The NSTA Learning Center - PD Resources and Tools for Teachers

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 took place on October 6, 2009 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Presenting was Flavio Mendez, Senior Director NSTA Learning Center. In this Seminar, Mr. Mendez described the many professional development opportunities offered in the NSTA Learning Center.

The presenter gave an overview of the NSTA Learning Center, focusing on how the resources could be used to enhance teacher’s professional development. The site has over 4,000 resources available. Mendez described some of the featured products, including Science Objects, SciPacks, SciGuides, journal articles, and e-Book chapters. He also spent some time talking about how to use the professional development tools available, such as “My Library” and “My PD Plan & Portfolio” and how these can benefit science educators and be administered by educational leaders.

Fifty (50) participants were present at the live Web Seminar in addition to the presenter and NSTA staff. Participating educators represented the states of Alabama, Connecticut, Florida, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia and Wisconsin

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

  • “I now know a lot more about navigating the NSTA website and I am inclined to become a member of NSTA now.”

  • “This content will allow me to explore the NSTA website with ease and assist me in finding resources to better educate my future students.”

  • “I was amazed at the number of resources and tools available...for free!”

  • “It was helpful to know where to find resources for all levels of science.”

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

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