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The 4 Components of a DIY Professional Development Toolkit

The 4 Components of a DIY Professional Development Toolkit
Education has always been a reflection of broader cultural values. As such, the roles of teachers and students have evolved as our models of education have moved from one iteration to another. Teachers who once traveled to town to instruct a heterogeneous room full of passive learners on matters of rote memorization have come to adopt new roles and philosophies toward learning. As these new models have emerged, educators have been required to hone their skills and adapt to ever changing sets of priorities, needs and expectations. Where such trainings were once the sole responsibility of state and district organizations, many teachers are now seeing the value of venturing out to amalgamate their own professional learning experiences. While no two paths are the same, there are four components of effective do-it-yourself (DIY) professional development that all educational professionals should consider. Twitter I finally understand how much differentiated learning matters. Blogs Edcamps

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How to Use Digital Storytelling in Your Classroom Empower student creativity with affordable and accessible technology. This how-to article accompanies the feature "Film School: Making Movies From Storyboard to Screen." Storytelling is a vital skill with seemingly unlimited applications. Done well, it can have a magical effect -- moving, enlightening, or entertaining audiences of any size. We tell stories to woo lovers, calm children, or reassure ourselves.

Summer Professional Development with MOOCs What is a MOOC, you ask? Well, essentially, it's an open, and often free, university course available online to virtually anyone. And some of the largest and most respected universities in the country have gotten on the "Massive Open Online Course" bandwagon. 6 Possible Roles For Teachers In A Personalized Learning Environment by Justin Marquis, Ph. D There is a mountain of speculation and debate about what school and learning will look like in the near future. Will education be online? Individualized? Revolution, Responsibility and Football: Teaching Financial Literacy to Middle Schoolers My oldest son is in middle school. He earns an allowance and is always trying out his entrepreneurial skills. What my son and his friends seem to have in common is that they want . . . everything! He's eager to learn about money management because he views it as a means to an end.

Post Production: Renaming Audio and Video Tracks : Multimedia 101 Podcast ---Post Production: Renaming Audio and Video Tracks In this Post Production Quick Tip: Walter shows how taking just a few moments to rename your editing audio and video tracks in your NLE can pay big dividends for organization, collaboration, finish and revisions later in your production cycle. Podcast Hosted bywalter biscardi Having trouble? Create Real Change: Create a Quality Learning Experience If you're confused or overwhelmed with the process of taking your content, ideas or expertise, and creating a course, workshop or presentation out of them, this 12 Step Challenge will give you the Blueprint for getting started. Based on the foundations of best practice teaching and learning, consider it an introduction to how to create learning experiences that WORK - teaching and learning isn't just about compiling a bunch of information and throwing at your clients, hoping they'll get something out of it. It's about leading them on a learning journey, tapping into how they learn, and providing them a scaffolded, organised approach to your results based learning experience.

How Teachers Are Learning: Professional Development Remix There are two components to the EdSurge PD framework: professional learning stages and tool classification. On the EdSurge site, each of the 28 tools listed here have been analyzed according to this framework. You can read the analysis of each of these tools by searching the EdSurge site for the individual product page for each of those products. One English Town's Innovative Response To Sea Level Rise by Joanna M. Foster Posted on Share this: "One English Town’s Innovative Response To Sea Level Rise" Share: TPACK Lesson Plan This is my lesson plan for my CEP 800 class. The assignment was to create a lesson plan that used a specific technology and also applied the TPACK elements. I've included the plan below (both in text and a PDF link). Benoit Lesson Plan: Title: “Where I am From” Poem and Digital Story

Teaching Tolerance - Diversity, Equity and Justice If educators have learned anything in the last decade of school reform initiatives it is that one size does not fit all. Differentiated Instruction (DI) is an approach where teachers proactively plan varied approaches to what students need to learn, how they will learn it and how they express what they've learned. Differentiated Instruction is teaching with the child in mind rather than adopting a standardized approach to teaching and learning that seems to presume that all students of a given age are at the exact same place academically. DI is responsive teaching.

Teachers are Learning Designers Late in 2012, I wrote a blog for the Huffington Post that articulated what I really feel should be and is a role of great teachers. Great teachers are "learning designers" who seek to create a space where all students are empowered to learn. I was further inspired to rearticulate this idea when I saw this video from Sir Ken Robinson: Advanced Technologies for Small- and Medium-sized Manufacturing Companies Khang Hoang-Vu, Dr.-Ing. California Manufacturing Technology Center Regional Office - California State University, Long Beach In the 21st Century the global competition will be extremely severe. To be successful, manufacturers will have to be able to quickly draw on a variety of skills and technologies to stay ahead.

Are You Tapping into Prior Knowledge Often Enough in Your Classroom? Learning progresses primarily from prior knowledge, and only secondarily from the materials we present to students, studies show. Think about that. We teachers spend so much time gathering materials -- important and necessary for good instruction -- but are we often enough using the greatest tools right there at our fingertips? Teaching Tolerance - Diversity, Equity and Justice Background, life experiences, personal biases and cultural stereotypes can influence how we perceive others. The Teacher Perception Tool encourages teachers to examine their own perceptions. Every day, educators make judgments and decisions about students’ academic potential, classroom success and ability to be positive members of the school community.