The NSTA Learning Center – Focus on Education Leaders
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
- "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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