What is this webinar thing anyway?

Writing_across_curriculum You could not have told me a year ago that I would be doing webinars, blogs, wikis, whaties, whoies………all that "ubiquitous" stuff!  However, I find myself giggling at the amazing potential for growth we all have as teachers when we can sit at home and learn.  Many of you have shared how it’s no longer as frightening because your coursework for Masters, Specialists or Doctorates are online now.  So why not try some webinars?  They are much less intimidating than coursework and you meet new people from all over the country.

Wp_1 Last night three teachers joined me to learn how to create Writing Prompts with unitedstreaming.  We had a lot of fun with kids running around in the background and one poor teacher trying to keep up with dial-up (she was SO patient!).  This one was my practice webinar so I didn’t invite too many, but now I’m ready for you!  If you want to join future webinars on the Writing Prompt Builder (10/5, 10/11, 10/17 or 10/23), look on DEN calendar or watch for an email from me.  For now, I’d like to tell you about two important ones coming soon.Discovery_webex_1

1.  Join us online for the first EdTechConnect of the 2006-2007 school year!   Discovery Education is proud to feature Joe Brennan on Wednesday Sept. 20 at 5:00PM EST.

Joe2 Who: Joe Brennan is a STAR Discovery Educator who recently retired from Niles Township High Schools and is now an independent consultant specializing in digital storytelling .  A former Spanish teacher who coached both soccer and basketball, Joe first became interested in educational video and multimedia because of his visual approach to teaching and coaching.  Joe is an Apple Distinguished Educator and the Illinois Computing Educator’s Educator of the Year in 2003. 

Topic: The Incompleat Guide to Digital Storytelling – An overview of the tools and resources available to students and teachers to help them share information and inspiration with the rest of the world. From PowerPoint to podcasting to professional video editing programs, classes can collaborate on exciting projects that extend their learning far beyond wall the walls of their school.

Cost: FREE!

This webinar will be limited to the first 200 people, so register now!   

If you have any questions about EdTechConnect or registration, contact Steve_Dembo@discovery.com

2. Join us in ongoing webinars about becoming a STAR Discovery Educator.  Even if you are a STAR already, you may enjoy these private sessions! There are tons of them to choose from on this list.

Can you imagine how cool this would be for your students to study with another class "ubiquitously?"  There is even a free site for hosting webinars for you to consider! Vyew http://vyew.com/content/ If you have any questions, comments about how to do webinars or your experience so far, post them here!

Ubiquitous1_16 As always, I am
Ubiquitously yours,


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  1. Debbie Bohanan said:

    Thanks for the great webinar! You are an amazing field manager. We are lucky to have you.

  2. Michele Futch said:

    I will be attending several of the webinars. It is a great opportunity for me to learn at a more convenient time. Thanks for the wonderful DEN opportunities!

  3. Tiffany Bonner said:

    I can’t believe I forgot about that webinar! I even updated my home computer and everything to get ready for it! But I will have to attend this webinar. This is definitely something I would like to implement for our team.

  4. Cheryl Woolwine said:

    I am definetly going to be participating in the webinars I think they are a great training tool expecially for thosse of us that are looking for more than the basics.

  5. Michele Futch said:

    The webinars are excellent tools. I am looking forward to attending some of them. I’m trying to share the good news with others!!

  6. Michele Futch said:

    There are also ATLAS webinars going on next Tuesday and Wednesday. Don’t forget to register for those, if you signed up to host an ATLAS Launch party!

  7. Cheryl Woolwine said:

    I plan on participating in the ATLAS webinar Tuesday and the EdTechConnect with Joe Brennan on Wednesday. And many more in the days to come!

  8. Cheryl Woolwine said:

    I plan on sharing the webinars with others. Everyone can benefit from these webinars they are easy to do and very informative.

  9. Techgirl4 said:

    The webinar was very informative tonight and a lot of fun. It shows us one more great piece of technology that can be used these days. Thanks for sharing.

  10. Debbie Bohanan said:

    I did the Discovery Atlas launch webinar that Betsy hosted. The wiki is full of useful information and lesson plans. The website is now up and running so you can view clips from Atlas on all the countries. Check out the one about the Three Gorges Dam. I was stunned by the drastic measures China is taking.

    I missed the webinar last Wednesday because we had a workshop on Kidspiration at my school. Do you know if he plans to do another session on Digital Storytelling?

  11. Debbie Bohanan said:

    Thanks for the site on hosting your own webinars. I have a friend who teachers for the Florida Virtual School and they just had a training session last week and learned how to do webinars. They were also introduced to podcasting. I will find out the name of the site they are using for webinars and pass it on to the group.

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