OK2Ask® from TeachersFirst

OK2Ask - Frequently Asked Questions

 

How much do OK2Ask® workshops cost?

OK2Ask sessions are a free service provided by The Source for Learning, Inc, a nonprofit educational services organization.

Who teaches the sessions?

Our workshops are facilitated by experienced teachers and edtech coaches. All of our coaches have advanced degrees and extensive experience leveraging technology to create authentic learning experiences. In addition, all have industry standard certifications and badges.

How long are the sessions?

Sessions are either 90 minutes or 2 hours to allow time for hands-on practice or other exploratory activities. During the summer we also offer a number of shorter, one hour sessions without hands-on practice.

How often are sessions held?

OK2Ask sessions are typically offered weekly and are scheduled on a quarterly basis. During the summer and other high-interest times of the year, we offer as many as eight topics per month.

Where can I find a list of upcoming sessions?

You can view current session descriptions and register for upcoming workshops in our OK2Ask Catalog. You can also sign up for the weekly TeachersFirst Update to receive announcements of upcoming sessions right to your inbox.

I've never done any professional learning or development online.
What do I do if it’s my first time?

We use Microsoft Teams as our virtual classroom. First-time attendees should plan to arrive a few minutes early to familiarize themselves with the platform. You can also watch this video for instructions on how to access the webinar.

How will I ask questions?

Use the Q&A panel in Microsoft Teams to submit a question to the moderator. They will type a private response or, if it’s a question they feel would benefit the rest of the attendees, will answer the question back in the Q&A stream.

Is there homework?

Each virtual workshop includes a hands-on assignment for participants to do during the session. The objectives presented at the beginning of the session will tell you which activities may require independent follow-up time to fully master the content. We recommend completing follow-up activities within 48 hours of attending a live session or reviewing a recorded session so that the information is fresh, but you must submit activities within a week of the live session to receive a certificate.

What if I have technical trouble?

OK2Ask session moderators are happy to help with technical issues by responding to questions submitted through the Q&A panel. We encourage you to join your first session about ten minutes early to familiarize yourself with the tools and to work out any bugs.

What kind of device do I need to participate?

OK2Ask sessions are delivered in a browser-based platform. There is nothing to download, so participants can use any computer with a high-speed connection (cable modem, DSL, or school network) and internet browser to attend. For the best experience, you should plan to connect using a laptop or desktop. Since the sessions include demonstrations and hands-on practice with web-based tools, attendance on a cell phone or other mobile device is not optimal.

I am a little timid with technology.
Can I watch the session over again once it has ended?

All of our sessions are recorded and are available on-demand so you can refresh your memory as you complete any activities you didn’t finish during the session. Just visit our archive page, find the session you’re looking for, and enter your registration information to get access.

May I attend the sessions with a friend?

Yes! Many teachers find professional learning works best when they have a study buddy, but to get the most out of the session, you should each log in separately on your own devices.

Why do I have to register in advance?

Registration gives us an idea of how many educators will attend so we can have enough moderators available to help. After you register, you will receive two reminder emails - one the day before the session and one the day of - but please also be sure to mark your calendar.

How do I cancel a registration if I find out I cannot attend?

If you are unable to attend a session, you may use the link in the confirmation email to cancel your registration.

Is space limited?

At this time, the sessions are open to all who register, but we reserve the right to limit registrations for high-demand events. Registrations are on a first-come, first-served basis.

Can I take the same session twice?

You are welcome to attend the same session twice or to replay the session recording to catch things you may have missed the first time. You can access session archives here.

Are CEU certificates available?

We issue certificates of participation to participants who complete all required checkpoints, polls and the post-workshop feedback survey. Because state and district requirements for earning continuing education credits vary, you will need to take our certificate to your local governing authority to request credit. Texas and Montana teachers, however, are pre-approved to receive continuing education credit for OK2Ask certificates. At this time, we do not award graduate credit for OK2Ask.

Can I earn professional development certificates for watching session recordings?

At this time, we do not offer certificates for archived sessions. To receive a certificate, you must actively participate in a live session. Without this participation, we cannot verify that you have met the objectives that are stated in the session description and recorded on certificates. You can also ask your school whether you may earn credit through your school administration for watching the recordings and applying the new ideas in your classroom. Visit our Independent Professional Learning page to access a form to document your learning experience.

Can I participate if I live outside of the U.S. ?

Teachers around the world are welcome to join us for OK2Ask. The time blocks are meant to serve those teaching in U.S. time zones, but content is not specific to the U.S.

What time zone are the live webinars conducted in?

We are located in Virginia, so all of the webinars are presented in Eastern Time (ET, UTC-04:00/05:00). Use this time zone converter to find out how many hours behind or ahead of the scheduled webinar time you will need to be if you are not located in the Eastern Time zone.

How can you offer this for free?

TeachersFirst is a free service that’s been offered by The Source for Learning, Inc. (SFL) since 1998. SFL is a nonprofit that’s been providing quality education resources for more than 40 years.

What if I get interrupted (I have kids!)?

We know that teachers are expert multi-taskers. If you have to disconnect, rejoin us as quickly as you can and revisit the archived session later to fill in things you missed. You can access session archives any time.

Can I share this information with my principal?

We hope you will tell your principal, department chair, superintendent, and teaching colleagues about OK2Ask. Some administrators may even encourage teachers to attend together or grant credit toward contractual professional development time for doing so. Be sure to point out our alignment with the ISTE Standards for Educators. We hope you will share TeachersFirst and OK2Ask as high-quality, teacher-friendly sources for professional growth.

What if I have another question?

Feel free to send us an email. Be sure to mention OK2Ask and/or any specific sessions you may have questions about.