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March 24 Webinar: Connecting Classrooms

This webinar will focus on the connectivity of our classrooms: getting our students in touch with other students, educators and experts outside of our school buildings. There is tremendous learning to be gained from discussions and collaborative work with people outside of the immediate environs. Differing perspectives, language practice, sharing lifestyle and culture information can all lead to a rewarding experience for students.
I will be joined by my special guest Nadene Mathes, first grade teacher at Atwood Primary School. She will take us through a project her students worked on with students in Europe, helping us to understand the work that goes into connection projects and the benefits her students gained from taking part. The webinar will also look at places to get started on connection projects, some ideas for ongoing projects and tools that can be used to smooth the way.
The webinar will take place on Thursday, March 24, at 3.15 and again at 7.15. To register for the webinar, click on the ‘Webcasts’ tab above and follow directions.

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  1. Shannon Gillett
    March 23rd, 2011 at 22:16 | #1

    Sounds great can’t wait to get some ideas!

  2. Sharon Ellner
    March 24th, 2011 at 08:05 | #2

    This sounds like something that would help me as a teacher.

  3. Virginia Hoden
    March 24th, 2011 at 08:38 | #3

    I would like to participate in the Webinar: Connecting Classrooms at 7:15 PM on March 23, 2011. Can you please direct me to where I register? I am looking forward to learn something new tonight! Thank you.

    • Jim Wells
      March 24th, 2011 at 08:51 | #4

      Hi Virginia,
      If you click on the ‘Webcasts’ tab above, you will go to the page that lists all upcoming webinars from MLTI. Find the details of today’s webinar, and select the time you’d like to attend (3.15 or 7.15). You’ll be directed to a page where you can enter your details.
      Look forward to seeing you later!

  4. Kathleen Burwell
    March 24th, 2011 at 10:27 | #5

    I am very interested in participating in your webinar today–hopefully the 3.15 one. I’m sure it will provide timely informaiton for me.

  5. Virginia McGregor
    March 24th, 2011 at 10:36 | #6

    What time will this be Phoenix time for the 3:15 slot?

    • Jim Wells
      March 24th, 2011 at 10:49 | #7

      That would be 12.15, and the later one at 4.15.

  6. March 24th, 2011 at 11:19 | #8

    Just hoping to see/hear some ideas that would open the eyes of my directors that won’t allow us to utilize Skype, or any other videoconferencing software. I was told I can use NetMeeting… but it won’t work. Have any other of you guys dealt with this hurdle successfully? If so… I’m all ears!
    Thanks.

  7. Virginia McGregor
    March 24th, 2011 at 11:32 | #9

    Are you on eastern time or central time? AZ should be only 2 hours behind you now if you are on eastern daylight saving time. It can be confusing. But needs to be cleared up. So it should be 1:15 for the webinar?

    • Jim Wells
      March 24th, 2011 at 11:45 | #10

      Yes, we’re on Eastern daylight savings now – so 1.15 it is.

  8. Virginia McGregor
    March 24th, 2011 at 12:08 | #11

    Okay, I read some more. “On the first Sunday in November, when DST ends, most everyone else in the country “falls back” or sets their clock back one hour. We do not. From that first Sunday in November through the second Sunday in March we are one hour ahead of those states on Pacific Standard Time, like California and Nevada; one hour behind states in the Central Time zone, such as Texas and Illinois; and only two hours behind those states on Eastern Time, such as New York and Florida.”
    So now we would be three hours difference making it 12:15 as you said at first. I’ll tune in at that time.
    No wonder it could be difficult connecting with schools in other states when the clocks adjust.

    • Jim Wells
      March 24th, 2011 at 12:19 | #12

      This will be one of the things we’ll talk about in the webinar.

  9. Virginia McGregor
    March 24th, 2011 at 20:32 | #13

    After all that, I ended up at the 4:15 webinar here in Phoenix. So worked out fine. How would I have used Skype instead of the phone. I’m new to Skype so I wasn’t sure how I would check in with it. Thanks to Nadene for sharing a great project that should be in the experience of all kids of all ages. I’ll have to check into your other webinars. Thanks, Jim.

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