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February 2019

Elevate Digital Citizenship Through Social and Emotional Learning (Common Sense Education + EverFi)

February 21 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Allegheny Intermediate Unit, 475 East Waterfront Drive
Homestead, PA 15120 United States
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A key aspect of Digital Citizenship is thinking critically when faced with digital dilemmas. Navigating these challenges isn’t just about rules and procedures; it’s about character. Common Sense and Everfi have teamed up to share resources that help you connect challenging digital dilemmas to social and emotional skills through discussion questions, lessons, and digital tools that target key SEL skills and build students’ character.

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Introduction to Assistive Technology Making: Solder, Switches, & Stuffing

February 22 @ 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
Allegheny Intermediate Unit, 475 East Waterfront Drive
Homestead, PA 15120 United States
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This hands-on workshop hosted in partnership by the Center for Creativity and AIU Training and Consultation will introduce participants to assistive technology making skills. Participants will learn basic soldering to join wire segments and wire basic audio components for a variety of assistive technology applications. Those skills will be applied to create a mechanical switch that can be used by an individual with physical disabilities. Each participant will also switch-adapt a stuffed, electronic toy that can be used with the mechanical switch they have built. This workshop is targeted for assistive technology specialists, occupational therapists, special education teachers, and STEAM teachers interested in expanding maker opportunities into authentic special education applications!

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Make Thinking Visible in 1:1 Classrooms with Nearpod

February 28 @ 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
Allegheny Intermediate Unit, 475 East Waterfront Drive
Homestead, PA 15120 United States
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John Hattie, the author of Visible Learning, researched many factors that had an impact on student learning. He found that one of the most impactful changes a teacher can make in instruction is to provide students with quality feedback in a timely manner. Nearpod, a tool that combines presentations, assessments, guided website access, and interactions like polls, open-ended questions, and drawing enables teachers to provide feedback immediately. A teacher can easily create an entire lesson within Nearpod, and receive real-time data on student responses to quizzes, questions, drawings and polls. How often have you had to wait until you reviewed student work in the evening to then let them know the next day where they had misconceptions about the material presented. This hands-on session will include participation in a Nearpod lesson to experience the students’ perspective, and then development of your own lesson, including all of the interactive components. Be sure to bring your laptop, Chromebook, or tablet, as this will be a hands-on session.

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March 2019

Learn to Create 3D Worlds with Alice

March 1 @ 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
transformED WEST @ Montour HS, 223 Clever Rd.
McKees Rocks, 15136 United States
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This training session will teach you the basics of using Alice software and leading introductory lessons and student projects across a range of subject matters. By the end of the training, you will be comfortable building scenes, creating simple animations, and teaching programming to your students.

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Reimagining Computer Science: A Code.org Workshop for School Administrators

March 5 @ 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
Allegheny Intermediate Unit, 475 East Waterfront Drive
Homestead, PA 15120 United States
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This workshop is designed for district- and building-level administrators. In this interactive workshop, administrators will be provided an opportunity to experience Code.org's free K-12 standards-aligned computer science curriculum.

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Google for Education Level 2 Certification Coaching

March 5 @ 8:30 am - March 7 @ 3:30 pm
Allegheny Intermediate Unit, 475 East Waterfront Drive
Homestead, PA 15120 United States
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This is a three-day session designed to prepare teachers to become Google Level 2 Certified Educators. This session will prepare participants to take the exam, review the GSuite for Education (formerly known as Google Apps for Education - GAFE), and provide practical strategies for classroom application.

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Google for Education Level 1 Certification Coaching

March 11 @ 8:30 am - March 13 @ 3:30 pm
transformED WEST @ Montour HS, 223 Clever Rd.
McKees Rocks, 15136 United States
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This is a three-day session designed to prepare teachers to become Google Level 1 Certified Educators. This session will prepare participants to take the exam, review the GSuite for Education (formerly known as Google Apps for Education - GAFE), and provide practical strategies for classroom application.

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STEAM Teacher/Coordinator Role-Alike Meeting

March 13 @ 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
Allegheny Intermediate Unit, 475 East Waterfront Drive
Homestead, PA 15120 United States
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This role-alike group is designed for regional STEM/STEAM teachers and coordinators to network, share content, and build skills. Come network with other STEAM educators to learn how they are integrating STEAM / maker education / coding in their schools.

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Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation STEAM Lending Library Training

March 15 @ 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
Allegheny Intermediate Unit, 475 East Waterfront Drive
Homestead, PA 15120 United States
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Attend a crash course in our Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation STEAM Library and then borrow class sets of resources including:

Makey Makey, Hummingbird, Finch, Osmo, Beebot, Kindles, littleBits Class Kit, littleBits Gizmos & Gadgets, littleBits Smart Home, littleBits Arduino, SPECK, Robot Turtles, Puzzlets, and more!

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Iterative Design in Entertainment Technology: An Educator’s Introduction to the ETC (CMU Entertainment Technology Center)

March 18 @ 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
transformED WEST @ Montour HS, 223 Clever Rd.
McKees Rocks, 15136 United States
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Known for rapid-prototyping and collaborative project based learning, Carnegie Mellon University’s Entertainment Technology Center has been refining its approach for nearly two decades. In this day long workshop, we will explore the process behind the ETC projects (iterative design) as well as a glance behind the scenes as to how the department crafts the learning moments that push our students towards deeper learning and career readiness. Participants will share in experiences from each of our “bootcamp” semester’s courses including: Improvisational Acting, Brainstorming & Designing, Low Fidelity Prototyping, Documenting, and Pitching a Project.

PLEASE BRING A LAPTOP / OR SMART PHONE.

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Creating with iPad: Clips, Drawings, and Animating

March 21 @ 8:30 am - 11:30 am
Allegheny Intermediate Unit, 475 East Waterfront Drive
Homestead, PA 15120 United States
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Start creating with Apple iOS devices in your classes and learn how to leverage the #EveryoneCanCreate resources that are available to students. From simple, yet powerful video creation in Clips, to animating with Keynote, visualizations and publishing with ease in Pages, and LiveLoops in GarageBand, your classroom can transform into a creation space to highlight your students individual interests, skills, and needs!

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Computer Programming for the Absolute Beginner: Coding with Scratch 3.0

March 22 @ 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
transformED WEST @ Montour HS, 223 Clever Rd.
McKees Rocks, 15136 United States
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This workshop is designed for the ABSOLUTE BEGINNER! No experience in programming whatsoever is needed. Come learn how to navigate the Scratch 3.0 platform to code your own creations using the Scratch block-based coding language, share your creations with the Scratch community, and explore how to integrate this free tool in your classroom, after school program, or student club.

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Phone: 412.394.5829
Fax: 412.394.5750
Homestead, PA 15120, US
475 E. Waterfront Drive