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How Teachers Are Learning: Professional Development Remix

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. Stage One: Engage Teachers gain tremendous value from interacting with peers and colleagues--sharing challenges, successes, what works, and what doesn’t. Community support is a big part of the way teachers process and apply what they learn. We have included “Engage” as the first stage of the professional learning cycle because often it is from conversations with colleagues that teachers identify new practices that they want to implement or solutions to problems they would like to fix. Stage Two: Learn New methods for teaching are being created, reimagined or revived from the past. Stage Three: Support Stage Four: Measure Tool Classification Pedagogy

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5 Big Ways Education Will Change By 2020 We asked the world’s most innovative companies in education to school us on the future of the classroom, with predictions for the next five years. Here's what we found out: Students Will Interact With Others Remotely Why do classrooms today look nearly identical to those 30 years ago—minus a few upgrades to the modern chalkboard, and sneaking texts in class instead of notes? "With some exciting exceptions, public schools are one of the few institutions in modern life that have not seen radical changes spurred by technology," says Joe Williams, executive director of Democrats for Education Reform. "I’m not talking about having computers in classrooms, but rather a lack of any seismic shift in the way things are done because technology is making the work easier or more efficient."

Top Ten Free Educational Websites list is now Top Eighteen! Updated August 11, 2014! Are your kids headed back to school? If it's time to help them brush up on all their academic skills, why not check out some of these great free educational websites? This list just keeps growing and growing as we find new free sites we want to share with our readers. Our original list was ten sites, and it has now grown to 18 great FREE educational sites. Professional Development 2 Supporting Teacher PD with New Technologies On a stormy day in February I sat at my desk in Edmonton, making last-minute touches to an after-school workshop for beginning teachers. Later, I popped into the meeting room, met the session host, who was from Calgary, and set up my materials.

The Connected Educator Movement Is Failing, And We’re All To Blame Sometimes it’s good to get a dose of reality. Last April I stumbled upon an EdSurge post entitled, “Twitter Exec Reports that Educators Dominate the Twitter-sphere.” I kind of sat on that news for a while, waiting for educators to uproariously respond to it, either positively or negatively. That… never really happened. Learn how to use Remind (@RemindHQ) in and out of the classroom In this lesson, you will learn how Remind is being used both in and out of the classroom. Please contact TeacherCast with any comments or questions: About the author Jeffrey Bradbury, the creator of and TeacherCast University is a highly respected educational consultant.

online-educator / Online Professional Development (OLPD) References Presentation, Interview, Anklam, P. 2007. Net work: A practical guide to creating and sustaining networks at work and in the world. Oxford, UK: Elsevier. Barab, S. The Teacher's Guide To Twitter Twitter has proven itself to be an indispensable tool for educators around the globe. Whatever skill level you may be, Twitter is downright fun and worth your time. So here’s a useful guide that we curated from Edudemic’s archives in an effort to put something together that was a bit easier to read than random blog posts.

Building Productive and Collaborative Relationships at the Speed of Trust Key Takeaways To facilitate IT project success in the challenging higher education environment, trust and collaboration among IT staffers and various campus groups are essential. To improve trust and collaboration, the IT staff at Cornell University's Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management consciously set out to create highly productive relationships with the school's departments, faculty, and students. The team's experiences and lessons learned can guide both brief and long-term collaborations, as well as daily interactions among IT staffers and customers across an institution.'s Awesome Easter Egg To Instantly Turn Any Link Into A QR Code Earlier today, Google formally released, their URL-shortener, to the public. They’re calling it the “stablest, most secure, and fastest URL shortener on the web.” But it also may be the coolest thanks to an easter egg. As Google’s Matt Cutts’ just tweeted out, if you simply add “.qr” to the end of any URL, it will create a QR code. Scanning this with any QR code reader will take you to the URL. So, for example, this URL:, is the shortened link for this post.

Future Ready Schools: A Toolkit for Empowering Educators through PD Future Ready Schools: A Toolkit for Empowering Educators through Professional Learning In 2013, as part of the Connected Educators project led by Darren Cambridge, a group of us developed a professional learning toolkit under the guidance of Richard Culatta and Bernadette Adams of the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Educational Technology and Claudette Rasmussen of the American Institutes for Research (AIR). Online Learning Checklist One of my favorite tools in the toolkit is a checklist that evaluates online tools for professional learning.

How To Bring Your Lab Notebook Into The 21st Century As more and more states adopt the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), teachers are beginning to wonder what tools they will need to implement the new standards in their classrooms. The NGSS focuses on three dimensions: core ideas in science and engineering necessary to prepare students to gain more knowledge independently; concepts that cut across content areas; and practices employed by scientists and engineers as they investigate, design and build (National Research Council 2011). The framers of the NGSS emphasize the need for students to do science and not just learn about science. What do you need to do science in the classroom?

8 Steps To Teacher-Led, Digital PD 8 Steps To Teacher-Led, Digital PD by TeachThought Staff Professional development for teachers is a beautiful thing. Assessment of Learning via Skype  Skyping with students is great! They are learning…There is no doubt in my mind…! Skyping Hub- Learning Hub I know…I see motivation in their eyes… I feel excitement in the air…I hear them say: “How cool”, “That was awesome” or “When are we skyping again?”.I know… all about the different skills students are exposed to and are practicing while skyping.I know… that I am helping them learn differently than from a textbook.I know… that I am preparing them for a work environment where they are expected to collaborate with colleagues and teams who do not live in the same country, nor continent and operate in a different time zone.I know… that I am exposing them to a world, people and cultures beyond their horizon.I know… that I am broadening their perspectives, tolerance and for someone who is different …but… what about formal assessment and documentation of this kind of learning.

What Is A Personal Learning Network? What Is A Personal Learning Network? by TeachThought Staff What is a personal learning network, or rather a Personal Learning Network? How about a Professional Learning Network? In the video below, Marc-André Lalande offers a concise, useful definition that simplifies the idea from hashtags and movements and social engagement and badges and, well, all the buzzwords you hear, into a clear explanation that works not just within education, but any field. “A Personal Learning Network is a way of describing the group of people that you connect with to learn their ideas, their questions, their reflections, and their references.