Category Archives: PD & Funding

3 Simple Steps to Do-it-yourself Professional Development

Today, every teacher needs to be in charge of his or her own professional development, if for no other reason than district budgets require everyone to be so much more creative. However, there needs to be a balance between the formal and informal.

Formal professional development would be workshops, conferences, and college classes. Informal learning could be attending an un-conference; following a back channel from a live professional development event like a conference; or watching videos on YouTube, Teacher Tube, or School Tube. Informal learning also might be as easy as sharing with colleagues in the hallway. To get started, here are three ways to take charge of your own professional development.

Full Text: 3 Simple Steps to Do-it-yourself Professional Development — THE Journal.

50 Excellent Online PD Resources for Teachers

Teachers may spend their days imparting knowledge to others, but that doesn’t mean they should stop learning themselves. Whether they choose to take classes, read books, or just talk with their colleagues, professional development offers a chance to become a better and wiser teacher. There’s no better time than summer vacation to dive into professional development opportunities, and luckily, there are numerous resources out there on the web, making finding, sharing, and accessing great tools for development easier than ever. We’ve collected just a few here that can get you started on learning and growing as an educator.

Full Text: 50 Excellent Online Professional Development Resources for Teachers – Best Colleges Online.

Teaching Online: Free Online Course (June 2-23, 2012)



Course Objective
Participants will identify and describe online learning, facilitating online learning, and enabling attitudes to learning, and create student activities on a personal learning environment such as a blog, wiki, Moodle, Blackboard, Edmodo, Canvas, Ning and so on.

Course Layout (June 2-23, 2012)

Week 1: Online Teaching & Enabling Attitudes to Learning
Week 2: Setting Goals & Learning Outcomes
Week 3: Active Learning & Developing Artefacts

Full Text: Teaching Online: Online Course.

How One School District Conquers Blended Learning

Teachers in Academy District 20 get exposed to blended learning by doing it. | Photo courtesy of Nancy White
Teachers in Academy District 20 get exposed to blended learning by doing it. | Photo courtesy of Nancy White

In many professional development sessions at schools, you’ll find teachers sitting in a room and listening to lectures. But one Colorado school district has flipped that model upside down.

Academy District 20 in Colorado Springs is an example of one district that encourages teachers to practice blended learning for themselves, so that they can effectively bring it into the classroom.

The district just wrapped up its first year of professional development using blended learning, through a combination of online and face-to-face activities. It went so well that two fourth-grade teachers said they want it to continue next year.

“I feel like I’ve gained so much knowledge in all different kinds of areas of how to use technology in the classroom,” Janice Theda said.

Full Text: How One School District Conquers Blended Learning.


Echo360 Offer Six $10,000 Blended Learning Grants


Blended Learning Technology: Understanding the Impact on Pedagogy and Student Learning

2012 Call for Submissions is Now Open: Submit Your Application by June 29, 2012

This year’s challenge is to demonstrate the transformative value of Echo360’s blended learning solution on higher education. The Blended Learning Grants program has generated many outstanding studies surrounding the impact of lecture capture technology on blended learning, including its influence on recruitment, retention and learning outcomes. But there is still plenty of research to do!

This year, Echo360 will be offering six US$10,000 grant awards, including an inaugural Newcomer’s Grant Award which will be set aside for a selected proposal from an institution that has been using Echo360’s lecture capture solution for two years or less. The Community Grant Award will fund a research project selected by the higher education community. To select the Community grant, Echo360 will publish proposal summaries online and the recipient will be determined by majority vote from fellow senior researchers, technologists and others involved in their institutions’ blended learning technology programs.

Echo360 believes in the power of blended learning to enhance the teaching and learning process for both instructors and students and are committed to engaging with the international community who use lecture capture technology as part of their blended learning model.

Originally launched in 2009, and now in its fourth year, it is the first research program of its kind.

More Info: Blended Learning  Grants Program | Echo360.


Help your students become better searchers

Search Education – Google

Web search can be a remarkable tool for students, and a bit of instruction in how to search for academic sources will help your students become critical thinkers and independent learners.

With the materials on this site, you can help your students become skilled searchers- whether they’re just starting out with search, or ready for more advanced training.

[Includes Lesson plans & Activities and Live Training Sessions]

Full Text: Search Education – Google.


Free course on mLearning with international speakers


Sign-up for the free course on #mLearning #MobiMOOC with speakers from around the world

If you are interested in mobile learning (mLearning) in a variety of aspects, feel free to join MobiMOOC2012. MobiMOOC2012 is a free, open and online course that will focus on the subject learning with mobile devices in a wide variety of fields.

The course will show examples from around the world with facilitators and speakers from different continents. The registration is simple: just sign up for the MobiMOOC Google group and you will be informed of any new developments, announcements…

Details of the course:

Date: 8 – 30 September 2012
Cost:  free
Location of the course: online, the course uses many social spaces, but there are 2 core spaces  the course wiki and the MobiMOOC Google group.
How to register for the course: request membership for the MobiMOOC2012 group here.

There are 4 fixed topics: mLearning introduction, setting up a mLearning curriculum, planning a mLearning project, impact of learning with mobile devices worldwide.
And YOU get to choose the other 6 topics, by selecting your preference on this online poll 

Pittsburgh Teachers’ Technology Summer Boot Camp

Point Park University in Pittsburgh is offering a Teachers’ Technology Boot Camp in two summer sessions for K-12 and post-secondary teachers.

Teachers looking to incorporate more online learning into their classes – or simply increase their own knowledge and skills in the area – can register for convenient courses at Point Park University this summer.

The University is offering the 2012 Teachers’ Technology Boot Camp in two sessions:

  • SESSION I “Online and Virtual Teaching and Learning,” May 16–June 20 (Wednesday evenings and online modules)
  • SESSION II “Educational Technology Applications to Teaching and Learning,” June 26 –Aug 4 (Saturdays and online modules)

Both sessions are open to teachers of all levels, from K-12 to post-secondary to higher education, plus adult education trainers. Each session offers three graduate credits. Teachers may register for one or both sessions.

Session I
Session I, “Online and Virtual Teaching and Learning,” is for teachers who want to learn basic skills about the design and delivery of online and blended courses. Course topics include:

  • Hands-on introduction to designing an online or hybrid class (student’s choice of content area)
  • Best practices and quality standards
  • Engaging students
  • Models of course design and delivery
  • Instructional strategies
  • New instructional technologies and applications
  • Social media for teaching and learning
  • Historical roots of distance, online and blended education

Session II
Session II, “Educational Technology Applications to Teaching and Learning,” is designed for teachers who want to learn educational technology skills that can be applied immediately to their courses. This boot camp includes:

  • Reaching the 21st century learner
  • Webcasts and videoconferencing
  • Student response systems (clickers)
  • Copyright and plagiarism
  • Collaborative and project-based learning
  • Social networks, mobile and game-based learning
  • Teaching and learning in virtual worlds
  • Professional development in the 21st century

With online and blended learning on the rise, and increased rapid growth projected for all levels of teaching, Point Park’s boot camp is timed to provide teachers with the skills and knowledge they need now.

Space is limited. For more information, contact Lynn Ribar at Point Park University’s Office of Graduate and Adult Enrollment, lribar(at)pointpark(dot)edu or 412-392-3908.

Teachers’ Technology Boot Camp this Summer at Point Park Univ. in Pittsburgh.

Combining Web 2.0 into stunning project-based learning

Discover the remarkable possibilities when web 2.0 tools are combined into rich project-based learning.

What you’ll cover:

  • Learn the potential of combining web 2.0
  • Dive into web 2.0 combining with an introductory project
  • Continue learning with a more involved project
  • Explore the endless possibilities of a complex project

Enroll: Teacher Experience Exchange – Combining Web 2.0 into stunning project-based learning.

Scholarship in MSc Forestry at Bangor University UK

15 Fully-Funded Distance Learning Scholarship in MSc Forestry at Bangor University, UK-2012

– Last Date : 28th May 2012 –

15 fully-funded scholarships (each worth over £12,000 to cover tuition fees) are available for applicants from the following developing commonwealth countries to study for our MSc Forestry by distance learning:

Bangladesh, Botswana, Cameroon, The Gambia, Ghana, Guyana, India, Jamaica, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Namibia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Rwanda, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.

The scholarship also includes a £2,000 bursary to enable scholars to attend a compulsory 14-day study tour which will be held overseas in July/August.

This postgraduate course is primarily intended for students who already have an interest in forestry and who wish to learn more about the environmental and societal benefits that forests can provide. Suitable applicants include individuals working in forestry/forest-related industries/ natural resource management, particularly in the fields of planning, regulation, policy, monitoring and environmental protection. The course is also suited to individuals working in forestry education who wish to further their knowledge and expertise in order to improve their teaching.

Full article: Scholarship in MSc Forestry at Bangor University UK 20120419.

Google Apps Education Training Center

There are six modules of training content available. Each module has several chapters with many lessons.

After reviewing the entire training course, an individual will have a solid understanding of all the products in the Google Apps suite. Learning objectives include:

  • Customize Google Apps for your school
  • Organize your email more effectively
  • Create shared calendars for your school
  • Collaborate with others, online, on documents, presentations, and spreadsheets
  • Deliver and collect surveys, quizzes, and feedback
  • Develop a media-rich website without looking at code
  • Set-up an internal video portal just for your school

You can read through the entire course at your own pace.

Each chapter will take from 10 to 20 minutes to complete. Browse the modules on the right to see a list of chapters for each topic.

Full article: Google Apps Education Training Center.