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25 professional learning conversation stations

Dangerously Irrelevant

This past Thursday I created 25 professional learning ‘conversation stations’ for my principal licensure students. I printed them all out and spread them around our classroom (which is a school library). We learned a lot and had some awesome conversations together!

Valuing Professional Learning through Micro-credentials

Digital Promise

Districts across the nation are exploring a new approach to professional learning to meet the evolving needs of today’s diverse classrooms and the educators who lead them. To learn more about Kettle Moraine’s micro-credential program, check out this blog post.

6 Professional Opportunities for Learning More About Classroom Design!

Kleinspiration

6 Professional Opportunities for Learning More About Classroom Design Back to school is always an exciting time filled with rich opportunities to learn and share with colleagues, grade level teams, and friends in your professional learning network.

8 Education Books For The Digital Age: The Connected Educator Series #CorwinCE

The Web20Classroom

My book, The Relevant Educator ships today. Below is a post (thanks to the most awesome Mark Barnes) about the entire Connected Educator Series from Corwin. Enter Corwin Press and the Connected Educators Series. The Edcamp model connects educators to PD like never before.

It's Elementary When it Comes to #EdTech

A Principal's Reflections

As a practitioner I am always looking to learn how to better assist educators at all grade levels. Our goal is the purposeful integration of technology to support or enhance learning. educational technology Learning Professional Development professional learning Spotswood

Making Time vs Finding Time

A Principal's Reflections

One of the most utilized excuses in education when it comes to change is lack of time. At one point or another, we have all used the time excuse when it comes to our professional work. First and foremost, make the time to learn, grown, and get better as opposed to finding the time.

Meet Six Educators We All Can Learn From

Digital Promise

When Digital Promise and EdSurge considered which educator award categories to include in the 2014 Digital Innovation in Learning Awards , we wanted to highlight five areas where exemplary teachers around the world are using innovative strategies to engage and empower students. One of two Sharing is Caring winners, Sarah Thomas , is a champion when it comes to helping educators create professional learning networks.

Using @RemindHQ For Leadership

The Web20Classroom

But even if I wasn''t an advisor I think the simple way the service allows for educators to connect to students and parents via text messaging is elegant and so simple to use. Book Talks and Article Studies-Remind can be a great way to engage in professional learning.

Professional Development and Professional Learning #miamidevice

The Principal of Change

As he used the term “professional development” and the conversation centred around how to make it more meaningful, I thought about the term “professional learning” and these are thoughts that stuck out in my brain.

The Free and Online 2014 School Leadership Summit Starts Wednesday! (Full Session List)

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

If you want to follow those tweets, you can either track the conference hashtag #ticalsls14 or you can follow the Learning Revolution Twitter account at @learnrevproject. Yildiz, Teacher Educator 2:00pm Edmodo – An Asynchronous Métier - Ms.

Reflections, Part 2: Hawaii Google Summit 2014

EdTechnocation.com

In Part 1 of my reflection on the 2014 Hawaii Google Summit by +EdTechTeam , I shared my personal goal and the journey I took from last year''s summit until today. In Part 2 I''ll share my experiences, take-aways, and session resources from the 2014 Hawaii Google Summit.

2014 LRNG Innovation Challenge Winners Announced

Educator Innovator

Educator Innovator —in partnership with LRNG, the Show Me Campaign, and the John D. In response to the issues students and teachers face in finding time for deeper learning or the space to create, the LRNG Innovation Challenge grants support teams of educators working in K-12 settings in their efforts to innovate instructional practices and help students follow their interests and passions. Connected Learning and Youth Participatory Action Research. Learning Studio.

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6 Ways to Use Twitter To Enhance In-School Professional Learning

The Principal of Change

Here is a tweet I received from Jamie Sweeney on using Twitter to “enhance professional development” : Thinking about ways I might use Twitter to enhance staff development…any ideas? Hashtag for professional learning days (and beyond).

Resources from ASCD for Creating a Positive Classroom Culture

The 21st Century Principal

Alexandria, VA (6/17/2014)— ASCD , a global community dedicated to excellence in learning, teaching, and leading, is pleased to present a variety of professional development resources that support educators in creating a positive classroom culture. The collection of ASCD books and online resources supports all educators in improving their school culture and furthering their school’s continuous growth and achievement.

Learning Revolution Free PD - Angela Maiers Tonight - LOTS of 2014 Global Education Conference Updates - Proposal Deadline, Keynotes, and Volunteering

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

The Learning Revolution Weekly Update October 21st, 2014 In a gentle way, you can shake the world. Mahatma Gandhi The Learning Revolution Project holds online and physical learning events, and highlights professional development opportunities from a network of 200 partners in the learning professions. To subscribe to this newsletter, please sign up at the Learning Revolution. Do you co-learn with a classroom across the globe?

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.

A Glimpse Into What's Possible

A Principal's Reflections

The following post was written by Bill Brennan and originally appeared on Peter DeWitt''s Finding Common Ground blog found at Education Week. The post was titled Schools.the New Digital Age Learning Organization? In my case and that of New Milford HS anything now seems possible thanks to the unequivocal support from Central Office, a staff that has embraced meaningful change, and a student body yearning for a better way to learn.

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Going beyond the classroom walls

Kairos EdTech

When kids write, speak or display their work for an audience that transcends their classroom walls, amazing things happen in their levels of motivation and ownership. Here’s a couple of lessons we learned. He is an outstanding educator and has an amazing class in Thunder Bay, Canada.

Bring Focus to Blended Learning with 12 Starting Ideas… Plus a Free ISTE Webinar

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

Welcome to a post where I focus on some simple ways you can begin to blend your learning. STEM, 21st century learning, and technology integration please sign up for 21centuryedtech by email or RSS. As you might know there are plenty of ways to look at Blended Learning.

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. Bill is currently obsessed with sharing his professional learning on Snapchat.

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.

Apple launches "One Best Thing": A Collection of Multi-Touch Books by ADEs

Kairos EdTech

It seems like Apple always has a nice surprise for the educational community every so often. Apple describes One Best Thing as: A collection of books, created by Apple Distinguished Educators (ADEs), that demonstrate the use of Apple technologies to transform teaching and learning.

Myth of the Powerful Teacher Doctrine: Excuse to Keep Funding Low

The 21st Century Principal

Audrey Amrein-Beardsley, Rethinking Value-Added Models in Education The current push by the Obama administration, Arne Duncan, and many state departments of education to solely tie student achievement to teachers, demonstrates that they are ‘true believers’ when it comes to the power of the teacher. Ignore that teachers don’t receive adequate funding for their classrooms. What we do advocate is providing money for the resources needed to give our students a quality education.

Blog Topic Ideas for Educators

EdTechSandyK

Graphic by marsmet451 used with permission under a Creative Commons license In recent months I''ve gotten into several conversations with fellow educators about blogging. It''s exciting to see educators'' interest in blogging! So what can educators blog about?

The H&R Block Budget Challenge–Love this!

Teaching With Soul

Back to school is always an exciting time filled with opportunities to learn and share with colleagues, grade level teams, and friends in your professional learning network. Personal Finance Education Matters. As a former school principal, the idea of teaching personal finance education is important to me. As educators we know how difficult it can be to access financial resources to support our students in the classroom.

Why PD is like piano lessons

edWeb.net

You’ll connect online with educators all around the country, and the world. Unfortunately, most schools and districts don’t have the time, money, or expertise to provide information and training on these exciting new frontiers in education.

Let's Get it Started!!! The Keys to Tech Savvy Teaching!

MSEDTechie

On a scale from 1 to 5 (1 not well, and 5 being very well) How well did you integrate technology in your classroom? Notice I didn''t say how well did you USE technology in your classroom. Create a Dropbox account for your classroom. The Keys to Tech Savvy Teaching!

Learning Revolution - Week's Free Events - May Is Ed Tech Month - Geo-Educators - Natural Math - Oxygen Masks and You

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

The Learning Revolution Weekly Update April 8th Play is the highest form of research. Albert Einstein The technologies of the Internet and the Web are reshaping where, when, and from whom we learn--and even how we think about learning. Reinventing the Classroom - Correction.

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.

Birds of a Feather Learn Together: 3 Steps to Becoming an Organized Tweeter

MSEDTechie

But after spending quite a bit of time using Twitter personally, I soon discovered the value in using it to build a professional learning network. Look for educators who blog or have websites, and make sure you ask people you already know on Twitter.

Take the Risk, Take the Extra Step: Advice for School Leaders

edWeb.net

Dr. Robert Furman, Principal of South Park Elementary, was interviewed by edWeb to gain an administrator’s perspective on providing quality professional development for teachers and the social aspect of learning. It was when he presented that he learned about edWeb.net’s Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) and realized the vast resources that the site provides educators. Robert Furman. Principal. South Park Elementary, Pennsylvania.

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The Learning Revolution Has Begun

The Learning Revolution Weekly Update June 3rd, 2014 Discovery is seeing what everyone else has seen, and thinking what nobody else has thought. Albert Szent-Gyorgi The Learning Revolution Project highlights our own "conference 2.0" Learn more here. Classroom 2.0

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.

Notes from Leadership for the Digital Age with Alan November - Day 2

EdTechSandyK

For my notes on Day 1 of this academy, which took place January 15, 2014, click here. Notes from the Discussion We no longer have to go to school if we want to learn. Part of function of library will be to become an online learning center.

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

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

The Technology Information Center for Administrative Leadership ( TICAL ) and Steve Hargadon are pleased to announce the second annual School Leadership Summit, Thursday, March 27th, 2014. February 1st, 2014.

Effective Digital Leadership: Moving Our Schools Forward

EdTechSandyK

Notes from a concurrent session at TASA Midwinter 2014. Blog also sets admins up in order to be able to do flipped learning with their staff. link] - Melinda Miller, Principal in Missouri who uses flipped learning with her staff.

Implementation: An (In)adequate measure

The Reflective Practitioner

If you’ve delivered professional development in front of a group of teachers, I can just about guarantee you have uttered that sentiment in one form or another. I used to be guilty of this kind of professional development and now looking back I cringe. Professional Development

Movement is Movement

Kyle Pace

I had the honor of guest moderating #arkedchat (Arkansas educators) last Thursday evening. Kyle Pace (@kylepace) April 18, 2014. Not on the speed it’s happening (or isn’t) or if you’re using the same tools/devices as your neighbor in the classroom next door. I wanted to give plenty of choices in which tools my teachers use to demonstrate their learning; I wanted them to pick the one they felt the most comfortable with.

How Common Sense Is Helping NYC Welcome Cell Phones into Schools

Graphite Blog

But opportunities for connected learning aren''t always available at school, where students are often asked to disconnect and power down. Fortunately, an increasing number of districts across the country recognize that for student success, we must allow them to learn with the tools they love. The New York City Department of Education (NYC DOE) is one of them. Offer quality teacher professional development and resources.

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Learning Revolution Free PD - Michael Stephens Live Keynote - Follett Challenge - Digital Citizenship Week - K12 Online Starts

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

The Learning Revolution Weekly Update October 14th, 2014 In some cases we learn more by looking for the answer to a question and not finding it than we do from learning the answer itself. Lloyd Alexander The Learning Revolution Project holds online and physical learning events, and highlights professional development opportunities from a network of 200 partners in the learning professions. K12 Online Conference 2014 begins October 13!