Teachers can build basic skills with online tools by taking advantage of free courses offered through the San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE), in partnership with San Diego Computer-Using Educators.
The beginner-level Back 2 Basics training includes three series of interactive workshops for teachers and classroom support staff. The small-group workshops are responsive to the unique needs of classroom teachers and are not geared toward office staff or other support employees who don't normally work in the classroom.
"Through our collaboration with districts supporting distance learning, we heard from teachers and district administrators across the county that there was a real need for something like this," said Pamela Rabin, a project specialist in educational technology with SDCOE. "This is one of the ways we're helping teachers and meeting their rapidly changing needs."
The next round of the workshops will start Nov. 17 and run through March 4. Participants can register for any of the sessions that interest them using a single registration form.
"The trainings were extremely helpful with step-by-step practice and handouts to review information," said a teacher from the San Diego Unified School District who participated in October.
Back 2 Basics: Nov. 17 to Dec. 17
Learn Google Drive, Google Docs, Google Drawing, Google Slides, Google Forms, and Google Sheets (as they are used to analyze results from Google Forms). There are eight sessions for this very basic training.
Back 2 Basics 2.0: Jan. 26 to Feb. 4.
Through four online sessions, explore other high-impact apps that are part of any online teacher's utility belt. These include Flipgrid, Screencastify, Jamboard, and Seesaw. Walk away with a user account set up, knowledge of how to create your own activities, and some ideas for basic implementation.
Beyond the Basics: Feb. 23 to March 4.
In our final series of four sessions, you will dig a little deeper with technology integration. These pedagogy-based online sessions focus on topics many teachers are grappling with in their online environment: enhanced packet instruction, frameworks for technology integration, managing small-group instruction online, and same assignment, different levels.