"This summer, you can engage in some meaningful professional development right from the comfort of your couch for the low, low fee of absolutely nothing! Thanks to companies and organizations who are providing free online courses from reputable universities, you can now be a part of thousands who are engaging in real learning on the web."
"I do not think of Twitter as a tool for providing Professional Development, but rather a tool that enables collaboration. That leads to a curiosity, or more, a love for learning that takes some learners further down the road that all educators should be travelling. By any measure that must be a positive result for educators, that will impact their students in a positive way as well."
"As school leaders, it’s our responsibility to expose our learning communities to new ways of supporting each other, including resources that are both physical and human. As I learn from and share with educators all over the world, I’m constantly thinking of how to get more of my PLN’s expertise into my own school, supporting my own students. Earlier in the year we Skyped in 17 year-old Nikhil Goyal as our #KnappCamp back to school keynote, but this session would pull in the voice of the teacher."
RT @tdottawa: Are Google+ Hangouts The Future Of Professional Development? - http://t.co/7a94BcHn #edtech #ocsb #hangouts #PD #BellLetsTalk
"There is no blinking the fact that Twitter is a great social networking tool with a huge and promising potential in education. Educational Technology and Mobile Learning is trying to tap into this potential with a series of posts covering and reviewing web tools together with providing tips on how to effectively leverage this medium in the teaching and learning process. There is a section here labelled Educational Twitter Tools, in case you are a new reader to this blog, where you can have free access to a plethora of posts all talking about Twitter and its possible applicability in education."
I leaned over to my husband, Brad Flickinger, an "unconference expert," and whispered that I'd love to learn more about educating teachers about technology. He told me to go up and write it down. Fifteen minutes later after the milling crowds of educators thinned out from around the poster boards, I saw my idea surrounded by checkmarks. The organizer announced that Teaching Teachers about Technology would begin in five minutes on the right side of the room, and could the person who wrote the idea down please moderate and share at that session.
Becoming a master teacher takes continuous effort. To avoid the loss of enthusiasm or static practice, teachers need to focus on their own professional development. Notably, the single most significant indicator of student success is an excellent teacher; nevertheless, no one can be professionally developed without his or her consent.
Happy New Year everyone and good luck with those New Year’s resolutions. I have a dozen resolutions myself, but I don’t want to change too much! If I could get every educator to commit to one resolution, it would be to create a “Personalized Professional Development Plan.”
Consider the last time you experienced professional development offered by your school or district. Were you engaged in learning? How do you know? How did your learning impact your practice and influence student learning outcomes?
What Will You Learn this Summer? 23 Professional Development Resources
You see, edcamps—free learning conferences organized by educators and for educators—all begin with participants joining together in a central meeting place deciding on topics worth studying and creating an ad hoc schedule of sessions for the day.
“Most PD stinks.”
That was not the answer I anticipated when I asked Dan Callahan, one of the founders of the edcamp movement in the United States, to what he attributes the growing phenomena of edcamps across the nation.
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