Teaching and learning in the 21st Century is changing rapidly and teacher professional development and learning needs to keep pace with these changes in a way that sustains and develops new knowledge and practice. This Scoop.it contains resources for building and sustaining an effective community of practice, combining face-to-face and online collaborative learning.
Professional development is defined as those processes and activities designed to enhance the professional knowledge, skills and attitudes of educators to improve the learning of students. In order to accomplish this, ...
So often we limit ourselves by seeing PLN's as something made - contained and organised - rather than something continually evolving, changing growing and adapting. (RT @mrkrndvs: 'PLN, a Verb or a Noun?
Justine Hughes's insight:
I'd go with a verb for the term PLN - it means then that it's ever-changing and ever-evolving and being constructed by the participants as a learning community. It's an active community constructing their own learning, examing their practice in depth and then evolving that practice.
Professional Development can be loaded words in Education. It can mean attending conferences and meeting with other teachers from across the Country, being exposed to new ideas, or it can be a one-si (New!
iTunesU, MIT's Opencourseware, OpenLearn, and MOOCs are early prototypes, but content quality in the future will be greatly improved in terms of pedagogical and media design to accommodate online learners.
Justine Hughes's insight:
Interesting to think about where we are headed in terms of 'effective' professional learning and Communities of Practice. The days of the 'one-day-course' are gone if we want to have professional learning that is motivating, engaging and, most importantly, sustainable in creating a change in teaching practice.
Of course this comes from a real situation. Why else would I write it? Only on the Center for Teaching Quality: Yet, there’s a new type of professional development that’s arisen from connected educators.
The fourth weekly Wednesday Twitter Chat for Exploring Personal Learning Networks: Practical Issues for Organizations, a 5-week open online seminar. (Just caught up with #xplrpln Wk4 Wed chat. Excellent convo.
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