Wednesday, November 27, 2013

APA TOPSS Webcast for Psychology Teachers: Does That Psychology Demonstration Really Work?

Anyone interested in a webcast? I (Rob McEntarffer) got invited to do one for the APA/TOPSS (nice! I'm honored!), and I'll try to make it a fun/educational experience. Details below:

Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. EST
Presented by Robert McEntarffer, Lincoln Public Schools, Lincoln, Neb.
This first-ever TOPSS webcast will be free of charge to TOPSS members , and $20 to all others. TOPSS members will be emailed a discount code by mid-November, which will give them free access to the webinar. We hope you will join us!


Psychology teachers often use activities and demonstrations to help communicate important concepts to students. However, it can be difficult to know if students remember the concept or just the exciting details of the activity. During this webcast, participants discuss how to keep the focus on learning during demonstrations. The presenter shares several ways to use technology and the formative assessment process to check whether or not an activity resulted in students learning the psychology concept. This hourlong webcast will include time for questions and answers.

Click on this link to register - hope to "see" you there! (Note: the teacher in the image above isn't me. But she looks happy!)

posted by Rob McEntarffer


Anonymous said...

Would love to join you, but I'm no longer a TOPSS member (High cost, minimal benefit) and the $20 is prohibitive. Seriously? $20?

Good luck, though.

Steve Jones said...

I'm sorry that you can't join us, but hope you will share why you feel that TOPSS is "high cost, minimal benefit." Please feel free to share your thoughts and ideas with me directly at - I would love to know what you would like to see TOPSS doing for you as a psychology teacher. And yes, there are costs to things like a webcast, and those folks who are giving something like this to you for "free" are probably asking you to pay for it in some other indirect way.

Rob McEntarffer said...

Thanks to those of you who watched this thing. It felt like it went well. The materials are available at the link below if you're interested:

Anonymous said...

I was a TOPSS member for two years. The lesson plans were ok--I got a few ideas for demonstrations from them. In year two I realized tyat I derived no real benefit from being a TOPSS member. Perhaps I'm missing something. I'm not saying that it's not worthwhile, just not valuable enough to keep me a member.