Awesome teacher summer: PD bingo choice board

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Professional development | Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Awesome teacher summer: PD bingo choice board

Summer is a great time to learn what YOU want to learn. This PD bingo choice board gives you LOTS of options!

Summer is a time for rejuvenation and relaxation. It’s a time to focus on our lives outside of education and recharge.

It is also the perfect opportunity to focus on ourselves both professionally and personally. So many of us, as educators, look forward to summer as a time to do the things we didn't have time to do during the school year. That includes learning some new tips, tricks and ideas for the next school year.

Whether it’s through a conference, online course, reading, or catching up on all of those podcasts you haven’t had time to listen to yet. The long break can leave us time to focus on our own learning.

Ditch That Textbook Summer PD BINGO

That's why we created this interactive summer PD BINGO board. Each of the links takes you to a the PD resource. Many even have certificates of completion or badges that you can earn!

You may want to just try some short tutorials to learn about a new app or tool or you may be looking for a full online course. Whatever you're looking for, we've got you covered!

In this bingo board, you'll find a mixture of edtech tools, Google tools, Microsoft tools, and non-tech resources. We tried to vary it as widely as possible to reach everyone -- and to help you broaden your horizons.

This bingo board is customizable! Make a copy of the document where it was created. Just click "use template" to create your own copy. Then change out links and images to suit your needs. Share it with other educators that would enjoy playing along!

Be sure to scroll down for more details and links for all 24 options on the bingo board. PLUS see an entire collection of FREE conferences and events that you can take part in over the summer at the very bottom of the post!

This summer PD bingo board gives you lots of FREE options to improve your practice!

Want to use the board as is? Click here for the PDF version of our 2022 Summer PD BINGO board.

Looking for past year's BINGO boards? Check out our 2021 and 2020 versions below.

Click here for the 2021 version. 

Click here for the 2020 version.

1. Create a playful classroom

The Playful Classroom shows readers how to reconnect with students, parents, and your profession. In this mini course, join The Playful Classroom co-author Jed Dearybury as he takes you through some of the best take-aways from the book. Click here to start the course!

2. Learn to teach computer science with CS First

Take an in-depth look at all of the resources available for teachers and students through CS First and learn how to use them in the classroom. Click here to start the course!

3. Empower every student with an inclusive classroom

There are tons of tools out there designed to empower all students. Learn how to utilize accessibility tools to meet the needs of your diverse learners.

Click here for a Microsoft tools focused training.

Click here for a Google Tools focused training.

4. Earn a Canvas Basics badge

Explore Canvas as a new user and Learn how to become First Day Ready with Canvas LMS.  Click here to get started!

See all of the courses offered in the Canvas Network here.

5. Take a training course on student privacy

This one hour training will walk you through why student online privacy is important and help you manage the risks to using technology in the classroom.  Click here to get started!

6. Take a Nearpod for beginners course

This course will show you how to log in to your Nearpod account, search lessons, launch lessons, share lessons, access reports and find help with the tool. Click here to get started!

7. Watch the Breaking the Blockbuster model video series

Blockbuster Video was a force in the 1990's. But when streaming video came along, it became obsolete. We use lots of traditional teaching practices in our classes every day. In this video series, teacher Nate Ridgway shares his best tips and strategies to break the Blockbuster Model.   Click here to get started!

8. Learn about copyright and fair use for educators

In this digital world copyright and fair use are important and relevant topics to address with our students and to be familiar with ourselves.  Click here to get started!

See all of the courses offered in the Canvas Network here.

9. Take a Chromebook training course

Chromebooks are easy to use and a cheaper alternative to other laptops which makes them a favorite choice for classroom use. But there are lots of features beyond the basics that can make them even more useful. Learn how to take advantage of these devices in the classroom.  Click here to get started!

Looking for basic Google tool trainings? Click here for product specific tutorials.

10. Enroll in the Adobe Creative Educator course

Get the tools, the skills, and the motivation you need to start teaching more creatively -- and to foster creativity in your students. Enroll in the Creativity for All course on the Adobe Education Exchange. Complete the course and earn your Adobe Creative Educator Level 1 badge. Click here to enroll for FREE!

Learn more about the Adobe Creative Educator program here.

11. Get started with Office 365 and Windows

If you are brand new to Office 365 for education you can get going quickly with the tools that Office 365 has to offer with this course. Learn how to create assessments with Microsoft Forms, get started with OneNote, manage Teams and more. Click here to get started.

Take a tour of more Microsoft learning tools like Immersive Reader, live captions and subtitles in PowerPoint.

12. Take a training course on student privacy

This one hour training will walk you through why student online privacy is important and help you manage the risks to using technology in the classroom.  Click here to get started!

13. Engage more girls in STEM

Gain insight into why there is a gender gap in STEM fields and learn about tools to integrate that will help increase the number of women in STEM. Click here to take the course. 

See all of the courses in the Microsoft Education Center here.

14. Become an excellent editor with Screencastify

Screencastify's editor allows you to add, merge and cut clips in your videos to make your videos look just how you want them. In this course you'll also learn how to maximize engagement and personalize learning through editing.  Click here to get started!

Click here for all of the courses Screencastify has to offer.

15. Take an implicit bias mini-course

In this mini course Dr. Sheldon Eakins will help you to learn about your own biases as he walks you through different examples of implicit bias in the school setting. Discover how to address bias, challenge stereotypes and develop empathy. Click here to get started!

16. Introduce esports in education

Esports are huge and many students engage in them outside of school. This course will identify the benefits for integrating esports in educational settings and even connect esports-related education to careers.  Click here to get started!

See all of the courses in the Microsoft Education Center here.

17. Use Adobe Creative Cloud Express in the classroom

Discover how to help students design, create and present visual stories in the classroom. This course provides an overview of the basic principles of Adobe Express and gives access to free resources to use with your students. Click here to get started!

See all of the courses in the Adobe Education Exchange here.

18. Empower students with voice and choice 

Learn how to let students practice having autonomy and choice in any classroom. In this video series, we'll share with you a roadmap to building a classroom that amplifies autonomy and creates choice. Click here to get started!

19. Discover the value of educator self care

This webinar from Learning for Justice will help you gain understanding of the science and psychology of self-care and how educator self-care affects students. You will also learn a variety of self-care practices and tools to add to your self-care toolkit. Click here to view the webinar.

See all Learning for Justice webinars here.

20. Learn to support ELLs in the classroom

This course will provide strategies for creating culturally responsive learning environments and give teachers  tools to use that will empower our diverse groups of learners. Click here to get started!

21. Understand IEPs from A to Z

IEPs provide students with diverse learning needs the support they need to be successful. This course provides teachers with practical tools to help students with IEPs thrive  in their classrooms. Click here to view the webinar.

See all of the courses offered in the Canvas Network here.

22. Create classroom communities with SEL

Social and emotional skills are the incredibly important to teach and develop in the classroom and help create a strong community. Tools like Flipgrid along with other Microsoft tools can help give educators practical ways to increase emotional intelligence and develop social skills. Click here to start the course!

See all of the courses in the Microsoft Education Center here.

23. Start on an anti-racism journey for educators

This learning path helps empower educators to be courageous and confident in their journey to work towards dismantling racism in their classroom and beyond. Educators will deeply question power, privilege, and fragility and will work to interrupt those teaching practices that marginalize, isolate, and exclude our BIPOC students. Click here to enroll.

24. Learn how to use Google Classroom 

Millions of teachers and students around the world use Google Classroom every day. They manage assignments. Leave feedback. Give grades. Communicate. This FREE course walks you through the basics PLUS gives you tips and tricks for success! Click here to start the course!

BONUS 🎉 Even MORE free PD!

In addition to the self-paced resources we shared above there are also many live conferences and webinars available throughout the summer. You can take advantage of even more PD in your PJs with these fun live, virtual PD opportunities. Can't make them live? If you miss them you can still view the recording!

What was your experience with any of these? Have any resources you'd add to the list? Please share your thoughts in a comment below!

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Are you looking for quality, meaningful professional learning that both equips and inspires teachers?

Matt provides in-person and virtual keynotes, workshops and breakout sessions that equip, inspire and encourage teachers to create change in their classrooms. Teachers leave with loads of resources. They participate. They laugh. They see tech use and teaching in a new light. Click the link below to contact us and learn how you can bring Matt to your school or district!

Is Matt presenting near you soon? Check out his upcoming live events!

Ready to take your teaching skills -- and student learning -- to another level?
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  • VMower says:

    Check out Texthelp Equity in Education: Pathways to Success, June 15th

  • Sandra Noel says:

    Thank you for these fantastic resources that are packaged up so succinctly. I am a huge fan of choice boards/Bingo, and this topic now more than ever, for PD is super helpful!

  • c.terry-edd says:

    I appreciate all of the extras that have been provided to help us get from behind the 8ball. This is a way to be proactive.

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