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.

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. With a PLN, I was able to learn anytime, anywhere, from anyone I wanted for free.

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Edcamps are redefining professional learning

eSchool News

From Portland to Pittsburgh, Seattle to Stockholm, Abu Dhabi to Atlanta, and in hundreds of towns and cities around the globe, authentic professional learning is energizing educators. Edcamps —participatory, teacher-driven professional learning events — are multiplying on a national and international scale, creating local and global communities of passionate educators. Related content: 10 reasons why you’ll love Edcamp as much as I do.

Edcamp Finds a New Home at Digital Promise

Digital Promise

Digital Promise is incredibly excited to welcome the Edcamp Foundation to our family of projects and programs. By fully merging our operations, we believe we can do even more to support the community of educators who organize and attend Edcamps across the United States and around the world.

Powerful Learning at Home with Edcamp

Digital Promise

As schools and districts across the country transition to distance learning, educators are seeking new ways to engage their students in powerful learning experiences at home. Educators connect and collaborate at Edcamps. Join “Edcamp: Powerful Learning at Home”.

New Micro-credentials for Back-to-School Professional Learning

Digital Promise

As part of our robust micro-credential ecosystem, we proudly partner with organizations to provide opportunities for on-demand, personalized professional learning. Clark County Education Association. 21st Century Learning Through Global Education.

Celebrating Maker Learning with the Edcamp Foundation

Digital Promise

On Saturday, November 4, more than 60 educators joined Digital Promise and Maker Ed for Edcamp: Maker Promise , a full day of powerful professional learning through and about making. At the end of the day, while attendees reflected and shared highlights of their experience, one attendee shared how they learned how to sync a micro-bit and was excited to share with their students how to do it. Each year, there are an estimated 50 Edcamps held all over the world.

7 Great NonProfits Changing the Face of Professional Learning

Tom Murray

During my time as a public school employee, I’d occasionally hear about educational organizations that were working to support schools in some capacity. 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. EdCamp Foundation.

Run your meetings edcamp style: The un-faculty faculty meeting

eSchool News

If you’re like most educators, you don’t have the time to waste on unproductive faculty meetings. That’s why administrators and teacher leaders should transform faculty meetings into engaging professional development (PD) opportunities. Want to take it even further with engaging, interactive professional learning community (PLC)-style faculty meetings? You can elevate the motivation and learning to heights that seem unreachable. Edcamp-style faculty meetings!

10 reasons why you’ll love Edcamp as much as I do

eSchool News

Have you ever been in a professional learning (PL) experience where you don’t keep looking at the time, checking Facebook, or texting people? I spend several Saturdays a year at an Edcamp , an unconference-style professional development (PD) for all educators. You might be wondering why I would give up a Saturday to attend an Edcamp, so here are 10 reasons why you will love Edcamps as much as I do. The energy at an Edcamp is electric!

Connecting Personalized Professional Learning to a Bigger Purpose

The Principal of Change

” “Personalized Learning” for educators is something that is gaining more traction in education, and rightfully so. When I think about how to effectively empower educators to create personalized professional learning for themselves, I often think of Google’s “20% time”, where employees had 20% of their own time to move forward Google as an organization. “We

Celebrating edcamp, libcamp, unconference

NeverEndingSearch

For me, it’s been an unconferency kinda week–a celebration of the informal, participant-driven learning experiences that have made huge impact on professional learning culture. The EdCamp Foundation announced the gift of a $2 million dollar, no strings attached, Bill and Melinda Gates grant. It was especially exciting for me because I was there at the birth of the powerful (now international) movement at EdCamp Philly 2010.

5 Tips for Planning a Kidcamp, the Student-Driven #Edcamp

Edsurge

By now you’ve probably heard of edcamps —free, organic, participant-driven, “un-conferences” that empower educators to maximize professional learning experiences and peer networks. As a longtime enthusiast, what I love most about the movement is that at its heart it’s all about educators teaching and empowering other educators. PD After Hours Earlier this year, Hackensack Public Schools hosted its first edcamp at Nellie K.

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. Although recent studies indicate that the top-down, one-size-fits-all, hours-based, sit and get approach to professional learning shows little-to-no impact on student achievement, many districts continue down this path.

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

Edsurge

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? 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. Pull Learning'. Each learning experience is brief, targeted, and modular.

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. Connected Learning. Rationale: The opportunities for learning in our world today are immense and we need to take advantage of the opportunities that are presented to us. This has a major impact in our learning today. What I have started to notice is that you can see some major benefits of being connected in the classroom for the learning environment of our students. What is EdCamp?

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

The Principal of Change

As I am in the process of going deeper into the topic, someone asked me if this is something that we could do in professional development. As someone who is a big believer in creating experiences for educators where they partake in the types of learning that should happen in the classroom, I thought this suggestion made total sense. To be honest with you, professional learning in many cases needs an overhaul. I reflect, therefore I learn. .

Participate.com: Your toolbelt for professional learning

NeverEndingSearch

The many, many years of formal professional development I’ve attended over many, many years in K12 education in no way equals the professional development opportunities I found for myself in the last few years across my online communities of practice and through open structure conferences that offered me choices and flexibility. Participate.com allows us to pull all of this goodness together for ourselves and for the learning communities we serve.

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

The Innovative Educator

When I returned from the International Society for Technology Educators ( #ISTE17 ), I shared in an article that I was disappointed in the lack of diversity in I experienced. 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.

Educators as Empowered Learners

Tech Helpful

I guess I might as well start this series with my soapbox message- the importance that educators continue to be learners and what that looks like in the digital age. Below is the excerpt from the ISTE Standards for Educators that describes this standard: Empowered Professional Learner - Educators continually improve their practice by learning from and with others and exploring proven and promising practices that leverage technology to improve student learning.

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

Edsurge

As testing comes to a close, the next big event for educators on the horizon is summer vacation. 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. Education Technology Events Community

Take Charge of Your Own PL This Summer!

MiddleWeb

Herding educators together for one-size-fits-all professional development often misses the mark of teachers’ real work, says Emily Vickery. Teachers now have tools to tailor their own professional learning "to maximize our growth." Articles Professional Learning Connected Educators Month Digital Promise EdCamp Emily Vickery micro-credentials PLN professional learning sheryl nussbaum beach teacher driven PD unconference

EdCamp Access- Near to MA? Register!

SpeechTechie

I am happy to be helping to organize the EdCamp Access unconference this year. EdCampAccess, in the tradition of EdCamps that have taken place around the world, is an unconference devoted to K -12 educators who work with struggling learners. It is not limited to special educators, but anyone who wants to reach students who struggle with reading, writing, organization, behaviors, executive function skills, etc. professional development

Near to MA? EdCamp Access is 4/8/17!

SpeechTechie

I am happy to be helping to organize the EdCamp Access again unconference this year. EdCampAccess, in the tradition of EdCamps that have taken place around the world, is an unconference devoted to K -12 educators who work with struggling learners. It is not limited to special educators, but anyone who wants to reach students who struggle with reading, writing, organization, behaviors, executive function skills, etc. consultation professional development

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. So how can media specialists get out from the media center and network with like-minded educators without flying to ISTE or AASL? Fast forward a few months and it’s changed my professional life. Despite that, I learned more in one hour than I had in several all-day formal sessions.

Creating Future Ready Schools and Classrooms

Tom Murray

How can schools and districts systemically create a vision of teaching and learning that’s personal, authentic, relevant, and harnesses the power of technology? FRS) , is helping thousands of schools create these types of learning experiences for kids. In a Future Ready district, curriculum, instruction, and assessment are tightly aligned, redesigned to engage students in 21st Century, relevant, technology-empowered, deeper learning. Personalized Professional Learning.

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

New Cohort Opportunity for Designing Powerful Learning Experiences

Digital Promise

In September, Digital Promise launched a series of events to support educators with continuing and growing maker learning opportunities that meet the needs of learners through distance learning and beyond. Maker Learning @ Home Cohort. Blog Maker Learning

Embracing Our Inner Makers: Hands-On Learning During COVID-19 and Beyond

Digital Promise

Maker Learning is Powerful Learning. As educators, we know we cannot press pause on Powerful Learning; we must find ways to give our students powerful, hands-on experiences while navigating today’s additional complexities. Edcamp: Maker Learning.

The 6 Truths Of Effective Educators

The Web20Classroom

In all the work I have done with countless educators from across the world I believe we can break them down into two groups. Effective Educators are those that have a set of truths that they live by. They know they have limits yet are constantly seeking minute improvements to continue growing themselves as an educator. Rather they know there is still much to learn and that each day is an opportunity to practice, fail, examine, reflect and try again.

Inspired Learning to Get Results Now at #ModelSchools

A Principal's Reflections

Rigorous and Relevant Adult Learning Fuels Rigorous and Relevant Schools Solving ill-structured problems. Daggett calls “Quadrant D” learninglearning experiences that are both rigorous and relevant. Image credit: https://khspd12.wikispaces.com/ Most teachers and education leaders today agree that our schools need a nudge in the direction of rigor and relevance. P.S. I will be there as well leading sessions on digital leadership and learning.

Fueling the Leaders

Tech Helpful

Yesterday I got back from spending a day and a half at Emory University free of charge thanks to the Gates Foundation and the Edcamp Foundation. Edcamp Organizers Summit was an amazing opportunity for those of us that have been on the planning committees for local Edcamps. It was an honor and a privilege to represent Chattanooga's Edcamp Gigcity. As I met new edcamp leaders from all over the south I found myself growing with excitement.

8 Education Books For The Digital Age: The Connected Educator Series #CorwinCE

The Web20Classroom

My book, The Relevant Educator ships today. Below is a post (thanks to the most awesome Mark Barnes) about the entire Connected Educator Series from Corwin. Ask any of the thousands of teachers who regularly use Twitter, Pinterest, or Facebook about connected education, and you may get an earful about using digital tools as a means to connect with educators and students worldwide. Enter Corwin Press and the Connected Educators Series.

Learning Revolution Newsletter - Weekly Free Event Calendar - Conference Keynotes Update - Edcamp USDOE - Digital Citizenship

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

The Learning Revolution Weekly Update June 3rd, 2014 Discovery is seeing what everyone else has seen, and thinking what nobody else has thought. Albert Szent-Gyorgi The Learning Revolution Project highlights our own "conference 2.0" virtual and physical events and those of our over 200 partners in the learning professions. To subscribe to this newsletter, please sign up at the Learning Revolution. Interested in becoming a Learning Revolution Partner?

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 began my connected collaboration as an educator over a decade ago. 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. They depended too heavily on what was taught about education years ago rather than what was currently being taught.

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