The Biggest Give-Away Yet - Thank You Readers and my Personal Learning Network!

Kleinspiration

Last week, I had the pleasure of meeting many of my virtual friends face to face in San Diego at the International Society for Technology in Education Conference. I would like to reinforce the positive influence of social networking. Because of social networking and the opportunities to connect at conferences and workshops, I''ve made some incredible friends. Thank you to everyone who supports the work we all share through our blogs and social networks.

Recognizing the Digital Assets You Have at Your Disposal

A Principal's Reflections

On the contrary, I have seen this firsthand from some fantastic educators whose schools I have been blessed to work with on a long-term basis in the role of job-embedded coach. I have also been blessed to observe great examples that members of my Personal Learning Network (PLN) make available on social media. We should all want to do better in this area as the field of education needs more practical strategies that are weaved into the rhetoric.

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Why Learning and People Should Come First

A Principal's Reflections

I was recently working on my slide deck for a three-day workshop that will take participants on an immersive experience into digital leadership and learning. My primary objective for all multiday workshops is to illustrate the vital role that technology can play in improving teaching, learning, and leadership. The bottom line is that if we don’t get the instructional design right first, then the chances of technology improving learning outcomes is slim to none.

7 Ways Data-Fueled PLCs Are Transforming Education

Edsurge

Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) have long supported teachers in their career development, but with the help of technology, they’re now transforming education itself. We spoke with educators around the country and discovered seven ways that PLCs are transforming teaching and learning in schools. Common learning goals and objectives A set of common goals, along with a designated meeting time for focused effort, helps each participant get the most out of a PLC.

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Designing Empathy-Based Professional Development That Teachers Will Use

Edsurge

Empathy (Source: Participate) While there has been an increase in training around social-emotional learning (SEL) in K-12 classrooms, many professional development (PD) resources for educators treat SEL as a standalone subject rather than a foundational component of learning environments. Participate , a social learning platform, and Empatico , a free tool for classroom virtual exchange, noted a lack of SEL-related PD opportunities for educators. Em·pa·thy /?emp?TH?/

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. Regardless of your respective role in education, time will always be your enemy if you look at it with a fixed as opposed to a growth mindset. First and foremost, make the time to learn, grown, and get better as opposed to finding the time. There is nothing more important to an educator, outside of working with kids, than professional learning.

#DLNchat: Open Educational Resources (OER) in Higher Ed

Edsurge

Can open educational resources, or OER, truly create more equity and access? That was the question at the heart of our #DLNchat on January 9, which centered around OER in Higher Education. Our special guest, Lisa Petrides, creator of OER Commons, kicked things off by defining the topic at hand: “OER are teaching & learning materials freely available for anyone to use. And the ecosystem of open knowledge sharing is fundamental to teaching, to learning, and to equity."

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The Secret to Being a Better Teacher? Find Your Tribe

Edsurge

Shortly after I received the award, it seemed like everyone wanted to visit my classroom and sit in a room with me to understand how I was getting my kids to learn. I quickly figured out that my administration and the other teachers didn’t care if my students were learning—they wanted my students to stay out of the hallways, off administration’s radar and to appear somewhat engaged when it was time to be evaluated through standardized testing.

?Online Communication Will Open New Doors For Community in 2018

Edsurge

While there is no disputing the importance of personal interaction, communities are already utilizing technology to build on those face-to-face connections. Only eight percent of 15-year-olds from around the world exhibit a sophisticated grasp of collaboration skills, according to the recently released 2015 results of the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) test administered by the Organization for Economic Cooperation (OECD).

The Scarlet Rating: How One ‘Improvement Required’ School Seeks a Turnaround

Edsurge

However, school leaders Sarah Pedrotti and Jessica Torres are on a mission to flip the failure narrative and rebrand their school by motivating their teachers through personalized professional development. Kindergarteners in Mrs. Shuler's classroom learning how to implement their learning stations! Each year students in Texas are required to take the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness exam, also known as the STAAR exam.

Silicon Schools Step Up

Edsurge

That was the theme of the Wednesday evening reception for more than 200 people at San Francisco’s Museum of Modern Art, aimed at celebrating the work of Bay area schools delivering personalized learning programs, funded by the Silicon Schools Fund. Back in 2012 , educator Brian Greenberg and philanthropist John Fisher, started the nonprofit with $12 million, and a big goal of funding 25 schools devoted to personalized learning throughout the San Francisco Bay area.

Practice vs. research in education? Why teachers need to do both

Neo LMS

Practice vs. research in education. At first glance, this gap between research and practice makes no sense since they have the same end goal: to improve education. Sometimes, this trial and error approach takes a lot of time, and assessing its effectiveness takes even longer.

Online College Classes Start Monday!

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In this class, you’ll learn what topics to introduce, how to unpack them, and how to make them authentic to student lives. Exhibit a positive attitude toward technology that supports learning. Assess student writing without discouraging creativity via easy-to-use tech tools.

Last Chance: The Tech-infused Teacher (MTI 562)

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The 21st century lesson blends technology with teaching to build a collaborative, differentiated, and shared learning environment. Classmates will become the core of your ongoing Personal Learning Network. Assess student tech use organically. Tech networking advice.

College Credit Classes onTechnology in Education

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In this class, you’ll learn what topics to introduce, how to unpack them, and how to make them authentic to student lives. Exhibit a positive attitude toward technology that supports learning. Assessment is based on involvement, interaction with classmates, and completion of projects so be prepared to be fully-involved and an eager risk-taker. Assess student writing without discouraging creativity via easy-to-use tech tools. Assess student technology use organically.

How to Eteach in a Covid-19 Pandemic

Ask a Tech Teacher

If your teaching has been moved online in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, learn which webtools make online learning exciting for kids and easy for you in this class–starts March 23rd! Classmates will become the core of your ongoing Personal Learning Network.

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Back to School Twitter Chat Tuesday, July 28th – 8 pm EST #Back2SchoolChat

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter As we prepare to go back to school, we need to share best practices and ideas for learning. The exchange of ideas and building of our Personal Learning Network (PLN) is part of our growth and learning.

College Credit Classes onTechnology in Education

Ask a Tech Teacher

In this class, you’ll learn what topics to introduce, how to unpack them, and how to make them authentic to student lives. Exhibit a positive attitude toward technology that supports learning. Assessment is based on involvement, interaction with classmates, and completion of projects so be prepared to be fully-involved and an eager risk-taker. Assess student writing without discouraging creativity via easy-to-use tech tools. Assess student technology use organically.

Last Chance: The Tech-infused Teacher (MTI 562)

Ask a Tech Teacher

The 21st century lesson blends technology with teaching to build a collaborative, differentiated, and shared learning environment. Classmates will become the core of your ongoing Personal Learning Network. Assess student technology use organically.

College Credit Classes in Remote Teaching/Blended Learning

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In this class, you’ll learn what topics to introduce, how to unpack them, and how to make them authentic to student lives. Exhibit a positive attitude toward technology that supports learning. Assess student writing without discouraging creativity via easy-to-use tech tools.

Classes in Remote Teaching

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In this class, you’ll learn what topics to introduce, how to unpack them, and how to make them authentic to student lives. Exhibit a positive attitude toward technology that supports learning. Assess student writing without discouraging creativity via easy-to-use tech tools.

Starting This Week: MTI 562

Ask a Tech Teacher

The 21st century lesson blends technology with teaching to build a collaborative, differentiated, and shared learning environment. In this course, you will use a suite of digital tools to make that possible while addressing overarching concepts like digital citizenship, internet search and research, authentic assessment, digital publishing, and immersive keyboarding. Classmates will become the core of your ongoing Personal Learning Network. Online education

Common Misconceptions of Educators Who Fear Technology

A Principal's Reflections

Education is currently at a crossroads as traditional methods and tools are changing as a result of advances in technology and learning theory. These schools and educators, whether they realize it or not, are not only enhancing the teaching and learning process, but they are also providing their learners with essential skill sets pivotal for success in today’s society. Opinions vary on the merits of educational technology, but common themes seem to have emerged.

Online College Credit Classes Forming

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The 21 st Century lesson blends technology with teaching to build a collaborative, differentiated, and shared learning environment. Classmates will become the core of the teacher’s ongoing Personal Learning Network. Assess student technology use organically.

Online Class Starts Aug. 12th–Tech-infused Teacher

Ask a Tech Teacher

In MTI 562 The Tech-infused Teacher, you will use a suite of digital tools to make your lesson plans pop while addressing overarching concepts like digital citizenship, internet search and research, authentic assessment, digital publishing, and immersive keyboarding. Assessment is based on interaction with classmates, participation in virtual meetings, and completion of projects so be prepared to be fully-involved and an eager risk-taker. Assess student technology use organically.

Course Round-Up: Summer Learning for Educators

MIND Research Institute

Looking to learn something new this summer? Maybe you want to develop your personal learning network on social media, read a few new books , or take a course alongside other educators. Thanks to technology, we can take learning online and collaborate with educators around the country and the world. Below, we have collected some Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) as well as open courseware, so you can choose your own learning adventure this summer.

Google 80/20 Rule Applied to Education - for students too!

Educational Technology Guy

Google engineers are encouraged to take 20 percent of their time to work on something company-related that interests them personally. The article details how a principal has created the same kind of atmosphere for the teachers, giving them time each week to come up with interdisciplinary projects, new assessments and ways to integrate technology into their students'' learning. This post originally appeared on Educational Technology Guy.

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College Credit Classes in Remote Teaching/Blended Learning

Ask a Tech Teacher

In this class, you’ll learn what topics to introduce, how to unpack them, and how to make them authentic to student lives. Exhibit a positive attitude toward technology that supports learning. Assess student writing without discouraging creativity via easy-to-use tech tools.

College Credit Classes in Blended Learning

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The 21 st Century lesson blends technology with teaching to build a collaborative, differentiated, and shared learning environment. Classmates will become the core of the teacher’s ongoing Personal Learning Network. Assess student technology use organically.

Tech Ed Resources–Certificate/College Credit Classes

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All of them, I’ve found well-suited to the task of scaling and differentiating tech skills for age groups, scaffolding learning year-to-year, taking into account the perspectives and norms of all stakeholders, with appropriate metrics to know learning is organic and granular.

How to succeed with online PD for teachers

Neo LMS

After all, a bachelor’s degree in education doesn’t prepare someone for every situation. How to power through a difficult parent-teacher meeting comes to mind, but there are many challenges that teachers learn how to handle in time. It can help schools create an active learning environment that is sustainable, collaborative, coherent, focused on specific subjects, and that allows for educators to learn throughout the year.

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Online Classes! On Your Schedule

Ask a Tech Teacher

The 21 st Century lesson blends technology with teaching to build a collaborative, differentiated, and shared learning environment. Classmates will become the core of your ongoing Personal Learning Network. You can find her resources at Structured Learning.

Tools to Help Become a Tech Savvy Educator

A Principal's Reflections

Cross-posted at The Educator''s Royal Treatment. As I mentioned in a previous post I have been working on a educational technology presentation for principals in a NJ school district. The title I chose was "Harnessing the Power of Educational Technology" as I firmly believe that the many free tools available at our fingertips possess the ability to enhance our effectiveness and efficiency as administrators. Learn more about Google Docs here. Learn more here.

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College Credit Classes in Blended Learning

Ask a Tech Teacher

At the completion of this course, you will be able to: Use technology to drive authentic writing activities and project-based learning. Assess student writing without discouraging creativity via easy-to-use tech tools. Assessment is project-based so be prepared to be fully-involved and an eager risk-taker. The 21 st Century lesson blends technology with teaching to build a collaborative, differentiated, and shared learning environment. AATT Materials Online education

Tech ed Resources–Online Classes

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The 21 st Century lesson blends technology with teaching to build a collaborative, differentiated, and shared learning environment. Classmates will become the core of your ongoing Personal Learning Network. Online education Teacher resources