This is where I fit in the generations! I appreciated that the article highlighted our love for life-long learning and that we are some of the first ones to embrace technology as we have watched it emerge.
Flipping Professional Development Recently, I read 'LessonCasts': Flipped PD for Teachers by Liana Heitin. LessonCasts is an idea by Nicole Tucker-Smith that sounds a bit like Khan Academy for teachers.
I like the part where he says, Flipped Learning takes the lower levels of Blooms and shifts them away from our face to face time- making the face to face time available for HOTS (higher order thinking skills).
So you are coming across too many tech terms that it becomes hard for you to draw clear boundaries between what each of them refer to. Well we do share with you this confusion and that is why we deem it important to put forward a list of the major and most popular educational concepts that are technology-related.
The list below is a simple attempt to help you better capture the full picture of what all these tech terms are about by providing clear definitions to each one of them.
Some of these are unfamiliar to me as an Ed Tech Specialist. I will do some investigating but "Know" (lowest level of Bloom's) may be the best we can expect from some of our classroom teachers. They may, however, become experts on one or two of these concepts. Whatever they choose.
SOPHIA Launches iPad® Training For Teachers PR Newswire (press release) ... apply the Tablet Certificate toward their professional development by submitting their certificate to the appropriate person at their school.
More than 1,400 educators responded to a survey about how their schools are progressing with integrating new technology. They addressed subjects like tech security, Bring Your Own Device policies, and using technology for instruction and assessment.
Solving the PD Puzzle T.H.E. Journal With the "anytime, anywhere, any way" learning model provided by online professional development content providers, why hasn't online PD become the norm--or at least more mainstream?
VideoSisyphus the Titan pushing his infamous boulder up the hill; image credit Wikipedia “There is always room, if only in one’s own soul, to create a spot of Paradise, crazy though it may sound.” --Henry Miller, Preface to Stand Still Like the Hummingbird...
If there is one area where we could really use some creativity is in the area of PD! I could really appreciate this quote, "Spurts of time riddled with interruptions aren’t conducive to creativity because each time our focus is wrecked, we struggle to get back to the point we’d reached in our creative “flow”." Time is always an issue but it's so necessary to creativity.
Instructional coaches seem to be a new phenomenon in schools. Their job is to help educators become better teachers. They observe teachers teaching, go over instructional data, and model good teaching practices. As much as this may be new for schools, the core of instructional coaching has been around for a long time.
This was a great read! This is mostly what I do. These practices for Knight will help me more consistent in my quality of service. I plan to begin doing research of my own to assess the impact of ed tech coaching.
Flipped Professional Development Reflections. Last week I was able to deliver the face to face portion of the Flipped PD session I had been planning. I asked the teachers to log into the district moodle site and join my PD ...
This post is part of the HBR Insight Center Making Collaboration Work. Teamwork and collaboration are critical to mission achievement in any organization that has to respond quickly to changing circumstances.
My favorite quote: "Conflict, when well managed and focused on a team's objectives, can generate more creative solutions than one sees in conflict-free groups." All too often conflict is avoided maybe because it is poorly managed but if it's focused on team's goal or mission can be most beneficial.