NSTA Learning Center Update
This Web Seminar took place on February 16, 2011 from 8:15 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. Eastern
Time. Presenting was
Senior Director NSTA Learning Center and
Director of e-Learning Production. In this Seminar, Mr. Mendez focused the presentation
on the new Learning Center resources and tools including the new ‘badge’ system
and live, online help. Ms Clark added details about the new SciPacks and Science
The PowerPoint, related resources from the NSTA Learning Center, and web links from
the presentation are now contained in the above resource collection. Clicking on
the collection link will place it in your Learning Center, My Library, neatly organized
under the My Resource Collections tab.
Flavio Mendez talked about new tools in the NSTA Learning Center, focusing on how
the resources could be used to enhance teacher’s professional development. The site
has over 6,000 resources available. Ms. Clark led the audience through one of the
new simulations from the Cell Division and Differentiation SciPack. The audience
members were asked to create Learning Center profiles, add items to their Learning
Center libraries, and view their ‘points’. Mr. Mendez also talked about the new
tools, including the live, online, Learning Center support as well as the new ‘badge’
system and Community Forums.
Forty (40) participants were present at the live Web Seminar in addition to the
presenter and NSTA staff. Participating educators represented the states of Connecticut,
Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Maine, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Rhode
Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin.
Seminar participants received a one year subscription to one of the NSTA SciPacks
of their choice. A certificate of attendance was deposited into participants My
PD Record and Certificate 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:
- “The Learning Center can provide me with numerous resources that will help me
become a better teacher.”
- “Excellent presentation! Always helpful to review all of the great resources
available in the LC.”
- “As an online advisor it was good to go over the features of the NSTA Learning
Center through a guided tour.”
- “It will be very beneficial in helping us teachers in the classroom. All of
the articles, podcasts, and other resources are very helpful and this seminar provided
me with guidance so that I can explore the website efficiently.”
Thanks to the participants and the presenter for the learning opportunity, the interactions,
and a job well done!
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Underwritten by the GE Foundation