We recently hosted a webinar featuring Tom DeLapp, a communications industry veteran with over 35 years of experience, to discuss best practices and proven strategies for effective messaging using multiple modes and methods of communication. These days it seems like there are more ways to communicate than ever before. From phones to text messages to email to Facebook to Twitter, there are numerous ways for people to engage others in a conversation.
Spring is officially here! It’s time to look forward to warmer weather and a great line-up of K-12 webinars this month. Learn best practices from current Blackboard K-12 clients about building successful blended learning programs, online professional development and 1:1 initiatives. April 19 at 1:00pm ET Webinar: K-12 Schools Accomplish Their Professional Development Goals with Blackboard Learn and Collaborate Join Marilyn Underwood of the Marion County Public Schools (FL) and Christine Osborne and her team from the Cobb County School District (GA) to learn how they’ve used the Blackboard LearnTM and Blackboard CollaborateTM platforms, respectively, to increase the effectiveness of their professional development programs while simultaneously decreasing the costs it takes to do so.
Two weeks ago I had the privilege of traveling to the hospitable city of New Orleans to attend the Consortium for School Networking’s (CoSN) Annual Conference. I was in good company with nearly 1,000 superintendents, CTOs, directors, specialists and corporate members in attendance – all dedicated to making positive changes in education through innovative technologies. CoSN made many changes of its own to the conference this year, and attendees and exhibitors alike seemed to appreciate the fresh new approach. One such change was replacing the typical exhibit hall with what CoSN called the Innovation Central. Instead of rows and rows of 10×10 booths, the Innovation Central felt like a large cocktail party, with corporate members engaging in conversations with attendees at tall café tables (Innovation Pods) stationed throughout the room. I even observed one exhibitor with a large cooler packed full of ice and beer placed “discreetly” by his pod. Now that’s a way to start a conversation! This new set-up facilitated more familiar and natural encounters between vendors and educators, which both parties seemed to appreciate. Perhaps we will see adoption of this idea at other conferences in the future.
Let’s go on a virtual field trip to two very different places. We’ll start with a kindergarten classroom. Open the door and picture it in your mind. What decorates the walls? What kind of furniture is there? Is the room divided into different areas? What are they? If you didn’t know it was a kindergarten classroom before you had opened the door, what would make its purpose obvious to you when you did look inside?
Winter days are coming to an end. Blackboard K-12 has a great line up of webinars and events focused on education technology to help ring in the spring! We hope you’ll take advantage of one or more of these engaging activities. March 9 at 2:00pm ET Webinar: Boost Student Achievement with School-to-Home Communications Studies show that parental involvement has a direct affect on student achievement. Join representatives from the Federal Way Public Schools in Washington as they share best practices for engaging parents in their child’s academic activities with grade threshold notifications. Register Today!