Professional Development

Free Global Education Conference Nov. 18 - 22

posted Nov 18, 2013, 12:36 PM by Liane St. Laurent   [ updated Nov 18, 2013, 12:38 PM ]

The 2013 Global Education Conference starts today! Sessions begin with a opening convocation on global education.  This free event runs all week and is open to anyone to attend: spread the word with Twitter hashtag #globaled13

A variety of education topics will be discussed from using technology to connect ELL students with their home countries, to building successful Art/Science collaborations, to building a deeper understanding of global education...and so much more!

Check out the full schedule for the eastern time zone at

Free Summer PD series through EasyBib

posted Aug 1, 2013, 4:36 AM by Liane St. Laurent   [ updated Aug 1, 2013, 4:37 AM ]

Looking for a few new ideas for integrating technology in the classroom? Check out this list of free professional development opportunities through the EasyBib web site. Although some of the sessions have already taken place, sessions are still available in August.

What's EasyBib you may ask? Easy Bib is a free bibliography and citation generator that is available for you to use in your classroom. Staff and Students have easy access to  EasyBib through your organizational Google accounts. When logged in to Google look on the Apps menu for "More" and then EasyBib. You can read about EasyBib at

Choose your own path! Mapping with Google from June 10 - 24

posted Jun 10, 2013, 7:53 PM by Liane St. Laurent

Discover new ways to navigate the world around you with Google Maps and Google Earth and improve your use of new and existing features of Google's mapping tools.

Mapping with Google will be offered from June 10 - June 24. It is a self-paced, online course where you will watch videos (or read text lessons) and apply the skills you learn. During this course, you will be able to collaborate with a worldwide community of learners and experts in the class forum, Hangouts, and via Google+. 

Course completion requires an internet-enabled desktop or laptop computer.

Digital Literacies 1 & 2: a free and open online course

posted May 18, 2013, 7:01 AM by Liane St. Laurent

Digital Literacies 1 begins on July 8 and will explore ethical, effective, and efficient use of web-based tools in the classroom. This is a self-paced MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) supported through TechSets, the California Department of Education and the San Diego County Office of Education. Visit the TechSets web site to read ore or register:

Additional topics include:
  • Web-based and other electronic tools
  • The grammar of the Internet
  • Ways for using digital information ethically, efficiently, and effectively
  • Advanced online search literacy tactics
  • How to use electronic devices more efficiently
  • Frameworks for digital education literacy
  • Various digital literacy curricula for use with students and other stakeholders
Digital Literacies 2 will begin in mid- to late September. Topics include:
  • The use of Creative Commons license
  • The use of Web 2.0 tools
  • Ways to apply Google Applications for EDU
  • Using mobile technologies for teaching and learning
  • Techniques for developing non-linear presentations
  • Methods for using Quick Response (QR) codes in teaching and learning
  • The use of digital cameras
  • Developing blogs and websites
  • Producing podcasts

Schools Using Google Tools: Register now for Cloud Camp NH 2013

posted May 18, 2013, 6:04 AM by Liane St. Laurent

Cloud Camp NH 2013 is a great opportunity for beginners to get going and for seasoned Google users to level up! This will be a day full of fun and inspirational hands-on interactive learning. All sessions are facilitated by Google Apps Certified Teachers and fellow experienced educators.

Register soon as seating is limited. Cloud Camp NH will take place at UNH-Manchester on July 11, 2013:

Google Education On Air

posted May 18, 2013, 5:46 AM by Liane St. Laurent

Have a look at the Live Hangout Schedule for Google Education On Air sessions:

All sessions are free  and online through Google+. Join your fellow educators from around the world as they showcase topics on digital citizenship, Google tools across the curriculum, web apps in the classroom and so much more!

Can't make a scheduled session? All Google Hangouts are recorded for later viewing.

Edcamp - the free unconference!

posted May 18, 2013, 5:30 AM by Liane St. Laurent   [ updated May 18, 2013, 5:35 AM ]

What is Edcamp? Check out

"An edcamp is a user-generated conference - commonly referred to as an "unconference". Edcamps are designed to provide participant-driven professional development for K-12 educators... Educational technology is a common topic area for edcamps, as are pedagogy, practical examples in instructional use of modern tools, and solving the problems technology can introduce into the classroom environment.
Edcamps are generally free or very low-cost, built around ad-hoc community participation. Sessions are not planned until the day of the event, when participants can volunteer to give a presentation on a topic of their choice. Edcamps operate "without keynote speakers or vendor booths, encourage participants to find or lead a conversation that meet their needs and interests." -- Wikipedia

Where is Edcamp?

Edcamp Keene will take place on August 9, 2013. Get your free ticket here:

More Edcamps are taking place throughout the greater New England region. Expand your horizons and visit an Edcamp in a neighboring state! View a complete Edcamp schedule for now through fall 2013:

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