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Social Media Turning Out To Help Teachers Gain PD. Research.

Social Media Turning Out To Help Teachers Gain PD

I’m Not Tired of the Community, But I’m Bored with the Conversations. Vygotsky, Piaget and YouTube. The world is changing, and it's largely due to the proliferation of technology.

Vygotsky, Piaget and YouTube

Learning in particular is being democratised. Where once, experts had a monopoly on knowledge and expertise, now anyone it seems can access content that will teach them. This is autodidacticism - teaching yourself. And yet according to one very respected psychologist - Lev Vygotsky - learning on your own is not as powerful or extensive as learning alongside a 'knowledgeable other' person.

According to his Zone of Proximal Development theory (ZPD), whether that person be a teacher, peer or parent, children learn more extensively within a social context. ZPD theory ran counter to other developmental theories of the time. Why Edcamp? During the past six years, hundreds of Edcamp events have popped up worldwide.

Why Edcamp?

Teachers from every corner of the globe have been organizing open opportunities for educators to collaborate and solve problems. In spite of this growth and energy, there are still many educators who are either uninformed or skeptical of the Edcamp model for teacher professional development. Given the plethora of "silver bullets" and magical cures in education, some skepticism is healthy. It ensures that we refine and revise our beliefs through meaningful investigation. What's an Edcamp? Let’s begin with a definition.

Launching a K12Online Conference Game. Capacity Building: Linking PD And Practice. Recently, we’ve heard the term capacity building used more and more frequently.

Capacity Building: Linking PD And Practice

But what does this term really mean, and how does it manifest itself in education circles? My desktop dictionary defines capacity as “the amount that can be contained.” This conjures up an image of the human heart and how much capacity it has for blood. However, at ASCD, we believe in the expansiveness of capacity. We believe capacity can grow, strengthen, and increase, like the heart’s capacity for love. It’s an alluring concept, to say the least, to believe we are capable of building our teachers’ and leaders’ capacity to bring about change, to experience success, and to drive student learning. ✓ On Professional Development and Conferences — Jethro Jones. Over on his blog, Eric Sheninger posted about his new role at ICLE and the professional development that "School Leaders Need and Deserve" What rankles me about his post is that he starts out by saying: During my ten years as a school leader I dreaded professional development days in my district.

✓ On Professional Development and Conferences — Jethro Jones

I am not sure any educator looks forward to these monotonous experiences (developed under the guise of learning!) That are supposed to provide us with new skills and knowledge to do our jobs better. If in-district professional development wasn't bad enough, I also attended my fair share of workshops and conferences that were a complete waste of time. I attended many of these events just to meet the required hours of professional development.

We, as educators, rail against this kind of teaching. ✓ On Professional Development and Conferences — Jethro Jones. Creating a Culture of Positive Digital Citizenship. My first session of the day is “Creating a Culture of Positive Digital Citizenship” by Matt Scully and Derrick Willard from Providence Day School.

Creating a Culture of Positive Digital Citizenship

I had the privilege of visiting Providence Country Day last year when I was in North Carolina for a conference. If you are in the neighborhood, I urge you to drop by. They are a school on the progressive, cutting edge of educational technology while maintaining rigorous academic standards. This is live blogged, so please excuse the typos and some poor phrasing! A veteran teacher turned coach shadows 2 students for 2 days – a sobering lesson learned. The following account comes from a veteran HS teacher who just became a Coach in her building.

A veteran teacher turned coach shadows 2 students for 2 days – a sobering lesson learned

Because her experience is so vivid and sobering I have kept her identity anonymous. But nothing she describes is any different than my own experience in sitting in HS classes for long periods of time. And this report of course accords fully with the results of our student surveys. I have made a terrible mistake. I waited fourteen years to do something that I should have done my first year of teaching: shadow a student for a day. When Professional Development Underperforms.

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When Professional Development Underperforms

“Professional Development.” PD. When this phrase is introduced into teacher circles, many teachers cringe with thoughts of poor instruction, time wasted on doing and learning things that do not apply to them, or initiatives that will go away with the next administrative change. But then again, there are teachers who do look forward to similar sessions with excitement because they learn so much and use that knowledge when instructing their students. 10 Signs You Are a Tech-Savvy Teacher. Striving to be a tech-savvy educator?

10 Signs You Are a Tech-Savvy Teacher

This infographic highlights ten key signs that you've officially made it! Are you a tech-savvy teacher? If so, congrats; If not, keep trying! Either way, as #10 highlights, technology is always changing and you must be constantly learning, trying new things, and expanding your tech boundaries to grow your savvy. Luckily, Atomic Learning is constantly expanding our digital learning resource library and is a great place to explore new technology tools, explore our complete library at

5 Ways to Use Integrated Google Drive Apps for Group Projects. Google Drive empowers teachers as they use Google Docs to provide real time feedback.

5 Ways to Use Integrated Google Drive Apps for Group Projects

It also helps students engage in discourse via Google Moderator, and provides project participants a platform for brainstorming remotely on Google Hangouts. But Google Drive’s power doesn’t lie solely in its own features. In fact, it is Drive’s integration with third party apps that really empower student collaboration. In this post, we’ll explore 5 creative ways to use integrated apps for group projects. 1. One of the biggest problems students encounter in completing group projects is staying organized. Enter Trello, an app commonly used in the workplace to power group work. For a glimpse into how Trello works, take a look at the screenshot below: In the top tab, students can easily add other members to the board so that they can edit it too.

2014-10-08-when-professional-development-underperforms?utm_content=buffer2629e&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter. EdSurge Newsletters Receive weekly emails on edtech products, companies, and events that matter. TeachEat & TeachMeet-Unconference. Share links and collect opinions. Connected-educator-month-starter-kit-2014.pdf. The Reflective Teacher: Taking a Long Look. School has been in session for a few weeks, and things might be finally settling down for most teachers.

Days seem to pass by so quickly that it seems amazing anything was accomplished. Despite the whirlwind start of the year, it's still important to make time for reflection. It took me some time realize that reflection is vital to my growth as an educator. I also needed to learn what real reflection looked like. It's so much more than thinking that I did a good job or changing one essay question. 1. One always scary but very important thing is asking the students how the lesson went.

The first time I handed students a survey, I was terrified. 2. Teachers often think they can remember it all, but that's rarely the case. If you use a planner for your lessons, use sticky notes for initial thoughts after a lesson, and stick them in the planner. 3. The Hattie Effect: What's Essential for Effective PBL? In the daily bustle of the classroom, teachers can't hit pause to evaluate the effectiveness of every decision they make. And those judgment calls pile up.

From how to plan lessons to whether students should collaborate to how much homework to assign, daily decisions about instruction number in the hundreds. John Hattie, an Australian education professor and researcher, has done the wonky work of evaluating mountains of data to determine which decisions make the biggest difference when it comes to learning. Why Quality Professional Development for Teachers Matters. Why fixing First Nations education remains so far out of reach. On Aug. 17, the body of 15-year-old Tina Fontaine was pulled from Winnipeg’s Red River.

Police divers had been scouring the waterway in search of Faron Hall, a well-known homeless man who drowned in the river, when they discovered Fontaine. She had been murdered, her body wrapped in a bag. Her death has renewed calls for a public inquiry into the disappearance and murder of aboriginal women and girls. This article exploring the plight of Canada’s aboriginal children originally appeared on July 14, 2014:

Digital Citizenship Resources - Home. Women as Background Decoration: Part 1 - Tropes vs Women in Video Games. Feedly. Edudemic - Education Technology Tips For Students And Teachers. Students Becoming Curators of Information?  Images like the following ones, visualize for me the urgency for all of us to become information literate to wade through the incredible, ever increasing, amount of information being created and shared with the world. licesed under CC by will-lion Lincensed under CC by verbeeldingskr8 We are with no doubt in the age of information overload and IN DIRE NEED of knowing how to filter in order to get to the information we need.

Think about Clay Shirky’s quote below. Clay Shirky Information Overload. New Milford High School - New Milford, NJ - École, École publique. Work is learning and learning is the work. We have come to a point where organizations can no longer leave learning to their HR or training departments. Being able to understand emerging situations, see patterns, and co-solve problems are essential business skills. Learning is the work. Edudemic - Education Technology Tips For Students And Teachers. Martin Jetpack Unveiling, Liftoff! Twitter: The Best Professional Development Tool for Teachers. Burlington High School Principal's Blog: Summer Professional Development Options. Image credit: mscheff With summer just a few weeks away, I wanted to share a broad range of hands-on, high quality professional development opportunities for Burlington teachers, staff, and administrators to explore. Whether you are looking for collaborative, teacher-led formats such as an Edcamp, want time to experiment with technology tools that can engage all learners and solve real instructional challenges, or wish to learn from experts who teach your content area, the options I’ve curated have the unique needs of educators in mind.

Edsurge. Starting this week, we will host 16 courageous, thoughtful people in the ninth cohort of 4.0 Launch. Christine Ortiz, who’s leading the design team for this cohort, dared me to facilitate a class on the history and philosophy of education, citing a personal desire to know more about the basic underpinnings of how we look at education in the US. Show Me Your Professional Development! Videos and Guides to Copyright & Creative Commons. Show Me Your Professional Development!

Two Case Studies: How Connected Educators Can Transform Schools. Figuring out which new teaching practices or pieces of technology might work in a classroom can feel like a full-time job. Lots of educators spend their free time researching new ideas and connecting with other educators, but there are plenty more that find the process confusing and overwhelming. How much easier would it be to have a dedicated staff person whose job is to bring new ideas into the district, support teachers and smooth the way with administrators?

That’s what Kris Hupp does for Cornell School District, a tiny district in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 8 Myths That Undermine Educational Effectiveness. Certain widely-shared myths and lies about education are destructive for all of us as educators, and destructive for our educational institutions. This is the subject of 50 Myths & Lies That Threaten America’s Public Schools: The Real Crisis in Education, a new book by David Berliner and Gene Glass, two of the country’s most highly respected educational researchers. Although the book deserves to be read in its entirety, I want to focus on eight of the myths that I think are relevant to most teachers, administrators, and parents. Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: Indispensable iPad Apps for Teachers Professional Development.

Peer-to-Peer Professional Development. PD-Remix-EdSurge-Report-2014. New PD for Deeper Learning. Image from Education Plus If we want to implement deeper learning opportunities with our learners, then we will need to have new models of PD that extends beyond the walls of our schools. It is the new models of PD that have the opportunity to get filtered down to the students, and if we can figure out how to do this in brilliant new ways, then I think we will find the keys to implementing new pedagogies in our classrooms and promoting deeper learning with our students. I was a part of a Board-run techhub inquiry this year where I had an opportunity to be a part of a new way of engaging in PD. Learn Twitter. No matter where I am, every time I speak I hear people say, “I wish someone would teach me how to tweet.”

Well, I’m hoping this resource will provide some of those folks a place to learn how to leverage this social media tool at their own pace. I must admit, however, I am a complete rookie at delivering online instruction, and am using this course to improve the quality of my instruction. 8 Tips For Updating Your Teaching. Education 3.0 and the Pedagogy (Andragogy, Heutagogy) of Mobile Learning. People Create Change, Not Products. What type of professional development is the most effective for teachers? Are their styles of PD that are better than others? Where do you go to find the best PD to increase teacher capacity? What Makes Professional Development Effective? Results From a National Sample of Teachers. Professional Development in Integrating Technology Into Teaching and Learning: Knowns, Unknowns, and Ways to Pursue Better Questions and Answers. Continuing Professional Development: A Practical Guide for Teachers and Schools - Anna Craft. Professional Development and Teacher Learning: Mapping the Terrain.

Design trajectories: four experiments in PLE implementation.: EBSCOhost. Personal Learning Network. Paths of professional development: Contrived collegiality, collaborative culture, and the case of peer coaching. E-PD: blended models of sustaining teacher professional development in digital literacies. Birman-Desimone-Porter-and-Garet-2000. Learning Strategies, Teaching Strategies, and Conceptual or Learning Style. Designing Educative Curriculum Materials to Promote Teacher Learning.

Presentation - Role of Teacher in Personal Learning Environments. Continuing Professional Development: A Practical Guide for Teachers and Schools - Anna Craft. Bridging Practices. Professional development for teachers: a world of change. How Teachers Change. Sign In. Norms of Collegiality and Experimentation: Workplace Conditions of School Success. Constructing 21st-Century Teacher Education. How intuition in teaching is being sidelined to the point of obsolescence.

Slaying the Sit and Git Dragon in PD. 5 Strategies For Better Teacher Professional Development. If teachers know best about professional learning… let's follow their lead. Is Twitter the Best Option for Online Professional Development? A Beautiful Sketchnote on How Teachers Can Use Twitter for Professional Development.

Shifting Sands in Digital Learning & Professional Development. Over 260 MOOCs Are Now Available for Your Professional Development. Professional Development: The Big Four. Why A Lack Of Productivity Can Lead To Bad Habits. Complete Collection of PD Modules and Courses. 5 Must-Read Personal Development Books From 2014. Ontario School and System Leaders Edtech MOOC. High-Performance Tech Tools for Teacher Evaluations. Teachers Will Be Our Nations Next Great Entrepreneurs. Teachers as Researchers: Changing the Dynamics of PD - Work in Progress.

Education Technology Integration – You’re Doing it Wrong. It’s Time to Invest in New Models of Professional Learning. Game Face On: Gamification for Engaging Teachers in PD. A Guidebook for Social Media in the Classroom. Ten obvious truths about educating kids that keep getting ignored. The Patchwork Pieces of Professional Development. 8 Top Tips for Highly Effective PD. Teachers: Embrace Twitter for Professional Development. Please, No More Professional Development! Personal Learning Networks: Learning in a Connected World.