Blended Professional Development for Teachers

by Allacyn - Jul 28, 2011


The summer break is a great time for educators to get away and take a break from all of the stresses that come with being a teacher, but some educators use this time for professional development. Fortunately for you, keeping up on professional development does not have to mean a ruined summer.

Professional development has taken on new meaning for teachers across the world. Advancements in technology are made every day, and many are adapting these new tools to improve the learning environment for everyone. These technological upgrades make it essential for educators to stay abreast on new tools for education, and now more than ever before, it is important for teachers to keep current through professional development that is both effective and convenient.

Some states have started to integrate new methods of professional development, blending face to face classes with online courses, follow up training, and video training. These blended methods can be helpful because they can fit into the busy schedules educators have, and they appeal to multiple learning styles.

What method of professional development works best for you? Do you think blended methods are the best option? Does your school currently use a variety of methods for your professional development?


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Training After the Recession

by Allacyn - Jul 23, 2011


Hopefully by now the recession is working its way behind us, and now many trainers have the task of piecing together training programs that have suffered cuts. Many companies cut training throughout the recession, and now the training department has to figure out what their programs will look like going forward. Now that budgets are bouncing back, it is important to remember the recession moving forward.

It might be an automatic reaction to want to simply move back into the old ways and old habits, but it is important to remember not to. If recessions teach us anything, it’s how to do more with less, so one idea moving forward with your new budgets is to keep costs down and increase your course offerings with video-based training, instead of going back to in-person delivery methods. Many companies made cuts to travel and moved toward video-based training when the recession was at it’s worst, but it is important to consider video-based training moving forward as a more permanent program rather than a temporary fix.

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LearnKey’s End of Summer Event Schedule

by Allacyn - Jul 22, 2011


It has been a busy summer here at LearnKey, and the next couple of weeks are going to be even busier. A while ago we posted a list of the events we would be attending this summer; 6 of those events have already passed, but we still have another 5 to go!

Here are the upcoming events and shows we will be attending:

2011 Missouri ACTE Summer Conference, booth #E72

July 25-28, Springfield, MO

FACTE 45th Annual Conference & Tradeshow,

July 25-28, Clearwater Beach, FL

2011 All-Ohio Conference, booth #10

July 26-28, Columbus, OH

Nevada ACTE Conference

July 27-29, Lake Tahoe, NV

44th Annual Oklahoma Career & Technology Education Summer Conference, booth #108

August 1, Tulsa, OK

Be sure to stop by and say hi to our reps if you’re attending these shows (and be sure to tell them you found out about it through our blog!) They love meeting you all and being able to show you all the cool stuff we’re doing, and they may even have some freebies available, depending on when you see them. From what I hear, sometimes the free stuff disappears so fast you would think we were attending a Ninja convention, so stop by early!


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LearnKey’s Video Production Courses – What Are the Differences?

by Colin - Jul 16, 2011


Are you looking for training to help you pass your Visual Communication using Premiere Pro CS5 ACA exam? Or maybe you aren’t looking to certify, but still want to learn the basics of video production? Either way, our new course releases have you covered.

We recently released 3 new courses: Video Production 101, Video Editing 101, and Premiere Pro CS5.

If you’re reading this post, you might be wondering which one is right for your needs. All three courses provide training on various aspects of video production, and all three are presented by expert Ryan James, but they are not meant to be purchased together. Video Production 101 takes you through the basics of video production, covering everything from storyboards to lighting and camera techniques. Video Editing 101 teaches you techniques used in the editing process, using programs like Adobe OnLocation, Premiere Pro CS5 and Adobe Media Encoder to create a finished product. Premiere Pro CS5 includes the topics in the previous two courses, but is geared to prepare you for the Visual Communication using Premiere Pro CS5 ACA exam.

So, depending on your goals, we suggest a couple different options.

Option 1: If you are looking for basic training for video production or video editing (one or the other, not both), you can purchase eitherVideo Production 101 or Video Editing 101 for $180.

Option 2: If you are looking for both of these training courses, or are looking to get your ACA certification, you can purchase Premiere Pro CS5, for $280. You get the same content used in the other two courses plus certification objectives for $80 less than if you bought them separately.

Basically, think of Video Production 101 and Video Editing 101 as the À la carte versions of the training, where Premiere Pro CS5 is the complete package.


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Are Students Lacking in Tech Skills?

by Allacyn - Jul 15, 2011


It sounds funny because most high school students these days could teach us all a lesson or two on how to Tweet, text, or use our iPads, but a recent survey says students are lacking tech skills to get them college and career ready. The survey found that 94% of students think technology skills will improve opportunities in their education and career, but only 39% think their high school is meeting technology expectations.  The study also found that the majority, 86% of students, use technology more outside of school. A large percentage of students said that they used technology to complete assignments, although less than half of teachers said they regularly assign homework that requires technology.

This study shows that students see the need for technology education, and they use technology on their own. So what do you see as the biggest hurdle schools face with classroom technology? Is it the lack of budget? Schools lack technology to serve students? Schools lack technical support? Technology is only used as a teaching tool and is not for students to use? Check out the survey to find out what others said and then let us know what you think.


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ISTE 2011

by Allacyn - Jul 08, 2011


Last week LearnKey was exhibiting at ISTE 2011 in Philadelphia, PA. ISTE is an annual tradeshow for educators, and this year there were 18,000 attendees expected. The show was a lot of fun, and it was fun as the planner of these shows to finally be able to be a part of one. We had a steady stream of educators visit our booth over the course of three days. We met a lot of great teachers and administrators from all over the country and the world; I think the farthest visitor came from Taiwan.

The convention center was huge, although you would never have guessed that there were that many people there. There were so many different meeting rooms, and the exhibit hall was so large anyone could get lost in there. There were rows upon rows of vendors with all kinds of different ways to get attendees to stop and chat with them.

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