Tuesday, March 09, 2010

This Week's Exciting Live and Interactive Events

Below are this week's public, free, and interactive webinars through LearnCentral.org, the social learning network for education that I work on for Elluminate.

The time of the events below will show up automatically in your own time zone when you are registered in LearnCentral and when you have chosen your time zone in your profile. Event recordings are posted and available after the events if you aren't able to attend them live. Be on the lookout for Australia-time-friendly events as part of the new Australia Series!

I also hope you'll consider hosting your own public webinars using the LearnCentral public room--instructions are available by joining the "Host Your Own Webinar" group on the main announcement tab (http://www.learncentral.org/group/3432/host-your-own-webinars).

Additional Notes:

  • Wednesday, March 10th, is "Hats On Day" and I'll be changing my avatar to one with me in my original SupportBlogging.com hat.  :)  Theresa Beffa, my co-host at Conversations.net, alerts us to this tribute to kids with cancer on the 15th anniversary of the death of her brother from Non-Hodkin's Lymphoma.  He'd lost all his hair, so his friends started the now-national "Hats On Day" to show their support (now over 2,000 schools participate).  You can show your support in the same way on the 10th.  Get more information and read the tender story on Theresa's blog.
  • From our good friends at PBS we are reminded that the deadline for entries for their PBS TEachers Innovation Awards is March 12th.  More details at www.pbs.org/teachers/innovators!

    Tuesday, March 9th
    • 2:00pm Pacific Time (US) / 10:00pm GMT/UTC (international times):
      "Social Bookmarking: Can You Digg It? Web Applications for Research."  Some of the advanced social bookmarking tools, like Diigo, not only allow users to easily track resources but also facilitate close reading and notetaking as well presentations of the resources in an organized manner.  This webinar will provide faculty an opportunity to think about what, how, and why they are structuring research assignments as well as what technologies they might have their students use within a research projects.  Rochelle Rodrigo hosts.
      LearnCentral Link:  http://www.learncentral.org/event/52298
    • 4:00pm Pacific Time (US) / 12:00am (next day) GMT/UTC (international times):
      "Emerging Technology in Education."  Host Kevin Murphy leads a panel on renewable energy tech in education with John Carey from Franklin County Tech, Nathanael Fortune from Smith College, and Martin Espinola from the Gill-Montague Regional School District.
      LearnCentral Link:  http://www.learncentral.org/event/53104
    • 5:00pm Pacific Time (US) / 1:00am (next day) GMT/UTC (international times):
      "Digital Storytelling" with Bernard R. Robin.  The first in a series of MERLOT Classic Award Winning presentations, Professor Robin will be presenting his site, Digital Storytelling, and will answer questions about the development of the site and how he has used it in the classroom.  He is an Associate Professor in the Instructional Technology Program in the University of Houston's College of Education.
      LearnCentral Link:  http://www.learncentral.org/event/60483
    Wednesday, March 10th
    • 12:30pm Pacific Time (US) / 8:30pm GMT/UTC (international times):
      Eric Biederbeck hosts a Web tools survey: "Animoto and Glogster."  Part of the MSP2 series, in this session students will demonstrate how to use both to create a visually stunning presentation that reports out information about a specific topic.
      LearnCentral Link:  http://www.learncentral.org/event/51985

    • 1:00pm Pacific Time (US) / 9:00pm GMT/UTC (international times):
      Marian Heddesheimer presents "eT@alking Tuesdays: 3D-Teaching and Learning in Second Life."  Part of The Australia Series, this presentation will give you a rough overview about how to use Second Life ® (SL) for teaching and/or learning.
      LearnCentral Link:  http://www.learncentral.org/event/61556

    • 5:00pm Pacific Time (US) / 1:00am GMT/UTC (international times):
      I interview Jim Gemmell and Gordon Bell on their fascinating new book, Total Recall How the E-Memory Revolution Will Change Everything.  We'll try to answer Bill Gates question:  "What would happen if we could instantly access all the information we were exposed to throughout our lives?"
      LearnCentral Link:  http://www.learncentral.org/event/60484

    • 6:00pm Pacific Time (US) / 2:00am GMT/UTC (international times):
      Bud Hunt introduces the ISTE 2010 Leadership Bootcamp in a session titled "Amplified, Customized, & Maximized."  Bud will talk about how to get involved and also discuss how learning networks have, do and will continue to play a major role in communication practices.  Specifically, he'll talk about how your own personal learning network can be amplified, customized, and maximized and how the structures of the Leadership Bootcamp can help you to do so.
      Link:  http://sites.google.com/site/leadershipbootcamp/pre-conference-events
    Thursday, March 11th
    • 2:00pm Pacific Time (US) / 10:00pm GMT/UTC (international times):
      Jane Krauss and Suzie Boss host "Better with Practice: PBL Implementation Tips from the Field Session 3."  This is a Webinar series of three sessions in February and March 2010. The third session topic is Evaluating Learning in PBL. We seek your input in shaping the conversation. Visit http://www.classroom20.com/group/pblbetterwithpractice
      LearnCentral Link:  http://www.learncentral.org/event/50931

    • 3:00pm Pacific Time (US) / 11:00pm GMT/UTC (international times):
      Jo Hart hosts "Edublogs Fine Focus - Elluminate White(board) Magic!" as part of The Australia SeriesJoin us for a "Fine Focus" session - an interactive mix of Techie and Tools about the potential of the Elluminate whiteboard and what goes on "behind the scenes" from loading a presentation to managing objects and screens.
      LearnCentral Link:  http://www.learncentral.org/event/59862

    • 5:00pm Pacific Time (US) / 1:00am (next day) GMT/UTC (international times):
      (Repeat) Jane Krauss and Suzie Boss host "Better with Practice: PBL Implementation Tips from the Field Session 3."  This is a Webinar series of three sessions in February and March 2010. The third session topic is Evaluating Learning in PBL. We seek your input in shaping the conversation. Visit http://www.classroom20.com/group/pblbetterwithpractice.
      LearnCentral Link:  http://www.learncentral.org/event/51457

    • 5:00pm Pacific Time (US) / 1:00am (next day) GMT/UTC (international times):
      I interview Sharon Peters on "Teachers Without Borders."  Sharon Peters is a high school teacher of English and computer studies as well as technology integration coach at The Study, an independent school in Montreal. During the summer of '08, she joined two teams who served with Teachers Without Borders Canada in the townships of South Africa and Kenya. Her students have participated in several award-winning international online collaborative projects with classes around the world using various online tools and environments.
      LearnCentral Link:  http://www.learncentral.org/event/60485

    • 6:00pm Pacific Time (US) / 1:00am (next day) GMT/UTC (international times):
      Mayte Esponda presents on "Global Collaborative Student Projects:  How to Create an Effective Collaborative Project to Interact Online with Schools Worldwide."  Mayte, a Spanish and English teacher in Argentina, has worked with Elluminate's Fire and Ice program. 
      LearnCentral Link:  http://www.learncentral.org/event/60851
    Saturday, March 13th
    • 9:00am Pacific Time (US) / 5:00pm GMT/UTC (international times):
      Kim Caise, Peggy George, and Lorna Costantini host the weekly Classroom 2.0 LIVE! show.  This week: "Engaging Students with Interactive Technology" with special guest, Adora Svitak. Adora (http://www.adorasvitak.com) will demonstrate handy technology tools that teachers can use to create engaging, interactive learning activities for students.
      Link:  http://live.classroom20.com
    • 9:00am Pacific Time (US) / 5:00pm GMT/UTC (international times):
      Jeff Applegate hosts "Choosing and Using Video Games in the Classroom: A Coach's Role."  Now that we know how to play the games, how do we lay the groundwork to support a winning team (school media/technology staff, principal, parents, as well as students)? This is the third installment of the Learning Games Network's Choosing and Using Learning Games in the Classroom series.
      LearnCentral Link:  http://www.learncentral.org/event/58440

    • 10:00am Pacific Time (US) / 6:00pm GMT/UTC (international times):
      Maria Droujkova hosts "Math 2.0 Weekly."  This week, Mangahigh with Chris Green.
      LearnCentral Link:  http://www.learncentral.org/event/61500

    •  11:00am Pacific Time (US) / 8:00pm GMT/UTC (international times):
      Jeff Applegate hosts "Designing eGames: Prototyping Your Game."  Prototyping is the stage of actually building a game—before the programming. A sample game, using paper, chips, wood or plastic pieces, etc. provides an opportunity to actually test the game play before getting to the coding.
      LearnCentral Link:  http://www.learncentral.org/event/61835
    Thanks for your attention, and see you online!
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