National Science Teachers Association
The NSTA Learning Center – Focus on Education Leaders

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This Web Seminar took place on November 12, 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, professional development tools available to teachers, and the administrative tools available to education leaders to track the progress of their teachers’ professional development activities.

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 3,000 resources for educators to use and supplement their professional development activities. Byers described some of the featured products, including Science Objects, SciPacks, SciGuides, Journal Articles, Web Seminar Archives, and e-Book chapters. He also spent some time talking about how education leaders can use the administrative tools available to track the progress of their teachers’ professional development.

Thirty-eight (38) participants were present at the live Web Seminar in addition to the presenter and NSTA staff. Participating educators represented the states of Alabama, Arizona, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, and Texas. One participant attended the program from Washington DC, one from Guatemala, and another from Romania. 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:

  • "Great overview of the resources available, I intend to use these resources to refresh my General Science knowledge."

  • "I am going to use the Learning Center to update my knowledge and create a portfolio of the courses I have taken."

  • "I enjoyed learning more about the SciGuides and Science Objects. I have several, but didn't really know what to do with them. The seminar clarified a lot about these resources."

  • "The opportunity to explore the Learning Center live was helpful. Having an explanation of the features made it more relevant."

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


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