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!
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?
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.
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!
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.…...
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".
"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:"
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!
"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?"
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.
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.
Dr Pam Hill's insight:
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!
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!
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.
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.
"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:
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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