25 professional learning conversation stations

Dangerously Irrelevant

This past Thursday I created 25 professional learning ‘conversation stations’ for my principal licensure students. I printed them all out and spread them around our classroom (which is a school library). The idea was to expose our preservice administrators at the University of Colorado Denver to a variety of ways to foster and facilitate adult learning beyond schools’ traditional, moribund professional development sessions.

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? Inquiry Based Learning” is something that I have been spending a lot of time looking into lately, not only from the perspective of how it could be done in the classroom, but for staff professional learning. These powerful learning experiences engage students deeply.”.

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Integration of Digital Badges to Acknowledge Professional Learning

A Principal's Reflections

The following is cross-posted at Laura Fleming''s blog titled Worlds of Learning. Laura is the new media specialist at NMHS and has been challenged to develop innovative ways to create structures to recognize informal learning of both teachers and students. I am proud to announce Worlds of Learning @ New Milford High School , a digital badge professional learning platform. The badges will also of course be showcased on the Worlds of Learning @ NMHS site.

A State-Wide Model for Online Professional Learning

edWeb.net

Faced with implementing new standards and inquiry-based instruction for over 180 school districts and over 30,000 social studies teachers with a department of two people, the social studies team at the Georgia Department of Education turned to virtual learning communities on edWeb.net to reach Georgia teachers and leaders. The impact on student learning. What they’ve learned over the past two years as they start year three. How do you know it’s impacting student learning?

15 Ways to Use Google Classroom in Professional Learning – SULS034

Shake Up Learning

The post 15 Ways to Use Google Classroom in Professional Learning – SULS034 appeared first on Shake Up Learning. Google Classroom is a fantastic tool for teachers and students in the K12 classroom. But did you know, Google Classroom is also a great learning tool for adults, too? Today, I am going to share with you 15 Ways to Use Google Classroom in Professional Learning. Learn more and see the course curriculum.

edWeb’s Research-Based Practices for Personalized Professional Learning

edWeb.net

Report prepared by Cambridge Learning Group. Rock Valley Community School District in Iowa relies on edWeb.net to support its professional development program for teachers. In each case, edWeb.net provides critical support that empowers Rock Valley leaders to implement research-based practices: Content-based professional development through edWeb.net resources applied to instruction. Active learning through structured online activities and classroom application.

8 Things to Look for in Today’s Professional Learning (Part 2)

The Principal of Change

(This is the second of two parts on professional learning. It is based on the visual below that was created by Sylvia Duckworth and adapted from “ 8 Things to Look for in Today’s Classroom “ ). Connected Learning. Rationale: The opportunities for learning in our world today are immense and we need to take advantage of the opportunities that are presented to us. This has a major impact in our learning today. Connected Learning.

Participate.com: Your toolbelt for professional learning

NeverEndingSearch

The many, many years of formal professional development I’ve attended over many, many years in K12 education in no way equals the professional development opportunities I found for myself in the last few years across my online communities of practice and through open structure conferences that offered me choices and flexibility. Participate.com allows us to pull all of this goodness together for ourselves and for the learning communities we serve.

Shoot, I Did It Again: 3 More Ways to Implement Video in Professional Learning

Edsurge

More and more schools and organizations are wanting to integrate video as a professional learning tool for teachers. At Edthena , a video coaching and professional learning platform, we work with many organizations working with video for the first time. We recently offered three actionable ideas for using video coaching that we’ve learned from our own partners. Below find three more go-to ideas for using video to power teacher professional learning.

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. The challenge of documenting and assessing maker empowerment is a tricky one.

4 Great Alternatives to Google Classroom

Ask a Tech Teacher

In today’s K-12 education ecosystem, most classroom management tools have moved online. 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. The first ‘lite’ option that most educators think of is Google Classroom. shared classroom space. Designed by Freepik.

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Prioritizing Professional Development, During and After the Pandemic (eSchool News Podcast)

Edthena

Vrain Valley Schools in Colorado became that much more important as professional development stayed a pandemic priority. Professional Development Should Stay a Pandemic Priority. As we talked before the recording, we want to focus a little bit on professional development.

Issuing Micro-Credentials to Your Teachers Can Reward Competency

Edthena

Micro-credentials are an emerging method for helping teachers document their professional learning. They offer districts an innovative way to document teachers’ skills while allowing the teachers to share their progress with others via a digital badge.

Google Classroom Comments: All You Need to Know! – SULS086

Shake Up Learning

The post Google Classroom Comments: All You Need to Know! – SULS086 appeared first on Shake Up Learning. Feedback is a crucial part of the learning process, and with Google tools and Google Classroom, giving feedback on digital assignments has never been easier.

6 Professional Opportunities for Learning More About Classroom Design!

Kleinspiration

6 Professional Opportunities for Learning More About Classroom Design Back to school is always an exciting time filled with rich opportunities to learn and share with colleagues, grade level teams, and friends in your professional learning network. Tonight, I''m hosting two opportunities for professional learning. It will be a great collection of amazing classroom spaces, and we''d LOVE to feature your space.

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

NeverEndingSearch

SHEG currently offers three impressive curricula that may be put to immediate use in secondary classrooms and libraries. 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.

The Growing Potential of Micro-Credentials

A Principal's Reflections

There is a great deal of talk these days about micro-credentials and digital badging as a means to acknowledge professional learning of educators. In Uncommon Learning I provide insight into Laura Fleming’s pioneering work in this area with the simple premise of acknowledging the informal learning that many educators now engage in on a daily basis. Micro-credentials can be used to guide, motivate, and validate informal learning.

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. Google Classroom + Meaningful Feedback = Winning Combination! In this post, we will explore ways to give meaningful feedback in Google Classroom. Feedback is an essential piece of the learning process that often gets overlooked or watered down. This is not just about finding errors for students, but using feedback as a strategy for learning.

Quickly Turn Comments into Clear Professional Goals with New Edthena Commitments

Edthena

And somewhere within this busy schedule, teachers are also participating in professional learning to continually increase their effectiveness. With Edthena for video-powered PD , this means the teacher is recording a classroom video, discussing with others for feedback, and (hopefully) determining a next step for what to change or what to try next. Our own desire is to help teachers take these next steps from good idea to in-classroom action.

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. Microsoft has developed free mainstreamed non-stigmatized learning tools such as Immersive Reader, Inclusion Math, Translator and Closed Caption that empower classroom and special education teachers to create inclusive, accessible learning environments for all students.

5 Ways to Transform Your Classroom into a Voyage of Discovery with Sarah Reed

The CoolCatTeacher

Show Sponsor: PowerSchool This summer, PowerSchool announced the Unified Classroom. The Unified Classroom brings together the teacher’s grade book, learning management system, student information system, and assessment in one powerful platform with just one log in. Take a look at the unified classroom from PowerSchool at coolcatteacher.com/powerschool. Learn about the Unified Classroom. 125 5 Ways to Transform Your Classroom into a Voyage of Discovery.

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. She fell in love with inquiry-based learning and made her way to her district office first as an EdTech TOSA and then as the district Instructional Technology Coordinator. Kate is a Google Certified Innovator and Trainer and is a Certified PBL Teacher in Project-Based Learning from the Buck Institute.

Common Classroom Management Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

edWeb.net

In his recent edWebinar “Classroom Management Mistakes That Undermine Your Authority,” Shannon Holden, Assistant Principal at Republic Middle School in Missouri, explained the importance of establishing the teacher’s control from the first day of school and the common mistakes educators make when trying to maintain a productive educational environment. Sending students to the office without documentation: Sending students to an administrator should always be the last step in the plan.

Stopping Out-of-Control Classroom Behavior From the Start

edWeb.net

In order to maintain good behavior in the classroom, a standard must be set at the beginning of the year, and that action plan should include a system for addressing off-task behavior, contacting parents, and a way to document what is happening. Ideally, this plan begins on the first day of school and includes having a seating chart, a KWL chart (know, what to know, learn), a discipline plan, and student information sheets.

15 Google Classroom Tips for Teachers

Shake Up Learning

The post 15 Google Classroom Tips for Teachers appeared first on Shake Up Learning. 15 Google Classroom Tips for Teachers! Google Classroom is one of the most popular digital tools for the K-12 classroom. It has improved vastly over the years, and teachers have learned how to make the most of this flexible assignment manager and communication hub. If you are not already a member of the Shake Up Learning community, click here to join. (Be

60 Smarter Ways To Use Google Classroom

TeachThought - Learn better.

60 Smarter Ways To Use Google Classroom. Google Classroom is quietly becoming the most powerful tool in education technology. It may not be as forward-thinking as we’d like here at TeachThought, but Google Classroom excels in providing solutions for a broad swath of teachers who have a variety of expertise and comfort level with education technology. As such, it scratches the itch for many teachers in many classrooms right here, right now. Flip your classroom.

Implementing STEAM Projects in PreK and Kindergarten Classrooms

edWeb.net

Rather than teaching individual subjects in isolation as part of a STEAM project, Marnie and Debby recommend integrating activities to optimize learning. Technology: Using tools to learn and work. This broadcast was sponsored by Kaplan Early Learning Company.

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? Meaning, does your classroom offer one-and-done types of learning activities, or does the learning grow, inspire, and evolve throughout the year and beyond? Learning doesn’t have to end when the bell rings. The learning takes on a life of it’s own; it becomes dynamic.

How to Create a Summer Writing Notebook

The CoolCatTeacher

Urkund: Today’s Sponsor Urkund is great as a plagiarism prevention tool and connects with most common Learning Management Systems like Google Classroom, Moodle, and Canvas or as a stand-alone web tool or by email. So, if you use another text similarity detection tool, or if you haven’t used one yet, now is the time to start your free trial at www.coolcatteacher.com/detect and learn more about Urkund today. Others are working in makerspaces or studios or art classrooms.

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Annotate, Collaborate, and Learn with Marginal Syllabus and Educator Innovator

Educator Innovator

Starting in April, Educator Innovator will host a dynamic opportunity for open learning via author partnerships, annotathons (more on these below!), The founders of Marginal Syllabus aim to advance educator professional development about education in/equity through the use of participatory learning technologies. You can learn more at the Marginal Syllabus website. We look forward to learning with you!

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

edWeb.net

Teachers are bombarded regularly with new digital tools for their classrooms. 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. Shannon gave the following tips for those who want to start using WhatsApp in their classroom: Send students a writing prompt and have them respond by describing what they see.

Offline Choice Boards: How Are You Integrating Offline Learning into Your Online Class?

Catlin Tucker

Teachers are scrambling to move their offline courses online to ensure that students continue learning for the remainder of the school year. Understandably, the focus is on online learning as that is a new and unfamiliar learning landscape for a lot of educators. Learning

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. Although I do have some objectives in my mind of where the group could go, I usually send a rough itinerary to the organizer on a google document. The reason I share it specifically on a google document is because I know that I won’t be sticking with it, whether it is the time or the activities. We often learn more from a person’s questions than we do their answers.

Back to school for teachers – My tips for a digital classroom

Tomorrow's Learners

With the start of the 2017 school year just around the corner, it’s time for teachers to get ready for a new year full of innovative and future-focused learning opportunities for their students. With technology continually changing, teachers will always have the chance to try something new and I would challenge all teachers to take a risk and implement something that they haven’t tried before – not only should our students be learning but we should be as well!

Beyond "Ditching the Desks," 9 Creative Ways to Avoid "The Cemetery Effect"

Kleinspiration

Avoiding “The Cemetery Effect” a collaborative post via Thomas Murray and Erin Klein - click here to download Erin's FREE 18 page eBook with images, templates, printables, and more - This first segment reads from the Voice of Thomas Murray : State and District Digital Learning Director for the Alliance of Excellent Education , Washington D.C. These classrooms are seemingly suffering from what I’ll coin, “The Cemetery Effect”. What type of learning space would you want to learn in?