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 to our archive of webinars, class materials, and other PD resources. Our training website at has all of these and more. If you’re unsure if your district is a member, check out the list on our website.

If you need personalized help over the summer, feel free to take advantage of our virtual tech coaching. We can diagnose an issue or help teach you something new.

From all of us at Northern Buckeye, have a wonderful summer!


The NWOCA Road Show is a series of professional development events featuring “pick-your-own-PD”-style learning. There are a variety of topics, including G Suite for Education, BreakoutEDU, STEAM and STEM, as well as other subjects that teachers will find beneficial.  Sessions are led by NWOCA Instructional Services staff, as well as other local educators.

Road Show events are FREE and open to all educators in Ohio.  Please join us for a great day of learning at one of our Road Show stops!

Thursday, August 2nd
7:45 am – 2:30 pm
Bryan Middle/High School
Thursday, August 9th
7:45 am – 2:30 pm
Bucyrus High School

All of our Cleveland-area workshops will be held at DataServ, 31280 Viking Parkway, Westlake, OH 44145. Training for employees of NBEC/NWOCA districts is included with your membership at no additional cost. Nonmembers pay $25 per session.

Exploring Google Drive and Docs
Wednesday, June 13th
8:30 – 11:30 am

New to G Suite or just need a refresher? This session will focus on Google Drive and Google Docs in Education. We will discuss how to store and create files in Google Drive and how to collaborate with Google Docs. Bring your device to this session and learn how to effectively use Google Drive and Docs in and out of the classroom.

Creating Google Drawings and Slides
Wednesday, June 13th
12:30 – 3:30 pm

Interested in creating digital poster boards, timelines, comic strips, and more? This session will discuss the uses of Google Drawings in Education, with time to create!  We will also discuss how to effectively create presentations in Google Slides with adding images, links, videos, and more. Bring your device to this session to create Drawings and Slides!

Creating Google Forms and Sheets
Thursday, June 14th
8:30 – 11:30 am

Google Forms can be used to create surveys, sign-up forms, and even quizzes. All of the results of your Google Form are stored in a Google Sheet. This session will demonstrate how to create a form, examine the results in a Google Sheet, and show how Google can automatically grade your quiz. Bring your device to this session to see all the possibilities of Google Forms.

Google Classroom and Google Tools
Thursday, June 14th
12:30 – 3:30 pm

New to Google Classroom, or just need a refresher? This session will discuss how to effectively use Google Classroom with your students. Items such as creating posts, grading your work, managing your classes, and more will be discussed. We will also look at the many Google Tools that can be used with Google Classroom. Chrome Classroom Extensions, Google Calendar, and other Google Tools will be discussed. Bring your own device to learn and create in Google Classroom.

Breakout EDU – Can you break out?
Tuesday, June 19
8:30 – 11:30 am

Breakout EDU transforms your classroom into an academically-focused escape room! This new trend works to facilitate games where players use teamwork and critical thinking to solve a series of puzzles. This session will focus on Breakout EDU with the actual box and locks, along with Digital Breakout EDU.  Bring your own device to aid in breaking out, and work to create your own.

MakerSpaces and STEAM – Learn and Play!
Tuesday, June 19
12:30 – 3:30 pm

Is your district looking to implement more coding, robotics, VR, and STEAM based topics? This session will highlight the new Maker Movement and discuss how these topics can really benefit students and their future. We will have hands-on opportunities with coding, spherosmakeymakey, ozobots, and more. Bring a device to try coding on your own!

CREATE! Conference

Thursday, June 7th
8:15 am – 4:00 pm
Anthony Wayne High School
$20 before June 4 or $35 onsite

CREATE! was conceived to provide educators with an opportunity to explore and discover real-world, standards-based lessons that incorporate creativity, technology and 21st century skills. Lessons containing these characteristics result in engaging, inspiring, student-centered learning. Let our presenters show you how they are leading the evolution of teaching and learning in order to more effectively prepare our students for the 21st century and beyond.

Building Your Makerspace

Thursday, June 14th
8:30 – 11:30 am
Northwest Ohio Educational Service Center

Whether you are looking to refresh your existing Makerspace, or you are interested in starting a brand-new one, come to this event to learn about exciting ways to encourage creativity and critical thinking in your students through a Makerspace. You will leave this event with a FREE Curious Cars kit from SAM Labs, which will work as a great item in your school’s Makerspace!

Wonder Workshop

Thursday, June 14th
12:30 – 3:30 pm
Northwest Ohio Educational Service Center

Bring coding to the next level with Wonder Workshop’s collection of robots and curriculum guides. See how students of all ages can conquer coding challenges, design and construct obstacle courses using classroom material, and create out-of-the-box thinking with Wonder League.  You will leave this session with a FREE DASH ROBOT AND CURRICULUM RESOURCES so you can jump start your coding curriculum in the classroom, an afterschool club, or makerspace.

Clevertouch Boot Camp

Tuesday, June 26
9:00am – 3:00pm
Liberty Center Local Schools

Your Clevertouch board and software can do some amazing things, but to make that happen, you need to set aside time to learn and develop! Join us for a Clevertouch Bootcamp, where you will learn from our experts and work alongside other Clevertouch users like you. This session will include a review of the software included with your board (Snowflake, Clevermaths, and Lynx), tips and tricks to maximize the use of your board, a look at the newest apps in the Cleverstore, and time to develop lessons for your classroom.

G-Tech Summit

Tuesday, August 7th
8:00 am – 3:15 pm
Genoa High School
Registration: $30, $20 by July 31st

This personalized learning day hosted by Genoa Area Local Schools is created for educators by educators. This is a day for YOU to learn, teach, and dialogue with other educators about the use of technology in education. You choose what sessions to attend based on your interests.

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