Blogging workshop for ESL Teachers

January 7, 2013

iStock-woman at laptopI am super excited about an upcoming workshop I am doing. I get to combine two of my favorite passions: working with language teachers and blogging. Here’s our tentative agenda:

Introduction

  • What is a blog?
  • Why do we blog?

Getting Ready to Blog

  • Tips for creating excellent blog posts
  • Using multimedia in your blog
  • Blogging for and with students

Write on! Hands-on blogging

  • Setting up your blog
  • Writing your first blog post
  • Adding categories, tags and excerpts
  • Creating visual interest with photos

What do you think? Have I missed anything? What words of wisdom would you have for teachers who are learning how to blog for the first time? I’d love to hear your comments and thoughts.

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Sarah Elaine Eaton is a faculty member in the Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary, Canada.

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Social Media in a Family Literacy Program (Slides)

September 25, 2012

I noticed the other day that I never posted the slides from this presentation that I did last year at the annual conference of the Centre for Family Literacy, so I am posting them now. (Better late than never!)

Social media in a family literacy program from Sarah Eaton
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Sarah Elaine Eaton is a faculty member in the Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary, Canada.


10 Ideas for Non-Profit Facebook Posts

May 7, 2012

I’ve been working with a non-profit literacy group in Calgary who really wants to increase their Facebook and Twitter presence. The group asked me today, “What kinds of things can we post on our Facebook page?” Well, folks, this one’s for you.

  1. A group photo of your staff.
  2. A photo of the building where you are located.
  3. A photo of the materials you use in your program.
  4. A link to an online article about your areas of expertise (Example: early childhood literacy).
  5. A link to an upcoming event or program.
  6. A link to an interesting and relevant online newspaper article.
  7. Links to resources in your field.
  8. Call for papers for an upcoming conference in your field.
  9. Links to other community events related to your work. (Your colleagues will thank you for this!)
  10. A link to your website that showcases a success story of someone who benefited from your programs.

This list is just a beginning. The important thing to to post on a fairly consistent basis, so your online supporters can connect with you on a regular basis.

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Sarah Elaine Eaton is a faculty member in the Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary, Canada.


Teaching Non-Profits How to Use Webinars Effectively

March 4, 2012

Tomorrow is an exciting day for me. I start teaching another “Build Your Own Webinar” course. This will be the third time I am teaching the program and I’m pretty excited. In the past, we’ve had participants from literacy and other non-profit organizations who run educational programs, as well as entrepreneurs, and people working in small to medium-size businesses.

The course basically teaches people how to build a webinar step-by-step, taking it from concept to delivery. The idea is that by the end of the program, participants have a webinar that is ready to go live.

Here is the course outline:

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Here’s what some participants of the webinar programs have said:

“I have nothing but gratitude and thanks for such a well planned and meaningful learning experience. This webinar was pivotal to a new career direction for me.” – Pat Minor, Canadian Parents for French, High River, Alberta, Canada

“Sarah is definitely an expert in her field. The breadth and depth of her information is excellent and she is very willing to share her time and expertise. I have attended several of her webinars. I highly recommend any webinar that she’s presenting in.” – Jeff Hough, Idaho State University, ISU Workforce Training, Pocatello, ID, USA

“Sarah is hugely knowledgeable in e-learning design to ensure that the audience is kept engaged. She also has a keen sense of what works and a broad knowledge of what tools are out there in the marketplace. I’d recommend this webinar to anyone contemplating developing their own programs!” – Peter Temple, Past President, Canadian Association of Professional Speakers, Calgary Chapter, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

“Great practical information for anyone who is looking at venturing into the world of webinar production. Sarah provided practical information and questions to ask when you are looking for a provider that will meet your needs.” – Laura Godfrey, LearningLinks Resource Centre, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

I am excited to meet the participants who will be joining us for this new course. Love working with adult learners who are dedicated to lifelong learning, professional development and using technology to advance the good work they do.

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Sarah Elaine Eaton is a faculty member in the Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary, Canada.


Digital kids and analog parents: Talking with parents about tech

March 1, 2012

Sarah Eaton facilitator presenter speaker education technology Calgary CanadaTonight I’m co-facilitating a session for the Community Assets for Education (CAFE) Institute. We are talking to a group of parents at a local elementary school about strength-based education and learning. My topic is technology. Our conversation with parents will revolve around 3 main questions:

  • What does technology mean to you?
  • How do you see technology as an asset for your child?
  • How are you already supporting your child’s technology skills?

Here are some of the resources we are sharing:

Kids write more, gain ease with language, through texting

Young Canadians in a Wired World

Can technology exploit our many ways of knowing – by Howard Garndner

Multimedia and Multiple Intelligences – by Shirley Veenema and Howard Gardner

The GoodWork Project – Developing Minds & Digital Media

Do you know parents who are torn about technology and its impact on their child’s education? What resources or insights do you have to share?

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Sarah Elaine Eaton is a faculty member in the Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary, Canada.


Tomorrow’s webinar: Webinars for professional speakers (sponsored by CAPS)

December 12, 2011

I’m a member of the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers (CAPS) and tomorrow I’m volunteering to help out my association with a professional development webinar designed to teach other speakers, presenters and facilitators how to integrate webinars more effectively into their professional practice:

Webinars for Professional Speakers

Webinars have skyrocketed in popularity in recent years. What does this mean for you as a speaker? What critical things do you need to know to do webinars successfully?

Join us to learn how you can use webinars as part of your own professional practice.

December 13 10:00PST/1:00EST (60 min)

Free for CAPS members (non members $15) Register HERE

You will leave this session with:

•    A clear understanding of what webinars are and why they work.

•    The pros and cons of teleseminars

•    Ideas on how to incorporate webinars successfully into your overall business strategy.

•    Why the majority of webinars stink and how to make sure yours don’t.

•    When and how much you can charge for a webinar.

•    Tips and tricks for producing your own exceptional webinars.

Bio: Sarah Elaine Eaton, Ph.D. (CAPS Calgary), is one of Canada’s leading authorities on webinars. A professional speaker and educator, she teaches others how to incorporate webinars successfully into their own businesses and deliver high quality programs.

December 13 10:00PST/1:00EST (60 min)

Free for CAPS members (non members $15) Register HERE

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Sarah Elaine Eaton is a faculty member in the Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary, Canada.


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