Professional Learning

  • How To: Webinar

    What is a Webinar?

    A webinar is a web-based seminar.  Since the term was introduced early to the mainstream it is sometimes used to describe any online meeting.  Precisely, you could attend a webinar and receive a lecture-type experience, host a webinar and be in charge of delivering information via an online lecture platform, or attend on online meeting and be expected to interact with the host and other participants.  Often the term webinar means different things to different people, so it is always good to start with a clarification of your role in any online meeting or webinar beforehand.


    Web-based platforms host webinars.  Some have different features and benefits from others, but the basics are: VIDEO, the host shares his/her image and it is polite of you to share your image as well.  The exception would be if where you are would be either distracting or has people in the background who should not be on camera (minors). Participants need a laptop/computer to view the audio portion of a webinar.  Participants need a camera to share in the video portion of a webinar. AUDIO, the host always shares his/her audio.  In some settings, your audio may not be turned on at all, or it may default to muted and you may turn it on when you need to speak, or it may default to on.  It is courteous to KNOW if your audio is on or muted and to mute accordingly.  Unless you are speaking to other participants in the webinar you should be muted. Participants need earbuds, headphones, etc. to participate in the audio portion of a webinar. Two popular webinar PLATFORMS in Hall County now are Zoom and Microsoft TEAMS.

    Hosting a Webinar


    The host must set up the webinar within the platform in advance if the audience os unknown or other preparations need to take place in advance (guest speaker).  Invitations are often emailed but can be messaged via platforms such as Microsoft TEAMS.

    The Day Of

    Visually inspect and test any large displays projecting the webinar and have audio devices ready and tested for large audiences watching one display. Remind participants if they are viewing individually on their laptop to update their devices, know the time and location of the event, and have the proper audio/visual equipment needed to successfully participate.

    Right Before

    All hosts should meet in the webinar platform right before the webinar to test everyone’s access and equipment.  Pass the hosting back and forth as a test for the actual webinar.

    Attending a Webinar


    If you are a participant to a webinar allow yourself plenty of time to be settled in front of your display in advance of the start of the webinar.  Know the date, time, and duration of the webinar in advance for your planning.  Log in a few minutes early in case there is an update to the platform you need to perform.


    Some webinars default participants to audio and or video off.  It is polite to turn on your video once the webinar starts and keep your audio muted unless you are speaking. If your audio is off, look for other opportunities to participate with the host and other participants.  Often there is a chat feature in these platforms; note if the chat message goes to everybody or can go to just certain participants/the host.


    The opportunities for webinars is expansive; look for webinars from professional organizations and educational vendors. Happy Webinar-ing! Webinar Image  

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  • Canvas Training Updates

    Canvas Training has been updated!

    Hall County School District offers many ways to learn about Canvas by Instructure, our learning management system (LMS).

    Learn Canvas Face-to-Face

    Five iterations of face-to-face training:
    • June 3, 4, 5
    • August 14, 15, 16
    • October 2, 3, 4
    • January 28, 29, 30
    • March 3, 4, 5
    Each iteration offers Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced training. Each training contains activities directed by an expert from Canvas and the training contains activities that show participant competence.
    Training Descriptions:

    Beginning – Course Basics, Canvas Commons, Course Settings, Modules, Creating Content/Accessibility, Communication Tools, Assignments

    Intermediate – Assessment Tools, Outcomes and Rubrics, Group Work & Collaboration, Gradebook and Speedgrader. PREREQUISITE: Beginner Canvas Training or Growing with Canvas in Hall County online course (found in Catalog)

    Advanced – Agenda to Include: managing assessments, group work and collaboration – Google and Office, mastery paths, getting starter with Badgr. PREREQUISITE: Intermediate Canvas Training

    Learn Canvas Online, on your Own

    Online, Asynchronous Beginners Canvas course. Each month this course offers a way to work through the content on your own. See your BLaST leader for a reminder of how to sign-up in Catalog for a course as needed.
    September 2019 Online Course

    Learn On Demand with Canvas Experts

    Canvas Training Support Services You can watch videos or sign up for future, live webinars. These webinars have one expert who shows you what to do in Canvas and one Canvas expert who runs the chat window answering your questions. You need to Authorize this, much like you did the first time you used Google within Canvas. Make sure once you are logged in to look through the Learning Library and Training Calendar (below).  Your My Learning section is a listing of the sessions you have signed up for, with an option to reschedule. Register for Live Webinars Ther remain many ways for educators in our district to learn about Canvas. Follow this blog for more information and to keep up on the latest face-to-face training on our calendar.

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  • Summer 2019: Tools and Blended Learning

    In our 4th year of Blended Learning June offerings, we are excited to offer Hall County teachers access to professional learning around the most effective tools to use in a blended learning setting. Online offerings open May 30th and blended offerings start the first face-to-face training day.

    All face-to-face training is at the Hall County Instructional Support Center, 2750 Atlanta Highway, Gainesville, GA 30504.

    *teachers are not eligible to participate in certifications if they already hold that certification.

    Canvas Apps

    Canvas Foundational Courses: K-12 Hall County Teachers, 90 spots, $450 paid for completion Blended format: Leveled to current Canvas instructor experience, this training provides one day of face-to-face training with a Canvas Trainer. To complete the course, finish two days worth of learning, submissions, peer reviews, and assessments online.

    brainpop app

    *BrainPOP Certification: K-8 Hall County Teachers, 50 spots, $300 paid for completion Blended format: This training provides one day of face-to-face training with BrainPop. To complete the course, finish one more day online.

    thinglink app

    *ThingLink Certified Educator Certification: K-12 Hall County Teachers, 20 spots, $150 paid for completion Online format: Submit to ThingLink before June 14th.

    nearpod app

    *Nearpod Certified Educator Certification: K-12 Hall County Teachers, 20 spots, $150 paid for completion Online format:

    Submit to Nearpod before June 14th.

    newsela app

    *NewELA Certified Educator Certification: K-12 Hall County Teachers, 20 spots, $150 paid for completion Online format:

    Submit to NewsELA before June 14th.

    flipgrid app

    *FlipGrid Certified Educator (Level 1 & 2) Certification: K-12 Hall County Teachers, 20 spots, $150 paid for completion Online format:

    Submit to FlipGrid before June 14th.

    *teachers are not eligible to participate in certifications if they already hold that certification.

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  • Microsoft Innovative Educator Teacher Academy, October 2018

    Hall County graduated our first cohort of Microsoft Innovative Educators (MIEs) October 2nd and 3rd. 53 Hall County educators, representing 22 schools in the district, earned their MIE badge. MIEs use Microsoft tools in the classroom and have learned the fundamentals of applying technology in education. This is the first step on an exciting journey of joining a professional network of enthusiastic educators who come together to learn, share, and grow.
    Participants learned about: Microsoft Office 365, Forms (Surveys & Quizzes), OneNote, and the Educator Community and self-training opportunities online.

    Not Able to Attend?

    Network with your BLaST members to learn about future training opportunities (check out our calendar on the home page). Consider working with one of your above colleagues to learn more about the opportunities available to Hall County educators through their Windows 10 operating systems on their teacher laptops. Learn how you can become an MIE! You can work independently to gain this recognition., online and at your own pace.

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  • Canvas Training offered through the 2018-19 School Year

    The subscription service of live webinars on Canvas topics offered this summer – Canvas Training –  has been extended through this school year! The training is live webinars with question and answer is staffed by Canvas experts who can help gain a deeper understanding of Canvas. This subscription now runs now to June 30th. This will continue as a link under the Help menu in Canvas. If you want to sign up now, please follow the directions below:
    • Visit the Training Account Creation. page and sign up for an account using your district email
    • After creating your account, log into the Training Portal.using your newly created credentials
      • For faster access, click ?/Help on the far left ribbon and select Canvas Training.
    • You should now see a calendar of available training sessions which you can sign up for at any time
    • Our Getting Started in Subscription Training Guide. (below) explains our different training series, as well as the recommended training curriculum for a variety of roles (admin, K12 instructor, support etc.)
    • To explore the full listing of our training offerings and download training agendas, please see our Offerings Space
    Learn about Canvas Training:

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