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is a digital storage cabinet of software tools that were discussed in Tech Time Workshops.

You can scroll over and click on the links found in Ken's Kabinet and Patti's Places to find doucumentation on the linked topic. Files are available from Google Drive, SkyDrive, School Center and some in OneNote.

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Registration links for workshops found below.

Gifted Education Seminar
Location: Byron High School
Code: GES

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Required Attendance Dates:   
Tuesday June 18  10:30am - 12:30pm
Thursday June 20 10:30am - 12:30pm 
Tuesday July 16  10:30am - 12:30pm
Thursday July 18 10:30am - 12:30pm
Thursday July 25 10:30am - 12:30pm

Any staff member may participate in GES this summer. Five sessions will be offered.  Four are required (the sessions are cumulative) and 1 is optional.   The ROE and state of Illinois requires a minimum of 8 face-to-face hours of instruction.  The above 5 sessions meet these criteria.


The Illinois State Board of Education invites ALL classroom teachers to deepen their understanding of how to teach and reach gifted and talented students. This gifted seminar is a 45 hour course of study replacing the former "Gifted Education Institute." This training will be a combination of face to face participation and individual work on a USB drive that can be done at home. The training consists of the following modules: Overview and Perspectives, Knowing the Gifted, Differentiation, and Gifted Models for the classroom. Most of the training is focused on Differentiation of LEARNING HOW TO MEET THE NEEDS OF ALL STUDENTS IN YOUR CLASSROOM.


Learning Management System Part 1
Location: Byron HS Math Science Lab
Code: LMS-1
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June 18, 8:00 am - 10:00 am Part 1
June 18, 10:30 am - 12:30 Part 1 continued
July 9, 8:00 - 10:00 am Part 1

July 9, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm Part 1 continued


A learning management system (LMS) is a software application for the administration, documentation, tracking, reporting and delivery of education courses or training programs. LMS ranges from systems for managing training and educational records to software for distributing online or blended/hybrid courses over the Internet with features for online collaboration.
Part 1: Document Storage - School Center, WebLocker, Edmodo
Part 1 continued: Document Storage - SkyDrive, Dropbox


Learning Management System Part 2 and Part 3
Location: Byron HS Math Science Lab
Code: LMS-23
Click on Date to register
June 19, 8:00 am - 10:00 am Part 2 and Part 3

July 10, 8:00 am - 10:00 am Part 2 and Part 3


Part 2: After teacher documents have been stored in the cloud how does the student access the files? How does the student complete the forms, especially if they are pdf documents? What drop boxes are available for the studentst to return assignments? Will you be using student email? The student will know how to receive their email using Office 365.
Part 3: LMS Part 3 deals with the teacher grading the digital assignment and returning it back to the student.


On-Line Testing and Survey
Location: Byron HS Math Science Lab
Code: OLT

Click on Date to register
June 19, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

July 10, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm


The tools used are all great and easy ways to assess understanding, measure opinions, and explore ideas. ExamView features a user-friendly testing environment that allows you to not only publish traditional paper and computer based tests, but also Web-deliverable exams. Use the Quick Test Wizard to create an exam in less than five minutes. Poll Everywhere replaces expensive proprietary audience response hardware with standard web technology. It's the easiest way to gather live responses in any venue: conferences, presentations, classrooms. Poll Everywhere is free for audiences of 40 people or less.  Use PollDaddy to test your students with pop quizzes. Gather feedback on course work, field trips, and events from students and colleagues. Socrative has multiple ways to elicit feedback from your students. Google Drive gives great reports!


Location: Byron HS Math Science Lab
Code: CL
Click on Date to register
June 20, 8:00 am - 10:00 am

July 11, 8:00 am - 10:00 am

Collaborative learning is a method of teaching and learning in which students team together to explore a significant question or create a meaningful project. A group of students discussing a lecture or students from different schools working together over the Internet on a shared assignment are both examples of collaborative learning. We will look at Collaborative Whiteboards, like Wallwisher, SMART Extreme Collboration and GoToMeeting. We will then use SKYDrive and participate in a class collaborative exercise.


Student Portfolio
Location: Byron HS Math Science Lab
Code: SP
Click on Date to register
June 20, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

July 11, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

A student portfolio is a systematic collection of student work and related material that depicts a student's activities, accomplishments, and achievements in one or more school subjects. The collection should include evidence of student reflection and self-evaluation, guidelines for selecting the portfolio contents, and criteria for judging the quality of the work. The goal is to help students assemble portfolios that illustrate their talents, represent their writing capabilities, and tell their stories of school achievement. Learn One-Note or have the students use SMART 11 or use hyperlinking in Word or PowerPoint to create an interactive portfolio.


SMART 11.0 Basics and Screencasting
Location: Byron HS Math Science Lab
Code: SB
Click on Date to register
June 25, 8:00 am - 10:00 am

July 16, 8:00 am - 10:00 am


Familiarize yourself with SMART 11 Menu Bar, Floating Toolbar, Side Tabs. Learn how to Reveal and Erase, Screen Shade and Reveal, Identify and Label, Dual Page, Interactive and Multimedia Content, Survey the SMART Exchange for classroom activities. Create a screencast (aka vodcast) lesson for your class using SMART record software.


SMART 11.0 - Widgets, Extreme Collaboration and Responders
Location: Byron HS Math Science Lab
Code: SCR
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June 25, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

July 16, 10:30 - 12:30 pm

Find out what is new with SMART 11. Flash is being replaced with widgets. Explore the Free SMART widgets as well as the new Beta Gallery and 3D images. We will then review the use of SMART Response as well as SMART SE (Student Edition).


Student Reporting
Location: Byron HS Math Science Lab
Code: SR
Click on Date to register
June 26, 8:00 am - 10:00 am

July 17, 8:00 am - 10:00 am

July 24, 8:00 am - 10:00 am

The most dreaded word in school reading for students: book reports. Teachers assign them, viewing them as a necessary component of assessing reading comprehension. Technology can help bring some excitement and creativity to the traditional book report while still displaying students understanding of reading. Learn about various tools teachers are using in their classrooms.


Web 2 Tools
Location: Byron HS Math Science Lab
Code: W2
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June 26, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

July 17, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm


Although Web 2.0 suggests a new version of the World Wide Web, it does not refer to an update to any technical specification, but rather to cumulative changes in the ways software developers and end-users use the Web. A Web 2.0 site may allow users to interact and collaborate with each other in a social media dialogue as creators of user-generated content in a virtual community, in contrast to websites where people are limited to the passive viewing of content. Examples of Web 2.0 include social networking sites, blogs, wikis, video sharing sites, hosted services, web applications, mashups and folksonomies. Come and explore Web 2 Tools.


Presentation Tools
Location: Byron HS Math Science Lab
Code: PT
Click on Date to register
June 27, 8:00 am - 10:00 am

July 18, 8:00 am - 10:00 am

Great Free Digital Presentation Tools For Teachers To Try This Summer. A mix of web apps that can help you make presentations that are fun, eye catching, and engaging (great for students too)! For the last assignment, I want to let participants select from a list of applications we haven't tried yet. I've been searching out new ones, as well as revisiting tools I've used before or known about, and I've listed a handful here. SlideShare, ZoHoShow, Glogster, Fotobabble, Prezi, Voki, Vuvox, OhneTrueMedia, Soapbox, Sliderocket.


Social Media
Location:Byron HS Math Science Lab
Code: SM
Click on Date to register
June 27, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

July 18, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

As you think through all of the options for getting involved in social media, they probably all fall into these categories.... Social Networks :Facebook and Linkedin; Bookmarking Sites: Symbalo, Delicious, StumbleUpon, Pinterest; Media sharing : YouTube and Flickr; Microblogging :Twitter; Blogs and Forums where discussions and comments are posted.

Learn about Pinterest in the June 27th workshop from Ashley McGarry....."come explore the newest teaching resource! This online "bulletin board" has the best resources across the internet "pinned" in one place. the session will give you a brief overview of what Pinterest is, a quick tutorial of how to use it, and some quick and easy teaching ideas you can take back to your classroom and use."



Web 2 Tools - Blogging
Location: Byron HS Math Sciene Lab
Code: BL
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July 23, 8:00 am - 10:00 am

The emergence and growth of blogs in the late 1990s coincided with the advent of web publishing tools that facilitated the posting of content by non-technical users. (Previously, a knowledge of such technologies as HTML and FTP had been required to publish content on the Web.) In the workshop you will start your own blog using the tool of your choice. Explore School Center, Blogger, KidBlog or Wordpress for teacher use or for student use in your classroom.


SMART 11.0 and Independent Study
Location: HS Math Science Lab
Code: SRIS
Click on Date to register
July 23, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

July 24, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

July 25, 8:00 am - 10:00 am

July 25, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Come in for two hours and play in the " Tech Sandbox ". Use the time to complete your School Center's web pages, SMART Board, responders, Elmo, Flip Camera, and Audacity.  Become more proficient in the technology presently used in your classroom or practice using SkyDrive, Google Docs, One Note, Edmodo, QR codes, Web 2.0 Tools or any topic of interest you would like to integrate into your classroom.  Come in and get an early start on the next school ye ar