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Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision’s Educational Value - Teacher Spotlight
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 June 16, 2009, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Presenting was Brian Short from NSTA, Phyllis Serfaty North Shore Hebrew Academy High School, Great Neck, NY and Dave Stone University Laboratory High School Urbana, Illinois. The presenters gave an overview of the ExploraVision program and shared personal experiences of working with their students throughout the process.

The presenters provided information on the basic components of ExploraVision entries, the new online entry system, the required entry components, and information regarding the regional and national judging. Ms. Serfaty and Mr. Stone shared their personal experiences with the competition from starting to gather ideas with participating students, up through the recognition banquet for National Award Winners. Members of the NSTA and Toshiba teams attended the program and they were assisted by Toshiba’s Miz Fischer who answered participants’ questions on the chat window.

Thirty (31) participants were present at the live Web Seminar in addition to the presenters and NSTA staff. Participating educators represented the states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon and Texas. Two participants attended from locations outside the United States: Canada and Romania.

Seminar participants received a one year subscription to one of NSTA’s SciGuides and a certificate of attendance was deposited into their My Transcript area in the NSTA Learning Center 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:

  • "Would like to do this with my class in the future.”

  • “Possible mentoring opportunities.”

  • “A good review, but I liked the format the best. Nice to hear that some teachers are consistently doing a wonderful job with empowering students.”

  • “I am interested in sponsoring an elementary team, and this information confirmed what I've discovered on your website.”

  • “I believe that my physics students will enjoy working on this competition.”

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


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