Tag Archives: PD for Paradigm Shift

Does Technology Improve Learning – No! A Keynote

I recently had the honor of keynoting at the Illinois Computing Educators (ICE) conference. My message was that technology alone will not improve learning; only teachers improve learning. But technology can be wonderful tool for teachers and for students under … Continue reading

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What Can Scouting Teach Us About Proficiency-Based Learning

Scouting does pretty good work with curriculum. I think our Customized Learning work (both for kids and the professional learning for educators) shares many characteristics with theirs: learning is customized; individuals progress at their own pace; they progress by demonstrating … Continue reading

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Is Our Phases of iPad Integration Ready?

(Note: Cross posted to the Distribute PD Project) Last August, one of our Auburn-and-friends work groups developed a draft “Phases of Introducing Technology Integration.” We wanted to think about developing teachers' skills at leveraging iPads for teaching and learning beyond … Continue reading

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Starting to Design a Distributed PD System

A while back, I described our need for a distributed system of professional development (as part of our comprehensive plan to support professional learning, including: workshops and trainings; coaching and formative feedback; educator lesson invention and tryouts; and opportunities for … Continue reading

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The Evolving Face of Professional Development

Clearly, we've been thinking a lot lately about professional development. Not only are we recognizing that we just don't have enough opportunities to do traditional “everyone in the same room” professional development, but we have started thinking differently about the … Continue reading

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The Need for a Quality, Distributed Professional Development System

Maybe you're experiencing something similar… We really noticed it last year when we introduced iPads to first grade. We now had double the classrooms with iPads (having introduced iPads to kindergarten the year before), but still only one Elementary Tech … Continue reading

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How the Phases Help Support Implementation and Teachers

The Phases of Implementation are actually a tool to leverage in support of teachers and the school's or district's implementation of Customized Learning. The components of Customized Learning are certainly not new to schools, but successfully implementing CL depends on … Continue reading

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How Does Auburn Select Apps?

Ever since we started Advantage 2014, our primary grades literacy and math initiative that includes 1to1 iPads in Kindergarten and 1st Grade, we’ve had educators and parents ask us what apps we’re using. (We have an apps page on our … Continue reading

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Modeling of Customized Learning (Paradigm Shifting)

Although teachers can often apply familiar best practices to unfamiliar contexts, the integration of Customized Learning is often a paradigm shift for teachers, involving practices they are not familiar with. Rarely have teachers experienced Customized Learning themselves, and, collectively, Maine … Continue reading

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Leveraging Learning: iPads in Primary Grades – Registration Opens Thursday!

Last November, Auburn successfully hosted their first Leveraging Learning Institute, focused on iPads in primary grades. We will be hosting the Institute again November 14-16, 2012. Sessions will appeal to those just starting and veteran implementers, as well as, those … Continue reading

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