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Professional Learning Communities

Professional Learning Communities | School-based Professional Learning | Scoop.it
No more PowerPoints! And 9 more secrets of meaningful professional development for teachers.
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Every Teacher’s Guide to Assessment | Edudemic

Every Teacher’s Guide to Assessment | Edudemic | School-based Professional Learning | Scoop.it
Assessments themselves have been vilified, when, in fact, it’s why assessments are given and how the data is used that is really the issue
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Assessments are the giant panda sitting in the middle of your PLC team meetings.  This article and corresponding infographic will help you and your team navigate the type of assessment you should use aligned to your learning targets and ultimately your team's SMART goal(s).

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How To Successfully Set Goals | Live, Love, & Run

How To Successfully Set Goals | Live, Love, & Run | School-based Professional Learning | Scoop.it
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Goal setting is the key to successfully implementing any plan.  In this example, the author shares her insights on how setting a Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Timely goal helps her with her achieve her running goals.  Have you revisited your SMART goal for your PLC this quarter?  How did you do?

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INFOGRAPHIC: Process Tools for Effective Meeting Facilitation

INFOGRAPHIC: Process Tools for Effective Meeting Facilitation | School-based Professional Learning | Scoop.it
Good facilitators use a wide range of process tools, but what are they?
Here are 16 of the best facilitation tools...
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This is a wonderful infographic to post as a reminder of the variety of process tools good facilitators use when facilitating a meeting. 

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Educational Leadership - March 2011

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Professional Learning Communities develop SMART goals to drive their team's learning.  How does this translate into the classroom?  Learning targets translates the objectives the adult (teacher) needs to meet into digestible and attainable bites for children.  Learning targets guide lesson planning, formative assessments, and classroom observations.  Read this article for more information about this process and how your team could use the concept to drive transformative change.  Learning targets are reviewed every year and a half by each team for validity and reliability.  How has your team used learning targets aligned to the PLC SMART Goal to drive your instruction?

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WritingFix: Using Song Lyrics as Mentor Texts...our iPods Across the Curriculum Project

WritingFix: Using Song Lyrics as Mentor Texts...our iPods Across the Curriculum Project | School-based Professional Learning | Scoop.it
WritingFix: Using Song Lyrics as Mentor Texts...iPods Across the Curriculum Project http://t.co/aDMFUS5OJ4
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Diffusing the Tension Between Tech and Instructional Leaders (EdSurge News)

Diffusing the Tension Between Tech and Instructional Leaders (EdSurge News) | School-based Professional Learning | Scoop.it
One might expect bandwidth, data privacy and device rollouts to dominate discussions at this year’s Consortium for School Networking’s (CoSN) conference, where over 900 chief technology officers (CTO) and other administrators gathered.But the...

Via Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.
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The ground is shifting in the K12 educational stratosphere with Michael Fullan, the keynote speaker for Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), opens the session with a call to shift the focus from all things digital to making the focus all things pedagogical.  Having the digital toys means nothing if the educator using them does  not have a firm grasp on the pedagogy behind why they are using it.  Less is more...

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Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s curator insight, March 30, 6:53 AM

The fact that it has taken this long for the tech folks to come to grips with the importance of having meaningful conversations with classroom teachers is astonishing, and somewhat depressing. Let's not waste any more time.

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Teaching Smart People How to Learn

Teaching Smart People How to Learn | School-based Professional Learning | Scoop.it
Every company faces a learning dilemma: the smartest people find it the hardest to learn.
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I loved the connection between defensive learning and the downward spiral of results for the adult learner.  The correlation between coaching adults to use more productive learning techniques as they learn is a tremendous challenge to overcome.  

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The Qualitative Formative Assessment Toolkit: Document Learning with Mobile Technology

The Qualitative Formative Assessment Toolkit: Document Learning with Mobile Technology | School-based Professional Learning | Scoop.it
To assess your students' ongoing awareness of what and how they're learning, consider using cameras, screenshots, video, and screencasting as everyday classroom tools.
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Designing Curriculum That Teachers Will Actually Use -

Designing Curriculum That Teachers Will Actually Use - | School-based Professional Learning | Scoop.it
Designing Curriculum That Teachers Will Actually Use by Grant Wiggins, Authentic Education What is leadership in curriculum? Whatever the answer, the question should not be confused with a related but far different query: What is management in...
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The world's best teacher lives in rural Maine and doesn't care about test scores

The world's best teacher lives in rural Maine and doesn't care about test scores | School-based Professional Learning | Scoop.it
Nancie Atwell opened the Center for Teaching and Learning 25 years ago to make the classroom a place for ‘wisdom and happiness’.
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How To Find Openly Licensed Educational Resources You Can Use [Infographic]

How To Find Openly Licensed Educational Resources You Can Use [Infographic] | School-based Professional Learning | Scoop.it
Most of us turn to the internet when we are looking for resources to use for a presentation, report or article. The internet holds the key to so many robust resources.

Yet how many of these resources can you legally use for free? How many of them can you adapt?

That’s where Open Educational Resources (OER) can help. Here’s an infographic from the Center for Open Educational Resources and Language Learning (at the University of Texas at Austin) that can help.

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Suzanne's curator insight, February 17, 5:02 AM

Every language teacher and student should contribute to make this a powerful resource concept. Language is an instrument; use it, take care of it, share it.

Dean Mantz's curator insight, February 18, 11:15 AM

Thanks to @Dennis T OConnor for sharing this infographic on finding and identifying open source education resources.  

Iolanda Bueno de Camargo Cortelazzo's curator insight, February 19, 12:00 PM

Bastante úteis estas informações para professores e gestores educacionais.

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Infographic: 8 Reasons Why Open Badges Are Awesome

Infographic: 8 Reasons Why Open Badges Are Awesome | School-based Professional Learning | Scoop.it

"Are you looking for a fresh approach to recognising your learners skills? Open Badges is a program by Mozilla that issues digital badges to recognize skills and achievements. The 8 Reasons Why Open Badges Are Awesome Infographic presents the usefulness of badges as digital indicators of skills learned inside or outside the classroom."


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Hmmmm..looks like I've been down this road before but now we have an infographic to help make the case for using open badges in public education.  Yes, teachers recertify to keep teaching and leading but  open badges adds the element of gaming to professional learning.  How could open badges be used by your department or school? 

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#DémarchePortfolio  Les #OpenBAdges : une formidable opportunité pour reconnaitre les compétences issus des apprentissages formels et informels

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'World's best teacher' does not believe in tests and quizzes - PBS NewsHour

'World's best teacher' does not believe in tests and quizzes - PBS NewsHour | School-based Professional Learning | Scoop.it
For 25 years, Nancie Atwell has run a small, independent K-8 school in Maine, where the goal is not just teaching young students, but also teachers.
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Excellence in teaching is not an obscure or unfathomable feat.  It's a combination of integrity, a willingness to tailor instruction to each child you teach, an inherent curiosity, and, in the words of Nancie Atwell, giving students' choice in what they want to learn.  In this PBS interview, we get a glimpse into Atwell's school, The Center for Teaching and Learning as well as hear from her about her philosophy about the educational field.

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Taking PLC Work to the Next Level

Taking PLC Work to the Next Level | School-based Professional Learning | Scoop.it
Five years ago, our school undertook the monumental challenge of dedicating ourselves to a system which placed “Learning for All” at the forefront of our work.  Donna Johnson, our assistant princip...
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The Adult Learning Theory - Andragogy - Infographic - e-Learning Infographics

The Adult Learning Theory - Andragogy - Infographic - e-Learning Infographics | School-based Professional Learning | Scoop.it
The Adult Learning Theory Infographic explores Malcolm Knowles’ Adult Learning Theory, the Assumptions of Adult Learners and Andragogy Principles.
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Malcolm Knowles is the grandfather of Adult Learning Theory.  When working with adults, it is a good idea to review how adults learn and what motivates them.   This is a great tool to share at your next professional development session. 

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What Meaningful Reflection On Student Work Can Do for Learning

What Meaningful Reflection On Student Work Can Do for Learning | School-based Professional Learning | Scoop.it
Reflecting on one's work can be instrumental to growth and improvement, but it's an activity that's often under utilized.
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The author highlights how reflection can be used as an embedded part of a child's learning.  Sometimes as a reflective loop to coax children to dive deeper into how they learn and at other times as a mechanism for future applications of the learning.  

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3 Case Studies on How to Grow an Email List With Online Quizzes

3 Case Studies on How to Grow an Email List With Online Quizzes | School-based Professional Learning | Scoop.it
You have seen those stupid headlines. They are everywhere. Here are 3 case studies that show how to grow an email list with silly quizzes.

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The article shares findings of how curious clickers can sustain your organizations email strategy.  I'm always curious about how this could be used effectively in public education. 

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Signing up for a newsletter is so boring - why not capture leads via quizzes?

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Google, proving it still hasn’t figured out social, will strip Google+ for parts

Google, proving it still hasn’t figured out social, will strip Google+ for parts | School-based Professional Learning | Scoop.it
It's no Facebook.

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Danielle M. Villegas's curator insight, March 3, 9:01 AM

Thanks to Nick Kellet of List.ly for finding this. 

 

I have to say, while I'm on Google+, I'm not a big fan of it. It seems horribly disjointed, and when I've tried to fix or rectify things, well, you just can't. I even had a tech writer from Google who works on the documentation of Google+ try to help me at one point, and she couldn't.  Now, the article mentions Google Wave. I did try that before they pulled the plug, and that seemed like it was going in the right direction. I didn't understand why they stopped that.  Google+ is touted as something big, but if users can't figure out how to use it for posting their own stuff and adding "+1s", then what's the point? As the intro to this says, "It's no Facebook," and that's fine--it doesn't have to be. But it should be easy to use, easy for people to share and post on different groups and move around to customize like other social media outlets. I'm usually good  at figuring this stuff out, but have never quite gotten a handle on Google+. Hopefully, they'll get their act together soon. 

--techcommgeekmom

Lindsay Davis's curator insight, March 8, 8:17 PM

Not a Google+ fan myself.

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Why Texting Should Be Part of Teaching - EdTech Magazine: Focus on Higher Education

Why Texting Should Be Part of Teaching - EdTech Magazine: Focus on Higher Education | School-based Professional Learning | Scoop.it
Research into texting between teachers and students shows that it can drive engagement and deliver results.
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Less-costly Chromebooks offer entry point to technology - Philadelphia Public School Notebook

Less-costly Chromebooks offer entry point to technology - Philadelphia Public School Notebook | School-based Professional Learning | Scoop.it
Are they glorified workbooks, just a substitute for paper and pencils? Or are Chromebooks shaping the way a new generation learns?
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Why Everyone Believes In Formative Assessment, But Nobody Does It

Why Everyone Believes In Formative Assessment, But Nobody Does It | School-based Professional Learning | Scoop.it
RT @eduleadership: Why Everyone Believes In Formative Assessment,But Nobody Does It http://t.co/Cm250ygAdq http://t.co/xGLlzu32Ql @matvcamp
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Keyboarding Games for Kids - Learning to Type Games for Kids | Learning Games For Kids

Keyboarding Games for Kids - Learning to Type Games for Kids | Learning Games For Kids | School-based Professional Learning | Scoop.it
Learning to keyboard and free typing games for kids! Learning Games for Kids - Education is part of life. It should be fun and challenging... not boring. Learn while you play games!

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No more physics and maths, Finland to stop teaching individual subjects

No more physics and maths, Finland to stop teaching individual subjects | School-based Professional Learning | Scoop.it
Finland, one of the leading educational hotspots in the world, is embarking on one of the most radical overhauls in modern education. By 2020, the country plans to phase out teaching individual subjects such as maths, chemistry and physics, and...
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In the end, what are we producing as high school graduates?  Young adult should leave the public school system with a skill set to lead productive lives in a future world.  This naturally strips away the foundation of an archaic establishment built on producing workers for jobs that have been obsolete for at least 30 years.  What are the topics learned in physics that can be applied to the new skill set for future workers?  How would our classes look?  Will students attend MOOCs for teens?  What do you think?

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Case Study: 21CIF Scoop.it Magazine

Case Study: 21CIF Scoop.it Magazine | School-based Professional Learning | Scoop.it
Teaching Information Fluency describes the skills and dispositions of information fluency adept searchers. Readers will receive in-depth information on what it takes to locate, evaluate, and ethically use digital information. The book realistically examines the abilities of Internet searchers today in terms of their efficiency and effectiveness in finding online information, evaluating it and using it ethically. Since the majority of people develop these skills on their own, rather than being taught, the strategies they invent may suffice for simple searches, but for more complex tasks, such as those required by academic and professional work, the average person’s performance is adequate only about 50% of the time. The book is laid out in five parts: an introduction to the problem and how search engine improvements are not sufficient to be of real help, speculative searching, investigative searching, ethical use and applications of information fluency. The intent of the book is to provide readers ways to improve their performance as consumers of digital information and to help teachers devise useful ways to integrate information fluency instruction into their teaching, since deliberate instruction is needed to develop fluency. Since it is unlikely that dedicated class time will be available for such instruction, the approach taken embeds information fluency activities into classroom instruction in language arts, history and science. Numerous model lessons and resources are woven into the fabric of the text, including think-alouds, individual and group search challenges, discussions, assessments and curation, all targeted to Common Core State Standards as well as information fluency competencies.

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This link leads you Google Books where you can read specifically about how to use our Scoop.it magazine dedicated to 21st century information fluency. 

Brenda Vargas's curator insight, March 23, 10:32 PM

It is and interesting tool to get useful information to learn and teach

Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, March 24, 11:56 AM

Understanding curation by creating and using a Scoop.it magazine is one of the projects in EDUC 760: E-Learning for Educators.  Constructing knowledge by skillfully tagging, annotating, and sharing information is a way to filter and use the ocean of information we live and teach with. 8-)