Embedded PD: Enhancing Learning Experiences for Everyone

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I love it when a plan comes together and this was a school history project was fun to work on. Check out the video a local reporter put together.  It’s always nice to work with great people especially when they understand the model of embedded professional development. Judy Wegman, the Extended Studies educator, at Council Rock Elementary School in Brighton took ownership of learning GPS technology. While the students didn’t actually see her learning she picked up the GPS unit and in a pinch, learned to mark waypoints (coordinates) on her own. As you can see in the video, she understands the importance of using technology that is embedded into learning experiences rather than as an extra and disconnected lesson.

This project solidified my thoughts about morphing professional development opportunities for teachers into more job embedded experiences. I’m inspired now to look at more examples of embedded PD and where else I can help provide such experiences.

Kudos to Judy, the teachers and expecially the students at Council Rock for their wonderful experience (not to mention making my job easier)!

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Students 2-Oh (My Gosh)

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Just came across this this morning as I was skimming some “tweets” on my Twitter network this morning. Arthus, posted that he was checking on and talking up Student2.0.

I’m excited about this. I love the line “Watch out Edublogosphere… the silent majority is here” at the end of this video. I wonder, how many more students are out there doing this? While I know students are the majority in education, how many are actually doing the things that the students of Students2.0 are doing? I’m assuming that’s what this project is all about, students2.0 pushing educators and students to think and learn differently.

BTW, Arthus is one of the people who encouraged me to make a donation to OLPC through the G1G1 program.

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