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The Learning Zone: Stepping Away from the Comfort Zone

The Learning Zone: Stepping Away from the Comfort Zone | Professional Development Practices and Philosophy | Scoop.it
Have you ever been "in the zone"? As an instructional designer have you ever considered your job to be getting people OUT of their comfort zone? This is, as they say, where the magic happens...in the Learning Zone! The Learning Zone rests between the Comfort Zone and the Chaos Zone The comfort zone is an …

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Excellent and brief article on teachers and students moving out of their comfort zone.

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Ten Reflective Questions to Ask at the End of Class - Brilliant or Insane

Ten Reflective Questions to Ask at the End of Class - Brilliant or Insane | Professional Development Practices and Philosophy | Scoop.it
Use these ten reflective questions at the end of class to help learners deepen their understandings of themselves and their work.
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Great way to beef up the closing of a lesson cycle and build student's self-directed learning internal strategies.
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Why I Flattened My School

Why I Flattened My School | Professional Development Practices and Philosophy | Scoop.it
One high school experiments with the flattened model as it seeks to replace departmental hierarchy with the creativity that blossoms from staff collaboration.
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I am intrigued by this approach. It lends itself to all learners having equal ownership, accountability and responsibility. Looking forward to more on this model of educational action.
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The Heart of Teaching: What It Means to be a Great Teacher

The Heart of Teaching: What It Means to be a Great Teacher | Professional Development Practices and Philosophy | Scoop.it
Guest blogpost in Edutopia that explains why the teacher matters.
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Great article to share with facilitators. Last sentence is a wonderful quote to share with others.
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Using Pre-Needs Assessment for Effective PD

Using Pre-Needs Assessment for Effective PD | Professional Development Practices and Philosophy | Scoop.it
Personalize your PD by using tools like Google Forms, Padlet, and Nearpod to learn what teachers already know and what they need to know.
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Great reminder that PD should model the instruction best practices we see design for in the classroom.
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7 Rituals You Should Steal from Extremely Creative People

7 Rituals You Should Steal from Extremely Creative People | Professional Development Practices and Philosophy | Scoop.it
Practical Tips for Productive Living
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Reflective of the "flow" movement and training your brain for success.
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Voxer Best Practices

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Voxer Best Practices | Piktochart Infographic Editor
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Great guide for understanding and learning about Voxer as an approach to PD.

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Integrated Studies Research Review

Integrated Studies Research Review | Professional Development Practices and Philosophy | Scoop.it
Learn why and how integrated studies can be effective and get recommendations for evidence-based practices and programs.
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Great article series on why integration is critical for creating engaging learning opportunities for students.
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Technology Defines Much of Higher Education’s New Normal [#Infographic]

Technology Defines Much of Higher Education’s New Normal [#Infographic] | Professional Development Practices and Philosophy | Scoop.it
Today’s college students have more options than their 1980s counterparts had, but their time is also stretched more thinly across the school day.

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This infographic alone supports the importance of technology integration at the elementary/secondary level so that students are prepared for the global workplace and college. The new normal is part of #futureready.

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Twitter%20for%20Educators.pdf

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Great resource shared with me via @Brit_Horn for leading PD with Educators new to Twitter

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The 8 Skills Students Must Have For The Future

The 8 Skills Students Must Have For The Future | Professional Development Practices and Philosophy | Scoop.it

"So what are the things that are becoming just as important as the ever-traditional ‘Reading, Writing, and Math’? Take a look below. Do you already incorporate these ideas into all of your classes? Which do you find hardest?"


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Great infographic that truly shares what must be taught for Students in the 21st Century to be "Future Ready."

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SchoolCIO Blogs - DAILY INSIGHT: The past, the present, and the future, part 3 of 4

SchoolCIO Blogs - DAILY INSIGHT: The past, the present, and the future, part 3 of 4 | Professional Development Practices and Philosophy | Scoop.it

xcxSchoolCIO Advisors Blog

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Brief blog entry on how our world is changing. Poses the question of how are we preparing our students for the future. Excellent for discussion and reflection regarding preparing students for the future.

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Instructionism, Constructionism and Connectivism: Epistomologies and Their Implied Pedagogies

Instructionism, Constructionism and Connectivism: Epistomologies and Their Implied Pedagogies | Professional Development Practices and Philosophy | Scoop.it

Via Dr. Susan Bainbridge
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This covers a lot of things in education including maker-spaces.  A great read as we move forward as progressive educators.

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Perla Ronchi's curator insight, April 10, 2014 12:29 PM

Sharing ideas and contents!

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Want to personalize learning? Try personalizing PD first | eSchool News | eSchool News | 2

Want to personalize learning? Try personalizing PD first | eSchool News | eSchool News | 2 | Professional Development Practices and Philosophy | Scoop.it
During a blended learning summit, a district superintendent shares keys to ed-tech success--and it starts with personalizing PD.
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Love this and would love to see this district in action to see the intricacies of the implementation.

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ISTE Standards for Coaches 4: Professional learning

ISTE Standards for Coaches 4: Professional learning | Professional Development Practices and Philosophy | Scoop.it
Professional learning lies at the heart of any tech coaching program. To remain effective, coaches must continually evaluate the PD they offer to ensure it’s delivering results for teachers and students.
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Great resource for improving my practice as an instructional technology coach.
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6 Tips To Create Better eLearning Content

6 Tips To Create Better eLearning Content | Professional Development Practices and Philosophy | Scoop.it

"As more organizations turn to online instruction to train their employees and customers, more administrators and other leaders are finding themselves in the position of having to create a lot of content. These leaders must turn their presentations, lectures, on-the-job training and years of experience into self-contained lessons that not only contain a great deal of institutional knowledge, but also convey it effectively. This task may seem intimidating and overwhelming. There are, however, a few tips that can simplify the process."


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To reference in support to teachers.

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Anu Ojaranta's curator insight, February 12, 12:51 AM

Very useful tips! 

Drora Arussy's curator insight, February 12, 7:47 AM

Good basic advice. Again, good teaching practice as applied to e-learning.

Tina Jameson's curator insight, February 12, 5:23 PM

While aimed at business - the advise given here (Feb 11, 2015 | Posted by Henson Gawliu Jr. ) can easily be applied to creating eLearning content for schools - simply guidelines broken down as follows:

1.Take advantage of the medium.

2. Keep it uncluttered.

3. Reinforce frequently.

4. Seek out experts.

5. Keep your goals in mind.

6. Put yourself in the students shoes.

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From So What to Now What

Keynote for Google Academy at TCEA 2015 in Austin, Texas February 2, 2015
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Love this keynote and the stories that emphasize the need to constantly change our mindset. Consider #wonder #skepticism #play and #purpose as we facilitate integration.

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There’s No "I" in Teacher: 8 Rules of Thumb for Collaborative Planning

There’s No "I" in Teacher: 8 Rules of Thumb for Collaborative Planning | Professional Development Practices and Philosophy | Scoop.it
Teachers become learning designers when given the space to collaborate by (among other things) cultivating trust, keeping it simple, and ensuring that it's student relevant.
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Great guidelines for teacher leaders and instructional campus leaders that are facilitating authentic collaborative team planning environments and effective PLCs.
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Comparing Asynchronous and Synchronous Learning

Comparing Asynchronous and Synchronous Learning | Professional Development Practices and Philosophy | Scoop.it

"Both synchronous and asynchronous approaches to eLearning have their advantages and disadvantages. While one approach may be more effective than the other in a given situation, it is not to say it is best for all learning situations.”


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This was an excellent and brief article that explains the difference between synchronous and asynchronous learning, the benefits and challenges or both, and how to evaluate what kind of learning is best for the situation. This is a great read for teachers integrating and moving into a globally designed classroom to be sure that the best platform for learning is offered.

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Deeper learning has significant impact, study finds | eSchool News | eSchool News

Deeper learning has significant impact, study finds | eSchool News | eSchool News | Professional Development Practices and Philosophy | Scoop.it
New research reveals that students who attend schools with a focus on deeper learning are more likely to have higher achievement scores.
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This is an excellent article supporting instructional practices that utilize PBL, Workshop model and ROLE Environments. This further supports the need for instructional models that develop students' intrinsic drive and personal autonomy.

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7 Tips To Integrate Storytelling Into Your Next eLearning Course

7 Tips To Integrate Storytelling Into Your Next eLearning Course | Professional Development Practices and Philosophy | Scoop.it
How eLearning Professionals Can Integrate Storytelling in eLearning. 7 Storytelling Tips and Tricks To Make Your eLearning Course Effective and Entertaining

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Great advice on how to engage learners via interactive storytelling. #nisdnov8 #edtech

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María Dolores Díaz Noguera's curator insight, September 11, 2014 1:34 PM

7 Tips To Integrate Storytelling Into Your Next eLearning Course

Jo Blannin - The Know Tech Teacher's curator insight, September 11, 2014 10:03 PM

This interesting - using stories to get your message or information across. This could be great for primary and secondary schools using online platforms like Google Apps for Edu or Edmodo - frame your unit of study around a story to engage and clarify your purpose.


Great tips on how to get started in this article.


Do you enjoy storytelling? I love it - particularly in maths! Makes fractions so much more fun if theres' a 'real' event/story they have to fix or solve!

Gary Harwell's curator insight, September 12, 2014 4:12 AM

Students always love a good story. Just make it useful for something besides a filler.

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The Pencil Metaphor: How Teachers Respond To Education Technology

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The Pencil Metaphor: How Teachers Respond To Education Technology

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Great metaphor for understanding the range of understanding that educators have with technology and their use as part of instruction.

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EDTECH@UTRGV's curator insight, August 28, 2014 12:12 PM

What part of the pencil represents your response to educational technology?

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"Unsung Hero" (Official HD) : TVC Thai Life Insurance 2014 : โฆษณาไทยประกันชีวิต 2557 - YouTube

เคยสงสัยไหม? ชีวิตคนเราต้องการอะไรกันแน่ ทำไมบางคนมีเงินมากมาย...ก็ยังไม่มีความสุข คลิปนี้ ไม่ใช่คำตอบ แต่มันอาจเป็นจุดเริ่มต้นให้คุณทำบางสิ่ง... เพื่อค้นหาค...
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Wonderful Thai Life insurance video that shows how doing the kind thing without seeking accolades makes a huge difference.
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10 lessons “Frozen” can teach us about tech, teaching | Ditch That Textbook

10 lessons “Frozen” can teach us about tech, teaching | Ditch That Textbook | Professional Development Practices and Philosophy | Scoop.it
"Frozen" has caught the attention of movie-goers for its against-all-odds story line. It has great messages for educators, too.

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Teach teachers how to create magic

Teach teachers how to create magic | Professional Development Practices and Philosophy | Scoop.it
What do rap shows, barbershop banter and Sunday services have in common? As Christopher Emdin says, they all hold the secret magic to enthrall and teach at the same time — and it’s a skill we often don't teach to educators. The science advocate (and cofounder of Science Genius B.A.T.T.L.E.S. with the GZA of the Wu-Tang Clan) offers a vision to make the classroom come alive.
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We are looking for ways to engage learners and breathe passion into instruction.  This TEDtalk offers insight and pushes educators to examine their delivery.  This along with the tenets of #tlap (Teach Like a Pirate by Dave Burgess) continue to help those of us called as instructional engineers to improve our craft.

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