Monday, June 25, 2012


Summer Vacation: A great time for Webinars

To be honest I am not sure I'll make all of these as many are when I have my short stint at home in San Diego, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't attend one or two. There are many more out there, but these are the ones that interested me:

Thursday June 28th the British Council has a webinar on how to make every lesson great! It takes place at noon UK time (which means I am getting up early down here in Mexico) but it should be fun! The speaker is an Anthony Gaughan (veteran teacher of 17+ years in the UK and Germany). He is a Dogme fan so we can probably expect some unplugged thinking. No need to registeer just click here when the time is right.

I have Shelly Terrell's webinars booked (every Friday at 1p.m. for LA) but I never manage to make them. I also hardly know what the topic will be before which I think makes me less likely to show up, but here's a link for anyone interested.

The ASCD is offering a webinar on "Reading for Meaning: How to Build Students’ Comprehension, Reasoning, and Problem-Solving Skills." Harry Silver will be the presenter. It takes place: Thursday, July 12, 2012, 12:00p.m. ET. The intention is to teach stduents to read for meaning, and draw conclusions that they can defend with evidence. You can register here. offers a webinar of Enhancing Teacher's Effectiveness. You can register here

This event takes place on Thursday, July 12, 2012, 2 to 3p.m. ET. And is basically about, The research that talkes about the impact of teacher effectiveness on student achievement. And the best strategies to achieve that.  Presenters: Dr. Jack Parish, executive director, 
Georgia Association of Educational Leaders 
Kirk Vandersall, founder and managing director, Arroyo Research Services 
Christina Mills, 2010 Wyoming Teacher of the Year 
Dr. Becky L. Shermis, executive director of program design, Product Development Group, Laureate Education, Inc. 
Moderator: Dr. Christine Jax, associate dean of Ph.D., Ed.D., and Ed.S. programs, The Riley College of Education and Leadership

 Connie Moss is the presenter for another ASCD webinar, "Learning Targets: Helping Students Aim  for Understanding" Tuesday, July 17, 2012 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT The goal is to improve student's learning by "creating learning targets to help teachers create daily lessons and learning experiences that amount to something enduring and meaningful over time." This looks like something that would encourage autonomous learning which I am a big fan of! You can register here.

Another ASCD webinar is on Tuesday July 24, 2012 4:00p.m. - 5:00p.m. EDT  Mike Fisher presents as he discusses some of the web tools he has found useful for educators. I am always hesitant about these as I don't know how much will be repeat, but since the webinar includes specific tasks and appropriate tool choices, with real classroom applications it should be one to check out. You can register here

One of my first Webinars was done through San Diego State's Language Lab. They still do a version of it every Summer. It is Social Media Workshop and can be done via the internet OR on campus if you are in San Diego. The workshop is July 30-August 30 and you can register here

There's another Technology Webinar this time with Howard Pitler. The ASCD gives on Tuesday, August 7, 2012 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT This one specifically discusses how to integrate technology into clasrooms effectively to get the most out of student. Feel frree to register here
Do you know about any webinars coming up this Summer? Share your knowledge in the comments!

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