PD Now: Live Webinars (u06a1)

Webinars are a great way to extend your learning on your schedule.   You can log in from the comfort of home or on the go.  This anytime, anywhere learning opportunity helps educators learn more about their field of interest without the travel time.  I attend webinars through Discovery Education at least once a month.  I am always looking for new ways of doing things in my classroom.

Many of the webinars I’ve attended have been through Web Ex.  I find this site very easy to navigate and you can sign up for a free account to attend meetings.  One of the things that a webinar does not have is the face to face interaction that an in person event does.  If there are a lot of attendees it is hard to communicate effectively during a webinar.   Even with this problem, attending the webinars are definitely a positive experience and I will continue to engage in this format of learning.

This format would be a great way for me to hold review sessions for my students before tests.  I teach middle school students and it would be difficult to schedule student meeting so that all could attend but providing a couple of times that students can log in to ask questions could be helpful to them.  I could also use this format to record important lessons for students that need to review or were absent.  You could also use this type of meeting to connect with classrooms around the world.  This method of learning would definitely benefit students more as they get older.  With planning and training, students could learn to act as both attendees and broadcasters.  Students learn best from each other and this could be a powerful way to make a school to home connection with both students and teachers.

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