How Online Learning Can Improve Your Teaching

Ask a Tech Teacher

Online learning has become not only a common alternative to physical classes, but a well-regarded change maker in the education ecosystem. If you teach online, you know what I mean. Good online instructors are what we always wished teaching would be. That doesn’t happen in online courses. Because online classes can feel impersonal, you as the teacher gain a deeper understanding of the value of collaboration, community, and chatter.

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.

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Avoid magical thinking: ‘Design for online’ this fall

Dangerously Irrelevant

As coronavirus cases continue to increase across the country, numerous school districts are reluctantly announcing that they will be doing ‘remote learning’ again this fall. As much as we want our children to go back to school in person, we can’t underestimate how harmful this magical thinking can be. Given that every time a place opens up we seem to have a surge of infections there , centering a school’s fall reopening plan on in-person instruction sure feels like magical thinking.

How Education Elements Guides Districts in Creating Environments that Personalize Learning

Edsurge

There are organizations that support different kinds of transformation in schools and after researching and interviewing some of these organizations, we've learned a great deal about what these changes can look like, how schools go about redesigning aspects of their model, and what types of support they need along the way. In October, we will share a guide highlighting the trends, insights and challenges we've learned about while profiling five key players in the world of school redesign.

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. teachers in mid-March to collect and share best practices, ideas, and common approaches to remote learning. Perhaps the most concerning survey result is that more than half of teachers (57 percent) say they do not feel prepared to facilitate remote and online learning.

Strategies to Mitigate the Impacts of COVID Slide

edWeb.net

Lexia Learning’s Chief Learning Officer Dr. Liz Brooke’s steadfast determination to ensure students of all abilities can become successful readers and confident learners continues to be the driving force behind all of her work. Learning Gaps. By Eileen Belastock.

How Collaboration Helps School Leaders Succeed

edWeb.net

School leaders can use online networks and communities for their own personal professional learning, and to support collaboration with staff across schools and districts. As a personal tool, school leaders can use online communities to expand their network. To support school and district professional learning and collaboration, Shannon Holden recommends school leaders use edWeb.net.

Professional Development Planning for Summer 2018 and Beyond #DLNchat

Edsurge

What makes a professional development experience valuable? How can we build meaningful personal learning networks? What’s the right balance of planning and serendipitous discovery when it comes to professional learning? On Tuesday, May 22 the #DLNchat community got together to discuss and debate professional development reflections, insights and plans for Summer 2018 and beyond. Widening my personal learning network.”

?3 Types of Summer PD That Won’t Sacrifice Your Vacation

Edsurge

After a Master’s degree, 120-plus credits, and 30 years in education, I now understand that whatever I do and wherever I go, I am happiest when I’m learning. And if I can find an opportunity that allows me to further my learning without sacrificing my summer vacation—or better yet, enhances it—you can bet I’m going to be the first to sign up. The nice thing about summer learning is choice. Capella University’s Free Online PD: Here are five no-cost courses to try this summer.

Living, Breathing and Eating Math: An Interview with Carnegie Learning's Barry Malkin

Edsurge

I love doing and learning new things. His fluidity perfectly suits his new role as CEO of Carnegie Learning —a company he believes is on the cusp of transforming itself and math instruction. Founded 20 years ago in the research labs of Carnegie Mellon University , Carnegie Learning provides software and services for 1:1 and blended math learning environments. EdSurge: What’s changing at Carnegie Learning? More About Carnegie Learning.

edWeb and Eduscape Partner to Co-Host Virtual Learning Summits

edWeb.net

edWeb.net and Eduscape have entered into a partnership to offer Virtual Learning Summits on today’s most important topics for teachers and administrators, including remote teaching, STEM education, Google and Microsoft 365 classroom, SEL, and early childhood education. Attendees will earn edWeb CE certificates that are accepted in 40 states for professional development hours. Eduscape is the leader in K-16 professional learning for educators globally.

What Will Schools Do in the Fall? Here Are 4 Possible Scenarios

Edsurge

In fact, the authors—Kristina Ishmael, senior project manager of the Teaching, Learning and Tech team at New America; Rebecca Heiser, a lead instructional designer at Pennsylvania State University’s World Campus; and Jennifer Payne, an educational technology coordinator at an online school in Colorado—hardly even considered a return to previous education arrangements in their projections. The details: Over the summer, teachers will receive training in delivering online learning.

20 Ways to Personalize Your Learning This Summer

The CoolCatTeacher

But the reality is also that we’re going to have to prepare for a fall that – whatever it looks like – will include an online learning component. Even if we go back to face-to-face learning, we will all have to be prepared to teach online, and the best way to do this is to first educate ourselves with research and pedagogy. Learning online will also help us become better teachers and now is the perfect time to take an online course.

Digital Portfolios + Micro-credentials = Massive Impact for Students & Teachers

Digital Promise

Now that we have powerful, easy-to-use design tools and a capacity for worldwide publishing, we have an opportunity to restore the dignity and integrity of a work ethic by redefining the role of the learner as a contributor to the learning culture. — Alan November, Who Owns the Learning. School districts across the nation 3 are determined to reinvigorate student involvement by moving to a more personalized environment that is multimodal in mastery demonstration.

ISTE Launches ISTE U to Help Teachers, Leaders Build Digital Competencies

techlearning

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) is beginning enrollment today for ISTE U , an online professional learning hub for teachers and leaders to build critical skills for teaching and learning in a digital world. What’s New: New Tools for Schools ] ISTE partnered with D2L to use the BrightSpace learning management system (LMS) to power ISTE U. Taking Mobile Learning to the Next Level. ?

How we improved our blended-learning program

eSchool News

Access to unlimited new information has created seemingly contradictory qualities in today’s students—more self-reliant and independent, but with a preference toward collaborative learning environments and comfortable learning with other students. The case for blending and online learning. The district is constantly developing and improving our systems and structures for all students with the renewed focus on personalized learning for all students.

How Personalized Coaching Can Kick-Start Your School’s PD

Edsurge

Having a coach would have made a significant contribution to the quality of my teaching—expanding what my students learned from me. Having a coach would have made a significant contribution to the quality of my teaching—expanding what my students learned from me.”

Going the Distance: 5 Essential Features of an LMS That Support Remote Learning

Edsurge

Students’ kitchens became their classrooms, parents became co-teachers and tech support, and the internet became a lifeline to learning. For many schools and districts, the successful move from in-person to remote instruction would require a robust learning management system (LMS).

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Web 2.0 Tools for Professional Development

Dr. Shannon Doak

As we move more into the world of online learning and teaching for students, it is becoming apparent that teachers are also needing to move online for their own professional learning. This is evidenced by the number of conferences that have exploded online this summer. The International Professional Learning Network Association (IPLNA) has laid out a set of beliefs regarding professional development that I feel are pertinent to this discussion.

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Infobase Acquires Professional Development and Training Platform

eSchool News

Infobase, the award-winning provider of the Infobase Learning Ecosystem, which delivers interactive learning experiences and award-winning digital reference content to the school and library community, today announced the acquisition of Hoonuit’s Professional Development and Training Platform, the leading solution for educators needing to improve student learning and meet district, state, and department objectives. Helping Educators Close Student Learning Gaps.

Feeling Nostalgic for In-Person Schooling? That May Hurt Our Chance to Rethink It.

Edsurge

The social critic and author Chris Emdin, a professor at Columbia University, says this : “In the midst of the adult dissension about online learning, some children are having the best learning experiences they have ever had. The benefit of asynchronous, or time delayed, learning is that students set the pace in the virtual classroom and teachers provide just-in-time support when needed. Around the world, people are mourning. For loved ones, principally.

Teamwork Makes the Dream Work—Building a Successful Blended Learning Program

Edsurge

Three years ago, with the help of the education agency the Grant Wood Area Education Agency (GWAEA), Iowa rolled out its initiative to implement blended learning as a model for the state. Prompted by district administrators’ desire to find ways to build student agency, engage student passion and personalize learning, we hoped blended learning would shake up the status quo and spark large scale change. Differentiate the learning for principals and superintendents.

TEACHER VOICE: ‘Before teaching Algebra 2, I was an EMT, a Starbucks barista and a real estate agent. I learned to treat people with compassion’

The Hechinger Report

I realized the importance of social-emotional learning early in life, long before I became a teacher. I quickly fell in love with learning, inspired to work hard by an amazing math teacher — but, more importantly, also to be kind and compassionate. It was a heartbreaking blow, but one I would overcome and learn from. In fact, each chapter of my life has taught me the empathy and professional skills that I now use as a high school math educator.

edWeb Celebrates 10 years!

edWeb.net

The plan included the first statement I know of that officially endorsed using social networks for professional learning in education, “Social networks can be used to provide educators with career-long personal learning tools and resources that make professional learning timely and relevant as well as an ongoing activity that continually improves practice and evolves their skills over time.” edWeb is 10 years old this week!

K-12 Dealmaking: Knewton Raises $52M; Imagine K12 Merges with Y Combinator

Marketplace K-12

In addition, the sector saw several new partnerships spring up, such as Edmentum’s new partnership with WebbAlign and Learning Forward joining forces with Amplify, the former digital education division of News Corp. SchoolMint Secures $8 Million: San Francisco-based SchoolMint , a provider of mobile and online enrollment and school choice systems for Pre-K-12 public, charter and private schools, said their recent Series A round brings total funding to close to $8 million.

What Does a School Need to Enable Learning Based on Student Competency?

MindShift

Many teachers have long been frustrated with static, canned curriculum that doesn’t seem connected to kids’ lives, and testing requirements that drive the learning experience. Three main ways schools are attempting this work are through technology use, an emphasis on personalizing learning and moving toward a mastery-based or competency-based evaluation system. We need new structures that are competency-based and personalized.” By Jane Mount/MindShift.

An Inside Look at the Edtech Purchasing Process

edWeb.net

The participants: Large district: Dr. Daryl Diamond, Director of Innovative Learning, Broward County Public Schools, FL. They not only look at how the product would fit with their learning standards and curriculum, but the product must also work within their LMS. Howard: She agreed that tools can become outdated quickly, so they look at making products that can have a big impact on student learning in a short timeframe. Then, learning goals drive the decision.

Trainers and Coaches: Unleash Your “Incredibles” Superpowers!

Shake Up Learning

appeared first on Shake Up Learning. If you want to be an “Incredible” tech trainer or instructional coach, your mission must include honing the superhero skills of Collaborating and Networking, Facilitating High-Quality Professional Development, Coaching, and Mentoring, and Powering it ALL with Technology. Design and facilitate learner-centered instructional activities that include strategies to differentiate and personalize learning for adults.

A Unified Approach for Digital Integration

edWeb.net

His participation in a Learning Counsel event led to district recognition for VPS’s systemic leadership. He is currently working with Apple, Instructure, the Friday Institute, Learning Counsel and other organizations to build authentic partnerships to support his district’s work. Named 2012 Washington State Teacher of the Year and an NSBA “20 to Watch” in 2015, he developed and led digital learning, professional development, and innovative librarian programs.

Erasing the Look and Feel of Poverty

Digital Promise

Hundley describes him as a positive person, obsessed with food and something of a jokester, though more reserved around people he doesn’t know well. Using what it learned from the strings program, the district decided to offer courses for free — with the help of its Race to the Top grant. Instead, teachers, aided by learning software, determine students’ strengths and weaknesses and tailor activities toward them.

Erasing the Look and Feel of Poverty

Digital Promise

Hundley describes him as a positive person, obsessed with food and something of a jokester, though more reserved around people he doesn’t know well. Using what it learned from the strings program, the district decided to offer courses for free — with the help of its Race to the Top grant. Instead, teachers, aided by learning software, determine students’ strengths and weaknesses and tailor activities toward them. You take a personal interest,” says Keith. “It

April 22 Learning Revolution Mini-Conference: Emergency Remote Teaching & Learning: Survive, Thrive, & Plan for What Comes Next

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

If you are learning about the mini-conference right before or during the event, please join LearningRevolution.com and while you are waiting for your approval we will have a special link for you to use to join the sessions. SESSIONS: ENGAGING ONLINE LEARNERS (60 minutes) 10:00 AM US-Eastern Daylight Time Click here to see the time in your own time zone Motivating students to learn can be a challenge.

Wednesday's "Emergency Remote Teaching & Learning" Mini-Conference - New Sessions Added

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

If you are learning about the mini-conference right before or during the event, please join LearningRevolution.com and while you are waiting for your approval we will have a special link for you to use to join the sessions. Bell 5:00 PM A 7-step Plan to Improve Your Online Learning Program for Maximum Student Engagement (60 minutes) with Ernie Delgado 8:00 PM Learning and Leading During Emergency Remote Teaching (60 minutes) with A.J.

Junk isn't only for mail. 8 Types of posting #ConnectedEducators should avoid #CE13

The Innovative Educator

Department of Education’s Connected Educators initiative seeks to celebrate and encourage educators at all levels to collaborate and participate in online learning resources and communities. Whether it be digital or paper, getting something you didn''t ask for can be an annoying waste of time cluttering physical and online mailboxes. In social media, this person does the same thing, sharing the info with everyone willy nilly. Make the personal contact and outreach.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Tony Bates looks at “Brexit and online learning in Europe.” ” She promises that every kid will learn to code (of course) by having the private sector train CS teachers. Online Education (The Once and Future “MOOC”). From the edX blog : “How to be a Better Learner: Determine Your Learning Style.” ” Try learning styles, maybe. Fees to join the Flipped Learning Global Initiative are $5000/year.

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