District Workshops

All district workshops, including technology, are listed on the CourseWhere registration system. Sessions are usually held after school, beginning at 3:45. All workshops are hands-on. Due to the limited number of computers available, pre-registration is required. To attend any workshop, go to CourseWhere and register by the stated deadline.

Basic PC Housekeeping and Maintenance (1.5 hours)
Computer care and maintenance is often overlooked by the average user. Yet, taking a few precautions as you work, and learning to use the computer and its file system properly, can save you trouble in the long run.

CPS - Classroom Performance Systems (2 hours)
Also known as "The Clickers," CPS provides instant feedback by allowing all students to answer questions at once and generate reports to help you customize instruction. Participants who complete the training can check-out a classroom set of 30 units from the school library.

CPS II - Classroom Performance Systems (2 hours)
Take it one step further and learn how to create interactive games, integrate PowerPoint presentations, and design detailed assessments.

Cracking the Case with QR Codes (2 hours)
Ever noticed those strange squares in the bottom corner of an ad.  That is a QR code and with most mobile devices (iPhones, iPads, iPods, tablets, etc.), they can be read and provide a wealth of information.  In fact, they can be used to guide students on an informational journey, read a book to them, or allow them to dig deeper into meaning.  Come see how to use QR codes in your classroom!

Digital Cameras (1.5 hours)
Just point, center the subject in the view window, and click.  It really is that simple to take good digital pictures. Project-based lesson ideas that utilize the digital camera are also presented.  Each MCS school library has digital cameras available for checkout.  Teachers completing the workshop can check out class sets of digital cameras to use with their students in the classroom.

EBSCO*(2 hours)
A fully integrated database containing thousands of curriculum-targeted primary documents, biographies, topical essays, background information, critical analyses, full-text coverage of 800 magazines, and over 10,000 photographs. Learn how to navigate the Student Research Center, Kids Search, Literary Reference, and Novelist databases.

Email Basics* (1.5 hours)
Email is a snap with the district web-based program, Outlook Web Access. Learn how to send, receive, and reply to messages.

Email 2 (1.5 hours)
A continuation of the basics class that shows you how to set up a list, create and organize mailboxes, and use other program functions.

Engaging Students with Interactive, Online Quizzing (3 hours)

Come see the latest and greatest tools that allow you to engage your students in the manner in which they live...online and connected.  FREE websites such as Kahoot, Socrative, Quiz Revolution, and more, allow you assess your students while they are having fun.  See the reporting features of each site, and learn how to use the reports as class documentation.

Give Students a Voice with VOKI (2 hours)
This free program allows students and teachers to create avatars, and customize them.  The avatar can then speak typed text or recorded text, and the accents can be changed to match subject matter.  The site also contains lesson plans and activities ready to implement in your classroom today!

GPS (2 hours)
Basic knowledge and skills needed to use geographic information system (GIS) and Global Positioning System (GPS) in the classroom will be provided. Participants will be eligible to check-out a classroom set of 30 from the IT office.

Google Chrome Basics (1.5 hours)
Surfing the World Wide Web is as simple as "point and click" with the super friendly web browser, Google Chrome. Topics include selecting links, entering URL's, setting Favorites, searching for information, saving pages, etc. 

Google Earth (2 hours)
Take a trip anywhere using Google Earth. Explore faraway places through satellite imagery, maps, and more.  Why stop there? Explore galaxies in the Sky and participate in some Back Yard Astronomy plus much more.  In this session teachers will be introduced to the many educational possibilities of using Google Earth.

Google Earth: Creating Tours (4 hours)
Now that you have explored the possibilities of using Google Earth, let's create a tour.  In this session teachers will create a tour using content rich information. Teachers will learn to save and share the tour.

Google Documents (2 hours)
Do you need tools which would allow you to collaborate online with fellow colleagues? Google documents will do just this. In this session teachers will explore how to create documents, spreadsheets, presentations and forms and then invite others to share the products.

LPB Cyberchannel/Discovery Ed* (2 hours)
LPB Cyberchannel is a digital video-on-demand service designed for the teacher who wants to enhance lessons with video. Learn how to stream or download over 22,000 video content clips and 2,200 full video titles from Discovery School and other award-winning producers. All the video content is correlated to the state standards, and an average of 300-400 new video titles are added annually.

Microsoft Office 365
This program is free to all MCS staff and students.  Come see the advantages of using the online tools from anywhere you can get internet access.  Learn how to set up your OneDrive and share documents/folders with just about anyone, including your students.  All sharing is monitored 24/7 by a human monitoring system.

MS Excel (2 hours)
Create a spreadsheet, set up a budget, input data, and then graphically display the information in a bar chart, line chart, or pie chart.

MS PowerPoint (2 hours) 
It's so easy to make a professional-looking presentation with Microsoft PowerPoint. Learn how to use the Wizard and basic program features.

MS PowerPoint II (2 hours)
Learn the more advanced features of PowerPoint such as animation, transitions, inserting audio and video, etc.

MS PowerPoint: Project-based Activities (2 hours)
It is not just a presentation program - MS PowerPoint and CPS Clickers can be used across the curriculum to create project-based activities correlated to the LA Content Standards.  Participants will learn how to create interactive reports, puzzles and informational kiosks.

MS Publisher Basics (2 hours)
What a painless way to create flyers, brochures, invitations, banners, letterheads, etc! All of your desktop publishing needs can be met with one easy to use program. Learn how to use the wizard to create an assortment of professional-looking documents.

MS Publisher: Creating Newsletters (2 hours)
Keep your colleagues, administration, and parents informed with a classroom or school newsletter. You will be amazed at how easy it is to create one using Publisher.

MS Word: Introduction to Word Processing* (2 hours)
Designed for the new user, the workshop covers basic word processing functions of Microsoft WORD such as text selection and editing; word wrap; copy, cut, and paste functions; document formatting; and saving a file. A must workshop for those new to the computer regardless of platform or the word processing program being used! Prerequisite: Keyboarding Skills

MS Word: Creating a Calendar and a Certificate (2 hours)
No need to buy expensive calendars or achievement certificates as you can create your own using MS Word Templates. This workshop will teach you how. Prerequisite: Keyboarding skills and MS Word workshop (or basic knowledge of word processing functions).

MS Word: Creating Forms (2 hours)
Don't you just hate those lines that move when you have to complete a form? Learn how to create interactive forms that look professional and function properly. This workshop will focus on creating tables and forms with "user-fillable" fields.

MS Word: Creating Tables (2 hours)
Confused about tables - what they can be used for and how to create one? Learn how to create, size, sort, customize, and utilize this Microsoft Word function. Prerequisite: Keyboarding skills and MS Word workshop (or basic knowledge of word processing functions).

MS Word: Project-based Activities (2 hours)
MS Word can be used across the curriculum to create project-based activities correlated to the LA Content Standards. From iconic story writing to creating personal and historical timelines, Word is a versatile program that can transform routine paper/pencil activities into engaging, interactive ones.

MS Word: WordArt and Draw (2 hours)
Learn how to use WordArt and Draw to spice up documents or to create works of art. No artistic skills are needed as the program will do it all! Prerequisite: Keyboarding skills and MS Word workshop (or basic knowledge of word processing functions).

OnCourse Web Based Lesson Manager* (2 hours)
In this session teachers will learn how to construct, share and edit lesson plans online. Everything that a teacher needs for effective planning from the Comprehensive Curriculum to collaborative planning will be taught in this class.

OnCourse Web Pages for Teachers* (2 hours)
Teachers will learn how to create a web page which will be used for communicating with administration, faculty, parents and students. Just imagine...no more failed assignments because your students forgot their homework assignment.

PASCO Probeware (4 hours)
Hands-on, minds-on science that will excite students and engage them in authentic experiences is explored through the use of probeware. Bundles include Noodling with Newton, Force and Motion, Electrifying Energy, and Measuring Matter. Einstein COW, which contains all the software and hardware need to conduct activities, is available for checkout from Instructional Technology.

Photostory  (2 hours)
Use this free program to create videos that will excite your students and prepare them for learning.  In this workshop, you will learn how to download the program, insert pictures, add music and narration, and save your project.

Picture This! (4 hours)
Pair the digital camera with writing across the curriculum to have a winning combination that will add magic to your classroom. In this workshop teachers will glean ideas for using the digital camera to enhance writing skills in all areas of the curriculum. Teachers will create several projects using Microsoft Word, Microsoft PowerPoint, KidPix, and Timeliner. To add further magic to the classroom, Windows Movie Maker and Irfanview will be introduced.

SmartBoard I - Beginners (3 hours)
Make your classroom interactive with a SmartBoard!  This basic workshop introduces new users to the basic commands and functions of a SmartBoard.  Learn all the basic tools you need to begin using your SmartBoard now.

SmartBoard II - Intermediate (3 hours)
Okay, so you have the basics.  Now what do you do?  Attend this workshop that will begin to show you how to create lesson plans and activities using the SmartBoard software.  Also, learn how to find previously-created lessons that you can adapt for your classroom.  Prerequisite: SmartBoard I for Beginners

SmartBoard III - Advanced Projects (3 hours)
Use your SmartBoard to create projects for the class to use.  Add animation and sounds to the project to make learning come to life!  Prerequisite:  SmartBoard I for Beginners and SmartBoard II - Intermediate

Web Tools to Engage and Instruct - Part 1 (3 hours)
Everyone in education knows our buddy, Bloom, and his famous taxonomy.  Well, it is has now been updated where each level is a verb.  In other words, student learn by doing!  This session focuses on web tools that will help students remember, understand, and Apply information in fun, interactive, and engaging manners!

Web Tools to Engage and Instruct - Part 2 (3 hours)
As a continuation of Part, I, part II continues our quest to journey along Bloom's Revised Taxonomy! Once again, we know students learn by doing!  This session focuses on web tools that will help students analyze, evaluate and create - the top three levels of the revised taxonomy!

Windows Movie Maker (2.5 hours)
Windows Movie Maker is a free video-editing tool included with Microsoft Windows XP. With Movie Maker, you can make fun, educational videos that can be shared across the Internet or burned to a CD or DVD. Movie Maker is easy for anyone to use, so don't be afraid to dive in, even if you're not a computer expert.

Work SMART-er, Not Harder!
Want to engage your students in the learning process, help them retain more by doing, and save your sanity!  Use these fun, pre-made activities in SMART Notebook to engage students in interactive activities for both review and assessment. These tools are already done for you, and with a little easy editing they can add a lot of pizzazz to your class.

WorldBook Online* (1.5 hours)
The online version of the encyclopedia set contains all of the print version text and illustrations plus many multi-media additions. Curriculum correlation guides will assist you with integration ideas. Attention foreign language teachers! The Spanish language version is also included in the online package.

WorldBook Advanced (1.5 hours)
Tailored for the needs and skills of students in grades 8 and up, World Book Advanced includes a customizable interface, a streamlined design, and personalized homepage content features.  Research tools, including dictionary, atlas, and local and country research guides, help users compile the data and information they need to complete their assignments and background research.

World Book Discover (1.5 hours)
All students need reliable reference tools and World Book has introduced World Book Discover, a new resource designed specifically to meet the needs of students who read below the level of their peers.  This latest addition to the World Book Web provides content, tools, and features to help bridge the achievement gap and support differentiated instruction.

World Book Kids (1.5 hours)
The site starts with content from World Book's award-winning Student Discovery Encyclopedia and adds activities that apply to the thousands of informative, easy-to-read and visually-appealing articles to provide students with the active learning environment they need to best absorb and retain information. Its colorful, dynamic interface is just right for younger students.

*Must-know workshop. What is Must-know? These resources have been identified as ones that every teacher in the district should know and use in the classroom on a regular basis.