Upcoming Webinars

1_K12_Icon_104x104.pngThe dynamic profusion of emerging technologies, both in school and out of school, is propelling today’s K-12 students to make new demands on their schools for a dramatically different kind of educational experience. Enabled, empowered and engaged, our students have a unique vision for 21st century education that reflects their desires for social-based learning experiences that are un-tethered to the traditional classroom, and rich in digital media and content. The annual Speak Up National Research Project provides an exclusive window into the views of students on personalized learning and new classroom models. In this webinar, we will share the latest Speak Up national findings from over 403,000 K-12 students, parents and educators with a special emphasis on the how today’s students want to be engaged with mobile learning, online and blended learning, and e-textbooks and digital content. The discussion will provide new insights into the digital disconnect between students and educators, and stimulate conversations about how to effectively leverage new classroom models of innovation to drive both increased student achievement and teacher productivity.
Location: WebEx
Date: 9/15/2014 3:30:00 PM (Eastern Time (US & Canada))
Are you sick of tacking on days at the end of the school year due to inclement weather? Come join Atlanta Public Schools as they share how they implemented virtual learning days to avoid extending their school year. See how their teachers have effectively expanded the walls of their classrooms by using engaging content and Blackboard’s learning management system.
Location: WebEx
Date: 9/29/2014 3:30:00 PM (Eastern Time (US & Canada))
1_K12_Icon_104x104.pngIdaho Digital Learning has implemented a rubric to help assess teacher quality in each course. In this session we will demonstrate different tools and features of the Blackboard LMS that enable teachers to meet expectations in each rubric category.
Location: WebEx
Date: 10/6/2014 3:30:00 PM (Eastern Time (US & Canada))
1_K12_Icon_104x104.pngWith the desire to completely change their instruction, Tim Gwynn and the 5th grade teachers at his school collaborated to embrace a new way of teaching as they rolled out laptops to each of their students. Tim will share how his teachers set up their classrooms, reimagined instruction, and worked together to bring a solid blended learning approach to their 5th grade students. With the intent to enact their ideas school wide, the 5th grade team redesigned the daily instruction in their classrooms to increase student learning and engagement.
Location: WebEx
Date: 10/13/2014 4:00:00 PM (Eastern Time (US & Canada))
1_K12_Icon_104x104.pngDo you want to increase student engagement and achievement in your blended or online learning K-12 classroom? Are you looking for ways to spice up your Blackboard class? Learn how to kick it up a notch with badges and personalized learning. This session will focus on the use of Achievements and Adaptive Release in your Blackboard Learn class.
Location: WebEx
Date: 10/17/2014 12:00:00 PM (Eastern Time (US & Canada))
1_K12_Icon_104x104.pngThis presentation will describe how teachers in the Piedmont City School District have gradually transformed pedagogy through their 1:1 laptop initiative. Learn how to effectively incorporate 21st century skills while still teaching state mandated standards in both an elementary and a high school classroom. Also, learn ways to apply the SAMR model for technology integration while using blended learning to personalize instruction.
Location: WebEx
Date: 10/20/2014 3:30:00 PM (Eastern Time (US & Canada))
1_K12_Icon_104x104.pngLearn how I use Blackboard to flip my elementary beginning and intermediate strings classes. My flipped classroom facilitates logistics, builds community and makes it possible for my students to find class materials with the click of a button. In these music classes, my students and parents have all materials such as handouts, videos, photos, sheet music and lessons available 24/7 on their computers and smart phones. The flipped classroom lets me get more done during class because “homework” experiences are focused and tailored to the students’ learning and my lesson planning.
Location: WebEx
Date: 10/27/2014 3:30:00 PM (Eastern Time (US & Canada))
1_K12_Icon_104x104.pngThe North Carolina Virtual Public School and Lenoir-Rhyne University have developed a school-university partnership designed to invest in building capacity for K-12 online teachers. This partnership contributes to the field of online learning in critical areas, including quality preparation of K-12 online teachers and research into effective practices for preparing and supporting K-12 online teachers. In this session, a representative from each institution will share their efforts to develop and sustain this collaborative partnership. Specifically, presenters will highlight the joint online teaching practicum and share findings from research into effective methods for preparing and supporting K-12 online teachers.
Location: WebEx
Date: 11/3/2014 3:30:00 PM (Eastern Time (US & Canada))
1_K12_Icon_104x104.pngThe Putnam County School System (PCSS) began its personalized learning odyssey with the creation of the Virtual Instruction to Accentuate Learning (VITAL) program in 2008. Since then we have leveraged the tools available in Blackboard Learn™ to create a unique multifaceted program that includes credit advancement, credit recovery, dual enrollment, collegiate high school, interactive video conferencing, and flipped and blended learning. Come share our story and see how a rural Tennessee school district has embraced 21st century learning in order to connect with our students on their terms and meet their diverse needs.
Location: WebEx
Date: 11/10/2014 3:30:00 PM (Eastern Time (US & Canada))
1_K12_Icon_104x104.pngYou are ready to blend, now what? Join me for a discussion on how to move your elementary classroom from direct instruction to a blended learning environment.
Location: WebEx
Date: 11/17/2014 3:30:00 PM (Eastern Time (US & Canada))
1_K12_Icon_104x104.pngRubrics are effective tools for evaluating cognitive skills and quality of students' work. Rubrics also improve student learning as they serve as a tool for self-evaluation and communicate the teacher's expectations of student performance. In this session, we will discuss and review examples of two types of rubrics: analytic and holistic. Participants will be able to identify when and why to use a rubric; construct a rubric within Blackboard; associate the rubric to a Blackboard assignment, select test questions, blogs, journals, wikis or discussions; and complete the grading workflow using a rubric.
Location: WebEx
Date: 11/21/2014 12:00:00 PM (Eastern Time (US & Canada))
1_K12_Icon_104x104.pngWhile some data can be very unappealing, the right tools and support can increase your staff and students’ awareness and engagement, allowing you to fully utilize your resources and maximize end-user adoption of your LMS. Learn how Lawrence Public Schools maximizes personalized learning for students and staff in a data rich environment by utilizing a learning management system (Blackboard) complemented by adoption-success software.
Location: WebEx
Date: 11/24/2014 3:30:00 PM (Eastern Time (US & Canada))
1_K12_Icon_104x104.pngWe have a unique co-teaching and blended learning model at the NC Virtual Public School. Our co-teaching and blended learning model pairs an Exceptional Children's classroom teacher with an online content teacher. The students work within the online course and the classroom environment, giving students both a classroom teacher and an online teacher who collaboratively plan with a focus on each individual student. We will share the benefits found in our model along with details about its beginning, implementation, and next steps.
Location: WebEx
Date: 12/1/2014 3:30:00 PM (Eastern Time (US & Canada))
1_K12_Icon_104x104.pngThis presentation will explore the myriad of myths surrounding online and blended learning and will shatter the long established yet incorrect myths that seem to orbit online and blended learning. Despite the infancy of online and blended learning, there is a need for high quality online and blended learning educators and leaders. Participants will engage in conversation around these myths, and the implication each holds for learning, and will discover and share promising online and blended practices to help support the teacher and leader in navigating both online and blended environments.
Location: WebEx
Date: 12/8/2014 3:30:00 PM (Eastern Time (US & Canada))
1_K12_Icon_104x104.pngThis session will provide first an overview of the rubrics generator within Bb and how important the process is for students to have a clear understanding of the expectations. This allows them to self-assess first, then rewrite/edit their own work before submission. These rubrics can be general applying to all written work or made more specific for Discussions, Blogs, Wikis, Journals, uploaded documents, or web based presentations.

The process of discovering an online rubric that meets most of the instructors needs, the using that content to create a Bb rubric will be demonstrated.

Discussion to follow.

Location: WebEx
Date: 12/15/2014 3:30:00 PM (Eastern Time (US & Canada))