Summer Professional Development Opportunities

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Chromebooks in the Cloud Classroom

Bring the Cloud to your Classroom! This Professional Development is designed to help educators effectively integrate Chromebooks and Cloud tools into a project-based educational framework. Participants gain experience using Chromebooks, evaluating online tools for educational use, and exploring strategies for teaching with this technology. This hybrid course has two in person sessions and weekly online discussions and assignments The in person sessions of this course will be taught using Chromebooks. We have a limited number available for you to use. If you have access to a Chromebook, you are welcome to use it in class.

Elementary Session

Dates: July 6 and 20, 2016

Time: 9:00 am to 1:00 pm

Secondary Session

Dates: August 10, 2016

Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

The Connected Educator: Developing your Professional Learning Network

This four-week hybrid course helps teachers tap the educational potential of social media tools for your professional development and use in your classroom. Participants will learn how tools like Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Google +, Facebook, and more can be incorporated into your Professional Learning Network (PLN). Along the way, participants will explore strategies for using social media tools to challenge and engage students, as well as improve parent-student-teacher communication. In addition to class time, participants will also have weekly online discussions and assignments.

Dates: August 2, 9, 23, and 30

Time: 4:30 – 6:30 p.m

Multimedia Projects with iPads for Elementary Teachers

The iPad’s powerful collection of multimedia tools provide new and innovative ways for students to demonstrate learning through creative and motivating projects. This professional development is designed to help elementary educators effectively integrate this technology into a project-based educational framework. Participants will learn to utilize the iPad to plan, teach, manage and evaluate a variety of student created multimedia projects tied to the core curriculum.

Dates: July 7 and 21, 2016

Time: 9:00 am to 1:00 pm

Online Google Tools (Google Apps for Education)

This courses introduces teachers to Google Apps for Education which is available for students in grades 3-12. Google Apps for Education (GAFE) is a suite of secure web-based and collaborative applications that includes Documents, Slides, Sheets, Forms and Classroom. It allows students and teachers to work and learn together anytime, anywhere, and on any device. GAFE is hosted by Google, and is managed by Jordan School District. When students log into their school google account, they are seamlessly connected to the GAFE suite of productivity and collaboration tools.

The first class session will be taught in the ASB Computer Lab to introduce you to Jordan District’s Canvas online learning system.

Elementary Session

Date: July 6, 2016

Time: 2:00 pm

Secondary Session

Date: August 3, 2016

Time: 10:00 am

Utah Online Library: Preschool/Elementary

This 6 week online class is designed to help preschool and elementary teachers and library media specialists effectively use the wealth of information resources in Utah’s Online Library (formerly Pioneer Library) to enrich their teaching and students’ learning. The course guides participants through using the many databases of newspapers, journals and magazines as well as encyclopedias, videos, music collections and more. Each week participants add on to a resource list, as well as explore project-based learning activities and effective research strategies that ensure students benefit from the Online Library’s resources as well. The course weekly start day is Wednesday and all weekly assignments and discussions are due the following Wednesday at 11:59 pm. The materials are available for review starting on the Thursday before the due date.

We meet in the ASB Computer Lab.

Date: August 3, 2016

Time: 9:00 am to 11:0 am to introduce the course outline.

Digital Citizenship for Secondary Educators

In this course participants will learn what digital citizenship is, how to teach students to be responsible digital citizens, and how to talk with students openly about cyberbullying and other potential pitfalls of social media. Participants will learn the how to model digital citizenship and develop tools and lessons to use with students of all ages.

Date: August 3, 2016

Time: 1:00-2:00 pm

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Posted on is hosting no-cost workshops for K-6 educators interested in teaching computer science. Workshop will cover beginning courses and offer supplies needed to teach them.

What’s in this workshop? In-person instruction from an experienced computer science facilitator, including an intro to computer science, pedagogy, overview of the online curriculum, teacher dashboard, and strategies for teaching “unplugged” classroom activities.

What you’ll receive (at no cost) • Printed curriculum guide • Certificate of completion • Classroom supplies for the unplugged lessons • Fun swag

Where to register:  Register in JPLS.  Classes are filling fast.
Location of workshops:  ASB.  Check JPLS for room number.
Cost:  Free
Instructor:  Camille Cole, certified instructor

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Google Classroom-Getting Started

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classroomAre you looking to get started with Google Classroom or just wanting to learn a bit more about it?

Classroom is available to anyone with Google Apps for Education, a free suite of productivity tools including Docs, Drive, and Gmail (for grades 7-12)

Get started with Classroom

You will need to provide your students with their email address so they can log into Google and join your class.

Note:  Many features are unavailable for grades 3-6 such as sending/receiving email (including from teacher), chat, Google sites, and more.

You must be logged into your Jordan District Email address to access the following documents.

Student email addresses:
The documents listed below provide step-by-step instructions on how to locate student JSD email addresses.

Create your class in Google Classroom

How students join your Google Classroom

Each Google classroom has a unique code.  Students join a class by entering that code.  The following document shows how this is done.

Google Support Page for Google Classroom

Contact your Curriculum Technology Specialist for help.
We can provide in-services on Google Classroom, attend a PLC to help, or just answer a question.
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Professional Development Classes for Elementary Teachers

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Google Apps for EducarionRegister now for Professional Development classes for elementary teachers.  Classes are offered cafeteria style: take whichever class or classes you would like.  Register in JPLS. Search for “Elementary: Google Classes” or “Elementary: iPad Classes“.

Location: PDC Computer Lab, Room 112.
Time: 4:30-6:30 pm
Dates:  Listed below


  • Oct 7:    Google Drive and Docs
  • Oct 20:  Google Sheets and Forms
  • Oct 21:  Google Docs Addons, Tips & Tricks
  • Oct 22:  Google Classroom
  • Oct 29:  Google Slides and Drawing


  • Nov 3:   Google Sites
  • Nov 4:   Chrome Extensions
  • Nov 5:   One iPad Classroom
  • Nov 18: Google Drive and Docs
  • Nov 19: Google Sheets and Forms


  • Dec 1:  Google Classroom
  • Dec 2:  Google Sites
  • Dec 3:  Google Slides and Drawing

Classes taught by Elementary Curriculum Technology specialists: Bonnie Muir, Deanna Taylor, Raimee Jensen.

How to Create and Save a Template in Google Docs

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Templates allow you to save down the form of a Google Drive file and access it to get a head start on your next creation.

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Google Docs Quick Create Chrome Extension

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google docs quick createNow a quick, easy way to create new Google documents by clicking on an extension in your Chrome browser bar.

Add the Google Docs Quick Create extension to your Chrome browser bar.  When you want to create a new Google Doc, just click on the Google Docs Quick Create icon (it is the Google Drive icon) and click on a new doc, sheet, presentations, forms, or drawing.

Locate Google Docs Quick Create in the Chrome store or simply click on the link below:

Google Docs Quick Create

For other great Chrome extensions, check out the Chrome extension store.