We are pleased to announce that our Spring 2014 course catalog is now available! Our newest courses reflect the cyclical nature of education and aim to eliminate the challenges that teachers face on a daily basis with “newer” technologies. These workshops have been developed with research from the early 80s and 90s in mind, and are designed to prepare educators to fully embrace the long-forgotten tools available in most classrooms. Attend any one (or more) of the courses below and prove that the way things were when you were in school is the ideal approach to teaching and learning.
In this fast-paced session, we’ll count down twenty groundbreaking techniques that teachers can use to get the most out of their overhead projector. From creating a spotlight template with cardstock (scissors required) to using multiple-colored markers to differentiate topics, participants will learn more than they ever really wanted to about this dinosaur! Regardless of the make and model you use, each cool thing is 100% compatible across brands, from 3M to Apollo.
Got crayons and construction paper? If so, then you’re ready to venture into the realm of analog storytelling. Using these tools and more, we’ll show you how to guide your students to retell novels they’ve read and recount historical events in new and exciting ways. We won’t forget our arithmetic and science teachers, either, as we’ll be cutting-and-pasting from magazines until the glue runs out!
What do schools do with all of their dry erase boards when they invest in those electronic “interactive” whiteboards? They recycle them! First, we’ll provide you with a class set of 8”x12” whiteboard “slabs” and a 4-pack sample of organic scented dry erase markers. Next, we will take you on a journey of a day-in-the-life of a classroom with 1:1 iSlabs. From the various colors of marker tools and real-time sharing of work, this session will get you on the right track to making the most of your students’ personal devices for learning.
Come along with us as we journey across the globe! Whether you have a pull-down map, a rotating globe, or both, you’ll learn how to look closely at specific locations with a magnifying glass, and how to take a few steps back to vary your overall view of the world. For participants who have the benefit of a transparency layer over their map, we’ll go even further by showing how to annotate directly on a map and even tape images to create an overlay of past and present.
Although cellular telephones and so-called social networking websites are seemingly at the forefront of students’ minds (and thumbs), this session aims to help teachers embrace the passing of notes and promote posting them for all to see. Using multi-colored sticky notes of various sizes, along with a dedicated space on a bulletin board, you’ll learn how social collaboration can help support students’ ability to interact with others in positive ways and how a public audience can increase student engagement.
Now, more than ever, we need ways to create ongoing portfolios of student work, so that we may monitor progress as students grow. This session will allow teachers to explore the use of a familiar tool – the 35mm camera – to document student artifacts. Regardless of brand, we’ll show you how the camera can become an essential tool and will undoubtedly help you improve your preparation of instructional materials based on real-time* data.
*Real-time data is for Polaroid camera users only. Other cameras may require up to 48 hours for development of film.
It’s no secret that students respond to media. In this session, we’ll show you how to utilize your classroom VHS recorder to capture instructional media from any network television show. We’ll also explore how to rewind and fast forward to specific locations on any tape that you’ve purchased. No access to a television set? No problem! We’ll also look at audio cassette recorders as a way to record and playback key information for students.
Do you find it difficult to reach every student in your class? As a follow-up to our Instructional Media course, participants will learn techniques to “flip” your classroom! All you’ll need is a class set of walkmans, blank cassette tapes and a dual-cassette recorder. Using each of these common tools, we’ll show you how to record your lectures, copy them, and send them home with students to listen to. The benefit? When students return to school, they’ll already have heard the material and you’ll be able to spend more time with actual work, rather than repeating yourself over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over.
In this workshop, we’ll lead teachers through strategies for lesson-planning with any of the tools they have available. Along with the star of the classroom – the dry erase board – participants will also learn how to utilize two-pocket folders, file cabinets, highlighters, sticky notes, overhead projectors, cassette tapes, vhs tapes, and flip chart paper to create engaging presentations and learning activities.
For more information, please send a SASE to Teq, Attn: April Fool’s Day 2014, 7 Norden Lane, Huntington Station, NY 11746.