• BITS: Enabled, Engaged, Empowered: The New Student Vision for Digital Learning

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

    The 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 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. Enroll arrow

  • Lunch & Learn: Introducing Bb Grader for iOS for Teachers

    Friday, September 19, 2014 12:00 PM US Eastern

    Stuck waiting for an oil change? Hanging out watching soccer practice? Sipping a latte at the coffee shop on a lazy Saturday? ...But you still have virtual piles of student papers to grade in Blackboard? Pull out your iPad! Bb Grader enables teachers to view, provide rich feedback, and ultimately grade student submissions to Blackboard Learn Assignments from anywhere, anytime. Join us for a a live demo of the new Bb Grade App for teachers by Trey Buck, the Bb Grader Product Manager! Bb Grader is available to all Blackboard Learn customers. Enroll arrow

  • BITS: Curating Content The Right Way

    Monday, September 22, 2014 3:30 PM US Eastern

    Going digital has made all information available at our finger tips. From research to consumption it is easy, however, to get lost in the rabbit hole of content. Join us as we will look at curation from start to finish. We will answer questions like how to find reliable information and tell its actually reliable and how to save this information so you can get back to it when you need it. We’ll examine the tools, sites and skills necessary to be a Master Curator. Enroll arrow

  • K-12 Teaching & Learning Roadmap Presentation

    Friday, September 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

  • Conquer the Polar Vortex: Embrace Virtual Learning Days Using Blackboard

    Monday, September 29, 2014 3:30 PM US Eastern

    Are you sick of tacking on days at the end of the school year due to inclement weather? 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. Enroll arrow

  • BITS: Blackboard Skills to Pay the Bills

    Monday, October 06, 2014 3:30 PM US Eastern

    Idaho 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. Enroll arrow

  • BITS: From Zero to Blended: Jumping into Blended Learning at the Elementary Level

    Monday, October 13, 2014 4:00 PM US Eastern

    With 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. Enroll arrow

  • Lunch & Learn: Kick it Up a Notch! Badges & Personalized Learning

    Friday, October 17, 2014 12:00 PM US Eastern

    Do 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. Enroll arrow

  • BITS: Making the Most of Your Technology Initiative: How to Effectively Leverage Technology in a 1:1 Classroom

    Monday, October 20, 2014 3:30 PM US Eastern

    This 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. Enroll arrow

  • BITS: The Flipped Classroom: Growing Student Engagement in Elementary Instrumental Music

    Monday, October 27, 2014 3:30 PM US Eastern

    Learn how to use Blackboard to flip an elementary beginning and intermediate strings class. The flipped classroom facilitates logistics, builds community and makes it possible for students to find class materials with the click of a button. In these music classes, 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 allows me to get more done during class because “homework” experiences are focused and tailored to the students’ learning and my lesson planning. Enroll arrow

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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