Today’s educators are facing seemingly insurmountable challenges:
Demands for greater accountabiliy based on high stakes assessments
Increasing focus on differentiated instruction and student mastery of content knowledge
Greater awarness of the importance of 21st century skills (critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity)
Requirements to address all of the above in an environment of declining resources
In spite of these daunting challenges, innovative educators are successfully utilizing collaborative solutions in creative ways to improve outcomes for students and provide them with the skills to compete effectively in the 21st century. As a result, it is becoming increasingly clear that professional development that prepares educators to effectively integrate technology into pedagogy and curricula is an essential element of holistic education improvement initiatives.
Due to time and funding limitations, there are less opportunities for educators to participate in traditional conferences and in-service events. Fortunately, the same technologies that enable virtual classrooms, online content sharing, and professional learning communities can be used to provide more relevant, engaging and impactful professional development experiences that truly enable teachers to advance their practice in the classroom.
Here are a few professional development opportunities and resources that we hope you will be able to take advantage of.
Webinar Replay: Driving the Next Generation Learning Experience, recorded on March 30th, 8:30 am, U.S. Pacific Time
This webinar provides trends, best practices and practical methodologies relevant to driving and implementing the next generation learning experience. This webinar will be presented by Vito Amato, Ph.D, Education Manager for Cisco Systems.
Webinar Replay: Beyond the Classroom: Making Mobile and Social Learning Work in Schools, Recorded on March 30th, 11 am, U.S. Pacific Time
This webinar provides innovative ideas, practical tips, and best practices you can use to bring mobility and collaboration safely into your school. Join ed-tech visionary Kevin Honeycutt and Atlanta Independent School District as they discuss what really happens when a district embraces technology.
Moving from the Classroom to Online Learning -- Critical Success Factors, April 12th, 10 am, U.S. Pacific Time
This webinar will look at online learning benefits and effectiveness, compare the key elements of classroom and online learning, and look in depth at the four critical success factors (specifically, the application, the learners, the leader and the content). Lance Dublin, a renowned learning industry expert, will share best practices and tips ‘n tricks to help you ensure your transition from classroom to online learning is as smooth as possible.
Check out Together@WebEx for additional upcoming and on-demand webinars for educators.
Professional Development Special Interest Group (PD SIG)
This SIG was recently created in the Next Generation Professional Learning Community to explore strategies, models and resources for professional development. Emphasis is on blended models with virtual classrooms, online content sharing, and professional learning communities.
Designing a Professional Development Program for the 21 Century -- Executive Action Plan
Cisco Solutions: Meeting Today’s Challenge in Scaling Professional Development