Webinars & Demos

How is providing feedback in the online environment different from in the brick and mortar classroom? Explore key considerations and best practices in providing specific and engaging feedback to learners of all ages in a digital classroom in order to improve student success.

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Location: Blackboard Collaborate Web Conference
Date: 2/27/2015 12:00:00 PM (Eastern Time (US & Canada))
Assessment and feedback are at the heart of the learning experience.  In this session, we will discuss specific strategies for shaping assessment and feedback in the online environment to build strong teacher/student relationships, guide resource and learning path decisions, increase student metacognition, and provide tools for current and future learning within the content.

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Location: Blackboard Collaborate Web Conference
Date: 3/2/2015 3:30:00 PM (Eastern Time (US & Canada))
Step into Blended Learning and be the architect or designer of your students’ learning environment allowing them to do the work of building their learning experience. Join us for a discussion on how to create an effective blended learning environment.

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Location: Blackboard Collaborate Web Conference
Date: 3/9/2015 3:30:00 PM (Eastern Time (US & Canada))
Our session will focus on the process that Cecil County Public Schools used to implement Blackboard Learn™ in our K-12 school district.  In less than two years, we have leveraged the content collection to house our entire curriculum electronically, and we have over 4000 students participating in hybrid courses and other blended learning activities. In addition, the majority of our county professional development is delivered through Blackboard Learn™ in an online or a hybrid format. We will show how we did it and examples of courses designed for both students and teachers.

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Location: Blackboard Collaborate Web Conference
Date: 3/23/2015 3:30:00 PM (Eastern Time (US & Canada))
When teachers teach, collaboration between teachers is by far the best way to make sure that students are receiving the best possible instruction. This collaboration is two-fold. Teachers and teacher leaders should not only be sharing their best practices in online learning but they should be giving away the best WAYS to share online in online teaching communities. Teachers need to kick down the doors of online education classrooms. Amazing things are happening in classrooms all over the internet, and it's time to pull back the curtains and give away the secrets. However, it's not enough to just give away whats going on in the online classroom - we need to also shed some light on the best ways to share those secrets. By using online communities and e-learning communities teachers can find new ways to reach students. In this presentation, James will use examples from the medical model (the ways that physicians look at collaborations) to show how teachers can fully leverage the power of collaboration and teaching.

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Location: Blackboard Collaborate Web Conference
Date: 3/30/2015 3:30:00 PM (Eastern Time (US & Canada))
This presentation will explore how the affordances made available by learning management systems (LMSs) can help meet the needs of all students by individualizing learning. Individualization refers to instruction that is paced and adjusted to the learning needs of different learners. A teacher who individualizes instruction selects technology and responses to support the learning needs of the individual learner and monitors learning to decide next steps and integrates an assessment of learning. Yet, most LMSs are not utilized to their fullest potential and participants in this session will learn about how instruction can be individualized through adaptive and conditional release.

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Location: Blackboard Collaborate Web Conference
Date: 4/6/2015 3:30:00 PM (Eastern Time (US & Canada))
Dr. Carrie Jones will share the factors used to push blended learning strategically into each grade level in her Middle School. This process included intentional teacher assignments, reuse and repurposing of technology, seeking support from central office, and cheerleading the shift to blended instruction.

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Location: Blackboard Collaborate Web Conference
Date: 4/13/2015 3:30:00 PM (Eastern Time (US & Canada))
Looking to transform your professional development offerings from the single-shot, one-size-fits-all delivery model? In this session, we will discuss how Blackboard's Innovative Classroom solution can support your district by:
  • Providing sustained and supported, personalized learning opportunities,
  • Facilitating professional learning communities,
  • Increasing teacher effectiveness,
  • And reducing district costs.
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Location: Blackboard Collaborate Web Conference
Date: 4/17/2015 12:00:00 PM (Eastern Time (US & Canada))
When students need an online learning experience and instructors need data that is easy to manage, the Wake County Public School System uses Blackboard. Learn how Wake County has used Blackboard for over 14 years and what tools have become invaluable for their system. Patrick and Adrianne will highlight several programs, which have grown with the adoption of Blackboard solutions, including the Career and Technical Education Department.

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Location: Blackboard Collaborate Web Conference
Date: 4/20/2015 3:30:00 PM (Eastern Time (US & Canada))
The North Carolina Virtual Public School (NCVPS) Peer Tutoring Center (PTC) is a student run organization providing peer tutoring and other virtual support services to students across North Carolina. The 60+ student volunteers staffing the PTC use collaborative tools such as Blackboard Instant Messenger, Blackboard Collaborate, Blogspot, email and texting, to connect and engage students with their academic learning. The PTC benefits students by providing content specific support in the form of peer tutoring, but our services go beyond tutoring. We also provide Virtual Buddies as a support system for unmotivated students or those who are unprepared for online learning. Through the use of encouragement, gentle reminders, and assistance with time management and acquisition of study skills, our Virtual Buddies help students overcome obstacles preventing the student from engaging with their course content. The PTC also publishes a blog, TutorTalk, which focuses on how to be a successful, well rounded student. The PTC volunteers are actively engaged in all aspects of the organization's operations. By allowing our student volunteers opportunities for leadership and real world experience in teaching, blogging and marketing, the PTC takes its volunteers well beyond the classroom.

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Location: Blackboard Collaborate Web Conference
Date: 4/27/2015 3:30:00 PM (Eastern Time (US & Canada))
As educators we have a wonderful opportunity to help students attain knowledge and develop skill and strong character as a result of hard work that is found at the core of a valuable education. As such, academic honesty is a critical component of teaching and learning. In this session, participants will learn about countermeasures for improving academic honesty, pros and cons for each countermeasure, tips for implementing the countermeasures, and evidence that demonstrates that the countermeasures work.

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Location: Blackboard Collaborate Web Conference
Date: 5/1/2015 3:30:00 PM (Eastern Time (US & Canada))
Blended learning and personalization are two extremely popular buzzwords currently cycling through the realm of education. Many teachers have experienced Blackboard Learn as a student in an undergraduate or graduate level, online course. They have often been exposed to a few of the basic Learn tools, but often have not worked with many of Blackboard's features. In order to help provide ideas and inspiration for teachers to use Blackboard Learn in a K-12 “blended environment," the session will focus on “breaking the mold” of traditional sit and get tech training to a more flexible, modeling of blended models and strategies using Blackboard Learn. These blended trainings can help teachers not only learn how to build in Blackboard Learn, but model effective blended strategies in the process.

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Location: Blackboard Collaborate Web Conference
Date: 5/4/2015 3:30:00 PM (Eastern Time (US & Canada))
Blended Learning is helping math teachers engage students with rigorous math instruction, while supporting the Common Core Standards. Join us as we share a few strategies and techniques that we are using in our classrooms.

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Location: Blackboard Collaborate Web Conference
Date: 5/11/2015 3:30:00 PM (Eastern Time (US & Canada))
Imagine feeling like you have created an individual education plan for every student without all the work! Personalized learning, engagement, and less stress are just a few of the benefits I have experienced through implementing blended learning. Join me as I share a journey that leaves students asking to skip recess and me leaving one sentence sub notes that say "the kids know what to do!"

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Location: Blackboard Collaborate Web Conference
Date: 5/18/2015 3:30:00 PM (Eastern Time (US & Canada))
Maryville City Schools, a small, public Tennessee school district of 5000 students, will be sharing their first year implementation story of using Blackboard as a cornerstone product for the district’s digital conversion model, iReach. Presenters will focus on sharing information about the preparation and training for a successful implementation in grades K-12. In addition, details will be highlighted regarding our development of a 3-year plan, building instructional capacity, and establishing a strong communication system with our stakeholders.

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Location: Blackboard Collaborate Web Conference
Date: 6/1/2015 3:30:00 PM (Eastern Time (US & Canada))