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The Professional Learning Sweet Spot

A Principal's Reflections

For the better part of my educational career, I always referred to any type of learning to assist me as a teacher or administrator as professional development (PD). For the most part, this consisted of attending mandatory district “PD” days, professional learning communities (PLC)’s or approved off-site experiences such as conferences, workshops, or webinars. With a PLN, I was able to learn anytime, anywhere, from anyone I wanted for free.

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Edcamp Library Promise Goes Virtual

Digital Promise

We have learned how to leverage technology to establish and maintain relationships with students and colleagues as we navigated the unknown waters of blended and distance learning. The Edcamp model of professional development is unique in that the participants drive the learning.

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Edcamp Finds a New Home at Digital Promise

Digital Promise

Digital Promise is incredibly excited to welcome the Edcamp Foundation to our family of projects and programs. By fully merging our operations, we believe we can do even more to support the community of educators who organize and attend Edcamps across the United States and around the world.

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7 Great NonProfits Changing the Face of Professional Learning

Tom Murray

This is the second post in a short series meant to highlight the great work of many nonprofit organizations that are working diligently to support students’ learning on a daily basis. All of these organizations are shifting the needle and rocking professional learning nationwide. Breakout EDU creates ultra-engaging learning games for people of all ages. This resource is sure to jumpstart your next professional learning or team building activity!

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Run your meetings edcamp style: The un-faculty faculty meeting

eSchool News

That’s why administrators and teacher leaders should transform faculty meetings into engaging professional development (PD) opportunities. Want to take it even further with engaging, interactive professional learning community (PLC)-style faculty meetings? You can elevate the motivation and learning to heights that seem unreachable. Edcamp-style faculty meetings! Edcamps are typically free and built around community participation and organization.

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EdCamp Access- Near to MA? Register!

SpeechTechie

I am happy to be helping to organize the EdCamp Access unconference this year. EdCampAccess, in the tradition of EdCamps that have taken place around the world, is an unconference devoted to K -12 educators who work with struggling learners. Attendees may choose to facilitate a session, lead discussions or attend sessions of interest to further their professional learning. professional development

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Near to MA? EdCamp Access is 4/8/17!

SpeechTechie

I am happy to be helping to organize the EdCamp Access again unconference this year. EdCampAccess, in the tradition of EdCamps that have taken place around the world, is an unconference devoted to K -12 educators who work with struggling learners. Attendees may choose to facilitate a session, lead discussions or attend sessions of interest to further their professional learning. consultation professional development

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Creating Future Ready Schools and Classrooms

Tom Murray

How can schools and districts systemically create a vision of teaching and learning that’s personal, authentic, relevant, and harnesses the power of technology? FRS) , is helping thousands of schools create these types of learning experiences for kids. In a Future Ready district, curriculum, instruction, and assessment are tightly aligned, redesigned to engage students in 21st Century, relevant, technology-empowered, deeper learning. Personalized Professional Learning.

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A true gift from SHEG: DIY digital literacy assessments and tools for historical thinking

NeverEndingSearch

These tasks are perfect for learning across the curriculum and especially for librarian-led learning. Webpage Comparison : Students examine two websites and select the one that they would use to begin research on gun control, assessing their ability to identify the strengths and limitations of websites for learning about political topics. Among the learning experiences on ten pages packed with lessons are: Civil Rights Movement in Context.

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New Cohort Opportunity for Designing Powerful Learning Experiences

Digital Promise

In September, Digital Promise launched a series of events to support educators with continuing and growing maker learning opportunities that meet the needs of learners through distance learning and beyond. Maker Learning @ Home Cohort. Apply for the Maker Learning @ Home Cohort!

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Learning Revolution Newsletter - Weekly Free Event Calendar - Conference Keynotes Update - Edcamp USDOE - Digital Citizenship

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" virtual and physical events and those of our over 200 partners in the learning professions. To subscribe to this newsletter, please sign up at the Learning Revolution. Interested in becoming a Learning Revolution Partner?

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Embracing Our Inner Makers: Hands-On Learning During COVID-19 and Beyond

Digital Promise

Maker Learning is Powerful Learning. As educators, we know we cannot press pause on Powerful Learning; we must find ways to give our students powerful, hands-on experiences while navigating today’s additional complexities. Edcamp: Maker Learning.

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Looking Ahead to the 2020-2021 School Year

Digital Promise

Options range from continuing home learning programs full-time, to fully reopening classrooms with or without additional public or outdoor spaces and staggered schedules, to hybrid approaches.

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Digital Equity in Rural School Districts

edWeb.net

The goal of digital equity is to ensure that all students have access to devices, high-speed internet, and opportunities to learn both in school and out. CoSN (the Consortium for School Networking) is the premier professional association for school system technology leaders.

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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. This blog post was originally published by EdSurge.

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How Educators are Using the Exclusive Social Media App Clubhouse

Edsurge

The new social media app Clubhouse is gaining traction across many industries as Influencers, celebrities , and marketing professionals are heading to the app to connect and collaborate. (If Lindsay Portnoy (@lportnoy on CH) is a cognitive scientist and author of “Designed to Learn.”

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What Constitutes Good PD?

A Principal's Reflections

We can all agree that professional development is essential in any profession, especially education. It is an opportunity to become better at what we do as well as gain knowledge on new pedagogical techniques, learning theories, leadership strategies, technologies, and federal/state mandates. When this happens the first line item to get cut is professional development. Will this help my students learn and achieve?

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How to DIY Your Distance Learning PD

Graphite Blog

But with the coronavirus pandemic disrupting more traditional professional learning opportunities like in-person conferences and workshops, it's time for you to chart your own course. Fortunately, there are plenty of informal ways to learn and grow professionally on your own.

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TOP 10 Ways To Deliver The Worst PD EVER!

MSEDTechie

Now we are all professionals and have never actually done this during a PD session (well I hope not) but I have certainly had the feelings to do so. There is nothing worse than receiving training on a tool that you don’t have access to, or will never get to use. Mandating that teachers attend a specific training, and never surveying them to ask what they need, or what they would like to learn. Their professional learning should be personalized.

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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Google Meet – SULS0110

Shake Up Learning

The post 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Google Meet – SULS0110 appeared first on Shake Up Learning. In this episode with Shake Up Learning Trainer and Community Manager, Pam Hubler, we explore the new updates to Google Meet. Watch this quick video to learn how!

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Google Challenges for Teachers! (FREE Template by Pam Hubler)

Shake Up Learning

FREE Template by Pam Hubler) appeared first on Shake Up Learning. Virtual PD, or virtual professional learning, is more than just making things digital. AND, I will be sharing some new professional learning options myself, and here on Shake Up Learning.

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Three Ways That Rural States Can Become the Hotbeds for School Edtech Innovation

Edsurge

Technology has been a key component in the planting, fertilization, growth and eventually, the blossoming of new statewide initiatives including distance education and new professional learning opportunities for educators that have benefitted students in a variety of ways. It dates back to 2008, when an educational journey began in Wyoming that revealed the important role technology plays in enhancing teaching and learning—especially in a rural state.

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#PottyPD: How to Make the Most of a Captive Audience (FREE TEMPLATE) – SULS043

Shake Up Learning

The post #PottyPD: How to Make the Most of a Captive Audience (FREE TEMPLATE) – SULS043 appeared first on Shake Up Learning. We are talking about some alternative ways to share professional learning tips and strategies through what has been dubbed as #PottyPD.

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My #ISTE17 Takeaways

Tech Helpful

Rachelle and myself Traveling alone to ISTE this year gave me lots of time alone with my thoughts and my learning. It's easy to get lost in the crowd if that is what you want or to be in the middle of everything learning AND social. I was "all in" for learning this week and here are my takeaways to learning more about: Google Applied Digital Skills - Yes, I did stand in a 30 minute line for a 30 minute session to learn more about Google's new Applied Digital Skills curriculum.

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Flipsnack: A fun way to make interactive online magazines #edtech

The CoolCatTeacher

Learn how she uses this tool. FlexPath – only at Capella University – lets teachers work at their own pace to earn their MEd in a competency-based learning format. And then all the content and the videos and the images and links, they’re all in one spot for the kids to access. Currently, one of her favorite projects includes the NEW IT Alliance Committee which works with IT professionals in the public and private sectors to create a focus on future IT careers for students.

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Effective Digital Leadership: Moving Our Schools Forward

EdTechSandyK

Can also be accessed from anywhere that you have internet access, not just when you are connected to your school/district network. 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. She talks about mistakes she''s made and what she''s learned from them! Professional Growth Don uses Twitter for a professional learning network.

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Connecting Teaching, Learning, & Leadership

EdTechSandyK

Notes from an edWeb.net Webinar 4/28/14 Dr. Joe Mazza Director of Connected Teaching, Learning & Leadership North Penn School District Dr. Mazza just took on his position in December. He is a project manager, promoting connected teaching, learning, & leadership. You have taken control of your own learning You have made the decision to be a public learner, swimming through social media waters using tools like Twitter, Google+, Linked In, blogs, etc.

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Paperless Please

Hansen's Link to Tech

Tired of the long lines to access the school copy machine? Start using an LMS (Learning Management System) such as Google Classroom , Schoology , Canvas , Edmodo , Moodle. Using a web-based central location to communicate, collaborate, assign, assess, and create allows for great opportunities for teachers and students to efficiently learn especially in a real-wold context. Annoyed with consistent paper jams?

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The Greatest Challenge Facing School Leaders in a Digital World

Edsurge

Because digital devices and online environments can simultaneously be transformatively empowering and maddeningly disruptive, the work of integrating digital learning tools into schools is usually difficult and complex. By far the most prevalent issue I see in schools struggling with their technology integration and implementation is the lack of a collective vision for how digital learning tools will be used to enhance learning.

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Making Your Teaching Something Special: 50 Simple Ways to Become a Better Teacher

EdTechTeam

When you finish reading (or now), have a look at Hurley’s non-profit nextvista.org and get your students involved in creating high-quality learning resources that can be used by others. I imagine any educator would agree that building positive (yet professional) relationships with students is critical to student success. How do we quickly learn names and deal with feeling embarrassed about forgetting? professional learning network).

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

TeacherCast

Learn How to Create a Professional email signature that links to social media accounts. Easily access your Google Calendar with this powerful extension Tweet This. Learn more about YouTube Tools Every Teacher Should Know here: [link]. View LIVE Professional Development from TeacherCast. I learn so much each time I listen or watch a new podcast. I always take what I learn and teach other teachers. This is such a great teaching/learning resource.

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Why #techquity

Educator Innovator

Her question prompts educators to not only choose their words and stories carefully, but to reflect on how well we plan for increased access to digital tools in schools. The tongue-in-cheek dialog he shares is indicative of the disconnects that arise in schools of all kinds, pretty much everywhere right now, as mandated online standardized testing dictates that schools increase access to the Internet and hardware tools. Joe : Are you an outlier with your interest in open learning?

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