9 Ways to Upgrade Professional Learning in Your District

Tom Murray

The notion of “effective professional learning” is something that has been discussed for decades. A comparison in the philosophies of today’s school districts yields results that falls across a continuum of who controls the learning. Learning Should be Anytime, Anywhere. .

6 Edtech New Year’s Resolutions

Tom Murray

These concerns are real and often become roadblocks for student learning. As school leaders work to implement digital learning practices, they must commit to navigating roadblocks, problem solving, and planning for sustainable, systemic transformation. With school budgets being planned on a year over year basis, the concern over long-term sustainability for digital learning arises. Commit to Personalized Professional Learning. This post is sponsored by Samsung.

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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.

Learning Transformed Course

A Principal's Reflections

The reaction to Learning Transformed has been truly humbling. All of these experiences empowered us to think about and then create a deep learning experience that could be easily accessible to all educators across the globe.

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Trying to Ban Facebook is Not the Answer.

EdTechSandyK

Image Source It is our professional opinion that you get your child off Facebook. I wondered what would make a school even venture this request in our social media saturated society. Students continue their negative social interactions but simply use other mediums.

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. Of course, there’s always social media.

Lead in the Now

A Principal's Reflections

With changing times, continuous reflection and learning are needed in order to move schools forward now. As such, teaching, learning, and leadership must change if growth and improvement are the goals. Students who are not engaged are not likely to be learning.

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Return on Instruction (ROI) Revisited

A Principal's Reflections

The result has been districts, schools, and educators making a great deal of investment in an array of ideas, strategies, and solutions with the goal of improving learning for all kids. This applies to what is seen on social media, in marketing assets, and at conferences.

Flexible Spaces Need to Lead to Flexible Learning

A Principal's Reflections

Do you remember the classrooms that you learned in as a child? The issue, however, was that the conditions under which learning was supposed to take place were not conducive to the process at all. Flexible spaces need to lead to flexible learning.

Popular vs Effective

A Principal's Reflections

Our culture idolizes movie stars, musicians, and professional athletes. In her case social media has only increased her popularity exponentially. We can even take a look at social media numbers in general.

Stories Link Us Together

A Principal's Reflections

When I work with schools, especially in a coaching role, I routinely ask educators to share with me how they are empowering students to own their learning or ways in which they are transforming teaching, learning, and leadership. I absolutely love hearing and telling stories.

The Challenge of Change is Not You

A Principal's Reflections

Additionally, you are more than likely to be using social media for your Personal LearningNetwork (PLN) to push your thinking like never before. Consider trying the following strategies to assist your colleagues to begin the process of changing their professional practice.

Going Digital Is About More Than Just Devices.

The Web20Classroom

The digital tools we have available to us for both teaching and learning is (and will continue to have) dramatic effects on both. And there is a shift (albeit small) in professional learning as well. You are no longer bound by the learning prescribed to you by your district.

Book review – Learning Transformed: 8 Keys to Designing Tomorrow’s Schools, Today

Dangerously Irrelevant

This post is a review of Learning Transformed: 8 Keys to Designing Tomorrow’s Schools, Today by Eric Sheninger and Tom Murray. The learning experience must be redesigned and made personal. Learning spaces must become learner-centered.

Managing Smartphone Distractions in the Classroom

edWeb.net

Laptops, Chromebooks, iPads, and even cell phones are providing students with opportunities to access the internet for researching, communicating and social learning. Technology has become an integral element in our students’ educational journey.

9 Great Nonprofits to Support School Leaders

Tom Murray

When I got connected on social media, my lens was expanded and I became aware additional organizations, as well as their supporting tools and resources. The Alliance also has run Digital Learning Day for the past five years.

Digital Leadership – LIVE Blog of Eric Sheninger Keynote at Leading Future Learning 2015

EdTechTeacher

Eric Sheninger, Senior Fellow and Thought Leader on Digital Leadership with the International Center for Leadership in Education (ICLE) and Scholastic Achievement Partners (SAP) , kicked off the 2015 Leading Future Learning conference with his keynote on Digital Leadership.

Technology and Capstone Courses

Dr. Shannon Doak's Blog

Keep in mind, even if your school has a different type of capstone course, my thoughts below could be applicable in the capstone process, learning environment, or product creation. In “How Does Technology Facilitate Learning? Throw social media into the mix and the potential is huge.

How Districts Can Unlock Actionable Data

edWeb.net

School districts are struggling with the fact that 70% of purchased licenses for edtech programs don’t get used at all within the school year and only 10% of teachers know how often students should use edtech programs to drive learning outcomes. Professional Development.

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Why Teacher Recruitment Needs to Change

Insight Education Group

We also know that teacher quality has a greater impact on student outcomes than any other factor, including race, socioeconomic status, and prior academic record. Teachers have the largest in-school impact on student achievement.

The Fans, Fanboys, and Fanatics of OER

Doug Levin

I also tend to think that educators make rational responses in selecting instructional materials and tools (including using social media) – and certainly in the U.S. I have a confession to make. I work in K-12 education in the U.S.,

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The 7 pillars of today’s digital leadership

eSchool News

School and district leadership isn’t about a position or title–it’s about improving practices around digital learning. Those pillars focus on how school leaders can ensure that their policies and practices highlight the best examples of digital learning success in schools.

The Scarlet Rating: How One ‘Improvement Required’ School Seeks a Turnaround

Edsurge

However, school leaders Sarah Pedrotti and Jessica Torres are on a mission to flip the failure narrative and rebrand their school by motivating their teachers through personalized professional development. You have the local media, you got the state, you have everyone telling your story from their perspective, but no one was hearing about the hard work teachers were doing. Kindergarteners in Mrs. Shuler's classroom learning how to implement their learning stations!

Its 2019. So Why Do 21st-Century Skills Still Matter?

Edsurge

In the process, they also learned plenty about social studies and civic engagement. For Loudoun County Superintendent Eric Williams, what makes such authentic learning experiences worthwhile is how they prepare students “to make meaningful contributions to the world.” Although some educators have grown weary of the term “21st century learning,” the drive to transform education “matters more today—a lot more—than when we started the conversation.”

How I Became A Teacher Intrapeneur. 4 Ideas to Inspire #TEWeek Followers.

The Innovative Educator

Intrapreneurs work within an existing organization to take direct responsibility for turning an idea into a successful outcome often through assertive risk-taking and innovation. 1) Direct A Learning Oasis The problem: A place for students to discover and develop their passions and interests. The solution: I took an outdated, dusty library and created a learning center in a school. If you work in a school system you take on a job that you've seen implemented as a student.

Forget Singapore and Finland: For Best Practices in Education to Leverage, Let’s Look Elsewhere

Insight Education Group

could learn and adopt from Finland and Singapore, two countries that share more in terms of demographics than educational philosophy. Walk into an education conference or join a social media chat today and you may notice, as I have, a bit of a Finnish Fatigue or a Singapore Slump.

16 Books About Learning Every Teacher Should Read

TeachThought - Learn better.

16 Books About Modern Learning Every Teacher Should Read. In the age of blogging and social media, is there still room for books? The big idea of this list was a well-rounded look at learning and education, rather than strictly pedagogy, or strictly ed-reformy content.

Fifteen Ideas to Start the Year with a STEM Culture

Discovery Education

Research tells us that deliberately labeling STEM thinking in everyday life leads to better learning outcomes, especially with more complex problems. The Discovery Educator Network (DEN) is a great way to share, learn, and lead. Getting Started with Building a STEM Culture.

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The Free and Online 2014 School Leadership Summit Starts Wednesday! (Full Session List)

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

If you want to follow those tweets, you can either track the conference hashtag #ticalsls14 or you can follow the Learning Revolution Twitter account at @learnrevproject. Amina Gorie Sindhi SPOTLIGHT - Content Curation as a Context for Teaching and Learning in Science - Eric A.