Monday, April 26, 2010

This Week's Live and Interactive Webinars

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. And this week our Spanish-language Webinars begin from the Aula 2.0 network!

A number of folks have emailed me looking for an easy calendar import / RSS feed for these events, and while the developers at LearnCentral are working on a good long-term solution, you'll find my Google Calendar "hack" at LearnCentral.tv. Hope it helps!

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).

Monday, April 26th
  • 3pm PDT (US) / 6pm EDT (US) / 10pm GMT/UTC (intl times):
    ANVILL SERIES
    “Designing online speaking activities.
    " “The Yamada Language Center has recently updated its suite of web-based speech tools called ANVILL. As you know, speech and discussion tools lie at the heart of ANVILL. Our goal has always been to make it easier for you to assign and assess open-ended spoken language tasks. In this webinar on April 26, we'll focus on ANVILL's three core tools for doing so: Voiceboards, Quizzes and Surveys, and TCast. The latter is our newest tool--it allows teachers to add audio or video commentary almost anywhere in a lesson or task. Colleagues are using it in a variety of ways and we'll spend some time looking at examples from different courses.”
    LearnCentral Link: http://www.learncentral.org/event/59723

  • 5pm PDT (US) / 8pm EDT (US) / 12am GMT/UTC (intl times):
    STUDENTS 2.0 SERIES
    “Robert Epstein on Teen 2.0.
    " Our "Students 2.0" mini-series starts tonight with a live and interactive interview with Dr. Robert Epstein on his encyclopedic book, Teen 2.0: Saving Our Children and Families from the Torment of Adolescence.
    LearnCentral Link: http://www.learncentral.org/event/70701

  • 10:45pm PDT (US) / 1:45am (next day) EDT (US) / 5:45am GMT/UTC (intl times):
    AUSTRALIA SERIES
    “Tech Talk Tuesdays: Learning Adventures
    " with host Anne Mirtschin. In order to model a more constructivist educational setting, Gary Stager coined the term 'learning adventures' to replace 'assignment' in describing classroom activity. He argues that this simple rhetorical shift has a profound impact on teachers spirit and effectiveness in teaching. In this session, Adrian Camm from McGuire College will focus on the particpation in learning adventures that are deep, rich, have inherent cross-curricular opportunities and can be used in your own classroom.
    LearnCentral Link: http://www.learncentral.org/event/69278
Tuesday, April 27th
  • 9am PDT (US) / 12pm EDT (US) / 5pm GMT/UTC (intl times):
    “SEO - Search Engine Optimization" with host Marian Heddesheimer. “This is an experimental workshop to help people to get a better ranking in search engines. I am not an SEO specialist but I can share some of the 'common sense' tips and tricks to get your web site ranked better on Google and other search engines.”
    LearnCentral Link: http://www.learncentral.org/event/70272

  • 10am PDT (US) / 1pm EDT (US) / 5pm GMT/UTC (intl times):
    ELLUMINATE LIVE WEBINARS
    “Beyond Slideshows: Influence Decisions With Effectively Planned And Delivered Web-Based Presentation.
    " Presenting online - versus presenting in-person – brings own set of challenges and opportunities. Sure you don’t have to fret about what you’re wearing or if you’re going to trip while on stage, but you do have to think about how to engage and interact with your audience – all while you cannot see them! Join Webinar expert and author of the new book, “The Virtual Presenter’s Handbook,” Roger Courville, to jumpstart your success when planning, designing, and delivering online presentations. This event is specifically designed for sales and marketing professionals using virtual presentation tools with the aim of influencing client decisions and advancing the decision-making process.
    LearnCentral Link: http://www.learncentral.org/event/62847 (pre-registration required)

  • 11am PDT (US) / 2pm EDT (US) / 6pm GMT/UTC (intl times):
    ELLUMINATE SPOTLIGHT WEBINAR
    Our Unified Learning And Collaboration Philosophy." Teaching, learning, and collaboration are evolving from traditional classroom lectures and activities to online courses, collaborative ad-hoc discussions, and easy access to information and experts. To best address the changing needs of today’s academic institutions and training organizations, something more is needed than just “unifying communication.” This webinar discusses a unique approach called Unified Learning and Collaboration (or ULC). ULC is the delivery of a cohesive set of technology solutions to bring content, instruction, and community expertise to teachers, trainers, and learners, regardless of who or where they are, what or when they need to learn, or their individual learning styles. Join Gary Dietz and Mike Damiano as they share Elluminate’s vision for Unified Learning and Collaboration.
    LearnCentral Link: http://www.learncentral.org/event/70706

  • 12pm PDT (US) / 3pm EDT (US) / 7pm GMT/UTC (intl times):
    TLN SERIES
    Open Source: Intelligent Implementation." This webinar is designed for district leaders who are considering the use of Open Source in their school district. Topics of discussion will include a generic definition of what Open Source is, questions about implementation and maintenance school leaders should be asking their staff, the benefits and challenges of using Open Source, and tips on implementing Open Source in your school or district.
    LearnCentral Link: http://www.learncentral.org/event/60498

  • 4pm PDT (US) / 7pm EDT (US) / 11pm GMT/UTC (intl times):
    MSP2 BOOK CLUB
    Why Does E=mc2?" “Our next selection for the MSP2 Book Club is Why Does E=mc2? (of course the 2 is squared) and Why We Should Care. This book should appeal to science and math educators alike - what every part of the equation means to modern science as well as where every part came from - even the = and what it means to be 'squared.' The book is available online at http://www.scribd.com/doc/23760253/Why-Does-E-mc2. It might make my mind hurt to think about time, space, distance, energy, and matter but I'm up to it! Hope others will join me. We'll start the discussion in the MSP2 Book Club Group (http://msportal-2.ning.com/group/omnivoresdilemmabookgroup) and then 'meet' online at this time.”
    LearnCentral Link: http://www.learncentral.org/event/61117

  • 5pm PDT (US) / 8pm EDT (US) / 12am (next day) GMT/UTC (intl times):
    STUDENTS 2.0 SERIES
    User-Generated Education.” Our "Students 2.0" mini-series continues on Tuesday, April 27th, with a live and interactive interview with Dr. Jackie Gerstein on "User-Generated Education." This session will explore the following questions: "Should a student-centric, user-generated education be the predominant learning model for this era of the 21st Century?" "Can networked-learning based on communities of practice with multiage learners be a model-platform for education in this century?" Resources for this presentation can be found athttp://jackiegerstein.wikispaces.com/User-Generated+Education.
    LearnCentral Link: http://www.learncentral.org/node/70950
Wednesday, April 28th
  • 2:30am PDT (US) / 5:30am EDT (US) / 9:30am GMT/UTC (intl times):
    STUDENTS 2.0 SERIES
    Introduction: What Is Students 2.0 All About?” with Jenny Luca. Launching the Students 2.0 webinar series, Jenny will answer the big questions! “Why have we set this space up? What do we hope it will do for you? Why are we offering sessions about Web 2.0 tools? Join this introductory session to have these questions answered and contribute your ideas about what you may be looking for from Students 2.0.”
    LearnCentral Link: http://www.learncentral.org/event/68340

  • 3am PDT (US) / 6am EDT (US) / 10am GMT/UTC (intl times):
    AUSTRALIA SERIES
    “eT@lking - The Power of Mobile Technology in Learning - iPod touches”
    with host Anne Mirtschin. Louise Duncan is our guest presenter tonight. Louise won the 2009 Lindsay Thompson Fellowship - Victoria's Education Departments' highest award to a teacher for her work on mobile devices - iPod touches. Louise has transformed learning at Shepparton High School with the humble iPod. She is considered an eLearning champion at the school where she has taught for seven years. Ms Duncan’s tireless fundraising has enabled the school to increase its technology assets and successfully embed the use of ICT into the curriculum, with a strong focus on personalised learning through one-to-one technology – namely, the iPod. Her determination and unstoppable enthusiasm to transform learning with technology has inspired schools across the nation and impressed other project participants in Singapore, USA and the UK.
    LearnCentral Link: http://www.learncentral.org/event/69024

  • 12pm PDT (US) / 3pm EDT (US) / 7pm GMT/UTC (intl times):
    EDUCATION FOR A DIGITAL WORLD 2.0 SERIES
    “Quality in E-learning: Engaging Learners”
    with Randy LaBonte. A fundamental question in understanding quality in e-learning is not only how to define it, but how to foster quality instructional and leadership practices – to be better than face-to-face teaching. This session provides an overview and discussion about a quality-driven approach and invites discussion about what constitutes effective learning, and quality, in an e-learning environment. A description of British Columbia’s K12 quality review process for it distributed learning schools is provided..
    LearnCentral Link: http://www.learncentral.org/event/65725 (30 minute session)

  • 12:30pm PDT (US) / 3:30pm EDT (US) / 7:30pm GMT/UTC (intl times):
    EDUCATION FOR A DIGITAL WORLD 2.0 SERIES
    “Collective Intelligence and Idea Generation in eLearning Environments”
    with Niki Lambropoulos. Web 2.0 offered the opportunity to work, learn and have fun together by breaking time, space, and cultural and even personality boundaries. Such convergence of minds can produce unlimited opportunities for creating new context which in turn is the context of reference to generate new ideas. Participation in such collective intelligence eLearning contexts requires adaptation to different teaching and learning styles occurring simultaneously creating major pedagogical and technical challenges for eLearning 2.0.
    LearnCentral Link: http://www.learncentral.org/event/65727 (30 minute session)

  • 3:30pm PDT (US) / 6:30pm EDT (US) / 11:30pm GMT/UTC (intl times):
    NEXT VISTA SERIES
    Getting Kids to Higher Quality in Their Multimedia" with Rushton Hurley. Learn how to help kids make better multimedia projects, and find some great tools along the way!
    LearnCentral Link: http://www.learncentral.org/event/70734

  • 5pm PDT (US) / 8pm EDT (US) / 1am (next day) GMT/UTC (intl times):
    STUDENT 2.0 SERIES
    DIY U: Edupunks, Edupreneurs, and the Coming Transformation of Higher Education." Join me for a live and interactive interview with Anya Kamenetz, author of DIY U. "It’s a story about the communities of visionaries who are tackling the enormous challenges of cost, access, and quality in higher ed, using new technologies to bring us a revolution in higher learning that is affordable, accessible, and learner-centered."
    LearnCentral Link: http://www.learncentral.org/event/70704

  • 6pm PDT (US) / 9pm EDT (US) / 2am (next day) GMT/UTC (intl times):
    NetGenEd/Discovery Education Zone 2 Webinar." Join the teachers and students of the NetGenEd 2010 (A Flat Classroom Project(tm)) project for a session on 'Acting' with Hall Davidson of Discovery Education.
    LearnCentral Link: http://www.learncentral.org/event/67563
Thursday, April 29th
  • 7am PDT (US) / 10am EDT (US) / 2pm GMT/UTC (intl times):
    PBS Cyberchase Summer Challenge Training.” Learn more about PBS's Cyberchase and our upcoming summer challenge!
    LearnCentral Link: http://www.learncentral.org/event/66513

  • 10a PDT (US) / 1pm EDT (US) / pm GMT/UTC (intl times):
    ELLUMINATE LIVE SERIES
    Eco-Tain Your Meeting Attendees: Ideas For Engaging Your Attendees And Making Green Meetings Fun. Over the last few years, you have come to understand how green meeting practices can reduce your footprint – and help you save money. But how can you engage your attendees to ensure that your meeting is fun, as well as responsible? This session provides new and innovative ways to integrate green elements into your meetings while improving the delegate experience.
    LearnCentral Link: http://www.learncentral.org/event/65134 (pre-registration required)

  • 11am PDT (US) / 2pm EDT (US) / 6pm GMT/UTC (intl times):
    ELLUMINATI WEBINARS
    “Exceptional Virtual Instructors Building Effective Virtual Communities.”
    A close up look with Shannon Forte and Shari Godard at how Elluminate's certification programs help moderators and teachers go way beyond basic instruction and community building.
    LearnCentral Link: http://www.learncentral.org/event/65680

  • 4pm PDT (US) / 7pm EDT (US) / 11pm GMT/UTC (intl times):
    EDUBLOGS SERIES
    “Edublogs Serendipity - unconference session.”
    Join Jo Hart in our fortnightly unconference sessions. Bring along the burning issues and hot topics YOU would like to discuss. Topic is chosen by poll at the start of the session
    LearnCentral Link: http://www.learncentral.org/event/59849

  • 5pm PDT (US) / 8pm EDT (US) / 12am (next day) GMT/UTC (intl times):
    PBS Cyberchase Summer Challenge Training.” Learn more about PBS's Cyberchase and our upcoming summer challenge!
    LearnCentral Link: http://www.learncentral.org/event/66513

  • 5pm PDT (US) / 8pm EDT (US) / 12am (next day) GMT/UTC (intl times):
    AUSTRALIA SERIES
    Nuclear Weapons - Who gave you permission to mess with my future?Dr Bill Williams will talk about how nukes work, where they came from, how they've been used, what they do, where they're at now, how we've got rid of lots already, what we need to do - together - to get rid of the lot of them and fast. He will emphasise the global nature of the threat, including the climate effects of nuclear war, affecting earth's temperature and the knock-on effects on farming, food production and famine. Dr Williams is aiming his presentation at students from year 5 - 12. He is a dynamic presenter with a depth of experience and knowledge and he welcomes input throughout his presentation.
    LearnCentral Link: http://www.learncentral.org/event/68987
  • 6pm PDT (US) / 9pm EDT (US) / 1am (next day) GMT/UTC (intl times):
    AULA 2.0 SERIES
    Que Es Un Webinar? Conversemos un moment.” Tomas Chaskel. Nuestro primer webinar. Tema - Que es un webinar? Una invitación a encontrarnos y conversar sobre Aula 2.0.
    LearnCentral Link: http://www.learncentral.org/event/70716
Friday, April 30th
  • 11:30am PDT (US) / 2:30pm EDT (US) / 6:30pm GMT/UTC (intl times):
    BEYONDWEBCT SERIES
    Exploring Gaming, Culture & Education with Professor Roger Travis with host Barbara Lindsey. Almost all American teens aged 12-17 (97%!) play video games. That's according to a 2008 Pew Internet & American Life Project survey undertaken with support by the MacArthur Foundation. One in five play three to five times a week, while one third of teens surveyed play every day. Those who play daily do so for an hour or more. Clearly, gaming holds great appeal for our students. But do video games have any educational value? According to the survey, they do, in that many of the activities young gamers engage in mimic aspects of civic and political life. While the report hints at gaming's potential for learning, what does it look like in actual practice? In this session, talk with Professor Roger Travis about his unique Video Games and Human Values Initiative and his innovative application of gaming environments in courses in classics—including both culture and language courses.
    LearnCentral Link: http://www.learncentral.org/event/70627
Saturday, April 31st
  • 9am PDT (US) / 12pm EDT (US) / 4pm GMT/UTC (intl times):
    CLASSROOM 2.0 LIVE!
    Planning for ISTE 2010!I'll be hosting a special session to help plan the extensive community-based activities we now have at the ISTE conference—EduBloggerCon, OpenSourceCon, ISTE Unplugged, the Bloggers' Cafe, and the Open Source Pavilion. Come and help us as we organize, or just come to learn more!
    LearnCentral Link: http://www.learncentral.org/event/65732
Thanks for your attention, and see you online!
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