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Integration of Digital Badges to Acknowledge Professional Learning

A Principal's Reflections

The following is cross-posted at Laura Fleming''s blog titled Worlds of Learning. Laura is the new media specialist at NMHS and has been challenged to develop innovative ways to create structures to recognize informal learning of both teachers and students. As a 21st Century Library Media Specialist, part of what I strive to do is to serve as an instructional technology resource for both educators and learners. ?In putting their learnings into practice in the classroom.

Connecting Personalized Professional Learning to a Bigger Purpose

The Principal of Change

” “Personalized Learning” for educators is something that is gaining more traction in education, and rightfully so. If we want personalized professional learning to effectively move organizations forward, it should be tied to the vision of the organization.

Inquiry Based Professional Learning

The Principal of Change

What if we created professional learning opportunities that were not only engaging, but also empowered educators in the change process? If you do “Inquiry Based Learning” in your professional learning, I would love for you to leave a link in the comments.).

The Impact of #Edscape

A Principal's Reflections

The idea for this event evolved from a dire need to fill a void in the type of innovative learning experiences that educators were craving. As a result, a partnership between Teq and New Milford HS was formed to provide a cost-effective, meaningful learning experience for attendees.

2013 Global Education Conference Kicks Off Today - List of Sessions

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Speakers, presenters and public from all over the world talking, showing and listening about education. Catalina Valenzuela "Loved the chance to learn, share and grow both as an educator and as a person who wants to stay abreast of changes and innovation." Effie Kyrikakis "An awesome gathering of educators from all over the world with valuable contributions to improve education as a whole. A fantastic demonstration of a global learning event."

4 Reasons to Invite Parents to Your Next Professional Learning Day

The Principal of Change

Most of my work is now leading professional learning opportunities for educators. I hope to not only get people to feel some discomfort but to inspire them to new learning and help relight that fire if that is needed. Maybe your professional learning is boring.

#CEL13: Connections

Baker's B.Y.O.D.

The 2013 CEL convention focused on the theme of Transformative Literary Leadership and Learning, and my session was STOP BLEEDING RED INK: Using Paper and Online tools to assist in evaluating student work. AH-MAZ-ING Educator Editing Workshop breaking down walls.

8 Things to Look for in Today’s Professional Learning (Part 1)

The Principal of Change

Over two years ago, I wrote “ 8 Things To Look for in Today’s Classroom ”, and more recently, Sylvia Duckworth created the above visual that has been shared numerous times. To be honest with you, professional learning in many cases needs an overhaul.

Announcing the 2013 School Leadership Summit, Worldwide and Online March 28th

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

The Technology Information Center for Administrative Leadership ( TICAL ) and I are pleased to announce the inaugural worldwide and online School Leadership Summit, Thursday, March 28th, 2013 (SchoolLeadershipSummit.com). While the final deadline for submissions is March 15th, 2013, presenters will be notified of acceptance on a rolling basis starting ?February

Are Twitter and educational standards divorced?

Kairos EdTech

Originally published on SmartBlog on Education: [link] A lot is being said about Twitter these days in the education arena, and it seems to be a growing trend. It is also used by students to share with others what they’ve learned or to state solutions to problems.

Teacher Creativity Skill: Brainstorm and Plan Digitally

The Playground Advocate

Part of being creative as a teacher is coming up with creative learning experiences for students. Over the years, I''ve learned that my best lessons and units came about as a result of a lot of collaborative pre-planning. Almost no learning curve.

3 Reasons Educators Need to Use Multiple Twitter Accounts

The 21st Century Principal

The widespread use of Twitter by educators is evident by the number of educators using it. Just following the Twitter stream during the course of a week, and you''ll see several "chats" devoted to education and educational practice. Your personal-professional account should be used to foster connections with educators and for the development of your PLN.

10 Powerful Media Tools EVERY Educator should have started using yesterday! Part I

MSEDTechie

Here are some Powerful TECH TOOLS EVERY educator should be using! Google Apps For Education A new way of learning and collaboration. Google Hangouts are already proving invaluable to educators who wish to connect and collaborate on common projects.

Solution to combatting lonely, isolated educators: #PLN

The Innovative Educator

Feelings of isolation occur with some regularity among educators, especially those who teach in specialty areas and/or small schools. Teachers spend much of their day separated from peers in classrooms that can become silos.

8 Things to Look for in Today’s Professional Learning (Part 2)

The Principal of Change

(This is the second of two parts on professional learning. It is based on the visual below that was created by Sylvia Duckworth and adapted from “ 8 Things to Look for in Today’s Classroom “ ). Connected Learning. EDCAMP professional learning day.

Connected Educator Month Kickoff Details! PLUS Library 2.013 Proposals Deadline

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Next Tuesday and Wednesday, October 1st and 2nd, are the kickoff days for the 2013 Connected Educator Month (CEM). From Twitter to Facebook and Pinterest to Vine (hey--what about Classroom 2.0 ?!),

Amazon Alexa in the Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

Bill Selak @ billselak shares how he’s using Amazon’s Alexa via the Echo and Dot in the classroom. He is an Apple Distinguished Educator, ISTE 2014 Kay L. Bitter Vision Award recipient, ISTE 2013 Emerging Leader, and a Google Certified Innovator.

Announcing the 2014 School Leadership Summit Virtual Conference + Call for Proposals

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

More Information : The School Leadership Summit''s founding sponsor is TICAL , a Statewide Educational Technology Services Project funded by the California Department of Education and Arkansas Department of Education under the auspices of the Santa Cruz County Office of Education.

8 Books for Summer Reading and Professional Development

The 21st Century Principal

Looking back through my reading notes, if I had to select 7 books that I suggest as “Must-Reads for the Summer of 2013” here’s those seven. Each of these books forced me to examine and challenge fundamental assumptions I had about teaching, technology, leadership and education. Even if you aren’t planning to go full-scale student-centered, this book offers quite a bit of information that can help you turn your classroom into an engaging environment for your students.

Increase teacher effectiveness with eduClipper

The Innovative Educator

Websites and resources have played an important role to help connect educators from around the world to team up and discuss, share ideas, and resources all relating to education. Educators and students are not roles defined by age or where a desk is placed in the classroom.

Tuesday and Wednesday - Big Kickoff Days for Connected Educator Month!

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will kick off Connected Educators Month with an “EduAllStars” Podcast, where he will highlight President Obama’s ConnectED proposal to expand access to high-speed broadband to 99 percent of students and how education can be strengthened when teachers are provided opportunities to connect with their colleagues around the country. How to get to the ultimate goal of connected education: collaboration to move the field forward.

From PLN to Practice: Tips from 5 Educators on Personalizing Your Professional Learning

Graphite Blog

Traditional professional development for teachers, while important, doesn't usually address every teacher's unique needs when it comes to professional learning. Top-down PD solutions tend to ignore what we want most: More opportunities for choice and topics that are timely and actually relevant to our unique classrooms. While Twitter is probably the most widely used, teachers are finding personalized professional learning on plenty of other platforms.

Announcing Amazing Keynote and Distinguished Speakers for the School Leadership Summit

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

The 2013 School Leadership Summit, on March 28th, is a free one-day, online conference. KEYNOTE SPEAKERS Michael Fullan is Professor Emeritus of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto. in Education in 1994 and Ph.D.

Thursday Interview - Jim Knight on Elevating the Teaching Profession

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Jim is a research associate at the University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning and the president of the Instructional Coaching Group. If we are to get the schools our children deserve, we need to start by treating teachers as professionals.

5 Top Blog Posts of All Time on the 21st Century Principal

The 21st Century Principal

There is obviously a great deal that can be learned from this kind of data. Over my 16 years in the classroom, these were the kinds of things I witnessed that made me want to give up efforts to engage in using technology in my classroom. I attempted to directly state those actions and proclivities of school leaders that actually prevent schools from moving to 21st century learning models. 6 Key Personal Learning Network Literacies Every Educator Needs.

EdmodoCon Guest Post #3: M.Valois

Baker's B.Y.O.D.

Megan is the guest moderator on the Canadian Ed Chat (#cdnedchat) on Twitter who enjoys expanding her PLN and learning about new tech tools to improve her teaching and class experience. Here is Megan''s recap of EdmodoCon 2013. On Tuesday, I participated in a virtual conference - a professional learning opportunity - called #Edmodocon. More than 20,000 educators globally tuned in! Flipping the classroom/BYOD by Kate Baker and Liz Calderwood was another gem.

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Five ways to continue growing as a teacher

Kairos EdTech

Originally published on SmartBlog on Education [link] One of the noblest jobs in the world is that of a teacher. However, on the other side of things, I’ve been in the education field long enough to realize that a lot of others get stagnate, grow weary and even become bitter. What’s the secret behind highly motivated and successful educators? The minute we stop learning, we begin dying. Never stop learning. PD PLN professional development teacher Twitter

Update: North Dakota Innovation Academy

Dangerously Irrelevant

Generously supported by Ted Dintersmith and in cooperation with the North Dakota Council of Educational Leaders , the goal was to kick off a three-year investment in leadership capacity-building across the state for future-ready learning, teaching, and schooling.

Could This Be One of the BEST Edu Conferences of 2015? #WGEDD

Kleinspiration

What Great Educators Do Differently - click here to connect to the conference homepage - I've always been "addicted to" professional learning. Since my first year of teaching, I've grown to understand the importance of high-quality professional learning.

STEMxCon - Today Is the Final Deadline for Proposals; Great Keynotes + Sessions; Need Volunteers!

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

The end of the day today is the final deadline to get in a proposal to speak at next week''s free and online 2013 Global STEMx Education Conference (STEMxCon.com) , September 19 - 21. Don Buckley - Co-Founder, Tools at Schools - "Is it Possible to Innovate in Education?"

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Looking Forward to a Summer of eLearning

The Playground Advocate

Educators know that we don''t "take summers off." Our summers are filled with professional learning and preparation for our next group of learners. It''s kind of cool that our Department of Education has created this opportunity for educators.

Getting Rid of Cemetery Style Seating in the Classroom with Bill Selak

The CoolCatTeacher

He also shares how flexible seating should go with more student voice and choice in their learning. Prepare to have your mind shift about how we sit in classrooms today! Getting Rid of Cemetery Style Steating in the Classroom with Bill Selak. So that was just amazing to learn.

ISTEunplugged Update - Nexus 7 Giveaways, Hashtag, and Making a Business Pitch at the ISTE Edtech PitchFest

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

We start with the free all-day unconference "Hack Education" on Saturday, June 22nd. link] StudyBlue is giving away two Nexus 7 tablets (to celebrate the release of their new Android app), one at the Saturday night party, and one to those who participate in an "Online Learning in the Classroom" survey which is at https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dGRHTU5sb3hzcTJwYXFwWU9PWkMyU2c6MA.

Interested in #BYOD? Become a #ConnectedEducator! #CE13

The Innovative Educator

This article originally appeared at Partners in Learning - 1:1 Hot Topics. There is no better way to support your students for real-world learning than providing settings they encounter in the real world. One of the best ways to get started and keep going is by developing your professional learning network of others who are also involved in this work. These are just some places you can go to get connected to other BYOD educators.

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The School Leadership Summit Is March 28th - All Welcome! Plus, Call for Volunteers

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Conference strands are aligned to the internationally-recognized ISTE National Education Technology Standards for Administrators and include the leadership topics of: Vision in a Changing World, Teaching and Learning in a Changing World, Professional Learning in a Changing World, Data-driven Reform in a Changing World, and Ethical and Responsible Use in a Changing World. We teach based on our belief of how students learn. -

The Growing Potential of Micro-Credentials

A Principal's Reflections

There is a great deal of talk these days about micro-credentials and digital badging as a means to acknowledge professional learning of educators. Micro-credentials can be used to guide, motivate, and validate informal learning.

Free book chapter - Tried & true cell phone tools

The Innovative Educator

Access all the chapters at The Classroom 2.0 Book The Classroom 2.0 Book is now live, and I am proud to have a chapter with my co-author Willyn Webb ( Tried and True Tools to Get You Going with Cell Phones ) in this free e-book that was created as part of Classroom 2.0?s The project was put together by three fantastic leaders in education: Steve Hargadon , Richard Byrne , and Chris Dawson. Cell phones in Education Steve Hargadon

Investing in leadership capacity: The amazing, wonderful District 59

Dangerously Irrelevant

Here’s what we discussed… Day 1: The Big Picture: Start With the Why – How is the innovation decade going to change learning of, by, and for young people? – Transmedia – Blended learning models – Personalization v. We also had fun as we learned.

What are the expectations for your classroom?

The Principal of Change

I saw this visual from Amy Fast , being shared all over social media: Now I might challenge the term “rules” because this is more of a compelling vision of a classroom, which I think is so much more powerful and inspiring for our students.

Managing Smartphone Distractions in the Classroom

edWeb.net

Technology has become an integral element in our students’ educational journey. Laptops, Chromebooks, iPads, and even cell phones are providing students with opportunities to access the internet for researching, communicating and social learning.