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Learning to Teach in High Gear

Posted by on Dec 6, 2013 in Less Teacher, More Student, Making The Shift, The Teaching Life, Voices | 5 comments

In her new book Teaching in High Gear: My Shift Toward a Student-Driven, Inquiry-Based Science Classroom, Marsha Ratzel recounts a transformational journey marked by a gradual shift from teacher-centered to student-driven education and bolstered by a powerful virtual network of colleagues from around the world. Here’s an excerpt!

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What is Your Ideal School?

Posted by on Oct 31, 2013 in Creating Global Classrooms, The Compelling Need for Change, The How of 21st Century Teaching, Voices | 10 comments

International distance educator Smadar Goldstein has been teaching students in the U.S. and elsewhere online for more than 10 years, from her company headquarters in Israel. The connected world is finally melting down the traditional education mold, she says – so what should school be instead? She offers some of her ideas in this PLP Voices post.

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Learning Management Systems: My Three Favorites

Posted by on Jul 18, 2013 in Creating Global Classrooms, Voices, Web Tools That Deepen Learning | 15 comments

Do you use a Learning Management System? Because I can’t function efficiently without them. I’m an online teacher. When I assign activities, it’s online. When I give out readings, videos to watch, and other assignments, it’s all online. Without an LMS, these assignments get messy. With students in different age groups, in different places and contexts, I cannot imagine how I’d keep track of what’s been assigned, when it’s due, who’s completed it (and when), and where the email is they attached it to. For me, an LMS is one giant teacher notebook.

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Educational Leadership in the Digital Age: Interview with course instructor Lyn Hilt

Posted by on Jun 28, 2013 in PD, Powerful Learning Practice | 1 comment

On July 8th, educational leader Lyn Hilt launches a brand new course to the PLP eCourse lineup. In this interview, Lyn discusses her new Educational Leadership in the Digital Age course and what participants can expect to experience. Lyn’s experiences include teaching both elementary and middle school students, working as a technology educator, and serving as elementary principal for the past five years. There’s no one more perfect to...

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HS Student Team Writes How-To Guide for Connected Learning

Posted by on May 21, 2013 in PLPress | 0 comments

Written by a team of 27 students at Norway’s Sandvika High School (Oslo, Norway), Connected Learners is a 220-page compendium of stories, advice and how-to articles designed to help high school teachers and their students around the globe shift from classrooms that are isolated and teacher-centered to digitally rich environments where learning is student-driven and constantly connected to the global internet.

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