BSD Innovative Educators Professional Development Series

BSD Innovative Educators Professional Development Series

Our free webinars fit any schedule and include self-paced practice material and actionable takeaways.. Become a part of BSD’s growing global community of innovative educators and let’s reshape the future of education together!

Speakers

With more than 14 years of education experience, Mark consults with teachers and administrators all over the world to setup and design impactful learning experiences.

Allison uses more than 10 years of education experience to help teachers implement Digital Skills Learning programs and provide the support needed for success in the classroom.

2022 Schedule

(A recording of these webinars will be made available to all registrants.)

July 21

How to Integrate Coding into Core Curriculum

August 11

Building Student Agency Through Digital Skills

September 8

How Digital Skills Can Help Students Be Career Ready

October 6

Take a Deep Dive Into Constructionism

November 17

Design Thinking and How You Can Use It In the Classroom

December 8

Uncovering Bias with Machine Learning

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Coding is becoming more and more an essential skill to have in our digital world, making it essential for educators to weave it into core curriculum content. Join us for a webinar on how coding and digital skills can easily be incorporated into math, science, language and social studies, providing students with not only 21st century technical skills but also a wide range of soft skills.

12 p.m. Asia Pacific (GMT+8)

11 A.m. Eastern Time (GMT-4)

Two sessions are offered for each webinar topic for the convenience of viewers and will not contain different information.
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Building student agency is about empowering children to take control of their learning and build an inner voice that drives them to take initiative, an important trait for any career. We’ll examine how we can build greater student agency through research-backed strategies that include implementing meaningful formative assessment, incorporating digital skills, and using student choice as a motivator. Give your students a voice in the classroom that will help them fall in love with learning.

12 p.m. Asia Pacific (GMT+8)

3 P.m. Eastern Time (GMT-4)

Two sessions are offered for each webinar topic for the convenience of viewers and will not contain different information.
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Employment in computer and information technology occupations is projected to grow 13 percent from 2020 to 2030, faster than the average for all occupations, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Join us to learn how you can help your students be ready for this growing trend and provide them with the future-proof skills that can expand opportunities, or at least help them prepare for careers incorporating digital skills.

12 p.m. Asia Pacific (GMT+8)

1 P.m. Eastern Time (GMT-4)

Two sessions are offered for each webinar topic for the convenience of viewers and will not contain different information.
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Constructionism posits that learning is most effective when students are active in making meaningful objects and artifacts and are able to draw their own conclusions through experimentation across multiple media. We’ll take a closer look at constructionism’s influence on education, how teachers can utilize this approach with their own students, and also how it has become a larger social movement with impacts that stretch beyond the classroom.

12 p.m. Asia Pacific (GMT+8)

Time TBD

Two sessions are offered for each webinar topic for the convenience of viewers and will not contain different information.
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Design thinking is a professional process that engineers and designers use to ideate, prototype, and test new inventions, ideas, and products. Learn from BSD’s expert curriculum designers to understand how design thinking can help your students learn critical digital skills and improve your curriculum in the classroom by following the five main steps. In the session we will conduct a design sprint to show each step of the process.

12 p.m. Asia Pacific (GMT+8)

Time TBD

Two sessions are offered for each webinar topic for the convenience of viewers and will not contain different information.
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From self-driving cars to entertainment recommendations, AI is a part of our future. There is no better time to start learning how AI works and provide students the knowledge they’ll need today and into the future.

In this last BSD webinar of 2022, get a hands-on experience to see how AI sees images, makes predictions, and how we can make sure that those predictions are accurate and free of bias. We’ll also explore similarities between AI and how our own minds work by studying the effects of bias and categorization of data.

12 p.m. Asia Pacific (GMT+8)

Time TBD

Two sessions are offered for each webinar topic for the convenience of viewers and will not contain different information.

Past Webinars

Project-Based Learning With Real-World Experiences

Description: Project-Based Learning (PBL) blends content mastery, meaningful work, and personal connection to create powerful learning experiences. In this event, we’ll examine how PBL can provide students with a lasting educational experience that is meaningful to them and their interests. Join us to explore how you can start your first project or improve the projects that you already deliver.

Tap Into The Power of Play

Description: Children are naturally inclined to be curious, imaginative, and engage in playful discovery during their day at school. So why not use this as a tool in the classroom? This course will outline how educators can use the power of play to effectively teach students critical digital skills. Join us for this hands-on experience to learn how play can help your students be engaged and become better learners.

Best Practices In Teaching Students To Code

Description: Given how widespread technology is, teaching coding has become a fundamental and future proof skill. While block-coding can offer an easy introduction, text-based coding with HTML/CSS is important for student growth so they can move past the blocks, become familiar with a real coding environment, and build a foundation that has no limitations. This webinar outlines the first steps in coding with HTML/CSS and help students learn future-ready skills critical for whatever career path they choose.

Beyond Blocks: First Steps in coding

Description: Given how widespread technology is, teaching coding has become a fundamental and future proof skill. While block-coding can offer an easy introduction, text-based coding with HTML/CSS is important for student growth so they can move past the blocks, become familiar with a real coding environment, and build a foundation that has no limitations. This webinar outlines the first steps in coding with HTML/CSS and help students learn future-ready skills critical for whatever career path they choose.

Creating Digital Content for Education

Description: Designing online educational content starts with thinking about the needs of the learners and working from research-based methods to prepare an inclusive learning environment. This course will help you prepare online learning experiences that meet the needs of your learners and will cover online learning engagement strategies.

Engaging Students in a Virtual Classroom Setting

Engaging Students In A Virtual Classroom Setting​

Description: With the rise of distance learning, capturing students’ attention has become a major challenge for educators everywhere. Engagement is critical to both student learning and teacher satisfaction. This course provides strategies for fostering student engagement, adapting traditional assignments with technology, and promoting student accountability. Participants will examine success stories and participate in live demonstrations. 

PBL for Flexible Classroom Environments

PBL for Flexible Classroom Environments

Description: How do we overcome the many challenges of distance learning and create engaging, collaborative projects that are meaningful and effective? In this course, participants learn valuable strategies for designing and executing a PBL curriculum that is effective, engaging and equitable.

Social and Emotional Learning for the Digital Age

Social and Emotional Learning for the Digital Age

Description: The role that Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) plays in the development of young people is growing. Students today face the challenge of establishing their own identity and practicing social skills while navigating a variety of online spaces. This course will offer tested strategies for aligning the CASEL framework with digital skills in order to promote safe, effective educational experiences for students on and offline. 

Developing the Full Student with C.A.R.E.

Developing the Full Student with C.A.R.E.

Description: Curiosity, Adaptability, Resilience, Empathy. In a world full of uncertainty, these are the four essential traits that all students need to be future-ready. In this session, participants will explore how BSD is designing virtual, collaborative, technology projects that develop C.A.R.E. skills in students for work, study, and life. 

Compelling Curricular Design for Distance Learning

Compelling Curricular Design for Distance Learning

Description: Hybrid learning has forced educators to rethink their curriculum design to account for equity, effectiveness and engagement. Lessons are often expected to work synchronously, asynchronously, and a blend of the two. Learn from expert BSD curriculum designers how they’re building high quality curricula that uses teacher time efficiently. 

Formative Assessment for Hybrid Classrooms

Formative Assessment for Hybrid Classrooms

Description: As the classroom environment shifts, educators must also adapt in order to create meaningful formative assessment for students. Participants will have the opportunity to get hands-on experience with a variety of research-backed formative assessment methodologies. 

Coding for English Language Learners

Coding for English Language Learners

Description: Coding, the universal language of the devices that impact our everyday life and power the Innovation Economy. Learning how to introduce the hard skill of computer coding can unlock tremendous opportunities for English language learners. Workforce development pathways include copywriting, content development, technical writing, online publishing, live chat support and more.

Building Good Digital Citizens: Uncovering Bias with Machine Learning

Building Good Digital Citizens: Uncovering Bias with Machine Learning

Description: From self-driving cars to entertainment recommendations, AI is a part of our future. There is no better time to start learning how AI works and provide students the knowledge they’ll need today and into the future.

In this special event, get a hands-on experience to see how AI sees images, makes predictions, and how we can make sure that those predictions are accurate and free of bias. We’ll also explore similarities between AI and how our own minds work by studying the effects of bias and categorization of data.

Building Good Digital Citizens: Uncovering Bias with Machine Learning

Managing Students in a Digital World

Description: With virtual classes more common and teacher interaction with students consistently taking new forms, this interactive event will explore how educators can better manage students in a digital world.

Join longtime educator and BSD Coach/Trainer Allison Renda to get hands-on training on how you can engage students in a virtual setting, including how to implement clearly defined procedures proven to work and establish expectations that will enhance the learning experience for students.

Demystifying Coding for the Classroom

Demystifying Coding for the Classroom

Description: Educators, administrators and parents know that coding can be an important skill for students to learn but what exactly is “coding” and how do we get started? In this course, participants will get hands-on experience using real-world coding languages to enhance classroom learning. Not all students will become computer scientists but every student can benefit from understanding how computer programs work.

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