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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?

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.).

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Kleinspiration

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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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).

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.

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.

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.

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

Kleinspiration

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

Five Steps to Empowering Educators with Evidence

edWeb.net

Congress passed ESSA in 2015, but one area still challenging schools is the tiers for evidence-based interventions and materials. In addition, Dowell reminded teachers that schools have limited budgets and limited time with the students, so they need to maximize every educational opportunity.

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”.

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.

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

Kleinspiration

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.

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.

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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.

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?

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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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 […].

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.

Being a Connected Educator Is…

Fractus Learning

In 2000, I began my career in education. However, I was always yearning for more, wanting to personally and professional grow so I could have a greater impact on all students. This book highlights all of the many reasons becoming a connected educator is critical today.

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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Designing a System to Support Continuous Learning

Digital Promise

This post is part of a series on the big ideas and ongoing conversations from the 2015 #MC4PD Summit. In the previous post, we discussed building authentic cultures of professional learning. The learning journey unfolds across a lifetime, career, or set of careers.

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