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We have three very interesting on-demand WebEx recordings from leaders in the education field talking about emerging trends in education including social media and mobile learning. Each of them contains specific advice and case studies. We hope you find these sessions helpful and thought provoking.

You don’t need any special software to view the WebEx recordings. Simply click on the title that interests you and you’ll be taken to a landing page where you can begin listening.

Blending Traditional and Online Learning: 101 Best Practices for Getting Started

Using online tools is bridging the achievement gap and marking the biggest single shift in public education in more than 100 years. Innovative public schools are opting for blended or hybrid classroom environments, with 70% of learning taking place in a traditional brick-and-mortar setting and the remaining 30% of learning happening online.

Hybrid models offer a powerful mix of synchronous and asynchronous learning styles, enabling students to master core content online while deepening critical thinking, problem solving and application of content mastery in a face-to-face setting. Blended or hybrid learning models not only make pedagogical sense, they also make financial sense.

This presentation, presented by Aventa Learning/K12, Inc. in partnership with the Santa Clara County of Education, will offer real-world examples of how schools can successfully incorporate a hybrid model (watch the WebEx now).

Launching a Mobile Learning Programs: What You Need to Know

Today’s students are connected and now it’s time to connect them to the classroom (online). Forward thinking educators have realized that technology is a key ingredient in driving student engagement and learning outcomes. These educators are embracing new learning programs using new devices like Netbooks and iPads.

This webinar features one school district’s story of launching a Netbook program. Lake Tahoe Unified School District embarked on a journey in 2009 to capitalize on smaller, low cost Netbooks to increase student engagement and save money on textbooks.

Dr. James Tarwater, Superintendent of Lake Tahoe USD, presents his perspective on this program and its impact. He talks about funding, organizational buy-in, and the key benefits the district has experienced, including cost savings, teacher time savings and increased student enthusiasm.

In addition to Dr. Tarwarter, the webinar will feature Linda Uhrenholt, AT&T’s Regional Education Director, who will offer her perspective on the growing use of Netbooks for one to one programs across the nation (watch the WebEx now).

Beyond the Classroom; Making Moble and Social Learning Work in Schools

Are you increasing use of mobile devices? Rolling out new online tools? Trying to figure out how you can embrace collaborative learning safely?

Join education-tech visionary Kevin Honeycutt and the Atlanta Independent School District as they discuss what really happens when a district embraces technology. You’ll get innovative ideas, practical tips, and best practice advice you can use to bring mobility and collaboration safely into your school.

This webinar is targeted to both technology and curriculum staff. After attending this informative webinar, you’ll have new ideas for embracing collaborative learning and mobility in your schools and a list of best-practice advice for keeping mobile and social learning safe.

You get real-world suggestions and cautions from a district that serves as a technology integration demonstration site for Texas, technical tips for ensuring that your network is prepared for new learning opportunities, and ideas for engaging students, involving teachers, and getting buy-in from administrators and boards (watch the WebEx now).

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