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IB Online Professional Development eNewsletter

October 2012

Register now for 2013 online workshops We are pleased to announce that registration for all 2013 online workshops is now open. The first session will begin on 30 January, with 6 more sessions throughout the rest of the year. There will be a number of new workshops for all IB programmes in 2013 as well as more workshops in French and Spanish. Visit our website to view the full schedule of 2013 online workshops, make your selection and register. Registration closes 14 days before the workshop start date. October 2012—final call There are still places left for the final workshops of this year, starting 31 October 2012. Submit your registration by 17 October 2012. Over 900 participants are currently taking part in our September workshops, learning with teachers all around the world. We look forward to seeing you online soon. Coming soon—registration support videos Signing up for an online workshop, modifying your registration and downloading a certificate have never been easier. We’ll show you how with our new video tutorials—keep an eye on our registration page for more details.

Webinars: New from Online PD this autumn We’re very excited about the successful launch of our pilot IB webinars. Between now and mid-November, you’ll have a chance to focus on a specific professional development need via a 40-minute live webinar session, for the introductory price of US$50. You can ask questions in the session and network with other participants, much like at a conference or training event—but without leaving your desk! Webinars will give us an opportunity to cover some aspects of our workshop topics in more depth and to be more responsive to your needs. Have a look at the range of topics we’ve lined up for the pilot—we’d love to hear what other topics you’d like us to cover. Get in touch by emailing ibid@ibo.org. Find out more and sign up at http://www.ibo.org/programmes/pd/webinars/.

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Presenter David Dasari

Brian Neises

Webinar Bringing the scientific method alive in the Primary Years Programme (PYP) classroom The MEASURE of maths (PYP)

Phil Spurr

Dealing with the challenging behaviour of colleagues Gayle Gordon Developing access and inclusion for all students in an IB programme (PYP) Simon Vanderkelen Writing and supporting your language policy (PYP & DP) Andrea Naylor and Children's literature in an international Isabel Jones context (PYP)

Date Saturday 27 October Saturday 3 November Sunday 4 November Sunday 11 November Saturday 17 November Sunday 25 November

Updated workshop design is a hit Have you signed up for a workshop yet? In the July edition of the Online PD e-newsletter, we showed you the new look for our online workshops. The first workshops since the launch of the new design are now underway, and we are happy to report that the new site has been very well received. There are more than 900 participants currently using the platform and we are planning to report on their experiences in the next e-newsletter. Here’s what one workshop facilitator had to say about the new design: I love the new look! It is a big improvement on the old version - more attractive and more intuitive.

Access workshops using mobile and tablet devices Our online workshops are now more accessible than ever. In addition to creating the new design, we have made significant upgrades to our online systems – including optimizing them for viewing on a smartphone or tablet.

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Workshop participants using mobile browsers can now access a completely different layout, suitable for small touch screens. Online learning and professional development are always at your fingertips, even when you are on the go.

New addition to the Online Professional Development team Online PD is pleased to welcome Mirja Myllykangas to the team. Mirja joined the IB in September as our Online Specialist (Delivery), based in The Hague. Her background in the support of online distance learning with Laureate Education is an excellent match to her new role supporting the delivery of online workshops and managing our growing external online facilitation team. Mirja will collect and analyse research data received from our stakeholders, helping Online PD to continuously improve the service that we provide to IB schools globally. Additionally, she will take on responsibility for promotion of Online PD’s offer to schools. Mirja’s past experience makes her a very welcome addition to the team: “I am an internationally minded professional with a strong focus on building longterm customer relationships and delivering online services. During my professional career I have had the opportunity to participate in the fast-paced excitement that surrounds start-ups and new projects undertaken by highly motivated teams.”

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Online PD eNewsletter - October 2012  

Online PD eNewsletter - October 2012

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