Improve teacher development using a challenge-based model By Tom Daccord April 28th, 2015 Most training workshops actually fail teachers by creating a culture of dependency “I can’t do that.” “Are you serious?” “No way.” These are just a few of the comments I’ve heard at the beginning of one of my professional development workshops. You see, whether teachers are learning to teach with iPads or Chromebooks or Windows Surface tablets, I typically begin an EdTechTeacher workshop with a challenge, or a set of tasks I expect them to complete within a limited amount of time. In the case of an iPad workshop, I might have 12 tasks that I ask them to complete in, say, 20 minutes, or perhaps six tasks in less time. • Take a picture • Take a screenshot • Create a 20-30 second movie starring a colleague. • Go to For many who are new to the iPad, or new to a Chromebook or some other device, these challenges can be daunting. So, the immediate reaction is, “I can’t do this,” or “Why aren’t you simply showing me how to do this?”
Tech & Learning University Tioki — Be Seen. Be Heard. Be Connected. Preparing Teachers for Emerging Blended Environments DIY Professional Development: Resource Roundup Taking Charge: 5 Key Strategies for DIY PD, by Michelle Manno (2015) Educators can create their own professional development opportunities with the many resources available via social media, and by bringing their admins on board with this new model, writes Manno. DIY Virtual Professional Development: Taking Ownership of Your Learning, by Monica Burns (2015) Burns suggests seven online strategies to help teachers take ownership of their professional development, including sane ways to embrace the information-rich Twitter experience, Google Hangouts, and video tutorials. 8 Tips to Create a Twitter-Driven School Culture, by Elana Leoni (2014) Edutopia's director of social media strategy and marketing provides tips that administrators can use to create a more connected school culture by modeling Twitter use and encouraging staff to work, play, and learn through the medium. Another great post from Leoni: 5 Tips for Taking Advantage of Twitter Over the Summer.
WEBSITE-CONTENTS Website contents are organized by book chapter. 1. Orientation to Online Teaching and Learning 2. Elements of an Online Course: A Tour 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. Building the Course Foundation: Outcomes, Syllabus, and Course Online 10. Appendix A - Writing Learning Outcomes Appendix B - Using the Standards Checklist Contents Education Week Published Online: June 10, 2015 Published in Print: June 11, 2015, as Why Ed Tech Is Not Transforming Teaching Students in a classroom at Mount Pleasant High School in Wilmington, Del., listen to a social studies lecture from their teacher. —Charles Mostoller for Education Week Student-centered, technology-driven instruction remains elusive for most Wilmington, Del. Public schools now provide at least one computer for every five students. But a mountain of evidence indicates that teachers have been painfully slow to transform the ways they teach, despite that massive influx of new technology into their classrooms. "The introduction of computers into schools was supposed to improve academic achievement and alter how teachers taught," said Stanford University education professor Larry Cuban. The net effect, said Leslie A. "There's nothing transformative about every kid having an iPad unless you're able to reach higher-order teaching and learning," Ms. Modeling Good Digital Teaching Ms. Mr. Mr.
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