Getting over Grading

High school teachers need to define their grading criteria before the course starts. Grading is explained in the syllabus, presented to students, and shared with parents in the first week of classes. Determining what and how learning will be assessed are the first steps in the backwards design process described in Understanding by Design (2005). […]

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Empowering students through Technology

Beyond the medical disparities affecting youth in under-served populations, social changes due to the pandemic such as the move to remote learning have a disproportionate affect. How can student choice and empowerment help students learn?

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Personalized and Job-embedded Professional Learning

It is the beginning of a new year and the second semester of school. At the beginning of January I…

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Designing, Implementing, and Evaluating Effective Professional Development

Inquiry Question: How can coaches use technology to design, implement, and evaluate effective professional development?  In the first module for our EDTC 6106 course, the focus has been on developing effective professional development. As I reflected on my experience both as a participant and designer of professional development, I thought about professional learning experiences that…

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Going to the Basics – Program Evaluation

As I am preparing myself to create and implement my first program evaluation, one of the first steps I have taken is to search into […]

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How to structure and facilitate professional development in 2021?

Exploring the structure of professional development and the role of technology platforms and tools What is the essential purpose of professional development? How should professional development be structured? How do current technology platforms and tools …

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“Assessment in higher education during COVID-19 and beyond: Will it ever be the same?”

Perhaps the word “unprecedented” has been overused in recent months, but it consistently seems to be the most fitting word to express the seismic shifts in all areas of life that have occurred during the COVID-19 pandemic. As K-12 and higher education institutions worldwide have grappled with rapid pivots to online teaching and learning (and …

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Equipping Adult Online Learners to Creatively Demonstrate Mastery

We’r only a few weeks into 2021, but it’s already been a year of academic growth and exploration. With exploration often comes a sense of being lost, and that’s where I am right now, ha ha! Hence, the map image below: Maybe y’all can help me out. As a graduate professor and simultaneously as a […]

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6 Educator Mindset Shifts to Empower Students

This is a short “nuts and bolts” post of ideas for classroom teachers to rethink aspects of education in order to allow greater student empowerment in their learning.

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Professional Learning Can Be ‘Squirrelly’ Business

Guiding Questions Recently, I was asked to ponder the following questions: What is an example of professional development that has worked for you?  What is an example of professional development that has not worked for you? What does research say about planning professional learning? The first two questions are relatively easy to answer as they …

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