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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. .

Martians in Your Classroom, STEM, and Making Makerspaces Accessible

The CoolCatTeacher

Rachael Mann on Episode 492 The first person to walk on Mars has already been born and is in our classrooms today, so the experts tell us. He or she could be in your classroom or mine. Rachael is a Google Certified Educator with a master’s degree in Educational Leadership.

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6 Ways to Use Twitter To Enhance In-School Professional Learning

The Principal of Change

Here is a tweet I received from Jamie Sweeney on using Twitter to “enhance professional development” : Thinking about ways I might use Twitter to enhance staff development…any ideas? Hashtag for professional learning days (and beyond).

LEARN with Marginal Syllabus (January): Generative Principles for Professional Learning for Equity-Oriented Urban English Teachers

Educator Innovator

Our January reading for Literacy, Equity + Remarkable Notes = LEARN investigates the experiences of three early-career secondary English teachers in urban settings who sought professional development opportunities to support teaching for social justice. At the same time the teachers were putting this assessment to work in their classroom practices, they all took on roles and identities of knowledge producers. January Topic: Professional learning for equity-focused teaching.

8 Things to Look for in Today’s Professional Learning (Part 1)

The Principal of Change

Over two years ago, I wrote “ 8 Things To Look for in Today’s Classroom ”, and more recently, Sylvia Duckworth created the above visual that has been shared numerous times. To be honest with you, professional learning in many cases needs an overhaul.

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

NeverEndingSearch

You may remember Stanford History Education Group (SHEG) for its groundbreaking and utterly depressing report, Evaluating Information: The Cornerstone of Online Civic Reasoning. These tasks are perfect for learning across the curriculum and especially for librarian-led learning.

Qualities of Effective Educator Professional Development

User Generated Education

Most administrators and teachers believe in the importance and value of professional development. Sadly, though, too many teachers believe that those mandatory, one-size-fits-all professional development sessions offered by their schools are a waste of time and money.

Extending Computer Science Education Week with Computational Thinking

Digital Promise

This week is Computer Science Education Week, and millions of students across the United States will participate in an Hour of Code. How do classrooms and schools integrate computational thinking into existing subjects?

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. Here are 15 Google Classroom Tips for Teachers by Teachers!

5 Ways to Organize Assignments in Google Classroom

Shake Up Learning

The post 5 Ways to Organize Assignments in Google Classroom appeared first on Shake Up Learning. Wondering how to organize Google Classroom? I decided to put this question to the Shake Up Learning Facebook group and find out what teachers are doing with this new setup.

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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The Martian Classroom Street Art Project

EdTechTeam

The Martians in Your Classroom: STEM in Every Learning Space just turned into STEAM in Every Learning Space! The Martians in your Classroom. So how does EdTechTeam and The Martians in Your Classroom fit in? Incorporate more Space in the classroom.”.

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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.

Back to School with G Suite: 6 Activities for the Classroom

Shake Up Learning

The post Back to School with G Suite: 6 Activities for the Classroom appeared first on Shake Up Learning. teachers are gearing up for back to school–gathering ideas, planning lessons, and getting their classrooms ready for learning. How do you learn best?

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. As such, it scratches the itch for many teachers in many classrooms right here, right now. 60 Smarter Ways To Use Google Classroom.

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Geo-Inquiry in Project Based Learning

The CoolCatTeacher

Geo-inquiry helps students learn through geographic based explorations. Geo-inquiry expert Jim Bentley (author of the free National Geographic Geo-Inquiry Educator Guide ) talks about what this project-based learning method looks like in his fifth-grade classroom.

I am not an expert, I simply love what I do.

Kleinspiration

Jason is not in education, but who wouldn''t want to visit the beautiful landscape sunny California has to offer? just as I like for my students to think of learning as being fun. He''s writing a series of posts on his blog about how social media supports education for different people.

Google Certified Educator Capacity Matrix (Level 1)

Shake Up Learning

The post Google Certified Educator Capacity Matrix (Level 1) appeared first on Shake Up Learning. Google Certified Educator Capacity Matrix (Level 1). Use This Capacity Matrix to Prepare for the Google Certified Educator Exam! Advanced : I can apply this in my classroom.

From Flipped Classrooms to Flipping with Peer Instruction

Turn to Your Neighbor

In a recent article on flipped learning in USA Today, Nancy Lape of Harvey Mudd College reports finding no statistical difference in students’ learning in a study comparing a “flipped” and a lecture-based classroom. Moreover, is making our lives easier and our students happier the purpose of education? Or is the real Holy Grail designing educational experiences that transform students’ learning worlds and prepare them to thrive in the future?

Discovery Education’s Spotlight on StrategiesContent Now Aligned to McREL International’s Six-Phase Model for Learning

techlearning

–Alignment of Spotlight on Strategiesto Learning Model Helps Educators Identify and Implement New Tactics Supporting the Success of All Learners– Silver Spring, Md. Become interested in learning, 2. Committing to learning, 3. Engaging in learning, 4.

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. They’re learning, and we are providing them that environment to push those boundaries.

Texas’ Richardson Independent School District Selects Discovery Education to Support New STEM Education Initiative

techlearning

- Unique Digital Content Combined with Sustained Professional Development to Help Create Vibrant Culture of STEM in Participating Schools - Silver Spring, Md. Discovery Education’s STEM Connect enhances core curriculum and brings STEM to life in classrooms.

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The New Librarian: How to build a face-to-face PLN in 3 easy steps

eSchool News

By now the term professional learning network (PLN) is used very often, but much of the time it refers to the virtual type, meaning our online colleagues and networks. Fast forward a few months and it’s changed my professional life.

Preservice Teacher Virtual Co-Op Program

The CoolCatTeacher

This program not only helps her preservice teachers learn while doing authentic work, but it helps teachers get help for their classrooms. They offer over 200 graduate-level courses in 19 different subject areas covering both foundational topics and emerging trends in K-12 education.

The Possibilities of PicCollage: Practical Pedagogy in the Classroom

EdTechTeam

Utilising technology within the classroom is something I feel extremely passionate about. I love being creative with technology and using it to enhance the learning of my pupils. Recently, my pupils have been using PicCollage to reflect on their learning at the end of the week.

Equipping Students with the “4Cs” through Micro-credentials

Digital Promise

Educators know that for students to thrive in our constantly evolving world, what they learn must go beyond reading, writing, and arithmetic. But the learning needs of today’s students are. Communication to Support Student Learning in a Digital Learning Environment.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Education Politics. You’ll remember Gove, of course, from his role as the former education secretary and as special friend of News Corp's Joel Klein. Also speaking volumes, the publications that framed the educational fallout from last week’s referendum on EU membership in terms of how it might possibly hurt the business of British ed-tech. Tony Bates looks at “Brexit and online learning in Europe.” ” Education in the Courts.

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5 Reasons Teachers Using Tech are Super Heroes with Kecia Ray

The CoolCatTeacher

If you don’t “get” why technology is important, or know people who don’t, take a listen to understand and learn about transformative practices that work in education. They’re doing awesome things to drive inquiry based learning. Learn about AR and VR.

Discovery Education Adds Engaging New Content Supporting Social Studies, the Earth Sciences and More to Award-Winning Digital Services

techlearning

–Immersive New Content Empowers Educators to Create Dynamic Digital Learning Environments for All Students – Silver Spring, Md. When integrated into classroom instruction, these videos reveal for students the wonders of our natural world.

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Discovery Education Adds Dynamic New Content to Award Winning Digital Services

techlearning

April 19, 2018) – Discovery Education , the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, announced today it has added a variety of new digital assets to its award-winning supplemental and digital textbook services. Silver Spring, Md.

New Content Added to Discovery Education’s Award-Winning Digital Services Boost Teachers’ Ability to Engage Students in Science, STEM, Social Studies, and More

techlearning

–Immersive New Content Empowers Educators to Create Dynamic Digital Learning Environments for All Students – Silver Spring, Md. All three vignettes are now available in Discovery Education Streaming Plus and the Social Studies Techbook.

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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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How Education Elements Guides Districts in Creating Environments that Personalize Learning

Edsurge

There are organizations that support different kinds of transformation in schools and after researching and interviewing some of these organizations, we've learned a great deal about what these changes can look like, how schools go about redesigning aspects of their model, and what types of support they need along the way. In October, we will share a guide highlighting the trends, insights and challenges we've learned about while profiling five key players in the world of school redesign.

10 Strategies to Improve Instructional Leadership

A Principal's Reflections

Not only was I not in classrooms enough, but also the level of feedback provided through the lens of a narrative report did very little to improve teaching and learning both in and out of the classroom. Get in Classrooms More This seem so easy, yet is a constant struggle.

Creating a Vision for Your School and Getting Buy In from Stakeholders

The CoolCatTeacher

In today’s show, learn how one successful district has tackled this process and how they are getting buy in from teachers on the vision during the second year of implementation. Her district has done a lot of work with one-to-one teaching and learning. You have learning beliefs.

Dynamic Content from UNICEF, the National Park Service, USC Shoah Foundation and More Added to Discovery Education’s Award-Winning Digital Services

techlearning

–Exciting New Content Supports Both Student Instruction and Educator Professional Learning - Silver Spring, Md. The recently added content empowers educators to create dynamic digital learning environments that engage students and boost academic achievement.

How the ‘Pre-Professionals’ Title Gives High Schoolers the Upper Hand

EdNews Daily

The high school years are a time for discovering oneself — learning strengths and weaknesses, identifying dreams and goals for the future, developing key communication and real-world skills, and mapping out plans for college or a career after graduation.

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Happy Apples: Fun PD Subscription Boxes for Teachers Made By the District

The CoolCatTeacher

Crystal Marshall-Krauss and her colleagues at the district office in Howard County, Maryland have created a fun way to excite teachers about professional development. Learn about this innovative PD idea and how your district can craft these boxes for your teachers.

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 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.