Workshops & Presentations

When you subscribe to a series of OII workshops, we can tailor the program to meet your specific needs.  We present workshops that are sequential in nature, but designed to accommodate a diverse range of skills and needs. 

We offer a wide range of programs from one-hour online sessionsl to half day workshops to three year plans for staff development in school districts.  All of our workshops focus on you, the student, and the curriculum, not the  software.  In other words you will be participating in curriculum-based activities that require the use of technology and the technology learning will be driven by the curricular activities.

By providing online support  between sessions and engaging your staff in online community building the barriers of time and space are broken down.  Individuals get support after the face-to-face interaction.  Often, five minutes of e-mail contact with an OII mentor can eliminate hours of frustration that is counter-productive to the district's technology-infusion efforts. 

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Face-to-Face Workshops

Working the Web for Education

This is a three or four day workshop based on the theories and material developed by Tom March, CO-creator of WebQuests. OII has worked with Tom since 1998 and is honored to be sanctioned to present these workshops. While most people are familiar with the WebQuest model, Tom is one of the world's leading experts on Web-based learning and has developed five other lesson formations that serve different purposes in the classroom.  Working the Web will provide you and your teachers with all the tools necessary to create web based curriculum and WebQuests that meet your curricular needs.

Four Directions for Lifelong Learning

Three  years of evolution have gone into the creation of the Four Directions for Lifelong Learning. The examples you see on the Four Directions pages of this web site are simply representations of what might take place in workshops.  Actual workshop activities can easily be customized based on the assessment of participant needs and skills.  Assessment can be done prior to or within the context of the workshop itself.

The workshop series is designed as a 1-3 day program with intensive face-to-face workshops, followed by online support and community building.  Depending on district size, the programs are tailored to either full staff or the development of a cadre of in-house mentors and support staff.

Researching on the World Wide Web

You'll use research models such as Mike Eisenberg's Big 6  approach.  Models such as this can be applied to either to print or Web-based research. Along with the step-by-step approach, you'll learn about citing Internet sources, and explore ways of using real-time data and primary sources for research and project creation.

Applications of Computer Technology for
Students with Learning Disabilities

In this hands-on workshop, educators will learn how computer technology can assist students with diverse learning styles, including  learning disabilities/differences. Topics include:

  • Adaptive Technologies (simple to sophisticated)
  • Using the Computer to Facilitate Writing Skills
  • Multi Sensory Learning
  • Places teachers can learn about learning disabilities/differences
  • Transition Planning for the LD High School Student.

Custom Workshops and Community Presentations

OII can provide you with customized workshops for administration, teaching staff, students, or community.  We can tailor workshops on topics such as Effective Use of the LAN, Intranets, Filtering, Online Safety and Parental Involvement.

Online Workshops

Online workshops are typically one-hour workshops designed to provide basic skills and concepts in technology infusion and information literacy.  They include a rich collection of activities and resources that can be used to extend and strengthen knowledge gained in the workshop.

Interactive Writing Prompts

If you know how to use a word processor, you can create online writing props.  Your students can do the prompts and then send them to you via e-mail with the click of a button.  All you need to begin cranking out prompts by the dozen is Word or Appleworks, an internet connection, and this course. You'll learn how to create the prompts and how to access dozens of others that you can use or modify for your own use.

Copyright and Fair Use in the Classroom

You get an overview of copyright and fair use in the classroom and then participate in a twenty question activity that poses a variety of classroom situations in which the class must decide whether there is a violation of copyright and fair use.  


Online bullying is on the rise.  Bullying has moved from the classroom and the playground to the Internet. It's not just children who are victims. Schools and adults including teachers, and administrators are now fair game. How do you deal with this phenomenon in the classroom? How can schools balance discipline in light of the First Amendment. Learn more about what you can do by attending this one-hour online presentation.

Evaluating Online Information and Student Projects

How many inaccurate or bogus web sites have you encountered? How many PowerPointless presentations have you seen?  How many poorly constructed web sites have you visited? Do you know a hoax when you see one? Do you know what makes a good multimedia project and if you do, could you tell the author what they should do to improve it?  You'll learn some basic do's and don'ts and take a look at a number of online tools that will help you and your children understand up front what makes a quality presentation.

Video Tips and Techniques

What's the difference between a good movie and a bad one.  Anyone watching them can tell which is which, but do they know why? What different camera, sound, or lighting techniques could have been used? What do your students have to know before they pick up a camera? This course will cover film making basics and a variety of simple yet powerful tips and techniques that will make a significant difference in the quality of student video products.

Wikis and Wikipedia in the Classroom

Wikipedia is the world's largest, most cited online encyclopedia.  It is praised by many, but surrounded by controversy. Is it best thing since sliced bread, or another major headache in the fight for information literacy?  If you are familiar with Wikipedia you'll learn more, be able add your offer your thoughts, and present your questions. If you are not familiar with Wikipedia, you'll find out what you need to know in order to deal with it and how to handle students who cite is as research source.

Cyber Safety Through Information Literacy

There are significant problems in the way many organizations and web sites go about promoting cyber safety with childern. First, most sites simply lecture or preach to the children and give them a set of tips and guidelines to follow.  While this approach might have impact when a teachers does the lessons with primary and elementary school childern, it is like water off a duck's back for middle school and high school students.  Secondly, it is ANOTHER add-on for teachers who are already overburdened. OII's unique approach was developed for, the world's largest online safety and help organizaiton.  It places the focus squarely on developing 21st century skills and introducing cyber safety seamlessly within the context of critial thinking and problem solving activities.

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