FI Connects Lunch and Learn Series Agenda

As we continue to adjust to our new normal across our education system, the Friday Institute of Educational Innovation‘s Professional Learning and Leading Collaborative (PLLC) in partnership with our NC Digital Leaders Coaching Network is relaunching FI Connects: Learn, Share, and Be Together, a solution-based, virtual capacity building program where educators across North Carolina and beyond can learn from each other and grow together.

Below is our planned agenda*. Register for updates on our main page.

MARCH 23 Building Reading and Writing Skills through the Creation of Class Books

 – Kim Davis and Cory Lambert

In this session, teachers will see examples of how to use online resources to create simple books written by students. We will emphasize reading and writing skills vital to language development.  This session is primarily for elementary teachers. 
MARCH 30 Building Community with Hybrid & Remote Learners

Amanda Venturella

Participants will leave this session with a variety of tools to help students connect and build relationships in hybrid/remote environments. Get your students interacting with content—and each other!—in meaningful ways.
APRIL 6 Coaching through a Pandemic: From Survive to Thrive

Holly King

Six weeks prior to March 13, 2020, Holly began a new leadership role as an Instructional Technology Coach in her district. Join this chat to learn how she transformed challenges into opportunities to help our school move from surviving to thriving in remote, hybrid, and face-to-face learning. 
APRIL 13 Easy STEM projects to impress students, parents, and administrators

Tiffany Trent

One of Tiffany’s favorite things to do is combine all the elements of STEM into a single activity. She likes to use Augmented and Virtual Reality to do this. In this session, you will touch on 4 different AR and VR tools to use with K-5 students, however, these tools can be adjusted to use K-12. The 4 tools are Quiver, Panoform, Merge Cube, and CoSpaces
APRIL 20 Increasing Student Engagement On and Off Screen– 

Stacy Lovdahl, Mollee Holloman, and

Chris Beneck

The ILC’s will present strategies currently being used by educators in the schools that we support to increase student engagement and participation. These strategies will be effective in both remote and face to face instructional settings. Subjects such as literacy (beyond the book), brain breaks for re-focusing on learning, and tech tools to connect home and school will all be shared during this session. Participants will leave with several ready to use ideas and resources they can put into practice.
APRIL 27 Engaging Students with Digital Choice Boards

Sarah Allred

During this session, participants will learn about the value of using choice boards for differentiation, how a digital choice board differs from a paper/ pencil one, and how to plan for a digital choice board. Participants will receive access to a folder of choice board templates to begin working with right away.
MAY 4 Google Jamboard – Your New Favorite Tool for Student Interaction

Laura Fogle and Kerri Brown Parker

Participants will learn how to use JamBoard, a digital whiteboard application, for whole group, small group, and individual student activities. Tips and suggestions for effectively using Jamboard in Breakout Rooms, asynchronous sessions, and in person instruction will be shared.
MAY 11 Kami – Make Document and PDF Annotation Simple!

Eve Walker

Kami is a free PDF annotation tool that you and your students can use for completing forms, worksheets, and other documents they could otherwise not easily annotate online.  It creates a document you can share with your students that can even include video, images, and other media.  Teachers can annotate and give the students a variety of feedback. Join in and learn about Kami’s integration with Google Classroom and Canvas so that you can return to your classrooms using this powerful PDF annotator with your students.  
MAY 18 Drive-thru Lunch Bunch: Tasty Engagement Ideas to Build Classroom Community

Wanda Hanley and Juliette Kuhn

Come pick up some tasty ideas and feast on engagement strategies in a fun, fast paced 20 minutes session. You will participate in engagement activities that you can use with your students and share with your colleagues. We will include inclusion protocols that help build classroom community with your students, whether you are face-to-face or virtual, while keeping them actively participating in lessons during class and independent work times. So hop on, no cash required! We are providing a truly free and tasty lunch experience!
TUESDAY, MAY 25 Get Your Groove on with Google Jamboards

Melanie Farrell & Barbara Vinal

Join us to learn about Google Jamboard and the top 3 uses in your virtual AND face-to-face spaces. You will be amazed and inspired at what this digital whiteboard tool offers you and your students. Walk away with ideas and resources to use with your students.

*Session information subject to change.

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