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.

Power Up Blended Learning: A Professional Learning Infrastructure to Support Sustainable Change

Catlin Tucker

To capitalize on this energy, most school districts organize mandatory professional development opportunities for teachers designed to teach them a new teaching strategy or introduce them to a new piece of technology. I’ve spent the better part of the summer traveling around the country leading professional development for educators as they prepare for another year. As the spark , I explain the WHY behind blended learning.

Insiders

Sign Up for our Newsletter

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Important Lessons Learned During the Pandemic and How They Can Drive Needed Change

A Principal's Reflections

After some time, we have seen an initial move to all remote learning, depending on where you live, a shift to some sort of hybrid model. A spike in cases has led to buildings being closed again and a resumption of remote learning in some locations.

4 Ways to Blend Learning with InsertLearning

Shake Up Learning

The post 4 Ways to Blend Learning with InsertLearning appeared first on Shake Up Learning. 4 Ways to Blend Learning with InsertLearning. InsertLearning is an extension that lets you turn websites into interactive lessons, and it is the perfect companion to your blended learning lesson plans. Let’s discover four super cool ways to blend learning with InsertLearning. 4 Ways to Blend Learning with @InsertLearning!

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!

Odysseyware launches new professional learning series

eSchool News

The series will include virtual and live events focused on industry best practices. The sequence of professional learning opportunities will highlight the unique ways schools and districts nationwide are implementing innovative strategies and new instructional models to transform learning for their students. These models are ushering in a new era of personalized learning pathways, teacher empowerment, and student choice. News Professional Development

Bring Focus to Blended Learning with 12 Starting Ideas… Plus a Free ISTE Webinar

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

Welcome to a post where I focus on some simple ways you can begin to blend your learning. STEM, 21st century learning, and technology integration please sign up for 21centuryedtech by email or RSS. Are you looking for a practical and affordable professional development workshop for your school or conference? As 1 to 1 programs become more popular, educators are talking a lot about Blended Learning. A blended classroom is not an instant event.

Taking your Professional Learning from 2D to 3D

Edsurge

Speaking on panel at the PBS Digital Innovators event, Brown talked up the rise of the online spaces for collaboration, also known as personal learning networks (PLN) as enabling anyone, even those who in remote areas or who feel more introverted, to come together to collaborate and share ideas. An event requires everyone to be actively contributing and listening, and an online group needs to have a similar flow. Who can be a “collaborative changemaker”?

Update: North Dakota Innovation Academy

Dangerously Irrelevant

Generously supported by Ted Dintersmith and in cooperation with the North Dakota Council of Educational Leaders , the goal was to kick off a three-year investment in leadership capacity-building across the state for future-ready learning, teaching, and schooling. connected learning audit (personal analysis of our analog and digital learning connections); our connectedness outside of school; connected learning in schools (lots of examples!),

Collaborative Notes with Google Docs

Shake Up Learning

The post Collaborative Notes with Google Docs appeared first on Shake Up Learning. One of my favorite Dynamic Learning strategies is collaborative note-taking with Google Docs. Honestly, I don’t think I really learned how to take notes myself until college.

Read-Along Storybooks Using Audio in Google Slides

Shake Up Learning

The post Read-Along Storybooks Using Audio in Google Slides appeared first on Shake Up Learning. This creates a fantastic and Dynamic Learning Experience for Mike’s students. I broke the process into five steps to be completed over six days of virtual learning.

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. and world history events.

Fake Instagram Template with Google Slides (FREE)

Shake Up Learning

The post Fake Instagram Template with Google Slides (FREE) appeared first on Shake Up Learning. Back in episode 32 of the Shake Up Learning Show , I interviewed Lisa Johnson. Carly was also featured in an “On-Air” Coaching episode of the Shake Up Learning Show. Finding ways to bring their world into the classroom for the sneaky purposes of learning will get you to that end goal every time. Click here to learn more and to ENROLL TODAY!

9 TCEA Presentations You Need to See!

Shake Up Learning

appeared first on Shake Up Learning. I’m not sure how it happened, or how I made it through all of them, but it was a fantastic week of learning that I want to share with the Shake Up Learning readers. Dynamic Learning with G Suite. The Learning Mixologist (with Holly Clark). Join the Shake Up Learning Book Study! YOU are invited to join the Shake Up Learning Book Study! The Shake Up Learning book was designed for book studies!

Study 50

Force Users to Make a Copy of a Google Doc!

Shake Up Learning

appeared first on Shake Up Learning. Do you need help with learning about sharing? Bring the Power of Shake Up Learning and Kasey Bell to Your School, District, or Event! Ready to shake up learning in your school or at your event? Submit this Speaking Request Form to bring Shake Up Learning to your event. Shake Up Learning 2019. appeared first on Shake Up Learning. The post Force Users to Make a Copy of a Google Doc!

7 Presentations You Might Have Missed! #FETC2020

Shake Up Learning

FETC2020 appeared first on Shake Up Learning. I just finished presenting, connecting, and learning at the Future of Educational Technology Conference , or FETC, in Miami, Florida. So no FOMO for Shake Up Learning readers! And if you want to learn more about all of the other goodies shared at FETC, take a look at the hashtag on Twitter, #FETC or # FETC2020. Shake Up Learning 2019. Shake Up Learning with Google Keep. Join the Shake Up Learning Book Study!

25 Ways to Use Audio in Google Slides Projects

Shake Up Learning

The post 25 Ways to Use Audio in Google Slides Projects appeared first on Shake Up Learning. ” For more ideas on how to implement reflection strategies, check out this article from ASCD, “ Learning Through Reflection.” ” Reflection is a critical part of the learning process and recording an audio reflection is the perfect way for students to share and explain their learning, where they have improved, and to set goals. Want to Learn More?

eBook 61

Stranger Google: Crazy Tools from the Upside Down (Part 2)!

Shake Up Learning

appeared first on Shake Up Learning. I love to dig into the lesser-known Google tools and figure out how these can be used for learning in the K12 classroom. Be sure to also explore The Year in Search , where you can see a video and a summary of all the events of the past year. This is a fantastic tool for current events, research, and conversation starters with students. Bring the Power of Shake Up Learning and Kasey Bell to Your School, District, or Event!

5 #FETC Presentations You Might Have Missed!

Shake Up Learning

appeared first on Shake Up Learning. I just finished presenting, connecting, and learning at the Future of Educational Technology Conference , or FETC, in Orlando, Florida. So no FOMO for Shake Up Learning readers! And if you want to learn more about all of the other goodies shared at FETC, take a look at the hashtag on Twitter, #FETC. If you like what you see below and want me to come present at your school or event, click here to learn how you can work with me.

5 TCEA Presentations You Need to See!

Shake Up Learning

appeared first on Shake Up Learning. Some are tips and tricks kind of sessions, and some go much deeper into how we think about learning. Here’s the lineup: – Shake Up Learning with Google Keep. – Dynamic Learning with G Suite. – Go BEYOND with Dynamic Learning. Did you know I share a lot of my presentations on Shake Up Learning? Shake Up Learning with Google Keep. It’s learning on-demand!

eBook 53

Next Gen Professional Development pt 2- Upskilling

CUE

After about 3 weeks, we went to the Salomon installers test event. Have you ever learned something by failing for a bit and then mastering the concept by simply doing it? Flash forward twenty plus years and I was thinking very much about my skiing origin-story as I designed my first-ever professional development for a group of educators. I’d serve as their expert leader in a series of small practice events within a single session.

It’s NOT About Google, It’s About the LEARNING (ISTE Empowered Learner)

Shake Up Learning

The post It’s NOT About Google, It’s About the LEARNING (ISTE Empowered Learner) appeared first on Shake Up Learning. But despite the sometimes Google-centric ideas, I am a firm believer in a focus on learning, not tools. I have a presentation that I have been sharing across the country this year, It’s NOT About Google, It’s About the LEARNING. In this new iteration of the standards, the focus is squarely on LEARNING, not tools.”.

Edtech Tools for SPED, Math, and Reading

A Principal's Reflections

One of the best parts about job-embedded, on-going work with school districts is facilitating a variety of professional learning opportunities. Recently the district asked me to be a part of their professional development day, which consisted of seven different learning strands specific to the needs and interests of their teachers. Over the past two years, I have been blessed to partner with District 205 in Elmhurst, IL.

EdTech 313

PBL… Blended and eLearning – Part 1: Important Questions for the New School Year

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

For educators that may mean working with students in a face to face, elearning, or a blended environment. Regardless of your districts approach, now is a time to facilitate the student centered learning that Project Based Learning makes possible. I enjoy learning from all of you.

LMS 145

8 things to know about Connected Educator Month

eSchool News

For the past few years, October has meant a focus on helping educators form professional learning networks to improve teaching and learning outcomes. Connected Educator Month , led by the American Institutes for Research , intends to create a more global and evidence-based approach to education by fostering collaboration and innovation in professional learning. We’ve gathered key facts and events to help you make the most of Connected Educator Month.

What Will Schools Do in the Fall? Here Are 4 Possible Scenarios

Edsurge

In fact, the authors—Kristina Ishmael, senior project manager of the Teaching, Learning and Tech team at New America; Rebecca Heiser, a lead instructional designer at Pennsylvania State University’s World Campus; and Jennifer Payne, an educational technology coordinator at an online school in Colorado—hardly even considered a return to previous education arrangements in their projections. The details: Over the summer, teachers will receive training in delivering online learning.

20 New Ways to Use Google Classroom [infographic]

Shake Up Learning

The post 20 New Ways to Use Google Classroom [infographic] appeared first on Shake Up Learning. This opens so many doors for teachers, students, and parents to connect, collaborate and learn. Create a Class for Learning Challenges. Badging has become particularly popular for encouraging teachers to learn new tech skills. Be sure you check out these blog posts to learn more about how some districts are using badges for professional learning.

Sparking a Culture of Innovation in Northern New Jersey

Digital Promise

From creating academies for student learning in Leonia School District to establishing a STEM program for girls in Wyckoff School District, there is plenty of great work to spotlight and learn from in Northern New Jersey. Education Innovation Clusters (EdClusters) are local communities of practice that bring together stakeholders across sectors to support innovative teaching and learning in their region. Visit Digital Promise to learn more about Education Innovation Clusters.

Diary of a Techy Teacher: Why I’m Taking a One-Year Sabbatical with BetterLesson

Edsurge

As a matter of fact, the first time I ever heard these terms happened back when I was in college, where I also learned that taking a sabbatical is a requirement at some universities. As a result, after each event, I'd return to my classroom with a confining feeling in the back of my mind. It’s Improving My Instructional Coaching This year, I will be working as a Blended Learning Instructional Coach with BetterLesson. A “sabbatical.” A “one-year leave.”

Takeaways from CAMT 2019

MIND Research Institute

Last week, I had an awesome opportunity to learn with educators across the state of Texas at the annual Conference for the Advancement of Mathematics Teaching (CAMT). The theme, Viva las M á tematicas, was prevalent not only in the bright colors found around the event space, but in the focus of mathematics as something to celebrate as well. How can we focus on deeper engagement not only for students but for our own professional development as educators too?

Media Savviness Makes for Civic Mindedness

edWeb.net

They actually struggle with the complexity of current events and politics. People learn about breaking stories through them, typically in the form of confusing headlines (designed to distract) with articles that have the meat of the story but that consumers do not read.

Teacher-Student Digital Communication Makes for Good Learning

edWeb.net

With remote learning still at play, students now rely on virtual engagement with their teachers to have questions answered and assignments clarified. The report is one of four reports featured in the executive brief series 90 Days that Changed K-12 Teaching & Learning.

Inside Google’s NYC Teacher’s Lounge

Edsurge

A free salmon or chicken dinner in a buffet spread is something most public K-12 teachers will not see in their schools’ lounges, but Google’s cooking up a different type of professional development for educators in New York City. One thing I noticed going to edtech events is that there are very few teachers. According to Liao, even though this is only their second lounge event, they have sold out both times. Education Technology Professional Development Learning Strategies

Google 102

Avoiding the Pitfalls of Social Media

edWeb.net

However, said Jamie Knowles, Senior Manager of Educator Professional Learning Programs at Common Sense Media, social media also has the ability to help users share their stories and shed a positive light on their activities. For example, schools can post virtual open houses, introduce new staff with a Twitter chat, or multimedia summaries of events. Enhance student learning: Social media is ubiquitous.

itslearning to host ISTE roundtable series on education practices

eSchool News

Educators point to the ability to learn from colleagues, in addition to experts, as essential for enhancing their abilities. itslearning , developer of the itslearning learning management system, is helping attendees at the 2016 ISTE Conference & Expo to be part of topic-specific “professional learning networks” through roundtable sessions on pedagogical best practices. Personalized Learning Roundtable. Creating a New Culture of Teaching and Learning.