The NSTA Learning Center: Free Professional Learning Resources and Opportunities for Educators
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This web seminar took place on April 23, 2013, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. eastern daylight time. The presenters were Dr. Al Byers, Assistant Executive Director of e-Learning and Government Partnerships at NSTA, and Flavio Mendez, Senior Director of the NSTA Learning Center. In this seminar the presenters discussed the effectiveness of online teacher professional learning and introduced participants to the over 3,700 resources that are available for free in the Learning Center.

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.

During this web seminar Dr. Byers talked about the research behind a blended model of professional learning that combines face-to-face events with online experiences. He gave an overview of the NSTA Learning Center and shared examples of the Learning Center’s free resources, including interactive content modules called Science Objects. Mr. Mendez provided access to several simulations from different Science Objects that participants got to try out during the web seminar. He then shared step-by-step instructions for using the Learning Center, including how to add resources to My Library and earn activities points that add up to badges.

Seminar participants received an NSTA SciGuide. A certificate of attendance was deposited into participants' My PD Record and Certificates 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:

  • “I liked seeing and being guided through what the Learning Center has to offer. I look forward to using it!”
  • “This was extremely helpful. I wish I had participated in one like this when I first joined NSTA. Now I know how to use all of the resources!”
  • “I especially liked linking to the site and practicing what we learned!”

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

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