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Technology in Classrooms Helping Students Succeed. #EDCHAT: Are You Only 140 Characters Away From Professional Development? By Kerry Davis, Ed.D, CCC/SLP, Learning 2030 Blog Contributor Mention professional development (PD) to teachers, and you can almost feel the collective eye-rolling.

#EDCHAT: Are You Only 140 Characters Away From Professional Development?

8 Reasons For Teaching Kindness In School. Kindness Is Something Students Learn By Feeling It by Lisa Currie, Ripple Kindness Project Most people have heard the phrase ‘random acts of kindness’, which refers to a selfless act of giving resulting in the happiness of another person.

8 Reasons For Teaching Kindness In School

Terms like this are increasing in popularity around the world, as more people identify a deficiency in their lives that can only be fulfilled by altruism. It seems we just can’t get enough of those addictive feel good emotions and with good reason. Scientific studies have shown that kindness has a great number of physical and emotional benefits, and that children require a healthy dose of the warm and fuzzies in order to flourish as health, happy, well-rounded individuals. Patty O’Grady, PhD, is an expert in the area of neuroscience, emotional learning, and positive psychology with special attention to the educational arena. A great number of benefits have been reported to support the theory of teaching kindness in schools. 3.0 Backchannel.

Sir Ken Robinson - Changing Education Paradigms. Technology in Education. Exciting new approach to classroom learning! Rethinking Learning: The 21st Century Learner. 6 characteristics of great PD (and great classrooms) 1.

6 characteristics of great PD (and great classrooms)

Constructivist The best PD workshops are constructivist, or marked by experiential learning. In these workshops participants are actively discovering the features, properties, and potential of a tool, app and a device. They are also being challenged to make sense of tools for themselves. 10 Social Media Sites For Education. 10 Social Media Sites For Education by Lila Daniels Our kids live on social media these days.

10 Social Media Sites For Education

One crucial way to make learning relevant is to meet ‘em where they live, which means finding social media sites that work in the classroom. Social media organically dovetails with subjects like language arts and social studies, but tech savvy teachers know that collaboration can work in any classroom. Not all social media sites are equal — and not everyone is comfortable turning their students lose on Facebook or Twitter. 10 Best Social Media Sites For Students & Teachers. What Does The Minister Say? Early Tuesday March 25th, 2014 it was reported that Alberta students would be required to memorize their multiplication tables.

What Does The Minister Say?

A few hours later, when Ontario Education minister Liz Sandals walked into a media scrum at Queen’s Park, she knew what was coming. Reporters wanted to know if Ontario’s Ministry of Education would make a similar change in their approach to teaching math. Would the minister reverse her position that she wouldn’t change the curriculum in response to public pressure. Adrian Morrow, who covers Queen’s Park for The Globe and Mail, tweeted that Sandals announced a change in policy by saying that Ontario teachers “…need to make kids memorise (sic) multiplication tables…”.

Liz Sandals says Ontario teachers need to make kids memorise multiplication tables, even though the curriculum doesn't oblige them to— Adrian Morrow (@AdrianMorrow) March 25, 2014. Weaving Rainbow Loom Math-ness with SAMR. Sometimes a gem of #awesomesauce falls in your lap when you least expect it.

Weaving Rainbow Loom Math-ness with SAMR

If you are not familiar with the Rainbow Loom craze that has swept the nation and has sold over 3.5 million looms worldwide, let me provide a little context. The Rainbow Loom is essentially a loom that allows you to weave bracelets, necklaces, and accessories from multi-colored rubber bands… with very few directions provided. In fact, all of our creations… (Yes, my son has also fallen prey to the craze and sucked me in) … have been developed by watching YouTube videos. 6 Mistakes I Made with Professional Development ExitTicket Student Response System. 6 Mistakes I Made with Professional Development Throughout my teaching career, I’ve enjoyed sharing my passion for educational technology.

6 Mistakes I Made with Professional Development ExitTicket Student Response System

I’ve helped spearhead a number of initiatives and often introduced new tools to teachers. While I have found a lot of approaches to professional development successful, I found a lot more that weren’t. Leading the New Literacies: Digital, Media & Global. This blog comes from a session by Heidi Hayes Jacobs at ASCD conference March 15th, 2014.

Leading the New Literacies: Digital, Media & Global

She is the source of this blog and all the words are hers – just typed and worded for effect by me. Personal Note: Heidi Hayes Jacobs is a hero of mine. Her work with the curriculum has fueled a passion in me. One I cannot seem to quench. I refer to her TED Talk often and find her ideas about getting kids ready for their future (or just simply today), and not 1984, is spot on. The New Literacies: Digital, Media and Global – The idea that we are teaching an entire day focused around print literacies and nothing about media is one of the fundamental problems with education.

Essential Question: How do we prepare our learners for their future, not 1990 which seems to be the year most schools are getting them ready for. Designing what’s next in teachers’ professional development. In my view, there are five major types of professional development (PD) currently available to teachers: In-house PD: This type of PD is offered at school sites — often weekly.

Designing what’s next in teachers’ professional development

It is usually run by someone on staff and on the school site exclusively. It is common for different staff members to run different sessions throughout the year. In some cases, the principal runs the majority of these sessions.District–wide or organizational-wide PD: This is often scheduled in advance and requires multiple sites to co-locate for long periods of time (half day, full day or multiple day PD). These create an opportunity for school sites within a district or organization to collaborate, learn something in common, and meet and greet other people who teach their same subject area or grade. Most teachers participate in all of these types of professional development concurrently.

Here, as I see it, are the main issues facing professional development for teachers: How to Gamify Professional Development in Your School. Sometimes we act like professional development is hard.

How to Gamify Professional Development in Your School

It doesn’t have to be. Sometimes we treat professional development like a chore. It should be fun, engaging, and wanted. As a K-12 staff developer I’ve spent the past two years giving professional development and receiving a lot of professional development. I’ve seen the different needs of administrators, teachers, and students. Because if you reach more teachers, you reach more students.