Today I hosted the webinar “Introduction to Edmodo”.  This is my third webinar for OCDE and I think I’m finally getting the hang of facilitating and moderating a webinar using WebEx.

What I like most about webinars though is meeting new teachers.  Today’s webinar afforded me the opportunity have teachers create their Edmodo account, set up a group, join our Edmodo Webinar group, post a note, and participate in a poll.  If you think about it, it was quite a bit to do within a 60 minute period!  This was a participatory webinar.  😉

In fact, I was going through the presentation, demonstrating certain features of Edmodo, answering questions, etc. and then I looked at the clock.  Holy smokes!  Where does the time go?!?!  I could have easily used an extra 10 minutes.  Oh well.  Next time.

Hopefully the teachers found this presentation informative.  I spent additional time after the webinar talking with a couple of teachers about Edmodo and technology.  I even sent out connection requests through Edmodo to the teachers who attended the webinar today.  What makes us strong as teachers is our ability to connect with fellow educators.  And Edmodo provides an avenue for just that.

Infographics Tell the Story

In one of the professional development courses I took earlier this year, I was introduced to infographics.  Now as a visual learner, I was very impressed with how this type of media was easy on the eyes while giving pertinent information.  This is definitely something that I think would be useful for the beginning of the year staff meetings (you know, the one where the principal explains the API/AYP scores), department meetings (when analyzing data from formative/summative assessments), AND of course, for students (to demonstrate their learning).  
Each year, I introduce a variety of new technology tools to my students to keep things fresh for me, to keep them current, and of course, to push myself to try something new.  So this year, infographics is on my radar.  Having just watched Despicable Me (yes, I’m a bit behind), I love the following infographic!  What a great way to introduce infographics to my students in a fun way.  =D

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Google+ Hangout

I’m not one for being video-taped.  So the idea of being “live” in a Google+ Hangout is scary for me.  But in playing around with the options, I saw that I could just put a still picture of me as opposed to a live video feed.  Having said that, I do like the idea of seeing other people live during the conversation.

Today was #edcampHOME.  I originally signed up to attend, but I got flustered with trying to figure out how to join the session.  I spent quite a bit of time this morning reading the posts in the edcampHOME 2013 community and I think I now understand how to join the sessions.  Of course, I still have to get over my hang-up about being on live video…so for now, I’m just watching the hangout live on YouTube which is very informative.  It’s nice to see like-minded educators with the same thoughts and concerns. I can see that Google+ Hangout can be a valuable collaborative learning tool especially since everyone in the hangout can video a YouTube video, share screens, send chats, etc.  It’s definitely a different way to collaborate with educators.

I suppose at some point, I’m going to have to get over my trepidation with being on video, but for now, I think I’ll just watch the live hangout.  One baby step at a time.  =)