Making Digital Resources Work for You

Using Digital Resources in the Classroom!
The tenth seminar in the NSDL series, "Making Digital Resources Work for You" was held on Tuesday, May 22, 2007, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern time. The presenter was Robert Payo, Education and Outreach Specialist at the National Science Digital Library (NSDL).

Web Seminar participants use stamps to respond to one of the presenter's questions regarding their experience using different Web 2.0 technologies available. Twenty-four (24) participants were present at the live Web Seminar in addition to the presenter and the NSTA staff. Participating educators represented the states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wyoming. One participant joined the program from Spain.

In this program participants learned about how to use some of the recent tools NSDL provides such as a tool to find resources associated with specific science benchmarks. The presenter also explored some specific NSDL resources along the way based on participant interest. He also shared examples of how teachers have used online materials and technologies effectively and safely in their classrooms. All participants received a copy of NSTA's SciGuide on Science and Our Food Supply, grades 5-8.

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

  • "The speaker introduced a wide variety of resources I'd never heard before. These resources will be useful in my classroom."
  • "This was very relevant. The faculty in the School of Education are discussing
    21st Century Learning using technology, and much of what was covered tonight
    is included in that discussion."
  • "This content was very valuable/relevant to me. I teach pre-service
    teachers, and some are very reluctant to use technology. However, they love
    free resources. I found ways to help them use and evaluate the technological resources."
  • "I work with teachers to help them locate and effectively use technology
    resources with their students. This web seminar provided a wealth of resources.
    I am excited to check them all out and to share them with my teachers."

Thanks to the participants and to Mr. Payo for an engaging opportunity for learning and a job well done!


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