724-938-3241 ext. 259 for possibilities.
Pathways To Critical Thinking
Teaching With Primary Sources — National Archives and The Library of Congress.
Videoconferencing for Newbies
The what, when, why, and how of videoconferencing.
The World At Your Classroom Door
Using videoconferencing to enhance and support your curriculum.
If you are interested in any of the above or wish us to tailor a professional development session, please contact:
Kristin Van Strien
724-938-3241 ext. 244
724-938-3241 ext. 259