Jan 1, 2013

January Webinars

Below is a list of just some of the upcoming free webinars sponsored by a few of our favorite tools and communities. All of the below professional development opportunities are free; most will be recorded and made available to registrants.

  • Improving Student Learning One Teacher at a Time: Updating a Lesson Plan (Tuesday, January 22, 2013 3:00pm): This session is the first of four webinars based on the At a Time series of ASCD books by Jane E. Pollock.  Madeline Hunter transformed teaching with the lesson plan schema she created to make every teacher a Master Teacher.  Using new research on learning, Jane E. Pollock, co-author of ASCD best seller, Classroom Instruction that Works, updated the schema with the nine high yield strategies, calling it GANAG.  Learn to update your schema to create lessons to improve student achievement and growth.  If you are a principal, learn to use GANAG for walk throughs and observations.

Brain Pop
  • Customized Assessment With the Mixer(Wednesday, January 16 3:30pm): If you missed our past Mixer™-themed webinars, we've got you covered in this hour-long look at our newest tool. Designed to let you create and remix  your own BrainPOP quizzes, the Mixer makes it possible to tailor assessment for all your students’ needs.  We'll share ideas and best practices so you can start mixing it up with this valuable teaching resource.
  • Get It: iOS Accessibility (Wednesday, January 30, 3:30pm): We welcome Leslie Schecht, Director of Technology for Special Education District 75 in New York City, for a look at the iOS platform’s accessibility features. See how Leslie uses technology to provide educational, vocational, and behavior support for students who are on the autism spectrum; have significant cognitive delays; are severely emotionally challenged or sensory impaired;  or are disabled in other ways. You can follow Leslie, an Apple Distinguished Educator, on Twitter: @techdiva. Her district’s innovative use of technology was recently profiled in Fast Company magazine!

Discovery Education
  • Creativity in the Digital Classroom (Tuesday, January 8, 2013 8:00pm): From digital storytelling to building wikis, the Internet provides numerous tools that allow students to demonstrate the highest form of comprehension, creativity. On this webinar you’ll learn about a wide variety of tools that allow students to express themselves and publish to a global audience.
  • Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge Overview (Thursday, January 10, 2013 7:00pm): Are you up for the Challenge? You have the power to shape your future! We’re thrilled to introduce you to the Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge, the nation’s premier sustainability competition that gives students the inspiration and free tools to make a difference. Using the fundamental of project-based scientific inquiry, K-12 students are given the tools to identify an ecological problem, research it and determine how their green solution can be replicated by other communities that face similar challenges.  Join us to learn about how to get actively involved, make a difference, and possibly even win a prize package as more than $300,000 in prizes including scholarships, savings bonds, once-in-a-lifetime adventure trips, assemblies with Discovery Channel personalities and much more are at stake.
  • What's the 4-1-1: Digital Literacy (Tuesday, January 15, 2013 7:00pm): Join us as we share 4 Strategy Spotlights, 1 educational program, and our monthly trending topic of Digital Literacy.
  • What are The 5E's and How Do They Fit into My Social Studies Classroom? (Tuesday, January 22, 2013 7:00pm): ENGAGE students as they EXPLORE social studies through digital media We'll EXPLAIN how digital media can change the way students experience social studies, ELABORATE on how digital media can be utilized to meet the needs of every student, and EVALUATE student progress through US History, World History and World Geography concepts.
  • Understanding the "E" in STEM: Applying Engineering Standards in the Modern Science Classroom (Tuesday, January 29, 2013 7:00pm): Are you struggling to incorporate engineering strategies into your STEM classroom? Join Lawrence Perretto as he shares effective tools and techniques for incorporating engineering design projects and infusing educational technologies to promote engineering practices. You’ll see clips from his recently released PBS and Teaching Channel documentary about combining NGSS engineering standards with iPad technology. And, you’ll hear about ways you can get started the very next day.

Education Week
  • Getting the Most Out of iPads in the Classroom (CHAT Tuesday, January 8, 5:00pm): A growing number of schools are purchasing iPads and other tablets for their classrooms, in hopes that they will bring greater connectivity and transform teaching and learning. But using iPads with students can pose challenges for even the most tech-savvy teacher, including issues related to workflow, syncing, support, and lesson planning. In this chat, a teacher and school tech coordinator will take your questions on the instructional use of digital tablets and provide tips on maximizing their impact on student learning. She will also discuss how iPads have changed her views on teaching and education in the 21st century.
  • How School Counselors Contribute to Student Success (CHAT Thursday, January 10, 4:30pm): With the advent of the Common Core State Standards, there's been more focus than ever on increasing students' college- and career-readiness. And while school counselors may not provide direct academic instruction, they undoubtedly play a sizeable role in ensuring students are successful both during and after their K-12 experience.  In this chat, Gene Eakin, the school counseling program lead at Oregon State University, and Lori DeKruyf, director of the school counseling program at George Fox University, will discuss the many ways counselors are integral to both social-emotional and academic learning. They will answer your questions on how schools can balance teaching students the three R's and "soft skills" such as grit, motivation, and self-regulation, which some experts claim are more critical to student achievement.

  • Flipping Your Classroom Step-by-Step (Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013, 5pm): Presented by edWeb PLC TechTools, sponsored by Rosetta Stone and USC Rossier School of Education.
  • Two-Hour Session: iPads and Classroom Management (Wednesday, January 23, 2013, 4pm): SPECIAL TWO-HOUR SESSION: Part 1: Effective Strategies for Using iPads with Students with Autism; Speaker: Karina Barley, veteran educator and president of Project Autism in Australia. Part 2: Using Technology to Manage Your Classroom; Speaker: Nina Finkler, M. Ed., B.C.B.A., Director of Outreach Services for Eden Autism Services.  Presented by edWeb PLC Teaching Students with Autism: Effective Strategies for Grades PreK-5, sponsored by USC Rossier School of Education.
  • Designing Learning Environments Based on How We Learn (Wednesday, January 16, 2013, 4pm): Presented by edWeb PLC The Brain and Learning, sponsored by USC Rossier School of Education.  Presenter: Jen Groff, Educational Engineer and the VP of Learning & Program Development for the Learning Games Network

  • Going Further with Edmodo(January 9, 2013, 4:30 PM) Here at Teq we use Edmodo for everything. We have integrated it into every webinar for the past few months without focusing on the social media network itself. In this webinar we’ll show you how you can incorporate Edmodo into your classroom, and take you through all of the features it has to offer from assignments and quizzes to integrated apps.
  • Microsoft OneNote (Wednesday, January 23, 2013, 4:30pm): OneNote is a commonly overlooked software included with Microsoft Office. It is quite possible you have it on your computer, but have never used it. We will go through the basic features of OneNote and how it can be used as a Project Based Learning tool from start to finish. Teachers will be able to create assignments, add resources, and share their created notebooks with students.
  • Intro to the Promethean ActivBoard (Thursday, January 31, 2013 4:30pm): Learn how to use the Promethean ActivBoard in your classroom to increase student engagement. This webinar will take you through the basics of how to connect the board, use the ActivPen as a mouse and a digital pen, browse the internet, and use different tools to enhance student interaction with the curriculum. After this webinar you will have the foundation needed to use your ActivBoard in daily classroom instruction.