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Professional Learning in a Pandemic

Digital Promise

With schools closed and social distancing orders in place due to COVID-19, micro-credentials —which are online and on-demand—allow educators to continue their professional learning without leaving their homes. Micro-credentials support timely topics like distance learning.

6 Ways to Improve Professional Learning

A Principal's Reflections

No matter your position in education, you have gone through some form of professional development. Now, don’t get me wrong; some educators find value in the experiences I have outlined above and have gone on to change their respective practice for the better.

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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). We learned a lot and had some awesome conversations together!

Making Professional Learning Count

Digital Promise

Jennifer is the Director of Educator Micro-credentials. Educators want and need this development for themselves and for their students. Additionally, the vast majority of states require educators to participate in professional development to earn or maintain their teaching credentials.

Flipping Out For Professional Learning

The Web20Classroom

During a professional development session a while back I thought I killed someone. But it was a wake up call to me and the way I approached delivering Professional Development. Think about Professional Development, specifically technology-related PD.

How Micro-Credentials Support Professional Learning

edWeb.net

All educators are lifelong learners, whether they’re figuring out how to incorporate the latest edtech device into their lessons or researching bios on NBA players to help a reluctant reader. On-demand—Educators can work on the skill when they need it, and where it’s convenient.

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.

Palm Trees and Professional Learning

Buncee

I was so excited about sharing my love for Buncee and to meet and learn from so many educators that inspire me daily. One tool that he shared that I can’t wait to learn more about is Empatico. I was amazed at what the educators in this room created with tape and only tape!

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. To Demonstrate Google Classroom as a Tool for Teachers.

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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Extend your professional learning with online tools

Kathy Schrock

This article originally appeared in the Discovery Education blog " Kathy Schrock's Katch of the Month " in May 2019 and is re-posted here with permission. Professional Development by Nick Youngson CC BY-SA 3.0 In addition, you can help others with their own professional learning, too!

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. A common concern for administrators and teachers is the how-to of integrating video into their culture of practice. They also become more comfortable with a video-powered workflow.

Admins: Here’s what teachers think about professional learning

eSchool News

Teachers are overwhelmingly turning to social media and online resources to drive their own professional learning, according to new Speak Up Survey data released by Project Tomorrow on July 30.

3 Ways to Use Video Conferencing with Students Learning Remotely

Catlin Tucker

During this time of social isolation and remote learning, these video conferencing tools are lifesavers. They make it possible for teachers to maintain a human connection with their students and guide their learning from a distance. Below are three suggestions for using these video conferencing platforms to continue teaching students as they learn remotely. #1 If teachers are planning to use video conference to simply transfer information (e.g., Learnin

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Survey: What online professional learning do teachers prefer?

eSchool News

New survey reveals teachers’ professional learning preferences, trends in priorities. The Vision K-20 Professional Learning Survey provides educators and administrators with critical insight to how educators are taking online PL courses, why they take them and who provides them.”.

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.

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).

Over 1,700 Free Educational Videos!

Kleinspiration

MasteryConnect is a place to share common assessments aligned to standards, connect in a professional learning community, and track student performance. They''ve just completed the integration of over 1,700 Khan Academy videos aligned to the Common Core!

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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.

3 Videos Showing Deeper Learning Micro-credentials in Action

Digital Promise

Over the past few months, Digital Promise has traveled the country capturing the stories of educators who have earned Deeper Learning micro-credentials to transform teaching and learning. Deeper Learning through Micro-credentials at Kettle Moraine School District.

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Renaissance Partners With Teaching Channel to Provide New Professional Learning Platform

techlearning

Renaissance and Teaching Channel are partnering to enhance Renaissance-U , an online professional development solution from Renaissance. Teaching Channel will also produce a series of videos demonstrating best practices for successful implementation of Renaissance solutions.

Always missing a tripod? This piece of paper can be your secret weapon for classroom video

Edthena

Before teachers log in to leave comments on their Edthena videos, they must first capture classroom video using any available device in their classroom. After all, no one wants to watch a video lesson that resembles The Blair Witch Project aesthetic.

Bring Science to Life: The Impact of Video Game Simulations

edWeb.net

They probably won’t feed mule deer in the future, but through a thoughtfully constructed interactive video game, learners can build their science proficiency in engaging and meaningful ways. Learning progressions – These build complexity across each dimension, moving through grades.

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Use these Powerful Video Focusing Techniques to Accelerate Teacher Learning, Encourage Deep Reflection, and Facilitate Rich Discussions

Edthena

Discussions of video coaching often are centered around hardware and software: the best camera, the best app, the best video coaching platform. Less often mentioned are the tools we use in our approach to viewing and responding to these videos of instructional practice.

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Redesigning Professional Learning with Video: Igniting District-Wide Leadership and Learning

eSchool News

We also know, from experience, that providing on-going, personalized and relevant professional learning to all teachers within a district is a seemingly insurmountable task. Why principals and teachers on special assignment are key factors in the success of a video-based program.

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.

Colorado Education Association Implements Video Coaching for Improved Teacher PD

Edthena

The Colorado Education Association (CEA) is partnering with Edthena to embed video observation and feedback into courses offered on COpilot, the state’s online professional learning platform. Edthena really is the best video coaching platform we looked at.

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4 Great Alternatives to Google Classroom

Ask a Tech Teacher

In today’s K-12 education ecosystem, most classroom management tools have moved online. The first ‘lite’ option that most educators think of is Google Classroom. It’s only free if you have a G Suite for Education account. Designed by Freepik.

Video Journals to Help Build Powerful Ideas and Reflective Thinking

EdTechTeam

We often hear phrases such as, “student-centered learning” and, “student-directed learning.” Educators often manifest these phrases through the creation of small groups, allowing students to work together, or giving student-choice in projects. Storytelling with Video.

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Expert Mentors: A Professional Development Model for STEM and Maker Education Implementation

User Generated Education

Implementing Maker, STEM, STEAM Education. In order to prevent STEM and maker education from becoming a flavor of the month, there needs to be specific strategies provided to educators on how to embed STEM and maker activities into their curriculum. Professional Development.

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How Video Games Can Teach Reading Just as Well as Books

Edsurge

His tech of choice: video games—specifically narrative-based digital games that engage students by engrossing them in a story. His guiding belief is that “modern video games have the potential to be taught as humanely and deeply as any traditional text.”

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Book Release: Concrete Strategies to Help Schools Accelerate Teacher Growth with Video Coaching

Edthena

A new book aims to help educators successfully make and implement a plan for using video-based learning as part of the classroom observation and professional development process. This book is an important tool that belongs in every school’s professional library.”.

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Video: When to choose iPads vs. Chromebooks

eSchool News

Two educators go head-to-head on which device is better for classrooms. note : In partnership with Lesson Planet , we asked their professional development resource arm, PD Learning Network , for the most popular videos on their site. In the last few years iPads and Chromebooks have both seen astronomical growth in education becoming two of the most popular devices for classrooms and one-to-one programs.

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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?