Below is a glimpse of how teachers across the nation are participating in NCTE's Web Seminars. What is your situation? If you have participated in an NCTE Web seminar, as an individual or group, tell us your story in the comment box below.
Secondary English Department
Despite several obstacles, including very little funding (Arizona is 49th in the country on educational spending) and a seminar that was held during the school day (substitutes were needed), an English teacher gained last-minute approval from his supervisor to participate. Four teachers gathered in one room for the live event.
Elementary School Teachers
Knowing that obtaining school funds would be tough, teachers from a New Jersey school split the cost of the Katie Wood Ray Web seminar, A Predicable Framework for Genre Study.
On Demand CD Use
From an instructional coach in Eau Claire, Wisconsin
“In February our middle school teachers are getting together to use NCTE’s On Demand Web Seminar TARGET-ing Reluctant Readers for Staff Development day. The webinars are wonderful!”
Writing Project Consultants
From a WP Teacher Consultant
“We will be attending with a team of Teacher Consultants from the Oregon Writing Project here at the University of Oregon. Thanks for creating this web seminar for your colleagues around the world. Isn't technology exciting!”
Incorporation Within a Methods Course
At Johns Hopkins University, the Methods of Teaching in Secondary Schools (English) class decided to attend the Web seminar, Reading in the Reel World, featuring John Golden. There were approximately 40 students present.
They chose to participate for these reasons:
Wanted to integrate technology into our courses in unique and effective ways
Wanted to encourage students to join the professional teaching community (NCTE)
Here is how they set up their Web seminar experience:
Both sections of students gathered in one classroom
They purchased one access at the member rate
They had one computer located in the front of the room. The content was projected onto a large screen at the front of the room.
Students volunteered to stand and type at the computer. If a student had a “burning desire” to share his/her specific opinion to a topic, he/she was encouraged to come to the computer and share.
They voted as a class when there were multiple choice questions. They shouted out answers on occasions where multiple responses were allowed
Web seminars as Course Material
From a professional development coordinator in Fairbanks, Alaska
“We went ahead and ordered two demand On Demand seminars that will be used during our inservice. Since there is such a huge time gap between you and us, we decided to create a class and use only on demand versions. We will use the web seminar of Sept. 23rd for the class. It will save us time and money and we don't have to use substitute teachers for live web seminars. It's a great idea on your side to record web seminars and use them later for people...”