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Who Should Facilitate Professional Learning?

A Principal's Reflections

Have you ever paid money to go and watch a professional sporting event, play, or musical? Let me focus the rest of my point on professional sports. There is often a debate in physical and virtual spaces about who should facilitate professional learning for educators.

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.

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. .

3 Simple Questions To Shape Professional Learning

The Principal of Change

I have often heard that there are two types of professional learning experiences; a “warm bath” or a “cold shower.” In my opinion, great professional learning should be a combination of both. This is what shifts learning to action.

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.

5 Ways to Reach Even Resistant Writers with Writer’s Workshop

The CoolCatTeacher

Today Angela Stockman @AngelaStockman gives our writing workshop a makeover. The author of Make Writing , Angela is passionate about creating writing workshop experiences that are relevant to today’s learners and accessible to even the most resistant writers.

For Teachers, a STEAM Workshop Where Arts Are Key

Edsurge

Vicky Zblewski, a 12-year veteran of the 4th-grade classroom, stands at the front of the room wearing a Hawaiian shirt studded with erupting volcanoes, as she reviews some volcanology basics (What is a cone volcano? Students work on a volcano project developed from a special STEAM workshop for educators. But we weren't actually seeing how that was translating into general-ed classrooms.” Education Technology STEM Technology in School

Pilot Implementation Results Reveal creatED Professional Learning by Crayola Energizes Classroom Instruction

techlearning

A year ago, Crayola®, the brand that inspires creativity in education, made a commitment to expand its role in education by introducing its comprehensive professional learning program for educators, creatED Professional Learning. evaluated the program’s leadership, literacy and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) workshops. for more than 115 years,” said Cheri Sterman, director of education at Crayola. “We

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.

Developing a “National Geographic Explorer” Mindset in the Classroom

Digital Promise

Teachers are constantly engaging with others—students, parents, and colleagues—yet they are the only ones with a complete understanding of their classrooms and practices. Other times, I would stick some student work in my professional portfolio and move on to the next unit.

The Case for Coaching Leaders

A Principal's Reflections

Initially, I resisted but then decided that this could be an excellent opportunity to connect with more kids and hopefully in the process pass along some of the life lessons that I learned from my former coaches. For years I was able to teach both in the classroom and on the field.

After The Workshop: PD Comes to Life at PS 176

The Innovative Educator

Innovative Educators understand the value of high-quality professional learning opportunities. They take what they learn and put it into practice in their schools and classrooms. That makes teaching the workshop back at their school to even more teachers possible.

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.

MLTI is a Massive Failure: What We Can Do

More Verbs

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.

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. What a district-wide video-based professional learning program looks like at all levels.

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.

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Could This Be One of the BEST Edu Conferences of 2015? #WGEDD

Kleinspiration

What Great Educators Do Differently - click here to connect to the conference homepage - I've always been "addicted to" professional learning. Since my first year of teaching, I've grown to understand the importance of high-quality professional learning.

Learning Transformed Course

A Principal's Reflections

The reaction to Learning Transformed has been truly humbling. We have also had the honor of co-presenting workshops across the United States. The key to change is not telling, but showing how ideas can transform teaching, learning, and leadership.

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Creative Coding and Robots in the Classroom

edWeb.net

Carrie Willis, Technology Director for Valley Preparatory School and Strategic Outreach Manager for Wonder Workshop, and Caitlin Arakawa, Kindergarten Teacher at Valley Preparatory School, dispel these misconceptions, during a recent edWebinar.

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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Agency: Important for Students and Educators

A Principal's Reflections

Empowerment and ownership need and should be associated with learning to increase relevancy, value, meaning, and outcomes. For sustainable change and innovative practices to take hold let’s evaluate the level of educator agency in our schools.

2018 Education Innovation Clusters Convening: Looking to the Future

Digital Promise

On July 16-18, Digital Promise held the fifth annual Education Innovation Clusters Convening (#EdClusters18) in Philadelphia, with our co-host the ExCITe Center at Drexel University. EdClusters18 focused on clarifying the future vision, tools, and action steps for education innovation.

Innovation and Creativity in the Classroom with Chromebooks

EdTechTeam

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’s passions in education are Genius Hour and Alternative Assessments.

Why we love our PD tools

eSchool News

Ask most teachers what they think of their district’s professional development (PD) and you’ll most likely get a grimace or an outright groan. Video coaching with Edthena provides us with a sustainable and scalable professional development model.

Cultivating and Growing Your Personal Learning Network

edWeb.net

Steven Anderson, Digital Learning and Relationship Evangelist, and Shaelynn Farnsworth, Literacy Consultant, joined Lisa Schmucki, founder and CEO of edWeb.net for conversation with Larry Jacobs on Education Talk Radio on this topic. Listen to the Education Talk Radio interview.

20 New Ways to Use Google Classroom [infographic]

Shake Up Learning

The post 20 New Ways to Use Google Classroom [infographic] appeared first on Shake Up Learning. Expand Your Use of Google Classroom. Google has opened up Google Classroom to users outside of G Suite for Education. 20 NEW Ways to Use Google Classroom.

Hear from Real Teachers about the Benefits of Micro-credentials

Digital Promise

Across the country, educators are demanding opportunities to personalize their professional learning. Research suggests the traditional professional learning methods—typically one-size-fits-all and top-down—don’t meet the needs of today’s educators or their students.

A Helpful Resource to Support Close Reading in the Classroom via Snap!Learning

Kleinspiration

Taking a Closer Look at Close Reading - click here to take a look - I''ve had the pleasure of speaking across the country on a variety of literacy topics, mostly focused on reading and writing workshop. Learning. Learning ? Learning blog. Learning snaplearning teaching

8 great opportunities for educator professional development

eSchool News

The best way to be a great educator is to keep learning, and what better way to do that than specialized educator professional development? And while summer may mean empty classrooms, it doesn’t mean teachers and administrators aren’t working.

Breaking Down the 8 Key Concepts of Computational Thinking

Digital Promise

Across the United States and around the world, educators are being called on to help their students prepare for futures in an increasingly computational world. However, there are still many more educators who do not feel comfortable with computational thinking concepts than those who do.

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Vernier releases free back-to-school resources

eSchool News

Professional learning and support tools include in-person workshops, webinars, video tutorials, grant opportunities and more. Community Forum: Customers can access the forum to exchange advice, trade used equipment, look at DIY projects and discuss lab ideas with other educators.

Tips and Activities for Computational Thinking in the Classroom

edWeb.net

Computational thinking provides an important foundation for learning computer science but can also inspire skills like the 4 Cs (collaboration, communication, creativity, and critical thinking) across other subjects. Creative reflection really captures authentic learning for our students.

Multistate Initiative Will Help Elementary Teachers Integrate Coding and Robotics into the Classroom

techlearning

Nonprofits in eight states are first to partner with developer of popular educational robots; Wonder Workshop initiative will provide teachers with professional development to support state-of-the-art coding and robotics education.

Teaching Educator Digital Literacy With A Pinterest Party

The Web20Classroom

Now, she is a teacher but she didn't go in the hunt of resources for the classroom. The teachers, when setting out on a task to find resources for their classroom were not going to Google like they had done traditionally. Will this resource help students learn?

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”.

Why Computer Science Belongs in Every Science Teacher’s Classroom

Edsurge

During the summer, I taught a computer science course for educators at the Krause Center for Innovation at Foothill College. Within that group were science teachers who decided to spend their summer break learning how to incorporate computer science into their classes. Released in 2013, the NGSS was created to align science education with how scientists actually work and think. MIT’s Starlogo Nova is a simulation tool for the K-12 classroom.

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5 Tips to Get the Most out of ISTE

Indiana Jen

ISTE, the International Society for Technology in Education, is the largest, and sometimes most intimidating, tech conference due to its sheer size and the volume of attendees and vendors. You can look up workshops and presentations by speaker and topic.

5 Tips to Get the Most out of ISTE

Indiana Jen

ISTE, the International Society for Technology in Education, is the largest, and sometimes most intimidating, tech conference due to its sheer size and the volume of attendees and vendors. You can look up workshops and presentations by speaker and topic.

5 Innovative Conferences For Educators And Entrepreneurs To Attend In 2019

EdNews Daily

Did you know that there are almost 100 education conferences every year? Whether you’re a teacher or an education entrepreneur, there is something for you. The SXSW EDU conference brings entrepreneurs and educators together.

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.