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.).

Launching a New Phase of Research for Agency by Design: Exploring Documentation and Assessment Strategies for the Maker-Centered Classroom

Educator Innovator

Project Zero’s Agency by Design team is developing documentation and assessment tools for maker-centered learning and “maker empowerment”, which they see as the key to ensuring that the maker movement secures a long-term place in education and pedagogy. From 2012 to 2015, the Agency by Design research team explored the promises, practices, and pedagogies of maker-centered learning.

3 Months, 3 Micro-credentials, 1 Teacher: Building Performance Assessment Capacity in Georgia

Digital Promise

Kimberly Sheppard is a personalized learning coach for Henry County Schools in Georgia. In that capacity, she is participating—along with eighty or so of her Henry County colleagues—in the Assessment for Learning micro-credential project , led by the Center for Collaborative Education (CCE).

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

NeverEndingSearch

Using everyday digital content, the COR paper and online assessments directly connect to the questions posed in SHEG’s study and engage learners in credibility decision-making around three COR Competencies: Who’s behind the information? Beyond the Bubble History Assessments.

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

The Principal of Change

As I am in the process of going deeper into the topic, someone asked me if this is something that we could do in professional development. To be honest with you, professional learning in many cases needs an overhaul. I reflect, therefore I learn. .

Measuring Impact with the Digital Practice Assessment (DPA)

A Principal's Reflections

Practices such as BYOD, 1:1, blended learning, personalized learning, classroom and school redesign, branding, makerspaces, professional learning, etc. One of these tools is the Digital Practice Assessment (DPA).

The Assessment Range: Using Data To Meaningfully Affect Learning

TeachThought - Learn better.

The Assessment Range: Using Data In The Classroom To Meaningfully Affect Learning. If you don’t already have a plan for the data before giving the assessment, you’re already behind. These are industrial documents. What Should Assessments “Do”?

Use These Two Tools in the Classroom for Communication, Assessment, and More

edWeb.net

Meanwhile, Edulastic provides an easy way to create formative assessments and analyze data. They may already be using an app to keep up with parents, an online tool to have students record and send in answers to questions, or a learning management system to have students turn in assignments.

Using Micro-credentials to Recognize the Skills of New and Experienced Teachers

Digital Promise

In this series, we take a closer look inside our new paper, “ Micro-credentials and Education Policy in the United States: Recognizing Learning and Leadership for Our Nation’s Teachers.”. Performance assessments like the edTPA have been found to predict teaching effectiveness.

The Impact of Micro-credentials on Educator Practice

Digital Promise

Last year, thousands of educators across the country engaged with micro-credentials as a way of personalizing their professional learning and gaining recognition for their skills. Each school year, educators welcome a new group of students into their classrooms.

Breaking Down the 8 Key Concepts of Computational Thinking

Digital Promise

Integrating computational thinking into activities, lessons, and curricula not only supports building new skills, but also enhances learning and engagement in every discipline. Blog Computational Thinking Educators Learning Experience Design

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The Age-Old Faculty Meeting Facelift

My Island View

Once the day-to-day school housekeeping topics are removed from the meeting there will be more time for more substantive topics that affect learning in education. Assessment tools could be used for formative assessment during the meeting to gauge understanding of the topic by the faculty.

Using Micro-credentials to Recognize the Skills of New and Experienced Teachers

Digital Promise

In this series, we take a closer look inside our new paper, “ Micro-credentials and Education Policy in the United States: Recognizing Learning and Leadership for Our Nation’s Teachers.”. Performance assessments like the edTPA have been found to predict teaching effectiveness.

How not to fix technology reluctant teachers – Part 1 of X

EduTechGeek

I’ve been thinking of doing a series like this for a while and with the extended weekend, and a gentle rain outside, I give you some observations from many years of working with professional educators. EdTech professional learning Teaching education technology learning technology

4 Ways to Give Meaningful Feedback with Google Classroom

Shake Up Learning

The post 4 Ways to Give Meaningful Feedback with Google Classroom appeared first on Shake Up Learning. Feedback is an essential piece of the learning process that often gets overlooked or watered down. One such feature is the ability to draw and annotate on documents.

Texas’ Abilene Independent School District Expands Partnership with Discovery Education to Grow Middle School Teacher Capacity

techlearning

-Implementation of New Professional Development Model to Help Educators Evolve Their Classroom Practice to Meet the Continuously Changing Needs of Today’s Classrooms - Silver Spring, Md. These approaches are then practiced in educator created, student-centered Learning Labs.

Four Signs It’s Time for Micro-credentials

Digital Promise

Studies suggest American schools invest $18 billion in teachers’ professional learning annually. But considerable evidence indicates that formal professional development often misses the mark. And while teachers are also learning in informal ways, existing systems don’t track or make the most of that growth. . In short, the current approach to American teachers’ professional development is falling short.

Microcredentials Could Be a Game Changer for Educators. But Hard Questions Remain.

Edsurge

We’re past people just looking for basic knowledge about what a microcredential is and using it for continuing education units and professional development,” Younge said. teachers are currently engaged in some type of informal professional development or learning.

Empowering Educators of Refugees as Teachers and Learners

Digital Promise

Educators are fundamentally learners, as well as masters of assessing and adjusting learning opportunities. Unfortunately, most learning opportunities offered are static, prescriptive, or limited (and limiting)—not contextualized, personalized, or responsive.

#BLC19: Some of my Notes & Highlights

techieMusings

Another Building Learning Communities Conference in the books! BLC19 Session — #DigitalPortfolios & Documenting Learning with @langwitches. BLC19 Session — Evolving Learner: Shifting from Traditional Professional Development to Personalized Professional Learning with @lainierowell. BLC19 Session — Reflection & the Development of a Learning Mindset with @mrhallisb. Lessons Learned, By: Joy Kirr (@JoyKirr).

10 Strategies to Improve Instructional Leadership

A Principal's Reflections

Not only was I not in classrooms enough, but also the level of feedback provided through the lens of a narrative report did very little to improve teaching and learning both in and out of the classroom. Consider less of a focus on lesson plans and more on assessment.

Digital Portfolios + Micro-credentials = Massive Impact for Students & Teachers

Digital Promise

Assessment. Research reveals that students ubiquitously perceive assessment as something that is “done to them [sic] by someone else — and is out of their control.” Now that we have powerful, easy-to-use design tools and a capacity for worldwide publishing, we have an opportunity to restore the dignity and integrity of a work ethic by redefining the role of the learner as a contributor to the learning culture. — Alan November, Who Owns the Learning.

Innovation and Creativity in the Classroom with Chromebooks

EdTechTeam

Do you want to add your Bitmoji to a document in Drive? Students can create, edit and publish videos, images, documents, projects and more. Kate is a Google Certified Innovator and Trainer and is a Certified PBL Teacher in Project-Based Learning from the Buck Institute.

Part 2: Ten Reasons for Mapping Out PBL… Scaffolds That Makes Project Based Learning Work

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

I have some great posts coming your way involving PBL, STEM, tech integration, and a continuing series on Professional Learning Communities! All the map needs are the titles of these learning activities. Ensures that the standards are facilitated and assessed through the project.

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What’s New: New Tools for Schools

techlearning

All of the modules include Spanish text and read-aloud Spanish-language audio recorded by professional voice-over artists, and a content map that matches the English language version. Users can enjoy phenomena videos, interactive simulations, eBooks, formative assessments, and more.

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Challenge-Based Learning: Science Curricula and Real-World Connections

edWeb.net

A Challenge-Based Learning model pioneered by Apple is now helping teachers engage middle school students in deep learning through projects that combine developing questions, investigating scientific phenomena, and solving problems in their classrooms, schools, and communities.

Digital Portfolios and Content

techlearning

It seems to make no difference if the digital portfolio owner is a student or a professional educator. The content of your digital portfolio needs to be seen as an attempt in learning, evidence of learning, the process of learning, and/or growth in learning.

Personalizing the Journey for Our Students

The Principal of Change

history class, students are given a document-based question on John Locke’s Two Treatises of Civil Government (1690). The learning experience is not personalized and thus will not meet the needs of all students. February 8, 2018 Personalized Learning Vs Personalization of Learning.

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How Microcredentials Help Educators Develop New Tech Skills

EdTech Magazine

In addition to their daily task of educating students, teachers must also continue to learn. In efforts to make time-mandated and compliance-based professional learning efficient, technology offers microcredentialing as a vehicle for educators to pursue personal growth. Teachers can decide on specific professional goals , such as improving their math instruction or creating a makerspace in their classroom,” Cator says.

10 Google Classroom Tips You Didn’t Know – SULS029

Shake Up Learning

The post 10 Google Classroom Tips You Didn’t Know – SULS029 appeared first on Shake Up Learning. 1: Annotate and Draw on Documents Using the Mobile App. One of my favorite mobile features is the ability to annotate and draw on documents. Shake Up Learning 2019.

Must-Have EdTech Tools for a First-Year Teacher

Graphite Blog

First-year teachers have a lot to think about, especially at the beginning of the school year: decorating their classroom, planning lessons and learning units, trying out different classroom-management techniques, and -- most importantly -- getting to know their students. Formative assessment.

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Tennessee’s Hamilton County Schools Selects Discovery Education to Drive Inquiry-based Teaching and Learning Initiative in all Middle Schools and High Schools

techlearning

- Award-Winning Digital Services and Professional Learning to Support the Development of Life-Long Learners- Silver Spring, Md. This unique combination of rich digital content and professional learning will drive HCS’s efforts to help all students become life-long learners.

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4 Great Alternatives to Google Classroom

Ask a Tech Teacher

This includes typical LMS (Learning Management Systems) functions like homework, classwork, schedules, quizzes, resources, and gradebooks so stakeholders–teachers and students–can access them from any location and any digital device. Designed by Freepik.

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What’s New

techlearning

Tech & Learning Rounds Up a Summary of New Tools for Schools Software & Online GOOGLE FOR EDUCATION UPDATES ( edu.google.com ) Google for Education announced updates and new tools to help teachers keep innovation alive in their classrooms.

The New National Education Technology Plan: What’s in it for Me?

Tom Murray

First released in 1996 and updated every five years since, the NETP is the flagship educational technology policy document for the United States. ** This blog was originally posted at futureready.org/netp.