Professional Learning Networks: Connect, Relate, and Create

The digital world offers many ways of connecting with fellow professionals beyond your typical day and location. Instead of waiting for the weekly professional development meeting or your planning period to connect with your school bestie, educators can access Professional Learning Networks (PLNs) and get suggestions, answers and numerous perspectives within a few minutes. Innovating Pedogogy (2016) … Continue reading Professional Learning Networks: Connect, Relate, and Create

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Co-Learning & Collaboration Builds Collegial Experiences

  What would happen if instructional leaders treated the professional learning of our teachers as the most important and engaging project-based lesson we were fortunate to facilitate? What would happen if the accountability of this learning was anchored in the intentional collaboration with colleagues that resulted in authentic learning experiences (ISTE 4a)? If we want… Continue reading Co-Learning & Collaboration Builds Collegial Experiences

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Digital Collaboration in a Pre-Service College Classroom

Paul Solarz from Learn Like a PiRATE said: “Collaboration allows us to know more than we are capable of knowing ourselves.” If we are encouraging a mindset of questioning in our students, then as teachers should we also collaborate and question ourselves and our instructional practices? (Spoiler: YES!) My current students are service-learning tutors who… Continue reading Digital Collaboration in a Pre-Service College Classroom

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Growing 21stCentennial Learners: Can rubric and standards-based assessment co-exist with open-ended learning?

I recently had an opportunity to evaluate my belief that compliance-based learning is often perceived as the death of critical thinking skills while evaluating ISTE Standard 4 (Innovative Designer).  I wonder, can the educational standards-based culture support innovative thinking as our students “exhibit a tolerance for ambiguity, perseverance and the capacity to work with open-ended… Continue reading Growing 21stCentennial Learners: Can rubric and standards-based assessment co-exist with open-ended learning?

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Media Bias and Peer Review: Helping students verify resources in the digital information world

  Growing our students into “Knowledge Constructors” is a goal that cannot be reached in one or two classroom lessons; it is grown through interaction and critical thinking about fact and opinion within the subjects taught in the K-16 experience.   Relating this to ITSE Standard 3b which states that “Students evaluate the accuracy, perspective, credibility and… Continue reading Media Bias and Peer Review: Helping students verify resources in the digital information world

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Adult Learning Principles and PD

ISTE Standard 4: Professional Development and Program Evaluation b.Design, develop, and implement technology rich professional learning programs that model principles of adult learning and promote digital age best practices in teaching, learning, and assessment. photo credit: www.amplify.com As a teacher, even in four short years, I have taken part in too many  professional developments toRead More

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Selecting Digital Tools for Your Classroom

picture: www.maggiehosmcgrane.com There are so many technology resources available for educators to use in the classroom that it can be overwhelming to select the appropriate one that is the right fit for you, your purpose and your class. According to the Ed Surge article “Resources to Help You Choose the Digital Tools Your Classroom Needs,“ nationwide, 51Read More

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