What I’m Learning: Flipped PD from Kristin Daniels

I really love this article on EdSurge, but my favorite part comes from the section on planning. It is truly a wonderful way to show how both easy and effective good personalized learning plans can be. Nice work Kristin!

The Flip Side of Professional Development | EdSurge News

The very first coaching session of Flipped PD often begins with the creation a google document that is shared between the teacher and the coach. This shared document becomes the place where individual goals are set, digital resources are linked and workshop notes are recorded. Besides the coach, the teacher can share the document with other colleagues, grade-level team, PLCs or administrators. Notes are recorded (sample 1, 2, 3) throughout the year, goals updated and personalized resources linked here as well. This document becomes evidence of personal growth and the foundation for innovative projects. More resources here.

Project Roundtable: Professional Learning as Daily Practice (#2minPD and Other Innovative Ideas)

*Don’t Forget to Fill Out the Planning Document after you RSVP for the Event:* http://bit.ly/pldaily

*Roundtable Purpose:*
The purpose of this roundtable is to consider the role that Professional Learning plays in our lives as teachers and leaders. It is also to explore how we can make PD an expected and welcome part of every day.

*Roundtable Audience:*
1. Teachers and Leaders who are interested in innovating within current PD structures in order to make sure that all adult learners are making choices for their own development.

2. Teachers and Leaders who are interested in devising new PD structures for schools and districts in order to better support shifts in practice.

3. Stakeholders out of the classroom and schools who are actively devising new PD structures like #2minPD to help support teachers and leaders in the field.

An Invitation to #2minPD

I would like to invite each of you to contribute to the project known as #2minPD. Before I give you the details, I wanted to share my first contribution to the project:

This fabulous project was started by Melissa Pelochino of the Stanford d.School. You can read more about how the movement has grown over here.

Here is the gist, though:

The concept is called #2minPD (two minute professional development).


#2minPD is a video series of 2-minute professional development videos created by educators, for educators. They capture exciting teaching strategies, classroom activities or teaching concepts worth sharing. Selected videos are pushed out to mobile phones each day to teachers who subscribe to receive them.


The goal is to reach 1 million educators with a series of 30 videos (1 per day for a month) in the fall and I am in the process of reaching out to ROCK STAR educators to create them.


And that is where YOU come in!  I would love to have you as part of this series!  If you could share a teaching strategy with 1 million teachers, what would it be?  Simply open your iphone and take a selfie, upload it  to Youtube or Twitter and send me a link.  It’s that simple!


This short document will provide you with more specifics on how to get started as well as some details on the format. 


Here are a few examples of 2minPD videos you can check out for some inspiration:

    • Here is one from Melissa
    • Here is one from Cameron in Australia
    • Here is one from Lisa in the Midwest


So, contribute to the conversation and let’s keep growing this movement.

Blended Learning #2minPD

This is a #2minPD on Blended Learning. Find out more about this project here: http://bit.ly/2minhowto

In this video I explore a highly simplified definition of Blended Learning, and some concrete next steps for getting started. This #2minPD is not meant to be an exhaustive resource on Blended Learning, but rather an entry point to thinking about what is possible by implementing blended learning within your classroom or school.

For additional resources on Blended Learning, I recommend this community of practice: https://plus.google.com/communities/107967272688267855930

What I’m Learning: Empowering Lifelong Learners through Micro-Credentials

I really like the context here for why badges and micro-credentials matter for all of us. 

Micro-Credentials: Empowering Lifelong Learners | Edutopia

My father is a former police officer who took up photography when he retired. A few months ago, I asked him when he was going to try a new hobby. “Aren’t you an expert already?”

I joked, pointing to his overbooked calendar of professional photography appointments. “I have enough videos I still need to watch that I could fill up eight hours a day for the next four years,” he said incredulously. “I don’t have time to learn a new hobby yet.”

#Postcardselfies for Everyone (cross posted from InnEdCo.org)

Around Colorado, nearly six thousand former attendees and supporters of the InnEdCo summer conference will receive their invitation postcards in the next two weeks. Upon receiving their postcard, many people will likely look at the pretty picture on the front and use the information and web links to start planning their summer at Copper Mountain, but then what? Some may end up on the refrigerator to save the date, but most will end up in the recycling bin or trash can.

Well, we believe our humble little postcard deserves a better fate than this.

So, we are launching #PostcardSelfies this year to show just how many places these postcards have been. When you receive your postcard in the mail, don’t let it sit in a stack of papers or fall into the trash. Bring it with you and take a picture with it! Show your postcard a good time.

You can bring it to your school and pose with a bunch of innovative teachers. You could take it to the top of a fourteener and take a picture with the sunset in the background. You could even give your postcard some arms and legs, and see how it wants to explore your house.

Whatever you do with it, take a picture. Then, post your picture to Twitter with the hashtag #PostcardSelfies or to Facebook on the InnEdCo page (https://www.facebook.com/InnEdCo). Each picture you post gives you a chance to win a $25 gift card to the app store of your choice. The winning pictures will be chosen based upon the total number of retweets or likes each receives, so make sure your friends see your awesome picture too! Don’t worry, we will have multiple winners in different weeks, so your picture can be anytime from now until the beginning of the conference.

For those of you who are worried you won’t receive a postcard but would like to take a picture for #PostcardSelfies, here is a printable version (or just put it on an iPad and take a picture of that if you want to save paper): http://bit.ly/innedco14postcard.

Our first winner will be chosen on April 21st, so start taking those #PostcardSelfies as soon as you get yours. Thank you for being such a wonderful part of InnEdCo, and we look forward to seeing you this summer!