Block 7 - Building Bridges Between Sandboxes (Online PD)

Online Professional Development Resources

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The following resources provide several different types (categories) of line PD. Choose one or more sessions/resources within a resource to explore. Let’s aim for approximately one hour of exploration time of a resource prior to reflecting on learning. For example: I may listen to a one 45 min to one hour podcast or choose to watch two or three 15 minute video presentations or attend an online discussion in a virtual space for about an hour etc.

PD Categories to Build Bridges

A.) PD Communities with Real Time and Virtual Learning Opportunities
B.) Conference Presentations Shared Online Through Podcats and Videocasts
C.) Asynchronous Professional Development Workshops and Resources

A. ) PD Communities with Real Time and Virtual Learning Opportunities

1.) Tapped In

“Tapped In is a Web-based learning environment created by SRI International to transform teacher professional development (TPD) for professional development providers and educators. Tapped In enables providers to offer high-quality online professional development experiences and support to more teachers cost-effectively. Through Tapped In, educators can extend their professional growth beyond courses or workshops with the online tools, resources, colleagues, and support they need to implement effective, classroom-centered learning activities.”
Sign up for an account, check the calendar for offerings and live online sessions, and learn! Taped In has a multidisciplinary focus.
Take me here!
Take me to the Tapped In Calendar of Events

2.) Classroom 2.0

Classroom 2.0 is a social network (created in a ning) that provides an online community, scheduled PD events, live online discussions and more.
Sign up and join the Classroom 2.0 social network
Take a tour of Classroom 2.0 Live
Check out the Calendar of Live Conversations
Explore the wiki of resources that is being developed by Classroom 2.0 participants
Classroom 2.0 Workshops - Each workshop is organized on a wiki allowing for the contribution of many people working together to create the workshops.

3.) Second Life

Second Life is for those who like 3-D virtual learning environments. This is not a space for all learners. Some universities are now offering online courses in this space and some corporate organizations are providing online PD for their younger employees in Second Life.
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Marnie's Sunan Skytower in the ISTE PD
building in the adult grid of Second Life
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Marnie's Dara Milos in the teen grid of Second Life as a supervising educator.
Where? On the beach, playing in the sand - of course!
If you do not have high speed Internet this is not the place to go. This space requires you to create an account, create an avatar (a 3-D character to represent you), and then download the Second Life application.
So, if you are feeling curious and adventurous, this virtual 3-D world is an interesting place to check out. I became intrigued with Teen Second Life (the version for 13 – 17 year olds) for student projects following a conference last year and since then have helped set up three projects with Grade 8 students.
That's a bit of background about student possibilities. Here are some other educational uses for Second Life for interested folks
Now for educator PD. You will need to create an avatar in Second Life. Join Now
Once you have created your account and have downloaded Second Life visit one of these SL locations for educational PD:
  • ISTE – International Society for Technology in Education
  • Visit some of these destinations within Second Life (Edit - Search - type in destination and select "Teleport")
    • Renaissance Island
    • SL Globe Theatre
    • Virtual Harlem - an educational sim representing Harlem, NY as it existed during the Jazz Age of the 1920s and early 30s. I attended a conference here one day last year (cost $45) which explored the possibilities of promoting historical literacy, through re-creations, events, virtual field trips, etc.
  • Later this Month - SL Online Conference "Virtual Worlds: Best Practices in Education" learn more
  • For Darcy - this link shows what one university is doing with their pharmacy course.

B.) Conference Presentations Shared Online Through Podcats and Videocasts

Either originally presented “live” or online synchronous presentations, the following presentations are shared/archieved online for ongoing PD:

1.) K – 12 Online Conference

While this school year's "live" portion of the K - 12 online conference was held for three weeks from October 13 - 31, 2008, the forty presentations are posted online to the conference blog for participants to download and view at any time. This conference is now in its 3rd year and the site houses resources to 3 years of presentations by leading educators around the world. This site is accessed by educators around the globe. You can spend days on this site learning and getting excited about the possibilities in education.
Take me here!
2008 Keynote Addresses
Educator Presentation Resource

2.) NECC Podcasts

I was lucky enough to attend NECC in New Orleans in 2004. Nothing prepared me for the 5,000 plus educators, the buzz of excitement and the tremendous learning experiences at this conference. This is where I first heard David Warlick, Alan November, Ian Jukes, Bernie Dodge and Annette Lamb. What an experience! The last couple of years, with the emerging technologies, I have been able to "attend" NECC through various podcasts or by live blogging of presentations by attendess at a session. The last two years, Apple has provided the official NECC podcast channel.

3.) B.C.'s 2006 eTeaching Day Keynote Address

Cheryl mentioned listening to this podcast in her blog last week. How great! I have enjoyed several of Mark's presentations online (they don't stay online forever!)
Mark Prensky – Engage Me or Enrange Me

4.) iTunes University

Learn about iTunesU and how it works.
If you have iTunes downloaded on your computer click on iTunes store and under categories choose Teaching and Education
While there are many categories to choose from, the George Lucas Educational Foundation has many wonderful video clip documentaries about the power of technology used effectively in education.

C.) Asynchronous Professional Development Workshops and Resources

1.) 23 Things

This Learning 2.0 program was “designed to encourage staff to explore new technologies and reward them for doing 23 Things.”
The original "23 Things" online resource was designed by Helene Blowers and made available for download/modification through a creative commons license.
  • Take me to 23 Things
    This might be a course you could get your staff involved in!

2.) Edutopia

Edutopia is funded by the George Lucas Educational Foundation. This resource has several different categories of educational documentaries and resources to support 21st century teaching and learning. It is a fabulous site! I have incorporated different resources, especially the video clips, into PD in many different ways.

3.) Concept to Classroom

You have already participated in the Constructivist Learning workshop from this resource from Disney's Thirteen.Org. There are several other worthwhile workshop resources to support your learning:

4.) Savvy Cyber Teacher

For Elementary School, Middle years and High School teachers.
Includes ten weeks of free module training for using the Internet in your classroom. Take me there now!

5.) Apple Learning Interchange

An incredible repository of educator and student created examples, resources, instructions and ideas for effective integration of technology. While many examples are platform based, you can take ideas and think of ways to apply it on other operating systems. While this is a repository of examples and lessons from master educators around the world, examining resources along a theme can provide a wonderful PD opportunity.
Take me there now!

6.) Annenburg Video Library for Professional Development

Annenberg Learning Channel is a free satellite channel that "airs an extraordinary range of teacher professional development and instructional programs funded by Annenberg/CPB". "Annenberg Media's multimedia resources help teachers increase their expertise in their fields and assist them in improving their teaching methods." Sign up and watch the Video on Demand fro free.
Video on Demand (VoD) and Broadband FAQ page for troubleshooting

7.) PD In A Podcast

  1. The Educational Podcast Network - “The Education Podcast Network is an effort to bring together into one place, the wide range of podcast programming that may be helpful to teachers looking for content to teach with and about, and to explore issues of teaching and learning in the 21st century.”
  2. EdTech Posse Podcasts - Podcasts around topics and issues in educational technology hosted by Rob Wall, Rick Schwier, Alec Couros, and Dean Shareski from Saskatoon, Regina and Moose Jaw.