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Your Content Shall Rock

In this new and improved primer you'll learn how to strike a chord with your content. There are 16 lessons for creating all kinds of content that shall rock the

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Some terrific PD ideass that will jazz up online and f2f instruction!

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Baiba Svenca's curator insight, July 22, 2013 11:20 PM

Learn 16 great lessons how to make your presentation content effective and meaningful. See how an eye-catching slide should be designed. Explore the examples given for each lesson. Become a more knowledgeable presenter!

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How to Teach the Standards Without Becoming Standardized

How to Teach the Standards Without Becoming Standardized | Digital Professional Learning | Scoop.it
Teaching standards doesn't necessitate a standardized approach to teaching. Teachers share ideas for providing a standards-based, but authentic learning experience for all students.

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Wonderful article that points out some of the challenges of Standards Based Learning as well as ways that instructors can maintain their own unique teaching styles and interests.  Great article for discussion in PD meetings, online learning, and teacher prep courses!

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, March 18, 6:06 PM

Can teachers teach the Common Core standards and provide authentic learning so students are engaged? This post explores this issue and provides eight strategies for teaching in authentic ways. Below are four of the strategies.

* Make the standards fit into student interests.

* Teach students to question.

* Emulate effective risk taking.

* Be open to many answers.

For additional information the four strategies above and for four more click through to the post.

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How To Inspire the Next Generation of Creative Thinkers and Innovators

How To Inspire the Next Generation of Creative Thinkers and Innovators | Digital Professional Learning | Scoop.it

"What insights would you gain if you asked 13 innovators (architects, artists, engineers, scientists, entrepreneurs and a media savvy baker) what they would urge educators and parents to do to best develop the next generation of innovators and creative thinkers?"


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Race to the Top demands that we prepare learners to be innovative creators. Wouldn't it be fabulous to have this type of training happening in PD and classrooms?

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, March 11, 6:12 PM

This post shares 12 insights from a variety of innovators. What are some of their ideas? (Ideas below quoted from the post)

* Realize that Out of School time tends to be more inspiring and powerful ...

* Provide unique Experiences that surprise and allow children to see things from new perspectives...

* Refining the skill of Asking Questions is the fuel that ignites innovators...

The post includes some sharing of how innovators explored in their own unique ways as children. You will also find one short video of an innovator sharing their story as well as a link to eleven videos from the conference Innovators to Educators. This post may bring some fresh ideas to use with students of all ages.

Linda Buckmaster's curator insight, March 12, 12:15 AM

13 innovators (architects, artists, engineers, scientists, entrepreneurs and a media savvy baker)  urge educators and parents to help develop the next generation of innovators and creative thinkers?"

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Prizes to Promote Learning - Getting Smart by Tom Vander Ark - data, edchat, edleadership, EdTech, Grant-Making Foundations, Innovation

Prizes to Promote Learning - Getting Smart by Tom Vander Ark - data, edchat, edleadership, EdTech, Grant-Making Foundations, Innovation | Digital Professional Learning | Scoop.it
While not an exhaustive list, there are four types of prizes that could prove to be useful in education. An example is provided in each category. (RT @USAIDscitech: How can we use inducement prizes to boot public-private partnership?
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What an interesting idea!  Giving teachers and learners an incentive to create new applications and inventions will truly revolutionize the static PD methods used today.

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Tweet from @LifeHacks

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RT @LifeHacks: What you were really learning about http://t.co/ZREPxeXQMM
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Hmmm...  guess I will need to reread these classics with the Lens of Cultural Proficiency!

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Game-Based Learning.

Game-Based Learning. | Digital Professional Learning | Scoop.it
Looking for ways to gamify your classroom? We've compiled some of the best game-based learning resources and strategies on the Web.
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Great resource for creating an engaging classroom!

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Study seeks more effective teacher development | eSchool News

As the nation pushes to improve the quality of its public school teachers, it’s pouring hundreds of millions of dollars into teacher development with little way to measure the results. In a small study in the Memphis City Schools, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is testing two ways to help.
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This article looks at a study on 2 different forms of Professional Learning- coaching and online communities.  I will be eagerly awaiting their report this year!

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An e-course for newbie bloggers to create a blog | Fairy Blog Mother

An e-course for newbie bloggers to create a blog | Fairy Blog Mother | Digital Professional Learning | Scoop.it
An e-course created for newbie bloggers to give them visual slow-paced lessons at the correct level to provide a solid foundation in creating a first blog.
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This looks really interesting as I am looking for helpful hints to make my blogs more exciting!

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Teach Copyright Basics with a Cool Interactive Tool

Teach Copyright Basics with a Cool Interactive Tool | Digital Professional Learning | Scoop.it

The Search Results: Among other useful materials, I stumbled across a pretty neat interactive image on the Cyberbee site that answers some common student questions about copyright, including the one that sent me over the edge!


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Wouldn't it be great if PD could be delivered in this type of interactive format??  If we want teachers to use interactive materials with students, they need the experience of seeing how it works and the benefits of using these types of techniques to engage learners.

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Llandrillo Library's curator insight, January 20, 4:24 AM

Great online resource page to help with questions about copyright. A US slant but still good basic common sense

BookChook's curator insight, February 23, 1:15 PM

Nice simple interactive to help explain copyright to kids. 

Gina Paschalidou's curator insight, February 26, 10:00 AM

Teach your students about copyright laws.

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Publishing 3.0 - A new model for independent educational publishing

Publishing 3.0 - A new model for independent educational publishing | Digital Professional Learning | Scoop.it

Significant changes over the last couple of years though have led me to believe that now is the time to look at a new model of ELT publishing, at least for the realm of teacher development books.


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This article talks about the necessity of classroom educators to share their digital strategies with other colleagues through publishing.  Think of it as the edu-entrepenuer opportunity and real world collaboration that we often discuss.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, January 9, 1:38 AM

This is my look at what I believe is a new model for digital publishing.

 

Mirta Liliana Filgueira's curator insight, January 15, 1:59 PM

La publicación 3.0

TALC library's curator insight, January 16, 3:55 PM

For those teachers who would like to share their resources with a larger audience.

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Making Professional Development A Habit - TeachThought

Making Professional Development A Habit - TeachThought | Digital Professional Learning | Scoop.it

"Learning is lifelong, continual. In order to have true professional development, participants have to get together and commit to continue sharing the learning.

 

Professional development must stay in the rotation on a permanent basis. It must be calendared in as we would an important appointment–it’s an appointment with ourselves. In a way, it’s a lot like physical fitness. Many people fail to reach physical fitness goals because they do not have the right approach. By committing to work out regularly, doing a favorite activity, and maintaining positive consistency, you will see improvements in all areas–not just physical. Professional development is the same thing."

 

This is the final post in a 6 part, “Better PD” series:

 

1. PD Sucks. Is Edcamp the Solution? http://bit.ly/1dqUiOG

 

2. Pairing Teachers for Better Professional Development   http://bit.ly/1lC4t3W

 

3 .Hacking Your Classroom  http://bit.ly/1gq8oR4

 

4. Moving The Conversation From Bullying To Climate  http://bit.ly/1bBJhW5

 

5. 6 Tips For Finding Inspiration In Your Teaching  http://bit.ly/1dVZfwW

 


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While it seems logical that teachers would realize the importance of continued professional development, this article reminds us that we must plan to grow professionally and that it is the educator's responsibility to know their options and learning style.  Thanks for a great, inspiring article.

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Sinduja V's curator insight, January 2, 8:32 PM

Learning is not just about a person developing themselves individually, it is also learning together - by sharing the learning

Kristen McDaniel's curator insight, January 3, 8:47 AM

After all, we are all lifelong learners.  

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Why Learning A New Language Is Essential To Your Creativity - Let's Sandbox

Why Learning A New Language Is Essential To Your Creativity - Let's Sandbox | Digital Professional Learning | Scoop.it
Do you want to discover your own formula for success, stop procrastinating and discover the world anew? Then start learning a new language.
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Creativity is essential to engaging instruction.  This post has helped me to see ways to breakout of the tradition thought patterns.  Enjoy!

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10 tips for creating engaging e-learning content

10 tips for creating engaging e-learning content | Digital Professional Learning | Scoop.it
The evolution of technology over the past few years has led to major changes with regards to employee training and continued professional development. It is no longer acceptable for employees to wa...
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This article sums up the concept of 'job-embedded PD" and gives some pointers on making it relevant and engaging for your staff members.  Definitely worth a look!

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The Difference Between Doing Projects Versus Learning Through Projects

The Difference Between Doing Projects Versus Learning Through Projects | Digital Professional Learning | Scoop.it

"We’ve clarified the difference between projects and project-based learning before. Projects are about the product, while project-based learning is about the process."


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Common Core requires that instructional techniques be chosen on the basis of learner results, but instructor comfort.  Understanding the clear differences between the use of projects for deeper learning and filling time with student projects is delineated in this article.  Pedagogical decisions must be made on the basis of achievement results.  Thanks for helping us understand this foundational shift!

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Ricard Garcia's curator insight, November 5, 2013 3:57 AM

Easy approach, reeeeeally useful!!

Richard Whiteside's curator insight, November 11, 2013 5:31 AM

Not research per se, but it's an interesting prompt towards thinking carefully about uilding projects for education. There are may things to think about to make a project a really good, worthwhile learning experience. 

Miles McGeehan's curator insight, November 11, 2013 7:28 AM

I completely concur.  Excellent graphic.

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What Do Students Really Learn When Watching Videos?

What Do Students Really Learn When Watching Videos? | Digital Professional Learning | Scoop.it
My PhD: http://www.physics.usyd.edu.au/super/theses/PhD(Muller).pdf It is a common view that "if only someone could break this down and explain it clearly en...

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Learning is much more visual now and with millions of visual sources available, everyone's learning needs should be met.  Fascinating article that will make me really consider the usefulness of webinars, videos of instruction and student developed visual products!

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Deborah Rinio's curator insight, March 24, 9:56 AM

SCIENCE TEACHERS: WATCH THIS VIDEO! This is a great video that explains what students gain from watching videos dealing with science concepts. Watch this and use the information to choose great videos. Or add components to the videos you already watch to help make sure your students will learn. 

Raquel Oliveira's curator insight, March 28, 8:38 AM

5 maneiras para aumentar a chances de aprendizagem por meio de videos. O comparativo é feito com videos da  Kahn Academy . Great reserach ! 

AMPA Santa Teresa. 's curator insight, March 31, 4:41 AM

Aquest vídeo et pot sorprendre amb el que els estudiants  aprenen (o no aprèn) quan miran vídeos. Si eres mestre, si estàs creant vídeos per a estudiants o tal vegada utilitzes els d'altres,  agafeu temps per mirar aixo. 

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Addressing Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs with Technology

Addressing Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs with Technology | Digital Professional Learning | Scoop.it
A major criticism I have of most educational institutions is that their primary focus is on students' intellectual and cognitive development.  Too often individual learner's needs do not enter into...

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Okay, now we know that technology plays a role in the development of today's students.  But will educators ever truly embrace technology as a tool to help with instruction and assessment or will they fear losing control to a machine?

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David Baker's curator insight, March 15, 4:21 PM

This is the second perspective on Maslow's hierarchy I have seen in the past few weeks.  As we try to make learning more rigorous and more inclusive for all students the importance of meeting student needs in a variety of ways is very important.  This must include Social/emotional as well as technological.  

Ali Anani's curator insight, March 18, 1:42 AM

A fresh perspective on Maslow's Pyramid of Needs

Ness Crouch's curator insight, March 29, 2:43 PM

I really like this pyramid. It certainly makes the psychology of learning clear. 

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Overcoming the Assessment Culture to Achieve Real Education Reform - Huffington Post

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Overcoming the Assessment Culture to Achieve Real Education Reform
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Professional development for educators is a fundamental key to large-scale improvement of learning for children.
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Interesting take on a topic that we hear about often in education--reform!

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Growing Teachers Into Leaders - Differentiated Roles in DPS

Denver Public Schools is tripling the number of schools with teachers taking on critical in-school leadership roles. Next school year, an additional 27 schoo...
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This video shows a powerful way to use current staff in teacher-leadership roles.  Well worth a watch!

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Curation As An Emerging Skillset | A 5 Step Guide

Curation As An Emerging Skillset | A 5 Step Guide | Digital Professional Learning | Scoop.it
How to become a curation king / queen. Traditionally, a curator researches and puts together a collection which speaks to a narrative and / or serves a larger idea in art galleries and / or museums...

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Kirsten Wilson's curator insight, March 11, 7:39 PM

This is a great resource that explains the "why" of curation and the importance of why Teachers should curate as well as develop the skill of curation with their students, the managers of future digital content.

ozziegontang's curator insight, March 14, 3:39 PM

Helping Chairs help their members gather what they need to know.

Lauren Anstey's curator insight, March 31, 10:06 AM

A 5-step guide to digital curation.

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Meeting The Professional Development Needs of Teachers

Meeting The Professional Development Needs of Teachers | Digital Professional Learning | Scoop.it
Professional Development can be loaded words in Education.

 

At Ed Camps, sessions are posted and the participants are encouraged to attend sessions that look interesting, but to also use the “law of two feet” and leave a session that might not be what was expected and find something that will help, putting teachers in charge of their own learning.

 

Many school districts are experimenting with PD days like this, and using talent from within the School and District to help teach colleagues. We have found sometimes that teacher-presenters like to share, but sometimes also find that their own educational needs are not met during these days.

 

 


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Gust MEES's curator insight, January 25, 7:03 AM

 

Learn more:

 

http://gustmees.wordpress.com/2013/01/23/is-your-professional-development-up-to-date/

 

Annie M Herbert's curator insight, January 25, 8:55 AM

These are wonderful ideas on how to conduct PD. I want to return to the link on EdCamp in one of the comments. I'm going to compare these ideas with what DE is doing for PD and I certainly wish the folks who do the PD I have to attend would encorporate some of these approaches!

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5 Myths About Our Schools That Fall Apart When You Look Closer

5 Myths About Our Schools That Fall Apart When You Look Closer | Digital Professional Learning | Scoop.it
How our schools could be so much better than they are now.
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Super video that explains the data behind the PISA scores.  Well worth the time investment!

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The Fear Factor That Holds Back Innovation

The Fear Factor That Holds Back Innovation | Digital Professional Learning | Scoop.it
My friends at Canada Education have just published a piece I wrote for them on why schools find it so hard to innovate. I'd really recommend that you read it in its original context (not least beca...
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Innovation in education is essential if schools are going to transform themselves.  This article takes a closer look at the critical elements that must be in place for teachers to feel empowered to innovate.  Common Core leaders should read this article!

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Seven Types of Projects that Foster Powerful Learning

Research projects are an important tool for both instructing students and assessing whether students have developed critical knowledge and skills for college and career success in a 21st century world.…...

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Research projects have a new emphasis because of the expectations of 21st century learning and Common Core.  While teachers have always assigned projects, this article focuses on the practices that make project learning based learning a strategy worth embedding in curricula that will engage, provide rigor and relevance, and inspire learners.  A must read for anyone that calls themselves a "teacher".

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How Social Media can Enhance Schools as Professional Learning Communities

How Social Media can Enhance Schools as Professional Learning Communities | Digital Professional Learning | Scoop.it
The field of social media is a burgeoning area of communication, and one that educators cannot ignore. Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Diigo, GooglePlus – these platforms for communication are not goi...
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Great article that outlines the necessity of having social media resources to update your professional learning frequently!

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Teachers: A Simple (Not Easy) Pedagogy Assessment - User Generated Education

Teachers: A Simple (Not Easy) Pedagogy Assessment - User Generated Education | Digital Professional Learning | Scoop.it

"I have discussed and promoted the need for educators to reflect deeply on their beliefs, processes, and practices in several of my posts: Where is Reflection in the Learning Process and  Teacher Agency: Coming from a Strong Foundation.  As another strategy for engaging in this type of self-reflection, I developed these questions to have educators assess their pedagogical principles and instructional preferences:"

 


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Interesting reflective questions to help teachers engage in their own learning and expections of students.  Short but worth the read.

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CC Tools

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This short video talks about professional learning via Twitter.  A great tool for staying aware of new PD strategies!

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