National Science Teachers Association How to Maximize Your NSTA Conference Experience
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 March 3, 2009, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Presenting was Ken Rosenbaum, NSTA Chapter Relations Consultant and Howard Wahlberg Assistant Executive Director of Membership. Mr. Rosenbaum and Mr. Wahlberg talked about the offerings at the NSTA National Conference, what to expect, and how to prepare to make the most out of this opportunity.

The presenters gave an overview of the NSTA National Conference on Science Education taking place in New Orleans, LA, in March 2009. They focused on how the resources could be used to enhance teacher’s professional development. Specifically, topics included the exhibit hall, different types of sessions, networking, and resources available at the conference. The presenters talked about tools that conference participants can use before the conference to better prepare for the event.

Nine (9) participants were present at the live Web Seminar in addition to the presenter and NSTA staff. Participating educators represented the states of California, Illinois, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Missouri, Texas, Pennsylvania and another from Canada.

Seminar participants received one of the NSTA SciGuides. 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 had a few specific questions that I wanted answered. The moderators did answer those questions, and it was a good over-view of how the conference works.”

  • “Allowed me to obtain more info to present to my district in regards to the conference.”

  • “The most important part for me was the pacing. I overbooked myself so I'm going to adjust my schedule.”

  • “The content was relevant to me as I will be attending the NSTA conference in New Orleans.”

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


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