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May 24, 2018

Create High Quality Online Lessons That Are Interactive And Will Engage Students

Note these up-coming webinars from SoftChalk.


You have a learning management system (LMS)—but is the content in your LMS course awesomeor is it meh? If you’re a college or university educator, instructional designer, or school administrator who is looking to upgrade the LMS course experience, look no more!

In this webinar, we’ll show a fast and easy way for faculty to create high quality online lessons that are interactive and will engage students. Did we mention it’s FAST and EASY?
You’ll also learn how you can deliver your lessons directly inside of your school’s learning management system (LMS).

Register for a FREE webinar today and see how you can create a professional-looking, interactive, online lesson in an hour with SoftChalk Cloud!

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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

May 21, 2018

Reminder: 2018 CIDER Session – State of the Nation: K-12 E-Learning in Canada

A reminder about this up-coming webinar on one of my own projects.


The CIDER Sessions Series includes monthly sessions running from September 2017 to June 2018. These sessions feature presentations by leading researchers in distance, distributed, and online learning.

imageJune 6, 2018 · 11am MT
State of the Nation: K-12 E-Learning in Canada
Michael Barbour, Touro University Mare Island
Randy LaBonte, Canadian eLearning Network (CANeLearn)

The 2017 issue of the State of the Nation: K-12 E-Learning in Canadareport marks its 10th year, and the fifth year of the Canadian eLearning Network’s (CANeLearn) support of this research. The report continues to be Canada’s own benchmark for the expanding use of technology-supported blended and online learning in Canada. The anniversary report continues the traditional incisive analysis of the state of K-12 e-learning in Canada as well as an expanded collection of research briefs and a description of several vignettes providing considerable insight about innovation and new approaches emerging in online and blended practices in K-12 programs across Canada. Full results of the research and work undertaken in this study, including all annual reports and associated papers, are published on the State of the Nation: K-12 E-Learning in Canada project website ( This session will provide a synopsis and overview of the latest version of this annual report.

May 20, 2018

Coming Up | 13 New edWebinars For Educators

I didn’t receive the “Worth A Read” feature this week, so note these up-coming webinars. - edWebinars for Every Educator

The Impact of Natural Elements on Early Learning Spaces Build Unstoppable Reading Grit Summer Fun with Digital Citizenship Visual and Data Literacy Learning

Celebrating 10 YearsedWeb celebrates 10 years of professional learning that is free and fun! Register for an upcoming edWebinar. Join edWeb to connect with colleagues around the world who are passionate about teaching and learning!

2018 Professional Learning Survey
Download edWeb’s 2018 survey on professional learning. Thank you to all the edWebbers who responded. We really appreciate your positive feedback and suggestions.

Upcoming edWebinars with CE Certificates

Gary Bilezikian

The Impact of Natural Elements on Early Learning Spaces:
A Global Perspective
Monday, May 21 at 3 p.m. Eastern Time


Presented by Gary Bilezikian, President, Guidecraft

Dr. Debi Crimmins

Using Digital Literacy to Build Unstoppable Reading Grit
Monday, May 21 at 4 p.m. Eastern Time


Presented by Dr. Debi Crimmins, Vice President, Customer Advocacy, Achieve3000

Suzy Lolley

Summer Fun with Digital Citizenship
Tuesday, May 22 at 4 p.m. Eastern Time


Presented by Suzy Lolley, Instructional Technology Specialist, Cherokee County School District, Canton, GA

Dylan Portelance Anthony Fudd

Designing a Programming Language for Early Learners
Tuesday, May 22 at 5 p.m. Eastern Time


Presented by Dylan Portelance, Education Product Manager, Wonder Workshop; and Anthony Fudd, Senior Product Manager, Wonder Workshop

Christina Bretz Keith Kline

Handwriting Reimagined
Wednesday, May 23 at 3 p.m. Eastern Time


Presented by Christina Bretz, OTR/L; and Keith Kline, OTR/L

Michelle Luhtala

Visual and Data Literacy Learning
Wednesday, May 23 at 5 p.m. Eastern Time


Presented by Michelle Luhtala, Library Department Chair, New Canaan High School, CT

Lili Levinowitz

Creating Strong Home-School Connections Through Music
Thursday, May 24 at 3 p.m. Eastern Time


Presented by Dr. Lili M. Levinowitz, Director of Research, Music Together Worldwide, and Professor Emeritus, Rowan University

John Funk

Growing STEM from Early Childhood Roots
Thursday, May 24 at 5 p.m. Eastern Time


Presented by John Funk, M.Ed., Senior Early Education Expert (Clinical Professor)

Coming up Next

Strategies for Building Proficient K-12 Writers
Wednesday, May 30 at 3 p.m. Eastern Time


Presented by Jenny Hamilton, M.Ed., National Literacy Consultant

Navigating the Digital Shift:
Quality Learning Connections in the Digital Age
Wednesday, May 30 at 4 p.m. Eastern Time


Presented by Elizabeth James, Curricular Materials Coordinator, Idaho State Department of Education; and Dr. Bart Rocco, Superintendent of Schools, Elizabeth Forward School District, Elizabeth, PA
Hosted by Christine Fox, Deputy Executive Director, SETDA

Stereotype Threat: Research-Based Strategies for Helping Students Thrive
Wednesday, May 30 at 5 p.m. Eastern Time


Presented by Megan Gross, Special Education Teacher, Del Norte High School, CA; Kelisa Wing, Assistant Principal, West Point Elementary School, NY, and former Secondary English Teacher; and Medha Tare, Senior Research Scientist

Transform Your School’s Brand by Becoming a Storyteller-In-Chief
Thursday, May 31 at 3 p.m. Eastern Time


Presented by Trish Rubin, MA/MPA; Baruch College; Founder, Trish Rubin LTD Consulting

Inspire Your ELL Readers to Tackle Text Complexity
Thursday, May 31 at 4 p.m. Eastern Time


Presented by Doris Linville, M.S.Ed., Literacy Advocate, myON by Renaissance; and Carol Johnson, Ph.D., National Education Officer, Renaissance

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May 19, 2018

📊 What’s working in our state’s digital classrooms? — Find out Wednesday, May 23 @ 2 p.m. EST

A notice from yesterday’s inbox.


What’s Working in Our State’s Digital Classrooms? What’s Not?
Webinar — Live on Wednesday, May 23 @ 2 p.m. EST!

On Wednesday, May 23 @ 2 p.m. EST the Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute will be hosting a webinar on the 2016-17 Michigan’s K-12 Virtual Learning Effectiveness ReportJoin in to learn more about what’s working and what’s not working in our state’s digital classrooms.

This webinar will be hosted on YouTube — so please use the live chat feature to join in on the fun, ask questions and leave comments. We’d love to hear from you!

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What is the Effectiveness Report?

Based on pupil completion and performance data reported by schools to MDE or CEPI, Michigan’s K-12 Virtual Learning Effectiveness Report highlights 2016-17 enrollment totals, completion rates, and the overall impact of virtual courses on K-12 pupils.

Download the Full Report


Who is the host?

Today’s host will be Joseph R. Freidhoff — vice president for Michigan Virtual — who earned his Ph.D. in educational technologies from Michigan State University and is a nationally-recognized researcher in the field of online and blended learning.


What’s coming up next?

Coming up later this month — on Wednesday,
June 6 
at 1 p.m — we’ll be hosting another webinar that offers viewers a refresher on the ISTE Standards for teaching and learning with technology —  including a “sneak peek” of the new ISTE Standards for administrators and other education leaders being released in June!

Learn More

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May 17, 2018

645+ Math Teachers Tried On-Demand PD For 6 Months

From Tuesday’s inbox…

Nearly 650 teachers across the US were recently given access to a professional learning prototype environment that provided them with PD recommendations based on real-time student data. Findings from this Gates Foundation-funded study show a statistically significant correlation between PD access and student achievement. In fact, students’ grade level growth increased 30 percent when teachers engaged in more PD sessions. Find out what this new model of PD could mean for teachers and students in your district.
New study indicates both students and teachers benefit from next-generation learning experiences that are transformative, personalized, and relevant.

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