Category : Webinars

Professional Development, Social Media, Webinars
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Social Media: Dynamic for Professional Development & Building a Professional Learning Network (PLN) – Webinar Re-Cap

If you missed the live webinar, “Social Media: Building a PLN,” be sure to check out the event recording below.  Tyler Amidon, Denver Christian School Middle School Principal and Director of Student Life, presented an hour full of great ideas, advice, and resources for building your personal learning network utilizing social media.

Slides: Copies of the CSI Webinar – Social Media for Building a PLN slides cane be viewed/downloaded as a PDF with active links to resources that Tyler mentioned during the live event. Just click the link above.

Link to the webinar recording: http://bit.ly/PLNWebinarRec

Helpful contact info:  If you have questions for Tyler Amidon following his webinar, you can reach him on Twitter @tyleramidon or email tamidon@denverchristian.org.

Action Step: To further benefit from building our networks, we ask that you leave a message on this blog post and share your Twitter handle, Voxer handle, and/or the URL to an educational blog you write so others can connect with you.

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Professional Development, Sevenstar, Webinars
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10 Actions Christian Schools Are Taking Now to Be Flourishing in 2025 – Webinar Re-Cap

chart-your-progressSchool leaders and boards must be looking over the horizon to lead their schools into the future. Ten actions were shared that schools today need to be doing so that their schools will be flourishing in 2025. Dr. Mark Beadle, CEO of Sevenstar, discussed new financial models as well as case studies from schools like yours that are marching ahead. He also invited representatives from Beaver County Christian School and Rehoboth Christian School to share advancements they are making to succeed in the years to come.

 

 

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Blended Learning, Devices, Professional Development, Teaching, Webinars
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Making the Most of One Classroom iPad – Webinar Re-Cap

Recently, Brandon Helder led a CSI Webinar and two CEA sessions entitled “Making the Most of One Classroom iPad.” This session, which is shared with you below, is a collection of some of the best tools and tricks he has for teachers with limited technology.  Check out his presentation below.

 

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Blended Learning, IT Specialists, Professional Development, Teaching, Webinars
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Google Classroom Tips and Tricks

GoogleClassroomAn archived recording of a live webinar event presented by Rachel Medieros and hosted by Christian Schools International.

Google Classroom helps teachers and students stay organized and enjoy a supplemented curriculum. In this webinar, Rachel Medeiros, a Google certified teacher and innovator, shared San Jose Christian School’s philosophy for technology integration and demonstrate how that philosophy works with Google Classroom, a free learning management system for Google Apps for Education schools. Click on the recording link below and learn the details of how to use Classroom, best practices for using it in your school, and the many great benefits for both students and teachers.

We were thrilled to see many of you were able to join us for the live event, and enjoyed watching you network and share ideas via the Twitter chat #CSI4EDU during the presentation. If you get a moment, search #CSI4EDU and check out what others had to say.

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Blended Learning, Professional Development, Teaching, Webinars
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Presentation Tools for Classroom, Blended, or Online Content

presentation tool imageWebinar re-cap of a presentation by: Becci Zwiers from Inno-Versity

Are you tired of using PowerPoint and want to create more interesting presentations? Or are you looking for ways to create instructional content for you online or blended class? There are a variety of ways to present information to students in an engaging manner. In this webinar Becci explored use of Prezi and Powtoon Slides as alternative presentation tools. She also walked attendees through at Piktochart as a tool to create infographics. Finally, we got a crash course using Powtoon to make cartoon scenarios as instructional content for students.

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Blended Learning, Devices, Professional Development, Teaching, Webinars
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Online & Blended Course Content – What Is Out There and How Can I Use It?

Blended_LearningA Webinar Re-Cap as Presented by: Becci Zwiers from Inno-Versity

Are you overwhelmed by the amount of content found online? Or certain there has to be a better way to find content for your class? There is! Enjoy this archived webinar to learn about Open Educational Resources (OER) and Learning Object Repositories (LOR) that are free and available for use in your classroom. These are items such as media, lesson plans, assessments and other activities that you can make use of in your class. The resources presented about were carefully curated to provide the most useful and well respected sources. See the list of these below.

About the presenter:
Becci Zwiers, a West Michigan native, is Inno-Versity’s in-house K-12 and Moodle guru. She’s the all-around life of the party. As a Calvin College graduate with a master’s degree in Gifted and Talented Education from Grand Valley State University, she brings a unique set of gifts and talents to Inno-Versity’s clientele. She has additional certification in Online Teaching from Michigan Virtual. Becci’s expertise morphs projects from basic concept to digital masterpiece. She is the champ curriculum writer and developer on the team. She is an experienced and impressive online trainer as well. Becci has taught over 30 online professional development courses over the past 10 years.

Becci will be teaching CSI’s online course for teachers and administrators called “Building a Blended Course.” This course is scheduled to begin mid-June through the month of July.

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Blended Learning, IT Specialists, Professional Development, Social Media, Webinars
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The Power of Social Media for Leaders – Webinar Re-Cap

social media cubesIn today’s world, a school leader is called upon to communicate with his or her community on a daily basis. However, sending an email every day is not what is expected today. There are so many tools and so many mediums for us to use to communicate. Tyler Amidon from Denver Christian Schools and Mike Wiersma from Ontario Christian Schools demonstrated how they use many different tools to meet community members, students, and staff where they are in the 21st century. If you missed the live event, be SURE to catch the recording.

Click here to learn about daily podcasting, Twitter, Facebook, weekly blog posts, YouTube, Google Hangout, Instagram, Remind HQ, weekly timeline to teachers, backchannels, and more. All these tools, when used properly, can inspire and connect your community in more ways than you can imagine!

Those in the live event walked away with a myriad of new ideas to utilize immediately. The tips Tyler and Mike shared were attainable, useful, and shared with ideas for easy application. The entire hour was spent introducing educators to social media tools (some well-known and others new) and helped them understand great ways to integrate them in our schools communications to share God’s story with our communities.

View the Webinar Archive Here

Connect with Tyler (@TylerAmidon) and Mike (@MWiersy) on Twitter if you have any follow-up questions or comments. They’d love to hear from you!

As presented by: Tyler Amidon, Denver Christian Schools, and Mike Wiersma, Ontario Christian Schools in Nov 2015

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Blended Learning, Devices, Professional Development, Sevenstar, Teaching, Webinars
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Flipped Classroom Adoption

flipped-classroomWritten by: Marita Damghani, Online Learning Consultant for Christian Schools International

Educators are often asked to set aside traditional education models to try something new. Flipped classrooms are often the new challenge. Those who are looking to make the switch can learn from those who are already doing it and are teaching others to do it successfully. I got the opportunity to be a panelist on a Sevenstar-sponsored webinar presented by teacher, researcher, and speaker Aaron Sams. This post is a collection of his tips and resources.

Educause, a digital tech-for-education non-profit, defines the flipped classroom as “a pedagogical model in which the typical lecture and homework elements of a course are reversed. Short video lectures are viewed by students at home before the class session, while in-class time is devoted to exercises, projects, or discussions.”

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Blended Learning, IT Specialists, Online Learning, Professional Development, Sevenstar, Webinars
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Social Media & Flipped Classrooms

professional-development-coursesIt is time to schedule some great professional development! During the month of November we are partnered up with two member school administrators and our online learning partner, Sevenstar, to share some great information. You have surely had conversation around how to best use social media as leaders in education, and you have begun to explore and understand best practices for flipped classroom formats. Take a moment to read about two upcoming webinar events to assist you in these ventures, and register to participate.

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Online Learning, Professional Development, Sevenstar, Teaching, Webinars
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Dual Credit is the New AP – Webinar Re-Cap

WebinarWith so many options and so little time to work ahead, high school students are looking to school administrators and guidance counselors to have creative solutions to help them get the biggest bang for their buck before they graduate. Are you prepared with a myriad of great options?

John Pohlman and Lou Anne Beadle, from Sevenstar, discussed how online dual enrollment opportunities are becoming game-changers for Christian school students. The need for these kinds of courses is growing, and Sevenstar is expanding program offerings to meet those needs! CSI member schools get access to these options through CSIonline Academy.

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