Over the past several months, I have conducted dozens of unitedstreaming trainings in schools and regional education centers across the state. These face-to-face workshops are great ways for teachers and media specialists to learn more about the wide range of digital resources available on the site and to share ideas and strategies with other educators, but the reality is that many people cannot attend such training sessions because of schedule conflicts and other professional responsibilities. If you would like to learn more about the resources and features available to all unitedstreaming users, I encourage you to explore one or more of the online training opportunities that are available to you when you click the "Teacher Center" link on the navigation bar. These training tools cover a wide range of topics and you can complete them at school or at home at times that are convenient for you.
Interactive Training: There are four different training modules currently available in the Teacher Center. Each takes approximately 30 minutes to complete, and, if you wish, you can navigate directly to topics that are of special interest to you. Each module is accompanied with an optional performance activity designed to let you practice the skills covered in the lesson as you create lessons or activities that you can use in your own classroom. You can also print a certificate of completion when you complete the online course work that may qualify you to receive continuing education credits from your local school district officials.
Webinars: If you are more interested in a shorter and more focused training experience, join educators from across the country in one of many web-based presentations called Webinars that are scheduled several times each week. You can learn more by clicking on the “Webinars” icon in the Teacher Center section of the site. Kristin Furdak, my colleague in Michigan, has written a detailed description of the Webinar training model in a recent posting on her state blog, and I encourage you to click here to read her excellent article.
FAQ Tutorials: For those times when you need concise, just-in-time training on specific topics, click the "FAQ Tutorial" link in the Teacher Center section to access a series of short clips that deal with tools and features available to all unitedstreaming users. These clips were developed in a partnership with Atomic Learning and are a great resource for new and experienced users.
Now that the 2005-2006 school year is just getting underway, this is a great time to learn more about the resources and features that are available to all users and to explore new and innovative ways to infuse these materials into your own lessons and assignments. Have a great year!