The Professional Learning Sweet Spot

A Principal's Reflections

For the better part of my educational career, I always referred to any type of learning to assist me as a teacher or administrator as professional development (PD). For the most part, this consisted of attending mandatory district “PD” days, professional learning communities (PLC)’s or approved off-site experiences such as conferences, workshops, or webinars. Through the use of social media, I realized that I didn’t really need to be “developed.”

How Educators are Using the Exclusive Social Media App Clubhouse

Edsurge

The new social media app Clubhouse is gaining traction across many industries as Influencers, celebrities , and marketing professionals are heading to the app to connect and collaborate. (If It is like going to a conference while I walk my dog.

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Engaging Social Media for Educators

MIND Research Institute

In our latest episode, Brian welcomes Senior Content and Brand Specialist Calli Wright to the podcast for a discussion on how educators can get more out of social media by taking a purposeful approach. Calli delves into the types of content that invite engagement, how different platforms serve different needs, and finding your learning community online.

7 Tips for Using Social Media for Professional Development

Ask a Tech Teacher

Tell me if this sounds familiar: With the 2016 New Year, you resolved to build your Professional Learning Network –finally, to stop living in the 20th century where your world revolved around a sticks-and-bricks building, a landline phone, and the mailbox. You joined all the big social media platforms (Twitter, Facebook, blogging–just for starters). Only accept or seek friends who are in your professional area of interest.

The Summer of Social Media

Kyle Pace

It’s also a time that educators can give adequate time to new learning opportunities. It might mean attending a conference or workshop, working towards a graduate degree, or getting a special certification. One thing that I think summer is great for in terms of professional learning is investing the time to better understand how you can use social media as an educator.

Gamify Your Professional Learning at the CUE 2016 Fall Conference!

CUE

Covina-Valley Unified School District teachers having way too much fun learning about Quizizz at a CUE Launch event. Professional learning can and should be fun! At this year’s CUE 2016 Fall Conference, we are working hard to make the attendee experience even more engaging and enjoyable than years past. Participants will be asked to capture the collaboration and connectivity of the #fallcue experience in the streamlined Chrome Warrior gamified learning environment.

Two Ways to Support Teachers’ Summer Professional Learning

Digital Promise

the summer break is, and that it’s also a great time to engage with colleagues in professional learning experiences not available during the school year. With our first ever Digital Promise Challenge Institute around the corner, we thought it might be helpful to suggest leveraging online funding platforms to support this or other incredible learning opportunities you might have your eye on. On GoFundMe , you can easily use social media to share your “campaign” far and wide.

Supplement Your Professional Learning with edWeb

A Principal's Reflections

Since 2009 I have been a huge believer and advocate for connected learning and the formation of Personal Learning Networks (PLN’s). Now don't get me wrong, I still highly value face-to-face experiences, as there are some natural limits to learning exclusively in a social media vacuum. As digital technology continues to evolve, educators now have numerous options to connect, learn, and grow in both formal and informal ways.

Michelle Luhtala Wins AASL Social Media Superstars Award

edWeb.net

edWeb is so excited to congratulate Michelle Luhtala, department chair at New Canaan High School Library in Connecticut, for being selected as a 2017 AASL Social Media Superstars winner ! AASL’s Social Media Superstars program honors school library professionals who enrich the profession and its work on behalf of students by sharing information, expertise, ideas, encouragement, dialog and inspiration using a variety of social media channels.

What is Collaboration for Professional Learning?

My Island View

After being involved in social media for over a decade, I have made a few observations that might be helpful to folks who use social media, more specifically Twitter, to develop and maintain a Personal Learning Network. I started my Twitter account with a plan and focus to use it to develop collegial sources for my professional learning. Using Twitter for professional learning requires a collaborative mindset.

Please Welcome CUE’s New Social Media Champs!

CUE

We want to take this opportunity to officially announce some new contributors to the CUE voice across our CUE website and social media. But lucky for us, he shares all his learning!! Ryan works as a Technology TOSA and Media Teacher in Rocklin, CA. of EduMatch , a “worldwide community of educators who learn and grow together.” The post Please Welcome CUE’s New Social Media Champs!

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. The data gives district administrators insight into what teachers still struggle with in the classroom, as well as the professional learning approaches they say they most value. Participating in webinars or online conferences (from 15 percent to 34 percent).

7 Great NonProfits Changing the Face of Professional Learning

Tom Murray

When I got connected on social media, my lens was expanded and I became aware of more organizations, as well as their supporting tools and resources. This is the second post in a short series meant to highlight the great work of many nonprofit organizations that are working diligently to support students’ learning on a daily basis. All of these organizations are shifting the needle and rocking professional learning nationwide. Organization: Learning Forward.

Your vibe attracts your tribe: 3 steps for building a Personal Learning Network

Ditch That Textbook

I am at one of the biggest tech conferences in the United States, all by myself, and I have no one to eat lunch with, recap a great session, or explore the exhibition hall with. “I I am here to learn and I will just […]. Ed Tech Teaching personal learning network pln professional learning network social media teachers on twitter teaching twitterI can do this.

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. Social media messages daily.

Engaging More Administrators in Using Social Media

The 21st Century Principal

How do we engage administrators more in using social media and in developing a Professional Learning Network? That was the question at the center of my presentation at the annual North Carolina Technology in Education Society’s (NCTIES) 2011 conference in Raleigh, North Carolina. With all this negative publicity, it’s easy to see why administrators run in the other direction when someone tries to convince them to engage in social media.

I Wonder If This Social Media Thing Will Ever Catch On?

The Web20Classroom

Last weekend I finished up a week of speaking and leading professional development by attending NTCamp in Philadelphia.The purpose was to try and give new teachers a jump start on their year by talking about issues that they might face in their first years and to give them ideas on how to make it and stay in the profession. There were sessions about assessment, technology, professional development and others. Social Media. All possible because of social media.

Virtual Mentorship for Emerging Leaders

The CoolCatTeacher

Learn about this program, how you can join in, and how you can become a better mentor. Jennifer Gonzalez has released her 2018 Teachers Guide to Technology with over 200 education technology tools including tools for assessment, flipped learning, presentations, parent engagement, video engagement and more. Learn more at coolcatteacher.com/guide. Of course all my mentees, the aspiring leaders have volunteered to do this, too, because they want to learn and they want to grow.

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Supplement Your Professional Learning with edWeb

edWeb.net

His work focuses on leading and learning in the digital age as a model for moving schools and districts forward. Since 2009 I have been a huge believer and advocate for connected learning and the formation of Personal Learning Networks (PLN’s). Now don’t get me wrong, I still highly value face-to-face experiences, as there are some natural limits to learning exclusively in a social media vacuum. This post was written by Eric Sheninger.

3 Things To Remember For Every Conference

The Web20Classroom

Written with my friend Shaelynn Farnsworth we break down the simple things any learner can do to make the most of their conference experience. The end of June means signals to many education technology enthusiasts one thing - the annual ISTE (International Society for Technology In Education) Conference is just around the corner. If you are a social media user or a blog reader you may have seen several posts related to getting more out of ISTE.

8 Steps To Teacher-Led, Digital PD

TeachThought - Learn better.

Professional development for teachers is a beautiful thing. While many professionals work either in isolation or total stagnation, educators are constantly given new tools to become better at their craft. But beyond any isolated parcel of teacher improvement lies social media. Most certified teachers have some amount of formal professional development time they must achieve per semester or year. 8 Steps To Teacher-Led, Digital PD. by TeachThought Staff.

Is Edu Connected Collaboration Just Whistling In The Wind?

My Island View

This led me to consider making some professional connections out of necessity. I realized as an adult learner that I learned best through collaboration and that collaboration could only take place if I was in some way connected with other educators. It was considered a social media application for professionals. That was a scary step that in hindsight helped me grow more as a professional than any other individual step I have taken.

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The Age-Old Faculty Meeting Facelift

My Island View

Once the day-to-day school housekeeping topics are removed from the meeting there will be more time for more substantive topics that affect learning in education. Any teams or committees formed from this meeting can be connected through collaborative tools and shared documents to create a professional Learning community. To waste a monthly get-together of the entire staff is an outrage when there are so many real needs that should be addressed or things to learn.

Celebrate Digital Learning Day & Get Your School #FutureReady with @All4Ed & @OfficeofEdTech! #DLDay

Kleinspiration

Future Ready Schools Preparing Students for Success I''m honored to be a part of this year''s annual Digital Learning Day held in Washington D.C. In years past, I''ve followed the event closely from Twitter and through the resources attendees shared out during the conference. Learn more about Future Ready Schools - click here to visit the Office of Educational Technology website for additional resources. What is Digital Learning Day? Why Support Digital Learning Day?

Workplace, Teams, or Slack, Oh My! What's Right for You?

techlearning

No learning curve and it provides an intuitive ease of use. That said, for companies who already pay for O365, and are looking for an internal communication platform, Teams is on its way to becoming a viable online community that also now has video and phone conference features embedded (can be scheduled or instant), the option to have topic-specific conversations (called channels), and the ability to instant message.

Indiana’s Perry Township Announces New Partnership with Discovery Education Supporting the Creation of Equitable Learning Experiences in Any Learning Environment

eSchool News

May 17, 2021) —Indiana’s Perry Township Schools (PTS) today announced the finalization of a new partnership with Discovery Education supporting the creation of equitable learning experiences in any environment. professional learning. SILVER SPRING, MD (Monday,?May

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

NeverEndingSearch

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. Social Media Video : Students watch an online video and identify its strengths and weaknesses.

Assertions and Assumptions Skew Perceptions

My Island View

This post is a direct result of a conference that I recently attended with some of the brightest minds in education. Others had never ever heard of a Professional Learning Network. I am so very fortunate and grateful to be able to travel and participate in Education Conferences worldwide. One factor common to all these educators is that they are attending some form of education conference.

Is Edu Connected Collaboration Just Whistling In The Wind?

My Island View

This led me to consider making some professional connections out of necessity. I realized as an adult learner that I learned best through collaboration and that collaboration could only take place if I was in some way connected with other educators. It was considered a social media application for professionals. That was a scary step that in hindsight helped me grow more as a professional than any other individual step I have taken.

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Is Edu Connected Collaboration Just Whistling In The Wind?

My Island View

This led me to consider making some professional connections out of necessity. I realized as an adult learner that I learned best through collaboration and that collaboration could only take place if I was in some way connected with other educators. It was considered a social media application for professionals. That was a scary step that in hindsight helped me grow more as a professional than any other individual step I have taken.

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Virginia Discovery Education Science Experience Wins Approval

eSchool News

The State Board of Education’s adoption of Virginia Discovery Education Science Experience empowers the state’s school systems to purchase and integrate this innovative digital curriculum into teaching and learning. Discovery Education Professional Learning.

Building Momentum

A Principal's Reflections

In the midst of interviewing candidates for an open vice principal position, calling prospective teachers, and going through mounds of paperwork I managed to make the time to video conference with administrators and educational stakeholders in Virginia, Iowa, New York, and Florida. Speaking to administrators who are skeptical about utilizing social media is something that I am extremely passionate about. This is how I learn best.

Integrating Social, Email, and Content Marketing with edWeb

edWeb.net

Anna Wilmoth, Marketing Director at Gryphon House , recently presented in the webinar, “ Integrating Social, Email, and Content Marketing with edWeb ,” co-hosted by edWeb.net and MCH Strategic Data. Anna discussed how Gryphon House uses edWeb to their expand marketing outreach in order to build stronger relationships with educators and provide them with professional learning. Last, Gryphon House posts on their social media platforms for all webinars.

How To Save a Periscope. #edtech

Kleinspiration

This summer I've shared interviews with keynote speakers from conferences I've attended, brief "how-to" tutorials, and even fun, personal moments. It was great to be a part of the conference, virtually, even if just for a moment. Should it be used more simply for professional learning? Talk about anytime, anywhere learning!

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Discovery Education Appoints Scott Kinney as Chief Executive Officer and Kelli Campbell as President

eSchool News

During that same time, Discovery Education hosted more than 150 online, no cost events designed to provide educators strategies they can use to continue student learning during the pandemic. Inspired by the global media company Discovery, Inc.,