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Web Seminars and the On Demand Recordings as Professional Learning Opportunities

How do you take a 60 minute online workshop or its recording and turn it into a sustained professional development experience?

Here are just a few ideas shared by past attendees.  We want to hear from you

Middle and Secondary English Teachers Gather in Live events to Talk and Earn Credit
These sessions are an inexpensive method of bringing well-known literacy experts in the field to our district.  Our district purchases one connection in nearly every Web seminar that NCTE offers each school year.  I reserve a meeting room and invite teachers from across the district to attend. By offering credit for participation in NCTE Web Seminars, we have been able to facilitate some wonderful discussions throughout the district. 
              --Sue Hughes, Allegany County Maryland


On Demand Use

We have had great success using the recordings as a go to resource in our professional library. I usually attend the live event as a way to  preview the recording before using it with my colleagues, I treat the presenters in the recording like guest presenters in my workshops. I use the play, pause and fast forward tool bar to use the parts of the  presentation that best suit our needs.  Participants will often ask me if they can check out the recording so they can watch the whole thing.

               --Melissa, Instructional Coach, Wisconsin


Professor, Department of English and NCTE Student Affiliate Organizer
In the past year our college campus launched an NCTE Student Affiliate group and with the financial support of our English Education Department we purchased a seat in several NCTE Web seminars to provide as many outreach events as possible to serve the entire K-12 English Education students and faculty.  These educational events not only served this purpose, but also gave our group an opportunity to promote and establish our organization’s presence on campus as a professional organization.
             --Toby, Assistant Professor, Department of English, Western Michigan University

Incorporation Within a Methods Course

NCTE webinars provide my pre-service teachers with rich and timely content through an interactive experience. Whether used during class as a shared activity or as a supplement to regular instruction, the webinars allow my students to connect with leaders in English education in ways that normally they would have only been able to do through conferences and workshops. This kind of access to the latest research and theories about teaching English helps them see the bigger professional picture and join critical conversations about literacy right as they begin their careers.
                --Troy Hicks, Central Michigan University


Comments from Pre-Service Teachers:

    "It is so amazing to finally be able to communicate with others
    in the field of education. Sharing our resources and ideas
    about concepts will will benefit the children that we teach!"

    "The most fascinating part of the webinar is that all
    participants are able to get their voices and opinions heard
    through discussion. Its also a great resource and easily
    accessible for busy teachers that might not be able to
    attend an all day conference."


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