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5 Tips That Foster Collaborative Professional Learning

EdTech Magazine

5 Tips That Foster Collaborative Professional Learning. Leveraging new technology for professional learning requires some creative thinking — and it also takes money. A few years ago, a group at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte received a grant from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction that paid for notebooks and software for creating a professional development program for elementary school teachers.

Participate.com: Your toolbelt for professional learning

NeverEndingSearch

Participate.com allows us to pull all of this goodness together for ourselves and for the learning communities we serve. It’s definitely time for a revisit. The tabs on the redesigned dashboard represent the realm of learning opportunities. .

MLTI is a Massive Failure: What We Can Do

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On Friday, October 14, 2016, Maine’s Governor Paul LePage announced that he believes the Maine Learning Technology Initiative (MLTI) has been a massive failure. So instead, let’s do things in our classrooms and schools to show that MLTI isn’t a failure.

How to Personalize Professional Learning with Micro-credentials

The PL2C Blog

Many have written about the potential micro-credentials represent for changing professional development as a process. Moving beyond passive sit-and-listen experiences, micro-credentials create active learning experiences as educators apply their learning to their classroom. However, we should consider the consequences of the competencies themselves for personalizing learning. Microcredentials Teaching & Learning

How an LMS Can Solve Professional Learning's Challenges—and Keep Master Teachers Engaged

Edsurge

The idea of using a learning management system (LMS) to deliver professional learning and development to K-12 educators is not new—but it’s not quite mainstream, either. Face-to-face is still the ascendant modality, but LMS-for-PD is gaining serious traction, thanks to the efforts of educational IT innovators like Ken Dirkin. Michigan Virtual has been in the online education space for two decades. How an LMS Makes Personal Learning More Efficient.

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Is MLTI Impacting Student Learning?

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When a district (or a state) expends large sums of money on education technology, it is fair to expect that there would be a return on the investment, especially in improved student learning. There are those that think, for example, that Maine should stop paying for the Maine Learning Technology Initiative (MLTI) since, after 15 years, there has been no improvement in test scores. There is , however, evidence that MLTI is positively impacting learning.

MLTI Fall 2016 Update Notes

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We are excited to have added Amanda Nguyen and Sean Malone to the Learning Through Technology Team. Each is a Maine native, a veteran educator, and a leader in learning technology. As Digital Learning Specialists Amanda and Sean will be involved with designing and implementing our programs, with tech support to schools, and with professional development. It’s time to change how the DOE provides wifi support to classrooms. on Learning.

Free Tools for Accessibility and Inclusive Classrooms

edWeb.net

Accessible technologies help students with disabilities unlock their full potential by addressing a diversity of needs that include learning, visual, hearing, mobility, neurodiversity, and mental health. Dudycha articulated that “inclusion has a new definition along with accessibility.

Finally, Definitive Manual for School Leaders on Engaging in Using Social Media

The 21st Century Principal

In their new book, Why Social Media Matters: School Communication in the Digital Age , authors Kitty Porterfield and Meg Carnes write: “Skill in communication is a key ingredient for school leaders’ success in today’s complex education environment, and this communication now includes social media.” As these author’s suggest, school leaders “can either learn to use these powerful tools or stand hopelessly by and the information good and bad swirls around them.”

My Educator Journey with Micro-credentials

Digital Promise

In many districts, teachers are provided the same professional development regardless of their subject area, grade level, or personal goals. The irony of this is that many of us educators have been successfully navigating the waters of personalized learning for our students, but haven’t been given the opportunity to transition that same approach to our own professional learning. And what I’ve found is that they love having a role in my learning.

Virtual Mentorship for Emerging Leaders

The CoolCatTeacher

Learn about this program, how you can join in, and how you can become a better mentor. Learn more at coolcatteacher.com/guide. Or maybe they’re happy in their classroom now being a teacher, but all all of them are either attaining or will be looking for jobs this spring.

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3 steps for bridging the equity divide in classrooms

eSchool News

The diversity of our student population was not reflective of our teaching staff, which created challenges for students and educators. Why the mis-definition of student equity needs to end.

Move from a Static Classroom to a Dynamic Classroom (Shake Up Challenge!)

Shake Up Learning

The post Move from a Static Classroom to a Dynamic Classroom (Shake Up Challenge!) appeared first on Shake Up Learning. Is Your Classroom Static or Dynamic? Learning doesn’t have to end when the bell rings. Dynamic Classroom Badge. Shake Up Learning 2017.

#STMathChat Gets Educators Tweeting About Blended Learning

MIND Research Institute

Educators from around the country met up on Twitter on January 12th to chat about creating blended learning environments via #STMathChat. Many educators are using Twitter to communicate and share teaching ideas, strategies and tips.

Wanda Terral: 5 Ways to Help Kids Understand Digital Safety Without Scaring Them To Death

The CoolCatTeacher

Vicki: Today we are talking with Wanda Terral, 23-year educator and district tech coordinator in Lakeland, Tennessee. That fear can definitely come in there. They’re learning, and we are providing them that environment to push those boundaries.

Introducing Verizon Innovative Learning schools Connection

Digital Promise

Digital Promise and Verizon Innovative Learning are excited to introduce Verizon Innovative Learning schools Connection —a web app designed to connect members of the Verizon Innovative Learning schools community to each other and to key resources.

Does your district’s PL measure up?

eSchool News

Is your current professional learning (PL) program aligned with the federal definition of professional learning? The Frontline Research & Learning Institute set out to answer these questions in our four-part Bridging the Gap report series.

3 Misconceptions About Innovation in Education

The Principal of Change

“Innovation” is one of the most used words in education right now. Here are some misconceptions about the word that we need to dispell to protect “innovation” in education from becoming a buzzword. It is the same for personal as it is for professional.

5 Key Takeaways from Hacking Google for Education

Gaggle Speaks

Earlier this year, I had the chance to see the authors of Hacking Google for Education: 99 Ways to Leverage Google Tools in Classrooms, Schools, and Districts in action. I featured a review of their book, 140 Twitter Tips for Educators on my site ClassTechTips.com last year.

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Little Authors-Book Creator in the Kindergarten Classroom

EdTechTeam

As I reflect on my teaching practice each and every day, I am confident that my kindergarten students leave my classroom filled with newly acquired knowledge, a kinder heart towards others, and a stronger sense of self-confidence.

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How one district solved its special education dropout problem

The Hechinger Report

A special education student at South Hills High School takes an online quiz about RNA. The district’s reforms to special education have included making sure students use the same textbooks as their general education peers.

Maine Learning Technology Framework

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The Maine Learning Technology Framework describes the key elements and components needed to achieve the greatest learning benefit from a district’s technology investment. The core of the Framework are student learning experiences and a district’s Shared Vision for Learning.

Flattening Classrooms, Engaging Minds With @CoolCatTeacher & @JulieLindsay

EdTechSandyK

Notes from FutureofEducation.com Webinar Steve Hargadon , Moderator Vicki Davis and Julie Lindsay , authors of Flattening Classrooms, Engaging Minds [link] Book was three years in the making. to make education connections. Julie says for anyone involved in education.

Why Spatial Reasoning Is Crucial For Early Math Education

MindShift

Her teacher training program hadn’t mentioned these skills, and yet at a professional development session for math teachers a group of researchers from the University of Toronto explained the large body of research that ties spatial reasoning skills to future success in math and reading.

Adjusting to the Room

The Principal of Change

As someone who does a lot of professional workshops, I am often asked for an agenda ahead of time. How could I organize the learning for the day for a group without actually meeting the group? We often learn more from a person’s questions than we do their answers.

5 Ideas for Fantastic Professional Development

The CoolCatTeacher

Smoke” talks about what makes excellent professional development. FlexPath – only at Capella University – lets teachers work at their own pace to earn their MEd in a competency-based learning format. 5 Ideas for Fantastic Professional Development.

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Getting Started with Minecraft in the Classroom

Graphite Blog

There are already many articles detailing the educational benefits of Minecraft, and though I believe the advantages of using it the classroom far outweigh the disadvantages, the roadblocks can be very real. Issues with styles of facilitation and classroom management, as well as technical problems, can be difficult to figure out. That's why I would like to share with you tips I learned along the way on my Minecraft journey. Teacher has less control of classroom.

How Brooklyn LAB Charter School is Integrating Non Academic Habits into the Classroom

Edsurge

This story is part of a series from EdSurge Research on how schools are redefining student success using MyWays , a framework created by Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC). How a school defines student success influences its design and impacts critical aspects such as professional learning, curriculum, assessment and school culture. Amanda Ronan ( @amanda_ronan ) is a former teacher turned curriculum writer, education journalist and middle-grade author.

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Using the iPad to Enhance Creative Writing in a Junior Preparatory Classroom

EdTechTeam

In a junior preparatory classroom, a great deal of our time goes to teaching children how to write in lines, form letters, write neatly, space their work correctly and introduce the concept of using grammar rules, amongst many other things.

What’s ‘Value Added’ About Tech Tools in the Classroom?

Educator Innovator

I always cringe when educational pundits talk about evaluating teachers according to “value-added” assessment models, as if the value that teachers offer their students could be easily quantified or evaluated according to any standardized metric.

Beyond the Micro-credential: A Teacher’s Unexpected Professional Development

Digital Promise

Over the past 10 years as a teacher (and more recently as an aspiring administrator), I have consistently sought out new and innovative professional development. This work has included gaining a doctoral degree, attending trainings, reading books, going to conferences, and a multitude of other opportunities I have engaged in as others sought to support my personal and professional goals. To put it kindly, I was definitely a work in progress.

Force Users to Make a Copy of a Google Doc!

Shake Up Learning

appeared first on Shake Up Learning. There are lots of ways to make a copy and distribute to students, like using Google Classroom or Doctopus, but this little trick is super simple! Do you need help with learning about sharing? Shake Up Learning 2019.

Finding Your Passion for Teaching

iTeach with iPads

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.-Nelson Educators have to have passion in order to do what they do. It is thought provoking and will definitely get you fired up. I recently was visited by some wonderful educators in Atlanta.

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The Teacher’s Guide to Podcasts

Shake Up Learning

The post The Teacher’s Guide to Podcasts appeared first on Shake Up Learning. As co-host of The Google Teacher Tribe Podcast , and host of the soon-to-be-released Shake Up Learning Show , it’s no secret that I like podcasts. Podcasts for Professional Learning.

Shifting My Teacher Mindset with Micro-credentials

Digital Promise

One of the biggest reasons for my growth as an educator has been competency-based learning. When my district started to explore this approach five years ago, we knew that before we could even begin to understand how to implement competency-based learning, we had to understand why it was important.This meant we had to understand our predispositions and biases we associate with learning, otherwise referred to as our teaching “mindset.”.

The Summer of Social Media

Kyle Pace

It’s also a time that educators can give adequate time to new learning opportunities. One thing that I think summer is great for in terms of professional learning is investing the time to better understand how you can use social media as an educator.

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

TeacherCast

In this Episode, we discuss and demonstrate our favorite Google Apps for Education Tips, Tricks, and Chrome Extensions. The TechEducator Podcast is a weekly round table discussion about current topics in educational technology. Google Apps for Education Tricks Mentioned on Todays Show.

Heading Back To School With @appoLearning

The Web20Classroom

Over the past few months I’ve had the opportunity to check out and learn more about appoLearning. I get asked all the time about the best resources to for educators to drive and direct their personal professional learning.

THANK YOU for 5 Amazing Years of Educational Podcasting! Thank You For Amazing Feedback!

TeacherCast

Jeffrey Bradbury is clearly an innovator and a mover and shaker in the educational technology world. Great information June 12, 2015 by jjbs21 from United States Great podcast with a lot of valuable tips for educators! I learn so much each time I listen or watch a new podcast.

Disengaged Teachers: A Problem We Need to Solve

Catlin Tucker

I frequently hear about high numbers of students who are not engaged in their learning, but I hear less about teachers who are not engaged in their work. How can we expect students to be engaged in their learning if their own teachers are not engaged? Learning