Professional Development Services

Services are customized to the needs of the school district and teachers, working with the district's technology plan.  All materials are written by LT Technologies, Inc. to be applicable in the classroom.  Additional workshops are listed and supported in the Resource section of this web site.  All our trainers have at least five years classroom experience. 

 

  1. Internet Integration that Improves Reading
    Current research has revealed that teachers value the Internet for personal and professional uses, yet very few teachers actually weave the Internet into classroom activities.  This workshop will share research-based Reading strategies and Internet resources based on the National Reading Panel recommendations in the areas of phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. Participants will leave with materials to help them develop the knowledge and skills they need to utilize the Internet in ways that impact their students’ reading skills.

  2. Engaged Learning:  Bring Learners to the Center of Instruction
    Engaged Learning is a framework for effective teaching and learning.  This structure provides students with the opportunity to become more responsible, strategic, and energized by their own learning.  This workshop will acquaint participants with the concept of engaged learning and how it relates to a technology-rich classroom.  Teachers will locate and evaluate engaged learning resources on the Internet for immediate use in their own classroom.

    Related workshops – WebQuests: Using the Internet for Higher-Order Thinking, Web Hunts (esheets), Assessment through Rubrics

  3. Collaborative Projects on the Internet:  Connecting Classrooms
    The Internet offers us an immediate way to collaborate with educators and students around the world through online projects.  The power of these projects comes from connecting students with a real audience.  This workshop will explore various projects for interpersonal exchange, data collection, and problem solving.  Participants will locate and evaluate projects which support their grade level standards and curriculum.

  4. WebQuests:  Using the Internet for Higher-Order Thinking
    Using Internet resources, WebQuests are designed to focus students' attention on using information rather than searching for it, and to support higher level thinking.  This workshop will examine the critical attributes of a WebQuest and what distinguishes it from other Web-based activities.  Through active participation, teachers will analyze a WebQuest from multiple perspectives.  They will then locate and evaluate existing WebQuests which support their grade level standards and curriculum.

    Related Workshops – Engaged Learning:  Bring Learners to the Center of Instruction, Assessment through Rubrics

  5. Educators' Guide to Blogs
    Using the Internet is a natural part of life for today’s youth.  In a recent study, students reported that they view the Internet as “as virtual locker, backpack, and notebook.”   Education, however, has not yet taken advantage of the new ways students communicate and access information over the Internet.  One such way is through a Blog.  This workshop explores the concept of Blogs, their educational applications and guidelines for their use. The following questions will be expored:

    • What is a Blog?

    • What kinds of Blogs are there?

    • What are the pros and cons of using Blogs?

    • How can I create my own Blog?

  6. Weaving Technology into Your Language Arts Curriculum
    Technology is integrated within the curriculum to achieve clear, measurable educational objectives.  This workshop will connect Language Arts standards to a variety of technology-based resources and tools including: online resources and projects, weblogs, theme units, concept mapping, online teacher tools, and ebooks.  Hundreds of Web sites have been organized into a literacy web that is available to workshop participants and can be shared with their colleagues back at school.

    Related workshops – Weblogs, Inspiration and Kidspiration: Visual Learning for all Students

  1. P.O.W.E.R Writing through Technology
    Technology can be an important aid for students during the writing process.  This workshop will explore how technology resources and tools can be used during each of the P.O.W.E.R steps -- prewriting, organizing, writing, editing, and revision and rewriting.   Filled with practical, real strategies to take back to the classroom, participants will leave with ideas to empower their students in the writing process.

    Related workshops – Inspiration and Kidspiration: Visual Learning for all Students, Weblogs, Assessment through Rubrics

  2. Inspiration and Kidspiration: Visual Learning for all Students
    Through visual learning techniques, students work with ideas and present information graphically to clarify thinking, reinforce understanding, integrate new knowledge, and identify misconceptions.  Three of the most popular visual learning methods: webbing, idea mapping and concept mapping can be created with this software for any content area.  Participants will have an opportunity to explore existing templates for the different curricular areas and to develop a student activity template based on the curricular topic/content area of their choice.

    Related workshops – Weaving Technology into Your Language Arts Curriculum, P.O.W.E.R Writing through Technology

  3. Microsoft Office Suite and Other Educational Software 
    In addition, two-hour after school sessions are available on any other needed software.  

 

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