Random Thoughts: Change, Primary Sources & Other Stuff

Thing # 7: Webinars

Posted on: March 2, 2008

It’s quite exciting, actually, to learn more ideas for email’s expanded potential for connecting with media center patrons. But as one of my online students so nicely stated, we have filtered and policied out so much of what our patrons would relate to and could easily connect with.

Webinars are a fantastic tool; our participation in the recent Inspire Data webinar generated a high level of interest. Downside: the computer in our conference room wouldn’t accommodate the conferencing software; the phone by a computer that would wasn’t a speaker phone.

I’m planning to arrange a webinar for our elementary software selection committee–slight problem; there is not a speaker phone in the lab — perhaps we will be a passive audience.

This has gotten me thinking about another consideration for planning media centers and labs: The new conference/collaborative group work room in new elementary media center MUST have a good computer and speaker phone. I envision the room being a central meeting place for future small group training sessions and meeting spaces for teachers from all over the district–and a neat spot for some great student experiences.

Webinars are provideaccess to training we might not otherwise attend; the downside for K-12 folks is the difficulty in finding a chunk of time to set aside for full participation in sessions on some of the topics we should know more about. Would be great to involve teachers in some of the MINITEX webinars, but it would be even more difficult for them to find the time. . .

Good old email. I couldn’t do my job without it; yet I believe face-to-face and a piece of paper are needed more than they are used.

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