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.
Goal: The goal is for teachers to learn how to create lesson plans for various grades and subjects using an online resource.
What is Discovery Education?
Discovery Education is an educational website that includes an entire ‘lesson plan library’ where people have posted videos of lesson plans that can be used by other teachers. The videos give virtual lessons on various subjects and can be helpful to teachers who are attempting to create their lesson plans.
Why is Discovery Education Helpful?
Discovery Education is helpful because it shows lessons in a virtual way that allows teachers to see how to teach a certain grade and/or subject. The videos provide help to teachers who need to know how to make a lesson plan for all the grades and subjects such as science, geography, history, and many others. The site is easily accessible to the public and, as such, teachers who find they need the help.
Goal: The goal is to learn instructional strategies that incorporates the online resource(s), creating a new and more diverse lesson plan.
What Is TeacherTube?
Like Youtube, TeacherTube allows teachers to post videos online that are accessible to the public. These videos vary from advice on teaching to creating lesson plans to assessment ideas to popular worldwide stories that can be incorporated into lessons and more. Videos are posted under pen names and available for public viewing, targeted at other teachers.
Why is TeacherTube Useful?
TeacherTube is a useful website for teachers for various reasons. New teachers can use the posted videos as ideas and help for preparing their own classroom and lessons should they find themselves in need of help. Teachers can even use the videos in their own classroom (giving credit to the one who created and posted the video) as examples for assignments and help with lessons if they find their students are having a difficult time grasping the subject matter. This website can also be used by teachers in a flipped learning setting or just as a resource in which they video their lessons or test/exam reviews or anything else and then post the videos on the site for students to access later on if needed.