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What is a Community of Practice?

What is a Community of Practice?

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A List Of 75 MOOCs For Teachers & Students A List Of 75 MOOCs For Teachers & Students by Mike Acedo In today’s world, society has placed its highest value ever on upper education and its requirement in the work force. Community of practice A community of practice (CoP) is a group of people who share a craft and/or a profession. The concept was first proposed by cognitive anthropologist Jean Lave and educational theorist Etienne Wenger in their 1991 book Situated Learning (Lave & Wenger 1991). Wenger then significantly expanded on the concept in his 1998 book Communities of Practice (Wenger 1998). A CoP can evolve naturally because of the members' common interest in a particular domain or area, or it can be created deliberately with the goal of gaining knowledge related to a specific field.

5 Digital Forums to Transform Professional Learning for Educators Are you ready to connect your professional learning to the modern era? Which venue of digital connection is right for you? If you are a teacher in need of support, a leader looking to transform professional engagement at your school, or just looking to refresh and enhance your PD options, it may be time to look at a new digital forum to add to your repertoire of personal or organizational PD options. Look below to see our list of the top five choices. 1. Blogging—Old Faithful!

About Bridget McKenzie I’m working on an ambitious ongoing enquiry into learning, culture and ecology called The Learning Planet. For research, I’m using my main blog of the same name for short pieces of writing. I’m clipping links, quotes and responses into this ‘Green Knowing’ Tumblr. This all feeding into a short book, a primer for ecological ways of knowing. Top 4 Places to Find Free MOOCs from Prestigious Universities March, 2015 MOOCs (Massive Ope Online Courses) are definitely a game changer in today's education. The emergence and popularization of MOOCs is due primarily to the widespread of internet connection and to the advance of web 2.0 technologies. MOOCs now are being offered by some prestigious colleges and institutions.

Donald Schon (Schön): learning, reflection and change Contents: introduction · donald schon · public and private learning and the learning society · double-loop learning · the reflective practitioner – reflection-in- and –on-action · conclusion · further reading and references · links · how to cite this article Note: I have used Donald Schon rather than Donald Schön (which is the correct spelling) as English language web search engines (and those using them!) often have difficulties with umlauts). Jean Lave, Etienne Wenger and communities of practice contents: introduction · communities of practice · legitimate peripheral participation and situated learning · learning organizations and learning communities · conclusion · references · links · how to cite this article Many of the ways we have of talking about learning and education are based on the assumption that learning is something that individuals do. Furthermore, we often assume that learning ‘has a beginning and an end; that it is best separated from the rest of our activities; and that it is the result of teaching’ (Wenger 1998: 3).

Better Ways to Learn Photo Does a good grade always mean a student has learned the material? And does a bad grade mean a student just needs to study more? In the new book “How We Learn: The Surprising Truth About When, Where, and Why It Happens” (Random House), Benedict Carey, a science reporter for The New York Times, challenges the notion that a high test score equals true learning. He argues that although a good grade may be achieved in the short term by cramming for an exam, chances are that most of the information will be quickly lost.

21st-Century PD: Retention, Reflection, and Redistribution of Knowledge The explosion of information available to educators for supporting classroom instruction is at an all-time high. Books, journals, blogs, forums, websites, social media, and peer-to-peer sharing create a wealth of resources for those entering the teaching profession. In the past 20 years, the landscape has shifted so severely around access to the best ideas and information that it has been impossible for educators to keep up. Because of this, many educators have declared information bankruptcy and retreated to a few safe places to access information. This was inevitable -- no one can learn, absorb, and implement this flood of ideas as the profession's complexity continues to grow.

“It’s Like You’re Conducting an Orchestra” From the minute you meet Katie Brown, you get the feeling she’s an amazing teacher. Her intelligence and passion jump out. You immediately think: I would love for my kids to be in her classroom. It’s no surprise to learn she was named the 2014 Washington State Teacher of the Year. Katie has had a busy summer meeting with policymakers, connecting with colleagues across the country, and even attending Space Camp with the top teachers from other states.

Top 36 Educational Podcasts for Teachers June 23, 2016 This is a quick post to share with you this excellent resource from Fusion Yearbooks. This is a collection of some of the most popular educational podcasts to energize your teaching. This collection comes just in time for summer holidays when you have more time to spend on your personal as well as professional development. ‘ podcasts are easily ported around with you, so you can listen while you’re out walking the dog, cooking dinner after a long day, or commuting to and from work. Because just about anyone can make a podcast, they can range the gamut from professionally polished episodes to those that are a little rougher around the edges — but this second kind of podcast still does an excellent job of connecting us listeners with a passionate community of educators with a thing or two to say.’