Instructional Resource Center to offer summer workshops

AUGUSTA, GA. – The Georgia Regents University Instructional Resource Center will host workshops this summer to aid GRU faculty, staff and students – and the community – in teacher preparation, integrating technology into classroom instruction, improving presentations and implementing new resources.

“The workshops break down the newest tools into easily digestible lessons so that even the most novice technophobe can implement them in the classroom,” said Jennifer Armstrong, manager of the GRU Instructional Resource Center.

The workshops will be offered over two days, July 15-16, and all are free for GRU faculty, staff and students. Sessions on July 16 will carry a small fee for members of the community. To register for any or all of these sessions, visit https://goo.gl/gQ5Lai. Payment is due the day of the event, cash or check only.

For more information, contact Jennifer Armstrong at 706-737-1659 or jearmstrong@gru.edu.

Getting Ready for Student Teaching
July 15, 1-4 p.m., University Hall 250
Free

This workshop is geared toward individuals who will be student teaching in Fall 2015 or Spring 2016. After completion of the workshop each participant will be emailed a certificate that may be included as an artifact in their student teaching portfolio. The workshop will include the following three sessions:

  • Cool Tools for Student Teachers – This fast-paced session will look at a variety of tools that improve productivity, student engagement, formative assessment and classroom management.
  • Video Clipping 101 – This session acclimates teachers with clipping a video in preparation for upcoming assignments. Attendees will import a video clip, clip the video and upload the video to a course.
  • Choice of either: Tips and Tricks for Using Promethean Activinspire Software OR Tips and Tricks for Using SMART Notebook 11 Software – Begin creating your own Activinspire Flipcharts using these cool interactive tricks with color; OR begin creating your own SMART Notebook files using the Lesson Activity Toolkit and Activity Builder.


Getting Ready for your First Year of Teaching
July 15, 9 a.m. to noon, University Hall 250
Free

This workshop is geared toward individuals who will be starting their first year teaching in Fall 2015. After the workshop concludes, each participant will be emailed a certificate of completion. The workshop will include the following sessions:

  • Cool Tools for the New Teacher – This fast-paced session will look at a variety of tools that improve productivity, student engagement, formative assessment and classroom management.
  • Digital Tools for Formative Assessment – This session will teach a variety of digital tools for formative assessment. Participants make and take activities created during the session.
  • Getting Started with the Flipped Classroom – Flipped lessons reach beyond the walls of the traditional classroom and provide multiple perspectives. Participants will locate and create flipped videos to provide students access to concepts from additional perspectives.


Getting Ready for a New School Year
July 16, University Hall 250
Free for: GRU faculty, staff and students with a valid JagCard
Others: $15 per session, or $50 for all

These sessions are geared toward anyone working or pursuing a career in P-16 education. After the workshop concludes, each participant will be emailed a certificate of completion.

  • Fabulous Google Forms, 9-10:15 a.m. – Interested in learning to create google forms that will help save you time. Then this session is for you. During the session participants will create forms that may be used as a self-grading quiz and branching forms that may be used for review.
  • Digging into Data with Snazzy Spreadsheets, 10:30-11:45 a.m. – Analyzing data is a large part of the job of most educators. The ability to utilize a spreadsheet can make the job of analyzing data easier. This session will focus on simple strategies to use google sheets to analyze data. Participants will be given opportunity to practice each new skill introduced during the session.
  • Flipping over a New School Year, 1-2:15 p.m. – Flipped lessons provide an opportunity for learning to reach beyond the walls of the traditional classroom providing multiple perspectives on any topic. Participants will learn to locate and create flipped videos to provide students access to concepts from additional perspectives.
  • Google Features You May Not Be Using, 2:30-3:45 p.m. – Google continues to release different things. This fast paced session will focus on a variety of tools.

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