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May 21, 2017

Coming Up! 13 New edWebinars For Educators

From Friday’s inbox… - Free edWebinars for Every Educator

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Coming up next!
Check out the great topics ahead. Our free edWebinars connect you with experts and colleagues for personalized professional learning that is informative and fun. Share experience, questions and  solutions with other attendees in live chat and earn a CE certificate for attending or viewing the recordings.
Can’t attend live? Register to get the recording afterwards, or browse and search more than 1,300 recorded edWebinars for preK-12 educators.

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Mindy Sinyak
7 Ways to Conquer a Curriculum Search
Monday, May 22 at 3 p.m. Eastern Time
Presented by Mindy Sinyak, VP of Customer Success, Noodle Markets

Kevin Baird
The Public School in an Age of Choice:
How to Compete for the Win
Monday, May 22 at 4 p.m. Eastern Time
Presented by Kevin Baird, Chairman of the Board at the nonprofit Center for College & Career Readiness

Ellen Dorr
Empower Teacher Leaders: Using Personalized Learning and Data to Build Instructional Capacity
Tuesday, May 23 at 2 p.m. Eastern Time
Presented by Ellen Dorr, Director of Digital Learning, Renton School District in Washington

Never, Ever-Advice, Wisdom, and Humor for Preschool Teachers
Tuesday, May 23 at 3 p.m. Eastern Time
Presented by Dr. Shirley Raines, Speaker, Author, Consultant, President Emeritus, University of Memphis

Spike C. Cook_ Ed.D.
Breaking Out of Isolation:
Becoming a Connected School Leader
Tuesday, May 23 at 4 p.m. Eastern Time
Presented by Spike C. Cook, Ed.D., Principal, Lakeside Middle School, NJ

Snapchat: Creating an Engaging Learning Experience
Tuesday, May 23 at 5 p.m. Eastern Time
Presented by Shannon Holden, Assistant Principal, Republic Middle School, MO

Top STEM Ideas to Keep Your Students Engaged at the End of the School Year
Tuesday, May 23 at 6 p.m. Eastern Time
Presented by Bryan L. Miller, Educator Community Manager, Wonder Workshop

E-rate Update: May 2017
Wednesday, May 24 at 2 p.m. Eastern Time
Presented by John Harrington, Chief Executive Officer, Funds For Learning

Michelle Luhtala
Summer Reading 501:
Helping Generation App Read This Summer
Wednesday, May 24 at 5 p.m. Eastern Time
Presented by Michelle Luhtala, Library Department Chair, New Canaan High School, CT; and Jane Lofton, Teacher Librarian

How Games Can Be a Centerpiece for Student-Driven Learning
Thursday, May 25 at 4 p.m. Eastern Time
Presented by Matthew Farber, Ed.D., Social Studies Teacher and Game-Based Learning Author; with Steve Isaacs, Video Game Design and Development Teacher

Alex Farkas_ M.A.T.
The Power of Music: Create a Positive and Focused Learning Environment through Music
Wednesday, May 31 at 2 p.m. Eastern Time
Presented by Alex Farkas, M.A.T., In-School Services Curriculum Mentor, Music Together Worldwide

Dr. Mike Longoria
Music, Movement and Learning:
Bringing Joy Back to Education!
Wednesday, May 31 at 5 p.m. Eastern Time
Presented by Dr. Mike Longoria, a.k.a. Dr. Mike

Sarah Rich
Using Tech to Enhance Students’ Summer Reading Experiences
Thursday, Jun. 1 at 4 p.m. Eastern Time
Presented by Sarah M. Rich, Lead Teacher Champion, Squiggle Park

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[AECT] DD Reads: Part 2 Webinar & Chat

From late last week…

How do we design and develop immersive learning experiences using virtual reality technologies? This session of #AECTDDREADS will explore potential directions for researchers and practitioners regarding different issues and implications of virtual reality.

Dr. Fengfeng Ke | Associate Professor, Florida State University

Ke, F., & Carafano, P. (2016). Collaborative science learning in an immersive flight simulation. Computers & Education, 103, 114-123.

Dr. Zahira Merchant | Assistant Professor, San Francisco State University

Merchant, Z., Goetz, E. T., Cifuentes, L., Keeney-Kennicutt, W., & Davis, T. J. (2014). Effectiveness of virtual reality-based instruction on students’ learning outcomes in K-12 and higher education: A meta-analysis. Computers & Education, 70, 29-40.
  Par t 1: Webinar
  Wednesday | 5.31.17 | 3:00 PM EST |

During this one-hour webinar, Drs. Fengfeng Ke and Zahira Merchant will discuss their recent research and publications related to virtual reality as an immersive learning environment. To participate in this session, please register at

Par t 2: Live Facebook Chat
  Thursday | 6.1.17 | 8:00 PM EST |

Join us after the webinar for a live guided Facebook chat session to share your perspectives and experiences related to virtual reality in educational technology. We’ll also discuss the two focus articles for this event and recap the webinar presentations.

May 18, 2017

CANeLearn Live! Webinar: Today at 4:30 pm Eastern

Another CANeLearn item (and note this first event begins later this hour).

Good morning!  Just a reminder of the CANeLearn Live! webinar online today at 4:30 pm Eastern.  Scroll down for upcoming webinars next week and in June.

3D Animation for art & technology:  Creating unique opportunities for students by partnering with industry and other institutions – Symposium Highlight Webinar

Join Mario Pochat, Vancouver Animation School, and Jody Polowick, Sun West School Division, as they share their CANeLearn 2017 Symposium session in this CANeLearn Live! webinar.
This session will be a presentation and discussion about how a chance meeting led to a partnership between SunWest Distance Learning Centre and Vancouver Animation School. We will discuss ways in which partnerships benefit our students and our process in developing innovative technology and harnessing the power of ubiquitous learning for this Millennial generation at the cutting edge of Visual Arts.
Our goal: To establish a triangular partnership with a win-win-win situation, which includes administrators, teachers and students.
Upcoming CANeLearn Live! webinars

Tuesday, May 232:00 pm Eastern

Adventures in Deep Learning – Symposium Highlight Webinar

Join Robert Long and Stephanie Myers from the Ottawa Catholic School Board as they share their CANeLearn 2017 Symposium session in this CANeLearn Live! webinar.
Join this session to learn:

  • What makes learning meaningful to students?
  • How do you make an impact on students and engage them in authentic learning?
  • How do you take that across a school board?
Ottawa Catholic has 42k students in 85 schools and we are all on a journey to make Deep Learning happen. They will share their online 360/VR captures of our some of the changes and engage a classroom teacher and student to two to join in the conversation around exploring Deep Learning.


Thursday, May 252:00 pm Eastern

Man vs. Machine: What about Teachers? – Symposium Highlight Webinar

Join François Guite, Education Consultant from Quebec, as he shares his CANeLearn 2017 Symposium session in this CANeLearn Live! webinar.
Technology and artificial intelligence are advancing at a tremendous pace. Our education systems cannot escape the 4th industrial revolution, which is just starting. Although schools will not go the way of the dodo, at least in the near future, they will have to adapt rapidly.

And what will come of the teaching profession as automation threatens so many jobs?
Will artificial intelligence surpass human intelligence in school?
We already have robots and bots designed to teach and serve as personal assistants; could they someday replace teachers?
Some students have been doing without trained teachers for a long time, and now some schools are experimenting entirely without the latter.
This presentation looks at the technological and social forces that will forever change the structure of schools and the role of teachers, especially those that distance teaching and learning.


Tuesday, June 63:30 pm Eastern

Using Curriculum to Drive Assessment (or if you prefer) Curriculum Mapping and Assessment – Symposium Highlight Webinar

Join Terri Reid, from Black Gold Regional School Divison, as she shares her well received CANeLearn 2017 Symposium session in this CANeLearn Live! webinar.
Teachers and Administrators have so much to do in their day that sometimes making those connections back to curriculum seems overwhelming.

  • How can we use curriculum mapping to drive instruction and assessment in classrooms, whether in a face to face, blended or online learning environment?
Teachers who develop curriculum maps learn what and when to assess and the importance of being explicit in their instruction. Let’s talk about the process and the impact that it can have on student learning. Curriculum mapping provides a clear path to student assessment and instruction and gives everyone permission to know when to stop.  Join our conversation to learn more.

May 16, 2017

REMINDER: iNACOL Webinar | 5/18: Teaching with a Growth Mindset

And from the neo-liberals…

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Teaching with a Growth Mindset

Thursday, May 18, 2017
6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET (register)

On Thursday, May 18, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET, the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) will be hosting a Teacher Talk webinar to explore educator practices supporting the growth mindset.

This webinar examines how are teachers bringing the growth mindset into their teaching practices and throughout the learning process to promote achievement.

Colorado’s District 51 is in its first year of implementing a performance-based (or competency-based) learning system. They are intentionally building a thriving culture rooted in growth mindset. District 51 has identified five strategies to help students and adults learn to have a growth mindset: Brain, Mindsets, Self Talk, Feedback, and Goals. According to The Growth Mindset author Carol Dweck, “In a growth mindset, people believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work — brains and talent are just the starting point. This view creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishment.”

Join this webinar to learn what it means to have the growth mindset, and hear from District 51 teachers how they are developing their own growth mindsets and instilling a growth mindset in their students. Attendees will learn tips and examples of teaching with a growth mindset that they can bring into their own schools and classrooms.

iNACOL CEO Susan Patrick said, “By embracing growth mindset, teachers support students to build positive attitudes and beliefs about themselves as learners and increase their knowledge around perseverance engaging in productive behaviors all the while knowing that all students can learn.”

This webinar is free to attend — participants are invited to register here for final details and login information.

Webinar Title: Teaching with a Growth Mindset


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About iNACOL

The mission of the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) is to catalyze the transformation of K-12 education policy and practice to advance powerful, personalized, learner-centered experiences through competency-based, blended and online learning. iNACOL is a non-profit organization focusing on research, developing policy for student-centered education to ensure equity and access, developing quality standards for emerging learning models using competency-based, blended, and online education, and supporting the ongoing professional development of school and district leaders for new learning models. Visit our website, like us on Facebookconnect with us on LinkedInand follow us on twitter.

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Webinar: 5/17 at 2pm EDT – Presence as Support in a Blended Learning Classroom

Note this webinar tomorrow from MVLRI.

New research and webinar opportunities!
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This session will share findings from a narrative inquiry that explored various aspects of presence in a blended middle school classroom, helping to inform the preparation and support of blended teachers in K-12 settings.

Mark Stevens, George Mason University
Mary Frances Rice, University of Kansas

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The latest issue of the Journal of Online Learning Research is now available in full online. This special issue, edited by Saro Mohammed of The Learning Accelerator, focuses on the connection between research and practice toward efficacy in K-12 blended learning.
The Student-Centered Learning Research Collaborative, an initiative of Jobs for the Future, is hosting an interactive webinar with Jim Pellegrino, a world-renowned expert in assessment, to detail how such research-driven assessment strategies are helping to boost student learning and change school cultures.

Register now for the session, scheduled for Thursday, May 18th, from at 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. EDT, which will be facilitated by Research Director Eric Toshalis, with responses and reflections provided by the Students at the Center Distinguished Fellows.

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