Topic: Personalized Professional Development for Educators
Presentation from www.howardedu.com
Makayla Mota, Microsoft Ambassador talking about the advances that Microsoft is making in the area of micro-credentials and personalized learning.
- Microsoft Educator Community. https://education.microsoft.com
- Office Sway – https://sway.com
- Skype in the Classroom – Mystery Skype, virtual field trips
- Connect with other educators
Mike Ritzius, Associate Director of Professional Development and Instructional Issues, and Co-Founder and Board member with the Edcamp Foundation on the ways in which we can redefine how individuals, communities and school districts can learn and grow. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, twitter: @mritzius
The full presentation: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B1MPhVY_Hy8DSUs2b2NLZW1oVTQ/view
- Once we accept that school is nothing more than an idea that we’ve all agreed to follow, the possibilities become endless.
- Prof Dev and Prof Learning are related but not interchangeable
- Prof Dev is systemic not personal. It is a continuing renewal through collective space.
- People think systems are – magical, naive, complex
- Prof learning is always person, a journey towards self actualization as professional within the context of a professional space.
- If you change the way your look at, the things you look at change.
- Training is standardized but may have a differentiated approach attending to the demands of the system.
- We shape our tools, thereafter, the tools shape us.
- If individuals lose the ability to influence the system, then training becomes oppressive and a gap forms. The purpose for learning is lost.
- You can only be part of the solution if you are part of the problem.
- Professional development answers “What does the community, and the world, need of this school?”
- Professional learning answers the question “How do I become my fullest professional self while contributing to the collective good?”
- Training answers the question “What does this community demand of me as a functioning member?”
Lynette Guastaferro and Mary Strain from Teaching Matters http://learn.teachingmatters.org/, about how they grew a pilot program of 375 teachers in NYC into a successful learning experience for all.
Link to their presentation: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1e6MBDbX_jOPon1IqOrKcd9avzgX8ahjFM3j7tgzM2KA/edit#slide=id.p4
- Micro credentials are digital badges for adults
- Competency based recognition
- Extremely personalized personal learning
- recognition and incentive driven
- Challenges – district buy in and support, establishes currency, roles and incentives, tall-poppy/whack-a-mole syndrome (teachers don’t want to seem better than each other)
- blog – http://teachingmatters.org/blog/micro-credentials-support-targeted-professional-learning
Kurt Fritz – Vantage Learning – http://www.vantagelearning.com
Mike Duffy, Kyte Learning (https://www.kytelearning.com), Regional Director, on how district’s are beginning to use Kyte’s innovative platform to ignite individualized learning within school and beyond.
- PHET – University of CO – https://phet.colorado.edu
- Star Trek Tricorder – http://tricorder.xprize.org – Northern Valley network administrator George Harris – Basil Leaf Technologies- FINAL FRONTIER MEDICAL DEVICES
- Ollie – http://www.sphero.com/ollie
- Conference Bike – http://www.conferencebike.com
- Codename Kevin – new chromebook
- Ozobot – https://shop.ozobot.com (added by Janine)
Good and welfare – Your Biggest Problem
- making more time for PD
- buying from vendors not on state contract