How to Maximize Your NSTA Conference Experience All web seminar participants use online tools that allow them to mark-up presenter's slides or share desktop applications in addition to engaging in chat with others online and answering poll questions

This Web Seminar, sponsored by the NASA Explorer Schools program, took place on October 9, 2007, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Eastern Time. The presenters included NSTA staff members Howard Wahlberg, Jodie Rozzell, and Flavio Mendez. This web seminar focused on information and strategies teachers can use to maximize their experience at NSTA conferences.

In this seminar participants learned information about the NSTA Conferences taking place in Detroit, Denver, and Birmingham in 2007. Specifically, topics like the exhibit hall, different types of sessions, networking, and resources available at the conference, were discussed. The presenters also talked about tools participants can use before the conference to better prepare for the event. Suggestions about actions to take after the conference, like participating in NSTA listservs, attending post-symposia web seminars, completing the online conference evaluation, and downloading the conference transcript, were shared with the participants at the end of the program.

Eleven (11) participants were present at the live Web Seminar in addition to the presenters and NSTA support staff. Participating educators represented the states of Florida, Maryland, and Michigan. Two participants attended the program from Canada. Seminar participants received one of NSTA’s SciGuide for completing the evaluation form at the end of the program.

Here are some comments provided by the participants at the end of the Web Seminar:

  • "The content was valuable because it gave more details about what to expect at a conference."

  • "I have never attended an NSTA conference before, so this program helped me learn what to expect and how to get the most out of it."

  • "I found every aspect very informative. The information will help me prepare for Denver."

  • "I enjoyed the personal interaction the most."

Thanks to the participants and the presenters for the learning opportunity, the interactions, and a job well done!


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