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October 10, 2019

Innovators In Online Learning Webinar: Ditch Your Textbook…

An up-coming webinar from SoftChalk.


Join us for our upcoming Innovators in Online Learning Webinar:

Ditch Your Textbook: Using SoftChalk to Incorporate OERs into your Course

With textbook prices constantly climbing, the need for affordable alternatives has become a high priority for both educators and learners. But how can you reduce or remove the need for a course textbook while still ensuring the learners have access to the materials they need?

In this webinar, Brian Yates and Meredith Hibit of Red Rocks Community College share their experience of transitioning their course content by using OERs (Open Educational Resources) to replace textbooks within the Spanish Department.

For background information and more about the presenters, check out their blog post!

Friday, October 25
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We look forward to seeing you there!

The SoftChalk Team

SoftChalk LLC 22 S. Auburn Ave. Richmond VA 23221  877-638-2425

October 9, 2019

REL Webinar: Teacher Perceptions And Use Of Technology In Teaching

This webinar may be of interest to some.

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REL Webinar: Teacher Perceptions and Use of Technology in Teaching

Join REL Midwest for a webinar on October 16 to learn about the importance of teacher professional development on educational technology and hear researcher and practitioner perspectives on using technology to prepare students for the 21st century.

Researchers from REL Midwest will present an overview of the recent REL Midwest study Technology use in instruction and teacher perceptions of school support for technology use in Iowa high schools. The study found that although teachers use classroom technology frequently, they do not consistently use it in ways that are believed to support the development of 21st century skills. Teachers may need additional support and encouragement on how to incorporate technology.

Participants also will hear from practitioners on how they can use the study results to inform practices in their districts. This will include details on how rural school and district leaders can work to provide teachers with professional learning opportunities that are sustained, ongoing, and job-embedded.

This webinar is designed for state-level education administrators, regional education service agency staff, district superintendents, district-level research staff, principals, instructional coaches, and teachers.

If you cannot attend the live event, register at the link below to be notified when the webinar archive is available online.

A Closer Look: Teacher Perceptions and Use of Technology in Teaching
October 16, 2019
4:00–4:50 p.m. Central Time
Register here

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October 5, 2019

National Distance Learning Week (NDLW) – Free Webinars – Register Now!

Note these up-coming webinars.

National Distance Learning Week
November 4 – 8, 2019
What will you do for NDLW 2019?
The purpose of National Distance Learning Week (NDLW) is to generate greater awareness and appreciation for distance learning, including K-12, Higher Education, Corporate and Military, while recognizing leaders and best practices in the field.
For schools, colleges, and corporations to conduct local events during NDLW to celebrate and promote the field of online learning.
November 4 – 8, 2019
Professionals engaged in the day-to-day practice of distance learning (schools, colleges, corporations, military) and individuals and organizations providing products and services being distributed via online, video conferencing and satellite technologies.
Monday, November 4th, 2019
11:00 am – 12:00 pm ET
Reggie Smith, PhD Executive Director USDLA
Manager, Conference Services, Children’s National Medical Center
“The History of Distance Learning and USDLA”
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm ET 
Bill Ryan, PhD Ryan Consulting
“Microlearning in the World of Distance Learning”
Tuesday, November 5th, 2019
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Sandra Kucina Softic, President of Eden
Josep Maria Duart Montoliu, Vice President of Eden
“Overview of the European Distance E-Learning Network and Key Issues Effecting European Online & Distance Learning”
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Janet Major, BS Associate Director for Education & Facilities
Arizona Telemedicine Program, Southwest Telehealth Resource Center
“Distance Learning Resources for Telehealth”
Wednesday, November 6th, 2019
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Charmaine Torruella, Chair of AVIXA Diversity Council
Global AV Service Partner
“How to Build Diversity in the Distance Learning Workforce”
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Richard Plant, Vice-President of Bridgestone
“Training the Workforce in a World of Technology”
Thursday, November 7th, 2019
11:00 am – 12:00 pm (Special Quality Matters Partner Track)
Steven Crawford, District Director for Maricopa Center for Learning & Innovation
Maricopa Colleges, Phoenix, AZ
“Busting Multimedia Myths: An Evidence Based Approach to Quality Instructional Media”
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm ET
Rolando Garza, Chair of USDLA State Chapters
Distance Learning & Instructional Technology, Texas A&M University, Kingsville
“USDLA State Chapters and How to Build One for Your State”
Friday, November 8th, 2019
1100 am – 12:00 pm ET
Kristin Deprospero, Vertical Marketing Director, Solutionz, Inc
“An Update on Grant Resources”
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm ET
Naza Djafarova, Director of Digital Education Strategies and Leonora Zefi, Manager of eLearning initiatives and Course Development
“Open Access Resources for Virtual Gaming Simulation in Education”
For more information on NDLW or to Sponsor NDLW…
contact USDLA at 202.248.5023 today!
About United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA)
The United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) is a non-profit association formed in 1987 and is located in Boston, Massachusetts. The association reaches 20,000 people globally with sponsors and members operating in and influencing 46% of the $913 billion dollar U.S. education and training market. USDLA promotes the development and application of distance learning for education and training and serves the needs of the distance learning community by providing advocacy, information, networking and opportunity. Distance learning and training constituencies served include pre-k-12 education, higher and continuing education, home schooling as well as business, corporate, military, government and telehealth markets. The USDLA trademarked logo is the recognized worldwide symbol of dedicated professionals committed to the distance learning industry.

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September 29, 2019

Thank You For Attending The K-12 Digital Learning Landscape

Note the recording of this webinar that may be of interest to some.

Thank you for attending The K-12 Digital Learning Landscape. We hope you enjoyed our event.

Please submit your questions or comments to:

To access the recording of this webinar visit

Kind regards,
Cara A. Jenkins
IMS Global Learning Consortium
Marketing Communications Director

Coming Up | 13 New edWebinars For Educators

Note these up-coming webinars.
Coming Up Next
David Woods
Rethinking Classroom Math Culture
Monday, Sept. 30 @ 4 pm ET
Presented by David Woods, Senior Director, Curriculum and Reporting, DreamBox Learning
Cathy Yount
Brilliantly Simple Strategies for Early Learners with Tech
Wednesday, Oct. 2 @ 4 pm ET
Presented by Cathy Yount, Director of Early Learning, Scholastic
edWebinar Presenters
Advocating for Transgender Students and Navigating the Media Coverage
Thursday, Oct. 3 @ 2 pm ET
Presented by Dr. David Vannasdall, Superintendent, Arcadia Unified School District, CA; and Ryan Foran, Chief Communications Officer, Arcadia Unified School District, CA
Nicolas Princen
The Future of Reading is Social
Thursday, Oct. 3 @ 3 pm ET
Presented by Nicolas Princen, Founder and CEO, Glose Education
edWebinar Presenters
How to Achieve Literacy Gains with
Curriculum-Integrated Vocabulary Instruction
Thursday, Oct. 3 @ 4 pm ET
Presented by Dr. Daryl Diamond, Director of Innovative Learning & Arts, Broward County Public Schools; and Dr. Julie Evans, CEO, Project Tomorrow
Hosted by Michael Freedman, Co-founder and CEO,
Cari Wilson
Mental Health and Self-Esteem through Digital Portfolios
Thursday, Oct. 3 @ 6 pm ET
Presented by Cari Wilson, Innovation and Technology Lead Teacher
edWebinar Presenters
Show Me the Money: E-rate and a Whole Lot More
Friday, Oct. 4 @ 3 pm ET
Presented by Sheryl Abshire, Ph.D., Ed Tech Specialist & Consultant, Abshire Consulting; Cynthia Schultz, Esq., Managing Member, Broadband Law Group, PLLC; and Sophia Green-Robinson, Esq., State Engagement Director, EducationSuperHighway
More Free edWebinars!
Harness the Power of Music to Support Children’s Early Learning
Monday, Oct. 7 @ 3 pm ET
Presented by Alex Farkas, M.A.T., In-School Services Mentor, Music Together
Managing the Risks Inherent in the Teaching Profession
Monday, Oct. 7 @ 5 pm ET
Presented by Eve Myers, Educator and Educational Consultant, HillCo Partners; and Jeff Mann, Director of Instruction and Leadership Development, College Station Independent School District
Let’s Celebrate Digital Citizenship Week: Something for Everyone
Tuesday, Oct. 8 @ 3 pm ET
Presented by Wanda Greenfield, Technology Integration Specialist, Jesse Boyd Elementary School
New Teachers: Surviving the Schedule
Thursday, Oct. 10 @ 3 pm ET
Presented by Dr. Elizabeth A. Potts, Assistant Professor; and Dr. Lori A. Howard, Associate Professor
Computational Thinking to Strengthen Elementary Mathematics: Decomposition and Algorithmic Thinking
Thursday, Oct. 10 @ 4 pm ET
Presented by Sara Delano Moore, Ph.D., Director of Professional Learning, ORIGO Education
Addressing the Crisis in Adolescent Mental Health: How Districts Can Identify and Support Struggling Students
Thursday, Oct. 10 @ 6 pm ET
Presented by Dr. Lisa Strohman, Psychologist, Attorney, Author, and Mother; Kathleen Tuck, Director of Communications and Community Relations, Nampa (ID) School District; Dr. Melissa Williams-Scott, Executive Director of Information Systems, Dickinson (TX) ISD
Visit the edWebinar Calendar and register for free edWebinars with CE certificates.
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