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9 Ways to Upgrade Professional Learning in Your District

Tom Murray

The notion of “effective professional learning” is something that has been discussed for decades. A comparison in the philosophies of today’s school districts yields results that falls across a continuum of who controls the learning. Learning Should be Anytime, Anywhere. .

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. Before we can develop students’ digital literacy, we must first equip teachers with the tools they need to create authentic learning experiences in their classrooms.

Connecting Voices through Robotics: An EdCamp Global Event

Barrow Media Center: Expect the Miraculous

Currently, a group of 2nd-5th graders are meeting every Friday for one hour to learn to code these robots and create projects with them. — edcamp Global (@edcampGlobal) January 23, 2016. I wish I had clued in to EdCamp Global sooner because it was an amazing opportunity.

Educators as Empowered Learners

Tech Helpful

Below is the excerpt from the ISTE Standards for Educators that describes this standard: Empowered Professional Learner - Educators continually improve their practice by learning from and with others and exploring proven and promising practices that leverage technology to improve student learning.

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. EDCAMP professional learning day.

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.

Are Twitter and educational standards divorced?

Kairos EdTech

Originally published on SmartBlog on Education: [link] A lot is being said about Twitter these days in the education arena, and it seems to be a growing trend. These three stakeholders use Twitter to better achieve their purposes.

Virtual Mentorship for Emerging Leaders

The CoolCatTeacher

Jodie Pierpoint on episode 243 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Learn about this program, how you can join in, and how you can become a better mentor. Learn more at coolcatteacher.com/guide.

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Learning Revolution Newsletter - Weekly Free Event Calendar - Conference Keynotes Update - Edcamp USDOE - Digital Citizenship

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

The Learning Revolution Weekly Update June 3rd, 2014 Discovery is seeing what everyone else has seen, and thinking what nobody else has thought. Albert Szent-Gyorgi The Learning Revolution Project highlights our own "conference 2.0" Interested in becoming a Learning Revolution Partner?

Today's Newsletter: Refill Your Learning Toolbox This Summer

techlearning

For those of us in education, summer is a time for relaxation, reflecting, and also new learning. Instagram, Twitter, or personalized Facebook groups allow you to create your own learning opportunities, anywhere, and anytime.

Creating Change

The Principal of Change

Creating better ways for our kids and ourselves to learn. Yesterday, the “Global Day of Design” happened ( #GDD16 on Twitter ) and over 450 schools took part in this an amazing opportunity.

"I Used to be Sitting in Seat 17D" - How I Rejuvenated My Teaching Career

Fractus Learning

They asked me what changed, I simply replied “I started learning again.” At 40 years old I was worried… do 40 year olds learn new technology? As I reread Eric Sheninger’s book for the third time, I decided to take the leap and create a Twitter account.

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

Kleinspiration

My heart sunk when I thought about how this space - a cemetery - resembled the first classroom learning environment that I had created for my first class of fourth graders. These classrooms are seemingly suffering from what I’ll coin, “The Cemetery Effect”.

Taking Control Of Your Professional Development

The Web20Classroom

He is engaging in the classroom, works very hard to meet the needs of all his students and regularly reflects on his teaching to understand his strengths and weaknesses. Over the summer teachers were going to go to some professional development in their content area.

8 Education Books For The Digital Age: The Connected Educator Series #CorwinCE

The Web20Classroom

Ask any of the thousands of teachers who regularly use Twitter, Pinterest, or Facebook about connected education, and you may get an earful about using digital tools as a means to connect with educators and students worldwide. The Edcamp model connects educators to PD like never before.

Meet Six Educators We All Can Learn From

Digital Promise

When Digital Promise and EdSurge considered which educator award categories to include in the 2014 Digital Innovation in Learning Awards , we wanted to highlight five areas where exemplary teachers around the world are using innovative strategies to engage and empower students. One of two Sharing is Caring winners, Sarah Thomas , is a champion when it comes to helping educators create professional learning networks. This blog post was originally published by EdSurge.

Top 5 Ways Teachers can Appreciate Each Other

EdTechTeam

Learn from one another. Don’t wait for someone to come into your room to give you feedback or to see the inspiring work you are doing with students. Invite colleagues to join your classroom for feedback for yourself and ideas that you can share with others. Teachers are amazing.

The 6 Truths Of Effective Educators

The Web20Classroom

6 Truths of Effective Teachers View Their Teaching As A Science And An Art- Most educators, early on in their career, have had one of those moments, at the end of a long successful day, realizing that they learned more in those 8 hours than in their previous 4 years of higher education. Effective Educators are never satisfied with where they are in their practice and are constantly seeking to figure out the best ways to teach and the best ways students learn.

5 Simple Ways to Improve Teacher Professional Development

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. A common cry from teachers across the world is for relevant professional development. So, what can we do to improve teacher professional development? Others learn by hearing.

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3 Steps to Creating Empowered Leadership in Your School

Kyle Pace

All too often in education – whether that be at a conference, in a professional learning workshop, or even at a faculty meeting, we have become used to one person in the room being the “expert”, or the “Oz” around a particular topic.

Give Teachers Credit: They Know Learning Is Social

Edsurge

The future, and increasingly the present, of educator professional development is predicated upon insights and resources shared within professional learning communities. Teachers in 2017 are more likely to learn from a Twitter chat for education than most “sit and get” professional development sessions hosted by their school or district. Education Technology Professional Development Learning Strategies

Flipsnack: A fun way to make interactive online magazines #edtech

The CoolCatTeacher

Mandy Froehlich on episode 192 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Mandy Froehlich talks about a tool she uses in her classroom, Flipsnack. Learn how she uses this tool. Twitter: @froehlichm.

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The end of FlipCon means big changes for flipped learning

eSchool News

FlipCon’s swan song, which starts on July 19 in suburban Dallas , is hardly the end of the movement or of the Flipped Learning Network, the group that has organized the event since 2012. If you’ve never attended a FlipCon, you may have missed your chance.

3 Steps to Creating Empowered Leadership in Your School

Kyle Pace

All too often in education – whether that be at a conference, in a professional learning workshop, or even at a faculty meeting, we have become used to one person in the room being the “expert”, or the “Oz” around a particular topic.

Summer PD Feel Overwhelming? An Improviser’s Mindset Can Help You Keep Cool

Edsurge

With every summer break comes the eight-week-or-so refresh and reset most classroom educators need. But for many of us, professional development opportunities wrestle for space amongst family vacations, home projects, and part-time jobs. A quick tour of the edu-blogosphere reveals numerous reading lists, playlists, conferences, workshops, seminars, webinars, retreats and edcamps to engage with over two short months. Grow your professional learning network.

Effective Digital Leadership: Moving Our Schools Forward

EdTechSandyK

Blog also sets admins up in order to be able to do flipped learning with their staff. link] - Melinda Miller, Principal in Missouri who uses flipped learning with her staff. She talks about mistakes she''s made and what she''s learned from them!

Paperless Please

Hansen's Link to Tech

Sick of picking up paper handouts scattered throughout the school or classroom? Start creating a paperless classroom environment. Even if your classroom isn't a full blown 1:1 you still can limit your paper usage in a variety of ways.

Year of #SayingYes

EdTechTeam

I’m in the midst of my eleventh year in the classroom and have always been a hyper-focused educator. My goal for my students has always been to learn to think for themselves - to take information and understand it on their level, so it makes sense to them. To essentially say yes to learning! I’m not worried about spreading myself too thin here because every experience I encounter is another opportunity for me to learn and to grow professionally.

What if Chattanooga's Connected Educators Were Even More Connected?

Tech Helpful

I had 17 unique educators notice the tweets and respond- three of them were superintendent level educators, a few were edtech edus, at least three were principals or assistant principals and the majority seem to be classroom teachers but I do not know for sure.

Transforming and Personalize PD in Your Own District

MSEDTechie

With traditional one-size-fits-all professional development, many teachers get overlooked and fall through the cracks, just like our students, resulting in poor implementation in the classroom. Edcamps , based on an Unconference model , are free, discussion-based sessions.

Clicking with Cliques at Conferences #Flipcon15 #ISTE2015 #ECET2

Baker's B.Y.O.D.

I would not recommend STARTING to form a Professional Learning Network when attending a conference for the first time. I did not learn about ISTE, ECET2, or Flipcon from an advertisement online or in a mailer. Yup, thanks to a Twitter chat, I'm a published author.

2016 EdTechTeam Impact Report

EdTechTeam

EdTechTeam produced professional development experiences in 10 languages for over 88 ,000 educators in 2016. EdTechTeam is a Google for Education Professional Development Partner and the global leader in Google for Education Certification.

How to Grow Your Edu-Family Tree

Graphite Blog

Both help me develop as a teacher and connect me to other professionals. Your Local Professional Learning Community (PLC) Why? A professional learning community (PLC) shares resources and discusses specific student performances. Finding people is as easy as opening your classroom door. To cement your bond, attend a local conference together or an Edcamp. Use the travel time to reflect together and brainstorm how to apply sessions to your classroom.

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

TeacherCast

Twitter: @TechEdShow ([link]. Learn How to Create a Professional email signature that links to social media accounts. Quick Tweet for Multiple Twitter Accounts. Learn more about YouTube Tools Every Teacher Should Know here: [link]. Download.

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What Should First Year Teachers Know About Tech Integration?

Tech Helpful

I recently participated in a #TnTechChat Twitter chat moderated by @TeachTnTech regarding Technology skills needed in preservice teachers. For many of us in the chat we felt that new teachers are not necessarily entering the workforce equipped for a tech-rich classroom.