Our Philosophy of e-Learning
Powerful Learning Practice (PLP) embraces change. We are educators, life long learners and advocates for change. We enjoy connecting, collaborating and co-constructing with educators and administrators from across the globe. We don’t believe in just ‘talking the talk’ but rather walking with you side by side. As you search for new knowledge and strategies, we want to support and challenge your thinking. You do not see this more clearly than in our e-learning community. Instead of learning in a traditional online format in our e-courses, PLP uses an inquiry based, flipped classroom approach. Since we believe in this approach being implemented across all grade levels and subject areas, it’s only natural that we’d practice what we preach!
What is the Flipped Classroom Approach?
With the increase in student’s access to technology and teachers’ desires to prepare students for success in a global economy, the flipped classroom is gaining significant momentum. If you’re not familiar with the flipped classroom, Knewton and Column Five Media created a nice diagram to explain this approach:
What can I expect?
We embrace transformation and are not a “one size fits all company”. We want you to discover the right path and approach for your students. Therefore in your quest to transform and enhance your 21st century classroom, your eCourse will model the flipped methodology. Each course will include readings, videos and discussions. Through asynchronous and synchronous discussions you will challenge your thoughts and the ideas of your classmates and instructors. By the end of each eCourse you will be ready to transform (or enhance) your 21st century classroom and want to share your knowledge with others!
A Community Approach
Furthermore, as a community of learners, we don’t believe that learning should stop at the end of each eCourse. Instead, PLP has a common community space for all eCourse participants to dialogue, collaborate and connect prior, during and long after each eCourse has ended. You connect with others from around the world who just like you are learning online. The e-Course community space provides the perfect format for sharing knowledge, celebrating success, learning from each other’s mistakes and collaboratively brainstorming future endeavors and connections between classrooms.
Don’t Take Our Word for It
Good news travels fast. People who take our e-Courses like to share their stories. Here are a few to check out.
- Nishant Mehta- Leading Edge Boot Camp (Will and Sheryl Talk too)
- Patricia O’Donnell- Transformation, One Lesson at a Time
- Nancy Caramanico- School Communications ToolKit
- Kevin Jarrett- Web 2.0 21st Centuryizing your Curriculum (Look at the comments!)
So how will you lead your students into the next century? Wouldn’t it be nice to learn in a collaborative professional learning community with others who are making a difference? Come trailblazing with PLP! After all, Dr. Seuss said it best: “If you never did you should. These things are fun and fun is good.”