Did you know that Thinkfinity Content Partners and ISTE have created free webinars to help you grow as a professional? It's a fact!
If you haven't found them, I strongly suggest you take a look at our Webinar Index. See any that intrigue you? Select a webinar that sounds interesting and report back here:
Which webinar did you watch?
What did you learn?
Would you recommend it to others?
Scale of 1-10, with 10 the very best, rate your experience.
Jane Brown, Thinkfinity Community Manager
The webinar, “iPad for Beginners”, by Chris O’Neal, is perfect for the new user. This introduction to the iPad was well organized, beginning with the basics of what every button is for on the iPad itself. I was happy to note the button that allows you to lock the screen as its constant changing from landscape to portrait can be annoying.
What did I learn?
how to ‘write’ in a foreign language
productivity app information
using ePub to download eBooks into iBooks
I’ll be recommending this webinar to several friends who recently received iPads for birthday gifts!
Edmodo is a web based learning environment. Victor Fitzjarrald, in the webinar "Edmodo As a Classroom Management Tool", offers several informative suggestions on how to create groups, make assignments, and use the library feature. Mr. Fitzjarrald offers a helpful tip, namely, obtain approval from your district, principal and tech support before using Edmodo. Be sure to check out the 'Advanced Options" where you will find information on moderating comments and replies.
I just finished listening to the keynote for the 2013 VILS Virtual Conference. Jim Vanides is a very good presenter, held my interest, and offered several great suggestions with regards to STEM x. One of the side notes he shared concerned a blog he wrote as an open letter to 6th graders entitled, 4 Reasons Why "Global Fluency" Matters. The fact that today's 6th graders may have a job in the future that doesn't exist today is amazing to consider. Students need to have educational experiences that embrace project based learning with international connections. Jim Vanides stressed that opportunities for students to collaborate with others should be part of the learning experience.
Doug Buehl’s webinar, “Meeting the Demands of the Common Core, Mentoring Readers of Science and Technical Texts”, pointed out the increased specialization of literacy with the Common Core. Doug Buehl divides literacy into Basic Literacy (comprehension development), Intermediate Literacy (multi tasking phase, students become more fluent in application of reading strategies and vocabulary development) and Disciplinary Literacy (use of literacy in disciplinary thinking). He provides and models several strategies to use in the classroom and offers questioning charts to use with science texts.
This webinar is about an hour long, and if you record the time, you can stop and return to it when you have the chance. It is worth your time.
Ebony Schoon presents "Improve Student Literacy" by Using Mobile Devices, which was interactive with participants via the chat feature. Information was shared about a pilot program from a school in the Bronx, where teachers were provided with Professional Development, learned how to use eReaders and were provided strategies for using the devices to improve literacy. Students were engaged, able to check for word meaning and pronunciation with a click or tap, and were motivated to read. Suggestions were provided to use available public domain books and tradebooks for Science. One of the suggested resources was this link for Science Tradebooks, which can be used to meet the demands of the Common Core Standards.
On May 8, 2013 I tuned in for the live webinar presented by Digital Wish's Executive Director, Heather Chirtea. Build Once, Learn Anywhere: Blended Learning for Mobile (Build Once, Learn Anywhere) was a demonstration on a new mobile learning building tool. Digital content can be created and shared via most digital devices. At this time the building tool is in beta, but my experience during this webinar indicates that it will be easy to use and easy to share content with students.
Linda Fahlberg-Stojanovska’s webinar “Math and Mobile Devices”, is outstanding. This presentation takes a look at why the use of mobile devices for math is necessary and offers resources that help students understand math and explore math topics. This presentation includes short videos that further explain the topics discussed.. Check her YouTube channel for other math videos.
I highly recommend this webinar, Get Started Using Cell Phones in the Classroom (Liz Kolb), for any teacher who is working in a school that is allowing students to use or who will be using their own digital devices. Many good suggestions are included that will assist you in setting up your program. Suggestions provided, especially those for educating students about their digital footprint, are extremely worthwhile. Here are a few:
Give a survey to students to determine types of devices and to get input for policy and consequences.
Have students explain their phone plans. Ask students if they can take video, send text messages and so forth.
Have discussions with students about copyright, privacy, cheating and what inappropriate uses of the device would be.
Robert Craven offers suggestions in “iPod Touches in the K-12 Classroom”, for using the iPod Touch to transform your classroom. This webinar includes an overview of iPod Touch features. When using the iPod Touch, students are in charge of their own learning. Students are fully engaged and test scores improve. Allow students the opportunity to explore the iPod and when introducing a new app, provide a few moments for students to explore first, which actually will speed up instruction. Consider using the video recording for reflection and a ticket out the door activity. Robert Craven offers several apps like the iTalk Recorder which has been used by students for a 60 second fluency exercise.
Talbot Bielefeldt explains the best way to use the ISTE Classroom Observation Tool. The ICOT document is an Excel workbook and may be used on either a Windows or Mac machine. The ICOT allows observers to quickly indicate the levels of technology integration and 21st century skills they witness in a classroom. Bielefeldt provides practice and walks the viewer through the use of the tool.
"Getting Past the Glitz: Choosing Apps that Support Instruction" presented by S. J. Brooks-Young offers numerous resources for educators K-12+. The presentation is divided into three sections: Evaluate Apps, Finding Apps, and Managing Apps. LiveBinder resources are provided for iPad and Android users.
Several tips in the presentation will help educators save time, for example, add the words "iPad app" or "Android OS App" to the keyword. It will help narrow your search results. I tried it and used "Constitution iPad App" and was led to this app in iTunes, Constitution for iPad for iPad on the iTunes App Store. A free resource that educators may use for Constitution Day on September 17.
I liked the format of this webinar. Information was shared and those in attendance were able to stop the webinar and go look at the suggested resources.
"How to Go Paperless", presented by AJ Juliani, is a webinar that examines not only how to go paperless, but why, and offers examples on successful "green" schools. He suggests that the following are necessary for making the change to go paperless:
Every individual needs an electronic device
Digital textbooks for students
cloud storage; such as Dropbox, Evernote
Learning Management System; such as Moodle, Edmodo, or Blackboard
Web based administration tool for grading, attendance, assessment results
Through slides, video, and text AJ Juliani presents a comprehensive plan on going paperless. He even examines the financial burden of paper for our schools.
Android Tablets for Intermediate/Advanced Users is presented by Robbie Grimes, a technology specialist from Indiana. This presentation discusses how to utilize Android tablets in the classroom and provides tips for managing tablets in a classroom. Using tablets in the classroom is a great way to give students access to the resources on the internet. The devices are priced between $200 and $400.
Stress responsibility. You can not ‘take away’ the use of the device, from the student if there is a problem, especially if the device replaces textbooks. Remember, it is the student behavior not the technology that is the problem.
The information presented is very good and useful and he shares other resources with the listener: Robbie Grimes's Public Library | Diigo.
I attended this live webinar: Achieving the C3: An Exploration into 21st Century Social Studies. Dr. Swan speaks about the creation and architecture of the C3 (College, Career, and Civic Life) Framework and its potential impact on the changing landscape of nationwide social studies education. Developed under the auspices of the National Council for Social Studies, the C3 Framework aims to help educators and policymakers tailor the development of learning benchmarks and methods towards preparing students for college-level work and the demands of the professional world.
The presentation began with a discussion about the meaning of social studies.
As states begin to view the C3 and see how to incorporate it into the standards, classroom focus will be on providing meaningful projects, activities and discussions that will have students ask questions, apply tools to situations, evaluate the sources of information, and communicate conclusions.
I took the Project Based Learning with a 1:1 Initiative Webinar today. Mandy Wilson told about how to design and implement project based learning (PBL) in the classroom. I learned PBL takes students through an extended process of inquiry in response to a complex question, problem, or challenge. Mandy spoke about 4 websites to go to for more information. They are Edutopia.org, Bie.org, Nea.org and http://www.apple.com/education/challenge-based-learning/.
Social Media in the Classroom is one of the webinars in the VILS 2014 Virtual Conference which was held on February 11, 2014 and was presented by Jennie Mageira and Autumn Laidler. Social media is a tool to use to "amplify student voices". Give students a reason to speak and an audience who will hear what they have to say. Backchanneling is one strategy mentioned, another is Twitter Tuesday. There are a few technical issues, but the information provided is very informative.
Hello Jane Brown,
I participated in the "Flipped Classroom" webinar last week and found it very insightful. In my work I have been picking up bits and pieces of, what seems to be, a new concept trending in one of the private schools in my area. Students are leading their coursework; however, they aren't able to articulate the particulars and expectations of the teacher. With this in mind, I stumbled across the webinar on the Flipped Classroom, and bingo, I got answers to all my questions. Since the webinar, and starting yesterday, I have been surveying students on their thoughts/opinions about their "flipped courses"--math being the leading subject. So far, the feedback is interesting. I plan to survey students most of the week, then I will follow up and get the opinions of parents, too.
Great! I suggest first going to see our Everything Google group. I'll post suggestions there and it may be helpful to other Community members. Feel free to direct message me, or comment in the post. I'll be sure to check and get back to you in a timely manner.
Mike Ribble, Digital Citizenship and Responsible Use webinar, offers this website: Digital Citizenship. He encourages folks to consider looking at this subject in a different way. So many different pieces to this 'digital puzzle'; how do we make sense of it for kids?
Mike Ribble's presentation is an easy "listen", lots of good information and presented in a matter of fact way.