Professional Development Schedule

SPARCC offers a variety of professional development training opportunities, webinars, and meetings.

You can view these events as a Google Calendar.

Or see below for details on our current and upcoming trainings.



SPARCC Google User Group meetings

Meetings on the third Friday of each month to connect Google-using educators from all around the area. Get full details here:
http://google.apps.sparcc.org/usergroup



SPARCC Webinar Series

Each month SPARCC offers free ed-tech webinars. These webinars can be viewed in two ways:
  • Live - You can watch the webinar live, which will give you the ability to submit questions and share ideas.
  • Recorded - Each webinar is recorded and can be viewed later.
Registration is not required to view the live webinar. You may simply go to the webinar link at the time of the session to view the live video. However, if you wish to receive a reminder and other information prior to the session,  you may sign up ahead of time on the webinar event page.

Participants can earn one contact hour by watching the webinar (live or recorded) and then completing an online quiz covering the session content.

Unless otherwise noted, the webinars run from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm (EST). See below for our upcoming webinars: 

View past recorded webinars at: 
http://ti.apps.sparcc.org/videopd

Google Classroom: Amazing Mobile Features
September 21, 2017 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm EST
Webinar link - http://ti.apps.sparcc.org/videopd/20170921-mobile-classroom (click to register and watch live webinar)
Presenter: Eric Curts
Google Classroom is a great tool for managing class assignments, collaboration, discussions and more. However, if you are only using the normal web version, you are missing out on many special features. Students and teachers can also run Classroom as a mobile app on phones, tablets, and modern Chromebooks. The mobile version adds several additional tools such as handwritten annotations, the option to take and insert images and videos, share content from other mobile apps in Classroom, push notifications, and more. See how you and your students can take Classroom to the next level with mobile!

Google Forms for Online Assessments
October 4, 2017 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm EST
Webinar link - http://ti.apps.sparcc.org/videopd/20171004-forms-quizzes (click to register and watch live webinar)
Presenter: Eric Curts
With Google Forms built-in quiz feature you can easily create online assessments. The quizzes can be graded automatically, giving you and your students detailed results right away. This is a great tool to help prepare students for online standardized tests, deliver common assessments, and add more formative assessments to your class. Learn how to create quizzes with Forms, include a variety of question types, add images and videos, administer and grade the quiz, and more.

Google Tour Builder for any Subject
October 17, 2017 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm EST
Webinar link - http://ti.apps.sparcc.org/videopd/20171017-tour-builder (click to register and watch live webinar)
Presenter: Eric Curts
Google's Tour Builder is an easy to use but powerful tool for students to create virtual tours, including locations, images, videos, descriptions, hyperlinks, and more. These tours can be used in any subject area such as retelling the events from a novel, tracing the locations of a historical event, visiting different biomes or landforms around the world, and more. Tours can be viewed by others in Tour Builder, or even imported into Google Earth for a full 3D experience. Learn how you and your students can make and take virtual tours with Google Tour Builder.