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Teach More, Librarian Less, Say SLJ Leadership Summit Panelists. The 2015 SLJ Summit “Becoming Essential” panel participants. Left to right: Mike Eisenberg, Mark Ray, Tara Jones, Colet Bartow, and Jeani Littrell-Kwik. Photos: Karen Ducey Photography How might teacher librarians reimagine their positions to help meet strategic student learning needs? This was the main focus of the panel discussion “Become Essential” at the SLJ Leadership Summit in Seattle on September 26th. Mike Eisenberg, founding dean of the Information School at the University of Washington, moderated the conversation among four panelists: Colet Bartow, school library specialist, Content Standards and Instructive Division, Montana Office of Public Instruction; Tara Jones, research technology specialist, Bellevue (WA) School District; Jeani Littrell-Kwik, a parent in the Bellevue School District; and Mark Ray, chief digital Officer, Vancouver (WA) Public Schools.

Eisenberg opened by saying that he senses a new vibrancy regarding the role of teacher librarians in the Northwest. 4 proactive steps you can take to combat end-of-year burnout. Internet Catalogue. 8 Ways For Teachers To Save Time In The Classroom. 8 Ways For Teachers To Save Time In The Classroom by Lila Daniels, onlineschools.com Teachers think about a lot during the course of a school day — from planning lessons tied to the core curriculum to making sure Jimmy gets home on the right bus. One thing teachers often do not think about is saving themselves time, but they should.

You may feel like it’s just one more thing to add to your plate. In reality, figuring out more efficient ways of working means you have more time to devote to your students, more time to be creative, and more time to relax and recharge your batteries. Here are 10 ways to save your valuable time: 1. Organized correctly, technology really can make your life easier. The major difference between the two is price. 2. Learning management systems are a good way to employ a blended learning strategy.

Search YouTube for dozens of videos on blended learning topics, including tutorials, discussions and real-life examples. 3. 4. Use a system that makes sense to you. 5. 6. Get Organized: How to Create and Use Twitter Lists. The ability to create Lists in Twitter is a feature that's seriously underutilized. Lists help you organize your Twitter feed so you can see tweets coming from people with specific interests and expertise, or that you might for any reason categorize into a group. Here, I briefly explain (in both the video and text that follows) how to create and manage Twitter Lists.

Then I give several examples of types of lists you might create and why they'll make your Twitter reading a more organized experience. How to Create a Twitter List I recommend looking through the list of people you currently follow to see if you want to group any of them into a list. And that's pretty much it. How to Follow Someone Else's List There are many beautiful things about Twitter Lists, and one of them is that you don't have to build all your lists yourself. Why Twitter Lists Are Different From Your Feed Twitter lists are useful because they let you see tweets from a select group of users. 1.

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Teacher Resources. Professional Development. Google. Professional Development for Teachers | Sophia.org. Taking Control of Your own Professional Development Using These Free Webinar Resources. February 22, 2014 Technology is transforming several key educational concepts and least of which is the concept of professional development. Just a decade ago, teachers were limited as to the type and number of professional development webinars available to them and school districts were virtually the main source of such webinars.

Now with a device connected to Internet, you have a whole bastions of PD sessions at your fingertips and right from the comfort of your couch. It is all thanks to the power of connectedness. There are a wide variety of ways to leverage the power of connected web to your PD needs and one important way is to attend, better regularly, educational webinars hosted online. Thinking about where to start ? 1- EdTech Teachers EdTechTeacher is a platform that helps teachers and schools leverage technology to create student-centered, inquiry-based learning environments. 2- Simplek12 3- EdWeb 4- The Centre for Learning. Get Your MOOC On! Yep. Massively Open Online Course. Wikipedia defines MOOC as "an online course aimed at unlimited participation and open access via the web.

In addition to traditional course materials such as videos, readings, and problem sets, MOOCs provide interactive user fora that help build a community for students, professors, and teaching assistants (TAs). " Simply, a MOOC is a online class you take that might have 100's or 1000's of people are participating at a time. They can be a great way to learn new skills while connecting with lots of other people with similar interests. The Friday Institute at NCSU has developed 3 MOOCs that might be of interest to you. Coaching Digital Learning | Cultivating a Culture of Change was developed by the Digital Learning Collaborative team at the Friday Institute, led by Verna Lalbeharie, Senior Program Director.

Division and Multiplication was developed by the GISMO Research Group at the Friday Institute, led by Dr. Have you participated in a MOOC?