Virtual Professional Learning Workshops

These one-hour sessions cover a variety of topics to enhance the teaching capabilities of educators. These workshops are designed to increase preparedness, confidence, and focus on topics of interest to aid teachers in developing creative lesson plans and novel approaches to effective engagement between instructor and student (Materials not included).

Upcoming Workshops

Thursday, August 6, 2020

How to Effectively Teach Science/STEM Using Google Classroom

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Explore the basics of Google Classroom.  The session will feature an overview of google classroom and how to create screencastify, magnetic boards and assignments.

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Digital Tools For Teaching 7th Grade Science

1:00 p.m. - 1:50 p.m.

Gain ideas to use Google Suite Tools for Education to facilitate learning with your students. See specific examples to help your students learn: How cell parts maintain an organism's homeostasis; Understand how cells are organized in an organism. (S7L2)

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Digital Tools For Teaching 8th Grade Science

3:00 p.m. - 3:50 p.m.

Gain ideas to use Google Suite Tools for Education to facilitate learning with your students. See specific examples to help your students learn: How Kinetic Energy transforms into Potential Energy (& vice versa) in a system; To construct an argument defending the types of energy transformations within a system. (S8P2)

Thursday, August 13, 2020

Linking Literature to STEM

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Learn how to connect hands-on STEM activities with children's books to engage your students!

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

K-8 Redefining Learning: Taking the Distance Out of Learning

3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

This webinar focuses on best practices and characteristics of distance learning. Teaching from a distance requires teachers to take on various roles than those to which teachers are accustom to. Participants will recognize the learning shift from disseminating information and more towards facilitating, adopting and embracing new ways and methods of learning and instruction.

Thursday, August 27, 2020

K-5 Science & Literacy Fun with Matter, Motion and Forces

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

In this session, we will investigate how hands-on explorations, children's books, and visual vocabulary can be used to foster science literacy while building a love for STEM related learning.

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

The Best Simple STEM Explorations

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Simple STEM activities are designed to be fun, interesting, and easy to do. You're kids will absolutely love doing them and they use materials that are easy to find. We'll be doing four of our favorites during this session and we encourage you to try them out as we go.  Here are the materials you need if you want to build along:

1.Colorful Creations: Skittles or M&M's, plate, cup of water

2. Shaving Cream Storminess: Shaving cream, food coloring, clear cup, water, pencil

3. How Many Changes:  2 tablets Alka-Seltzer, clear cup, water, food coloring, cooking oil.

4. My Straw Oboe, 2-3 straws (1 thicker or thinner if possible), scissors.

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

5th Grade Cells

3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Teachers will learn a variety of ways to teach cell structure and function.  Several different activities will be presented as well as way.

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

7th Grade Cells

3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Teachers will learn a variety of ways to teach cell structure and function.  Several different activities will be presented as well as way.

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Top 10 STEM

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Check out our Top 10 STEM activities in this super fun session. These are in our top 10 because they are super engaging, affordable (cheap even), and re-usable.  More importantly, these investigations rock at making 3-D connections in ways that promote student passion for and understanding of STEM endeavors and opportunities.  We'll check out each of them and do 3 or 4 of our favorites in this fast paced session.

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Virtual StarLab For Teaching 2nd Grade Earth Science

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

This Professional Learning session will direct the participants through the Georgia Standards of Excellence related to the 2nd Grade Earth Science Standards pertaining to the Moon, Planets, and Stars. The lesson will mainly teach the participants how to access and use the Virtual StarLab in explaining the apparent daily motion of the Moon, Planets and Stars. A secondary lesson for the participants will be to learn and/or review the basic material related to the Earth Science Standards.

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Virtual StarLab For Teaching 4th Grade Earth Science

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

This Professional Learning session will walk the participants through the Georgia Standards of Excellence related to the 4th Grade Earth Science Standards pertaining to the motion of the Moon as it orbits about the Earth and the physical attributes of the planets and stars. The lesson will concentrate on teaching the participants how to access and use the Virtual StarLab in explaining the motion of the Moon about the Earth and the Moon’s phases as seen from the Earth. The participants will also learn how to use the Virtual StarLab to show and demonstrate the physical attributes of the planets and stars.

Thursday, October 8, 2020

Virtual StarLab For Teaching 6th Grade Earth Science

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

This Professional Learning session will progress the participants through the Georgia Standards of Excellence related to the 6th Grade Earth Science Standards pertaining to the Moon, Planets, Stars, Galaxies, and beyond. The lesson will predominantly teach the participants how to access and use the Virtual StarLab in explaining the apparent daily motion of the Moon about the Earth and how the positions of Moon, Earth, and Sun result in Lunar and Solar Eclipses. The lesson will give the participants the skill to use the Virtual StarLab to teach their students a sense of the magnitude and scope of the Solar System within the Milky Way and the Milky Way within the known Universe.

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Science & Literacy: Fun with Matter, Motion and Forces

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

In this session, we investigate amazing hands-on activities involving matter, motion, and forces.  This will include both Simple STEM activities and more in-depth STEM Challenges.  From the Harnessing the Wind STEM Challenge, to Cornstarch Super Slime, this session will be fun, interesting, and thought provoking.

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Solarize a Classroom

3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Join us as we explore solar energy in the elementary classroom. Dive into the Science Georgia Standards of Excellence by completing science experiments incorporating solar energy. Discover the Solarize A Classroom Trailer in West Georgia and brainstorm ways to replicate the SAC Project in your area.

Thursday, December 10, 2020

Birds Nest Challenge with Literacy Piece

3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Birds build safe and secure nests out of twigs and other found things. Your challenge is to use the Engineering Design Process to plan and build a safe bird's nest with naturally found things that must hold three eggs (marbles).

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Science & Literacy: Awesome Environmental STEM Challenges

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

In this session, we will explore STEM Challenges that have an environmental slant. This will include the Smart Shower, Polluted Water, and Harnessing the Wind Challenges.  While kids love the hands-on focus, they also build environmental appreciation and literacy.

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Science & Literacy: Animals, Habitats, and Adaptations STEM Challenges

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

This session will demonstrate how STEM Challenges can be used to ignite student interest in STEM. This hands-on session will focus on STEM Challenges that can be used to investigate cool things about animals and their habitats.  If you want, you can even build along as we construct Bird Nests and Spider Webs and then explore how much water an incredible Desert Microbe can ingest.
Materials to bring if you want to build along:
String, 8-10 pipe cleaners, paper plate, leaves, sticks, marshmallow or ping pong ball, scissors, and tape.