Each year, The Siena School and its staff partner with some of the area's leading professionals and educators to host a workshop and lecture series that is open to the public. This workshop series provides a wide range of programs that allow participants to learn about and discuss current best practices and research-based strategies for teaching, learning and parenting.
I. WRITTEN LANGUAGE AND THE LD STUDENT
Saturday, March 4, 2017, 8:30 am-3:30 pm
With the right strategies for organizing, brainstorming and planning, students can write productively and thoroughly, and you can help them! Learn about multisensory methods for teaching writing, as tested and implemented by The Siena School teachers. You will learn hands-on methods for teaching and guiding students to write independently and effectively.
Siena's Director of Technology will provide a writing-focused look at the apps, extensions and third-party add-ons that make up the Google Apps environment. Explore simple, purpose-built web applications that allow students more flexibility, creativity and support than ever. Learn about how tools like Google Docs & Drive, Webspiration, Read&Write, and more can provide collaborative writing, instant feedback, graphic organization, text-to-speech proofreading and speech-to text dictation to improve the writing process.
Practice the techniques yourself and learn how to support your student or child in his or her writing. This workshop is appropriate for teachers, parents and tutors for grades 3 and up.
Workshop Facilitators: Jilly Darefsky (Head of School), Beth Fabijanic (Humanities Department Chair), and Simon Kanter, (Director of Technology) from The Siena School
II. TECHNOLOGY- SENSE AND SIMPLICITY
Saturday, February 11, 2017, 8:30 am-12:00 pm
Explore apps and extensions that make sense while empowering students to go beyond the basic Google Apps suite (Gmail, Docs and Drive). Learn about apps, extensions and tools that focus on:
Executive Functioning skills
- Google Docs tips and tricks like text-to-speech and speech-to-text
- Web-based Task lists and timers
- Chrome Extensions for mind mapping
Multimedia Content Creation
- WeVideo for simple video recording and editing
- RealtimeBoard for collaborative virtual whiteboards
- Chrome Extensions for Screencasting (WeVideo, Screencastify)
This session is recommended for teachers, tutors and parents.
Workshop Facilitators: Simon Kanter, (Director of Technology) from The Siena School