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Education Week Cover March 14, 2014 ETLO Featured in Education Week Article on Models of Effective Professional Development
posted 3/19/14

ETLO Director, Barbara Treacy, is featured in Education Week's article about the importance of technology-based professional development for teachers. She shares about ETLO's approach to online professional development and states that, "using [technology] in their own learning is a great way to help students use it." Please visit the link below to read the entire article. 

Ed-Tech PD Focuses on Student Learning Needs, Education Week, March 14, 2014
ETLO Webinar Join Us for a Free Webinar on STEM and Common Core
posted 3/12/14

Join ETLO on Monday, March 31, 2014 at 12:30 PM Eastern Time (Time Zone Converter) for a live webinar focusing on Supporting Educators with Implementing STEM Along With the Common Core with Marcia Barton, New Mexico Public Education Department, Christie Jones, Springfield (IL) Public School District 186 and Nevin Katz, ETLO.

Hear from a panel of leaders and educators who are working to support teachers with STEM and Common Core implementation. Webinar participants will be encouraged to share ways that they are providing professional development for STEM and Common Core during this interactive webinar. To join this webinar, please use the following link to enter ETLO's Collaborate Webinar Room: http://go.edc.org/march31webinar.

Pre-registration is not required for this webinar and the webinar will be recorded and posted on the ETLO Webinar Page. Hope you can join us!

About the Panelists

Marcia Barton is the new STEM Professional Development Specialist with the Math and Science Bureau of the New Mexico Public Education Department. Her job includes developing teacher professional development resources for the Common Core Math Standards, and the National Resource Council’s “Framework for K-12 Science Education”. She recently returned from spending eleven months at the National Science Foundation in the Education and Diversity program as an Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow. She is a National Board Certified Teacher who holds a Master in Science Teaching, and taught secondary science for over 13 years.

Christie Jones is a National Board Certified Teacher and has over 30 years of experience in education as a science teacher and science coordinator. She is currently a technology teacher instructional leader in Springfield Public Schools in Springfield, IL. Her work involves building curriculum and supporting teachers and administrators as they move to blended learning environments.  

Nevin Katz develops online math and science courses, including Using Technology to Explore Weather and Climate. An experienced multimedia developer, Nevin also designs multimedia resources for online courses across disciplines such as an app on phonemic awareness and an app to design classrooms for blended learning. Prior to joining EdTech Leaders Online, Nevin taught high school science and authored the Dr. Birdley Teaches Science series of teacher resource books. Nevin holds a B.S. in Biology from Swarthmore College and an Ed. M. in Teaching and Curriculum from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

 

Lead a Roundtable Discussion at the Online Learning Institute
posted 3/3/14

Submit your proposals soon to lead one or more roundtable discussions on a topic of your choice at the 10th Annual Online Learning Institute! Roundtable discussions are scheduled for an hour in length and are often a highlight of this exciting event. Proposals are due by Monday, March 10th.

To submit proposals to lead roundtable discussions on online and/or blended learning topics of your choice, please visit the Submit a Roundtable Proposal section of the Online Learning Institute website and complete the brief proposal form.

The 10th Annual Online Learning Institute, sponsored jointly by EdTech Leaders Online (ETLO), International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) and Southern Region Education Board (SREB), is on Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at the Omni Hotel during the ISTE Conference in Atlanta.

This unique, day-long, face-to-face event brings together online and blended learning practitioners and includes a keynote presentation by Julie Evans from Project Tomorrow, roundtable discussions, and networking with online and blended learning practitioners from around the world! Breakfast and lunch are included, providing additional networking opportunities for participants.

We welcome roundtable proposals from educators at all different levels of experience in online and/or blended learning and offer a discounted registration fee of $119 if you are selected to be a roundtable leader. You are welcome to submit proposals to co-facilitate roundtable discussions if you would prefer collaborating with a colleague.

Please contact Erin Earnst at eearnst@edc.org if you have any questions about how to Submit a Roundtable Proposal. We're looking forward to seeing you in Atlanta!

Join ETLO for Upcoming Free Webinars
posted 2/27/14

ETLO is pleased to announce two March webinars. The first webinar is on Thursday, March 6, 2014 at 2 PM Eastern Time (Time Zone Converter) and focuses on Contextualized Curriculum for Developmental and Adult Basic Education (ABE) at Community Colleges with Christian Bednar, North Shore Community College, Kirsten Daigneault, Quinsigamond Community College and Kristen McKenna, Bristol Community College. During this live webinar, a panel of educators from three community colleges will discuss how career-focused, contextualized basic skills curriculum has helped to engage students and accelerate progress towards their goals. To join this webinar, please use the following link to join ETLO's Collaborate Webinar Room: http://go.edc.org/march6webinar.

The second webinar is on Monday, March 31, 2014 at 12:30 PM Eastern Time (Time Zone Converter) and focuses on Supporting Educators with Implementing STEM Along With the Common Core with Marcia Barton, New Mexico Public Education Department, Christie Jones, Springfield (IL) Public School District 186 and Nevin Katz, ETLO. Hear from a panel of leaders and educators who are working to support teachers with STEM and Common Core implementation. Webinar participants will be encouraged to share ways that they are providing professional development for STEM and Common Core during this interactive webinar. To join this webinar, please use the following link to enter ETLO's Collaborate Webinar Room: http://go.edc.org/march31webinar.

Pre-registration is not required for either of these webinars. All webinars will be recorded and posted on the ETLO Webinar Page. Hope you can join us!

Julie Evans Keynote Speaker for the Online Learning Institute is Announced
posted 2/12/14

We are thrilled to announce that Julie Evans, CEO of Project Tomorrow, will be the keynote speaker at the 10th Annual Online Learning Institute on Tuesday, July 1st at the ISTE Conference in Atlanta!

You are invited to be a part of this day of learning by leading a roundtable discussion on an online and/or blended learning topic of your choice. Roundtable proposals are due by March 3rd. The brief roundtable form is available at: http://oli.etlo.org/node/add/roundtable-proposal-2014.

For more details about the Online Learning Institute, visit http://www.oli.etlo.org.

Bended Learning Supporting Blended Learning Success
posted 1/30/14

Erin Earnst, online learning specialist for EdTech Leaders Online, shares her thoughts on blended learning in honor of Digital Learning Day in the following post that was featured on EDC's Learning and Teaching Blog.

Supporting Blended Learning Success

Erin Earnst develops and facilitates online professional development for EDC's EdTech Leaders Online (ETLO) program. A former elementary and middle school teacher, Erin has also designed and delivered online and face-to-face workshops focused on improving student learning through the use of technology for Pearson, Scholastic, and Tom Snyder Productions. In this post, written in honor of Digital Learning Day (February 5, 2014), Erin shares some lessons learned from her work to support teachers in using blended learning strategies to enhance students' learning.

How can teachers implement blended learning—in which students learn at least in part through online delivery of content and instruction—in ways that improve student learning? Over the past three years, EDC’s EdTech Leaders Online (ETLO) program has helped hundreds of teachers, ranging from elementary to college level to adult basic education, explore this question as they draw upon blended learning strategies in their classrooms. As a member of the ETLO team, I have worked with school districts and colleges throughout the United States to provide online and blended professional development to support their blended learning initiatives. Through this work, I have found that three key elements are important to a successful transition to blended learning.

The first key element of blended learning success is understanding the purpose for moving to the blended learning model. In ETLO’s online course, Teaching Students in Blended Classrooms, participants begin by examining the benefits of blended learning and exploring the various implementation models. The often misunderstood blended learning terms such as the “flipped classroom” and “rotation model” are explored as participants start to develop their own plan for moving towards a blended learning environment. Understanding the purpose of blended learning first provides a strong foundation to build a successful blended learning implementation plan.

A second element of blended learning success is providing educators with the professional support and time to identify the instructional shifts that need to take place. When reflecting in her learning in ETLO’s blended learning online course, a participant shared with me that, "This was the first time I was given the charge to sit down and think through how I might translate some of the traditional face-to-face teaching into an online experience. It required me to consider which lesson components would be best left to a traditional delivery, and which components would benefit from the addition of multimedia and an online environment.” Providing educators with the support to identify and plan for these instructional shifts is another essential element of blended learning success.

A third essential element of blended learning success is providing an opportunity for educators to experience blended learning from a student’s point-of-view. Participants in ETLO’s online professional development courses participate in facilitated online discussions and web-based and multimedia activities. Being an active participant in these types of learning experiences that may be a part of their blended learning plan helps inform and enrich the development of blended learning experience for their students.

Through identifying the purpose of the transition towards blended learning, having the professional support and time to explore the instructions shifts, and experiencing elements of blended learning from the perspective of a student, educators can make the transition to successful blended learning.

 

DLD Join ETLO in Celebrating Digital Learning Day!
posted 1/27/14

In honor of Digital Learning Day, ETLO is hosting a live Twitter chat focused on blended learning on Tuesday, February 4th from 1–2 PM Eastern Time. Join the conversation by sharing your ideas and experiences with blended learning and responding to the questions we post during this live event using the hashtag #ETLODLD. ETLO's director, Barbara Treacy, and a group of blended learning experts from ETLO and beyond will be a part of this live Twitter conversation. Follow ETLO on Twitter at @edteachleaders for more details.

Be sure to visit the Digital Learning Day Schedule of Events to see all of the events taking place in celebration of digital learning and follow #DLDay hashtag on Twitter.

Looking forward to celebrating Digital Learning Day with you!

 

 

ETLO Logo Now Enrolling for Upcoming Cohorts of Online Facilitator and Online Course Design Online Courses
posted 1/23/14

Are you looking to learn how to be an effective online facilitator or would you like to learn how to design amazing online courses? ETLO's award-winning cohort-based online professional development courses may be for you!

Space is available in cohorts starting on January 29th for two of our most popular online courses, Online Facilitator Training and Online Course Design. Both courses can be taken for graduate credit. Please contact us at EdTechLeaders@edc.org or call (800) 225-4276 ext. 2721 to register or for additional information. Looking forward to learning with you!

OLI Roundtables Call For Proposals: 10th Annual Online Learning Institute
posted 1/17/14

Planning is underway for the 10th Annual Online Learning Institute at the ISTE Conference in Atlanta on Tuesday, July 1, 2014. This dynamic day-long event, sponsored by ETLO, ISTE, SREB and iNACOL, features roundtable discussions, a keynote presentation, and networking with online and blended learning practitioners from around the world. Breakfast and lunch are included, providing additional networking opportunities for participants.

Proposals are now being accepted to lead roundtable discussions on online and/or blended learning topics of your choice with colleagues in the fields of online and blended learning. Please visit the submit a roundtable proposal section of the Online Learning Institute website and complete the brief proposal form by Monday, March 3rd.

Visit the Online Learning Institute website at http://oli.etlo.org for more details.Registration information will be available the beginning of February. We hope to see you in Atlanta!

Webinar on Models of Online Professional Development Webinar on Models of Online Professional Development
posted 12/2/13

Looking to learn more about different models of online professional development? Terri Pérez and Joh Ezzell from the University of Texas at Austin's Institute for Public School Initiatives recently shared their experience with providing online professional development to educators in Texas in both self-paced and facilitated models.

Visit the ETLO Webinar Series page to view the webinar recording and slideshow.

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