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3 Steps to Professional Learning Planning (PLP)

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In a previous blog entry, Planning Active Learning for Professionals, I shared a few ideas I'd gathered (then "stolen, made to look like not stolen, then shared among thieves" as an old colleague told me once). My end goal was to create a one-page professional learning planner that could serve as a visual aid.

As a visual learner, it helps me to be able to see as many possible choices and bits of information in a "all on the table" kind of way. That's why I wanted to build a one-page PLP document. After some false starts, I have settled upon the following document:


As you can see, it tries to capture the 3 Step approach. I admit that I added the Professional Development Model question at the top of the document after creating the 3 steps. One of the reasons why it's such a pain to ponder professional development models is that we sort of already know most of them don't work as well as we would like.

Key Elements for Professional Development
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Planning Active Learning Possibilities for Professionals (Updated)

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"In a few days," shared a friend, "I'm going to have to encourage a team of professional development experts to figure out their vision for professional development. The problem is, I'm not sure what the best approach is. I suspect no one will agree and I'll be stuck refereeing a disagreement of epic proportions."

AN INVITATION TO BE A GUIDE A few years ago, I recall being in a similar spot as my friend. I had come up with the best plan imaginable, taking advantage of my advanced, technology-based experience. Upon presentation, all found a way to criticize the plan proposed.

Just as chaos was about to occur, I had a flash of insight. I invited them to draw a picture of their ideal solution. The room grew silent except for pencils and pens scratching at blank sheets of paper. When each dyad or triad shared their vision, an astonishing reality became known. 
Not one vision had elements common to all. Each held a vital piece of the puzzle in their hand. We…

Visualizing Our Understanding: Graphic Organizers

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“The use of graphic organizers,” says the El Campo ISD’s Intervention Warehouse website, “is a powerful tool that is easy to integrate into daily instruction.” The ECISD site then goes on to share access to several sources for graphic organizers for visualizing learning. Graphic organizers are teaching and learning tools; when they’re integrated into classroom experiences, students are better able to understand new material. Creating a strong visual picture, graphic organizers support students by enabling them to literally see connections and relationships between facts, information, and terms.
Source:Teaching Graphic Organizers As a writer, I often skipped “outlining” and note-taking as ways to organize my writing and notes. Instead, I created graphic organizers to capture ideas and map out my writing. When taking notes, I captured powerful research concepts using a graphic organizer rather than laboriously writing out page after page of notes This approach helped me build a gestalt …

The Power of Yet! for Hackers and Phishers #yetpower

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“Why did he click on that email attachment?” asked one technology director I spoke with recently. The click led to a ransomware attack that expanded to the business department’s server, resulting in frantic data-saving actions.  For many technology directors, the problem is not the phishing or the ransomware. The real problem is their lack of influence to bring about change in the organization. Consider this problem in light of a common occurrence in education today. Note: This blog entry originally published by TCEA TechNotes blog. Read other awesome blog entries by the TCEA team online at www.tcea.org/blog Knowing vs DoingWhat is Known: Hackers, phishers, and scammers want our personally-identifiable information. They can sell it for $10 or more on the darknet, where illegal transactions happen (think “Silk Road“).Bad people send out emails to educators. These emails appear legitimate. They invite district staff to surrender their username and password and then send decrypted sensiti…

Minecraft: Education Edition Tutorial Videos

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Are you a Minecraft: Education Edition digital native? If so, do we have a treat for you! Take a look at this new video series focusing on introductory videos to everyday tasks in the popular program. These short videos walk you through some common tasks, such as changing a skin, finding materials in creative mode, as well as using the compass and map and mastering the teleport command.
Note: This blog entry originally published by TCEA TechNotes blog. Read other awesome blog entries by the TCEA team online at www.tcea.org/blog The Three Little Pigs One of my favorite activities involves asking participants to narrate their own Three Little Pigs story using Microsoft Office Mix. One fun activity involves building straw, stick, and brick houses. In this Minecraft video series, you will learn what you need to know to re-create this famous story. Video SeriesChanging a Skin (2:00)Finding materials in creative mode (2:24)Compass Map Teleportation (4:08)Survival and Finding Materials (0:57…