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Friday, January 20, 2017

Professional Learning – How Much Is Done On Your Own?

According to Marc-AndrĂ© Lalande, “a Personal Learning Network is a way of describing the group of people that you connect with to learn their ideas, their questions, their reflections, and their references. Your PLN is not limited to online interactions, but it is that online, global interactive part that really makes it special. It is personal because you choose who’s part of that group; you choose if you want to lurk–just check out what people are saying–or if you share; because you choose when to do so, and how to do so.”
On Tuesday January 17 I was part of two 1 hour sessions that involved my PLN. First was a Local focused group discussing Wellness/Mental Health through #opcchat and the second was a Webinar Integrating Computational Thinking into the Math Classroom by Lisa Floyd.  Educators were able to interact, engage, reflect, share, and make personal connections. I was able to enhance my professional learning from the comforts of my home and expand on my digital portfolio. What I garnered from these sessions that evening I was able to share with my staff the next day and enabling them to move forward with their own. My choice, my time, my place!

Monday, January 2, 2017

As Technology Advances...

As technology advances, Technologies That Will Define the Classroom of the Future, every person will need skill on how to use technology for learning and creating. It's all about knowing how to be an effective learner in a modern digital world and using the correct tools just flows from the needs of being a learner.

One of the most important parts of successful use of technology in schools is that educators are growing in their use of technology. It's critical for leaders to model learning with digital tools. In fact, anyone who wants to be a leader needs to be a digital leader, too.

Everyone is at a different place on their personal learning journey. Educators should understand and embrace this. Good pedagogies make positive uses of digital technology. Not every teacher has to be at a certain level, but to continuously grow, keep learning, and taking risks, with technology.