DIGITAL LEARNING SERIES

Presented by District of Eastern North America


The Office for Mission and Ministry is sponsoring a series of webinars featuring five teachers from our DENA schools. These teachers were nominated by their respective principals based upon their knowledge, experience, and success in virtual learning.

Each one-hour webinar will be live and include question and answer opportunities. The webinars are focused on digital instruction and learning and not specifically on pedagogical theory or subject content.

As DENA schools look to reopen for the 2020-2021 academic year, the COVID-19 crisis remains with us. When the pandemic hit in March and moved almost everyone online, most teachers and administrators were not prepared for longterm virtual instruction. Our current reality is that virtual learning will have a role in the upcoming semester and beyond.

No registration is necessary and the webinars will be recorded and available for view on the DENA website.

DIGITAL LEARNING SERIES

Presented by District of Eastern North America


The Office for Mission and Ministry is sponsoring a series of webinars featuring five teachers from our DENA schools. These teachers were nominated by their respective principals based upon their knowledge, experience, and success in virtual learning.

Each one-hour webinar will be live and include question and answer opportunities. The webinars are focused on digital instruction and learning and not specifically on pedagogical theory or subject content.

As DENA schools look to reopen for the 2020-2021 academic year, the COVID-19 crisis remains with us. When the pandemic hit in March and moved almost everyone online, most teachers and administrators were not prepared for longterm virtual instruction. Our current reality is that virtual learning will have a role in the upcoming semester and beyond.

No registration is necessary and the webinars will be recorded and available for view on the DENA website.

Transforming Traditional Lessons into Digital Learning Lessons

Tuesday, August 18, 3pm

Lindsey Tula, Spanish Teacher
De La Salle Collegiate H.S.   


Lindsey Tula will be starting her 13th year teaching multiple levels of Spanish at De La Salle Collegiate in Warren, Michigan. She has a Bachelor of Science in Education with a Major in Spanish and a Master of Arts in Language Learning with a concentration in Spanish from Wayne State University.

Abstract

This webinar will focus on helping teachers take their traditional in-person lessons and transform them into enhanced digital lessons using a variety of popular and user-friendly platforms. Teachers and students will need access to Google Apps for education to execute these lessons as shown, most importantly Google Docs and Google Classroom. However, this method could be adapted for any platform where you are able to post word processing documents for students. Lindsey will walk you through how to develop dynamic Google Doc lesson plans that lead students through each part of the learning process including video instruction, links to resources for learning and practice, and formative and summative assessments. She will also give a brief overview of popular online applications for learning Screencastify, Edpuzzle, Quizlet, Quizizz, and Flipgrid (and links to more information about how to use each) and how these can be used and organized in a Google Doc for ease of use for both teachers and students.

Exploring Different Free Online Resources

Wednesday, August 19, 3pm

Connor Carroll, Mathematics and Spanish Teacher
Christian Brothers Academy Syracuse   


Connor Carroll is a second-year Geometry and Spanish teacher from Christian Brothers Academy in Syracuse. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts with Honors in Mathematics and a concentration in Education Studies.

Abstract

We will be exploring different online resources that are free to use that can assist with classroom management and offering students different ways of interacting with their teachers. After a brief introduction to each resource, we will talk about potential uses in a variety of disciplines, strengths, and challenges with each of the platforms. The resources that will be discussed include Google Classroom, Padlet, Khan Academy, EdPuzzle, Loom, Flipgrid, and ClassDojo. Examples have been created for public use as well if you would like to join and see what your students would see, as well as to test the resources out and see if you would like to use it in your own online classroom.

Surviving to Thriving: Practical Advice for Lasallian Educators in Building Online Community

Thursday, August 20, 3pm

Dr. Andrew Moore, Humanities Teacher and Associate Professor of Education
Calvert Hall College High School and Notre Dame of Maryland University 


Dr. Andrew Moore is the Coordinator of the Master’s Program for Gifted and Talented Education and an Associate Professor in the School of Education at Notre Dame of Maryland University.  Earlier he taught French, History, and Humanities, and was the Director of the McMullen Scholars over his 21 years at Calvert Hall College High School.  Since 2015, Dr. Moore has been teaching face-to-face and online courses in Notre Dame’s undergraduate program and Master’s and Ph.D Programs, while returning part-time to the McMullen Program at Calvert Hall as a Humanities instructor.

Abstract

This interactive webinar will focus on going beyond the “survival mode” of teaching online that occurred due to the disruptions of COVID-19 in the spring of 2020.  The presentation and ensuing discussion with participants will focus on long-term strategies, techniques, and tips to meet the challenge of Lasallian education by strengthening relationships and providing outstanding instruction as members of an online school community.  Rather than emphasizing specific content-area approaches, this session will concentrate on broad approaches for success as teachers and learners, as well as the opportunities and strengths that blended and online teaching present for everyone in the months and years ahead.

Google Drawings in the Distance Learning Classroom

Tuesday, August 25, 3pm

Morgan Popple, Computer Science Teacher
St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute 


Morgan Popple is a Computer Science teacher at St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute in Buffalo, NY. She is a certified Google Educator and has experience teaching Middle and High School students in technology and computer science courses.

Abstract

Google Drawings is a great way to make graphic organizers, posters, and manipulatives that are interactive and engaging in the distance-learning classroom. In this session, you will learn the basics of Google Drawings and as well as walk away with numerous templates to start using in your classroom immediately!

Navigating Distance Learning—Assessments and Activities

Wednesday, August 26, 3pm

Robert Zanneo, Mathematics Teacher
La Salle College High School   


Robert Zanneo is a mathematics teacher at La Salle College High School. This is his 9th year of teaching, all at La Salle. During that time span he has had unique experiences with all grade levels and content within their mathematics curriculum.

Abstract

The unchartered waters of online and hybrid learning have left students and teachers alike questioning themselves on how this process would work if it were necessary for an entire school year. To help ease that uncertainty, this webinar is designed to help teachers become more confident and well-versed in how to navigate the daily, weekly, and monthly challenges of engaging students, delivering meaningful feedback, and designing various types of assessments and activities. This webinar will anecdotally highlight best practices, dos and don’ts, and various platforms for teachers to use to promote high-quality, inclusive, and diverse online instruction.