Digital Age Best Practices

This week, I have decided to investigate digital age best practices. What are they? How do they improve student learning? How can I incorporate them into the professional development I am creating? ISTE Coaching Standard 4: Professional Development and Program Evaluation Performance Indicator B: Design, develop, and implement technology rich professional learning programs that model […]

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Designing Authentic Learning Opportunities to Support Engagement and Learning

ISTE Educator Standard 5 This week I decided to dive into ISTE Educator Standard 5, “Educators design authentic, learner-driven activities and environments that recognize and accommodate learner variability.” I wanted to explore the authentic learning activities and instructional design aspect from the indicators: 5b Design authentic learning activities that align with content area standards and […]

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EDTC 6102 Module 1 Solution

Empowered Learner The past week in my DEL master’s program our cohort was focusing on ISTE Student Standard 1-  Empowered Learner. It states, “Students leverage technology to take an active role in choosing, achieving and demonstrating competency in their learning goals, informed by the learning sciences”. This standard requires students to take an active role […]

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Developing Professional Development as Part of the Community Engagement Project.

The community engagement project challenges students to create a professional development session to be presented at a conference of the student’s choosing.  As part of building effective digital age environments, as prescribed by the ISTE Standards for Coaches #3, I chose to create an interactive session that focused on active learning and digital collaboration tools … Continue reading Developing Professional Development as Part of the Community Engagement Project.

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The Connection between Digital Competence and Problem-Solving

The word “troubleshooting” most often invokes images involving a conversation with the IT department, a progression of actions guided by the technician and performed by the user, and ending with a resolution in which the user’s original knowledge of technology has not been augmented. Unfortunately this is a all too common scenario. The user defaults … Continue reading The Connection between Digital Competence and Problem-Solving

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Implementing Student-Centered Activities in Content-Intensive Courses

If you’ve ever taught a content-intensive course, you’ll know it’s like trying to finish a marathon in a sprint. In my experience, you get to the finish line, but you hardly remember the journey there. The content-intensive courses I teach are the foundational nutrition classes. Each contain at least six major learning objectives with about … Continue reading Implementing Student-Centered Activities in Content-Intensive Courses

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Building Computational Thinking through a Gamified Classroom

Who says playing video games doesn’t teach you anything?  Playing and creating games could actually help students develop another 21st century skill, computational thinking (CT).  Computational thinking is  a form of problem solving that takes large, complex problems, breaks them down into smaller problems, and uses technology to help derive solution. In deriving solutions, students … Continue reading Building Computational Thinking through a Gamified Classroom

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Innovation Through Using Problem-Based Learning

Whenever I think of the word “innovation,” I am reminded of the bear, honey, and powerline story. If you are not familiar with this story, I’ll offer a brief synopsis here, though there are other detailed versions available. Employees of a powerline company met to brainstorm the issue of snow and ice accumulation on power … Continue reading Innovation Through Using Problem-Based Learning

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Incorporating Feedback Loops to Develop An Empowered Student

Being a successful professor means preparing students to be successful. Delivering classes centered on just accruing knowledge on a particular topic is no longer the primary task of professors. Gone are the days of the large lecture halls, professor front and center exhibiting their knowledge for students to somehow absorb.  Scholars are now calling for … Continue reading Incorporating Feedback Loops to Develop An Empowered Student

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The Future of Professional Development

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References

Generation Ready. (n.d.). Raising student achievement through professional development. Retrieved January 27, 2016, from http://www.generationready.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/PD-White-Paper.pdf

Regional Educational Laboratory. (2007, October). Reviewing the evidence on how teacher professional development affects student achievement. Issues & Answers, (33), iii-31. Retrieved from http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/edlabs/regions/southwest/pdf/rel_2007033.pdfRead More

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