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September 18, 2016

You’re Invited To The First Event In The Blackboard Innovative Teaching Series – Featuring Brand New Speak Up 2015 Data!

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Blackboard Innovative Teaching Series

Our friends at Blackboard are hosting their Blackboard Innovative Teaching Seriesthis Monday, featuring Project Tomorrow CEO Julie Evans and all new Speak Up 2015 data! This data has not been released before so be sure to attend the webinar to be among the first to view the data! Check out the details below:

Digital Learning Trends Making an Impact on Student Engagement and Development

September 19, 3:30pm EST
The increased use of technology, both in school and out of school, creates an urgency for teachers to embrace digital learning to make the student educational experience more productive and personal. The annual Speak Up National Research Project provides an exclusive window into the views of education leaders, teachers and students on personalized learning and innovative learning environments. In this webinar, we will share the latest Speak Up national findings from over 500,000 K-12 students, parents and educators with an emphasis on how the use of digital content, tools and resources in innovative classrooms are having a large impact on students’ engagement and development of critical college and career ready skills.

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September 17, 2016

iNACOL Webinar | 10/12: Rethinking Systems of Assessments and Building Educator Capacity

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LEADERSHIP WEBINAR

Rethinking Systems of Assessments and Building Educator Capacity 

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. ET (register)

On Wednesday, October 12, 2016 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET, the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) is hosting aLeadership Webinar to explore new systems of assessments and possibilities under ESSA.

The new federal K-12 education law, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), presents states with historic opportunities to increase flexibility around systems of assessments and educator development systems.

What can these new systems of assessments look like under ESSA, and how can we build educator capacity around these new assessments? Join this webinar to hear from assessment experts Brandt Redd and Bonnie Hain on how states can build systems of high-quality assessments that drive student learning and provide teachers with real-time, meaningful information about a student’s progress toward competency attainment.

iNACOL COO Bruce Friend said, “By taking advantage of the new flexibilities under ESSA, such as rethinking systems of assessments and building educator capacity, states can transform K-12 education toward personalized, student-centered learning.”

This webinar is free to attend-participants are invited to register here for final details and login information.
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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 classroom, school, and district leaders for new learning models. Visit our websitelike us on Facebook, connect with us on LinkedIn and follow us on twitter .

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3-Point Checklist to Assess Blended Learning Impact

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Integrating Educational Technology for Early Childhood
From tablets and smartphones to laptops, desktops, and smart-boards, computer-based learning can be a valuable part of any early childhood classroom.

Learn how to balance educational technology with other interactive, hands-on experiences in early childhood education. Nationally-recognized educators Tracey Roden and Clarissa Plair share a three-point checklist schools can use to assess how beneficial a blended initiative supported with technology works best.

Find out how playful and purposeful programs can deliver powerful results. Plus, get great insight into meaningful ways technology can be integrated into classrooms as early as pre-K through 3rd grade and beyond.

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Clarissa Plair, national educational consultant, Istation

Tracey Roden, vice president, curriculum & research, Istation

This webinar will be moderated by Ossa Fisher, chief marketing officer, Istation

Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016, 2 to 3 p.m. ET

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September 14, 2016

Upcoming Webinars: Captioning Research Results, Fall Legal Update, & Developing an Accessibility Policy

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Dear Michael,

Is your institution doing all it can to be accessible? The following upcoming learning opportunities will share national research findings around closed captioning in higher education and provide a legal update on 2016 digital access cases (presented by internationally renowned disability rights lawyer Lainey Feingold) to help you protect your institution.

These complimentary webinars, provided by 3Play Media, will cover key research results and cases that have an impact on campus accessibility requirements and tips for implementing accessible online media at your college or university.


National Research Results: How & Why Do Students Use Closed Captioning?
Thursday, September 15th at 2pm ET

In this webinar, Dr. Katie Linder, the head researcher on the project, will present for the first time on the findings of a national study of over 2,500 students. She will take a close look at how students use and perceive captioning and transcription at their institutions (beyond the need for accommodation).  Register now.

2016 Legal Update on Digital Accessibility Cases

Thursday, September 29th at 2pm ET

This webinar will be presented by Lainey Feingold, a nationally recognized disability rights lawyer and pioneer of Structured Negotiation known for negotiating landmark accessibility agreements. In the Fall of 2016 the American Bar Association is publishing Lainey’s book,Structured Negotiation: A Winning Alternative to Lawsuits. Her presentation will analyze key cases, government agency activity, settlements, and other developments in digital accessibility through September 2016. Register now.

Words of Experience: Developing an Electronic and Information (EIT) Accessibility Policy

Thursday, October 6th at 2pm ET

You recognize the need for an electronic information technology (EIT) policy at your college or university, but now what? In this webinar, the Johns Hopkins University (JHU) EIT Accessibility Team reveals how they successfully went about planning, designing, and implementing an accessibility policy at their institution. Register now.

National Research Results: How Colleges Nationwide Are Handling Captioning
Wednesday, October 12th at 2pm ET

Earlier this year, the Oregon State University Ecampus Research Unit conducted two nationwide research projects on closed captioning in higher education. In this webinar, Dr. Katie Linder, the head researcher on the project, will present for the first time on the findings of the institutional survey. Katie will take a close look at the results from over 50 colleges and universities nationwide, focusing on the challenges of and solutions for captioning.  Register now.

An Architect of the ADA on Its Application to Modern Technology
Thursday, October 20th at 2pm ET

In this webinar, one of the architects of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Bobby Silverstein, will discuss his perspective on the development of the ADA, as well as on its application to modern technology, the Internet, and accessible workplace technology.  Register now.

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September 13, 2016

REMINDER: iNACOL Webinar | 9/15: How to Get Started with Maker Education

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TEACHER TALK WEBINAR

How to Get Started with Maker Education

Thursday, September 15, 2016
6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. ET (register)

On Thursday, September 15, 2016 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. ET, the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) is hosting a Teacher Talk Webinar to show teachers how they can introduce maker education into their school or classroom.

Maker education is about giving students access to a new class of technologies, enabling students to design, build, invent and problem solve in new and unique ways. This type of tinkering allows students to transform ideas into reality, sparks interest in STEM careers and develops growth mindset, curiosity, self-efficacy and collaborative problem-solving.

Join this webinar and learn with teacher and maker education coordinator Lindsey Own how to get started with maker education in your school or classroom. Learn the basics, understand the benefits to students and leave with practical approaches to bring maker education to your students.

Susan Patrick, CEO of iNACOL said, “Maker education paves a way for students and teachers to cultivate an environment of collaboration, design thinking and real-world problem solving-giving students the interlocking skillsets needed for lifelong success.”

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

Webinar Title: How to Get Started with Maker Education

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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 online, blended, and competency-based education, and supporting the ongoing professional development of classroom, school, and district leaders for new learning models. Visit our websitelike us on Facebook, connect with us on LinkedIn and follow us on twitter.

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