Support Staff Academy Mini-Conference in June

The 20th Annual Support Staff Academy Mini-Conference takes place Wednesday, June 6, 2012 from 7:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Lindenwood University. Register now! The Virtual Learning Center will be there in full force! Not only does Karen Vaughan run this conference, several staff members will be presenting:

Free Cool Tools to Increase Productivity
Presenter: Martha Bogart, Program Coordinator, Cooperating School Districts
In this session, you can fill your technology toolbox!  You’ll be amazed how many free online tools are out there for you to use in scheduling, organizing, and collaborating on your job tasks.  Topics will include file conversion, sharing and storing, calendar creation, to do lists, mind mapping, graphic editors, PDF creators, screen casting and more!.

Powerful Presentations with PowerPoint
Presenter: Nancy George, Director, Cooperating School Districts’ Virtual Learning Center
Know the basics of PowerPoint, but want to jazz up your presentations with style and pizazz?  Come learn how to create presentations that hold the audience’s attention and still deliver the message!

Saving Time with Online Documents: Google 101
Presenter: Stephanie Madlinger, Ed.S. – Google Certified Teacher Instructional Technology Program Coordinator, Cooperating School Districts
In this session, participants will learn how Google Documents and Google Presentations can:
• Allow you to work on files anywhere, anytime
• Make the writing process visible to anyone or everyone
• Plus more…
PRE-REQUISITE: Participants must have a Google Account and/or Gmail.

Collecting Data Using Online Forms: Google 201
Presenter:  Stephanie Madlinger, Ed.S. – Google Certified Teacher Instructional Technology Program Coordinator, Cooperating School Districts
In this session, participants will focus on two of the six Google Docs available, Google Forms and Google Spreadsheets. Through these two tools, you can easily create a questionnaire or survey, invite others to respond, share the results, and then download the data into Excel for easy manipulation.
PRE-REQUISITE: You must have a Google Account and/or Gmail.

Powerful Presentations with PowerPoint
Presenter: Nancy George, Director, Cooperating School Districts’ Virtual Learning Center
Know the basics of PowerPoint, but want to jazz up your presentations with style and pizazz?  Come learn how to create presentations that hold the audience’s attention and still deliver the message!

Status Update: I Need to Know More about Social Networking!
Presenter: Rebecca Morrison, Program Coordinator, Cooperating School Districts
Feel like you’ve been left in the 20th century when it comes to Web 2.0? In this session, learn about some of the most popular 21st century social media sites, like Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, LinkedIn, and Pinterest. What’s right for you? How do you balance the sharing side of social networking with your privacy? We’ll discuss how to safely maintain a presence online while not damaging your reputation.

Tips & Shortcuts with MS Word
Presenter: Nancy George, Director, Cooperating School Districts’ Virtual Learning Center
Learn shortcuts and tips that will make you productive in creating programs, permission forms, tables & more.

The annual Support Staff Academy is a program designed to provide professional development to area schools’ educational support professionals (i.e., administrative assistants, secretaries/office personnel, maintenance/custodial, food service, security, teachers’ and library aides). To see a complete list of the sessions on June 6, click here.

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