#nablopomo #nablopomoed Blog A Day 24 If only Professional Development

#nablopomo #nablopomoed  Blog A Day  24 If only…

… all schools would learn this model, presented in this post, and the comments, by Tracy Watanabe


  1. They respect teachers by empowering them to solve the issues regarding the school’s vision through teacher-led Instructional Rounds.
  2. They consider the shift in instruction required by the Common Core State Standards  and focus on project based learning.
  3. They provide the time and resources needed for collaboration to build a culture of learning for students and staff.

If you have read any of Daniel Pink’s work, you will recognize his research shining through Apache Junction Unified School District’s vision and work:

“The secret to high performance and satisfaction—at work, at school, and at home—is the deeply human need to direct our own lives, to learn and create new things, and to do better by ourselves and our world.”

“the three elements of true motivation—autonomy, mastery, and purpose”

Tracy’s school district is building a caring, trusting, professional learning community in a shared purpose through autonomy to reach mastery.

I’m sure it’s not always easy; I’m sure there are struggles, but the community will work out the issues together.

If only…


World Webinars

Teacher Challenge 8

Today’s connected world offers us the opportunity to join with others to teach or share, listen and learn about the pedagogy, strategies, and tools that engage learners towards personal progress.

Four areas online have provided me with the confidence and resources to try new strategies and use new tools in my classroom.  These presentations not only teach strategies and demonstrate new tools, but also establish connections during the chat sessions. Through a combination of presentation and interaction, participants in the chat consider options for their classrooms, suggest projects with others in the chat, and share Twitter/email to make further connections.

Try these to build your knowledge and your PLN. The people involved in each of these sites are dynamic, creative, and inspirational. In addition, they welcome newcomers with open arms, and encourage everyone.

Classroom 2.0 Live:

CR20 Webinars: Except July, every Saturday at 9:00 AM Pacific
http://live.classroom20.com/ and
Join the Ning and Saturday sessions to learn new social media tools.
Steve Hargadon http://www.stevehargadon.com/
Peggy George, Kim Caise, Lorna Costantini: http://live.classroom20.com/hosts.html
This is my Saturdays; I learned Diigo, Wikis, VoiceThread, and many more here.

Teachers First
OK2Learn:  http://www.teachersfirst.com/
Candace Hackett Shively  http://blog.teachersfirst.com/thinkteach/
TeachersFirst website reviews tools with lessons and suggestions to make them work — a terrific resource for any teacher. In addition, resources for each month provide teachers with engaging and relevant ideas for immediate use in the classroom.
OK2Learn provides session how-tos to learn specific tools, such as Wikis, word-clouds, Smilebox.
I go here first to search for ideas and technology that fits my needs — with the suggestions for successful implementation.

The Australia Series
Tech Talk Tuesdays http://techtalktuesdays.global2.vic.edu.au/
Educators Guide to Innovation http://guidetoinnovation.ning.com/
Anne Mirtschin  http://murcha.wordpress.com/
The website ning shares the schedule for sessions during the Australian school year as well as the collaborative nature of a ning.
Tech Talk Tuesdays (11:00 PM Pacific) engages participants in sharing how to apply tools through presentation and participant sharing. Teachers share and present the use of the tools, asking participants to add.
In Tech Talk Tuesdays I learned about Google Plus.

Ed Tech Talk
Teachers Teaching Teachers
Paul Allison https://sites.google.com/a/ewsis.org/pallison/
Ed Tech Talk is a “Collaborative Open Webcasting Community” where teachers talk through and plan resources for their classes.
It is here I discovered a student blogging and sharing site: Youth Voices http://youthvoices.net/  It is free to sign up your classes to connect with other students.
To be a part of world webinars — please check out each of these: they will become your friends online and enlarge your world in relevant ways to improve teaching and learning. Just keep making those connections! That’s what it’s all about!  What are your experiences with such online learning sessions?

Photo Credit:

Blue Marble from Visible Earth at NASA

Three easy ways to learn transforming edu technology

whatelse_badgeWhat else could I do to learn and apply the tools that are changing how the world works and plays?

Three easy ways to find webinars to learn and to connect, to keep up with transforming a classroom into a learning community that develops daily learners — for everyone in the classroom:

Edublogs Challenge and Sue Waters
2. Learn Central Join for many connections, including CR Live 20 — Classroom Live Edu Webinars (except July)
3. Teachers First Many reviewed apps with lesson – an excellent site, also with webinars — ( @teachersfirst twitter))–
OK2Ask Webinars, including


LIVE Tuesday, June 28 at 3:30pm EDT

And the added benefit is that with each of these, you make new connections and build your PLN !  Hope to learn more with you !

What else do you “go to” for webinars on learning tools and strategies?