Free Webinar Free Webinar on Using Google Docs in Online Course Design
posted 7/29/14

Join ETLO on Tuesday, August 12th at 3 PM Eastern Time (Time Zone Converter) for a webinar focusing on Designing an Online Course with the Help of Google Docs. During this interactive webinar, Leesa Potts and Diana Garrison from Virtual Arkansas will share how they used Google Docs and Google Drive as they developed content for a personal finance online course designed for high school students.

While participating in ETLO's Online Course Design online course facilitated by Lesley Reilly, Leesa and Diana maintained an organized system of folders in Google Drive for each module of the course which allowed for seamless collaboration during course development and allowed additional contributors to provide them with feedback on their work in progress.

Each module of their course creatively presents content through a mix of text, Voki (audio enhanced) scenarios, and other multimedia. A variety of assignments throughout the course allow students to apply what they learn in ways that meet a variety of learning styles.

Webinar participants are encouraged to ask questions and share their own experience with using Google Docs for online course development and collaboration.

To access ETLO's Collaborate Webinar Room for the August 12th webinar:

  • Visit: at the scheduled time.
  • Type your name in the text box and select "Log In." 
  • You may be prompted to download the software required for Collaborate and you will need the most recent version of Java.

Pre-registration is not required for this free webinar. The webinar will be recorded and posted on the ETLO Webinar page.


Hope you can join us!

ETLO Director Speaking at BLC14 Conference
posted 7/14/14

Join ETLO Director, Barbara Treacy, at the innovative Building Learning Communities (BLC) Education Conference. Hosted by Alan November, an international leader in education technology, the BLC Conference is being held at the Park Plaza Hotel in Boston.

Barbara will be leading the following sessions:

For registration information and more details about the BLC14 Conference, visit


iNACOL Logo ETLO Director Discusses Blended Learning During iNACOL Webinar
posted 6/19/14

ETLO Director, Barbara Treacy, will be a featured speaker during the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) Teacher Talk Webinar on Educator Competencies for the Blended Learning Classroom. This free webinar is taking place on Thursday, June 19, 2014 from 6:00-7:00 PM ET. For more details and registration information, please visit

Join Us for a Free Webinar on Tips for New Facilitators
posted 6/9/14

Join us on Tuesday, June 10, 2014 at 3:00 PM ET (Time Zone Converter) as we explore Tips and Strategies for New Online Facilitators. During this live interactive webinar, hear from a panel of educators who have recently started facilitating online courses as they share their tips and strategies for effective online facilitation. Panelists will discuss time management tips, favorite facilitation tools and advice on how to keep participants engaged in the course. Webinar participants are encouraged to ask questions and share their own facilitation advice.

To join the webinar, visit at 3:00 PM ET. Type your name in the text box and select "Log In." You may be prompted to download the software required for Collaborate and you will need the most recent version of Java.

Pre-registration is not required for this free webinar and the webinar will be recorded and posted in on the ETLO Webinar Page.

We hope you can join us for this exciting conversation about how to be an effective online facilitator even if it's your first time facilitating!

Read Our Latest Newsletter
posted 6/3/14

We're celebrating blended learning success, preparing for the Online Learning Institute at ISTE, partnering with an art museum on an online course and lots more! Visit the link below to read all about what's new with ETLO in our latest newsletter.

ETLO Newsletter: June 2014
Blog Celebrating 10 Years: The Online Learning Institute at ISTE
posted 5/14/14

ETLO's Director, Barbara Treacy, reflects on the history of the Online Learning Institute in this EDC blog post. The 10th Annual Online Learning Institute took place on Tuesday, July 1st during the ISTE Conference in Atlanta. For recordings and resources from the Online Learning Institute, please visit the link below to view Barbara's blog post. 

EDC Blog: Celebrating 10 Years: The Online Learning Institute at ISTE, May 2014
OLI Photo Register NOW for the 10th Annual Online Learning Institute at ISTE
posted 4/28/14

Join leaders in online and blended learning for the 10th Annual Online Learning Institute on Tuesday, July 1st from 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. during the ISTE Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. This unique day-long event is co-sponsored by ISTE, EdTech Leaders Online (ETLO), Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), and the International Association for K–12 Online Learning (iNACOL).

Early-bird registration is $139 and ends May 1st! After May 1st, the registration fee is $169. Registration is available at the ISTE registration site. Just add the Online Learning Institute to your conference registration on the Special Events page.*

Highlights of the day are an exciting keynote presentation by Julie Evans from Project Tomorrow and dynamic roundtable discussions. The registration fee also includes breakfast and lunch which provide additional time for making connections with others interested in online and blended learning.

Don’t miss this chance to learn and share strategies and lessons about implementing successful online and blended learning programs in states, districts, schools and other organizations with school, district, state and national leaders in the fields of online and blended learning!

Visit the Online Learning Institute website for the preliminary agenda and be sure to follow us on Twitter for the most recent Online Learning Institute updates.

For more information, please contact Erin Earnst, ETLO; Mike Abbiatti, SREB; Barbara Treacy, ETLO or Rob Darrow, iNACOL. We're looking forward to seeing you in Atlanta!

*To register only for the Online Learning Institute, please contact Erin Earnst.

Myths about Technology-Supported Professional Development ETLO Director Examines Myths about Technology-Supported Professional Development
posted 4/17/14

In this article published in JSD, the journal of Learning Forward, ETLO Director Barbara Treacy and Joellen Killion from Learning Forward examine three commonly-held myths that have implications for vendors and providers of technology-supported professional learning: (1) access equals learning; (2) knowledge improves practice; and (3) individualized learning alone transforms schools. They conclude by offering a series of recommendations to draw on the power of collaborative learning to promote and sustain teachers' professional growth. Read the complete article by selecting the link below.This article has been used with the permission of Learning Forward ( All rights reserved.

Myths about Technology-Supported Professional Development, JSD, April 2014
Education Week Cover March 14, 2014 ETLO Featured in Education Week Article on Models of Effective Professional Development
posted 3/19/14

ETLO Director, Barbara Treacy, is featured in Education Week's article about the importance of technology-based professional development for teachers. She shares about ETLO's approach to online professional development and states that, "using [technology] in their own learning is a great way to help students use it." Please visit the link below to read the entire article. 

Ed-Tech PD Focuses on Student Learning Needs, Education Week, March 14, 2014
ETLO Webinar Join Us for a Free Webinar on STEM and Common Core
posted 3/12/14

Join ETLO on Monday, March 31, 2014 at 12:30 PM Eastern Time (Time Zone Converter) for a live webinar focusing on Supporting Educators with Implementing STEM Along With the Common Core with Marcia Barton, New Mexico Public Education Department, Christie Jones, Springfield (IL) Public School District 186 and Nevin Katz, ETLO.

Hear from a panel of leaders and educators who are working to support teachers with STEM and Common Core implementation. Webinar participants will be encouraged to share ways that they are providing professional development for STEM and Common Core during this interactive webinar. To join this webinar, please use the following link to enter ETLO's Collaborate Webinar Room:

Pre-registration is not required for this webinar and the webinar will be recorded and posted on the ETLO Webinar Page. Hope you can join us!

About the Panelists

Marcia Barton is the new STEM Professional Development Specialist with the Math and Science Bureau of the New Mexico Public Education Department. Her job includes developing teacher professional development resources for the Common Core Math Standards, and the National Resource Council’s “Framework for K-12 Science Education”. She recently returned from spending eleven months at the National Science Foundation in the Education and Diversity program as an Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow. She is a National Board Certified Teacher who holds a Master in Science Teaching, and taught secondary science for over 13 years.

Christie Jones is a National Board Certified Teacher and has over 30 years of experience in education as a science teacher and science coordinator. She is currently a technology teacher instructional leader in Springfield Public Schools in Springfield, IL. Her work involves building curriculum and supporting teachers and administrators as they move to blended learning environments.  

Nevin Katz develops online math and science courses, including Using Technology to Explore Weather and Climate. An experienced multimedia developer, Nevin also designs multimedia resources for online courses across disciplines such as an app on phonemic awareness and an app to design classrooms for blended learning. Prior to joining EdTech Leaders Online, Nevin taught high school science and authored the Dr. Birdley Teaches Science series of teacher resource books. Nevin holds a B.S. in Biology from Swarthmore College and an Ed. M. in Teaching and Curriculum from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.



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