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  1. 1. Urabe Hiromi Educ 190Webinar Reflection Webinar Choosing the topics and webinars to attend was no easy task. I tried SimpleK12 first. Itseemed like there were a lot of topics to choose from, but later on, I kind of felt that there wereactually not enough to choose from. Most of the topic choices were basically just similar –something to do with apps. So I tried looking in other sites. There were not much as well thatsuited my interests and the available time I had. After a few clicks, I did find good topics fromwww.edweek.org and www.blackboardcollaborate.com. I have already chosen the mainwebinar that I would be attending (A Day in the Life of a Blackboard Collaborate Professor), butI also noted 4 other webinars as backups. I ended up doing 3 out of the 5. So the final list of the webinars I chose looked a little like this:  How I Learned to Let Students Learn: My One Great Lesson Last Year 6:00 AM - 6:30 AM, Wed, Feb 22, 2012 Presented by Deven Black https://www2.gotomeeting.com/join/462435154/106543154 Webinar ID: 462-435-154  When Cyberbullying Spills Into School 03:00:00 a.m. Friday February 24, 2012 Presenters: Barbara-Jane Paris, principal, Canyon Vista Middle School in Austin, Texas Nancy Willard, executive director, Center for Safe and Responsible Internet Use Moderator: Michelle R. Davis, senior writer, Education Week Digital Directions www.edweek.org/go/webinar/Cyberbullying  A Day in the Life of a Blackboard Collaborate Professor 02:00:00 a.m. Wednesday February 29, 2012 Event location: Web Conference using Blackboard Collaborate https://sas.elluminate.com/m.jnlp?sid=2011010&password=M.359F811F3F976EB7AAEF700D5E1DE2&username=Hirom i%20Urabe  Choosing Apps that Support Instruction: Tips for Administrators Wednesday, February 29, 2012 4:00 AM - 4:30 AM SGT Presented by Susan Brooks-Young https://www2.gotomeeting.com/join/856788314/106603785 Webinar ID: 856-788-314  10 Ideas for Using Mobile Devices Offline to Motivate Learners Thu, Mar 1, 2012 1:00 AM - 1:30 AM Presented by Shelly Terrell https://www2.gotomeeting.com/join/447973386/106618926 Webinar ID: 447-973-386
  2. 2. How I Learned to Let Students Learn: My One Great Lesson Last Year6:00 AM - 6:30 AM, Wed, Feb 22, 2012Presented by Deven Blackhttps://www2.gotomeeting.com/join/462435154/106543154http://simplek12.titanpad.com/137 The first webinar I attended was really boring. It wasn’t really that much. The presenterjust talked and told stories (well, I should have figured that out from the title of the webinar).He was just reading his slides, verbatim. The slides seemed like they were his subtitle. I wasn’treally very happy with it; good thing I still had other webinars lined up. But, at least I got tofamiliarize myself with the webinar tool GoToWebinar/GoToMeeting. Here are somescreenshots of the webinar.A slide presented at the webinar
  3. 3. Backchannel for the webinar, www.simplek12.titanpad.com/137Notes from the webinar
  4. 4. When Cyberbullying Spills Into School The next scheduled webinar entitled When Cyberbullying Spills Into School seemedreally interesting. Unfortunately, I didn’t wake up on time (it was supposed to be 3AM) and Iended up missing it. But prior to the meeting, they were asking attendees to download a freePDF file for the webinar. I downloaded it and was able to skim it a bit. I will attach the PDF (ifanyone would want to read it). I suggest reading the article written by Michelle Davis entitledCyber Bullying.A Day in the Life of a Blackboard Collaborate Professor02:00:00 a.m. Wednesday February 29, 2012Presented by Peter Campbellhttps://sas.elluminate.com/m.jnlp?sid=2011010&password=M.359F811F3F976EB7AAEF700D5E1DE2&username=Hiromi%20Urabe The third webinar was my main webinar choice. Since I was worried that I would miss itagain, I stayed up all night until 2AM for this hour-long webinar. Unlike the first webinar Iattended, this webinar was not boring at all. He was really able to make the whole presentationenjoyable and appealing, although from the title, it would seem like the presenter would justtell his stories/experiences again, like what happened in the first webinar. The webinar was great, I felt more connected and it felt more real since the presenterwas using both video and audio features for the webinar using Elluminate. Elluminate waseasier, more convenient and more engaging than GoToWebinar/GoToMeeting. What was niceabout this webinar was that there was really interaction between the presenter and theaudience. He fully utilized the webinar tool’s features. He enabled the microphones for thosewho wanted to ask questions, but people could also still use the integrated chat box if theyprefer it. It was really nice to hear other voices/people and not just the presenter; this madethe webinar feel more genuine. I was really impressed with Blackboard Collaborate (BC) after his presentation. He saidthat he needed to address the increasing rates of attrition and drop-outs in the course Bio101so he deployed BC and aimed to engage the students better in the course with it; and it waseffective. Campbell was really able to take us in a day (9AM to 7PM) in his life as a BCCollaborate professor teaching Bio101 from his home while displaying the cool features of BC. Ieven felt like I was one of his students enrolled in Bio101.
  5. 5. At the start of the webinarRecorded audio of him welcoming the students in his course uploaded in their BC page.
  6. 6. Students can record audio files introducing themselves (Getting to Know You activity)With BC, live lectures can be done from their homes (ex. Live lecture on photosynthesis)
  7. 7. Question and answer during/after presentation.For assessment, those not getting it can go to a new room (breakout room) for furtherexplanations, while those who were able to understand can go on with lecture/activity.
  8. 8. Can show/link out youtube videos or embed videos, and audio format of lectures aredownloadable.Above is the instruction for a podcast activity (instead of reflection papers).Make students digital creators as well.
  9. 9. Can record meetings and presentations, upload powerpoint materials, and online resources. Itis convenient in reviewing content and individual participation.Peer guides and virtual help desk.Collaboration window, app sharing and show live desktop
  10. 10. Distant learning and seminar. Import from Moodle.Polling, voting, and answering questions were done during the webinar.
  11. 11. Survey was also done. I think what made this webinar more appealing was the webinar program used:Elluminate. I just have to repeat what I said earlier that having video and audio features to itmakes the experience better and much more interesting. The presenter also demonstrated theprogram/app and did not just talk about it or showed pictures/screenshots. He went to theactual site and navigated through. He gave us a feel of how he really uses them in his class andshowed us some sample works of his students. From that, he was also able to share some coolactivities for students like instead of writing introductions about themselves or writingreflection papers, he made them create podcasts. He also made an online role-playing activitywhere students had to debate or participate in a forum of some sort in their BC page while theyremain to speak/write as their assigned/chosen character. Those were just a few cool examplesof how he made his class an online one.
  12. 12. Choosing Apps that Support Instruction: Tips for AdministratorsWednesday, February 29, 2012 4:00 AM - 4:30 AM SGTPresented by Susan Brooks-Younghttps://www2.gotomeeting.com/join/856788314/106603785Backchannel: http://simplek12.titanpad.com/145 My fourth webinar was so-so. I was a bit disappointed since the apps were justmentioned and were not really shown or demonstrated. I did like the resource page that wascreated by the presenter for the webinar.
  13. 13. Checked the actual resource page.We had a little activity where we used www.corkboard.me
  14. 14. Bloom’s taxonomy as a guide in choosing apps.infographics for iPad apps
  15. 15. Infographics for Android apps Overall, the whole experience of choosing and actually attending the webinars wasgreat and stirring, since it was relatively a new experience for me and it’s just amazing to have achance to connect and learn with people from other countries – it’s like being in a big class withthem. I would really like it more if the scheduled times were not as early, but it was workablenonetheless. I would definitely attend more webinars if I get the chance to.