• 2018 Summer Professional Development Academy

    Seneca Valley School District is sponsoring a Summer Professional Development Academy to be held August 13-17, 2018. The Academy will feature sessions with a focus on the use of educational technology and school safety to support classroom instruction. 

    To register, visit http://www.svsd.net/summeracademy



    Nearpod https://www.nearpod.com

    Spend less time planning and more time teaching. Create interactive lessons in minutes. Ready-to-Teach, Interactive Lessons for All K-12 Grades and Subjects. Launch lessons instantly and receive comprehensive student assessments. Enable 100% student participation and engage students.

    Instructor: Nearpod representative

    Audience: K-12 teachers


    Raz-Plus https://www.raz-plus.com/

    Raz-Plus is a blended learning platform that provides effective teacher-led instruction, developmentally appropriate reading practice, formative assessment, and data-driven reporting to improve the reading skills of every student, at every level.

    • Enhance reading instruction with more than 50,000 reading resources, lesson plans, activities, and quizzes.
    • Provide a personalized reading library of leveled books and passages to every student available in printable, projectable, online, and mobile formats.
    • Determine future instruction using formative assessments and online, data-driven reports that track student reading activity and progress.

    Instructor: Learning A-Z representative

    Audience: K-4 teachers



    Would you like to learn more to utilize Edgenuity within your classroom? Would you like to be an OPT teacher? This session will take you through the ins and outs of Edgenuity. Learn simple ways to add new courses to your students. Learn how to utilize lesson mastery data to write your SLO. 

    Instructor: SV cyber teacher

    Audience: 5-12 teachers


    ALICE School Safety

    ALICE stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter and Evacuate and provides an opportunity to learn about different police tactics and strategies if ever presented with the threat of an armed intruder. In fact, police believe this type of training is something you may be able to employ for the personal safety of you and your family. Officer Hunter Ryan of the Jackson Township police force will provide his expertise for the program.

    Instructor: Officer Hunter Ryan

    Audience: All Staff


    CPR Certification

    The Seneca Valley nurses are pleased to provide training and certification to Seneca Valley staff who successfully complete the half-day training. According to the American Heart Association, “About 90 percent of people who suffer out-of-hospital cardiac arrests die. CPR, especially if performed immediately, can double or triple a person’s chance of survival.” After completing the training, you will have the skills needed to respond in an emergency in the community.

    Instructor: School nurses

    Audience: All Staff


    Moodle Learning Management System (LMS)

    Moodle is similar to a teacher website with additional educational features. Interact and collaborate with your class and provide online learning experiences for your students. Class materials published to Moodle are password protected and not visible to the public Internet. Use Moodle to avoid copyright issues. Classes are created automatically based on your class rosters and updated daily. Using Moodle, you can: post homework and worksheets, create a library of classroom notes and materials for students to access online, collaborate through discussion forums, create customized lessons, journal, blog, create wikis, provide a digital dropbox for assignment submission, upload documents and files, integrate Web 2.0 tools, integrate audio and video podcasting, include media in the lessons, and more.

    Instructor: Linda Martin

    Audience: K-12 teachers


    Microsoft Teams https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/education/products/teams/default.aspx

    Microsoft Teams is the digital hub that brings conversations, content, assignments, and apps together in one place. Promote equity and student voice with collaborative classrooms, connect in professional learning communities, and communicate with staff - all from a single experience in Office 365 Education.

    Instructor: Microsoft representative

    Audience: K-12 teachers


    Microsoft Minecraft Education Edition https://education.minecraft.net/

    Minecraft: Education Edition is a collaborative and versatile platform that educators can use across subjects to encourage 21st-century skills.

    Benefits of Minecraft in the classroom:

    • Minecraft gives students the freedom to create, pushing their imaginations to the limit and allowing them to be creative in ways not possible in the real world.
    • Inherently about problem-solving, the game can inspire students’ higher-level and critical thinking.
    • Minecraft is also a very social game, where students can rely on other players for help in the sometimes-unforgiving Minecraft world. When students work together, it builds positive classroom climate, teaches the benefits of collaboration and facilitates teamwork in a way that’s more organic than, say, being assigned to work together on a project. Students who might not get along in the real world can become allies in the Minecraft world.

     With the right imagination and creativity, teachers can implement any sort of lesson into the world of Minecraft—the possibilities are endless. Find lessons spanning primary, intermediate, and secondary school for use with your students.

    Instructor: Microsoft representative

    Audience: K-8 teachers



    How can you take advantage of Seneca Valley’s one-to-one program in your classroom? You will receive an overview of several educational technology resources. Highlights will include:

    • One-to-One program overview.
    • Moodle in the Classroom. Moodle allows you to provide online learning experiences for your students. Classes are created automatically based on your class rosters and updated daily. Class materials published to Moodle are password protected and not visible to the public Internet. Use Moodle to avoid copyright issues.
    • Discovery Education allows you to build assignments, create writing prompts, build quizzes, and stream educational videos.
    • Office 365, OneNote, and Windows 10. Utilize Office 365 to access information from any device, share files, and collaborate with students and teachers. Use OneNote for digital note taking and learn about accessibility features in Windows 10.
    • Smart Notebook. Learn about new educational features in Smart notebook. Send lessons directly to the SMART Board, conduct formative assessments, create lessons, record lessons, embed videos, utilize math specific tools (Geogebra, Equation editor), integrate student devices, SMART Document Camera, Pen tools, and more.
    • Nearpod. Create interactive lessons in minutes. Ready-to-Teach, Interactive Lessons for All K-12 Grades and Subjects. Engage students in a one-to-one classroom.
    • Impero Classroom Management software. Use Impero to manage and enhance the digital classroom. Impero allows student work to be shared on the smartboard, monitor student activity, create interactive online quizzes and polls, share your screen to all student devices, and more.

    Instructors: Linda Martin, Lou Nagy, Chad Robertson

    Audience: 3-12 teachers