The NSTA Learning Center: Resources and Tools for Your Summer PD

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 May 4, 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 in depth look at the PD Plan and Portfolio Tool and a brief overview of the Learning Center resources.

Flavio Mendez focused this Learning Center presentation on a very valuable and somewhat underutilized tool in the Learning Center: The PD Plan and Portfolio Tool. This tool allows educators to set goals for their professional development and then add evidences of completing those goals and resources for accomplishing them. Mr. Mendez showed the participants how to use the PD Plan and Portfolio tool in both of the above ways and described how Learning Center resources have a button to ‘Add to Plan’ to make access to NSTA resources a convenient part of your professional development plan.

Thirty-four (34) participants were present at the live Web Seminar in addition to the presenter and NSTA staff. Participating educators represented the states of California, Florida, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Jersey, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia and Wisconsin.

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

  • “I now know how to use the plan and portfolio.”

  • “I now have a powerful tool to set PD goals and plan how I will implement them.”

  • “I did not realize the extent of the resources available to me! Thanks for the great overview and demonstration!”

  • “Providing further insight into the organization of the NSTA site and the resources available in it.”

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

Summer PD Resources
This collection includes articles, science objects, and web seminar archives with ideas on activities and content you may want to do/go through during the summer.

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