2017 Spring PLTW Teacher Workshops

Iowa Western Community College, Kirkwood Community College, and PLTW Iowa will be holding 2 PLTW Teacher Workshops this spring.

Friday, March 3, 2017 at Iowa Western Community College (IWCC), 2700 College Road, Council Bluffs, IA 51503
Deadline for Registration at IWCC: Friday, February 24, 2017

Thursday, March 9, 2017 at the Kirkwood Regional Center at the University of Iowa (KRCUI), 2301 Oakdale Blvd., Coralville, IA 52241 
Deadline for registration at KRCUI: Thursday, March 2, 2017

Registration will begin at 8:30 am at both locations. The workshops will begin at 9:00 am and finish up by 2:00 pm.

Teachers can choose between one of the following 3 sessions:

Gateway: New DM Updates, Susan Lyons
IED: Automate Project (replaces Puzzle Cube), Dean Lange
POE: RobotC, LMS, Resource Sharing, James Mills
Only in Coralville: High School CS: Python and Best Practices, Dan Niemitalo

Please register here

The cost for the workshop will be $50.00, which includes lunch.  Invoices will be emailed to you after you have registered.

If you have any questions, please contact Kandy Munson.

We look forward to seeing you this spring!


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Reminder: Launch Lead Teacher Update Training
All Launch Lead Teachers credentialed before June 1, 2017 are required to take part in an online update training. This online training provides all the tools and support they need to train and prepare other teachers to facilitate PLTW Launch in the classrooms.

Ensuring Curriculum Access, in All Situations
We design and develop PLTW courses with accessibility for all students in mind. We have also created specific tools and resources to help you support student access in the event of IEP/504 plan requirements, technology barriers (e.g., a student loses a device), purposes of translation (e.g., translations to braille), or some other classroom situation in which accessing the digital version is not possible or feasible.

How to Roster Your Students
To grant students access to Courses and their PLTW curriculum, you’ll need to roster them prior to, or at the start of, the school year. For more information on how to roster students for the 2017-18 school year, read the Student Roster Instructions and use the Student Roster Template to prepare your file.

Reminder: Retrieve Materials and Resources from LMS by Sep. 30
To support teachers' transition to Courses, the new way to access PLTW curriculum, teachers may continue to access the PLTW Learning Management System (LMS) until Sept. 30, 2017, to retrieve or export any materials or resources they wish to save for future use or reference. After Sept. 30, teachers will no longer have access to the PLTW LMS, including Professional Learning Communities (PLCs).

To learn more about how to export materials from the LMS, visit the Getting Ready for the New School Year with PLTW FAQ guide and select "Transitioning from the Current PLCs" and "Transitioning from the PLTW LMS."

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