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    Pop-Up PLNs (Professional Learning Networks) are engaging, virtual opportunities to explore new technologies and teaching practices while connecting with other educators, all from the convenience of your living room

     

    Questions: Email Tyler Samstag at tyler.samstag@aiu3.net 

     

    Thank you to the nearly 800 educators from around the world that tuned into Pop-Up PLNs. We are currently taking a brief hiatus, as we turn our focus to supporting districts in transitioning to virtual instruction. However, we plan to resume Pop-Up PLNs in the near future. Check back soon.


  • Past Sessions

     

    TUESDAY,  March 24

     

    Crash Course on Scratch 

    11:00 AM - 11:45 AM (EST) 

    Session Focus: Scratch

    Session Description: This session will explore basics of the Scratch platform--a free online coding tool--and provide an opportunity for participants to create their own animated story.  No prior knowledge of Scratch or computer programming is needed.

    Presented By: Tyler Samstag, Allegheny Intermediate Unit

    Session Link: Join from PC, Mac, iOS or Android at https://paiu.zoom.us/j/638767040

     

    Building a Sense of Place with Google Tour Builder 

    3:00 PM - 3:45 PM (EST) 

    Session Focus: Google TourBuilder

    Session Description: Google Tour Builder allows you to craft a story, linking it to locations on Earth, and share it with others. Your source material can be a book, video, or personal history. Join us to explore this valuable tool.

    Presented By: Kevin Conner, Allegheny Intermediate Unit

    Session Link: Join from PC, Mac, iOS or Android at https://paiu.zoom.us/j/638767040

     


     

    WEDNESDAY,  March 25

     
    Strategies for Digital Reading, Grades 4+ 

    11:00 AM - 11:45 AM (EST) 

    Session Focus: Strategies for Digital Reading

    Session Description: Explore and engage in two strategies to help students build deeper reading and thinking skills when reading on screen.

    Presented By: Heather MoschettaAllegheny Intermediate Unit

    Session Link: Join from PC, Mac, iOS or Android at https://paiu.zoom.us/j/638767040

     

    Using PowerPoint to Make Talking Books

    3:00 PM - 3:45 PM (EST) 

    Session Focus: PowerPoint

    Session Description: This session will introduce you to using PowerPoint as a literacy tool to support reading and writing. Participants will use several features to create digital books that talk, along with implementation ideas. Participants will need to have PowerPoint.

    Presented By: Kendra Bittner, Allegheny Intermediate Unit

    Session Link: Join from PC, Mac, iOS or Android at https://paiu.zoom.us/j/638767040

     


     

    THURSDAY,  March 26

     
    Before You Zoom

    11:00 AM - 11:45 AM (EST) 

    Session Focus: Zoom

    Session Description: We’ll share tips and tricks related to all of the features available in Zoom, and how to set up a Zoom meeting that will be successful.

    Presented By: Jana Baxter and Kevin ConnerAllegheny Intermediate Unit

    Session Link: Join from PC, Mac, iOS or Android at https://paiu.zoom.us/j/638767040

     

    Creating 3D Virtual Worlds: Intro to Alice 3

    3:00 PM - 3:45 PM (EST) 

    Session Focus: Alice 3

    Session Description: Create your own 3D virtual worlds from your PC or MAC. This workshop will provide the basics to get you started creating. Full resources, including curricula, presentation slides, and tutorial videos are all available on www.alice.org

    Presented By: John BalashCarnegie Mellon University Entertainment Technology Center

    Session Link: Join from PC, Mac, iOS or Android at https://paiu.zoom.us/j/638767040

     


     

    FRIDAY,  March 27

     
    Now You're Zoom-ing

    11:00 AM - 11:45 AM (EST) 

    Session Focus: Zoom

    Session Description: We’ll dig into the tools that help you as a Zoom meeting moderator, and techniques that create an engaging, respectful, cohesive environment.

    Presented By: Jana Baxter and Kevin ConnerAllegheny Intermediate Unit

    Session Link: Join from PC, Mac, iOS or Android at https://paiu.zoom.us/j/638767040

     

    Googling Around Pittsburgh

    3:00 PM - 3:45 PM (EST) 

    Session Focus: Google Apps

    Session Description: Heard of Google Poly, Ngram, or Patents? Come learn about these and many more free Google resources along with a few Steel City attractions. Together we will link each Google application to a specific landmark in a Pittsburgh neighborhood. By the end of the presentation, over 20 Google resources and city attractions will be showcased.

    Presented By: Jana Baxter, Allegheny Intermediate Unit

    Session Link: Join from PC, Mac, iOS or Android at https://paiu.zoom.us/j/638767040

     


     

    MONDAY,  March 30

     
    Introduction to micro:bit

    11:00 AM - 11:45 AM (EST) 

    Session Focus: micro:bit

    Session Description: tbd

    Presented By: Katie Henrymicro:bit 

    Session Link: Join from PC, Mac, iOS or Android at https://paiu.zoom.us/j/638767040

     

    Data & Storytelling w/ CREATE Lab’s Earthtime Tool

    3:00 PM - 3:45 PM (EST) 

    Session Focus: Create Lab Earthtime

    Session Description: Explore CREATE Lab’s Earthtime tool and watch the world evolve over 32 years.  Using data from the United Nations, US Government, and local partners, students can delve into highly relevant storytelling on topical issues that have an effect on our everyday lives.

    Presented By: Jordan MroziakCarnegie Mellon University CREATE Lab

    Session Link: Join from PC, Mac, iOS or Android at https://paiu.zoom.us/j/638767040

     


     

    TUESDAY,  March 31

     
    A History of Rock & Hip Hop

    11:00 AM - 11:45 AM (EST) 

    Session Focus: Music History

    Session Description: Using primary source data, we will explore music history from 1950 onward to get a sense of how artists have shaped culture and been shaped by society.

    Presented By: Jordan MroziakCarnegie Mellon University CREATE Lab

    Session Link: Join from PC, Mac, iOS or Android at https://paiu.zoom.us/j/638767040

     

    Drawing with Python

    3:00 PM - 3:45 PM (EST) 

    Session Focus: CMU CS Academy

    Session Description: Discover how to utilize CS Academy to create colorful digital images with Python programming code - you’ll definitely want to know more about this wonderful, graphics-based coding platform!

    **It is recomended that you sign up for a teacher account for CS Academy prior to this session: https://academy.cs.cmu.edu/register**

    Presented By: Linda Muller, Allegheny Intermediate Unit

    Session Link: Join from PC, Mac, iOS or Android at https://paiu.zoom.us/j/638767040

      


     

    WEDNESDAY,  April 1

     
    CS Unplugged

    11:00 AM - 11:45 AM (EST) 

    Session Focus: Code.org CS Discoveries

    Session Description: Learn how unplugged activities from Code.org CS Discoveries program can help teachers introduce middle school CS concepts.

    Presented By: Linda MullerAllegheny Intermediate Unit

    Session Link: Join from PC, Mac, iOS or Android at https://paiu.zoom.us/j/638767040

     

    Maintaining Arts Learning at Home

    3:00 PM - 3:45 PM (EST) 

    Session Focus: Arts Education Distance Learning

    Session Description: Share currently available resources to support distance learning and arts learning at home. Provide opportunity for peer-to-peer learning by arts discipline. How are you using this time? How are you supporting student arts learning?

    Presented By: Yael SilkArts Education Collaborative 

    Session Link: Join from PC, Mac, iOS or Android at https://paiu.zoom.us/j/638767040

     


     

    THURSDAY,  April 2

     
    News & Media Literacy Resources for the Classroom

    11:00 AM - 11:45 AM (EST) 

    Session Focus: News and Media literacy Hub by Common Sense

    Session Description: Explore a collection of vetted resources,  lessons, videos, articles, printables focusing on news literacy, media literacy and Social & Cultural Literacy.

    Presented By: Jennifer EhehaltCommon Sense Education

    Session Link: Join from PC, Mac, iOS or Android at https://paiu.zoom.us/j/638767040

     

    Looking at Student Artwork

    3:00 PM - 3:45 PM (EST) 

    Session Focus: Qualitative Student Assessment

    Session Description: Spend 45 minutes looking deeply at one example of student artwork (looking for one teacher to share a high quality digital image). Participate in a looking at student work protocol adapted from Project Zero’s Steve Seidel’s work.

    Presented By: Yael SilkArts Education Collaborative 

    Session Link: Join from PC, Mac, iOS or Android at https://paiu.zoom.us/j/638767040

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