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Making Professional Learning Count

Digital Promise

Jennifer is the Director of Educator Micro-credentials. Educators want and need this development for themselves and for their students. Additionally, the vast majority of states require educators to participate in professional development to earn or maintain their teaching credentials.

12 Professional Learning Curriculum Buckets for Teaching and Learning with Tech

More Verbs

As we think about our teachers becoming highly skilled at using technology in the classroom, we could certainly generate a very long list of skills, approaches, tools, apps, strategies, and other competences we’d like them to get good at. Make learning progressions clear?

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.

Palm Trees and Professional Learning

Buncee

I was so excited about sharing my love for Buncee and to meet and learn from so many educators that inspire me daily. One tool that he shared that I can’t wait to learn more about is Empatico. I was amazed at what the educators in this room created with tape and only tape!

Announcing the 2015 Cohort of the League of Innovative Schools

Digital Promise

In 2015, it’s no longer a new story that technology is being used in the classroom. At Digital Promise, we are much more interested in how technology is being used to support teaching and learning. Support research that expands what we know about teaching and learning.

What is Collaboration for Professional Learning?

My Island View

After being involved in social media for over a decade, I have made a few observations that might be helpful to folks who use social media, more specifically Twitter, to develop and maintain a Personal Learning Network. I started my Twitter account with a plan and focus to use it to develop collegial sources for my professional learning. Using Twitter for professional learning requires a collaborative mindset.

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.

Professional Development and Professional Learning #miamidevice

The Principal of Change

George Couros (@gcouros) November 12, 2015. 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.

EdTechTeam Maryland Summit Featuring Google for Education [Register Now] w/ @adambellow @kleinerin @kylepace

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Participants will be able to attend beginner through advanced sessions on uses of Google Apps in the classroom. Adam Bellow gafe google education Kyle Pace learning maryland summit google professional learning teaching

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LIVE: Learning about Skype in the Classroom from ISTE 2015 | @Microsoft_EDU

TeacherCast

This year, Michael Soskil, a Microsoft Innovative Educator shared with me some of the great new features of Skype and demonstrated how he is using video conferencing in his classroom. Learn More about Skype. Michael Soskil is a STEM education, global collaboration, and technology integration expert who has developed and presented numerous professional learning sessions for K-12 teachers, educational media outlets, and social innovators from around the world.

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.

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.

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).

Celebrate Digital Learning Day & Get Your School #FutureReady with @All4Ed & @OfficeofEdTech! #DLDay

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Future Ready Schools Preparing Students for Success I''m honored to be a part of this year''s annual Digital Learning Day held in Washington D.C. on March 13, 2015 with inspiring educators from around the country. What is Digital Learning Day?

Digital Learning Prospers With the Right Culture

A Principal's Reflections

As of late I have been doing a great deal of work with schools and districts on how to effectively implement digital learning across the curriculum. When it comes to technology in general, the overall goal is to support learning, not drive instruction.

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.

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.

ThingLink Teacher Challenge Launched at ISTE 2015

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

We are pleased to launch the ThingLink Teacher Summer Challenge today at ISTE 2015! This free, online, self-paced professional development is designed for busy educators who want to build a professional learning network and have fun learning through collaborative play.

Beyond "Ditching the Desks," 9 Creative Ways to Avoid "The Cemetery Effect"

Kleinspiration

My heart sunk when I thought about how this space - a cemetery - resembled the first classroom learning environment that I had created for my first class of fourth graders. These classrooms are seemingly suffering from what I’ll coin, “The Cemetery Effect”.

Redesigning Professional Learning with Video: Igniting District-Wide Leadership and Learning

eSchool News

We also know, from experience, that providing on-going, personalized and relevant professional learning to all teachers within a district is a seemingly insurmountable task. What a district-wide video-based professional learning program looks like at all levels.

A Helpful Resource to Support Close Reading in the Classroom via Snap!Learning

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Over the past few years, I''ve been collecting resources to support the implementation of close reading in our classroom. Learning. Learning for guided reading, but now I could utilize their resources for close reading strategies as well. Learning ? Learning blog.

Most Popular of 2015, No. eight: 7 steps to creating PLCs teachers want to use

eSchool News

Practical tips for building PLCs that serve every educator. note : We’re counting down the top stories of 2015 based on popularity (i.e. Today we revisit our in-depth look at how to set up your own professional learning communities , which truly serve educators’ needs.

Digital Leadership – LIVE Blog of Eric Sheninger Keynote at Leading Future Learning 2015

EdTechTeacher

Eric Sheninger, Senior Fellow and Thought Leader on Digital Leadership with the International Center for Leadership in Education (ICLE) and Scholastic Achievement Partners (SAP) , kicked off the 2015 Leading Future Learning conference with his keynote on Digital Leadership.

What Does A Relevant, Connected Educator Look Like-Part 2

The Web20Classroom

Last week we looked at the first four qualities that Tom Whitby and I layout in our book The Relevant Educator and believe all Relevant, Connected educators posses. Just to recap: Practices and Models Lifelong Learning -For educators, learning should never stop.

Teaching Educator Digital Literacy With A Pinterest Party

The Web20Classroom

Now, she is a teacher but she didn't go in the hunt of resources for the classroom. The teachers, when setting out on a task to find resources for their classroom were not going to Google like they had done traditionally. Will this resource help students learn?

When Your Colleague is a Curmudgeon

Brilliant or Insane

Most of my friends are educators: teachers, administrators, and service providers like me. I spend most week days facilitating professional learning throughout my region. Last week alone, I taught five different lessons in elementary and middle school classrooms […].

edWeb attends the 2015 NAEYC Annual Conference and Expo

edWeb.net

Almost 10,000 early childhood educators traveled to Orlando, Florida from across the United States and from as far as Hong Kong to attend the 2015 NAEYC Annual Conference & Expo. Frog Street’s Early Childhood Learning Community on edWeb.net from edWeb.net on Vimeo.

The Challenge of Change is Not You

A Principal's Reflections

It is an exhilarating feeling to be exposed to an array of knowledge, resources, and ideas that can be used almost immediately to improve professional practice. Every student in every classroom and school deserves excellence.

Be Wary of Putting the Cart Before the Horse

A Principal's Reflections

The end result has been a massive influx in tools, but a clear lack in vision and planning as to how these powerful tools can, and will, actually impact learning. In some cases the technology resides unused in classrooms and schools due to the cart before the horse approach.

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Summer Learning for Educators: The Someday/Monday Approach

Class Tech Integrate

This post is week 6 of 8 in the 8 Weeks of Summer Blog Challenge for educators from hotlunchtray.com. Summer learning for educators; there can be so much of it. The question always is, "how am I going to implement all of these great things into my classroom next year?"

60 Smarter Ways To Use Google Classroom

TeachThought - Learn better.

60 Smarter Ways To Use Google Classroom. Google Classroom is quietly becoming the most powerful tool in education technology. As such, it scratches the itch for many teachers in many classrooms right here, right now. 60 Smarter Ways To Use Google Classroom.

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10 Ways To Naturally Support Teacher Collaboration

TeachThought - Learn better.

A recent story on The Onion , the Internet’s beloved satire site renowned for its ability to pinpoint painful truths in its “fake news” stories, last week underscored one of the saddest dynamics of modern education. That’s why educators need to join together and support one another.

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Becoming Connected Is Easier Now More Than Ever

The Web20Classroom

Across the globe educators just wrapped up celebrating Connected Educators Month. During October the focus was on helping all educators, everywhere, understand the importance of being connected to one another and an examination of all the ways to make that happen.

Apply Now: League of Innovative Schools Seeks New Members

Digital Promise

At that point, efforts to use personal technology and adaptive software to support teaching and learning were relatively scarce. Just four years later, the League still holds those goals, but the educational landscape in which the League operates has changed significantly.

Rethinking Professional Development to be Proficiency-Based

More Verbs

It is interesting to collaborate with other districts and education initiatives, and hear frustrations about how much they have invested in professional development – how many sessions they have provided – and how it has resulted in very little change in practice.

THANK YOU for 5 Amazing Years of Educational Podcasting! Thank You For Amazing Feedback!

TeacherCast

June 19, 2015 by Chopstick Sensei from United States I don’t know how Jeff makes the time for this empire of his, but he’s putting together amazing information to help teachers out. Jeffrey Bradbury is clearly an innovator and a mover and shaker in the educational technology world.

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Heading Back To School With @appoLearning

The Web20Classroom

Over the past few months I’ve had the opportunity to check out and learn more about appoLearning. I get asked all the time about the best resources to for educators to drive and direct their personal professional learning.

Google Apps for Education Tips, Tricks, and our Favorite Chrome Extensions | #TechEducator 101

TeacherCast

In this Episode, we discuss and demonstrate our favorite Google Apps for Education Tips, Tricks, and Chrome Extensions. The TechEducator Podcast is a weekly round table discussion about current topics in educational technology. Google Apps for Education Tricks Mentioned on Todays Show.

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Finding Your Passion for Teaching

iTeach with iPads

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.-Nelson Educators have to have passion in order to do what they do. As for visiting other classrooms, this can be a truly rewarding experience. They spent the day observing in my classroom.

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Four Ways to Support Your School’s Digital Transformation #FutureReady #DLDay

Kleinspiration

Four Ways to Support Your School’s Digital Transformation Digital learning is an instructional practice that effectively uses technology to strengthen a student’s learning experience. Their nationwide initiatives reach millions of students and educators each year.