Learning to Change

David Warlick posted the following video this morning. As I began to watch, I was thinking about the simplicity of the black backdrop and the pan and zoom effects involved. As Dean says, design matters, because I was pleasantly surprised to find Dr. Deborah Baker, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction for the Brighton Central School District, be a part of this message. I’ve had the pleasure to work with many educators and administrators in Brighton and have enjoyed the conversations and progress made there in their 2020 Vision.

Hey Kids! Google Wants You!

I know this has been all over the net by the time I post this, but for those folks that haven’t seen it check this out… Google wants students to Doodle for them. Pass this on to anyone who has that little knack for Doodling (Hint: teachers check those notebooks and textbooks… they just might be filled with Doodle gold!)

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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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