Thursday, September 27, 2012

EdTechLeadersOnline Fall Webinars

Re-shared from ETLO's email campaign! OF course I want you to take in all of these, but October 30? Probably attendance-required!

Join us for these fall webinar events!
Increasing Student Achievement: Digital Tools in Online Learning Environments
Date: Wednesday, October 17
Time: 3:00-4:00 PM ET
Dr. Lisa Hervey, NBCT, Research Associate at The William & Ida Friday Institute for Educational Innovation
In this webinar, Dr. Hervey will discuss and reflect on the importance of selected standards from the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) and the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) related to teaching with multimedia and online tools. She will also share several free, open-source digital tools that can support online educators in meeting these standards.

The webinar will focus on four guiding questions:
  • Authenticity: How do the selected SREB and iNACOL standards address student engagement? What does this mean for online educators?
  • Clarity: How can digital tools be the "solution" for increased student engagement in online learning environments?  
  • Impact: How do digital tools such as Screencast-O-Matic, Diigo, and Voki engage students? (a brief overview of each tool will provided)
  • Opportunity: What opportunity is there to encourage educators in using these or similar tools when teaching online?
To access EDC's Collaborate system:

1. Go to:
2. Type your name in the text box in the upper right corner of the page where you see the words "Type your name here."
3. Click the button titled "Log in as a Participant."
4. You may be prompted to download the software required for Collaborate.

Pre-registration is not required. Hope to see you there!
Creating and Running a Public Online High School:  Challenges, Successes, and Lessons Learned
Date: Tuesday, October 30
Time: 4:00-5:00 PM ET
Presenter: Scott Merrick, Online Learning Specialist, Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) Virtual School
The challenges and successes involved in crafting, improving, and delivering an online public school are significant. MNPS Virtual School in Nashville, Tennessee, now in its second year as the first public virtual school in the state of Tennessee, has many lessons to share about both the model MNPS Virtual School is using to build a strong virtual district school and the challenges they have had to overcome along the way. Scott Merrick, an Online Learning Specialist who has worked with the school since it began in 2010, will discuss these lessons and offer a personal vision of where public virtual education is going.

Scott came to the public school sector after 15 years as an educator in a private school setting and feels dedicated to making sure his currently 82,000+ student school district will continue to offer online learning options to its incredibly diverse and growing population of students.
Growing a Successful International Baccalaureate Online Program
Date: Tuesday, November 13
Time: 3:00-4:00 PM ET
Presenters:  Kirsten Peterson, EdTech Leaders Online and John Willoughby, Pamoja Education
This webinar will showcase online courses designed to prepare a global collection of online teachers, site-based coordinators, and students to run a successful online International Baccalaureate (IB) program. Over the past two years, EdTech Leaders Online (ETLO) and Pamoja Education have collaborated to grow the online IB program through a collection of targeted professional development and orientation courses that focus on teacher learning communities and student engagement. Come join a dynamic discussion with ETLO and Pamoja Education leaders about how a fast-paced needs-driven online program influenced program design and facilitation. In addition to looking at example courses for IB teachers and students, we’ll have a question and answer session built around some of the more provocative “what would you do” scenarios faced by Pamoja Education and ELTO throughout the program design and facilitation.
Have you missed any of our previous webinars? The recordings are available on our website: You can also continue discussions on the webinars and other online learning topics in the ETLO Forum.

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