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Not Your Average Professional Development

Collection by Dana Sparkman, Ph.D. Some traditional lecture-style PD is all right. Some traditional PD with participant engagement is pretty good. But flipped PD promotes total engagement by the participants and has so many advantages that we should all be doing it! Learn how through these resources. The tutorials featured in this collection come from Capella University's Free PD for Digital Educators program and uses the Sophia platform to deliver learning around this competency.
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Not Your Average Professional Development
  • Capella University says:
    This video tutorial is aptly named - it is rich with resources to help with creating flipped professional development. It begins by exploring some platforms that you might use - Sophia, Edmodo, Schoology, and Weebly. Then, digital tools are discussed, including Jing, Snagit, iMovie, Educreations and more. Finally, we can all use reminders about helpful resources for professional learning (YouTube, Teaching Channel, Ted Talks).
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    The Flip Side of Professional Development (EdSurge News)

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    Capella University says:
    This article on EdSurge explores the idea of personalized professional development. In this approach, the coach meets with the teacher to establish goals, then the coach provides the teacher with personalized digital content that is relevant to the development goals. The article includes helpfully embedded links to digital tools that are useful in creating digital content.
  • Capella University says:
    Creating competency-based flipped professional development follows the same process as creating lessons for students. First, identify the competencies you will address, then consider the elements that you want to incorporate into the session. This video tutorial also includes a step-by-step guide to using the Sophia platform to create your flipped PD session.
  • Capella University says:
    This blog post provides a list of best practices for before, during, and after flipped professional development. There are a number of links to resources and digital tools that may be helpful when creating flipped PD.
  • Capella University says:
    Many of us have never considered using flipped learning in the context of professional development. But it works for teachers the same way it works for kids! In this video tutorial, you will learn about what flipped learning is and its benefits and challenges. An example of flipped PD on co-teaching is provided.
  • Capella University says:
    An unconference is a professional development that is run by the participants (in our case, teachers!). Rather than bringing in an expert to present, an unconference offers the opportunity for the school's teachers to share their own expertise with their colleagues. This site offers tips on unconferencing, including a video called "Unconference 101".
  • Capella University says:
    There are so many engaging ways to engage in professional development at your school! This video tutorial discusses these, including social network discussions, flipped PD, peer observations, mini-unconferences (teacher volunteer-led informal workshops), book talks, and lunch & learn opportunities. Think about using one of these models to organize a PD, either school-wide or for your PLC!
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