Learning Session Title
Future Ready Video
Edison Public Schools are #FutureReady!
Internet Safety & Security
Learn about the ways Edison is keeping students safe and secure as they use technology. Additionally, finds out ways to support your child with appropriate digital citizenship.
Canvas is a web-based resource that acts as the platform for the delivery of our digital curriculum. Students are able to communicate and interact while teachers can assign classwork and homework, conduct discussions and monitor student performance.
Google Apps for Education
Our classrooms have embraced the opportunities for creativity and digital collaboration that Google Apps for Education offer. As our students prepare for a future that is both challenging and digital, see how they are honing their skills in the classroom by composing writing, creating presentations, charting data, etc.
In this session, we will discuss how we address 21st century skills in our classrooms, by emphasizing the importance of communicating and collaborating responsibly through technology. In addition, we will review how we reinforce the "Mattering Initiative," encouraging each child to find their voice and words, and understand how and why that matters.
iPads in the Classroom
In this session, learn about some of the iPad applications available to your child to help build literacy skills. These applications may help letter and sight word recognition, decoding abilities, comprehension skills, and critical thinking. A strong focus will be placed on the Raz-Kids and Educreations apps, but other apps will also be introduced.
In this session parents will learn how students are using Discovery TechBook to access science content aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards. Discovery Techbook provides students with access to rich text, videos, activities, and a Board Builder tool designed to allow students to explore and deepen their science knowledge.
Scientific knowledge does not exist in a vacuum. Everyday life requires that we apply the scientific knowledge that we have acquired to solve problems, devise solutions, and much more. Science instruction in Edison mirrors the real life applications of science. Our students solve real world problems integrating knowledge from multiple content areas with engineering design practices.
Technology in the Science
Students learn in a variety of ways from a variety of sources. The addition of Chromebooks to the science classroom afford students and teachers new opportunities for learning and exploration. Parents will gain an understanding of the shifts in the Next Generation Science Standards and how this, coupled with technology, has affected classroom instruction. Parents will learn ways to support their child at home.
This session will provide a glimpse into a sample math classroom in Edison. Parents will experience a sample lesson, review the different resources used within the classroom and learn how to support their child at home, with and without the use of technology.
Technology in Math
Students learn in a variety of ways from a variety of sources. The addition of Chromebooks to the Math classroom afford students and teachers new opportunities for learning and exploration. Parents will gain an understanding of the shifts in Common Core mathematics and how this, coupled with technology, has affected classroom instruction. Parents will learn ways to support their child at home.
Technology in ELA/SS
Students learn in a variety of ways from a variety of sources. The addition of Chromebooks to the ELA/SS classroom afford students and teachers new opportunities for learning and exploration. Parents will gain an understanding of how the technology is used within the ELA/SS classroom and ways to support their child at home.
This session will provide a glimpse into a sample english language arts classroom in Edison. Parents will experience a sample lesson, review the different resources used within the classroom and learn how to support their child at home, with and without the use of technology.
Websites & Apps to Support Math/Literacy Skills
Learn how to use technology to increase your child's Math and/or Literacy skills at home. Explore different tools that are offered through Edison, as well as, additional websites and apps to support the curriculum.
Middle School Sessions
Google Classroom meets Google Drive and Calendar: Engaging 21st Century Learners
Presenters will give an overview of how Google Classroom and Google Drive are working together to transform instruction and student learning. The session will focus on accessing and submitting assignments in Google Classroom and what steps parents can take to support the virtual classroom at home. Presenters will also discuss how to navigate the Classroom folders in Google Drive to maintain student organization and access assignments. Parents will join a "class" and take an active part in a 21st Century learning experience.
Google Classroom Basics
This session will provide an overview of how Google Classroom is used in the classroom and what steps parents can take to support their students at home. Presenters will take parents on a general tour of Google Classroom and explain the key features necessary for student success.
Math in the Future Ready Classroom
This session will focus on the the integration of different apps/extensions/platforms specific to the math classroom. Presenters will explore the powerful ways that technology is being incorporated into daily instruction in order to prepare students for lifelong learning.
Parents will understand how these apps and extensions are being used to enhance student engagement and how they can access these tools to support their children at home.
DesignED to Learn: Using Technology to Redefine Student Learning
This session will explore the ways the 1:1 Chromebook initiative is redefining student learning. Presenters will share classroom best practices for meaningful technology integration and highlight the final products created by students using various multimedia platforms. Parents will also learn how to support their children using these platforms and will be provided with access to resources used in the presentation.
Using Classroom Blogs and Social Media to Redefine English Instruction
This presentation will focus on how teachers of middle school English are using blogs and social media to enhance collaboration and student engagement. In a traditional classroom, student conferencing is limited to a pool of students within a classroom. Using blogs and social media, students can share ideas and comment on the writing generated by their peers across classes and schools. Parents will learn ways to support their children in the process and help to build their confidence as writers and bloggers.
Using Nearpod to Engage All Learners
Nearpod is an interactive, multimedia presentation program which allows all students to have a voice in their learning. Using Nearpod, students can not only learn at their own pace, but be connected to other students in the class and share their ideas in real time. Participants of this workshop will experience a live Nearpod session based on a lesson/unit from the Social Studies' curriculum. Parents will learn firsthand how this platform can be used to maximize student learning and engagement.
Intro to Genius Hour
Imagine having a set time each week to explore exactly what interests YOU? That’s the subtle genius behind Genius Hour! Based on Google’s “20% Time” which allows its engineers to work on any pet project they want during 20% of their work day, the philosophy of Genius Hour is simple: Allow students the time to explore their own passions and interests, and student engagement will increase. Parents will have the opportunity to learn about this movement and hear firsthand how Genius Hour has been used in Edison to transform classrooms and inspire learning.
Technology in the English Classroom
This session will explore Google Apps for Education (GAFE) and websites effectively integrated into the English Classroom to collect data and show learning. Parents will navigate a variety of platforms designed to offer students new opportunities for engagement, collaboration, and learning that extend instruction beyond the four walls of the classroom.
Virtual Science Labs
The presenter will demonstrate a virtual science lab (Chemistry Lab on Radioactive Element Decay aka Half Life) designed to improve science engagement and increase student motivation. Through participation in this session, parents will be introduced to the different Google apps that are integrated into the lesson for data collection, organization and graphing. The presenter will also showcase examples of multi-layered lab reports that students have completed as part of this next-generation science experience.