By Lynn Ochs, netTrekker Professional Learning Director
One week in early October it was my honor to be in the presence of an amazing group of dedicated library media specialists in Milwaukee Public Schools. Despite severe budget cuts and increased responsibilities, with some managing up to 4 and 5 school library programs at a time, they maintain a laser focus on providing high quality digital and print resources to their fellow educators and students. Daily, they model what it means to be a 21st Century learner – creating, communicating, collaborating and thinking critically about how to manage their time so as to lead and support their many patrons. At the helm is Lisa Chatman, District Library Media Specialist. Vivacious and passionate about the role of library media specialists in schools, Lisa works diligently to support and provide new learning opportunities to her dedicated staff.
I found my unsung heroes that beautiful, sunshine-filled day in Milwaukee, in an unexpected place.
Who are your unsung heroes? Have you thanked them lately for their dedication to providing a high quality education to our next generation leaders? Let’s do it today!
Teachers are life long learners, that’s a given. Finding time to learn is another. netTrekker therefore has created a series of webinars to help you stay current with netTrekker and learn new ways to use it throughout the school year.
On the 25th of August we kick the learning off with a “Gearing Up for a New School Year.” In this session we will focus on how netTrekker can help you find lesson ideas, information on how to communicate with parents, classroom discipline ideas and more. And as an added bonus,Jessica Storer, BrainPOP’s Community Outreach Manager, will be joining us share some great back to school tips with you as well!
Then, the fourth Wednesday of every month at 4:30 PM EST we’ll continue the BrainPOP and netTrekker series. Stay tuned for more details and topics!
But that’s not all. On the second Wednesday of every month at 4 PM EST we’ll have a new line up for Learning 4 Today: nT & Me. This series will be hosted by Dawn Crawford and Melissa Knollman of netTrekker. They have some great topics planned to share with you how to maximize your use of netTrekker.
The first Tuesday of the month at 4:30 PM EST, Learning 4 Today will feature integration ideas. Have you ever tried to use netTrekker with some of the most popular products on the market today, such as Glogster EDU, Tech4Learning’s Wixie, VoiceThread, and the many others? Join us as we share a lesson idea and a how to integrate these tools with netTrekker.
But that’s not all! netTrekker is partnered with many other products. I mentioned BrainPOP and Tech4Learning’s Wixie. We also partner with eInstruction, ScanTron, Weekly Reader Express, Defined STEM, NSTA and many others. How? Well join us on the 4th Thursday of each month as we share this valuable information!
All of this information will be shared via the events page of netTrekker Village. And when possible, an archived copyof the session can be found on the Village as well. All sessions will require a phone to call in for the audio and a computer with Internet access. We use Webex for the platform. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact your account manager.