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Curating ed tech resources for K-12 students and teachers to improve communication, creativity, collaboration and critical thinking.
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Google announces Google Educator Groups - great resource for educators

Google announces Google Educator Groups - great resource for educators | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

Yesterday Google announced the launch of Google Educators Groups. This is a program made up of communities of educators who can connect with each other to learn, share, and help each other. While it is mainly online, there are real-world meetups and events as well. 

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7 Steps to Flipped Professional Development

7 Steps to Flipped Professional Development | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

Arriving home from San Diego and having just attended the ISTE (International Society of Technology in Education) conference I was scheduled to facilitate an all-day professional development for our district. I was excited to share as much of the conference as possible in a day without overwhelming everyone. I wanted to present the information in an engaging way by modeling the use of technology instead of just handing everyone a sheet of paper with some links. I knew where those papers would end up! With this in mind I started working on a new professional development model that made sense to me and would hopefully make sense to others.

Deb Gardner's insight:

Innovative and effective. Laura Conley provides step-by-step instructions, the rationale and outcomes for "flipped" PD

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15 Great Free iPad Apps for Professional Development ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

15 Great Free iPad Apps for Professional Development ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

With the advance of mobile technology into our life, the notion of professional development has been radically reshaped.To grow professionally is no longer limited to a certain geographic setting with a predefined set of resources, we can now learn wherever we are and on the go. No more boundaries and this is certainly one of the biggest advantages in embracing this kind of technology.

To expand this professional development notion to your iPad , I have compiled a list of some of the best free apps that you as a teacher and educator, can install on your iOS device. The list is not exhaustive and there might be other important apps not mentioned here but the ones below are a great stepping stone into the world of self learning. Check them out.

Deb Gardner's insight:

What will you do with an iPad? Why do you need an iDevice?  Often they are no more than a mobile device to get caught up on email or check Facebook during meetings. #behonest


It's the time to make resolutions. #happynewyear Resolve to pick one or two of these and make them your PD BFF and then share what you know with colleagues.


You won't use them all... just pick a couple and be persistent in your knowledge and application of them to become more productive, better communicators, more creative and ultimately better teacher/learners.


My faves (and I purposefully use these multiple times a day):

  • Diigo
  • Twitter - three different "Twandles"
  • Flipboard (in conjunction with Google Reader)
  • Google Search
  • Evernote
  • Dropbox
  • ScoopIt! - not listed in this article but a requisite tool for me



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In Indiana, Tech Training for Teachers 'Flipped,' With a Twist

In Indiana, Tech Training for Teachers 'Flipped,' With a Twist | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it
At Cathedral High School, a private school in Indianapolis, a student tech-support team is creating an online library of video tutorials to help teachers implement a 1:1 iPad initiative.
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A great high school in my home town and an example of collaborative learning at its best! Go Irish!

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What if You Flipped Your Faculty Meetings? - The Tempered Radical

What if You Flipped Your Faculty Meetings? - The Tempered Radical | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

Dear Principals, I've got a professional challenge for you: I want you to flip every faculty meeting during the 2012-2013 school year. 


What's beautiful about flipping your faculty meetings is you are modeling an instructional practice that you'd like to see spreading in your classrooms

Deb Gardner's insight:

Interesting that the most widely read post this year on The Tempered Radical was Bill Ferriter's "flipping the faculty meeting" post.  


Worth a look - and be sure to take a look at the Q chart matrix with question stems that increase in difficulty. This would also serve well as a scaffold for students in helping them begin to ask more complex questions.

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