professional development

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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Why Choose Edublogs? Learn how teachers, students, and schools can publish online – Education Article

Home > Resources To Introduce Edublogs To Others We know many Edublogs users have introduced their colleagues to the platform in a staff meeting, team meeting, or professional development session. Some educators also like to give parents an overview of Edublogs during parent information evenings or school council meetings. To make it easier for teachers to share the power of Edublogs with others, we’ve put together some resources. Overview Presentation This overview of Edublogs can be viewed as a Google…

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How to Podcast with Your Students – SULS014 – Education Article

Students of all ages can podcast! In this post and podcast episode, you will learn How to Podcast with Your Students, what tools to use, and how easy it is to get started! Back in 2006, my students created a podcast, “Miss Bell’s Chime Time!” My students named the podcast, they wrote and performed the musical jingle. (I had a lot of talented band and choir students that year.) I had no idea what I was doing, but I knew…

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3 Ways Leaders Can Support Ongoing Professional Development – Education Article

When I was leading an Instructional Technology program, one of the hurdles my team had to overcome was the lack of involvement from our leadership on the professional development we were delivering. In the feedback we would get from teachers we would hear that the learning was good, but that their Principal, AP, Curriculum Director, whom ever, didn’t know what they were learning, or why they were learning it. Even worse, when leadership came to do walkthroughs or evaluations, they…

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Summer Time! – STORIES FROM SCHOOL AZ – Education Article

I don’t know about the rest of you, but the screeching halt from 60-70 hour weeks to a completely open schedule can send me into a tailspin! I can usually get caught up on sleep and routine housework within 4-7 days, then I am faced with the jigsaw puzzle of What-do-I-do-with-myself? As much as I love to drink coffee and catch-up on the Today show, that won’t sustain me for 6 weeks of summer break, so I have decided to…

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eight book recommendations for teachers – Mr. Hill’s Musings – Education Article

It’s that time of year again! Summer is just around the corner and I’m planning my reading list for some self-paced PD in the sun. I also like helping other teachers with their professional reading so, as I do every year, I have prepared a list of eight recommendations. This list is comprised of five books that I have read and personally recommend, and three books that I will read over the summer that have been recommended by others. Of…

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Teaching Slavery Properly – Urban Education Mixtape – Education Article

American public schools do a poor job teaching the history of American slavery to children. That is probably true of private schools too. I would also say that the majority of history teachers and administrators, the majority of whom are White, lack a comprehensive knowledge of American slavery. They may have read an article here and watch a movie there, but their comprehensive knowledge is limited. If that weren’t true, the case for slave reparations for Black people would be discussed…

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