In the emerging view, learning is not just a transmission of “substance” from teachers to learners through a variety of pedagogical strategies. Many professionals now describe learning in terms of communication of ideas between people within a community. Traditionally, educators treated knowledge acquisition as an individual activity focused on content.
Professional Development | Feature Five Digital Literacy Professional Development Strategies By Bridget McCrea 08/07/12 Discussing digital literacy as a way to locate, understand, organize, evaluate, and create information using digital technology is one thing, but putting the concept into motion in the college classroom isn’t always easy. With new information resources proliferating daily, and some educators reluctant to change their "old ways" of teaching and disseminating information, professional development has become a key consideration for institutions that are looking to leverage digital literacy. Here are five simple professional development strategies that schools can use to help faculty effectively teach and use digital literacy in today’s classroom:
Personal Learning Networks
Social media for schools: a guide to Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest | Teacher Network Blog | Guardian ProfessionalLike, tweet, pin? Social media use in education is still causing debate. Do you use it in the classroom? Let us know how.
It’s July and we are learning. A month usually reserved for family trips and “honey-do” lists has brought something different for our district: professional development. The fact that we are doing professional development in July, while unique to us, isn’t a new concept in educational training. However, what makes this professional development different is that rather than having the usual amount of no-shows or malcontents, we are over-capacity with enthusiasm. And more want to come.
In a new book, Cultivating Communities of Practice: A Guide to Managing Knowledge , the authors offer a practical guide to making knowledge work inside an organization. In this excerpt, the authors detail seven design principles for cultivating communities, everything from "design for evolution" to "combine familiarly and excitement." by Etienne Wenger, Richard McDermott, and William M. Snyder
I can across this article today from EmergingEdTech and it immediately resonated with me. We have been struggling with this exact situation in schools in our own region. Whenever you talk to teachers, especially those that have some first hand experience of iPad use in the classroom, this is one of the first things they say to you.
I was looking for any previous post I’d made about stealth mentoring, so I could refer to it in a post I was writing, and I couldn’t find it. It’s a concept I refer to often (and have to give credit to my colleague Jay Cross who inspired the thought), so here’s my obligatory place holder. When someone is thinking and learning ‘out loud’, e.g. putting their deeper reflections on line via, say, a blog (er, like this one, recursively), they’re allowing you to look at where and how their thinking is going.
Redesigning units or courses
This has been a common theme to many of the presentations, workshops, webinars and seminars that I have been asked to do over the last few years, but however many times I try to present on this subject I never really feel that I get the message across as clearly and persuasively as I would like. The issue of how we use social media for our own development as teachers and as digitally skilled individuals, is one that I believe is of vital importance though, not just because it can enable us to keep developing as teachers through the content, ideas, resources and above all people it gives us access to, but also because the way use digital media for our own development should guide and influence the way we use it with our students and build their digital literacies and communication skills. So here it is. This my own attempt to outline my digital media learning experience, or at least part of it.