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Web Seminars and the On Demand Recordings as Professional Learning Opportunities - Previous Revision

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

Here's just a few ideas from your peers.  Share your ideas below.

Middle and Secondary English Teachers Gather to Talk and Earn Credit
Allegany County Public Schools in Maryland reserve a meeting room and invite teachers from across the district to attend. By offering credit for participation in NCTE Web Seminars, literacy leader Sue Hughes has been able to facilitate some wonderful discussions throughout the district. Listen in as she explains why she is offering credit for this effective, yet inexpensive method of professional development.   

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, and travel to conferences was no longer an option, teachers from a New Jersey school split the cost of the Web seminar. 

Knowing that obtaining school funds would be tough, and travel to conferences was no longer an option, teachers from a New Jersey school split the cost of the Web seminar. 


Professor, Department of English and NCTE Student Affiliate Organizer

In the past year our 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

On Demand CD Use

From an instructional coach in Wisconsin


We knew scheduling our teachers out of the classroom would be a big deal. Instead we were able to have two people attend the live event at the scheduled date and time. When the On Demand CD arrived we hosted an after school workshop. The original two teachers facilitated a conversation with the larger group. With the option to play and pause when needed we could have talked all night.



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.




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