National Science Teachers Association
Learning Center: Free Professional Learning Resources for Teachers

This Web Seminar took place on July 27, 2011 from 8:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Presenting was Flavio Mendez, Senior Director NSTA Learning Center. In this Seminar, Mr. Mendez focused the presentation on the Learning Center resources and tools and helped participants navigate different areas of the Learning Center and add resources to their libraries.

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 the 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. 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 the discussion forums in addition to answering a variety of participant questions.

One hundred and twenty-five (125) participants were present at the live Web Seminar in addition to the presenter and NSTA staff. Participating educators represented the states of California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin. In addition, seven participants joined the program from locations outside of the United States: Germany, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico, Trinidad & Tobago and Turkey.

Seminar participants received a one year subscription to the NSTA SciPack 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:

  • “This was my first time with anything on NSTA learning center. It was great for someone like me that has never been on it before. I really appreciated the time to go to the learning center and try the items while doing the webinar.”
  • “It showed me how I can make this available for free to elementary teachers in my district.”
  • “I often help others locate resources and while I have had an account, I have never used much of your resource offerings. I downloaded the Human Impacts SciPacks and am very impressed.”
  • “My District lacks in decent PD for upper level science classes. Seeing the wide availability of self-directed PD through the LC is great.”

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

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