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Professional Learning Networks (PLN)

Tom Murray

Recently, I had the opportunity to record a Google Hangout with four connected educators on “Growing Your PLN.” Lyn Hilt (@l_hilt), Nick Provenzano (@thenerdyteacher), Lisa Dabbs (@teachingwthsoul) and Patrick Larkin (@patrickmlarkin) joined the conversation and shared a wealth of advice on how educators can develop a strong personal learning network. What is a personal learning network?

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! To that end, a group of 14 educators have been busily designing tasks, missions, and challenges for attendees. Participants will be asked to capture the collaboration and connectivity of the #fallcue experience in the streamlined Chrome Warrior gamified learning environment.

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Important Lessons Learned During the Pandemic and How They Can Drive Needed Change

A Principal's Reflections

After some time, we have seen an initial move to all remote learning, depending on where you live, a shift to some sort of hybrid model. A spike in cases has led to buildings being closed again and a resumption of remote learning in some locations.

Is Homework Compatible With Personalized Learning?

Edsurge

But just as continual development of the iPhone eventually renders older prototypes obsolete; so too are new educational technologies pushing us past differentiation towards personalized learning. Transitioning to a personalized learning environment doesn’t happen overnight—it’s a process. We start asking deeper questions and setting loftier goals for ourselves as educators. Education Technology Personalized Learning Learning Strategies

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. Iowa went 1:1 with computers for students in 2008 which meant that teachers could extend the learning beyond the four walls, so they needed to re-imagine learning. It helps teachers extend their learning beyond the four walls.

Connecting Personalized Professional Learning to a Bigger Purpose

The Principal of Change

I received this question and image from David Voves today regarding a passage from “ The Innovator’s Mindset “: “Reading today and with personalized pd, I always question what I have in orange. ” “Personalized Learning” for educators is something that is gaining more traction in education, and rightfully so. The easiest way to understand if a staff member’s learning is connected to a broader vision is to ask them.

3 Ways to Streamline Expectations While Making Things Easier for Educators

A Principal's Reflections

Educators are stressed, worn-out, and constantly wondering when the pandemic will end. The fact remains that there was no professional learning to prepare for the reality that everyone is facing nor a plan for something like COVID19.

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edWeb’s Research-Based Practices for Personalized Professional Learning

edWeb.net

Report prepared by Cambridge Learning Group. Rock Valley Community School District in Iowa relies on edWeb.net to support its professional development program for teachers. In each case, edWeb.net provides critical support that empowers Rock Valley leaders to implement research-based practices: Content-based professional development through edWeb.net resources applied to instruction. Active learning through structured online activities and classroom application.

The Makings (and Misgivings) of a Statewide Effort to Personalize Learning in Massachusetts

Edsurge

In Massachusetts, an emerging partnership between private funders and the state department of education aims to help teachers across the Commonwealth learn, share and spread best practices when it comes to leveraging new instructional models and technologies. Formed in December 2016 by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (MESE) and the. You can personalize learning just fine without technology. Personal Concerns.

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. .

High-Agency in the Remote and Hybrid Classroom

A Principal's Reflections

Educators desperately want and need support. To achieve this goal, we must first examine the foundational elements that lead to successful teaching and learning, whether the environment is remote or hybrid. Without a doubt, this will be and has been, more time consuming for educators.

Not Just About Students: The Importance of Personalizing Learning for Teachers

Edsurge

My journey as an educator began thirty years ago and—I’ll admit—references to personalized learning were never mentioned or formally discussed back then. We consider physical changes as being individual and unique, yet do we recognize that each person’s learning journey can be just as individual? Notice, I said “students,” but let’s remember that lifelong learning is for all—including those educators who have direct impact on students.

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. Connected Learning.

Discovery Education Experience Updates Tailored to Support Students and Educators for Remote, Hybrid, or In-Person Learning

eSchool News

Th e updates focus on increasing functionality, capability, and personalization for all users. . Together, these resources give educators everything they need to facilitate instruction in any learning environment and create lasting educational impact. .

Stop Ignoring Google+

A Principal's Reflections

In case you didn''t know there are thousands of educators and an array of learning communities over at Google+. From my point of view educators become quickly attached to one specific social media tool as their go to source for his/her Personal Learning Network (PLN). Now anyone who knows me knows that I absolutely love Twitter as a professional learning and networking tool. Nor should it be considered the best learning option for all.

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#Throwback Thursday - 5 Things You Can Do to Begin Developing Your Personal Learning Network

The Innovative Educator

The post that got all the attention told people five steps they can take to develop their personal learning network. Google Reader) in each step have changed (used Feed.ly W ritten : October 12, 2008 Topic : Developing a PLN Who might be interested : Any teacher or student who enjoys learning from experts and others who share their passion. Reader question : Do you have a personal learning network? If so, how has it helped you learn?

The New Style of Educator Professional Development (EdTech Today Podcast)

Edthena

Wondering where professional development is headed post-pandemic? Whether it’s in person or remote or hybrid or whatever it is. But in fact, professional development has been an essential aspect of this whole experience. Or maybe not being in person sometimes. .

8 New Books to Jump-Start Your Summer Learning

Tom Murray

School leaders begin to make their plans for the summer months; from professional learning days to administrative PLCs. To prepare for the upcoming summer, I wanted to share eight books that I’ve recently reviewed or read for my own personal growth. Each book – although very different in nature – supports dynamic teaching and learning practices. What sets excellent educators apart from their peers? Book: Hacking Project Based Learning.

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7 Ways Data-Fueled PLCs Are Transforming Education

Edsurge

Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) have long supported teachers in their career development, but with the help of technology, they’re now transforming education itself. We spoke with educators around the country and discovered seven ways that PLCs are transforming teaching and learning in schools. By setting measurable objectives, educators can use meetings to work together, track progress, and achieve shared teaching goals.

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Student “Play of the Week” with Google Slides (FREE Template)

Shake Up Learning

The post Student “Play of the Week” with Google Slides (FREE Template) appeared first on Shake Up Learning. Share their success through “Play of the Week,” with Google Slides. Part of Kasey’s Dynamic Learning Framework is to go BEYOND the Walls of the classroom, giving students a global audience for their work. Student “Play of the Week” with Google Slides. Google Classroom, link, etc.). Now go shake up learning!

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

TeacherCast

In this Episode, we discuss and demonstrate our favorite Google Apps for Education Tips, Tricks, and Chrome Extensions. The TechEducator Podcast is a weekly round table discussion about current topics in educational technology. Google Apps for Education Tricks Mentioned on Todays Show. Turn any Google Doc or item in your Google Drive into a fantastic looking WordCloud. Checker Plus for Google Calendar. One Click Google On-Air Hangout.

Roadmap to a Job-Embedded Growth Model

A Principal's Reflections

I remember a few years back during a meeting with teacher leaders, a tipping point that would ultimately change the direction of professional growth at my school. Undeterred, I continued to talk about the concept of a Personal Learning Network (PLN) and what it had done for my professional growth. Best of all, at least in my mind, was the newfound ability to learn anytime, from anywhere, with anyone in the world for free. It become all about the learning.

It's Elementary When it Comes to #EdTech

A Principal's Reflections

As a practitioner I am always looking to learn how to better assist educators at all grade levels. Superintendent Scott Rocco provided me with a great opportunity to not only work with teachers in his district, but to also push me outside my comfort zone, which has always been secondary education. Our goal is the purposeful integration of technology to support or enhance learning. educational technology Learning Professional Development professional learning Spotswoo

Tips for Designing a Future-Focused EdTech Mindset

edWeb.net

million students, according to Education Week. While educators and support staff are trying to ensure a continuity of learning for their students during school closures, school and district leaders have an opportunity to design a positive future. Learn more at www.net-ref.com.

Back to School with G Suite: 6 Activities for the Classroom

Shake Up Learning

The post Back to School with G Suite: 6 Activities for the Classroom appeared first on Shake Up Learning. teachers are gearing up for back to school–gathering ideas, planning lessons, and getting their classrooms ready for learning. Google tools can help you kick off the school year, get organized, and have some fun. So I thought now was a great time to share a few back to school activities with my favorite Google tools. Student Interest Survey with Google Forms.

Customizing Learning to Innovate “Inside the Box”

The Principal of Change

The first question is the following: How many of you in this room go onto your personal social media while you are working? I believe that many aren’t admitting to it because of who is the room, but many also would never do that during the day because they think their personal life should never infringe on their work. Then I ask the second question: How many of you check your work email at home or on your own personal time? Personally, I have a balance of both.

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Educator Perspectives: Leading in a Pandemic

MIND Research Institute

In each installment of our Educator Perspectives series, we interview teachers and administrators across the country who are engaging, motivating, and challenging their students in unique ways. How is your school or district teaching this year (in-person, distance, hybrid)?

Putting UDL to Practice for Increased Engagement in a Standards-Based Learning Environment

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

With abundant access to data, schools can personalize learning to help each student demonstrate success in a standards-based. learning environment. Educators who provide students with learning experiences based on the principles of UDL (Universal Design for Learning) can greatly boost the engagement of ALL learners, not just students with significant learning needs. . Multimedia plays a significant role in the learning environment.

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Bake Professional Development into Your Education Pizza

EdTech Magazine

Bake Professional Development into Your Education Pizza. Professional Development Is the Foundation You Knead. Professional learning is the crust of your technology program. Some school districts spend millions of dollars on technology , then have no money left over for much-needed professional learning. Instead of using Chromebooks, tablets or software to transform learning in the classroom , they’re using the devices to make digital worksheets.

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. The desire to increase agency in the form of voice, choice, and advocacy should be viewed as just as important for educators (teachers and administrators) as it is for students. For sustainable change and innovative practices to take hold let’s evaluate the level of educator agency in our schools. Consider developing a meeting agenda using Google Docs.

Managing and Sharing Your Education Data Effectively

edWeb.net

All educators have now become managers and reporters of data, whether they are classroom teachers compiling information on individual students and sharing it with parents, or top district administrators evaluating teachers, principals, and all their students. By Robert Low.

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The Scarlet Rating: How One ‘Improvement Required’ School Seeks a Turnaround

Edsurge

However, school leaders Sarah Pedrotti and Jessica Torres are on a mission to flip the failure narrative and rebrand their school by motivating their teachers through personalized professional development. Kindergarteners in Mrs. Shuler's classroom learning how to implement their learning stations! On Twitter, Torres and Pedrotti have encouraged teachers to engage with educators teaching similar subjects in other struggling schools to build a network.

Data-Informed Instruction for Literacy

edWeb.net

but the new focus is “What did the students learn?” Whether classroom resources are digital or not, educators can collect data every day to inform their instruction. Although the majority of teachers now use some form of data-driven learning, Haggen and Lucas reminded attendees that both formal and informal data are essential to informing instruction. Independent learning: This is the setting most teachers think of when they think of data-informed instruction.

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

Edsurge

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. It dates back to 2008, when an educational journey began in Wyoming that revealed the important role technology plays in enhancing teaching and learning—especially in a rural state.

Edtech Tools for SPED, Math, and Reading

A Principal's Reflections

One of the best parts about job-embedded, on-going work with school districts is facilitating a variety of professional learning opportunities. During a planning call prior, I was asked to work with special education, math, and reading teachers in particular.

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