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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 Ways to Use Twitter To Enhance In-School Professional Learning

The Principal of Change

Here is a tweet I received from Jamie Sweeney on using Twitter to “enhance professional development” : Thinking about ways I might use Twitter to enhance staff development…any ideas? Hashtag for professional learning days (and beyond).

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

NeverEndingSearch

These tasks are perfect for learning across the curriculum and especially for librarian-led learning. Claims on Twitter : Students read a tweet and explain why it might or might not be a useful source of information. Social studies teachers will adore these!

Stop Ignoring Google+

A Principal's Reflections

In case you didn''t know there are thousands of educators and an array of learning communities over at Google+. From my point of view educators become quickly attached to one specific social media tool as their go to source for his/her Personal Learning Network (PLN).

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Preservice Teacher Virtual Co-Op Program

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Dr. Sam Fecich runs a virtual co-op program for her preservice teachers. This program not only helps her preservice teachers learn while doing authentic work, but it helps teachers get help for their classrooms.

Virtual Mentorship for Emerging Leaders

The CoolCatTeacher

Jodie Pierpoint on episode 243 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Learn about this program, how you can join in, and how you can become a better mentor. Learn more at coolcatteacher.com/guide.

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5 Common Sense Twitter Tips for School Leaders & Educators

The 21st Century Principal

Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach writes in her book, The Connected Educator: Learning and Leading in a Digital Age, "We can reach out to our network, harvest the collective wisdom found there, and then bring it back to the school." There is a great deal of collective wisdom on the web, and those in a position to tap into that network of wisdom and expertise are those who know how to engage effectively in 21st century social networking tools. My school Twitter account has two main purposes.

I'm a teacher. What can I do with Twitter?

EdTechnocation.com

I''m sharing resources and talking about the value of Twitter in your PLN (Professional Learning Network). I''ll mainly be referring to a site I created for a conference session I led during the Kamehameha Schools EdTech Conference in June 2013.

Is Edu Connected Collaboration Just Whistling In The Wind?

My Island View

This led me to consider making some professional connections out of necessity. I realized as an adult learner that I learned best through collaboration and that collaboration could only take place if I was in some way connected with other educators. Twitter was more in real-time.

Viral Messaging: Putting Digital Citizenship to the Test

Tech Helpful

The following post is by Alex Podchaski, and while I have never met him in person, we are part of each other's professional learning network. Over the weekend, the media has picked up on what has really happened and gotten to the real part of the story - it’s not real.

Is Edu Connected Collaboration Just Whistling In The Wind?

My Island View

This led me to consider making some professional connections out of necessity. I realized as an adult learner that I learned best through collaboration and that collaboration could only take place if I was in some way connected with other educators. Twitter was more in real-time.

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I am not an expert, I simply love what I do.

Kleinspiration

just as I like for my students to think of learning as being fun. A new friend from Twitter ( @Dr.SpikeCook ) gave me a call this morning to discuss a few educational topics. He''s writing a series of posts on his blog about how social media supports education for different people.

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. Below is a Tweet as it might be displayed on the Twitter website when viewed on a computer. Twitter has a habit of rearranging these things once in a while!)

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Is Edu Connected Collaboration Just Whistling In The Wind?

My Island View

This led me to consider making some professional connections out of necessity. I realized as an adult learner that I learned best through collaboration and that collaboration could only take place if I was in some way connected with other educators. Twitter was more in real-time.

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Wait You're Still not on Twitter? What are you waiting for?

MSEDTechie

Twitter isn''t going away! When I first started using twitter, I used it purely as a social outlet. Twitter has changed so much from the "What are you doing now" tag line to becoming one of the largest Personal Professional Learning Networks available to educators.

Relevant Leadership for Today's Schools

A Principal's Reflections

The catalyst for a significant portion of this growth was my embracement of social media as a powerful leadership tool. This is what I and others now refer to as Leadership 2.0. is a professional learning community that will help school principals use Web 2.0

Get the Good News Out

A Principal's Reflections

We see the fruits of our labor through our students as they show growth in learning over time. To get the good news out you don’t have to continue to wait patiently for the mainstream media to cover your stories. Let’s face it – great things occur in all schools on a daily basis.

5 Things Everyone Should Include In Their Digital Portfolio

EdTechTeacher

Do you have a piece of media or written work that you’ve published about a piece of work that you are proud of? Do you have a professional learning network? Can you share an example of how you communicate and collaborate with other people in a professional setting?

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

The CoolCatTeacher

Wanda Terral on episode 305 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Because there are risks, and a lot of kids don’t think about all their private social media that they think are private, but they’re really not.

Discovery Education’s Spotlight on StrategiesContent Now Aligned to McREL International’s Six-Phase Model for Learning

techlearning

–Alignment of Spotlight on Strategiesto Learning Model Helps Educators Identify and Implement New Tactics Supporting the Success of All Learners– Silver Spring, Md. McREL’s six-phase model was recently outlined in a McRELwhitepaper entitled Student Learning that Works , and consists of: 1.

Why Teacher Recruitment Needs to Change

Insight Education Group

In Utah, Governor Gary Herbert addressed his state’s teacher shortage recently with the following plea to his fellow residents via Twitter: "Consider becoming a teacher; it is a noble profession.". Sources for reference in alphabetical order: Anitha, S.

Four Steps to Help Students Develop a Healthy Media Diet

edWeb.net

With the proliferation of technology in school and at home, parents are looking for direction on how to keep their kids’ media habits in check. Librarians, who are often at the front lines of media and tech in schools, can provide that crucial guidance.

Dynamic Content from UNICEF, the National Park Service, USC Shoah Foundation and More Added to Discovery Education’s Award-Winning Digital Services

techlearning

–Exciting New Content Supports Both Student Instruction and Educator Professional Learning - Silver Spring, Md. The recently added content empowers educators to create dynamic digital learning environments that engage students and boost academic achievement.

Why We Still Need to Know Things in the Age of Google

The CoolCatTeacher

Justin Reich on episode 264 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. We hope that kids will learn critical thinking skills in one class and then apply it to another. Twitter: @bjfr.

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Texas’ Richardson Independent School District Selects Discovery Education to Support New STEM Education Initiative

techlearning

- Unique Digital Content Combined with Sustained Professional Development to Help Create Vibrant Culture of STEM in Participating Schools - Silver Spring, Md. The Discovery Education Community will continue assisting RISD’s educators’ efforts to create more personalized learning experiences.

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Host a PD Buffet for Your Teachers: Tips from a Technology Integrationist

edWeb.net

Rachel Langenhorst, Technology Integrationist at Rock Valley Community School District in Iowa, was interviewed by edWeb about the importance of keeping up with your own learning in order to provide valuable professional development for others. Rachel Langenhorst.

New Content Added to Discovery Education’s Award-Winning Digital Services Boost Teachers’ Ability to Engage Students in Science, STEM, Social Studies, and More

techlearning

–Immersive New Content Empowers Educators to Create Dynamic Digital Learning Environments for All Students – Silver Spring, Md. All three vignettes are now available in Discovery Education Streaming Plus and the Social Studies Techbook.

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Student “Play of the Week” with Google Slides (FREE Template)

Shake Up Learning

The post Student “Play of the Week” with Google Slides (FREE Template) appeared first on Shake Up Learning. In our society today, social media and digital presentation tools make it so easy to spark engaging and inviting ideas to use in our classrooms.

Curation Situations: Let us count the ways

NeverEndingSearch

When my colleagues and I wrote our Social Media Curation Library Technology Report for ALA, we struggled with a definition. Along the way they experience collateral benefits of developing learning agility, building social capital and demonstrating creativity.

Discovery Education Adds Engaging New Content Supporting Social Studies, the Earth Sciences and More to Award-Winning Digital Services

techlearning

–Immersive New Content Empowers Educators to Create Dynamic Digital Learning Environments for All Students – Silver Spring, Md. Students meet two young pharaohs in ancient Egypt who learn core math concepts from a time-traveling robot. Inspired by the global media company Discovery Inc.,

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Checklist for Effective PD

The Innovative Educator

Having great content is important when delivering a professional learning opportunity but it is not enough. If possible get fancy and have a name badge or card that has relevant information for the day i.e. WiFi password, hashtag for the event, participant Twitter handle. Informational Charts Have information posted in the room that participants can refer to. However, this requires organizers to have social media hashtags and accounts prominently displayed.

Teacher Creativity Skill: Brainstorm and Plan Digitally

The Playground Advocate

Part of being creative as a teacher is coming up with creative learning experiences for students. Over the years, I''ve learned that my best lessons and units came about as a result of a lot of collaborative pre-planning. Almost no learning curve.

Discovery Education Adds Dynamic New Content to Award Winning Digital Services

techlearning

April 19, 2018) – Discovery Education , the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, announced today it has added a variety of new digital assets to its award-winning supplemental and digital textbook services. Silver Spring, Md.

'Robots Are Coming For Your Jobs'

Hack Education

” I’ve looked at how for-profit colleges , MOOCs , and learn-to-code companies have tapped into these narratives in order to justify their products and services. ” Rather, McMillan Cottom argues these students are making rational decisions in a world of growing economic precarity and shrinking social programs. Don’t mess with her on Twitter. For a complete look at who funded learn-to-code companies this year, visit funding.hackeducation.com.).