Digital Promise Brings Edcamps Into Its Tent

Edsurge

For years, organizers of “ Edcamps ,” a popular brand of informal professional development gatherings for teachers, received a resource kit sent by their host organization, the Edcamp Foundation. In 2017, organizers got something extra in their “Edcamp in a Box,” as they were called: a maker kit, so that participants could partake in hands-on activities as part of the experience. Edcamp events offered teachers a voice in what they would learn.

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. In March of 2009, I began to use Twitter, and it was at this time that I began to create a Personal Learning Network (PLN).

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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! EdCamp Foundation.

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.

Transforming and Personalize PD in Your Own District

MSEDTechie

Differentiation and personalized learning opportunities are just as important for teachers--creating empowering learning communities is key. Instead of ”professional development,” we need authentic, personalized “professional learning opportunities” that improve workflow and foster creativity. Here are few of the unique ways educators are given opportunities to expand their learning environment through creative measures.