Professional Learning in a Pandemic

Digital Promise

With schools closed and social distancing orders in place due to COVID-19, micro-credentials —which are online and on-demand—allow educators to continue their professional learning without leaving their homes. Micro-credentials support timely topics like distance learning.

6 Ways to Improve Professional Learning

A Principal's Reflections

No matter your position in education, you have gone through some form of professional development. The bottom line is that all educators yearn for quality professional learning as opposed to development that leads to sustained improvements in teaching, learning, and leadership.

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5 Tips That Foster Collaborative Professional Learning

EdTech Magazine

5 Tips That Foster Collaborative Professional Learning. Leveraging new technology for professional learning requires some creative thinking — and it also takes money. A few years ago, a group at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte received a grant from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction that paid for notebooks and software for creating a professional development program for elementary school teachers.

Palm Trees and Professional Learning

Buncee

I was so excited about sharing my love for Buncee and to meet and learn from so many educators that inspire me daily. One tool that he shared that I can’t wait to learn more about is Empatico. The post Palm Trees and Professional Learning appeared first on Buncee Blog.

Notes from Code Studio elementary coding training

Dangerously Irrelevant

My notes from yesterday’s Code.org elementary coding workshop… Ben Schafer , University of Northern Iowa, Facilitator. Code.org’s elementary school courses overview [VIDEO]. Code.org elementary curriculum was created in conjunction with Cal-Berkeley.

Shoot, I Did It Again: 3 More Ways to Implement Video in Professional Learning

Edsurge

More and more schools and organizations are wanting to integrate video as a professional learning tool for teachers. At Edthena , a video coaching and professional learning platform, we work with many organizations working with video for the first time. A common concern for administrators and teachers is the how-to of integrating video into their culture of practice. They also become more comfortable with a video-powered workflow.

Why being in a Professional Learning Network (PLN) is essential for the growth of a 21st century teacher.

Linways Technologies

If you are really interested in teaching, maintaining a relationship with your community of teachers is elementary for your growth in terms of both private life and career-wise. A community, in this sense, would be a Professional Learning Network (PLN) for teachers.

Video Journals to Help Build Powerful Ideas and Reflective Thinking

EdTechTeam

We often hear phrases such as, “student-centered learning” and, “student-directed learning.” Storytelling with Video. Video Journals. A great way to reflect on a journey is through a video journal, such as one created in WeVideo. More Strategies to Deepen Learning.

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How a Principal Uses edWeb to Personalize PD

edWeb.net

In May, when edWeb.net surveyed principals, personalized professional development for teachers was the number one topic of interest. ” edWeb used as a platform for professional development is done fairly regularly in South Park Elementary Center.

California’s Beaumont Unified School District Selects Discovery Education to Support STEM Teaching and Learning in District Elementary School

techlearning

- Discovery Education´s Digital Resources and Comprehensive Professional Development System to Create Authentic STEM Teaching and Learning Environments for Elementary Students- Silver Spring, Md.

Live Tuesday August 30th (Early Time) with Richard and Rebecca DuFour on Professional Learning Communities to Improve Schools

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Join me Tuesday, August 30th, at an earlier-than-normal time for a live and interactive FutureofEducation.com webinar with Richard and Rebecca DuFour on using Professional Learning Communities to improve schools.

Why we love our PD tools

eSchool News

Ask most teachers what they think of their district’s professional development (PD) and you’ll most likely get a grimace or an outright groan. Video coaching with Edthena provides us with a sustainable and scalable professional development model.

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Jackson Charitable Foundation and Discovery Education Announce Cha-Ching Money Smart Kids! Elementary School Contest Winner, Set to Empower the Next Generation of Fiscally Fit Leaders

techlearning

Mary’s Elementary School in Bellevue, Nebraska as the $10,000 grand prize winner of the Cha-Ching Money Smart Kids! The contest invited elementary school teachers and families to take a pledge to teach kids how to “earn, save, spend and donate.” – Cha-Ching Money Smart Kids! Awards St.

My Favorite Videos For Describing Educators' Professional Use of Twitter

EdTechSandyK

I have been actively using Twitter for professional learning for a little over four years. It has become my most valuable professional learning resource during that time. I am often at a loss for words when I am trying to briefly describe Twitter as a learning tool.

Wanda Terral: 5 Ways to Help Kids Understand Digital Safety Without Scaring Them To Death

The CoolCatTeacher

For example, if they are doing a flip-grid assignment where they are recording a video and then they have to go on and give comments to other students, they stress the concept of “Would you like somebody talking badly to you?

Cal Poly Pomona Uses Video Coaching to Train More Special Education Teachers in High-Needs Regions

techlearning

A central feature of the training program will be the use of video analysis of classroom practice, powered by the Edthena video coaching platform. With the Edthena platform, teachers quickly and easily upload videos of their classroom instruction. POMONA, Calif.

Micro-credentials: A Promising Way to Put Educators’ Skills Front and Center

Digital Promise

Or consider an academic dean observing two teachers at his school with markedly different performance, and consequently very different professional development needs. How can this dean more effectively personalize professional development to meet each teacher where they are and help them get to where they need to be? These two examples highlight some of the key limitations of today’s “seat-time” centric models for teacher professional development.

5 Ways to Transform Your Classroom into a Voyage of Discovery with Sarah Reed

The CoolCatTeacher

The Unified Classroom brings together the teacher’s grade book, learning management system, student information system, and assessment in one powerful platform with just one log in. Learn about the Unified Classroom. Idea #2 Dress Up and Become Part of the Learning.

Barrow Oral History Project: An Update

Barrow Media Center: Expect the Miraculous

That year, the teachers and I participated in virtual professional learning with the Library of Congress. This time, I used Flipgrid to capture the memories since it automatically uploads the video.

The Drug Enforcement Administration, DEA Educational Foundation and Discovery Education Announce 10 National Finalists For Second Annual ‘Operation Prevention’ Video Challenge

techlearning

Teen Video Challenge to promote peer-to-peer dialogue about dangers of opioid misuse, award $10,000 grand prize and grant exclusive tour of DEA Training Academy Washington, D.C. The ten finalists’ videos can be viewed here. “We Learn more at www.deaeducationalfoundation.org.

Rethinking Teacher Candidate Training with Micro-credentials

Digital Promise

After several visits to local schools to learn more about the technology they’re using to develop 21st-century learners, the idea of micro-credentials being a valuable part of a teacher candidate’s training at UCF became clear.

Using Micro-credentials for Personalized Professional Development

Digital Promise

Using available micro-credentials from Digital Promise, each educator can create a personalized professional development plan that builds on the expertise they feel they most need in the classroom and in our schools. Learn more about our work.

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. Over the past two years, I have been blessed to partner with District 205 in Elmhurst, IL.

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Choice Boards 101: Strategies to Ensure Classroom, Professional, and Virtual Learning Success

A Principal's Reflections

As of late, I have been working with quite a few districts on personalization through a variety of blended learning strategies. My experience in this area began over three years ago, thanks to having the opportunity to coach teachers and administrators at Wells Elementary School.

Extending Computer Science Education Week with Computational Thinking

Digital Promise

Computer science, however, is much more than just coding, and students need much more time to learn and practice computing skills and dispositions to be prepared for the world in which they’re growing up.

Expert Mentors: A Professional Development Model for STEM and Maker Education Implementation

User Generated Education

A good number of educators have not received training on how to integrate activities into their classroom practices which entail resource heavy, hands-on learning. One of the elementary schools where I work is going to implement maker education this coming school year.

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Qualities of Effective Educator Professional Development

User Generated Education

Most administrators and teachers believe in the importance and value of professional development. Sadly, though, too many teachers believe that those mandatory, one-size-fits-all professional development sessions offered by their schools are a waste of time and money.

Remote Learning Teaching Tips

A Principal's Reflections

With little to no training or preparation, they have stepped up to keep learning going. A recent eSchool News article highlighted that most teachers don’t feel fully prepared for remote learning. In the end, there is no one right way to go about implementing any type of remote learning.

Navigating Your Journey to Remote Learning

A Principal's Reflections

Prior to the virus turning into a pandemic, school districts began to prepare, and others are now following suit with ways to provide instruction and learning for who knows how long. However, it is essential to focus on remote versus distance or virtual learning.

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 gives you a description in simple language, a screenshot of the tool in action and then a play button that takes you to a video about how the tool works.

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How to Help Kids Innovate From an Early Age

Digital Promise

As community makerspaces begin to take root in Ontario’s elementary schools , students are behaving better. In these spaces students are learning how to tinker collaboratively with a problem and keep trying until they find a solution.

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Teacher Development Research Review: Keys to Educator Success

Digital Promise

Teaching quality has been defined as “instruction that enables a wide range of students to learn” ( Darling-Hammond, 2012 ), and it is the strongest school-related factor that can improve student learning and achievement ( Hanushek, 2011 ; Nye, Konstantopoulos, and Hedges, 2004 ; Rivkin, Hanushek, and Kain, 2005 ). Job Embedded Professional Development. Professional Learning Communities. A safe and cooperative climate for learning.

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Savvy #ISTE17 Interviews: BYOD ISTE Sessions for Tuesday

Teacher Reboot Camp

You take your device and learn interactively. Get your copy of The 30 Goals for Teachers or my ebook, Learning to Go. Leveraging Learning Trajectories and Diagnostics for Personalization in 6-8 Math (B304). Professional Learning with SeeSaw (B302). Adding Interactivity to Google Slides for Customized Learning (B307). iPad Art & ‘Tra-Dgital’ Approaches to Learning in Hands-On Creative Classrooms (B306).

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East Baton Rouge Parish Schools Partners with Discovery Ed

techlearning

Discovery Education will support EBR’s educators with digital content and professional learning that aims to help them develop a culture of STEM teaching and learning at Westdale Heights Academic Magnet School and Park Elementary School.

Why These Educators Meet Regularly to Align Instruction with Mind, Brain, and Education Research

Edsurge

The “Getting to Know and Love Your Brain” poster on her wall, which read “breathe deep into your belly to stay calm and help your PFC (prefrontal cortex) think clearly,” prompted her first graders to get their brains ready for learning. Nina Radcliffe’s teaching practice was changing.