Past Presentations

July 9, 2013- Blackboard World- Las Vegas

October 3, 2012- Blackboard Collaborate Hall of Fame Award Winners Showcase- 2:00pm

October 3, 2012- Upgrading to Blackboard Collaborate- 1:00pm

October 23, 2012- iNACOL VSS New Orleans- Make Your Online Classroom "Bloom" with STEM! Session 8, 4:30pm


2012 Blackboard Hall of Fame Award

Pennsylvania Virtual Charter School is responsible for one the nation’s most aggressive STEM – science, technology, engineering, and math – programs for K-12 students. Using Blackboard Collaborate, the school has created an array of innovative programs including a partnership with NASA’s BEST (Beginning Engineering Science and Technology) program to bring actual NASA scientists and enineers into its online classrooms for monthly virtual field trips. Despite having more than 100 6th graders in the program, 100% of the students participated and gave the program 100% in overall satisfaction. Blackboard Collaborate has been instrumental in "bridging the geographic gap” between faculty and students who live throughout the state.

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Past Presentations

August 22, 2012, Engaging Students Online- PA Virtual Charter School

Tara said it from the start - "engaging." This PD was tremendous for presenting a broad range of strategies and resources available to engage students and increase achievement...great stuff!

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July 11, 2012, Blackboard Collaborate Conference- Make Your Online Classroom "Bloom" with STEM!

July 10, 2012, Blackboard World Conference- Make Your Online Classroom "Bloom" with STEM!

May 4, 2012, Pennsylvania Association for Giften Education (PAGE) Conference- Make Your Online Classroom "Bloom" with STEM

May 16, 2012, 2:00 pm- Blackboard Collaborate, Distinguished Leadership Webinar

April 13, 2012- Georgia iNACOL Webinar- Differntiated Instruction

Hi, Tara! We had GREAT feedback from your presentation on Friday...the recording has been requested by several of our members to share with folks in their respective programs. I can't thank you enough- Amy Waters, Georgia iNACOL

February 14, 2012- PETE and C- Make Your Online Classroom "Bloom" with STEM

February 15, 2012- PETE and C- Making Connections, Virtually

"Tara- Your delivery in your presentation exudes your knowledge and passion for what you do and it’s infectious! Even those of us who may not be tech savvy can feel and want to experience the excitement".

January 2012- iNACOL- Using Breakout Rooms for Higher Order Thinking Skills webinar

December 2011- ISTE- SIGILT- Creative Writing with Storybird-

"Wonderful session Tara - you are an amazing presenter! Thank you!"- Katie Christo, ISTE, SIGILT (view recorded presentation here)

November 2011- iNACOL Panel of Best Practices- iNacol Virtual School Symposium, Indianapolis

August 2011- Make Your Online Classroom Come Alive with Glogster- PA Virtual Professional Development

July 2011- Blackboard Collaborate Conference, Las Vegas- Panel on Student Engagement

June 2011- ISTE Philadelphia- Using Breakout Rooms in Blackboard