$martPath Financial Literacy Training for Grades 1-6 Educators

posted by Deb Tschirhart

In partnership with the University of Cincinnati's Economics Center and sponsorship from State Farm, SOITA is offering a 60-minute $martPath Training Session!  Participants will be given a $50 Amazon gift card for attending the workshop and an additional $50 Amazon gift card for implementing the curriculum in their classroom. A certificate of attendance will be made available upon request. 

SOITA Merges with ThinkTV

posted Sep 18, 2017, 8:41 AM by Deb Tschirhart   [ updated Sep 18, 2017, 8:46 AM ]

With this new school year comes a new organizational structure for SOITA in its merger with ThinkTV. SOITA’s services to school districts are now a service of Public Media Connect, ThinkTV’s parent organization. The merger builds on the strengths of each organization: SOITA with expertise in technology professional development, and ThinkTV as a trusted provider of curriculum resources (locally and nationally) and additional professional development offerings. The merged organization has great potential for serving school districts in an expanded service area while sharing resources. That means you’ll be getting the same great services from SOITA, with the enhanced content creation and delivery services of ThinkTV!  To see a short video about the merger, click here.

Fall 2017 Gifted PD!

posted Jul 25, 2017, 11:54 AM by Caryn Kelley

This Fall SOITA is partnering 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!

Creating an Online Book Study
Everything You Need Start to Finish!
September 14, 2017 | 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Class Fee: $100
Participants will leave with a complete, ready to use book study 
hosted in Google Classroom.  The book study will be based on Advanced Differentiation:  Thinking and Learning for the 21st Century by Richard M. Cash.

Coding in Every Classroom
Tools to Challenge Your Gifted Learners
September 20, 2017 | 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Class Fee: $150
Participants will receive an Ozobot Bit 2.0 Starter Pack
Pizza Lunch Provided

Classroom Makerspace
Inspiring Creativity in Your Gifted Learners
September 26, 2017 | 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Class Fee: $125
Participants will receive a FREE Makey Makey Kit
Pizza Lunch Provided

DRSC STEM Conference

posted Mar 16, 2017, 9:34 AM by Deb Tschirhart   [ updated Mar 16, 2017, 9:34 AM ]

The Annual DRSC STEM Conference will be held September 28, 2017, at the Engineer's Club in Dayton.  There's still time to join the group of amazing presenters!  The call for proposals ends March 24.  

Interested in Introducing Your Students to Coding?

posted Feb 15, 2017, 9:40 AM by Caryn Kelley

Check out our Learn With It/Leave With it workshop, 

It’s never too early to begin learning to code! Join us as we explore websites, hands-on activities, and even learn to program your own tiny robot. Teach your students the skills of tomorrow, today!

Participants will receive an Ozobot 2.0 Starter Pack

Class Type: LWI/LWI

Prerequisites: None. Ozobots work great with the iPad, so if you have one bring it along!

To Register Online Click Here

Course Information:

Instructor: Caryn Kelley & Deb Tschirhart

Date: March 1, 2017

Time: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM (Lunch Included!)

Session Length: 5 Hours

Location: SOITA 

Click here for current enrollment/available seats.

Basic Member: $350.00

Advantage/Comprehensive Member: $200.00

Advantage Member Superintendents & Principals: FREE

Comprehensive Member Superintendents, Principals, Tech Coordinators & Curriculum Directors: FREE

Not sure of your school or district's membership status?

Click here to learn more about SOITA's membership levels & benefits.
Note: Only $150 in SOITA PD Vouchers may be used to pay for this class. Click here to learn more about PD Vouchers.

Additional Information/Notes From the Instructor

Bring along your iPad if you have one. Otherwise just come ready to learn about coding!

2017 ITIP Ohio Summit Featuring Google for Education

posted Feb 13, 2017, 9:03 AM by Caryn Kelley

Whether you're a veteran Google user, just getting started with GSuite for Education, or on the fence about whether or not Google is right for your school or district, this is one conference you don't want to miss. Held at the Kalahari Resort and Conference Center in Sandusky, Ohio, the ITIP Ohio Summit Featuring Google for Education offers session topics for everyone, at every stage of Googliness. 

Content for Students Video Conferences - Celebrate with SOITA!

posted Feb 13, 2017, 8:46 AM by Caryn Kelley   [ updated Feb 13, 2017, 8:48 AM ]

Don't miss out on these great upcoming Content for Students programs. Each program features a standards-aligned lesson designed and taught by certified educators. Register today to sign your kids up for this fun, interactive learning experience.

March 17, 2017

In America we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with parades and the Wearin’ O’ the Green. However, many of us do not know why! Take a virtual journey to Ireland to learn more about its mystical isles, patron saint, fairies and folklore. Pin on a shamrock and join us as we discover how these traditions emigrated from Ireland to America.

Grade Level: 2-4

Subject Area: Social Studies

To Register Online Click Here

April 21, 2017

Once it’s gone, it’s gone!  People have the ability to protect, defend, preserve, or destroy other living things and the planet itself.  Our children are the future stewards of this world.  Join us as we discuss the importance of Earth Day and share ways we can care for our environment and our planet

Grade Level: 3-5

Subject Area: Science

To Register Online Click Here

May 5, 2017

Cinco De Mayo is celebrated in the United States on May 5th. Why are we donning sombreros and devouring tacos on this day? Learn about the significance and history of Cinco De Mayo and what people do to commemorate this national holiday.

Grade Level: 6-8

Subject Area: Foreign Language

To Register Online Click Here

May 26, 2017

Memorial Day provides us an opportunity to honor and remember those who have served and sacrificed for our country. Join us as we discuss the origins of Memorial Day, discover some little-known facts about the holiday, and express our gratitude for members of our military, past and present.

Grade Level: 3-5

Subject Area: Language Arts & Social Studies

To Register Online Click Here

Visit Us at OETC - Booth 741

posted Feb 13, 2017, 8:37 AM by Caryn Kelley

Going to OETC 2017? Don't forget to stop by the SOITA and ITIP booths for information about upcoming classes, the 2017 ITIP Ohio Summit Featuring Google, and much more!

Hour of Code Dayton!

posted Nov 23, 2016, 8:26 AM by Deb Tschirhart   [ updated Nov 23, 2016, 8:27 AM ]

Learn about Programming!  
Tuesday, December 6, 2016, 5:30-7:30 p.m. 
at SOITA, 1205 E Fifth Street, Dayton
Kids, parents, businesses, community members, government officials, students, and anyone else welcome! No experience in computer programming is necessary, only an interest! Special breakout session for administrators, teachers, and counselors. Learn how to bring computer science to your school or district! Have fun coding and enjoy pizza & drinks!  

Distinguish Yourself as a G Suite Leader in Your School - Sign Up for Our Google Certified Educator Institute Level I

posted Nov 9, 2016, 12:28 PM by Caryn Kelley   [ updated Nov 16, 2016, 8:39 AM by Deb Tschirhart ]

Interested in becoming more confident using Google Apps for Education in your classroom?  Want to distinguish yourself as a GAFE leader in your school or district?  This two-day class will cover the fundamentals training to help you prepare for the Google Certified Educator Level 1 exam.  Learn some of the best strategies for integrating Google into your classroom.
Prerequisites: Participants should be familiar with Google Apps for Education

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