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One of my favorite parts of my job is visiting schools and districts around the world to deliver virtual PD on best practices in using educational technology in the classroom, whether it is brick-and-mortar, online, or hybrid. 


Live, virtual PD can be delivered via Google Meet or whichever video conferencing platform you prefer. 


See below for examples of trainings I have delivered, or contact me to discuss custom sessions. 


Looking forward to working with you!  

Empowered Edu Training Sessions and Training Videos


Our Professional Development Opportunities are available in live, virtual training or in video format (unless noted). 


General Sessions: 

The Hybrid Teacher Keynote 

Getting Started with Hybrid Teaching

Best Practices in Concurrent Instruction 

EdTech Tools for Online Discussion 

Options for Online Assessment 

Building Community & Class Culture Online 

Engaging Online Synchronous Lessons 

Providing Student Choice: Engagement & Equity 

The Future of Education

Bring it Back to the Classroom: What did we learn from a year of COVID? (new!)

Models for Concurrent Instruction 

Engaging Online Synchronous Lessons + Pear Deck 

Engaging Online Asynchronous Lessons with Google Slides

Engaging Hybrid Lessons with Little Learners (Seesaw)*

*Delivered by expert K-3 hybrid teacher 

Tool Specific Sessions: 

Getting Organized with Google 

Google Classroom 101 

Digging Deeper with Google Classroom

Every Assignment in WeVideo 

Google Sites: The Swiss Army Knife of Remote Learning

Space Jam: An Introduction to Google Jamboard  

Session Descriptions:

The Hybrid Teacher Keynote (60 mins) 

In this keynote session, Emma tells the story of how she went from Las Vegas to London, from brick-and-mortar teacher to EdTech Consultant to hybrid teacher, and what she has learned along the way. She share the details of her hybrid school model, and the big ideas that we can all learn from rethinking what education looks like. 

Getting Started with Hybrid Teaching (60 mins) 

This session offers key takeaways from The Hybrid Teacher Survival Guide, including getting started with your learning management system, designing synchronous lessons, designing asynchronous lessons, assessment online, parent interaction, community building, and technology bootcamp. This session is best if you are only offering one training to teachers.

Best Practices in Concurrent Teaching (60 mins) 

In this session we will overview the best practices of concurrent instruction including setting up and managing your technology, holding discussions, lesson pacing, facilitating small groups, and using tools such as Classroom Screen, Nearpod or Pear Deck, and Jamboard.


EdTech Tools for Online Discussion (60 mins) 

There are numerous tools online that allow students to communicate both synchronously and asynchronously. In this session we will practice using Flipgrid, Google Classroom Question, Padlet and Parlay to facilitate online discussions. We will also discuss best practices in designing discussion to ensure deeper meaning and understanding.


Options for Online Assessment (60 mins) 

Is there an easy way to ensure that students won't look up answers on Google when taking an assessment online remotely? The short answer is no. However online remote learning allows us to rethink how we deliver assessments and build a culture and Community around academic honesty. We will also be looking at online assessment tools such as goformative, Google forms, Peergrade, and Flipgrid. 


Building Community & Class Culture Online (60 mins) 

We know the importance of building classroom culture and community at the start of the year. Most teachers have their tried-and-true icebreaker activities ready, but how does this translate online? And how can we ensure students are comfortable with the technology and the ability to communicate online? In this session we will look at activities, tools, and ideas for starting the year off right.


Engaging Online Synchronous Lessons (60 mins) 

Synchronous learning happens when teachers and students are together in real time. This is what we do in the classroom, but we can also teach synchronously online over a video conferencing software. In this session we will look at a lesson schedule for online synchronous learning, and look at some activities and tools to engage your students throughout.


Providing Student Choice: Engagement & Equity (60 mins) 

In this session we will discuss how to create and leverage choice based activities and choice boards, as well as their importance in giving students a sense of agency in their work, as well and providing equitable opportunities for learning. This session will be hands-on, so be prepared to start creating! 

The Future of Education (60 mins)

COVID-19 has forced many of us to reconsider what the purpose of education is, and how it should be delivered. As we look to a more automated future, uniquely human skills such as creativity, critical thinking, leadership, and empathy will become of utmost importance for our students to not only survive but thrive in the future job market. In this session we will look at tools and techniques to help develop these skills in any content area.


Bring it Back to the Classroom: What did we learn from a year of COVID? (90 mins)

As teachers prepare to return back to the classroom, we will return, not as the teachers who began remote learning last year, but as teachers fully changed. We have adopted new tools and technologies, rethought assessment and instructional strategies, and had a glimpse into student home lives and gained insight in the importance of social and emotional learning. In this session we will reflect on a year of teaching and learning through the COVID pandemic, and determine what to take back with us to the classroom to be better educators than before.

Models for Concurrent Instruction (90 mins) 

In this session we will dive into three different models for delivering instruction in a concurrent model including concurrent instruction, the "Flip Flop" model, and station rotations. During this session each participant will be working to build lessons in each different model that they can use with their students.

Engaging Online Synchronous Lessons + Pear Deck (90 mins) 

This enhanced version of Engaging Online Synchronous Lessons includes instruction on Pear Deck, a tool to embed interactive questions into a presentation. In this session we will practice using Pear Deck as students, and then sign up as teachers and make our first product presentation.


Engaging Online Asynchronous Lessons (90 mins) 

Asynchronous learning is when a teacher develops a pre-built lesson, or pre-recorded video, and provides it for a student to work through at their own pace during the course of a day or week. In this session we will use Google slides and Google Docs templates in order to create a pre-packaged lesson that students will be able to navigate independently.


Engaging Hybrid Lessons with Little Learners - Seesaw  (90 mins)*

*Delivered by K-3 hybrid teacher Emma Chitters

Emma Chitters is a K through 2 teacher with experience teaching in the hybrid model. She uses Seesaw as her learning management system and her device for building asynchronous and synchronous lesson activities for her students. In this session teachers will get the experience of ICC Austin from a student's point of view, then work on setting up and designing their first Seesaw lessons for students.

Getting Organized with Google (60 mins) 

Designed for schools and districts using Google for Education, this training takes you through the basics of setting up and organizing your Gmail, your drive, and efficiently navigating through your online space. We will cover extensions, addons, apps, and more! This is a great foundation session for those who are less confident online. 


Google Classroom 101 (60 mins) 

This session takes you through the basics of Google Classroom. Participants will start as students and get to experience communicating and completing work from the students point of view. We will work on setting up our own Google classrooms as teachers and look at key settings and features. 


Digging Deeper with Google Classroom (60 mins) 

This session is part two of the Google Classroom series, where teachers will look at new and advanced features of Google Classroom, as well as practice designing lessons (including a Google Form for immediate feedback), and discussing best practices. 

Every Assignment in WeVideo (90 mins) 

WeVideo is a simple, intuitive video editing tool that students love to use in all types of assignments from daily announcements, to instructional videos, book trailers, and more. This session is hands on! Participants will be creating videos in the free version of WeVideo.

Google Sites: The Swiss Army Knife of Remote Learning (90 mins) 

In this session we will explore different ways in which Google Sites can be used in blended or remote learning, including: tool for parent communication, portfolio for student work, digital escape room, and virtual event platform. This session is hands on! Participants will be creating their own Google Sites as we go!

Space Jam: An Introduction to Google Jamboard (90 mins) 

Have you heard the buzz about Google Jamboard? What better way to learn about the fun and engaging ways to use Google Jamboard, then in a gamified, highly competitive, Jamboard “jam session” based on the 1996 cinematic masterpiece: Space Jam. In this session you will play your way through learning to not only use the tools on a Jamboard, but also how to utilize it in your classroom. 



For rates, scheduling, and custom sessions please contact me

Looking forward to talking with you! 

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