professional development

Teachers on Twitter: why you should join and how to get started | Teacher Network

I’ve been using Twitter for six months and it’s already one of the best career decisions I’ve made. For a while, it seemed that my relationship with teaching was going to be short lived (the first rush of excitement and energy was gone and in need of resuscitation). But thanks to some of the inspiring educators on Twitter, I have fallen back in love with teaching. Earlier this year, a colleague (@historychappy) presented a 10-minute continuing professional development session on…

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The Complete Guide to Google Certifications (FREE eBook) – Education Article

HERE’S WHAT’S INCLUDED: I have synthesized the information about all of the Google Certification options into an easy-to-follow guide. This handbook was designed to help you determine which certification(s) are right for you. CONTENTS The Google for Education Teaching Center: information about the free resources from Google. Google Certifications for Educators: information and detailed comparison of the certification options available to educators.  Google Certified Educator Level 1: details about the Level 1 certification, what you have to know, and the…

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How To Lead as a Connected Educator – Education Article

Digital tools have changed the way we think about teaching and learning. You might host a virtual guest speaker in your classroom, or empower students as website designers or moviemakers. Today we have new ways to help students interact with the world — in every grade level and subject area.  So how can educators use these same powerful tools to learn and grow as professionals? Jacie Maslyk has served as an educator in a variety of roles. She’s taken her…

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6 Ways to Improve Professional Learning – Education Article

No matter your position in education, you have gone through some form of professional development. In many cases, the act of being “developed” comes in a variety of standard types such as workshops, mandated PD days, presentations, conferences, book studies, or keynotes. Many of these are often the one and done variety or conducted in a drive-by manner. Now, don’t get me wrong; some educators find value in the experiences I have outlined above and have gone on to change…

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So You Want to Be a Google Certified Trainer? – Education Article

So you want to be a Google Certified Trainer? But you aren’t sure what it means or where to start. I got you covered! This blog wouldn’t exist if I hadn’t pushed myself to become a Google Certified Trainer. Becoming a Google Certified Trainer not only increased my skills but gave me the confidence to share my voice and create resources for educators across the globe. It’s important to understand that this certification isn’t for everyone. In this post, I…

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A Principal’s Reflections: The Ascent to Growth – Education Article

A Principal’s Reflections: The Ascent to Growth The Ascent to Growth I genuinely believe that most people want to get better in their professional role and they find comfort in growth. Who doesn’t want to make a difference while moving up the career ladder?  However, I say most because complacency, lack of motivation, or not being passionate about the work or the job can inhibit a drive to seek ways to improve.  Since the minority falls in this category, let’s…

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Top 10 Secrets of an Awesome Tech Coach – SULS019 – Education Article

Are you a tech coach, instructional coach, or something in between? Maybe you dream of one day being a coach? Ready to learn the top 10 secrets of being an awesome tech coach? This episode is for YOU! Being a coach is no walk in the park, but I can help make it easier. It takes a strong foundation, experience, organization and lots of patience to be an effective coach. This episode will focus on my best-kept secrets, how to…

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My aims for next year (2019-20) – Mr. Hill’s Musings – Education Article

Every year, at the beginning of the summer break, I like to take the opportunity to reflect and outline my goals for the next academic year. I can’t say that I achieve all of them every year, but the goal-setting, accountability and intentionality have led to some of my proudest achievements. I have just finished my favourite year of my career so far, and many of the highlights are a result of last year’s targets. I’m committed to these goals…

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How to Use This Year’s Reflections for Next School Year – Education Article

The end of the year for a teacher is especially difficult: everyone is tired, the kids are off the rails, there are a plethora of special events going on, and grades are due. Many of us are holding onto our sanity like a life raft. The last thing many people want to think about is the start of a whole new year, but if we spend a moment to reflect on our year, it could be a gold mine for…

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Part 9 – Down to business – EDUWELLS – Education Article

We’re off to a good start in 2019. After a year of research, debate, concern and excitement, we’ve had two teacher-only days re-imagining school and looking at really shifting teachers’ understanding about what our rebirth is about and what it might look like. Over the two days, we ensured existing departments had hours to look at what the structural decisions meant to their dept, we had a full staff look at our schools official approach to learning and student agency…

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#NotAtISTE? How To Participate In ISTE 2019 Remotely – The Edublogger – Education Article

It’s almost that time of year again when thousands of educators and ed tech folks gather at the The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) conference. ISTE is a non-profit organization that serves educators interested in technology in education and the annual ISTE Conference and Expo is the biggest educational technology conference in the World. ISTE 2019 is being held on June 23-26 in Philadelphia. If you’re like us, and not able to attend ISTE 2019, you are still able…

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Must-Have Productivity Tools for Teachers – Easy EdTech Podcast 017 – Education Article

In this episode we’ll look at three productivity tools that can help you save time and make the most of every minute of your busy day. You’ll hear about three favorite productivity strategies that can help you stay organized throughout the school day and throughout the school year! Subscribe to the podcast on your favorite platform: So let’s make this EdTech easy… 1. Choose one of the productivity tools on the list 2. Download the app or set up the…

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FAQs About Working With Me – Education Article

Last week I published a list of my ten most popular professional development workshop topics. That post generated a handful of emails from folks who asked good questions about the structure of my workshop days, how to book me for a day, and fee structure. Here are the answers to those questions and more. How to Book MeI try to make this part as easy as possible for everyone. If you’re interested in having me come to your school or…

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10 Tips to Make the Most of Teacher Webinars – Education Article

Where do you go to find new information or learn something new? From blog posts to podcast episodes, there are so many ways to gather new ideas related to any topic. Some companies focus primarily on sharing information in this virtual format, and plenty of folks — myself included — who use teacher webinars as a way to connect with an audience. Attending a virtual event like a webinar is one of the twelve action items on my special free…

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How to Get the Most Out of a Professional Conference – Education Article

May 31st, 2019 By: Linda K. Shadiow, PhD <!– – An initial look at a conference program can lead attendees to become (in the words of a former colleague) “paralyzed by the possibilities.” There are just so many sessions we’d like to attend that it’s hard to choose. At a recent conference, a new faculty member asked me for advice about negotiating the labyrinth. Here is a collection of strategies that I…

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Podcast PD Choice Board for Teachers (FREE Template!) – Education Article

This post combines two of my favorite things, podcasts and choice boards–a Podcast PD Choice Board for Teachers! Yay! This post was designed to help give the Shake Up Learning readers even more ideas for how to use podcasts for professional learning at your school or on your own. I put together this Podcast PD Choice Board, inspired by Meredith Akers’ Podcast Tasting that was shared in episode 12 of The Shake Up Learning Show. It includes choices from both…

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