How to do webinars

How Webinars Work to Help Educators Learn More

There are so many ways to learn. Webinars are one of the best ways to learn but many people don't understand how webinars work. In her role as moderator of Classroom 2.0 webinars, Peggy George has experience leading some of the most popular webinars on the planet. She knows how webinars work. As Peggy says,

“It is important for educators and teachers to realize that education is something we create for ourselves, not that is done for us.”

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Here are some essential questions we discuss in this show:

  • What makes a great webinar?
  • How do you participate in webinars?
  • How can you find free webinars?
  • When do you chat? When do you ask questions? Is it OK to lurk?
  • How do you pull off a great webinar when you’re planning one? (Including a peek into how Peggy plans those amazing Classroom 2.0 webinars.)
  • Why is it important to enter a webinar room early? What can happen in “preshow”?
  • Tips for engaging presenting when you’re the one presenting the webinar.
  • What are the roles of moderators? (Facilitators, Backchannel moderators, Google jockeys)
  • What resources should webinar creators share after the event? How can close captioning help?

If you've never tried a free, online webinar – why not set a goal to try one this summer?

Big Takeaways from This Session

[callout]Peggy's point about making learning part of who we are is an important one. Whether you read blogs, listen to a show like this one, or participate in webinars: make time to learn. Level up a little bit every day. Thank you for the suggestions that have come flooding in this week for great guests on the show! We're busy booking interviews for this summer, particularly those overseas that are hard to do during the school year. If you have any suggestions, email me at – thank you for joining the ECM Education community! Remember, dear educators, wherever your classroom – your classroom MATTERS! – Vicki [/callout]

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Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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John Laskaris June 11, 2015 - 7:23 am

Didn’t know this show, will listen to it, thanks for sharing the link :-)

Dawn Oliver June 14, 2015 - 4:38 pm

I am a student in EDM310 at the University of South Alabama. I enjoyed this post about webinars. I have not yet been involved in a webinar, either a presenter or a participant. Peggy George was very informative on how to prepare and participate in a webinar. Knowing the difference between a chat log, which is invitation for conversation, and a question and answer pod, which is not as interactive, is beneficial knowledge to anyone going into a webinar for the first time. I am much more prepared for what to expect when I do participate in a webinar since listening to this podcast.


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