The NSTA Learning Center - Focus on Teachers
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 September 16, 2008, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Presenting was Albert Byers, Assistant Executive Director for Government Partnerships and e-Learning at NSTA. Mr. Byers talked about the NSTA Learning Center, its thousands of resources, and professional development tools available to teachers.

The presenter gave an overview of the NSTA Learning Center, focusing on how to navigate through the web site and best practices on finding resources. The site has over 2,900 resources available. Byers described some of the featured products, including Science Objects, SciPacks, SciGuides, Journal Articles, and e-Book chapters. He also spent some time talking about how to use the professional development tools available, such as “My Library” and “My PD Plan & Portfolio” and how these can benefit science educators.

Forty-two (42) participants were present at the live Web Seminar in addition to the presenter and NSTA staff. Participating educators represented the states of Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia. One participant attended the program from Washington DC, one from Canada, and another from the Bahamas. Seminar participants received a one year subscription to one of NSTA’s SciGuide 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 learned so much about how to use NSTA Learning Center resources. I never expected to benefit so much from this web seminar!"

  • "I'm thrilled that NSTA is taking the lead offering these valuable tools. I hope to take better advantage of these resources. Congratulations on your great work everyone."

  • "The interactivity was great. I felt like I was a part of the seminar instead of just listening to someone talk."

  • "Great, this is why I joined the NSTA. I joined after attending one Web Seminar last year. Great job."

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


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