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Break free of the training room: Webinars for Early Childhood Education Professional Development


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Have you ever wished it were easier to offer professional development to participants who are at remote locations? Or, thought "There must be a way to train staff without the hassle of obtaining training space"? Of course you know about webinars. They are are hot right now...but some
can be so boring and uninspiring. Participants are often disappointed. Learning a little about the basics and a few tips and tricks will help you deliver remote training that rocks your audiences. This session is intended for administrators and staff development professionals of organizations
and direct service programs including directors, faculty, consultants and trainers, who plan and execute pre-service and ongoing in-service professional development. The purpose of the session is to provide participants with an overview of the technical options for webinar hosting,
and what it takes to present highly interactive online meetings and webinars that offer lasting impact and actionable learning. Considerable time will be spent discussing best practice for executing remote live training for professional development and online coaching sessions. Hybrid online and live training will be discussed, along with ideas about how to
ensure learners are prepared for and are able to implement the content. Join this session to learn how to deliver powerful webinars & online meetings that inspire your audiences.

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Break free of the training room: Webinars for Early Childhood Education Professional Development

  1. 1. NAEYC Annual Conference November 7, 2014 1 Break free of the training room: Techniques for memorable and meaningful webinars for early childhood education Fran Simon, M.Ed.
  2. 2. About me: *Former Child Care Administrator * *Tech Dev*Marketing * Business Development * * Webinars * * Social Media * Author * SPECIFICALLY FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD
  3. 3. Agenda 3 •Getting to know you •Webinar basics •Webinars in PD •Webinar shopping list •Delivering engaging online presentations
  4. 4. 4 About you… Assumptions: •You want to offerPDto remote groups •You want advice about: Software Bestpractice •You have questions!
  5. 5. Webinar Basics 5
  6. 6. Anyone with a computer and an Internet connection or a mobile device can participate. Powerful The obvious! Webinars allow you to reach people around the world who might otherwise never connect with you 6
  7. 7. Challenges that make webinars counterintuitive 7 •Personal interaction •Gauging interest and understanding •Applying concepts in activities
  8. 8. Webinars, online meetings and webcasts Collaboration #of attendees Purpose Online Meeting Highly interactive Multi-way communication 2-20* Remote Businessmeetings****** Staff , client or board meeting Webinar Limited 2-way communication 2-500 Remote presentation****** Conference sessionor training Webcast 1-way communication 2-Thousands Remotebroadcastof information to large audiences ***** Keynote 8
  9. 9. Roles in Webinars and online meetings 9 Panelist(s)/ Presenters Host Organizer Attendee Registrant Information creators Info Consumers
  10. 10. © Fran Simon Copyright, 2012 10 This sounds complicated! What do we need to do webinars?
  11. 11. 11 You need:A Computer*& Connectivity** * PC, Mac, Both? ** broadband Internet access
  12. 12. You need Webinar Software and Audio Service 12 And so many more…
  13. 13. 13 -OR- -OR- Webcam and audio + + +
  14. 14. Highly recommended: An Assistant Handles the “backchannel” and troubleshoots. 14
  15. 15. Nice to have: 2 computers, mobile devicessomething to drink, a pen and paper, notes, a clock 15
  16. 16. Time to… •Plan •Prepare the presentation •Prepare the webinar •Train all involved •Practice •Promote/inform participants 16
  17. 17. Webinars seem 17 Plan adequate time for training and practice
  18. 18. Webinars and best practices In PD 18
  19. 19. Best when blended, ongoing, long term 19
  20. 20. Where do webinars fit in professional development 20 Synchronous (atthe same time) Asynchronous (self-paced) One to one Coaching MentoringOnthe job Tutoring Videoconferencing (Skype, Hangouts) ReadingResearchingDocumentingReflectingExperiencing One to many Webinars Liveor online classroom Keynotes Webcasts Online self-pacedcoursesVideoBooks Manyto many(Professional Learning Communities) Chat Videoconferencing (Skype, Hangouts) Live or online discussionsLive or online study groups Bulletinboards Online groups
  21. 21. Powerful benefit: Capture information before the session.
  22. 22. 22 •Webinars •Online meetings •Facilitated webcasts •Training systems •Streaming Video Selectinga system
  23. 23. Comparing Webinar Software 23
  24. 24. Comparing Webinar Software 24 BEWARE THE TELECONFERENCING DETAILS! •VOIP Attendees listen through the computer Usually included in the price, but not always •Integrated Toll Callteleconferencing $$? •Integrated Toll-freecalling$$$ !!!
  25. 25. Webinar Software Features 25 Desktop Sharing Web Browsing Recording Whiteboard Drawing Tools Chat Share Controls Common Features
  26. 26. Often overlooked 26 Multiple Presenters Advance Scheduling Instant Meetings Webcam and Video Streaming Registration and Reporting Polls and Surveys VOIP & Integrated Teleconferencing
  27. 27. What to think about during demos Demos willshow you this: They often don’t demothis: Is it visuallyappealing for the end user? Isit easy for the people who run the webinars to set up, manage, and record? Isit easy for the end user to log in? Does it have aregistration system? Reporting? Is it cooland feature-rich? Doesit include audio? What are the audio options? Is it reliable? Are there additional costs? Do they offer onboardingsupport? What are the options for support. 27
  28. 28. 1. Compare 2. Attend a demo 3. Ask questions 4. Take the trial 5. Try it in a real scenario. 28
  29. 29. In addition to providing PD, you can use the software for: •Promotion; •meetings; •Brand building; and •Lead generation and recruiting for members, , enrollees, or employees. 29 bonus
  30. 30. Deliver great online presentations 30
  31. 31. 31 A classic Steve Jobs presentation
  32. 32. Increased engagement and learning 32 Explain what you will deliver and deliver what you advertise
  33. 33. © Fran Simon Copyright, 2012 33 Keep the slides graphic and readable
  34. 34. Use images to convey meaning © Fran Simon Copyright, 2012 34
  35. 35. Don’t be boring 35 •Provide examples •Pause. Ask questions •Vary inflection •Convey emotion •Provide takeaways •Break some old rules
  36. 36. Keep it as interactive as possible Polls, open ended questions, hand-raising, back channel, screen sharing, drawing tools.
  37. 37. 37 Engage through the “backchannel”
  38. 38. Chat log from a webinar 38
  39. 39. Assistant’s role •Send out links to URLs •Respond to comments •Add tidbits of information •Act as a color commentator •Troubleshoot •Take over in case of failure
  40. 40. 40 Rules we may have abused
  41. 41. Avoid bullet overload 41 •Putting every thought on the slide is boring. •The presenter might as well let you read. •How can you digest this information? •Do you want to digest this information? •How do you feel about communicating every thought on one slide? •Have you ever read Death by PowerPoint? by Michael Flock? It’s old, but good, and not really about PowerPoint. •I will provide you with some great resources at the end. •A few bullets are fine, but they should be short. •Having fun? •Interested? •Is this helpful? •Are you still awake?
  42. 42. Data overload 42 How could this info have been better conveyed?
  43. 43. 43 Don’t read the presentation!
  44. 44. Resources 44 Webinars and Webcasters Group on LinkedIn The Virtual Presenter, Roger Courville
  45. 45. 45 Fran Simon |