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Summer’s coming! Want to get Google Certified? Need CEUs or college credit? You can take our Google Certified Educator Level 1 or 2 cohorts at your own pace this summer. But you have to act quickly, because registration closes this Friday, May 10th!   Our popular Google Certified Educator Level 1 and 2 cohorts will […]

Summer PD Roundup

Summer is almost here! It’s a great time to relax, recharge and yes, even level up your technology proficiency. While Tech Tips Tuesday is going on our annual break, we wanted to leave you with some summer professional development opportunities. Remember, all Northern Buckeye/NWOCA trainings are included with membership at no additional cost. You also have access …

FREE Upcoming PD Opportunities Unlike Any Other


When you think of Professional Development, you probably think of being stuck in a computer lab listening to some trainer drone on and on about some topic that probably doesn’t interest you. (Unless it’s a PD from NWOCA, right?)

We’ve got three FREE upcoming professional development opportunities that are different than anything you’ve experienced before! Whether you want to talk about student makers, and explore the latest tools and technology for making… or you want to learn more about digital literacy and how students can use digital skills in everyday life… or you’re curious about the jobs that are out there for our students… these are for you!

If you have questions about any of these opportunities, please contact John Mansel-Pleydell.

Creating Student Makerspaces

Friday, April 20, 2018 – 8:30 am-4:00 pm – Liberty Center School
(Lunch Provided)

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This event is to expose administrators and teachers to the rapidly expanding technology tools used in a modern makerspace including hands-on access to 3D Printers, 3D Carving, Subtractive Prototyping Machines, Vinyl Printer/Cutters, Laser Engravers/Cutters. BES will host sessions to see demonstrations of these technologies with plenty of time for participants to make something themselves.

There will also be sessions covering a wide variety of topics for engaging student makers. Here is a list of topics and descriptions:

  • Industry Credentials that count for the new graduation requirements including Solidworks CSWA Exam, MSSC Certified Production Technician and others will be discussed.
  • Design Technology PBL Program that is approved and being used for the new Middle School CTE requirement. This is a STEM based career program that exposes the students to up to 20 pathways in a series of 3-week courses for grades 6-10. It also includes a full digital content of K-12 science actively linked to the Ohio Science Learning Standards.
  • InventorCloud is a K-12 cloud-based content that includes full semesters courses, mini projects, camps, competitions and much more that even gives you virtual access to a state of the art makerspace called Edison’s Digital Workplace in Youngstown, Ohio. Students complete projects and then make them on the devices in Youngtown and then they are shipped free of charge to your school.

Schedule for the Day:

  • 9 am – 11 am – Curriculum Discussion (Administrators and Curriculum coordinators)
  • 9 am – 11 am – Ohio Tech Leaders Meeting (Tech Coordinators and Tech Integration Specialists monthly meeting)
  • 11 am – 1 pm – Lunch and Learn
  • 1 pm – 4 pm – Hands-on for STEAM and Ag Educators


Applied Digital Skills

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 – 9:00 am-3:00 pm – NWOCA (Archbold)

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Want to learn more about Google’s Applied Digital Skills curriculum?

This no-cost digital literacy curriculum, which is part of the Grow with Google initiative, helps middle school, high school, and adult learners obtain new digital skills using G Suite so that they can prepare for job and life situations. Key features of the curriculum include:

  • Video-based – Engaging videos allow instructors to facilitate and provide individualized support where needed.
  • Practical life applications – Digital skills in the lessons focus on accomplishing a task and solving problems that relate to everyday lives, like budgeting for a purchase or planning an event.
  • Easy to use – Detailed lesson plans and learner progress tracking is provided. The units can be taught in any order, or used collectively as a full-semester curriculum.

The training is intended to get you up and running with the online program and all we ask is that you bring it back to use with your students by having them engage in some of the units or the whole course! This event is to help technology teachers, school administrators, media specialists, and others get comfortable with the curriculum and tailor it to their specific learners’ needs.

Space is limited, so use the registration links below for more info or to sign up!

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Applied Digital Skills Website:


Friday, April 27, 2018 – 9:00 am-2:00 pm – Delta, Ohio
(Lunch Provided)

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The STEAM Coalition of NW Ohio has been working with employers to showcase available jobs and skills needed for the future through a series of workplace tours for educators.

Please join us for what will be a memorable visit to North Star Blue Scope Steel in Delta (please note safety gear including steel toe boots will be provided). We will tour the facility on a walking tour. We will be up in some high places so fear of heights might be an issue for some. At the end of the tour, North Star will be providing lunch.

In the afternoon we will head over to Nature Fresh Farms which is a 45-acre greenhouse located across the road from the Steel Mill. Nature Fresh farms have limited parking so we will be arranging to transport people from North Star to the Greenhouse.

This tour is for anyone that is associated with the STEAM Coalition. Our members who are industry or college affiliates are welcome as are all teachers.

A big thank you to Matt Gilroy, Executive Director or the Fulton County Economic Development Corporation for all his assistance in putting this together.


Ditch That Summit – Free online professional development through Dec. 31!


I heard about this great professional development activity from Matt Miller, the author of “Ditch that Textbook.” It is a nine-day, FREE virtual event that brings together some of the brightest minds in education to discuss technology, pedagogy and more.

There is a new video released each day, and you can watch them online, on your own time. Plus, each session has downloadable notes, and you can receive PD credit for each session you watched. I’ve been watching the videos and there has been some great stuff. So far, I’ve viewed “Where Technology and Pedagogy Collide” with Tanya Avrith and Holly Clark, authors of The Google-Infused Classroom, “The Science of Happiness for Teachers and Students” with Kim Strobel, a Happiness Coach, and “Brain-Friendly Learning That Works” with Dr. Pooja Agarwal, a Cognitive Scientist, and former K-12 Teacher. All of the sessions so far have been excellent!

If you’re interested, you’d better hurry, as the videos are only available until December 31st. You can visit to register and view the videos.

Learn Google, get Certified, earn CEUs and more!


Our Instructional Services team can provide PD for your district!  If you are a full member, all training is included at no additional cost.  If you’re not a full member, we have competitive rates for our training. Not sure if you’re a member? Check here.

Join us during the 2017-18 school year for our Google Certified Educator (GCE) Level 1 Online Cohort. This cohort will take an educator through all the preparation they will need for the Google Certified Educator Level 1 exam.

The cohort will take place beginning in October, 2017 and will run through the first week in June, 2018. The course will be blended, consisting of online and in-person meetings, as well as work on participants’ own.  It will be facilitated by Google Certified Trainers Kristie Hughes and Chris Malanga using Google Classroom.

There is no additional cost for the cohort for teachers and staff from the 40 NWOCA member and 5 full service non-member districts.  Click here to see if your district is eligible for free training.

The cost of the cohort is $150 for teachers and staff of other non-member schools or non-public schools.

If a teacher participates in the entire cohort, they can earn up to 20 seat hours of time (2 CEU) to be used toward licensure renewal.

Click here for more information on the cohort or to sign up.

FREE Summer PD Opportunity!


As the school year winds down, let us take this opportunity to THANK YOU for reading our Tuesday Tech Tips emails.  We hope that they have been helpful to you.  You can review all of our tips by going to our blog, and if you have an idea for a future tip, please don’t hesitate to submit it.

Our tip for today is a FREE summer professional development put on by NWOCA in conjunction with the Bryan City Schools.  Come join us for our #NWOCARoadShow17 as we stop in Bryan on August 9th.

We’ll have a great mini-conference for you, with over 30 sessions to pick-your-own PD. We’ve got lots of opportunities to go more in-depth with the G Suite, but we also have non-Google topics such as:

  • VR in the Classroom
  • Coding for Elementary Students
  • Robotics
  • PowerTeacher Pro
  • CleverTouch Boards
  • Cool Tools for Teachers
  • and much more!
Be sure to check out the #NWOCARoadShow17 website for all the details and a link to register, and keep checking all summer as we add more sessions and topics.  Again, this event is 100% free, even if you’re not a full member of NWOCA.  Please join us on August 9th!


NWOCA Road Show 2017 – Bryan Stop

7:45 AM – 2:30 PM
Bryan Middle/High School


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