Professional Development for Teachers

iZone/iLearnNYC
Professional Learning Opportunities Catalogue
Spring 2017 (updated 3/27/2017)
iZone/iLearnNYC offers quality professional development that blends instructional practices with EdTech resources to increase student engagement and enhance pedagogical skills
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Training Locations
Court Sq: 45-18 Court Square, Room 252, Long Island City, NY
Petrides: 715 Ocean Terrace, Staten Island NY
65 Court: 65 Court Street, Room 1004, Brooklyn NY
Rockaway: 82-01 Rockaway Blvd, Room 307, Queens NY 11416
HRTC: 425 West 123rd Street, NYC NY 10027
APPA:1980 Lafayette Avenue, Bronx NY 10473
JHS 217: 85-05 144 Street, Queens, NY 11435


We Learn Through Stories: Tools for Engaging Students with Digital Storytelling
Description: Digital storytelling is a craft that uses the tools of digital technology to tell stories. This full day session will cover a variety of ways students and teachers alike can tell their own story. We will review free digital tools, copyright free resources, story-boarding sites, voice-over apps, video editing tips and publishing online. Create a digital story aligned to your curriculum standards as well as a potential model for students to replicate. Note: Attendees must bring a laptop to the Rockaway session. Agenda
Danielson Components: 1e : Designing Coherent Instruction 3c : Engaging Students in Learning
Audience: Teachers, Technology Coordinators
Time: Full Day- 8:30 am - 3:00 pm
Register for the following date: April 5 (Court Sq)

Tech Tools to Enhance Content Delivery and Student Engagement
Description: We have all heard… “I have the best digital tool for that.” The problem is finding the time to devote to learning how to use that tool. This workshop is geared towards exploring a number of digital tools that will assist in creating more engaging lessons as well as developing projects for your students. Note: Attendees must bring a laptop to Court Square. Agenda
Danielson Component: 3c: Engaging Students in Learning
Audience: Teachers, Administrators
Time: 3 hours - AM Session 8:30 am - 11:30 am
Register for one of the following dates: April 7 (Court Square) May 9th (65 Court St)

Free Digital Resources to Enhance Your Instruction
Description: Participants will explore open educational resources (OER) that can be utilized for teaching, learning, or research. Locate content like textbooks, course readings, for blended learning courses -.Agenda
Note: Attendees must bring a laptop.
Danielson Component: 3c: Engaging Students in Learning
Audience: Teachers, Technology Coordinators
Time: 3 hours - PM Session 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Register for one of the following dates: April 7 (Court Square) May 9th (65 Court St)

Tech Tools to Engage Your Parent Community
Description: Finding time to communicate with parents can be a challenge with all to do during the day. This workshop will explore different tools to engage parents and support communication around parent interaction and participation. Note: Attendees must bring a laptop to the Court Sq session.
Audience: Teachers, Parent Coordinators, Technology Coordinators
Time: 3 hours - AM Session 8:30 am - 11:30 am Agenda
Register for the following date: April 4 (HRTC)

Turning It Up with Flipped Classroom
Description: Explore characteristics that define this educational trend and dispel common myths. Examine educator stories on how they are rethinking class time to promote accessible instruction for all students. Attend this hands-on session to learn how to leverage emerging tools to support student-directed, personalized learning and develop strategies to capitalize on your time with students. Participants will also learn how to use free tools to deliver flipped instruction
You will hear from a master teacher as he shares his planning process and classroom instruction model. Then, you will design your blended classroom model that stresses collaborative group work to improve retention, discussion and higher-order thinking.
Participants will come away from the session with a firm understanding of how to use interactive resources and media to encourage student-centered learning, communication and collaboration. Bring a headset with microphone. Note: Attendees must bring a laptop to the Court Sq. session.
Audience:Recommended for Middle School and High School Teachers, Technology Coordinators
Time: 3 hours - PM Session 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm Agenda
Register for the following date:April 4 (HRTC)

Tech Tools to Engage Your ELL Students
Description: Finding tools to engage your ELL students is like finding a needle in haystack. This workshop will explore some new tools to support and differentiate instruction for ELL students. Bring your laptop to workshop. Note: Attendees must bring a laptop.
Audience: Teachers, Technology Coordinators
Time: 3 hours - AM Session - 8:30 am - 11:30 am Agenda
Register for the following date: April 6 (Court Sq)

Using iPads to promote the 4C’s: Communication, Collaboration, Critical Thinking, Creativity
Description: Are you already using iPads in your classes? New to iPads but eager to discover ways to integrate them into your teaching? In this hands-on workshop participants will explore and evaluate productivity tools, educational activities and more, using built-in and freely available applications for Apple's iPad. With the iPad, learners can collaborate, interact with experts, perform research and produce creative works! We will examine strategies for using this mobile device to transform learning. Participants must bring their own iPads.
Audience: Teachers, Technology Coordinators
Time: 3 hours - PM Session 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm Agenda
Register for the following date: April 6 (Court Sq)

Accountable Talk/Student Led Discussions: Using Technology to Increase Collaboration
Teachers experience and design discussion protocols for students aligned to the CCLS. The next step is to design discussions in which students take responsibility for participating at high levels. Participants will explore ways to infuse technology into small¬-group discussion protocols that build students’ social and emotional core competencies, executive function skills, and higher-¬order thinking skills. This workshop can also incorporate infusion of Google Apps for Education (GAFE), Microsoft 365, iCloud/Apple, and other online tools in discussions. This workshop will be designed for participants to explore how to more effectively support all learners in collaborating, including English Language Learners and Special Education students
Audience: Teachers
Time: 8:30AM-3:00PM
Register for one of the following dates: May 15 (HRTC) May 18 (Court Sq)

Web Literacy - Becoming Search Literate
Description: We live in the age of information overload which can be overwhelming at times. Therefore, it is imperative to teach students and in many instances, ourselves, how to assess information for accuracy and validity. In this workshop, learn how to “read” a web address, identify the author, see the history of the page as well as learning how to verify external links. All of these things will help you and your students become more web literate! Note: Attendees must bring a laptop to Court Sq and Rockaway locations. Agenda
Audience: Teachers, Administrators, Technology Coordinators
Danielson Component: 1a: Demonstrating Knowledge of Content and Pedagogy 1d: Demonstrating Knowledge of Resources
Time: 3 hours - AM Session 8:30 am - 11:30 am
Register for the following date: April 28 (Rockaway)

Deeper Dive with Google Drive Intermediate Level
Description: There are many benefits of using Google Drive for Education that spans far beyond apps that are created by Google. The Chrome Store is a repository for apps that have been created and function seamlessly with Google’s apps. Participants will explore extensions and add-ons for productivity and classroom integration. Participants must be familiar with Google Apps (Docs, Forms, Sheets)
Audience: Teachers and Administrators - This workshop is NOT for beginners. Agenda
Note: Attendees must bring a laptop.
Danielson Component: 3c: Engaging Students in Learning 3d :Using Assessment in Instruction
Time: 3 hours - PM Session 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Register for the following date: April 28 (Rockaway)


Technology Infused Formative Assessment: GPS for the Classroom
Description: Data collected from formative assessment is like the satellite signals that your GPS continually emit to gauge your progress. Based on the assessment, your GPS may recommend a detour or new path. Formative assessments provide the teacher with the data needed to make instructional decisions. Participants will learn and explore formative assessments across four categories: temperature gauges, breakpoint assessments, student-¬directed assessments, and comprehensive assessments. In addition, participants will design formative assessment grids to allow them to easily collect and track assessment data while moving about the room and facilitating instruction. will be exposed to a range of technology options to collect and manage formative assessment data. This workshop will be designed for participants to explore how to more effectively use formative assessment for all learners, including English Language Learners and Special Education students.
Audience: 5/10 K-6 Educators 5/17 MS/HS Educators
Register for one of the following dates: 5/10 K-6 Educators (Court Sq) 5/17 MS/HS Educators (Court Sq)

Digital Documentaries as an Instructional Practice
Description: What better way to bring history alive for students than to help them produce their own historical documentaries? Digital Documentaries is a professional development program that helps teachers inspire their students to learn about history.
This workshop is separated for MAC and PC users. Be sure to register for the operating system that your school uses. MAC requirements: iMovie Version 10.1 installed.. PC requirements: Windows Movie Maker installed.
Audience: Teachers and Technology Coordinators Agenda
Note: Attendees must bring a laptop and digital camera or cellphone with carmera to capture photos. .
Danielson Component: 1e: Designing Coherent Instruction 3c : Engaging Students in Learning
Time: Full Day Session 8:30 am - 3:00 pm
Register for one of the following dates: May 12 (Court Sq. PC ONLY) May 19 (HRTC) MAC ONLY, June 2 (MAC ONLY)
Note: This workshop is CTLE approved and the hours will be applied toward your required NYSED PD hours.

Leveraging Technology for Individual Learning Paths: Differentiating through Learning and Practice Activities
Description: Meeting the needs of all students in the classroom can be challenging for a teacher; however, technology provides powerful opportunities for differentiating instruction. Participants will explore the difference between “learning” and “practice” activities and how to use technology to provide both. Using the concept of “Zone of Proximal Development” as the target for instruction, participants will explore how to provide students with a variety of learning activities, depending on their mastery level and learning style. This workshop will be designed for participants to explore how to more effectively support all learners including, English Language Learners and Special Education students.
Time: Full Day Session 8:30AM-3:00PM
Register: May 15 (Court Sq)

Student Driven Introduction to Transformational Technology Infusion
Description: Technology should empower students. Educators will participate in hands-¬on activities focusing on using technology to empower students. Participants will use IDE Corp.’s Technology Infusion Hierarchy to explore, discuss, and reflect on how to use technology use can be considered automational or transformational (using it to accomplish that which could not be done without technology). This hierarchy is designed to represent degrees of student empowerment from automated learning activities and presentation design to cloud applications, virtual collaboration, and coding. Come design technology-dependent activities to use to support all learners, including English Language Learners and Special Education students.
Time: Full Day Session 8:30AM-3:00PM
Register for one of the following days: 5/23 (Court Sq) 6/12 (Court Sq)





After School Professional Development
Going Paperless with Google Classroom
Description: Participants will learn how to utilize Google Classroom, a free web-based platform that integrates the Google Apps for Education account with other Google Apps services, including Google Docs, Gmail, and Google Calendar. Google Classroom saves time and paper, and makes it easy to create classes, distribute assignments, communicate, and stay organized. Teachers can receive to-the-minute updates on student progress and provide direct, real-time feedback and grades right in classroom. Note: Attendees must bring a laptop.
Audience: Teachers, Technology Coordinators
Time: 3 hours - PM Session – 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm Agenda
Register for one of the following dates: April 5 (APPA) May 17 (APPA), June 7 (APPA)

Spanish Teachers After-School Professional Development
Conjuguemos and Other Free Resources
Description: Sometimes as educators we just don't have the time to individually tutor all of the students who would benefit from it. This PD will provide Spanish instructors with resources that their students can use on their own time, in class, or as assigned to review some of the more difficult to grasp concepts of our World Language classes. In order to participate educators will need a laptop and headphones.
Audience: All level Spanish Teachers
Time: 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Location: Petrides Complex, 715 Ocean Terrace, Staten Island, Building A - Room 309A
Register for the following date: March 30


Checks for Understanding and Next Steps with gSuite for Education
Description: Teachers will learn how to use Google Forms and other tools to check for understanding and use Google Classroom to help students write and track their next steps.
Audience: Teachers
Time: 3:15pm - 5:45 pm
Location: MS 217
Register for the following date: May 25