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!

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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:

Flipped Classroom

Created by Knewton and Column Five Media

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.

Join Us

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.”

Ready to start your journey?  Click here.

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Christen Dodd

Christen is a Connected Learning Specialist for PLP. After earning her MEd. in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Virginia, she began her career as a K-5 Computer Resource Teacher. She enjoyed collaborating with staff and creating technology lessons that engaged students, but caught “the bug” for presenting to educators on a national level. For eleven years, Christen trained educators both face-to-face and virtually with Verizon Thinkfinity. She also served as their Distance Learning Coordinator and Vice President of Professional Development. Christen has enjoyed working with Powerful Learning Practice since 2011 and continuing her work with educators, parents and students alike. Currently, she is also an instructional technology specialist at her children's JK-8 Catholic school.

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