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AllThingsPLC — Research, education tools and blog for building a professional learning community

AllThingsPLC — Research, education tools and blog for building a professional learning community

Atlantis Remixed Transformational play involves the use of virtual worlds to help people learn and grow in a context where they can fail safely. Theory At its core, transformational play is a learning and empowerment philosophy that is grounded in the belief that each one of us is capable of, wants to, and deserves to achieve, great things. Unlike any other form of curriculum, these games offer entire worlds in which learners are central, important participants; a place where the actions of a ten-year old can have significant impact on the world; and a place in which what you know is directly related to what you are able to do and, ultimately, who you become. The theory highlights relations among the three interconnected elements of person with intentionality, content with legitimacy, and context with consequentiality. Research Manuscript (PDF) Teacher Manuscript (PDF) Engine Key features of the 3D engine include: Key features of the facilitator dashboard include: Key Game Mechanics: Projects The Doctors Cure

Professional development reform: 8 steps to make it happen SmartBlogs Every year, school districts around the country waste a tremendous amount of time and money on ineffective professional development. The traditional model of “sit and get,” where a one-size-fits-all approach is utilized, yields abhorrent results. Ask teachers from typical school districts in America their thoughts on traditional in-service time, and the feedback won’t be pretty. How can school districts reform their professional development? Clearly define and articulate the vision. To be successful, professional development must be a core value of all stakeholders and an ongoing, outcome-based process, where the accountability for growth is high. Tom Murray serves as the director of technology and cybereducation for the Quakertown Community School District in Bucks County, Pa. Related Posts

Welcome to Dylan Wiliam’s website Professional development Finally! The revised Embedding formative assessment pack for schools and colleges to run their own two-year professional development programme on formative assessment is now available worldwide. In Europe, this can be ordered through SSAT, in Australasia through Hawker-Brownlow, and in North America from Learning Sciences International. Also, a series of high-quality video presentations by Dylan Wiliam, with a total running time of over two and a half hours, is now available world-wide. Institute for Democratic Education in America | IDEA PLA:Professional Learning Communities All Fairfax County Public Schools operate as professional learning communities that employ best practices to raise the bar for all students and close the achievement gap. Definition In a professional learning community (PLC): Educators are committed to working collaboratively in ongoing processes of collective inquiry and action research to achieve better results for the students they serve. FCPS Shared Vision PLC Project Scope & Resourcing Definition - Update FCPS PLC Goals and Priorities PLC Fundamentals A document which captures FCPS' shared vision of a professional learning community FCPS PLC Vocabulary A document which ensures that all FCPS leaders have a shared understanding of critical terms FCPS Collaborative Teams at Work (video)

Classroom 2.0 The Best Web 2.0 Applications For Education In 2011 — So Far I usually just do a year-end list on Web 2.0 Applications For Education and many other topics, but it gets a little crazy having to review all of my zillion posts at once. So, to make it easier for me — and perhaps, to make it a little more useful to readers — I’m going to start publishing mid-year lists, too. These won’t be ranked, unlike my year-end “The Best…” lists, and just because a site appears on a mid-year list doesn’t guarantee it will be included in an end-of-the-year one. As usual, in order to make this list, a site had to be: * accessible to English Language Learners and non-tech savvy users. * free-of-charge. * appropriate for classroom use. * completely browser-based with no download required. It’s possible that a few of these sites began in 2010, but, if so, I’m including them in this list because they were “new to me” in 2011. You might want to visit previous editions: The Best Web 2.0 Applications For Education — 2010 The Best Web 2.0 Applications For Education — 2009

Thomas R. Guskey Dr. Thomas R. Guskey is an expert in evaluation design, analysis, and educational reform. He is a professor at the University of Kentucky, as well as an education consultant who has worked with educators in all 50 states, Europe, and Asia. Dr. Dr. Dr. From our products featuring Dr. Consider carefully the most important purposes of grading.

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