Webinars

When Schools Close

Concerns with the spread of COVID-19 (the coronavirus) have forced school leaders across the world to close their schools and dive into the deep end of the online instruction pool. We hope these free webinars provide ideas, guidance, and encouragement.

Upcoming

Two EdTech Guys Take Questions and Share Cool Stuff, Episode 3

Richard Byrne (@rmbyrne) of Free Tech for Teachers and Rushton Hurley of Next Vista for Learning will do another episode in which they share cool resources and answer questions. For a sense of what you'd be in for, feel free to watch the recording of previous episodes below!

Register for free: Friday, April 10th, at 10:00a Pacific / 1:00p Eastern

Activities Across Grade Levels, Episode 5: Explore the World

In this half-hour episode of Activities Across Grade Levels, Rushton and Susan (@TechCoachSusan) describe ways to use a variety of tools that allow you to see places and communities around the planet.

Register for free: Thursday, April 16th, at 2:00p Pacific / 5:00p Eastern

Careers in Video '20

Ready to do a career exploration project, even while sheltering in place?

On Thursday, April 16th, at 10:00 a.m. Pacific time, we will run a half-hour webinar to help you learn about our project to gather new student-made videos on all sorts of careers. Students and teachers are welcome to learn more in this webinar.

Register for free: Thursday, April 16th, at 10:00a Pacific / 1:00p Eastern

Service via Video '20

We at Next Vista for Learning want to help people tell the stories of nonprofits making a difference in their communities, and our focus in this webinar will be on how to do so while sheltered in place at home! On Friday, April 17th, we'll explain how anyone can enter, as well as give specific advice for students taking part in the contest associated with this project.

Register for free: Friday, April 17th, at 3:00p Pacific / 6:00p Eastern

Previously

Activities Across Grade Levels, Episode 4: Reading Tools & Strategies

In this episode, we looked at a dozen-ish tools for engaging reading and activities teachers can do with them. Click below for the recording, or here for the slides, and here for the links from the chat transcript.

Two EdTech Guys Take Questions and Share Cool Stuff, Episode 2

Richard and Rushton share Wheel of Names, Book Creator, and a check-in survey for your students. Enjoy the recording, below, and feel free to look at those resources in more detail, check out the slides, or try the links we shared in the chat.

Activities Across Grade Levels, Episode 3: The Power of Voice

In this episode, Susan and I looked at a simple voice recording tool (and several like it) for taking learning to the next level, whether in person or online. Click below for the recording, or here for the slides, and here for the links from the chat transcript.

Two EdTech Guys Take Questions and Share Cool Stuff, Episode 1

Richard Byrne (@rmbyrne) of Free Tech for Teachers and Rushton Hurley of Next Vista for Learning in their first episode shared audio, tutorial, tips, and answers to questions sent their way. These are both people who keep a foot in the in-person and online teaching worlds, and they invite you each week to grab your favorite hot drink and join them for ideas and some fun! For this episode, click here for the slides, and here for the links form the chat transcript.

Activities Across Grade Levels, Episode 2: The Power of an Image

In Episode 2, we looked at using images as a simple way to launch great online activities. Susan Stewart (@TechCoachSusan), who has extensive experience with tech's possibilities for younger students, and I discussed activities for all grade levels, and added some thoughts on a few other promising tools, too. Click below for the recording, or here for the slides, and here for the links from the chat transcript.

Activities Across Grade Levels, Episode 1: The Cool and the Good

In this first episode on March 18th and 20th, we looked at activities for identifying cool stories of learning, and then stories of service to others. What can little, elementary, middle, and high school students do as a part of their online learning? Click below for the recording, or here for the slides, and here for the links from the chat transcript.

Guidance for Switching to Online Learning

On March 11th and 13th, Next Vista presented the webinar below to help schools considering closing and switching to online learning. If you have questions about the content in the recording, you are welcome to contact us. The slides for this webinar are available here.

Rushton Hurley is a former online school principal, trains teachers and school leaders around the world, has written an online guide called Emergencies and Switching to Online Learning, and over a few weeks prepared a high school in the San Francisco Bay Area for this switch. That school had to close, as it was learned that a family member of one of the students has tested positive for COVID-19, and the school community is now using what Hurley taught them.

To register for any of the above times, please click the link for the date and time you prefer, above.