The school year might be over, but learning hasn’t stopped. While their students are off splashing in pools, relaxing on beaches, and sleeping in late, teachers are working on lesson plans and preparing their classrooms for the next school year.

Teachers can also strengthen their ed tech skills with free webinars offered over summer break. From learning about new types of classroom technology to gaining insight on how to better incorporate technology into their current lesson plans, these webinars offer free professional development for K-12 teachers.

Here’s a breakdown of some of the webinars happening this summer:

  • June 23, 2-3 p.m. ET – The Education Week Tech Confidence Index: How Teachers View Educational Technology
    In this webinar, Education Week’s Research Center will take a deeper dive into Education Week’s new Tech Confidence Index data, released on June 13. The webinar will feature Wendy Drexler, education consultant, International Society for Technology in Education; Holly Yettick, director, Education Week Research Center; and Sean Cavanagh, associate editor, Education Week. Following a brief data presentation from Yettik, there will be a moderated discussion about teachers and technology. Participants will engage in a discussion of implications for teachers, classrooms, learning, students, and schools. Register for the webinar, sponsored by literary resource provider Scholastic, here.
  • July 13, 3-4 p.m. ET – Young Children and Technology: Warren Buckleitner Shares Expert Advice
    Warren Buckleitner, editor, Children’s Technology Review, shares his expert advice on exposing young children to technology. The webinar, sponsored by Gryphon House, a publisher of early childhood resources, will cover topics, including 10 of the most exciting learning apps, what hardware teachers need to get started, how to use a child’s “technology addiction” to their advantage, and a simple, powerful formula to pass along to other parents and teachers. The webinar will be beneficial for educators working with Pre-K through elementary students. Register here.
  • July 19, 1-2 p.m. ET – Options for eText: Facilitating Access and Comprehension Through Electronic Text
    This webinar, presented by Sean Sweeney, speech-language pathologist and instructional tech specialist, The Ely Center, will expose teachers to electronic texts and accompanying accessibility features at a variety of price points. The webinar, sponsored by app maker MES Publishing, will showcase  platforms with a demonstration of apps and features that will help teachers master eTexts in no time. It will be particularly relevant for general and special education teachers, related service providers, technology specialists, and administrators. Click here to register.
  • July 19, 3-4 p.m. ET – How to Connect Science, Technology, Engineering, Robotics, Arts, and Math in the Classroom
    In this webinar, Library Media Specialist Karey Killian will highlight how science, technology, engineering, robotics, arts, and math (STREAM) teaching can create meaningful learning experiences for students. The webinar, hosted by school supply store and education resource provider Big Deal Media, will address how to approach STREAM as a way of thinking through learning, not as a subject or a class; provide all students with opportunities to discover unique ways of making learning connections with STREAM; connect students’ experiences with those of other students, while sharing their learning adventures; help students showcase their discoveries with others; include STREAM thinking activities in the classroom; and create unique learning adventures by using Skype classroom. Register for the webinar here.
  • July 28, 2-2:45 p.m. ET – Blended Learning: Recommendations and Resources
    Future Ready Schools is hosting a webinar to share recommendations and resources to help schools implement blended learning. Panelists will include Kira Keane, partner, The Learning Accelerator; Saro Mohammed, partner, The Learning Accelerator; and Tom Murray, director of innovation, Future Ready Schools, Alliance for Excellent Education. The webinar will share solutions to the top barriers to implementing blended learning, offer evidence supporting the effectiveness of personalized learning and learning for mastery, and introduce a five-step guide for school districts to develop their own blended learning measurement system. Register and submit questions for the webinar here.
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