Flipping Out For Professional Learning

The Web20Classroom

During a professional development session a while back I thought I killed someone. But it was a wake up call to me and the way I approached delivering Professional Development. I'm going to bet we can all recall a meeting or boring PD we had to endure.

How to Build an Online Professional Learning Community Through Respect

EdNews Daily

Learn about building online professional learning communities with Merry Cora, 51Talk Teaching Specialist. In this piece, she shares her experience working for 51Talk, and how she built an online professional learning community through respect and politeness.

How Micro-Credentials Support Professional Learning

edWeb.net

All educators are lifelong learners, whether they’re figuring out how to incorporate the latest edtech device into their lessons or researching bios on NBA players to help a reluctant reader. First, the unit is developed around a clear learning goal.

Professional Learning School Leaders Need and Deserve

A Principal's Reflections

During my ten years as a school leader I dreaded professional development days in my district. I am not sure any educator looks forward to these monotonous experiences (developed under the guise of learning!) We are excited to invite you to join us in Nashville this February.

How This Teacher Builds A Professional Learning Community Online

EdNews Daily

This is the first article in our series about building professional learning communities for online teachers. 51Talk’s mission is to make quality education accessible and affordable, and to enable students to talk to the world. How do you choose the topics?

A State-Wide Model for Online Professional Learning

edWeb.net

The GaDOE Social Studies Department and three of their virtual specialists presented an edWebinar on their three-year journey in creating and maintaining virtual learning communities for social studies for every grade level and course from K through 12. How they did it.

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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When professional learning isn’t your choice…

Reading By Example

As teachers, we have all had times when we have been asked to participate in mandated professional learning. How did you feel about being there? For me, this type of learning reminds me of what our students must feel each day. What did I learn?

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. They’re creative spaces where students can gather to explore, tinker, discover and create, and they’re making students more enthusiastic about school.

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Action Research: Professional Learning from Within

Reading By Example

By becoming question-askers and problem-solvers, students and teachers work together to construct curriculum from their context and lived experiences. Over 20 teachers recently celebrated their learning as part of their work with an action research course. She learned what not to do.

Action Research: Professional Learning from Within

Reading By Example

By becoming question-askers and problem-solvers, students and teachers work together to construct curriculum from their context and lived experiences. Over 20 teachers recently celebrated their learning as part of their work with an action research course. She learned what not to do.

How an LMS Can Solve Professional Learning's Challenges—and Keep Master Teachers Engaged

Edsurge

The idea of using a learning management system (LMS) to deliver professional learning and development to K-12 educators is not new—but it’s not quite mainstream, either. Face-to-face is still the ascendant modality, but LMS-for-PD is gaining serious traction, thanks to the efforts of educational IT innovators like Ken Dirkin. The organization has been providing LMS-based professional learning for the state’s educators since 2004. “We

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

Linways Technologies

A community, in this sense, would be a Professional Learning Network (PLN) for teachers. It is a community that exists on mutual share and learn of information. Reason one: Find and learn about great resources, lesson plans etc.

Making the Most of Your Online Professional Learning in the Digital Age

The 21st Century Principal

“Most successful teachers learn from a combination of resources, including local communities, virtual communities, and research,” writes Kristen Swanson in her new book Professional Learning in the Digital Age: The Educator’s Guide to User-Generated Learning.

How to measure edtech impact in the ESSA era

eSchool News

These guidelines help clarify how research is conducted and how information is presented to users of edtech products based on the changes brought by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The first step is to use a logic model.

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? That title belongs to Kristen Swanson, whose job is to develop trainings for its employees and to help explain the messaging tool to customers around the globe. It’s an unusual approach to explaining a product to the uninitiated. “We Pull Learning'.

Flipsnack: A fun way to make interactive online magazines #edtech

The CoolCatTeacher

Learn how she uses this tool. FlexPath – only at Capella University – lets teachers work at their own pace to earn their MEd in a competency-based learning format. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. For guests and hyperlinks to resources, scroll down.

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5 Ways to Reach Even Resistant Writers with Writer’s Workshop

The CoolCatTeacher

The author of Make Writing , Angela is passionate about creating writing workshop experiences that are relevant to today’s learners and accessible to even the most resistant writers. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. I’d like them to “make” that character.

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. It is based on the visual below that was created by Sylvia Duckworth and adapted from “ 8 Things to Look for in Today’s Classroom “ ). Connected Learning. We need to do less, better.

How to deliver PL that really works

eSchool News

I recently chatted with Kathy Dyer, NWEA’s manager of innovation and learning, professional learning design, about how to connect professional learning (PL) to student outcomes and how to best support teachers.

How to Decode a Tweet

EdTechSandyK

When you first start using Twitter, one of the things you have to figure out is how to decode Tweets. If you are using an app or third-party service like Hootsuite or TweetDeck to read your Tweets, they might look slightly different, but the parts will still be there somewhere.

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Getting the Most from Collaboration Tools

edWeb.net

There are many tools that allow educators and administrators to talk to each other, but to take advantage of edtech’s promise, they should also be able to use the tool to work together on the same projects. What do they want to accomplish?

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Why Connect?

A Principal's Reflections

I was honored to have been interviewed for Educational Leadership, ASCD's flagship magazine, on the power of Twitter as part of a Personal Learning Network (PLN). As you will see, the true power of connected learning is what you glean from the people you engage with.

How we improved our blended-learning program

eSchool News

Ubiquitous access to technology means that acquiring knowledge is no longer dependent solely on a classroom teacher. Google provides quick and easy access to information while YouTube provides on-demand how-to videos on just about any topic.

From PLN to Practice: Tips from 5 Educators on Personalizing Your Professional Learning

Graphite Blog

Traditional professional development for teachers, while important, doesn't usually address every teacher's unique needs when it comes to professional learning. Top-down PD solutions tend to ignore what we want most: More opportunities for choice and topics that are timely and actually relevant to our unique classrooms. So, what's the best way to start your own PLN? Check out what they have to say!

Common Classroom Management Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

edWeb.net

The dunce cap, a ruler on the knuckles, kneeling on rice: modern teachers wouldn’t think of using these methods to correct students’ behavior. Teachers need to have the parents on their side, so the measures need to be something parents can understand and support.

Inquiry Learning by Breaking Out of the Box

EduTechGeek

I want to introduce you to Kelly Kermode , Integrated Learning Strategist at Forest Hills Public Schools in the greater Grand Rapids area. She is always looking for innovative ways to engage students in their learning to reach higher outcomes.

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Pedagogy in Practice: Giving Space for Reflective Practice

The PL2C Blog

We all know the importance of reflecting on our practice , but it’s difficult to carve out the necessary time for it. We have bus duty to attend to, students who need help on their homework, lessons to plan, papers to grade, parents to call, and trainings to attend.

How to Become a Digital Citizenship Certified School

edWeb.net

Are you teaching stu dents to be safe, responsible, and respectful as they participate in the digital world? Attendees learned about the benefits of certification and how their schools can be rec ognized for helping kids be safe and smart digital citizens!

How to Become the Storyteller-In-Chief for Your School

edWeb.net

While there are some positive stories, many seemed to think that there isn’t much faith in public education. First, Rubin challenged the attendees to think about why brand matters to education. What value do you bring to the students, the teachers, the school?

The Growing Potential of Micro-Credentials

A Principal's Reflections

There is a great deal of talk these days about micro-credentials and digital badging as a means to acknowledge professional learning of educators. Micro-credentials can be used to guide, motivate, and validate informal learning.

Learning Transformed: A PLC Opportunity

Tom Murray

This June will mark one year since my coauthor Eric Sheninger and I released Learning Transformed: 8 Keys to Designing Tomorrow’s Schools, Today with ASCD. I feel blessed to say that the response by school leaders has been overwhelming. Here’s How It Works: 1.

How to Cultivate Communication Skills in the Classroom

Shake Up Learning

The post How to Cultivate Communication Skills in the Classroom appeared first on Shake Up Learning. How do we cultivate these skills in our students? I have long admired her work, her blog, and the personal flair she brings to everything she does.

The New Librarian: How to lead a tech-integration revolution

eSchool News

Throughout my career, I’ve had the good fortune to work in various capacities as a librarian and with all levels of learners, from kindergarten through doctoral students. where I have the good fortune to be one of three full-time librarians in a school that serves 2,200 students.

Best practices for rolling out tech in the classroom—an administrative perspective

eSchool News

At The Shipley School, we’ve embraced how technology can aid in the learning process for all of our students, particularly in our Middle School (grades 6-8) and Upper School (grades 9-12) classrooms. We had honest conversations about how to exist and teach in this new environment.

Investing in leadership capacity: The amazing, wonderful District 59

Dangerously Irrelevant

Two years ago I had the incredible opportunity to work with the entire leadership team of District 59 in Arlington Heights, Illinois for SEVEN days. We met approximately once per month from September to May. How could we make them better? How could we make them better?

3 innovative communication tips for students with autism

eSchool News

Specifically, different types of communication displays, the Visual Immersion System™ (VIS), and repurposing consumer products to provide Just In Time Communication to individuals with autism. Classroom Innovations eClassroom News Featured on eSchool News How-to

How to Roll Out Game-Based Learning—and Boost Engagement—in Your Classroom

Edsurge

History in Baltimore City Public Schools, I was always looking for new ways to engage my students. When Vadim Polikov—my childhood friend and a successful entrepreneur—approached me with a game-based learning business idea in the summer of 2015, I jumped at the idea. . Vadim wanted to create enough curriculum games so they would be effective daily learning tools in schools. How We Did It. We took our question to. Don’t limit your horizons to your school.

Does your district need this innovative App Approval Tool?

eSchool News

At the core of every change initiative is the desire to breathe new life into the organization―to revitalize ways of thinking, behaving, and working. Evans was brought in as Superintendent of Omaha Public Schools (OPS) to institute change processes that resulted from a needs assessment.

6 tips for making educational travel attainable for all students

eSchool News

Setting up a structure for fundraising to support your students who want to travel is crucial regardless of their family income. The experts shared tips on planning for educational travel to make it accessible for all students. eClassroom News Funding How-to Top News