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Classroom 2.0 LIVE! - Saturday Shows

Saturday, October 14, 2017
9am PT/10am MT/11am CT/12pm ET
“Picture Book Month"

This week's webinar is a very special show for us! We have the opportunity to learn all about Picture Book Month from Tara Lazar and Katie Davis, co-founders and renowned children's authors. Picture Book Month was envisioned and founded by Dianne de Las Casas who was our special guest presenter in May, 2017 on Classroom 2.0 LIVE. Sadly, Dianne lost her life in a tragic fire recently and we wanted to honor her legacy by celebrating her life through this featured presentation about Picture Book Month. We will learn about the importance of picture books for students and Picture Book Month. They have created an outstanding Teacher's Guide for participants in Picture Book Month. Our presenters will also share some of their special memories of Dianne de Las Casas including a special visit from John Couret who began writing children’s books because of Dianne’s inspiration.

Tara Lazar has six picture books in print with many more to come. Her latest title is “7 Ate 9: The Untold Story” from Disney*Hyperion. Next fall look for her illustrated dictionary “500 Words to Bumfuzzle Your Teachers & Bamboozle Your Frenemies”. Tara is the founder of STORYSTORM, a writer’s brainstorming challenge formerly known as Picture Book Idea Month. She is a picture book mentor for We Need Diverse Books and the co-chair of the Rutgers University Council on Children’s Literature annual conference.

Katie’s secret superpower is her ability to teach non-techy and tech-fearful writers how to become better business people by building their platforms through social media, video, and creating/building mailing lists. Also known in her niche as one of the first writer entrepreneurs, Katie has created many events and courses for writers, including How to Create Your Author Platform (and Market Your Books without Being Pushy), Video Idiot Boot Camp, and Picture Book Summit (the largest and first online conference of its kind). Her podcast, Brain Burps About Books, is consistently ranked in the top 10 book-related categories. She’s appeared regularly on WTNH and The Huffington Post. She is the director of the Institute of Children’s Literature, which provides accredited writing courses for both adult and children’s books. Katie has been honored to speak everywhere from a maximum security prison, to elementary schools, to university level, including UCONN and Yale, and has keynoted conferences and fundraising galas.

More information and session details are at If you're new to the Classroom 2.0 LIVE! show you might want to spend a few minutes viewing the screencast on the homepage to learn how we use Blackboard Collaborate, and navigate the site. Each show begins at 12pm EST (Time Zone Conversion) and may be accessed in Blackboard Collaborate directly using the following Classroom 2.0 LIVE! link at All webinars are closed captioned.

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Getting absent students make up work

Started by Aaron Locken in Introductions. Last reply by Brian Rock 14 minutes ago. 6 Replies

I teach a home room class and two sections of science.  It always becomes a problem when kids are absent from science and I'm trying to get them their make up work.  Any suggestions??Continue

Pop Quizzes...Good? Or Bad?

Started by Victoria Lawson in First Time Posting. Last reply by Brian Rock 19 minutes ago. 10 Replies

As a student, I have never enjoyed pop quizzes.  However, as a future teacher, I think in many ways they can benefit the students.  Since the students do not know when to expect the quizzes, they will always feel like they need to be prepared, which…Continue

Why Students Plagiarize?

Started by Jonathan E. Wisniewski in Philosophy / Pedagogy. Last reply by Brian Rock 24 minutes ago. 5 Replies

            Plagiarism is a theft. It means that you stole someone's identity, someone's thoughts. It's horrible. We should teach our young generation not to be thieves and avoid plagiarism.             But theft it's not the biggest problem. As…Continue

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5 Virtual Field Trips for History and Social Studies Teachers

Started by Karen Cameron in Introductions. Last reply by Leesa johnson 17 hours ago. 2 Replies

If you’ve experienced the Smithsonian, George Washington’s Mount Vernon estate, Colonial Williamsburg and a slew of other historical landmarks, you know that these experiences can be transformational. As much as we’d love to take all of our students…Continue


Started by Steve Hargadon in Introductions. Last reply by Leesa johnson 21 hours ago. 4558 Replies

Please introduce yourself, let us know a little bit about you, and where you are from.

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The Future of Education

Started by Michael Yarborough in Reviews of Software Tools and Services. Last reply by Leesa johnson 21 hours ago. 9 Replies

Do you think that Google Classroom is the Classroom of the Future? If yes, why?I believe that GC helps to make learning process easier and more paperless. Education should be connected with modern technologies.But maybe there are some pros and…Continue

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