Goal: The goal is to learn instructional strategies that incorporates the online resource(s), creating a new and more diverse lesson plan. Using the online resource(s), lessons must be designed in different ways in order to incorporate learning and teaching resources.
Resource: Webinars (web-based seminars)
What Are Webinars?
Webinars, or web-based seminars, are online interactive presentations, seminars, workshops, or lectures. They are transmitted over the Internet using video conferencing software. Unlike webcasts, webinars have the key feature of interactive elements in which there is the ability to give, receive, and discuss information within the lecture, seminar, etc.
How Are Webinars Useful to Teachers and the Classroom?
Webinars are very useful in a classroom as it allows for a different style of teaching. This style is used in the flipped classroom concept that is becoming more and more popular in classrooms. Webinars allow for teachers to give a lesson or even an activity or workshop over the Internet yet still be able to interact with his or her students should any students have questions or comments. Webinars provide a system in which the lesson is given outside of the classroom and the assignments and assessments are more directly dealt with in the classroom with more time for the teacher to help his or her students. Webinars also allow for students to go back to previous lessons, lectures, or assignments should they need extra help, clarification, review, or are learning at a slower pace than their peers, as it is well known that all students learn differently.