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Social Media Turning Out To Help Teachers Gain PD -- THE Journal. Research Social Media Turning Out To Help Teachers Gain PD By Dian Schaffhauser11/05/14 When teachers who use social media were asked to cite their biggest concerns for education, what topped the list were technology in the classroom (cited by 65 percent of teachers) and professional development (specified by 58 percent). While technology is very helpful for student engagement and motivation, where it really shines is in providing professional development and opportunities for teachers to collaborate with colleagues. And social media is turning out to be a powerful tool for those purposes. Those results and others surfaced in a technology and professional development survey conducted by the University of Southern California Rossier School of Education Master of Arts in Teaching program. That type of use reflects another truism from the survey: Social media is proving valuable in helping educators stay current on trends in their profession.

About the Author. 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. 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. Today, the bold claim is that anyone can learn anything they wish, because social media channels can provide that scaffolding. For Vygotsky, the technology is the ZPD - mediating the social. Which is the correct perspective? Photo by Anne Roberts. Why Edcamp? During the past six years, hundreds of Edcamp events have popped up worldwide.

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. Free: Edcamps should be free to all attendees. Despite the concrete definition, it can be difficult to truly capture the Edcamp experience. Edcamp session grid. Photo credit: Kristen Swanson From that blank slate, everyone builds the session schedule together. The skeptics are likely wondering, "What do you do if no ones signs up?

" What Happens in a Session? These aren't merely fluffy concepts. Launching a K12Online Conference Game. Capacity Building: Linking PD And Practice. Recently, we’ve heard the term capacity building used more and more frequently. 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. ASCD has embraced a two-part model of capacity building in its publications and various professional development platforms (online, on-site, and in conferences).

✓ 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. 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. The problem here was that the experience focused on hours of time on task, not on the learning itself. More often than not, PD is something that has been done to us, rather than something we as educators want to engage in.

What a tragedy. ✓ 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. 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! Providence Country Day has published a Professional Development eBook. You can get more of the resources here. After an exercise in groups where we explored what issues our schools are facing with regards to digital citizenship and actions our school is taking, we explored other group’s answers. We all have different definitions of Digital Citizenship.

By bringing parents into the discussion, they could draw on the community to engage students both on and off campus. Like this: 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. 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. It was so eye-opening that I wish I could go back to every class of students I ever had right now and change a minimum of ten things – the layout, the lesson plan, the checks for understanding.

Most of it! This is the first year I am working in a school but not teaching my own classes; I am the High School Learning Coach, a new position for the school this year. My class schedules for the day(Note: we have a block schedule; not all classes meet each day): Key Takeaway #1. When Professional Development Underperforms. EdSurge Newsletters Receive weekly emails on edtech products, companies, and events that matter. “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. The rapid increase of educational technology tools dictates that teachers need time and proven strategies to use the tools in the classroom.

What are some of the factors that cause this divide? Let’s start with what PD is not. Effective professional development is not “sit and get” time Professional development should not be a time to “sit and get.” Effective professional development is not irrelevant to an educator’s practice. 10 Signs You Are a Tech-Savvy Teacher. Striving to be a tech-savvy educator? 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 www.atomiclearning.com/search?. <div class="disqus-noscript"><a href=" the discussion thread. 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. 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. Trello 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.

For more tips on making the most of Trello, we highly recommend the video below: 2. 3. 4. 5. Collaboration Made Easy. 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. “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. What are some of the factors that cause this divide? Let’s start with what PD is not. Effective professional development is not “sit and get” time Professional development should not be a time to “sit and get.” Effective professional development is not irrelevant to an educator’s practice Let’s look at another viewpoint of what professional development is not. Effective professional development is not a one-time learning opportunity. 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. Here are four things that I've done over the past few years to aid in my reflection and help me grow as a learner and a teacher. 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. 4.

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. His two books, Visible Learning and Visible Learning for Teachers, have triggered global conversations about effective teaching, based on his meta-analysis of more than 800 studies. Hattie's work promises to demystify what works in education. Aiming for Effectiveness Hattie's findings are based on a comparison of effect size.

So far so good. A Need to Know More About PBL But when it comes to evaluating the effectiveness of project-based learning (PBL), Hattie has me scratching my head. Why Quality Professional Development for Teachers Matters | Edutopia. 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: Photographs by Derek Mortensen Mike McKenzie celebrated his 21st birthday in May. Growing up in the isolated Skeetchestn Indian Band, a community of around 260 in the B.C. His turnaround came after attending an Aboriginal youth conference that allowed him to meet with other First Nations teens living on reserves. Ending the cycle of poverty and violence among Aboriginal youth can seem like an impossibly daunting endeavour. That’s if they make it to their teenage years at all. 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? | Langwitches Blog. 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 In comes the idea of becoming a Curator of Information. “Curating” is defined in the Merriam Webster Dictionary as: Select, organize, and look after the items in (a collection or exhibition). Digital Curation, Curated Learning & Collective Curation? I have started hearing and reading about the terms “Digital Curation”, “Curated Learning” and “Collective Curation” as well. Digital Curation is defined in Wikipedia as: the selection, preservation, maintenance, collection and archiving of digital assets. 15. New Milford High School - New Milford, NJ - École, École publique.

Work is learning and 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. Edsurge. 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. 8 Myths That Undermine Educational Effectiveness. 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. Learn Twitter. 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 | Michael Henderson. 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. Thinking About Professional Learning | Ontario School and System Leaders Edtech MOOC. High-Performance Tech Tools for Teacher Evaluations. Teachers Will Be Our Nations Next Great Entrepreneurs | Mark Bavisotto. 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.