Technology Integration Workshop

TIW will be in-person summer 2022 Register now!

The Technology Integration Workshop (TIW) will be in person in summer 2022!

TIW is a unique professional development opportunity for educators of all grade levels and subject areas. In addition to holding a variety of breakout sessions featuring new and emerging technologies, TIW also offers a job shadow experience from a leading Twin Cities business volunteer. Attendees will be given dedicated reflection, coaching and work time to apply newly learned information to a unit plan of their choice.

During this workshop, educators learn how existing and emerging technologies can enhance lesson effectiveness and student engagement. At the end of TIW, educators will leave prepared and excited for the coming school year with a newly updated unit plan. We are honored to host the workshop at one of our founding partners, Cargill.

2022 TIW Dates:

Monday, August 1 – Wednesday, August 3 in Hopkins, MN

Join us this summer to enrich your classroom curriculum by participating in this unique professional development workshop!

2022 TIW Dates:

Monday, August 1 – Wednesday, August 3 in Hopkins, MN

Educators will be energized and motivated by how much they learn during keynote and breakout sessions at TIW. Attendees are introduced to new and emerging technologies, as well as challenged to create an innovative unit plan for their classroom. The sessions are lively and timely, with discussion on new and leading educational trends.

Many experienced educators and other presenters share their knowledge during the workshop, encouraging attendees to think differently about how students can most effectively learn. Breakout sessions are used to introduce new teaching strategies, innovative educational technology tools, and accessible resources to support increased student engagement in the classroom.

Popular sessions include:

  • Coding
  • Digital Collaborations
  • Digital Accessibility
  • Formative Assessments
  • Google Classroom
  • Video Creation
  • Virtual and Augmented Reality
  • Updates and Changes to Google Classroom

During the workshop, educators are assigned to small groups, led by Technology Integration Specialists. These Specialists are experienced educators and tech integrationists who serve as coaches, guides, and mentors. Throughout the workshop they support their small groups as attendees develop individual unit plans and process information learned.

Educators are also matched with a volunteer from a leading Twin Cities business for a job shadow experience to better understand the workplace in action. You’ll discuss today’s work environment, what employers are seeking in young employees, and trends in business and their industry. This allows educators to hear about current workplace skills desired and to prepare students for future careers.

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Each participant leaves the workshop with an updated unit plan that will be ready for the upcoming school year. Prior to attending, educators pre-select the unit plan they will work on, then during the workshop, participants are given dedicated time to apply the new information they’ve learned to modify and update that unit plan. For attendees who aren’t classroom teachers (i.e. counselors, principals, media specialists), they may work on a developing a project or school event such as a Career Expo in place of a unit plan. At the conclusion of the workshop, all completed unit plans are posted to BestPrep’s Electronic Lesson Library (click the button below to view plans previously created during the workshop).

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2021 Impact Numbers

The Technology Integration Workshop makes an impact annually on the students in the program.

8K
STUDENTS

teachers

59
EDUCATORS

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41
SCHOOLS

110
VOLUNTEERS

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