5 Ideas for Improving Professional Learning Experiences

The Principal of Change

It has been and always is, a blessing to be a part of district professional learning days. These past two weeks, I have been so caught up in the passion of so many teachers who are on “summer break,” that are excitedly taking part in their professional learning.

Fostering Peer Connections to Make MOOCs Personal

The PL2C Blog

While we all have different strengths and weaknesses in our learning, schools traditionally approach student learning with a one-size-fits-all mentality and have struggled to adapt to changing student needs. The exposure to Voxer is changing the way these educators connect and learn.


MOOCs: the big…err, massive…new thing

Mobile Musings

ISTE’s Learning and Leading with Technology (L&L) just published an article I wrote about MOOCs. This article was a step in the progression of some thinking I’ve been doing about deeper professional learning. (cross-posted from K12 Open Ed ).

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Twitterize Adult Learning | A MOOC-Ed Experience

The PL2C Blog

In the spring of 2014, a team from the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation launched to first rendition of a Massive Open Online Course for Educators (MOOC-Ed), titled Coaching Digital Learning | Cultivating a Culture of Change (CDL). Definitely a learning experience.


MIT Moves Beyond the MOOC to Court Companies, Professional Learners


In 2013, MIT began offering online programs for working professionals to meet learners across the globe. Until lately, those online MIT courses have somewhat resembled so-called massive open online courses, or MOOCs, says Clara Piloto, director of global programs at MIT Professional Education. Now, as MOOCs have evolved to court professional audiences , so too have MIT’s efforts to harness companies and organizations.


Fostering Peer Connections to Make MOOCs Personal

Educator Innovator

It takes more than just engaging content to have a successful MOOC. Through an inquiry-based process, our partner The Friday Institute discovered that offering multiple ways for participants to connect during the MOOC led to more positive outcomes. As a result, the course team created two additional opportunities for participants to develop and foster a learning community: Voxer and virtual professional learning communities (VPLCs).


How to Teach Online MOOC: Aloha Discussion


Author: Mathieu Plourde {(Mathplourde on Flickr) This week marks the beginning of the How to Teach Online MOOC (Massive Open Online Course). What is a MOOC you may ask? A MOOC is very similar to university courses but typically do not offer course credits.


MOOC-Ed: Coaching Digital Learning, Unit 2 Reflection


Here is my Unit 2 reflection for the MOOC-Ed, Coaching Digital Learning: Cultivating a Culture of Change. Unit 2 focuses on the development of your PLN (Professional Learning Network) and becoming a "Connected Educator". What do you see as the most important advantages of adding social media tools to your personal learning network? Which social media tool(s) do you recommend to colleagues for professional growth and why?


2 Kinds of Summer PD: One Open, One Closed


Kevin Hodgson's summer PD was packed with learning. His Connected Learning MOOC featured creativity, collaboration, and fun. His required online certification course moved in one direction – from the screen to his eyes.

A true gift from SHEG: DIY digital literacy assessments and tools for historical thinking


These tasks are perfect for learning across the curriculum and especially for librarian-led learning. Among the learning experiences on ten pages packed with lessons are: Civil Rights Movement in Context.

?In Move Towards More Online Degrees, Coursera Introduces Its First Bachelor’s


When free online courses known as MOOCs began to take off in 2012 , their pitch to investors often included jargon around “disrupting” the way education is accessed and consumed. These days, though, many MOOC platforms are courting the traditional higher-ed market they once rebuked, often by hosting fully-online masters degrees for colleges and universities. And it isn’t the only MOOC provider to do so. Education Technology MOOCs Postsecondary Learning

Wonder, Explore, Lead

The Principal of Change

mechanics of a task but to spark a curiosity that empowers students to learn on their own. As I look at it, I think more about what our learning experiences look like for our staff. Their ability to explore their learning.


Scaling Practice-Based Coaching through Micro-credentials

Digital Promise

The Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at North Carolina State University recently scaled access to professional learning content for educators by taking advantage of the Massive Open Online Courses for Educators (MOOC-Eds) format.

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Participant Perspectives: Constance Seibert

Educator Innovator

Our partner, The Friday Institute for Educational Innovation’s free online Learning Differences course aims to help teachers better understand and meet the needs of all learners. Click here to learn more about the course and register!

Defining Your Role as an Instructional Technology Coaches – The 4 R’s

The PL2C Blog

What does it take to effectively guide educators to use instructional technology to directly support and enhance student learning and content mastery? How can you share with others how your role impacts highly effective digital age learning and teaching? By: Jaclyn Stevens, M.Ed.


In June, a Unique Chance for Educators to Renew, Remix, Reimagine at CLMOOC

Educator Innovator

During the first Connected Learning Massive Open Online Collaboration (CLMOOC), in 2013, participants were encouraged to make a map. Projects range from the playful to the thought-provoking and, as in Weller’s case, often inspire educators to reimagine their professional practices.

Beyond Finding Information

The Principal of Change

This is a short and funny video to help discussion on the type of learning we are seeing in our world today: What I stress about the video is that it is less about finding information and more about what you do with it. September 8, 2016 The #InnovatorsMindset MOOC Starting Soon!


People That Fill Your Bucket

The Principal of Change

May 20, 2018 Controlling the Solution September 8, 2016 The #InnovatorsMindset MOOC Starting Soon! Personal Learning Dr. Tal Ben Shahar education Educational Leadership katie martin lead social emotional learning


Can you follow this “learning norm”?

The Principal of Change

Recently, I had a conversation with Tom Murray and Katie Martin about professional learning. The one thing that bothers me is often seeing principals or superintendents that are there to “learn”, walking out of sessions when their phone rings to take a phone call.


Thinking About Redefining Professional Development

The Web20Classroom

As a former Director of Instructional Technology my job was to provide technology embedded professional development (PD) to a district of 4000 teachers. The traditional forms of sit-and-get PD are giving way to MOOCs, webinars, Edcamps and flipped learning.

Defining a Personal Path to Success

The Principal of Change

If we are talking about personalizing learning it is important that we also talk about personalized success. ” September 8, 2016 The #InnovatorsMindset MOOC Starting Soon!


Controlling the Solution

The Principal of Change

Working with two school districts in the same day, one had shared that although there were “1 to 1” with devices for students, the teachers felt they needed more professional learning.


9 Great Nonprofits to Support School Leaders

Tom Murray

This is the third 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. The Alliance also has run Digital Learning Day for the past five years.

ISTE Wants to Be More Than Just a Conference. Learn How They Are Expanding.


ISTE has an amazing conference and we get incredibly positive feedback about it, and if we could somehow make that last 365 days a year, everybody would be happy,” says Joseph South, chief learning officer at ISTE, noting that his charge is to help lead the expansion. The group’s new ISTE U is a partnership with Dominican University, in California, and D2L, a learning management system provider.

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What Does A Relevant, Connected Educator Look Like-Part 2

The Web20Classroom

Just to recap: Practices and Models Lifelong Learning -For educators, learning should never stop. Views Failure As Part Of The Learning Process -Failure is part of our future. We need to embrace it so we can learn from it.

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Customizing Learning to Innovate “Inside the Box”

The Principal of Change

So what does this all mean for education and learning? I remember having a conversation with a school district administrator about rethinking a professional learning opportunity for staff. September 8, 2016 The #InnovatorsMindset MOOC Starting Soon!


Is leadership an innovative endeavour?

The Principal of Change

As budgets are cut in many places, how leaders rethink how they spend money, rethink timetables and learning spaces, allocate resources, is part of the “new and better” thinking that is needed.


4 Questions to Lay the Foundation for a “Culture of Innovation”

The Principal of Change

Yet many wonder why their teachers aren’t being more “innovative” or “taking more risks” in their learning. Are people more likely to complain after a professional learning meeting, than in one?


4 Ways to “Jolt” Yourself Toward Meaningful Change

The Principal of Change

One of the things that I truly appreciate is all of the amazing educators on Twitter sharing glimpses into their classrooms and professional learning days, making great things happen as the norm in their schools, not the exception. Educators (and people) are creatures of habit.


The Fans, Fanboys, and Fanatics of OER

Doug Levin

I don’t fret much at all over some of what Clark raises: the acceptance and/or lack of broader cheer-leading for Wikipedia, MOOCs, or Khan Academy as success stories. I have a confession to make. I work in K-12 education in the U.S.,

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Online PD Courses Help Educators Understand Ed-Tech, Classroom Management, Study Finds

Marketplace K-12

The three biggest reasons pre-K-12 educators took online professional development courses in the past year were to learn how to use digital devices, how to use the educational software that goes on them, or to find out more about classroom behavior or management, according to a new study.

3 Misconceptions About Innovation in Education

The Principal of Change

It is definitely convenient, but does this lead to better learning in the classroom? My answer is that it could actually lead to worse learning, faster. It is the same for personal as it is for professional.

As Corporate World Moves Toward Curated ‘Microlearning,’ Higher Ed Must Adapt


Just outside the walls of the ivory tower, a transformation is underway in the world of corporate learning, and those of us at colleges and universities should pay attention. Corporate learning and development, often referred to as L&D, is radically different than just a few years ago. Priorities and jobs are changing more quickly, so we need an agile learning environment that anticipates what learning needs will be, and where we can quickly access them.”

20 New Ways to Use Google Classroom [infographic]

Shake Up Learning

The post 20 New Ways to Use Google Classroom [infographic] appeared first on Shake Up Learning. This opens so many doors for teachers, students, and parents to connect, collaborate and learn. Create a Class for Learning Challenges. Online Professional Learning.

US Edtech Investments Peak Again With $1.45 Billion Raised in 2018


Over time, as investors learned which business models worked—and which didn’t—some have fled the sector. Companies whose products serve preschool and professional learning sectors also raised $350 million (represented as the “Other” category in the graph below). Once upon a time, she notes, “MOOCs were supposed to displace higher education. Now many MOOCs are embedded within these institutions. For many U.S.