Professional Development Options


Our classrooms are becoming more and more embedded in the digital world. As educators we need to continue to learn how to improve the use of technology with instruction.

Whether you are just starting off with integrating technology or in full swing here are some FREE courses you can take over the summer for your own professional development.





Microsoft Classroom

Great News! Microsoft is going to pilot their new Classroom Notebook and we are going to be part of the pilot.  Currently we have about 10 classrooms using OneNote Class Notebook with their students.  Teachers find it to be a powerful tool.  Some of the new tools will be students can get assignments from the teacher and submit them back plus teachers will be able to share, track and grade assignments.

Check out the announcement!


Technology and Plagarism

copypasteTeaching with technology is becoming a norm in most schools today. As we sat down to reflect on how we are teaching our kids about digital citizenship and what we need to change for next year most teachers were shocked with the amount of students plagiarizing or better known as cut & paste. We are a 1:1 iPad school, students have access to the internet literally at their fingertips.  The following article will highlight many different plagiarism checkers you can use to scan students work.  As teachers we need to rethink the questions we are asking our students to learn.  Asking higher-order thinking questions will make students apply their learning instead of just finding the right answer and then rewriting it or not rewriting it – plagiarizing.

List of the Best Plagiarism Checkers for Educators

Hour Of Code

This is my 3rd year doing the hour of code with students and I’m so excited!  RJK Middle School in Monticello, NY will participate in the Hour of Code Global Event.  Here is a map showing over 107,000 events around the world.


The kids are super excited that Minecraft has been added as a tutorial.


Here is a great resource that gives step by step instructions to getting started.

Happy Coding

  • Donna