Written by Nicky Acevedo, a Tierney Professional Development team member
The school bells may have stopped ringing, but that doesn’t mean the learning has to. The Tierney Professional Development Team is here to provide support on ways for teachers to get professional development training as well as provide parents tips and tricks on how to keep students learning this summer.
The Tierney Professional Development Team has just announced their professional development opportunities for the summer. And the best part is that all of the sessions being offered are remote.
‘Jamboard: The Perfect Tool for Creativity and Collaboration’ is one of the sessions you can register to take. This 2-hour session on July 22nd from 9:00-11:00 am CT, will teach you how to get started using Jamboard, discuss tips and tricks, and provide ideas for using Jamboard immediately in your teaching environment.
If you are not familiar with Jamboard, it is an interactive whiteboarding tool by Google. The real magic of this tool lies in its creative features. When you open Jamboard you are welcomed by a blank screen with a toolbar that offers a variety of tools to further creativity and collaboration like the pen, textbox, background, images, and sticky note features. In addition, Jamboard can be used for any subject area, grades K-12, and teachers can observe the work being completed by students in real time.
Summer learning loss is a real fear during the summer months because parents do not want their students to take a break from learning and miss out on new information and skills. To help ease some of that anxiety you may be feeling, check out the tips below on ways to keep your student’s brain active during the summer months.
Read. Read. Read.
Reading develops the mind and exercising the mind is important. The easiest and most fundamental way to exercise the mind is to read. When students read, it expands their vocabulary and enhances their imagination. Ask your student’s teacher for a summer reading list or check in with your local library for recommendations. Audiobooks and podcasts are other alternatives you can try. Also, if you are looking for something web-based, check out getepic.com, a digital reading platform that provides access to thousands of books, videos, and quizzes. You can also create an account at newsela.com, an online news-as-literacy platform that features short, but high-interest articles.
Learning about different places and cultures doesn't have to only happen on school field trips. Visiting museums, going to a nature center, or even exploring your own neighborhood is a great way to learn about the world around you. Opportunities for virtual field trips are also available as places begin to open their doors to more people. Check out Google Earth or Google Street View to tour locations across the world or tour museums from all around the world with Google Arts and Culture.
Academic Sites If you are looking to have your students sharpen their minds with school related content, PBS Kids has designed a site of games that cover many subject areas in Math, Reading, and Science. Once students create a login they can pick and choose activities they want to work on. Academics is also a popular interactive and visually appealing to students because it is set up to look like an arcade game. Students get to choose what grade level, subject, and arcade game they want to play. For older students, Google’s Applied Digital Skills are activities that improve digital literacy and prepare students for jobs.
Whether you are a teacher or a parent, make the most of your 2021 summer and know that the Tierney Professional Development Team is here to support you!
About the author
Nicky Acevedo is a member of the Trox +Tierney professional development team. Nicky began teaching in 2005 and spent most of her career as an English teacher at Harry S Truman High School in Levittown, PA. Because of her love of technology, Nicky has always pushed the envelope on ways to implement technology in the classroom to engage students and make learning fun. Nicky has been with Tierney for over two years providing engaging professional development to teachers all across the country.