Professional Development Sessions Year 2

  • Year 2 Learning Technology Grant Professional Development Sessions

    Professional Development Pilot Series with BrainPOP and Lego Education, Oct. - Dec. 2019
    Facilitator: Allisyn Levy, BrainPOP

    October 16, 2019, 3:45-5:45 p.m. agenda

    • Introduction to BrainPOP and pilot program with Lego Education
    • Connections to STEM, Social Studies and SEL activities
    • Sample Science lessons for 3rd and 4th grades that are NYS standards aligned
    • Introduction to the Lego WeDo 2.0 kits and the iPads
    • Participants are teamed into groups of two to create a simple robot, program it and discuss ways to use this in their classrooms.
    • Whole group share

    November 6, 2019, 3:45-5:45 p.m. agenda

    • Review of Science and Social Studies digital lessons using BrainPOP Jr.
    • Strategies for using the WeDo 2.0 kits to create projects that move
    • Team building and programming
    • How to incorporate the digital lessons with the WeDo kits using NYS Standards in the content areas.
    • Discussion of ways to incorporate writing and reflection.

    December 4, 2019, 3:45-5:45 p.m. agenda

    • Review of projects using Lego and BrainPOP
    • Participant presentations (highlights, projects, artifacts created by students, student quotes)
    • Written reflection
    • Online survey

    Jan. 26, 2020 Full Day Professional Development Session

    Facilitators: Shari Ornstein, Lego Education, and Dawn Bartz, Yonkers Public Schools Executive Director


    • Introduction to the WeDo 2.0 kits and software
    • Using WeDo to teach science, technology, engineering, math and more
    • Setting up the kits and technology
    • Beginning hands-on activities using Legos and STEM programs
    • Creating and programming Milo the Science Rover
    • Guided Projects - Robots that Can Pull
    • Group projects and competitions
    • Open Project opportunities
    • Recapping the learning and question and answers

    Jan. - March, 2020 Integrated Professional Development on Engineering and Buildings Principles using the WeDo 2.0 kits in preparation for the First Robo League Compeition.

    Facilator: Computer Adventures

    • Weekly 2 hour sessions with teachers and students
    • Hands-on learning