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Using the Workshops
Concept to Classroom workshops are designed to introduce you to the most exciting ideas in education today. Each one offers expert explanations of methodology, multimedia materials that show you how other educators are using new theories and practices in their classrooms, and guidelines that help you apply the ideas to your own curriculum.
The Concept to Classroom workshops are easy to follow, because each workshop is divided into four manageable sections: Explanation, Demonstration, Exploration, and Implementation. Each section is shown as a folder tab beneath the workshop title. It's a good idea to go through each section in order (see below); that way, the concepts will build on each other.
Begin with Explanation
This section is your entry point into the workshops. In it, experts explain the foundational concepts of the topic and highlight the differences between the topic's approach and other approaches to education.
Then, go to Demonstration
Once you have acquired a background in your workshop topic's ideas, you'll want to see how other teachers apply those ideas in their curricula. In this section, you'll find video, audio, lesson plans and other materials that show you how real-life teachers implement the ideas presented in the Explanation section.
Next, visit Exploration
This section provides specific strategies that will help you to apply the ideas you've read about and seen demonstrated. In it, you'll find helpful hints, simple ways to get started, troubleshooting tips, assessment ideas, and suggestions for fitting standards and technology into your lesson plans.
And finally, work on Implementation
After you've absorbed all of the ideas, demonstrations and strategies of the workshop, you'll need to try out these new approaches and ideas in your own classroom. In this section, you will bring your workshop's concepts to your classroom, by building lesson plans, activities, and projects using our online guides. You can also share your lesson ideas, curriculum innovations, and newly discovered resources with other educators - because teachers helping teachers is the best education a teacher can get!
Once you've mastered the section tabs, you'll also want to familiarize yourself with the Global Navigation Bar, which will help you to move in and around your workshop's pages more easily. It's located beneath the workshop title at the top of each page, and consists of the following elements:
Home: This takes you back to the Concept to Classroom homepage and main workshop menu.
About the Series: This is the section you are now reading. It provides you with information about how to use the workshops, presents technical recommendations, and also offers workshop descriptions with bios of the experts who helped develop them.
Resources: Here you will find recommended books, articles, Web sites, and materials for each of the workshops.
Jump to Workshop: This dropdown menu allows you to navigate quickly to different workshops. Choose a workshop from the list and click "go."
Icons used in this online workshop series
Scattered throughout the workshops you will find icons that perform useful functions. Below is a list of the workshop icons with related descriptions. The first set of icons provides you with opportunities to learn more about the subject, practical tips, interactive learning tools, and more. Just click on the icon while in the workshop to launch a pop-up window containing relevant information. The second set of icons, listed below, offer tips and helpful navigation tools.
Technical Recommendations for Optimum Workshop Interactivity Hardware
Browser: Netscape Navigator 4.0 or Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.0 or higher Quicktime 4.0 (download for free from the Apple Computer Web site) Macromedia Flash 5.0 (download for free from the Macromedia Web site)
Troubleshooting Technical Difficulties
If you have trouble getting into your workshop, try the following steps:
Step 1. Reload the page, and/or click back and forth using the browser's navigation bar.
Step 2. Go to a different Web site. If you can't reach any site on the Internet, there may be a problem with your connection to the Internet or your Internet Service Provider.
Step 3. Clear the browser's cache. (In Netscape and Internet Explorer, go to Edit in the browser menubar, then select Preferences, and then Advanced. Click on the button that lets you clear/empty the cache.)
Step 4. Quit the browser and open it again.
If these steps don't work, contact your Internet Service Provider for help.
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