Magazine article Techniques

Webcasts Engage CTE Professionals. (Front and Center)

Magazine article Techniques

Webcasts Engage CTE Professionals. (Front and Center)

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More and more career and technical education professionals are discovering the Professional Speaker Series offered by the National Dissemination Center for Career and Technical Education (www.nccte.org).

This unique resource can be utilized through live or archived webcasts and features the latest topics--allowing teachers to connect with some of the country's most talented and knowledgeable CTE professionals without ever leaving their home districts.

According to Lynne Hall of the Ohio Hi-Point Career Center, her district has used the webcasts three times this year to expand their professional development offerings.

"I had the opportunity to participate in one of the early webcasts this year on `What Makes a Good Teacher,'" says Hall. "This session featured a panel of National Board-Certified Teachers who discussed the certification process and gave tips for successfully developing a portfolio. We have been able to use this webcast with teacher candidates in a support group for National Board Certification hosted here at our school."

The technology allows that once a session is archived, it can be retrieved at any time for a group meeting or for teachers to view, individually. All that is necessary is a computer with a media player.

Hall says her district's professional development committee also used the webcasts to update their staff on policy, trends and national legislation.

"With the decrease in state leadership in Ohio," says Hall, "it is often not possible to hear of this information at meetings or through other means."

At their technology center in Bellefontaine, Ohio, they offered a live broadcast of the session, "New Designs for Career and Technical Education." The webcast appeared on a 15-foot screen and participants were able to submit questions to the speaker that were answered later in the program.

Hall says the interactive nature of the webcasts is an exciting prospect for receiving specific information from speakers. Because the Web site provides discussion questions and accompanying activities, Ohio Hi-Point Career Center was able to offer CEUs for all activities held in their facility.

The other time the Center used this technology was to view a segment of the program, "Best Practices in Education for Adolescents with Chronic Illness and Disabilities." They developed a four-hour after-school professional development series using both speakers from regional special education centers and a portion of the archived webcast. …

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