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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.

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.

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How to connect EVERY educator to awesome professional learning

Ditch That Textbook

For me, professional development has often meant sitting through a staff-wide meeting about topics with limited interest and little time to practice hands-on. That kind of professional learning stinks. Thankfully, we have TONS of options for fun, hands-on, relevant professional learning — on our own terms. How can find this kind of professional learning — […].

What lessons does special education hold for personalized learning?

The Hechinger Report

On a shelf in her Chicago classroom, third grader Arianna has a thick binder that details her achievements, strengths and goals as a student, along with some revealing information about her personality. But Arianna and Alanni aren’t special education students.

Powering Professional Learning Through Micro-credentials: Experiences in Wisconsin

Digital Promise

Imagine a world where every learner has the capacity and drive to learn for life. At the Institute for Personalized Learning , we focus on bringing this vision to life in our work with education leaders and practitioners. To make this shift, we need to design a system that develops “POWERful” adult learners as well, who are active participants in their learning experiences. Blog Educator Micro-credentials Educators

Using Data to Support Personalized Learning Pathways

edWeb.net

That’s the question leaders in the Foster-Glocester Regional School District (RI) asked as they reimagined education for the 21st century. Next, they surveyed the educators. Allowing students to track their own progress can make them more invested in their education.

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?

4 Ways to Build a Strong Professional Learning Network for Innovation and Growth

Edsurge

How do we teach kids online and in person at the same time? More than ever, we need to connect with others who can help us find the innovative solutions and opportunities hidden within this disruption of education-as-usual. But your PLN shouldn’t stop with other educators.

Teachers Can Transform Education if We Reinvent Professional Learning

EdNews Daily

The blue-collar aspect of education reinforces this meme: Teachers work the trenches; Administrators supervise; Superintendents are the top brass. Lack of professional opportunities to develop this complex skill set is leading to frustration and an exodus is building. By Thom Markham.

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.

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.

Building Confidence and Competence through Personalized Professional Learning

Digital Promise

Houston Independent School District (HISD), the largest school district in Texas, has launched PowerUp , a district-wide initiative aimed at transforming teaching and learning. To facilitate robust opportunities for personal and authentic learning, the PowerUp Initiative has provided all high school students and teachers with 1:1 laptops and access to digital content through the HUB, a district-wide learning management system. Lessons Learned.

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. Organization: Learning Forward.

A Model to Solve a Few Professional Learning Challenges | #digilead

A Principal's Reflections

This past April I was fortunate enough to have been asked to speak at the Moanalua High School Professional Development Conference in Honolulu, HI. It was an incredible opportunity to get back to Hawaii for a professional event as opposed to a vacation. This was the fourteenth time the school had put on the event and it was awesome to see and meet so many passionate educators on a Saturday. Digital Leadership Learning Professional Development professional learning

The Importance of Jaggedness in Personalized Learning

edWeb.net

According to Learning in the 21st Century: the 2019 Digital Promise LVP Survey , 83% of teachers think students are capable of high achievement, but just 26% think students are reaching those levels today. As part of the Learner Variability Project, which “seek[s] to uncover strategies to meet learners where they are across varied contexts and needs,” Digital Promise’s team is examining the key factors for different grades and subject levels that impact student learning.

#PLN: Using Twitter to Impact Your Professional Learning

Class Tech Integrate

This post is week 2 of 8 in the 8 Weeks of Summer Blog Challenge for educators from HotLunchTray.com. The most important/impactful professional learning I have ever participated in was developing my own Personal Learning Network (PLN) through Twitter. When I tell many of my fellow educators this, they look at me with a strange look on their face. and how on earth are you doing professional learning with Twitter?

A school leader’s guide to personalized learning

The Christensen Institute

I recently caught up with Mary Ann Wolf, PhD, Elizabeth Bobst and Nancy Mangum to discuss some of the key takeaways of their new book, Leading Personalized and Digital Learning: A Framework for Implementing School Change. The authors offer guidance for principals and other school leaders who are aiming to leverage the power of technology to help make student-centered learning a reality. Could you paint a picture of a classroom where technology is a lever for personalization?

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

How School Libraries Can Help Personalize Learning

edWeb.net

With personalization becoming a growing initiative in schools, the library is a valuable asset for personalizing instruction around student needs. Michelle Luhtala, Library Department Chair, New Canaan High School, CT, with guest Jackie Whiting, Librarian at New Canaan High School, CT, presented in the webinar, “ Personalizing Instruction Through the Library ,” hosted by edWeb.net and sponsored by Mackin Educational Resources.

What to Identify Before Personalizing Learning

edWeb.net

iNACOL defines personalized learning as “tailoring learning for each student’s strength, needs, and interests—including enabling student’s voice and choice in what, how, when and where they learn—to provide flexibility and supports to ensure mastery of the highest standards possible.” Dr. Monica Burns, Curriculum and Educational Technology Consultant, and Founder of ClassTechTips.com, in a recent edWebinar , echoed this iNACOL concept.

edWeb Guide to New Models for Personalized Professional Learning

edWeb.net

edWeb.net was founded 10 years ago, and in that time we’ve grown into an award-winning professional learning network that helps engaged and innovative educators share their best ideas and practices – anytime, anywhere – with educators around the country and the world. It’s been 10 years since the dawn of the “connected educator” movement. Department of Education issued a National Education Technology Plan.

What Lessons Does Special Education Hold for Improving Personalized Learning?

MindShift

This story about IEPs was produced by The Hechinger Report , a nonprofit, independent news organization focused on inequality and innovation in education. But Arianna and Alanni aren’t special education students. Chicago has embraced personalized learning in a big way.

State Support, Community Effort: Personalized Learning in South Carolina

Edsurge

Marianne Beja had been in education for more than 30 years when she discovered personalized learning. I want to build a community of lifelong learners, and I think personalized learning is the way to do it. It’s about empowering students to communicate, to collaborate, to learn critical thinking skills. I want to build a community of lifelong learners, and I think personalized learning is the way to do it.”

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. Each of those follows is a person.

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.

edWeb 2018 Professional Learning Survey

edWeb.net

Continuous, effective professional learning can help teachers and administrators improve teaching and learning, but research shows traditional forms of professional development have become expensive and ineffective. In the past 10 years, social media has helped educators connect online to more easily share resources, ideas, and practices among themselves, leading to more grass roots, open source collaboration and the evolution of personal learning networks.

12 Professional Learning Curriculum Buckets for Teaching and Learning with Tech

More Verbs

But there are certain behaviors/professional learning that MLTI would like to promote and encourage because they have been linked to fostering a quality, learning-focused 1to1 technology initiative (of course many of those items from the first list would fall nicely into these categories!). These become our 12 buckets that would make up our professional learning curriculum for teachers. Make learning progressions clear?

3 Ways Personal Learning Networks Are Evolving

TeachThought - Learn better.

3 Ways Personal Learning Networks Are Evolving. The concept of a Personal Learning Network (PLN) is a familiar concept these days. Yet, the nature of Personal Learning Networks is evolving as the range of tools available to support them increases, and our rapport with those tools becomes more sophisticated. A similar phenomenon is beginning to happen in Personal Learning Networks spheres. Evolution 2: Learning is about challenging yourself.

Moving to a Hybrid Learning Model

A Principal's Reflections

We don’t know for sure what education will look like in the future, but one thing is for sure, and that is the need to adapt and evolve. The pandemic shuttered schools across the globe, and lessons, some of which were very hard, were learned. Princeton, NJ: Eye On Education Spear, R.

Personalized learning supports a diverse student body

edWeb.net

In fact, a conservative 30-40% of students may require an alternate learning path or support during their learning. Personalized learning comes into play with such a high level of learner diversity. Research and technology are key to improving personalized learning. Technology helps gather research that improves the precision of personalization by exploring important topics to personalize around.

Framework: Distinctive Schools’ Map to Personalized Learning

Edsurge

Distinctive Schools , a network of high-performing charter schools in Chicago, Minnesota and Michigan, offers an example of how to create and operate a personalized learning system. It relies on a definition of personalized learning developed in 2014 by educators from 16 schools and representatives of a number of nonprofit and advocacy organizations. Education Technology Personalized Learning Learning Strategies

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.

Personalized Learning, Teachers Unleashed, and a Learning Analytics Partnership: The Story of Fresno Unified

Edsurge

At last February’s Board meeting, 10-year old Ryan inspired the adults in the room to see how tech can be leveraged for learning in a whole new light. Ryan had this chance to shine because of Fresno’s Personalized Learning Initiative (PLI), which has been fostering student voice, choice and collaboration over the last two years. Seventy-eight percent of its students are low income and 22 percent are learning English.

3 ways to harness digital for personalized learning success

The Christensen Institute

If you’re leading your school through the transition to a digital learning environment, you know that creating the right vision for teaching and learning can be a juggling act. I recently caught up with the authors, who offered guidance for principals and other school leaders aiming to support teachers as they leverage the power of technology to make student-centered, digital learning a reality. Let students guide their own learning. Education Blog

How Microcredentials Can Boost Professional Learning

Edsurge

Microcredentials provide an opportunity for educators to pursue focused professional learning at their own pace, and on their own schedules. In this webinar, we’ll explore: How can teachers understand the value of microcredentials for their own personal learning? Education TechnologyBut they also raise a lot of questions for teachers and schools. It’s an exciting and daunting topic.