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The 20 Top #hashtags In Education

The 20 Top #hashtags In Education | Education and Tech Tools | Scoop.it
As a teacher, continuing education is so important that most school districts require that teachers enroll in some form of coursework on a regular basis to keep their knowledge and skills fresh. And while those courses are essential, staying on top of the cutting edge of educational development is important as well.
Becky Roehrs's insight:

I need to keep up with these too, especially, #edapp, #classroom, #cpchat, #teaching and #stem (instead of just #edtech, #education, #elearning) 

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Teacher PD: Purposeful Tinkering and Application

Teacher PD: Purposeful Tinkering and Application | Education and Tech Tools | Scoop.it

Originally published at https://usergeneratededucation.wordpress.com/2017/02/27/teacher-pd-purposeful-tinkering-and-application/ As a preface to this post, my belief is that deep learning does not occur through sit and get.

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Good points to keep in mind when teaching anyone, not just teachers!

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8 Top Tips for Highly Effective PD

Among the top strategies for highly effective professional development are making it useful, making it relevant, and making sure that teachers start practicing it ASAP.
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What a great point-just like our students, we need feedback after we try something new!

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Teacher Agency: Self-Directed Professional Development

Teacher Agency:  Self-Directed Professional Development | Education and Tech Tools | Scoop.it

"I can't wait for and am so excited for the three day 'sit and git' professional development in-service at our school" said no teacher possibly ever. 

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This article provides everything you could think of to get and keep your teaching in top gear.

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Free Technology for Teachers: 30 Free Teacher PD (Professional Development) Courses

Free Technology for Teachers: 30 Free Teacher PD (Professional Development) Courses | Education and Tech Tools | Scoop.it

From the article: "Earlier this spring Coursera announced a new category of courses, Teacher Professional Development. Currently, thirty courses are scheduled in the new Teacher PD category. The next course begins in July.

 

Coursera's new teacher PD courses include topics like First Year Teaching, Virtual Instruction, Assessment, and Developing Relationships. You will also find courses that are content specific. For example, there are courses on Genetics and Society, Introductory Physics, and Art."


Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
Becky Roehrs's insight:

I signed up for the Foundations of Virtual Instruction-it looks very interesting! Emerging Trends & Technologies in the Virtual K-12 classroom also looks good. Check out the PD classes: https://www.coursera.org/courses?cats=teacherpd

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*Free* Sept/Oct/Nov MOOC's for Teachers/Educators

*Free* Sept/Oct/Nov MOOC's for Teachers/Educators | Education and Tech Tools | Scoop.it
Here's a few free online MOOC courses for teachers and educators (provided by someone who doesn't work for these MOOC providers or universities).
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I registered for the Get Interactive: Practical Teaching with Technology, it sounded interesting-but so did the rest of these courses! 

 

I've taken Coursera's Copyright for Educators and Librarians

course offered by Duke, Emory and UNC-CH, it was excellent.

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Free: March MOOC Madness for Educators/Teachers

Free: March MOOC Madness for Educators/Teachers | Education and Tech Tools | Scoop.it
Today I was reading this interesting article about the popular MOOC "Learning How to Learn: Powerful Mental Tools to Help you Master Tough Subjects", and was wishing I could take the course, too. The instructor, Barbara Oakley, was an engineer who was interested in teaching, but wanted to figure out how to reach STEM students.
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I've registered for a bunch of these MOOC's!

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Starting Jan 26: Free (MOOC) Courses for Teachers and Educators

Starting Jan 26: Free (MOOC) Courses for Teachers and Educators | Education and Tech Tools | Scoop.it

There are lots of MOOC's (Massive Online Open Classes) available that are often free and easy to register for. They usually last 4-6 weeks, and you can contribute as little or as much as you want. 

Becky Roehrs's insight:

What are some of the Coursera and Canvas.net classes you can register for now?


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rodrick rajive lal's curator insight, January 28, 2015 4:11 AM

Thought this would benefit many of those who would like to enhance their skills through MOOCs. 

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Teacher Agency: Educators Moving from a Fixed to a Growth Mindset

Teacher Agency:  Educators Moving from a Fixed to a Growth Mindset | Education and Tech Tools | Scoop.it

It is a myth that we operate under a set of oppressive bureaucratic constraints. In reality, teachers have a great deal of autonomy in the work they chose to do in their classrooms. 

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Just try one new thing at a time in the classroom or online..you don't have to be perfect, just like your students learn by doing...

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Joycelyn DeVore's curator insight, January 27, 2015 12:38 AM

This is a good read for anyone who feels they're in a rut. Or that they're contained by the material the have to teach. It explains that many people feel trapped by having to "teach from using the textbook" not having enough resources, "teaching to the test" and many other obstacles. It also talks about people who feel the system won't allow them to change. I think its good to get out of one way of thinking.This helps show why that is important and how to of it.