• BITS: School-University Partnership for Preparing and Supporting K-12 Online Teachers

    Monday, November 03, 2014 3:30 PM US Eastern

    The 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. Enroll arrow

  • Connect Migration Cohort: Connect 5 Demo

    Tuesday, November 04, 2014 2:00 PM US Eastern

    The Blackboard Connect mass notification system gives you the ability to reach your community in minutes—whether for a time-sensitive situation, event outreach, or attendance notification. It is the most efficient way to keep your community more secure, informed, and involved. During this demo, you'll get a chance to see Connect 5 in action. We’ll walk you through the interface and demonstrate how you can use Connect 5 for a variety of situations that help you keep your community in-the-know and up-to-date. Enroll arrow

  • NYC Connect 5 Training

    Wednesday, November 05, 2014 9:30 AM US Eastern

    This is a make up session for all those that may have missed the previous 20 sessions. Again your Global Connect site will be taken down in a few weeks, and there will be limited support for Global Connect started Nov 1. Enroll arrow

  • BITS: Putnam County Embraces 21st Century Learning

    Monday, November 10, 2014 3:30 PM US Eastern

    The 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. Enroll arrow

  • If You Build It, Will They Download? Best Practices for Marketing Your K-12 Mobile App

    Wednesday, November 12, 2014 3:30 PM US Eastern

    As with any new district process, system or program, the effectiveness of your mobile app is going to be largely measured by adoption. Hear from districts who have already launched to learn their tips and tricks, and avoid any trial and error. This webinar will explore strategies and tips for getting the word out to your parents and learning community about your new district mobile app, including how to drive downloads early, and how to keep that momentum from launch day going! Enroll arrow

  • BITS: Blending at the Beginning

    Monday, November 17, 2014 3:30 PM US Eastern

    You 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. Enroll arrow

  • Connect Migration Cohort: Connect 5 Upgrade Webinar

    Thursday, November 20, 2014 11:00 AM US Eastern

    If you haven't yet upgraded to Connect 5, this webinar will provide you with all the information you need to make the transition. We'll demonstrate what upgrading to Connect 5 means for you and your community, and how to use the latest in mass notification technology to send more relevant messages quickly and easily. Upgrading to Connect 5 is free for current Connect, AlertNow, TeleParent and Engage legacy districts and schools. We welcome your questions and will walk through the differences between your current platform and Connect 5. Enroll arrow

  • Lunch & Learn: The Rewards of Rubrics

    Friday, November 21, 2014 12:00 PM US Eastern

    Rubrics 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. Enroll arrow

  • BITS: 50 Shades of Data

    Monday, November 24, 2014 3:30 PM US Eastern

    While 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. Enroll arrow

  • K-12 Teaching & Learning Roadmap Presentation

    Wednesday, November 26, 2014 12:00 PM US Eastern

    Brad Koch, Blackboard's Vice President of Product Management, will provide a tour of a brand new K-12 Teaching & Learning experience coming soon! Join us to learn more about how Blackboard is innovating for K-12 schools to help you reimagine education. Enroll arrow

  • BITS: The Best of Both Worlds - A Blended Co-Teaching Model

    Monday, December 01, 2014 3:30 PM US Eastern

    We 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. Enroll arrow

  • Blackboard Partners Help Meet the Growing Demand for Digital Content in Classrooms

    Tuesday, December 02, 2014 3:30 PM US Eastern

    The effectiveness of blended or online classrooms is largely influenced by the type and variety of digital content that teachers have at their disposal. This webinar will explore the research behind the increased use of digital materials and how to share digital content within and across districts. Come learn why Blackboard values partnerships between content providers including an in-depth demo of how Blackboard’s teaching and learning solutions integrate with content offered by the Blended Schools Network. Enroll arrow

  • BITS: Shattering the Myths of Online and Blended Learning

    Monday, December 08, 2014 3:30 PM US Eastern

    This 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. environment. Enroll arrow

  • Change is All Around: E-Rate, School Communications and You—How Blackboard Can Help

    Wednesday, December 10, 2014 3:30 PM US Eastern

    E-Rate is changing. The recent E-Rate modernization order from the FCC redefines E-Rate funding priorities in a manner that will impact the out-of-pocket costs for web hosting at your district or school. Blackboard understands the value that district and school web sites provide to parents, students and your entire K-12 community, and we want to help. This webinar will give an overview of how E-Rate funding changes are converging with trends in school-to-home communications that make this a key time to re-evaluate your existing communication strategies. We will also provide an introduction and overview of “Bb-Rate"—our commitment to helping schools and districts navigate these changes to find the best solution for engaging learning communities. Enroll arrow

  • BITS: Rubrics Really Relate

    Monday, December 15, 2014 3:30 PM US Eastern

    This 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. Enroll arrow