Prepare for the New School Year with Google Drive Training

Technology is advancing at a pace so fast, it’s difficult to keep up. What was efficient 5 years ago, or even 5 months ago, may be entirely antiquated when newer, faster technologies are introduced. Even technological behemoths like Microsoft Office®️ are subject to the changing tides, and Google Drive is proving to be a major player in Microsoft’s dethroning.

Google Drive – The Next Revolution in Productivity Software

Google’s work-productivity, cloud-based storage platform, dubbed Google Drive, is finding a new home in Pennsylvania’s schools and businesses. With three core programs — Google Docs (compare to Microsoft Word®️), Google Sheets (compare to Microsoft Excel®️), and Google Slides (compare to Microsoft Powerpoint®️) — teachers will find that Google Drive functions very similarly to the Microsoft Office suite of programs, except for two major differences:

  1. Google Drive is completely free, whereas Microsoft Office 365 is a paid subscription-based program.
  2. Google Drive is cloud-based, so all of the information is saved in real-time on Google’s servers, and is immediately sharable to all those who are granted access. Microsoft Office defaults to saving on your computer’s hard drive.

What does this mean for teachers, educators, and school boards who are considering a change in their school’s productivity software? Besides major cost reductions to their bottom line, educators will find themselves working with the easiest and most efficient file sharing platform ever created. For these reasons, The Teacher’s Academy is excited to offer Act 48 certified courses in all three of the major Google Drive applications to help educators make the transition to the cloud.

Google Drive for Educators

The only prerequisites for these trainings are an internet connected device with one of the major internet browsers installed (Chrome, Firefox, Safari, or Internet Explorer/Microsoft Edge) and basic computer skills. Here’s an overview of each of the courses:


  • Google Docs for Educators
    • 15 credit hours. Professional learning objectives include designing tests, parent letters, certificates, written assessments, and evaluations.



  • Google Sheets for Educators
    • 15 credit hours. Professional learning objectives include creating a personal budget, grade sheet, address, mail merge (labels), and assessment.



  • Google Slides for Educators
    • 15 credit hours. Professional learning objectives include research using multimedia in the classroom/Google Slide Assessment (1A-D), a linear presentation (lecture notes), menu driven presentation (book report), and interactive presentation (review game).


Comprehensive Course Offerings at The Teacher’s Academy

The Teacher’s Academy offers certified Act 48 courses for PA educators wishing to continue their professional development. See all the ways we can help you reach your teaching potential by exploring our course portal. For those local teachers seeking Act 48 hours online in Philadelphia, The Teacher’s Academy’s robust course offerings satisfy many of the state’s professional development requirements for teachers continuing their education.

We look forward to welcoming you into our teaching community, where the learning never ends! Contact us at 800-713-1841 or enroll for classes online today.

Garden, Move, and Be Mindful: Three Great Lessons for Your Classroom This Spring

Sometimes, it can be tough to keep students in the classroom during beautiful spring days. With a little creativity, though, you can keep your class excited and engaged. At the Teacher’s Academy, we offer great Act 48 approved courses for teachers in Philadelphia and across Pennsylvania. If you’re looking for a little springtime inspiration, try one of these online professional development courses: Continue Reading Garden, Move, and Be Mindful: Three Great Lessons for Your Classroom This Spring

Hearts, Snowflakes, and Heroes: Five Hands-On February Activities For Your Classroom

Are you looking for crafts that will inspire the unique learners in your classroom? Our team at The Teacher’s Academy believes that students benefit when teachers get creative. That’s why we offer Act 48 online courses in PA that teach you how to bring STEAM principles to your school.

Here are some great hands-on learning activities to promote creativity among your students–perfect for the month of February!

Valentines Day Beaded Hearts

Your students will practice literacy, math, and fine motor skills by making beaded name hearts for Valentines Day. For this activity, students string beads onto pipe cleaners to create their names and colored patterns. Once the beads are on, you simply form a V, gently curve the pipe cleaner’s sides, and twist the ends together to make a heart.

Black History Month Collaboration Poster

A great way to celebrate Black History Month is for your students to work together while creating colorful posters of heroes like Rosa Parks or Martin Luther King, Jr. Each student receives one section of the mosaic to color in and cut out. These pieces are then assembled into a vibrant poster. Older students can also enjoy a more difficult version, where they create their section based on a reference.

Snowflake Tinker Tray

This activity begins with a brief science lesson on snowflakes and the creation of a sample snowflake. You provide students with construction paper to build on and a variety of materials in a muffin tin or small bowls. Then, you let their creativity flow.

100th Day of School Station Activities

Perfect for younger students to build their number fluency, to celebrate their 100th day of school, students get to move between several differentiated learning stations. Activities include counting, estimating, building, and art projects. Here are a few suggestions for your classroom:

  • Sight word readers
  • Building with legos
  • Tallying how many licks it takes to reach the center of a lollipop
  • Beading necklaces
  • Stacking dixie cups
  • Making number lines

Winter Games Ski-Jumping STEM Activity

Just in time for the Olympics, students will learn about Ski Jumping and compete in their own Winter STEM Games with this clever activity. They will develop critical thinking and engineering skills as they build a ski jumper with only bendy straws, pipe cleaners, construction paper, and washers. Then, let the games begin!

Looking for More Ideas?

Do you want to bring more creativity into your classroom? The Teacher’s Academy provides online courses that will help you enhance your daily lesson plan while you earn Act 48 hours online in Philadelphia or elsewhere across the state. Find out more by contacting us online or giving us a call at 215-660-4926.

What to Look Forward to from The Teacher’s Academy at the PETE&C

The Teacher’s Academy will be hosting a booth at the annual PETE&C in Hershey, Pennsylvania this February. At the conference, educators from across the state come together to learn from each other.PETE&C

Participants will walk away with a deeper understanding of the importance of technology in education — and, if they’re lucky, they might even leave with some great prizes and a few professional development hours under their belt.

Here are some details about the PETE&C (Pennsylvania Educational Technology Expo and Conference):

  • Date: February 11th-14th, 2017
  • Location: Hershey Lodge and Convention Center in Hershey, PA
  • Provides programs based on technology in the educational field
  • Consists of keynote speakers, concurrent sessions, students showcases, and more
  • Educators can take a course, apply to enter their students in showcases, host a booth, volunteer, and more

To learn more or register, visit the conference’s website.



At The Teacher’s Academy, we offer a variety of Act 48-approved courses in hopes that teachers can learn relevant and advanced material to pass on to their students. As a website that offers professional development, we understand just how important technology is in the education field. To display our offerings and give teachers more information about our services, we will be exhibiting and giving away a few prizes at the PETE&C.

Here’s what to expect from our booth 116 in the Great American Lobby:

  • 4 Fun Best-Selling Teacher Books Giveaway
  • 3 $50 Visa Gift Cards Giveaway
  • Healthy snacks (and not so healthy snacks!)
  • Free Books for Teachers! (Our crowd favorite is back! Stop by booth 116 to take any gently used book donated by teachers from around Pennsylvania!)

Stop by our booth to ask about our courses, find out how to fulfill Act 48 requirements, learn about our affordable and convenient services, and win some fun prizes along the way!

Our online courses, which are Act 48 approved in PA, are creThe Teacher's Academyated by teachers, for teachers. Teachers can select courses based on the grade level they teach, their subject and interests, and more.

Browse our website or call us at 215-660-4926 today to complete your professional development hours in PA and learn more about The Teacher’s Academy: where teachers go to learn.

Gain Act 48 Hours with The Teacher’s Academy

If you’re a teacher in Pennsylvania, you’ve probably heard plenty about Act 48 hours. In order to continue teaching within the state, you need to complete a certain amount of hours of Act 48-approved courses. Every 5 years, you must complete a total of 180 hours of professional development.

If you don’t fulfill these requirements, your certificate will become inactive. This means that you will not be able to be employed by any public or charter school in Pennsylvania. Until you complete 180 hours, your certificate will remain inactive.

Professional development allows teachers throughout the state to learn more about their field of study, prepare useful lesson plans, and get relevant information about different subjects. While ongoing education is undoubtedly beneficial for educators, it can be difficult to complete 180 hours with a teacher’s busy schedule. Here are some steps you can take to successfully complete your professional development, whether you’re just starting or have already taken a few courses:

1. Check your Act 48 hours.

You might have taken in-person classes or courses online that gave you hours toward fulfilling your requirements. To keep track of how many hours you have completed, which classes you’ve taken, and how many more courses or hours you need, visit the PA Department of Education website.

2. Get a PA Professional Personnel ID.

If you don’t already have a PA Professional Personnel ID to access this information, you can do so by entering some personal information on the PA Department of Education website.

3. Find a place to quickly fulfill your hours.

If your certificate is in danger of becoming inactive or you need to renew it for a new job opportunity, you need a quick way to complete your hours. The fastest way to do this is by turning to online learning. Through online learning, you can complete courses on your own time.

4. Trust The Teacher’s Academy for reliable and relevant accreditation.

If you need a way to quickly obtain credits under Act 48 requirements, you can find relevant and affordable courses at The Teacher’s Academy. Our courses are Act 48-approved and can be completed at your own pace. You can choose between 3, 6, 15, and 18-hour courses.

Our courses were created by teachers, for teachers. They are available to all educators — even those who are currently substitute teaching. You can choose courses based on hours, subject, grade level, your interests, and more.

When you need to fulfill your Act 48 requirements, turn to The Teacher’s Academy for convenient online courses. Once you complete the course and submit the Participant Evaluation Survey, you’ll get confirmation within just 5-7 business days. Call today to learn more about The Teacher’s Academy: where teachers go to learn. 215-660-4926

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The Teacher’s Academy in Arkansas!

Arkansas teachers: Get ready for the MOST convenient, affordable and relevant professional development option!

How it all began…

In 2012, a group of established teachers wanted more out of their professional development time. We used our content-based expertise (and knowing what teachers really want), we created an online platform that provided a variety of courses for teachers to complete on their own schedule. Most importantly, we had to make these courses affordable. Originally, we aimed to serve PA teachers, but soon noticed purchases coming in from other states. Teachers needed this service and we are happy to provide it! At The Teachers Academy, we are all certified classroom teachers. In fact, the founder of the company is still teaching in the classroom and keeping her pulse on the needs and wants of the 21st century teacher. We are so excited to be able to bring this service to the great teachers of Arkansas! Welcome, Arkansas teachers!

We help teachers across the country…

Since then, we have been providing an affordable, convenient way for teachers to maintain their professional licenses.  In 2013, we expanded into additional states like, Texas, Tennessee, Colorado, Virginia, Arizona and Indiana. In 2016, we were approved by an international accrediting agency, IACET.

The Teacher’s Academy is accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) and is authorized to issue the IACET CEU.

This approval opened doors to all states accepting IACET CEUs, like Massachusetts, Michigan, South Carolina and South Dakota.

Today, our internationally recognized company, The Teacher’s Academy, reaches across the nation to support all teachers. We are extremely proud to share the same vision for preparing generations of students for successful careers.

Renewing Your AR Teaching License

Arkansas teachers may take any of our 6, 15 or 18 hour courses toward license renewal. Beginning the 2015-16 school year, Arkansas teachers must earn 36 hours or 6 days of professional development per school year. Licenses that are expired for more than a year must earn 60 hours of professional development.

Here are a few examples of courses offered by The Teacher’s Academy and the PDPs earned for each:

The Teacher’s Academy offers a variety of courses worth 6, 15 and 18 hours.

The Teacher’s Academy Courses

Because the founders of The Teacher’s Academy are teachers, we believe professional development should be convenient, cover relevant topics, provide choices and above all, affordable.

Not only are courses affordable, the team of teachers that reviews your completed work will present your Certificate and professional development hours within 5 – 7 business days of submission.  Our process is faster and less expensive than community colleges or other private companies.  There are no administrative or extra costs for materials because everything you need to complete the course is emailed immediately.   We have a tech team and support staff ready to assist with any questions.

Since our courses are downloaded to the your computer, the course, along with all of the great web resources and teaching tools, are your to keep! Check out our course topics:

Teacher Resources

Music and Art


We are honored to bring our services to the excellent teachers of Arkansas! Check out The Teacher’s Academy website and Course Catalog, for a listing of all of our courses.

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4 Things you Didn’t Know about Exercise and Learning

4 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Exercise and Learning!

It started with the physical education teachers screaming from the rooftops, but no one listened. The “Specials” classes and even recess were being cut to make room for more instructional time that would ideally raise test scores. Soon parents, students and teachers began noticing the continued decline in academic achievement, test scores and a rise in behavior issues. This is something our physical education teachers knew would happen! Today, there are new studies that support what our phys ed teachers have been trying to tell us, exercise stimulates the brain and improves learning.  Once again, the education world is seeing a shift in teaching strategies. Here are five things that we are just now discovering about how exercise and learning go together like peas and carrots!

#4: More than half of our youth do not meet the minimum requirements of daily exercise.

The Centers for Disease Control recommends at least one hour of moderate aerobic exercise every day. In addition, children (ages 10-17) should have an hour of high-intensity aerobic exercise and strength training. Most schools don’t have a physical education class for every student, and certainly not every day! Do your students meet the requirements by the CDC? Does your school even know what they are? Most likely not. PE, like other “specials” have been hit hard by the renewed push to increase test scores as students find most of their day spent in the classroom, with little time left in the schedule for the gymnasium or playground. Perhaps if administrators and board members were aware of the scientific benefits of exercise, the times would be switched!

#3: Recess increases cognitive development.

In a study called, The Role of Recess in Children’s Cognitive Performance and School Adjustment, showed that developed social and emotional behaviors have a direct influence on cognition. In other words, students that easily make friends, take on leadership roles, play creatively, include others, solve peer arguments, show empathy, control their anger and demonstrate other areas of social and emotional growth also have strong cognitive performance results. They score higher on standardized tests than students who are not socially and emotionally balanced. More importantly, it’s easier for these students to learn! Isn’t that the goal? What can we do to get our children to learn, retain and apply new information? According to the latest in brain research, the answer is exercise and movement.

#2: Our brains were designed for movement.

According to John Medina, a molecular biologist and research consultant, humans were not designed to sit at a desk all day. In fact, he states, “If you were to design an almost perfect anti-learning environment, it would look… like a classroom!

He reminds us that our ancestors were in constant motion. They would walk an average of 12 miles a day in search of food and shelter (Medina, 2014). Those who didn’t walk or at least keep up were likely the next meal for one of the many predatory animals with whom we shared the land. The connection between the mind and the body is stronger than we ever believed it to be in the past.

Ask yourself: Why do we have a brain?

If you answered: To think, Dr. Daniel Wolpert, a Neuroscientist, would disagree. He claims we have only one reason for the brain: “To produce adaptable and complex movements.” As evidence, he cites living things such as trees and plants. They have a life cycle, but they don’t move and therefore don’t need a brain. The brain is designed to be stimulated through exercise. In fact, advances in technology have made hunting food (grocery shopping), dancing for rain (watching the news) and making clothes (online shopping) too easy! As a nation, we’ve become inactive and our brains have not evolved to keep up with this sedentary lifestyle.

#1: Beyond improved cognition, exercise is vital to social and behavioral growth.

According to John Ratey, more than just academic performance is enhanced when physical movement is added to a daily regimen. Take a look at this list of benefits that exercise provides and see if any might apply to the students in your class!

Reduced Stress

  • Reduced test anxiety
  • Decreased symptoms of depression after 3 days of exercise
  • Improved adaptation to challenges in a changing environment
  • Decreased toxic effects of high levels of stress
  • Reduced neuronal death caused by chronic stress

Balanced Mood and Behavior

  • Improved attention, motivation, self-esteem, cooperation
  • Ameliorated learned helplessness
  • Improved resilience and self-confidence
  • Increased ability to withstand stress and frustration
  • Fewer behavior problems
  • Increased coping skills when presented with a new situation
  • Increased self-discipline and self-esteem
  • Reduction or elimination of the need for ADHD medications and antidepressants
  • Regulated mood through the natural balance of neurotransmitters
  • Regulated sleep patterns for increased alertness during school hours
  • Intrinsic sense of reward, motivation, and satisfaction
  • Impulse control
  • Joyful attitude
  • Increased state of happiness and life satisfaction

Improved Social Skills and Behavior

  • Lower levels of drug use in teens
  • Better family relationships
  • Noticeable improvement in key personal, social, cooperative, and communication skills
  • Improved attention, impulsivity, motivation, self-esteem, and cooperation

Classroom Teachers- Start Implementing Movement in your Classes Today!

The evidence is clear, plus kids love to move around in class…if you aren’t already, implement movement and exercise in your classes. Need some ideas? Our course, Move to Learn is an excellent resource for justifying and implementing movement in education. Plus, you can earn 18 hours of professional development!

The Teacher’s Academy for Professional Development

Visit The Teacher’s Academy for all your professional development needs. We are teachers writing courses for teachers to obtain relevant PD in a convenient and affordable platform. We are Act 48 Approved (PA), internationally accredited (IACET), and likely approved in your state for professional development. Check us out to learn more!


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2015, June 4). How Much Physical Activity should Children Get? Retrieved March 31, 2017, from CDC CEnters for Disease Control and Prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/physicalactivity/basics/children/index.htm

Medina, J. (2014). Brain Rules. Pear Press; 2 Upd Exp edition.

Pellegrini, A. D., & Bohn, C. M. (2005, January/ February). The Role of Recess in Children’s Cognitive Performance and School Admustment. Research News and Comment, 34(1), 13-18. Retrieved March 30, 2017

Ratey, J. J. (2013). Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain. Little Brown and Company.

Wolpert, D. (2011, November). TedTalks. Retrieved April 04, 2017, from The Real Reason for Brains: https://www.ted.com/talks/daniel_wolpert_the_real_reason_for_brains




Integrating the Arts in the Classroom: 5 Fun Activities for Busy Teachers

The Teacher’s Academy has just released their newest course, Integrating the Arts in the Classroom. This fun 18-hour course is designed to help teachers “spice-up” their current lesson plans with some outside-the-box art projects. The course starts off with a little inspirational music (by Metallica of course) and then progresses through the importance of art in education. Teachers will develop their own definition of the arts, learn about the value of the arts in education, understand how the standards support the arts, and even create a few of their own art-inspired projects! We understand how busy teachers are so we took 5 quick, fun integration activities from the course to share in this blog… Enjoy!

Guitar#5: Music Integration Activity

Activity: Add music to enrich your read aloud books, fiction or non-fiction literature, poetry and teach literary devices.

Skills: Literary devices, critical thinking, memory

Applied in the classroom: Students studying the social, economic and political events of the 1920s were exposed to music, rare video and artwork to further bring the era to life. Students got to listen to the music of the times while writing their own stories!


Group Of Children Enjoying Drama Class Together#4: Theater Integration Activity

Activity: Improvisation – give students a setting and let them react without a script.

Skills: Connect to characters, core-content comprehension, communication, language, vocabulary and presentation, public speaking and listening

Applied in the Classroom: In a circle, students are given a story starter. The teacher chooses one student to begin the story and the students point to their peers to continue the story when cued by the teacher. Add parameters to the game to increase the challenge and encourage critical thinking and problem solving…Must use a new vocabulary word, must incorporate certain parts of speech, must speak from a historical person’s point of view, etc.

Ballet#3: Dance Integration Activity

Activity: Interpretive Dance – Students use movement to teach letters, language or math concepts. Students form letters or actions with their bodies and display knowledge of math concepts like symmetry. To incorporate higher-level academic concepts, students can perform interpretive dance to “act out” events in history or scientific theories.

Skills: Communication, core content, language, vocabulary, and presentation skills

Applied in the Classroom: Students were asked to show understanding of symmetry through dance movements. One student chooses a position, a partner student must replicate that position. If one student moves, the other must move. Students take turns choosing positions to show symmetry, parallel lines, intersecting lines, angles, etc.

Kids art#2: Visual Arts Integration Activities

Activity: Drawing Poetry

Skills: Listening, language, poetry, drawing, motor skills, connection to poetry, critical thinking

Applied in the classroom: Students were read a poem and asked to sketch or draw what they heard in the poem. Students could make their own interpretations of the author’s message and articulate how they connected with the poem. The activity could be altered by selecting a passage from a novel or content area.

Art Hands#1 Fine Arts Integration Activities

 Activity: Sculpture and Writing

Skills: Writing, observation, communication, memory, descriptive language

Applied in the classroom: Students were asked to create a sculpture based on a profession then write an opinion piece about the profession. This activity could be altered to use paints or digital photography. The subject could be a core content topic, book review, word problem. For example, students could create 3-D models of plant and animal cells or dioramas of important events.

A few more integration activities…

  • Playing/ Making Instruments
  • Chanting, Rapping
  • Listening to Music / Poetry
  • Composing Music, Songs
  • Drama Games / Charades
  • Pantomime, Puppets
  • Move to Words, Poetry or Ideas
  • Popular and Creative Dances
  • Clay / Sculpture
  • Photography
  • Textiles
  • Research Artists
  • Research Works of Art

This is just a small sampling of what teachers will receive when they open the  Integrating the Arts in the Classroom course. Teachers, you do not have to be an expert in the arts to deliver an effective, integrated art activity! Have fun with your students and enjoy teaching with the arts.

The Teacher's AcademyNeed Professional Development? Now is the Time…

The summer is not only a great time for teachers to catch up on reading, but also to get started (or finish up) those pesky professional development requirements. It does not matter if teachers live in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Houston, Bloomington, Detroit, Green Bay or Nashville, our courses are downloaded to computers so teachers can work from anywhere in the United States!

Check out our Online Course Catalog for the most relevant, affordable and convenient professional development courses, created by teachers for teachers.

Click, Find Your State for specific details on professional development from your department of education.

Have a great summer, teachers!