Today every teacher needs to be in charge of his or her own professional development, if for no other reason than district budgets require everyone to be so much more creative. Here are a few ways teachers can better take advantage of formal and informal learning, the use of a back channel, and modeling life-long learning.
EdCamp is a grassroots movement of do-it-yourself professional development "un-conferences." In just a year and a half the phenomenon has gained serious momentum thanks in part to networks on Twitter. T.H.E. Journal speaks to four participants.
- By Jennifer Demski
After two decades in online teaching in both the corporate world and higher education, I regret to report that the grass is not necessarily greener on the other side of the network connection. While online teaching offers many rewards for instructors, it takes a special set of skills and attitudes to excel at it. And these are emphatically not the same skills and attitudes that make an exceptional classroom teacher. Here's the mindset it takes to be a successful online teacher.
Unwrapping the key attributes that transform principals into effective technology leaders in their schools and in their districts.
- By Jennifer Demski
edWeb.net, a professional social network for the education community, has launched a mobile version of its Web site to make it easier for edWeb members to stay in touch with network activity.
Teachscape, a provider of Web-based professional development materials, technologies, and services for teachers, and Saba, a provider of learning and talent management software and enterprise social networking tools, have formed an alliance to offer their joint customers a competency-based talent management system for educators.
A membership organization that creates professional development programs and products for educators has produced two courses specifically to help teachers implement the Common Core State Standards.
- By Dian Schaffhauser
Honeywell has awarded scholarships to 185 teachers from 19 countries and 37 American states to attend a simulated astronaut training and professional development program in June in at the United States Space & Rocket Center.
- By Mike Hohenbrink
Ed tech professionals offer five tips for approaching professional development that will help smooth the way to adoption of open educational resources.
- By Bridget McCrea
Four experienced practitioners share what they’ve learned about community building and collaboration in an online environment.
- By Therese Mageau