Professional development can mean a variety of things to educators and can be provided to us in numerous ways. This might include attending yearly conferences, participating in district meetings and workshops, taking online courses or webinars, or connecting with other educators through social media. Have you ever considered “do it yourself” professional development through the means of blogging? Blogging provides opportunities to connect with other educators, improve your professional practice, and personalize your professional development with relevant and specific content to meet your educational needs.
School is already back in session for many teachers, but some of us are still savoring the last weeks of warm weather, sleeping in, and grilling out. We all have our back-to-school lists close at hand, however: folders that need to be labeled, tech that must be tested, and lesson plans to get ready for the year ahead.
During this time of prep and anticipation, it’s good to find new ideas and inspiration. To give you an assist, we’ve pulled together a list of great content, training sessions for the month ahead, and other on-demand resources.
The start of a school year is a great time to consider endless possibilities. So consider this: What if we educators approached our personal well-being the same way that we approach student improvement and intervention? What if we had the same passion about our personal health that we have about students’ learning?
How to Begin
As summer approaches and the gifts of time and relaxation come into play, consider spending some of that time on professional learning opportunities that you might have missed during the hectic school year.
Teachers—One of Our Most Powerful Tools in Education
The year is 1996. Alanis Morissette croons about how life can be ironic, young people are shaking their hips and hands to the Macarena, the Nintendo 64 has just been released, and Tom Cruise is dominating the box office with Jerry McGuire and Mission: Impossible. While we can certainly look back on these trends and trivia about the times, it’s hard to say that any of these things had any major cultural significance.
1996 also saw the publication of a key article developed by the National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future. The report, titled What Matters Most: Teaching for America’s Future, pointed out something that common sense would dictate to most anyone, yet still seems strangely elusive: the single most important factor in the effectiveness of a child’s education is the teacher. While this was not a new notion, this report, based on hundreds of studies, initiated a growing movement to identify, train, and retain good teachers.
Join us on Friday May 3rd at 4:30 EST for our next free webinar. Paul Gigliotti will talk about creating engaging, blended learning environments using collaborative, project-based learning tools and content from Mimio. With over 14 years in the classroom, Paul lives and breathes social studies and educational technology. His enthusiasm is contagious so this is sure to be a fun hour!
Have you heard about our upcoming webinar? It is the second in our series on funding opportunities. Dr. Jenny House will once again lead the discussion which will be focused on Race to the Top district and early learning as well as Invest in Innovation. This is sure to be an hour full of great information about:
- What these grants cover including demographics, intent and audience
- Who is eligible and how you can use those funds for your educational technology purchases.
Monday, February 25, 2013 at 6:00 PM ET (3:00 PM PT)
MimioAcademy helps your teachers learn how.
Has your school recently acquired a new Mimio Interactive Teaching Technology or MimioReading program? Do you want to ensure that your teachers make the most out of this valuable investment? Introducing MimioAcademy Professional Development, a combination of onsite and online offerings customized for your school or district.
We live in a world that is very different from when I went to school. Students today have instant access to virtually unlimited amounts of information through the Internet. They use gaming systems that respond to their motions; they communicate dynamically and asynchronously through mobile phones and text messaging; and they participate in digital social networks. In such a world, how do we make classroom life more engaging? An obvious though somewhat incomplete answer is to utilize technology in the classroom. Technology has made the outside world more engaging, so why wouldn’t it do the same in the classroom?