Featured Webinar Host: Author Jim Dempsey

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Host of the upcoming webinar: Putting Parents in Their Place

Register for Putting Parents in Their Place. Friday, October 24, 2014, from 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM (CDT)

Jim Dempsey

Family Pastor and Children’s Minister in Austin, TX. Author of Parenting UnChained-Overcoming the Ten Deceptions that Shackle Christian Parents. I’m passionate about helping Christian parents create a “Deuteronomy 6″ culture in their homes.

You’re an author. Can you tell us about your book?

The book’s title, Parenting Unchained, reflects the freedom that parents can experience IF they understand the way Satan tries to deceive them. You can’t avoid the pitfalls you don’t see!

What was the motivation for writing the book?Jim

I felt that the Bible has much more to say about parenting than the few verses that speak specifically to parents. I saw in God’s interaction with the nation of Israel, and in Jesus’s interaction with the disciples, many great lessons on how to parent, so those lessons are explained. But most of all, I want Christian parents to avoid the parenting mistakes I made so that Christ becomes real to the next generation.You are self published.

What has that been like?

I was blessed to be able to publish under the banner of the National Center for Biblical Parenting, so in some ways the process was similar to traditional publishing. Working with them gave me the ability to put their logo on the spine, which brings credibility. They provided the cover artist and interior designer, plus advice on formatting. Dr. Scott Turansky of the NCBP provided the ‘tough love’ editing I needed to improve the book. I’m very grateful to him and proud to be associated with the NCBP.

Let’s shift to your upcoming webinar with Pajama Hub.

What will we learn in your webinar?

Because churches need to involve and train parents, I try to promote close interaction between parents and children’s ministry workers. Participants will learn essential attitudes and actions kidmin workers must cultivate in order to involve parents. You have to make these connections and build relationship before you can train them.

Who should register for your webinar and why?

Anyone involved in children’s ministry, including senior pastors, children’s ministers and teachers will benefit. Parents are the key to developing the next generation of spiritual champions, so we need to connect with parents and form partnerships with them. A great way to start is to get them involved in the ministry to children at church.

Where can we find your book?

On Amazon.

Where can we find your website or contact you?

Website: http://d6culture.comContact: http://d6culture.com/wordpress1/contact-us/

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Featured Webinar: Putting Parents in Their Place, with PajamaHub

BigMarker’s Featured Webinar for 10/9/2014 is:


Putting Parents in Their Place, with PajamaHub and author Jim Dempsey.


The free webinar will take place at: Friday, October 24, 2014, from 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM (CDT)


Webinar description:

Learn how to partner with parents through your children’s ministry. Participants will learn the right attitude teachers and staff need to have in order to draw parents into active ministry at home, and at your church. They’ll learn five key steps to take to move parents from uninvolved to involved in spiritual training at home and in your ministry.

Webinar with PajamaHub


This free webinar will cover:
  • Honoring parents as their child’s experts
  • Honoring parents as their child’s experts
  • Bringing parents into ministry in a manageable way


Presented by PajamaHub


Pajama Hub’s main focus is to educate ministry leaders! Learn more


Featured Presenters


Children’s Pastor and Media Director at Bethel Harvest Church in Nicholasville, KY and Founder of PajamaHub.com



Family Pastor and Children’s Minister in Austin, TX. Author of Parenting UnChained-Overcoming the Ten Deceptions that Shackle Christian Parents. I’m passionate about helping Christian parents create a “Deuteronomy 6″ culture in their homes.

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DoctoralNet helps doctoral candidates finish their dissertations.  In the last two years, DoctoralNet has been able to help hundreds of doctoral candidates through the use of BigMarker’s webinar platform. From the UK, Dr. E. Alana James, Ed.D is able to connect with anyone in the world: from the USA and Canada, to Australia and New Zealand. Dr. James graduate of Teachers College, Columbia University with a degree in educational leadership, Alana keeps the visions rolling out as she works with the doctoral students, the graduates advisory council, and the growing team of international professors, all of whom are working together to push back on what may be the greatest travesty in higher education: a 50% Doctoral rate of graduation.  She has advised or been a reader on over 30 doctoral students who are now graduates. To read more about her and her own personal dissertation experience, go HERE.

As the community states: “No ABD’s Here! “All but dissertation” is not an option for this dedicated group of professors and doctoral candidates, sharing their ideas, knowledge and feedback to help everyone finish faster. Our mission is graduation for all at doctoralnet.com.” “Closely tied to the website at www.doctoralnet.com, this community is run by professors who have learned through years of helping doctoral candidates graduate that there are certain topics which need to be discussed. Our conferences are a great time to get all your questions answered.”

You can see the DoctoralNet community on BigMarker here.


Here are some DoctoralNet’s recordings:


 How to Cite Sources Using APA Style



How to cite sources using APA style. Learn and apply the basic rules of this referencing style. Discover the “mysteries” of the most used referencing style.


How to Acknowledge Sources in Your Thesis/Dissertation



What you should know about citing sources in your study. How you can avoid plagiarism. Examples in different referencing styles.


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Global Math Department



Global Math Department is one of the original BigMarker Communities. For the last two years, they’ve connected over 1,200 math teachers from all across the globe. The purpose of the community is to bring together math teachers under one roof and then to share knowledge with their fellow instructors. According to their About page: “We are math teachers who share what we’ve learned, cause we don’t want our classes to suck the energy from students. Professional development among friends, not just colleagues. Fun! Immediately useful! Interesting!”

Originally, GMD started as a thread on Twitter. Megan Hayes-Golding. physics teacher in Atlanta, recovering math teacher, and founder of the Global Math Department, moved the Twitter chat to BigMarker. On BigMarker, the group is able to meet face-to-face in any of their weekly presentations.

Global Math Department is a perfect example how groups can come together on BigMarker to do something big. All it takes is a community, and then you can start meeting face-to-face. It’s the perfect way for impromptu meetings or full-scale webinars.

You can see the Global Math Department Community on BigMarker.


Here are some of Global Math Department’s past webinars:


Using Pear Deck in the Classroom



Pear Deck makes it easy to plan and build interactive lessons directly from your Google Drive that promote active learning in the classroom. As students interact with the lesson, real-time data provides instructors the feedback they need to adapt teaching on-the-fly. Join Riley Eynon-Lynch as he shares about his Pear Deck project and how to utilize it in the classroom.


Aug 6: Tossing Coins & Rolling Dice: Using Simulations to Estimate Probabilities



Presented by S. Leigh Nataro (@mathteacher24)

According to the CCSS, 7th grade students should be able to design a simulation to answer the following question: If 40% of donors have type A blood, what is the probability that it will take at least 4 donors to find one with type A blood? Don’t rush ahead to use technology. Learn how to get students to use physical models first and then see how technology, like Fathom, can be used create the simulation. Three different examples will be discussed and short demonstration videos will be shared.

Email: lnataro@moravianacademy.org
YouTube: www.youtube.com/mathteacher24
Blog: mathteacher24.blogspot.com


July 29: Twitter Math Camp Recap



Presented by those who attended Twitter Math Camp in Jenks, OK this past week. We’ll hear informal or formal presentations of up to 10 minutes each.

If you want to share something you learned (highly encouraged!) hit up @GlobalMathDept on Twitter or mgolding@gmail.com. No prep required — this is going to be about 90% informal.


July 22: Making Social Media More than Merely Social: Implications for Teacher Professionalism



Presented by Raymond Johnson, @MathEdNet

When we think about teachers using social media, we often think
of the benefits to the individual: that lesson plan someone shared
with you, the helpful comment you got on your blog post, or the
emotional support you received after a tough day. But what might
teachers’ social media use imply for teaching as a profession? We’ll
look at some perspectives on social media, teacher professionalism,
and how the two might compliment each other.


July 15: Strategic Inquiry



Presented by David Wees (@davidwees).

Inquiry is a process through which teams of educators use data to identify a group of students who are not currently within the sphere of success for their school (or their classrooms), and to identify a change in instructional practice which will benefit those students, and then confirm that this change made a difference for these students, and then follow this up with system-level changes to support these students. This process repeats over time, and over time, educators get better at serving the needs of all students in their schools.

In this workshop we will experience one of the fundamental protocols for inquiry, which is looking at specific students’ work to identify changes in instructional practices in order to benefit these students.


July 8: Standards Based Grading, Where to Start and How to go Deeper



Presented by Jessica Bogie (@algebrainiac1) & Matt Owen (@_mattowen_)

Standards Based Grading is mentioned quite often as we delve deeper into CCSS. We will talk how we started with SBG, how we keep it organized, share a few favorite sites & pointers and turn to the audience to help discuss how to make it even more beneficial for our students and their understanding.


July 1: Do The Math Like Your Life Depends On It



The pressure is higher than ever to include investigative tasks in mathematics. Come explore and experience some “life or death” investigations that help us understand what rigorous problem solving and modeling look like. Will you survive Deadly Die? Outwit Fatal Cards? Come consider your choices…and construct viable arguments.

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How can you do content marketing with webinars?

Content marketing, according to Amanda Maksymiw is ”the process of developing and sharing relevant, valuable, and engaging content to target audience with the goal of acquiring new customers or increasing business from existing customers.” In other words, it is showing the consumers what your product is and why they need it at the same time. Doing this can be extremely effective and in fact, one of the only ways to make it in today’s marketing industry. However, it can be tricky to do it with accuracy and effectiveness. One of the most under utilized, yet superbly effective tactics of content marketing is through webinars. In fact, the Content Marketing Institute rated webinars among the top 12 most frequently used tactics for content marketing. Of the twelve, they rate them among the top 5 most effective methods.Helpful tactics, in addition to webinars, for content marketing.

So how can one utilize this effective content marketing strategy? First step is knowing that one tactic of content marketing is not enough. Utilizing multiple channels and methods is the most successful campaign for a marketing strategy. Illustrated on the right is a list of many tactics that when used together can produce a successful content marketing campaign. Some methods are used more frequently than others. Some aren’t utilized as often as they should. Webinars for example, although extremely beneficial for ROI and cost efficiency, are only used by 62% of marketers. Implementing webinars for content marketing allows the consumer to interact with the product and keep them engaged for generating leads.

Webinars for content marketing

  1. Interactive. Content marketing is important because of its product delivery and interaction with the consumer. In this way, webinars were practically made for content marketing. An interactive experience while simultaneously presenting information to an audience? The definitions are almost identical, no surprise that they work so effectively together. Interaction through a webinar is convenient because, well, it’s made for that. In addition to a chat box for conversation and the capability to share audio and video screens, webinars hosted on BigMarker have the ability to poll the audience, getting feedback at live time. 
  2. Cost efficiency. Webinars are cost efficient for both marketers and consumers. Rather than attending a live event, webinars are cheaper to produce and host. In addition, they have a much larger reach because of their virtual feature. The reach continues to increase with the recorded webinar content. For further consumption after the event, webinars can be utilized to continue content marketing for as long as the recording exists.
  3. Live feed. Webinars are streaming, real time events. This increases the interaction level because of the live feed capability for the presenter(s) to discuss with the audience. In addition, as stated by Adobe, “live feed provides the benefit of delivering the planned content as well as offering further content to attendees in real-time to move them down the funnel more quickly.” For example, during the presentation perhaps the host wants to share a link to the product itself. A quick copy and paste of the URL into the chat box makes this as easy as 1-2-3! This continues the connection of the product directly to the consumers all while interacting in real time.

As displayed, webinars and content marketing go hand in hand. Unfortunately, marketers don’t utilize such a convenient, cost efficient and effective tactic because of the minimal use of webinars. In fact, the biggest challenge stated by marketers for not using webinars was because they couldn’t get people into the room. However, as more people jump on board, the wheel will start rolling and they will soon live up to their potential. So join the bandwagon, and start implementing webinars for content marketing!

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