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Getting Your Class Started in ExploraVision

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 23, 2008, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Presenting were Deborah Kennedy, Math and Pre-Engineering Teacher at Wando High School, in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, and Diane Pollitt, Teacher at Heatherstone Elementary School in Olathe, Kansas. The presenters are Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision Awards National Winners. They talked about how to get your class started in ExploraVision.

The presenters gave an overview of the Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision Awards program and share tips and ideas on how to get your class started in the program. They focused their presentation in five areas: (1) What is ExploraVision? Why students should participate? Prizes offered; (2) Connections to the National Science Education Standards; (3) How to help students participate; (4) Dos and Don’ts; (5) Resources for Teachers and Students. Members of the NSTA and Toshiba teams attended the program and assisted the presenters by answering many of the participants’ questions via voice and on the chat.

Forty-two (42) participants were present at the live Web Seminar in addition to the presenter and NSTA staff. Participating educators represented the states of Colorado, Florida, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, and Wyoming. One participant attended the program from Washington DC and another from Canada. Seminar participants received a one year subscription to 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:

  • "I learned how to motivate my students to begin an ExploraVision project."

  • "It was great to have questions answered immediately after asking them. GREAT JOB!"

  • "I learned that entering the contest isn't too complicated and that any student can do it. It seemed like a big deal before but now I see it's really just an opportunity to get the kids involved in science and to get them to think creatively."

  • "It [The Web Seminar] provided the information I needed to get my team started and the rules I needed as a parent of home schooled children."

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


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