The NSTA Learning Center: New Resources and Tools

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 February 25, 2010 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 gave an overview of available Learning Center resources and focused in detail on the My Library tool.

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. Mr. Mendez showcased some of the new Science Objects, SciPacks, and SciGuides and gave demonstrations of the manipulatives available in those resources. He helped the audience take a practical approach to the My Library tool by explaining each of the My Library features and allowing the audience to use them during the live program.

Ninety (90) participants were present at the live Web Seminar in addition to the presenter and NSTA staff. Participating educators represented the states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. Three people joined the program from countries outside the United States with two from Canada and one from China.

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

  • “This information has introduced me to the NSTA learning center and how to use it. I am going to use this information in my classroom.”

  • “I'm a new teacher and in need of many resources.”

  • “Already using it and learn some things to complement what I am using.”

  • “This would be great for the Professional Development offering for our Hawaii Dept of Ed teachers.”

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

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