Spring 2019 Gifted Workshops

SOITA is continuing the partnership with the Montgomery County ESC to offer workshops geared toward gifted teachers. Join us as we explore some of the latest tools and technologies to keep your gifted learners challenged and engaged!  These classes provide educators with professional development hours that are approved for gifted PD requirements. 


Creating an Online Book Study
Everything You Need Start to Finish!
January 31, 2019 | 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Class Fee: $140
Participants will leave with a complete, ready to use book study 
hosted in Google Classroom, based on "Differentiation:  Going Beyond the Basics" by Diane Heacox and Richard M. Cash.  The class will feature some instruction on managing a course in Google Classroom and utilizing G Suite apps to deliver content.  Some experience using G Suite for Education and Google Drive is a plus, and each participant will need a Google account.  Class registration includes a copy of the book and a pizza lunch will be provided.



Coding For the Real World
Fun and Practical Coding for Gifted Learners
March 13, 2019 |  9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Class Fee: $170
As one of the most versatile instructions to coding out there, the BBC micro:bit is taking the world by storm and classrooms are not exception!  Featuring buttons, programmable LEDs, light and temperature sensors, and more, the micro:bit's applications are virtually limitless.  Join us in this workshop as we learn how to code the micro:bit, build simple games, and develop classroom activities.  Participants will receive a SparkFun Inventor's Kit for micro:bit with everything they need to get started.  Additional materials and pizza lunch provided.



Building Your Classroom Makerspace
Transforming Gifted Learners into Inspired Makers
March 20, 2019 | 9:00 am - 3:00 pm 
Class Fee: $180
In this fun, hands-on workshop, you'll learn how to teach Invention Literacy, making, and Design Thinking using the award winning Makey Makey Invention Kit.  We'll explore how to teach circuits adn conductivity using Makey Makeys and then put our skills to use designing your own inventions!  Participants learn best practices and gain access to a multimedia training website that can be used later when working with your students or training others. Participants will have access to additional Maker tools such as a Cricut and 3D pens during the invention portion of the workshop, and will receive a Makey Makey, a copy of 20 Makey Makey Projects for the Evil Genius, and a Mini-Maker kit as part of their registration.  Pizza Lunch Provided





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