The Absolutely True Adventures of a School Librarian

The Absolutely True Adventures of a School Librarian

Friday, April 17, 2015

EMPOWERING YOUR OWN PROFESSIONAL LEARNING


GOOGLE IT!

STOP passively sitting by waiting for someone to bring professional learning to you.  Harness the power of Google to answer your teaching and learning questions.


GOOGLE IT!  


GOOGLE IT!


GOOGLE IT!


GOOGLE IT!


GOOGLE IT!


GOOGLE IT!



PD IN YOUR PJS WITH SIMPLEK12
*Special Report for Teachers: If you think your classroom is behind the times, you like to connect and learn from other educators, or you need to bring your classroom into the 21st Century – this is a must read.
Let me get right to the point… The Teacher Learning Community is a membership available for teachers just like you who know integrating the latest educational tips and techniques in the classroom will engage their students and increase academic achievement. When you join, you’ll get immediate access to a global network of educators with whom you can share and collaborate, live and recorded webinars with education leaders, a resource center for sharing classroom documents, as well as a collection of over 500 hours of classroom technology how-to videos available anytime anywhere. It’s all the help and support you’ll ever need from your very own personal learning network (PLN)!
Read more HERE!
*Content copied from SimpleK12


EDCAMP EVENTS

*Edcamp is a form of unconference designed specifically for teachers and their needs.

What makes Edcamp an unconference? Unlike traditional conferences which have schedules set months in advance by the people running the conference, Edcamp has an agenda that’s created by the participants at the start of the event. Instead of one person standing in front of the room talking for an hour, people are encouraged to have discussions and hands-on sessions. Sponsors don’t have their own special sessions or tables, all of the space and time are reserved for the things the people there want to talk about. People could pay hundreds of dollars to attend another conference, or they could go to Edcamp for free.

Built on principles of connected and participatory learning, Edcamp strives to bring teachers together to talk about the things that matter most to them: their interests, passions, and questions. Teachers who attend Edcamp can choose to lead sessions on those things that matter, with an expectation that the people in the room will work together to build understanding by sharing their own knowledge and questions.

Edcamps are:

  • free
  • non-commercial and conducted with a vendor-free presence
  • hosted by any organization interested in furthering the Edcamp mission
  • made up of sessions that are determined on the day of the event
  • events where anyone who attends can be a presenter
  • reliant on the “law of two feet” that encourages participants to find a session that meets their needs

Hundreds of Edcamp events have been held to date around the world. Find one near you today.

*Content copied from EdCamp Foundation Wiki Page




PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WITH TWITTER
*A week on Twitter is like a years worth of Professional Development.

Twitter can act as powerful and economical mean to give your students best and latest information on various subjects. However, a lot of educators just feel overwhelmed on how to make best of Twitter. Here are some easy yet effective ways Twitter can help in your professional development.

Use Hashtags to Search Information

Hashtags (#) are used in Twitter and placed before certain phrases or word to help to gather relevant information available on Twitter. Hashtags actually are search queries that help users to look tweets, chats and discussions related to that specific topic. When users put a phrase with hashtag in the search box, they will see a drop down list; this list contains the most common used phrases as suggestion. It is an important list that gives an insight about the type of information or hastags trending on Twitter.

For example - If a forth grade teacher wants to get latest discussions and idea on teaching the 4th grade. Making a tweet and putting the term with the hashtag (#4thchat) enables the teacher to collect valuable inputs and resources. And surely for this you need to know the common hashtags. Read more...

Find YOUR hashtag HERE.


PROFESSIONAL READING MADE EASY

Finding time to read professional journals to stay current in your profession is almost impossible for a busy teacher.

Stay current with these great sites. They bring the best from professional journals, blogs, articles, etc right to you:

RebelMouse: is based on the idea that people are proud of what they share on social networks, but are starting to feel embarrassed about their websites. RebelMouse creates your social front page, building a dynamic site around what you share.

You can connect all of your social networks—including Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr and Instagram—and create one beautiful page of your entire online presence. RebelMouse can also be embedded on your blog or site, and it can even be used to power your domain.

FlipBoard: is part social app, and part magazine and news app. It gathers content from social networks, news publications and blogs. Then the app displays stories, articles, blog posts, videos and other pieces of content in a magazine-like format.

Paper.li: is an online service that “organizes links shared on Twitter into an easy to read newspaper-style format.” You can create these “newspapers” to aggregate content for Twitter users, lists, or hashtags.





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