Real Time Professional Development: Webinars

Wedinars for Edtech 543

1. Live 2.0
Date: Saturday September 28, 2013
Time: 9:00am Pacific/10:00am Mountain/
11:00am Central/12:00pm Eastern
Location: Blackboard Collaborate

Zoe Midler is a media specialist in Flagstaff, Arizona. She was determined to pursue a career in the education field after she saw her children researching by Goggleing a topic. She observed that they really did not understand the steps to conducting authentic research. She is also passionate about collaboration. Here is her blog: http://zmidler.blogspot.com/

During her webinar, participants were asked to take part in two polls. The first poll question was, “Do you currently use Google applications in your classroom?” 29% said yes. The next poll question was, “Do you co-plan or co-teach lessons? Only 16% said yes. Zoe ties the poll questions into her presentation by emphasizing the use of 2.0 tools and stating that the definition of a 2.0 classroom is collaborating, publishing student work, and empowering students’ voices.

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2. Connecting You and Your Classroom Globally

Presenter: Ted Nesloney
Date: October 13, 2013
Time: 7:00AM Pacific Time Zone
Location: Blackboard Collaborate

This webinar focused on the fact that our kids are already global learners, and we need to allow kids to connect, especially kids who are form low socioeconomic areas because statistics show that these kids stay where they are at after reaching adulthood. In other words, our kids need to learn about the world and feel connected to the world, regardless of where they live. Ted emphasized utilizing Skype for Education, Google Hangouts, and Twitter. He told a story of a 15-year-old teenager who created a test for pancreatic and ovarian cancer, and how his classroom skped with the young man. It was truly inspirational. He also discussed how his PLN saved his career, and I really identified with this. I am finding professional inspiration from all the networking this class requires us to do.

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3. Promoting Language Learning Through Gaming
Presenter: David Dodgson
Date: October 13, 2013
Time: 9:00AM Pacific Time Zone
Location: Blackboard Collaborate

I am not a gamer, but as David pointed out, games are everywhere; moreover, games are based in critical thinking skills. Language evolves when learners play games, so promoting language learning through gaming is a no-brainer. Vocabulary can be enhanced because learning the rules for the games requires reading instructions, including the walk-through guide. Teachers can require students to actually write their own walk-through. I have often required students to write rules for a board game, so I was really excited to learn about this. I also learned that an ELT sandbox is a mode of play with creative freedom. Cool!

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4. Flipping Classroom Roles
Presenter: Akevy Greenbelt
Date: October 13, 2013
Time: 10:00 AM Pacific Time Zone
Location: Blackboard Collaborate

This was one of my favorite webinars because I could relate to everything that Akevy said about , teacher’s roles, student’s roles, and classroom management. The first point that caught my attention is that as teachers, we just don’t give enough feedback to our students. This doesn’t necessarily mean graded feedback, but rather verbal feedback. Our students need this from both their teachers and their peers. They need to be critiqued. Akevy also put up the following quote that he discussed at some length: “People by nature resist being managed.”-Tomlinson. Akevy discussed teachers who consistently take an adversarial role with their students and how that just doesn’t work these days. I couldn’t agree more. I just started at a Title 1 school, and the last thing that these kids need is to think of their teacher as their adversary. One of the teachers I befriended, who is also new at the school, just quit because she cannot change her teaching style; thus, she was miserable because the kids literally hated her.

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