How Are Educators Continuing Powerful Professional Learning Online?

Digital Promise

In June, the Edcamp Community joined our Digital Promise family. The Edcamp Community supports educators to organize and participate in participant-driven professional learning designed by and for educators. Upcoming Edcamps are always listed on our webpage.

What is an EdCamp?


Edcamps are organic, participant-driven professional learning experiences for educators across the country and worldwide! I would say the key difference between an Edcamp and a typical educational conference is that they are unstructured and the sessions are based on sharing expertise. Here is how my experience of Edcamp went (I live tweeted during the day): What happened at #edcampBKK ? — EDTECH 4 BEGINNERS (@edtechneil) April 1, 2017.


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7 Great NonProfits Changing the Face of Professional Learning

Tom Murray

As mentioned in my previous post 16 Great NonProfits Working to Support EdTech in Schools , prior to my role as the Director of Innovation for Future Ready Schools, I spent 14 years in a public school in Pennsylvania as an elementary and middle school teacher, middle school and elementary principal, and district level technology director. All of these organizations are shifting the needle and rocking professional learning nationwide. EdCamp Foundation.

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. Donna MacDonald (Vermont) and Jenny Lussier (Connecticut) are two wonderful friends who inspire me through my professional learning network, and they also have these robots on loan. Jenny and Donna wrote their robotics loan application with plans to collaborate with one another, and they have invited my students to jump in to their learning.

The 13-Strategy Checklist to Invite Diversity Into Professional Learning Opportunities

The Innovative Educator

9) Support and promote EdTech facilitator and workshop presenter, Carla Jefferson ‏ (@mrsjeff2u ) recommends looking for presenters of color and finding ways to highlight and support their work. Learn from and converse with a diverse collection of colleagues by following, liking, and responding to them. 11) Empower staff Supervisors can be mindful to allocate days (5 - 10 per year) for staff to attend professional learning opportunities. However, I am still learning.

How Kristen Swanson Applies Her Classroom Experience to Lead ‘Professional Learning’ at Slack


What’s a typical day like for the director of learning at Slack, the fast-growing messaging app that aims to eliminate the need for e-mail? Before she landed at Slack, Swanson was already a well-known figure in edtech. She began her career as a third-grade teacher, later served as director of technology for a school district, then directed a research department at BrightBytes, which helps K-12 administrators and school leaders align school spending with learning outcomes.

From EdCamps to Google, 11 Professional Development Offerings for Teachers This Summer


Yes, fill your schedule with cookouts and sunbathing, but also make time for some professional development this break. To help you stay sharp while getting that much-needed vitamin D, we have a gathered a list of professional development activities geared towards teachers, offered for free or at relatively low-cost. Click on the pins on the training map to find a professional development opportunity near you.)

Three Ways That Rural States Can Become the Hotbeds for School Edtech Innovation


Technology has been a key component in the planting, fertilization, growth and eventually, the blossoming of new statewide initiatives including distance education and new professional learning opportunities for educators that have benefitted students in a variety of ways. I argue that rural states are where edtech companies, investors, and media outlets should be looking to to see truly innovative implementation of technology.

My EdcampNJ Highlights

Baker's B.Y.O.D.

On December 1st, 2012, educators from NJ and surrounding areas congregated at Linwood Middle School in North Brunswick for EdcampNJ''s free day of professional development. Photo Credit: Kevin Jarrett High & Low-tech for Optimal Learning Not only teachers able to share ways to integrate technology in the classroom, but I also learned some low-tech techniques as well. Keep those eyes peeled at Edcamp-- resources can be found anywhere!

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Google Meet – SULS0110

Shake Up Learning

The post 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Google Meet – SULS0110 appeared first on Shake Up Learning. In this episode with Shake Up Learning Trainer and Community Manager, Pam Hubler, we explore the new updates to Google Meet. Watch this quick video to learn how!

Taking Control Of Your Professional Development

The Web20Classroom

Over the summer teachers were going to go to some professional development in their content area. The district had looked over where the majority of teachers were weak and were going to provide them some learning in those areas. Many schools and districts are trying to do the right thing by meeting the needs of as many educators as possible when it comes to professional learning. Often we talk about the need for more personalized learning for students.

Google Challenges for Teachers! (FREE Template by Pam Hubler)

Shake Up Learning

FREE Template by Pam Hubler) appeared first on Shake Up Learning. Virtual PD, or virtual professional learning, is more than just making things digital. AND, I will be sharing some new professional learning options myself, and here on Shake Up Learning.

Sparking a Culture of Innovation in Northern New Jersey

Digital Promise

From creating academies for student learning in Leonia School District to establishing a STEM program for girls in Wyckoff School District, there is plenty of great work to spotlight and learn from in Northern New Jersey. Education Innovation Clusters (EdClusters) are local communities of practice that bring together stakeholders across sectors to support innovative teaching and learning in their region. Visit Digital Promise to learn more about Education Innovation Clusters.

#PottyPD: How to Make the Most of a Captive Audience (FREE TEMPLATE) – SULS043

Shake Up Learning

The post #PottyPD: How to Make the Most of a Captive Audience (FREE TEMPLATE) – SULS043 appeared first on Shake Up Learning. We are talking about some alternative ways to share professional learning tips and strategies through what has been dubbed as #PottyPD.

How Educators are Using the Exclusive Social Media App Clubhouse


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 Lindsay Portnoy (@lportnoy on CH) is a cognitive scientist and author of “Designed to Learn.”

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.

A Framework for Blended PD (Part 2) – SULS072

Shake Up Learning

The post A Framework for Blended PD (Part 2) – SULS072 appeared first on Shake Up Learning. As most schools in the US prepare for the start of school online or in some blended format, it’s important to think specifically about teachers’ professional learning.

5 Simple Ways to Improve Teacher Professional Development

The CoolCatTeacher

A common cry from teachers across the world is for relevant professional development. So, what can we do to improve teacher professional development? This month’s question is about how to improve teacher professional development. Think of it this way — Some students learn by seeing. Others learn by hearing. Others learn by doing. But no one learns one way. So, when you have many ways of teaching material, nearly every student learns better.

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Google Success Story: Pam Hubler, Google Certified Trainer

Shake Up Learning

The post Google Success Story: Pam Hubler, Google Certified Trainer appeared first on Shake Up Learning. You may recognize Pam, as she is very active on social media and serves as one of the community managers of the Shake Up Learning Facebook Group. She is passionate about professional development, technology integration, and building a strong culture in schools. She has presented at FETC, the EdTechTeam Low Country Summit, and EdCamps. Shake Up Learning 2018.

Give Teachers Credit: They Know Learning Is Social


The parallels between the early days of the world wide web and today’s edtech scene are surreal. There is a lot of noise in edtech today, mostly coming from technology and consumer marketing-oriented companies. The future, and increasingly the present, of educator professional development is predicated upon insights and resources shared within professional learning communities. Education Technology Professional Development Learning Strategies

THANK YOU for 5 Amazing Years of Educational Podcasting! Thank You For Amazing Feedback!


Information from A to Z on EdTech and teaching, it should you your go-to resource. Connected Educators Must May 13, 2015 by @mgrudnel from United States Jeff has been so accommodating and welcoming as he helped introduce me into the world of connected learning and podcasting. I learn so much each time I listen or watch a new podcast. Technology Integrationist February 17, 2015 by Miss Rumphius from United States I learn so much from this team.

Building STEM and Movement Skills Outside of School

distance learning comes into play. But, vetted virtual programs can match the depth and impact of in-school learning experiences. And can turn students off from learning that they see as less than engaging and even stagnant, especially without the opportunity to move around.


How to DIY Your Distance Learning PD

Graphite Blog

But with the coronavirus pandemic disrupting more traditional professional learning opportunities like in-person conferences and workshops, it's time for you to chart your own course. Fortunately, there are plenty of informal ways to learn and grow professionally on your own.

"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? I didn’t think I had the courage to step outside my comfort zone to learn the technology that would cause me to not only learn, but teach to the students. I flipped my AP Gov class and although there was a learning curve, I will never go back to traditional lecturing.

Transforming and Personalize PD in Your Own District


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. Differentiation and personalized learning opportunities are just as important for teachers--creating empowering learning communities is key. Here are few of the unique ways educators are given opportunities to expand their learning environment through creative measures.

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. To cement your bond, attend a local conference together or an Edcamp. Your Global Personal Learning Network (PLN) Why? Hashtags are also how you connect with people in edtech chats.

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. I've been wondering who in my area is leveraging the learning ability of social media for their school practices? At Edcamp Gigcity last spring there was a session about citywide collaboration.

Connecting Teaching, Learning, & Leadership


Notes from an Webinar 4/28/14 Dr. Joe Mazza Director of Connected Teaching, Learning & Leadership North Penn School District Dr. Mazza just took on his position in December. He is a project manager, promoting connected teaching, learning, & leadership. You have taken control of your own learning You have made the decision to be a public learner, swimming through social media waters using tools like Twitter, Google+, Linked In, blogs, etc.

Do-It-Yourself Professional Development

Graphite Blog

During the school year, the professional learning we receive can be very district- or campus-centered. Although these learning paths are important to the implementation and attainment of district goals and initiatives, the beauty of summer learning (and summer vacation) is that you can turn your attention toward your own professional learning and growth. If you are a classroom teacher, the following learning paths or opportunities may be ideal for you.

Do-It-Yourself Professional Development

Graphite Blog

During the school year, the professional learning we receive can be very district- or campus-centered. Although these learning paths are important to the implementation and attainment of district goals and initiatives, the beauty of summer learning (and summer vacation) is that you can turn your attention toward your own professional learning and growth. If you are a classroom teacher, the following learning paths or opportunities may be ideal for you.

What effective professional development DOESN'T look like.

Kairos EdTech

Professional development (PD) is one for those things you either love or hate. Professional development is coaches or administrators teaching teachers. Can you see how the way we do PD impacts the way our teachers perform and therefore the way students learn? Role modeling doesn’t have to end with teachers: EdTech coaches, technology integrators, tech directors, principals and superintendents all have to model what effective learning and teaching are.

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


Learn How to Create a Professional email signature that links to social media accounts. Learn more about YouTube Tools Every Teacher Should Know here: [link]. View LIVE Professional Development from TeacherCast. Information from A to Z on EdTech and teaching, it should you your go-to resource. I learn so much each time I listen or watch a new podcast. I always take what I learn and teach other teachers. Download. Listen in a New Window. iTunes.