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.” 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. 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
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.
Unleash FREE Educational Resources with OpenEd.io Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 17:32 — 8.0MB) | Embed Subscribe: iTunes | | Jeff sits down with Ron Drabkin and Ann Francis to discuss how OpenEd is revolutionizing the way educators provide creative lesson plans to their students using the OpenEd platform on their desktop and mobile devices.
'How Coaching Works' - The Art of Coaching Teachers UserID: iCustID: IsLogged: false IsSiteLicense: false UserType: anonymous The signal and the noise in blended learning research « Uncategorized « Keeping Pace April 14, 2015 “The Signal and the Noise” is the title of the book by renowned data geek Nate Silver, whose understanding of probability and statistics has allowed him to make a living playing poker, predict numerous election results with far more accuracy than other pundits, and parlay his knowledge into a successful blogging career. In the book Silver discusses topics as varied as baseball and climate change, exploring the ways data should be used. In presidential elections, for example, he might point out that a poll on the website of Fox News is “noise” (because it’s a self-selecting sample of a biased audience), but that within the dozen legitimate polls coming out of Ohio there is a pretty good signal that one candidate has the lead—even though some polls will show the other candidate winning. The signal and the noise is also a pretty good description of the state of research into digital learning. Among the legitimate sources of noise are:
8 Classroom Management Tips by Jennifer Rita Nichols, TeachThought Intern One of the biggest struggles facing new teachers is figuring out how to effectively manage a classroom. This is very different from teaching–make no mistake about it! Most of us learn how to teach in our teacher education programs.