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July 16th - Recorded Sessions

Welcome to day 2 of the Virtual Summer Learning Event.   All sessions for today are listed below.  Feel free to watch the ones that interest you and share the links with anyone you know.  We hope you find something you can use when we get back to school.  If you missed Matt Miller's sessions yesterday be sure to click the link to the right (computer) or below (on your phone) to catch up on what he shared via the recorded videos on the page.


CPE Credit Request Information

CPE credit will be granted for "attending" the virtual event sessions from July 15th - 17th only if you complete this tracker form and submit it through Eduphoria.  While some sessions are less than 1 hour in time, we expect you will take time to practice or explore the things you learned about in the session, so all sessions receive 1 hour credit.

The Microsoft InterActive Class

Joe and Kristin Merrill - Elementary Teachers - Naples Florida

Joe and Kristin are authors of a new book called The Interactive Class.  They both are amazing about sharing and helping teachers learn to implement creative learning activities in their classrooms. The book applies practical ideas that can be recreated in any classroom.  Practicing teachers who can relate to the realities of a classroom today, you won't be disappointed checking out this introduction to some of their favorite things.  


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Are you looking for ways to make teaching and learning more interactive in your classroom? Are you feeling overwhelmed with integrating technology into your standards? Now, there is an answer - The InterACTIVE Class book - and it even comes with explained lessons that you can implement immediately!In this practical and idea-packed book, coauthors, classroom teachers, and edtech experts Joe and Kristin Merrill share their personal framework for teaching.
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An Intro to Trauma Informed Instruction

Lisa Lantz - SSISD Counselor

Learning Objectives

  • What is trauma?  What are ACEs?
  • What impact does trauma have?
  • What is the connection between trauma, brain development and behaviors in the classroom?
  • How does being trauma informed Change my perception of my students?


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Virtually Connected - 5 Ways to Connect Virtually

Jeni Long and Sallee Clark - Eagle Mountain Saginaw ISD Instructional Technology Trainers

5 ways to connect virtually 

  • Student to student
  • On-going video pals
  • Classroom to classroom
  • Expert connections
  • Virtual fieldtrips


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SEL101 Foundations for Developing Social Emotional Learning

Shara Roden - SSISD Counselor

Academic Instruction + SEL = holistic package

  • SEL is not separate from academics and instruction
  • Integral and interdependent with quality teaching and learning
  • Infusing SEL across academic content is foundational to your teaching practice
  • SEL improves college prep and workforce readiness


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Wakelet in the Library 

Deborah Zeman - Coppell High School Library Media Specialist

Wakelet is an amazing content curation tool that is simple to use. The beauty lies in the flexibility of uses that educators have found for this tool.  Deborah shares her perspective as a Library Media specialist and the various ideas she has seen and put in place for her library work.


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Just Loom It

Shelby Gibson - SSISD Library Media Specialist

We apologize about the sound issue at about the 4 minute mark, due to time restrictions we still wanted to share the video.  We have other videos we will release in the coming weeks that go more in depth on Loom for those that need it.


Pump up your distance learning platform with

Connecting with students during these times is crucial.  Using a screen recording platform, such as is a fabulous way to continue with a sense of normalcy.


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Breaking Down the Four C's - Communication

Janelle Safford, Alyssa Butler, Christi Hartsell - SSISD Innovative Learning Specialists

Communication, Collaboration, Critical Thinking, and Creativity are essential to 21st century learning and preparing kids for their future.  Explore how to use the tools teachers and students have available within the district to build these skills and create student centered learning activities.


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Virtual Build-A-Board Workshop

Janelle Safford - SSISD Innovative Learning Specialist

Have you ever wanted to learn how to create interactive choice boards in PowerPoint?  Janelle shares the process of designing boards you can use as templates and helps explain the thought process behind the various components of the board.  This session is packed with helpful ideas that you won't want to miss.


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