TurboTech graphic
  • There is currently a waiting list for
    July 9, 2019
    8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    Professional Development Center

    Phenix City Schools is hosting our own tech conference this summer. With over twenty local presenters, attendees will participate in six fast-paced sessions from the topics listed below. To add your name to the waiting list, start here: http://tinyurl.com/TurboTech19reg (And scroll down for prizes!)

  • Appsmashing - You're only one teacher!  How can you possibly differentiate instruction, work in small groups, AND incorporate technology? Never fear, appsmashing is here! This session will give helpful tips and tricks on how to appsmash to help differentiate instruction for more effective digital learning. Applications discussed will include Nearpod, Screencastify, and digital formative assessment tools.

    Bitmoji - Do you have a Bitmoji? Want to learn how to create one and use it effectively in your classroom? If so, this is the session for you! A Bitmoji is a cartoon emoticon representation of yourself. Bitmojis are a fun and creative way to give formative feedback to your students without saying a word. Jazz up your Google Slides, Docs, or Sheets. Giving digital stickers to your students and many other uses will be explored in this session.

    Book Creator - Book Creator is a simple tool for creating awesome digital books. Create your own teaching resources or have your students take the reins. Books can be created individually or collaboratively, and can be shared within your library or saved as an ebook! The app is available for Chrome or iPad and there is a free version available!

    Combine text, images, audio and video to create:

    • Interactive stories
    • Digital portfolios
    • Research journals
    • Poetry books
    • Science reports
    • Instruction manuals
    • ‘About me’ books
    • Comic adventures

    Canva - Canva in YOUR classroom: Take visual learning to a new level by becoming a "design thinker" with Canva. Are you bored with the "poster board" presentation? Attend this session to see how using Canva in your classroom can take your lesson presentation to different heights and allow your students to express their ideas in new and exciting ways! All you need are the right tools! You'll need a Chromebook or laptop for this session.

    ChatterPix - ChatterPix is an app that converts pictures of inanimate objects into pictures that talk! All you do is snap a picture, draw a line to make it talk, and record your voice! In the classroom, ChatterPix can be used as a way for students to take pictures of their work and record information about it! A student's ChatterPix can be emailed, sent to YouTube, or saved on a device. Teachers can have students save their ChatterPix creations in the iPad's camera roll, to Class Dojo portfolios, or Padlet.

    Chromebook Shortcuts - What happened to the all caps key? What is the 'sunshine' key for? Wonder no more! Join us for a quick tour of the Chromebook keyboard with the option of joining the "Powered by Google: Practical Ways to Use Your Chromebook" Google Classroom. 

    Class Dojo - Want a combined way communicate with parents and students AND a behavior management tool? Class Dojo is your answer! This session will teach you all the things you need to know to get your students and parents involved in their learning. Class Dojo is a school communication platform that teachers, students, and families use every day to build close-knit communities by sharing what’s being learned in the classroom through photos, videos, and messages all while keeping track of student behavior! 

    Collaborative Tools (AWW, Padlet) - Perfect the art of collaboration using online tools! In this session, we’ll explore encouraging your students to think outside of the box, solve problems, and share ideas using web-based whiteboards and idea boards with programs such as AWW and Padlet.

    Content Curation Tools (Wakelet, Pocket) - Ever come across an article you want to read, but your students are coming back from PE?  An edTech video you want to watch, but library time is over?  Enter Content Curation Tools like Pocket and Wakelet.  These apps allow you to create and organize collections of videos, images, and articles from the web to view from any device, anytime.  Curate a spot just for you, with everything you have ever wanted to learn!

    Creating Your Own Resources - This session will teach you how to create your own worksheets and interactives in FIVE easy steps. Use these same steps in all that you do and create the perfect resources for your student!

    FlipGrid - Want to know exactly how your students are feeling, thinking, and/or comprehending?  Want to give all of your students a voice? Then why not hear it straight from their mouths? Flipgrid is a free, social learning platform where teachers post topics and students respond with short video recordings.

    Flocabulary - What do rhymes, beats, and Ben Franklin have to do with each other? Flocabulary of course! Flocabulary is an educational hip-hop music website that engages students and increases achievement across the curriculum. Best of all, students can't get enough of it!

    Formative Assessment (Picklers, Quizlet, Quizziz, Kahoot!) - Formative assessment tech tools are fun and engaging ways to measure students’ performance! Through tools like Plickers, Quizizz, and Kahoot, teachers can conduct pre-assessments, warm-ups, quick checks, or reviews and receive instant feedback and real time results. The data derived from these tools helps teachers easily identify student strengths and weaknesses and adjust their instruction. The best part of all… it is quick, easy, and feels like a game to students!

    Google Certification - What are the benefits of becoming a Google Certified Educator? Google's tools for education are used to supplement your classroom instruction with meaningful learning opportunities. Even if you are already familiar with G-Suite, the Google Certified Educator program will definitely teach you something new. Each certification is divided into separate modules and most educators complete Level 1 and Level 2 with opportunities to advance even farther through the certification process. Sign up for this informative session to see how you can use the Google Certified Educator program as a way to implement G-Suite certification in your classroom!

  • Google Classroom - Google classroom is a great and efficient way for teachers and students to communicate. It incorporates and plays nicely with the other Google apps that our students are now using across all grade levels. Teachers are able to create assignments; students can turn work in, and much more! Its ease of use and countless possibilities make Google Classroom a must!

    Google Drive - Want to expand your knowledge of Google Drive? Come join us for a quick overview of some tips and tricks to make the most of all that Google Drive offers! From better ways to search, to sharing, and getting organized, we want to help you use Google Drive more efficiently.

    Google Forms - Quizzes and surveys and registrations, oh my! Overwhelmed? Don’t be! Gathering data has never been easier than through the magic of Google Forms. In this session, we will explore Google Forms and some fantastic (and easy!) ways to use it in the classroom.

    Hyperdocs - Want to hear more student voice and put the learning in the hands of students? Hyperdocs give you that flexibility and gives students the freedom to use a variety of tech tools while collaborating with their peers in real time or at different times. Through Hyperdocs, students are able to dive into the content by means of one digital document where learning activities are combined into one Google Doc or Google Slides. Come see how Hyperdocs can increase students time on task, content knowledge, and engagement.

    InsertLearning - Founded by two high school teachers who wanted to create a richer learning experience for their students, InsertLearning allows teachers to insert instructional content on ANY web page. Interactive questions, discussions, videos, live annotations, and a collection of tools can be imbedded directly in lessons to help keep students engaged.  Plus, student responses can be monitored and annotated during class or in a flipped classroom with real-rime assessment and intervention so you can respond when students need help the most.  InsertLearning gives students a voice to share their ideas while reading and communicate what they think is important.  Quick, easy, and FREE, InsertLearning can give teachers and students the ability to turn the Internet into an active learning experience.

    Kami - Needed to make a quick copy before class only to find the copier jammed? Trying to go paperless, but unsure of how this will look when students need access to complex text? Look no further for a digital way for students to annotate, highlight, and mark-up text on PDF, Word docs, and PowerPoint slides. Come learn to use Kami to save time, money, and trees. 

    Nearpod - Make your presentations more interactive!  Nearpod is like PowerPoint on steroids!  With Nearpod, students can interact with content through surveys, multiple choice and open-ended responses, collaborative message boards, drawing, video links, virtual field trips, and more.  This session will provide you with tools to integrate Nearpod into your classroom routines to increase student engagement.

    Popplet - Participants will explore the use of Popplet in all subject areas. Popplet can be used for vocabulary, text structure activities, timelines and much more. Popplet allows students to type in text, insert pictures, and create graphic maps to easily organize information. Students will be able to upload to a Padlet for easy sharing and commenting.

    Robotics - Spheros, Botley, and Beebot, oh my! Visit the robotics table for some hands-on experience with the robots that are used by PCS students of all ages.

    Rocketbook - Rocketbook is the last notebook you will ever purchase. Write notes and create designs in your notebook with a pen. Then, using patent-pending image capture technology, the Rocketbook app accurately and quickly captures and sends your notes to pre-configured cloud services. Did I mention it's reusable? Just wipe your page clean and write again!

    Screencastify - This resources has been described as the busy teacher's best friend! You'll walk away from this session knowing how to record your screen for differentiated learning, parent communication, verbal student feedback. Bring a Chromebook or laptop to get the most out of this session.

    Seesaw - INSPIRE your students with a plethora of CREATIVE lessons. INSTILL intrinsic motivation by allowing students to keep digital portfolios of learning. IMPRESS parents by providing an opportunity to connect to their child’s digital portfolio. SAVE TIME by allowing students to take complete ownership of the Seesaw experience. Seesaw EMPOWERS students to become responsible leaders in the classroom!

    Social Media - Tell Your Story! This session details how your school can use social media to increase productivity, improve communication with students, parents, and the community, and to network with other schools and professional organizations. People are talking about your school. You might as well be the one leading the discussion!

    Spreadsheet Basics - This session will help with the basics of setting up, organizing, and editing a spreadsheet. We will look at Excel and Google Sheets. After this session you should be able to add worksheets within a workbook, create simple formulas, use borders/gridlines, wrap text, merge cells, general formatting, find data quickly, add headers and footers, create custom labeling, identify page breaks, freeze panes, change the orientation, and much more!



  • Everyone will walk away from TurboTech a winner simply because of the learning and collaboration that will take place. But many will walk away with prizes. Grand prize is a 2-in-1 touchscreen Chromebook. Other prizes include iPad minis, portable scanner, headphone sets, bluetooth speakers, Merge Cubes, Google Certification Exam vouchers, headphone splitters, great books, and some cool swag from supporting vendors. You must be present to win, so register for TurboTech now!