One iPad in the Classroom? – Top 10 Apps. 3 keys to successful professional development SmartBlogs. Providing professional development is a fun but challenging job in the world of education. First of all, professional development has been done poorly for so long that it has a bad connotation. Secondly, teachers are very smart and very busy so they are not fooled easily, and they don’t like to have their time wasted.
Over the summer I read a blog post from Kyle Pace about professional development where he talked about three values that made professional development successful: Choice, value and support. As I enter my second year as an e-learning coach where I provide PD on technology integration I have been thinking of ways I can provide those three things to my teachers. I have created a “Coach’s Menu” through Google Forms in order to provide my teachers with choice and value. Coach’s Menu A Coach’s Menu is a really simple idea that I got from a literacy coach in my district. When a teacher submits a Coach’s Menu to me, I e-mail them back with dates to choose from based on their entry. May as well make it a learning experience! « What Ed Said. Implementing the new Australian Curriculum appeared to be an onerous task. English and Maths were fine on the whole, but how would we ensure ‘coverage’ of Science, History and Geography within our PYP trans-disciplinary curriculum framework? How would we incorporate content based outcomes into our student-centred Program of Inquiry?
Despite our reservations, we approached it as a learning experience, a time for reflection and an exploration of ways to improve teaching and learning. As an IB school, as long as all areas are addressed, we are not compelled to stick to the precise grade levels for prescribed achievement standards. So… During unit planning sessions, we investigated what aspects of the Australian Curriculum could be incorporated and how we could make them inquiry based. If approached creatively, we saw that many aspects could be integrated into specialist areas and via our kitchen garden program. We asked such questions as… Is there a balance of key concepts? Like this: Warwick Peter-Budge. A macgirl in a pc world. 50 Must-See Teacher Blogs Chosen By You. 100 Web 2.0 Tools Every Teacher Should Know About 44.08K Views 0 Likes We're always trying to figure out the best tools for teachers, trends in the education technology industry, and generally doing our darnedest to bring you new and exciting ways to enhance the classroom.
But I wanted t... 50 Little-Known Ways Google Docs Can Help In Education 96.78K Views 0 Likes Google Docs is such an incredible tool for college students, offering collaboration, portability, ease of use, and widespread acceptance. 100 Teaching Tools You Should Know About.