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Lessons from ICE: Create a Culture of Learning

Posted by Carrie Watkins on Mar 2, 2016 4:30:00 AM

In February of last year, a conference outside of Chicago lit up my Twitter feed with interesting ideas and inspiring speakers. After following the #ICE15 feed, I added the Illinois Computing Educators conference on my travel list for 2016. ICE16 was this past week and I was not disappointed. Not every conference will have a Bon Jovi sing-along as part of the keynote.

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eMINTS: Coding and Game Design Without Breaking Your PD Budget

Posted by Carrie Watkins on Jan 14, 2016 7:00:00 AM

As your school continues to integrate technology into different facets of the curriculum, professional development is key to keeping the focus on the learning and faculty feeling comfortable with the pace.

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More ProDev Tops Many Teachers' Wishlists

Posted by Kate Seat on Dec 15, 2015 7:00:00 AM

As learning technology devices become more affordable and their usage becomes more widespread, there are several key challenges that educators may face. While some of these challenges apply to the institution at large — like budgetary concerns and network capacity — one very personal concern is how prepared the individual instructor feels to actually teach using these devices.

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Badging: The Next Level

Posted by Carrie Watkins on Sep 28, 2015 6:00:00 AM

MBS Direct created an internal training program last year for members of our Client Services team. For completing various courses, milestones and generally being awesome, employees earned badges and points. We launched the program because we wanted to step up our internal training options and give employees choice and transparency in what training they did and when they did it.

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5 Great ProDev Opportunities for K-12 Teachers

Posted by Carrie Watkins on Jun 17, 2015 2:12:00 PM

For better or worse, there is a lot of buzz around education, and a lot of ideas for change. Some of these ideas may work for your school. Some of them may not. It’s difficult to know which ones will if you don’t know what the ideas are.

But there is one thing that seems to ring true for education: teachers have a passion for learning and there is no shortage of opportunities for professional development. Here are a few of my favorites.

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4 Awesome ProDev Opportunities for Higher Education

Posted by Carrie Watkins on Jun 17, 2015 2:10:00 PM

For better or worse, there is a lot of buzz around education, and a lot of ideas for change. Some of these ideas may work for your institution. Some of them may not.

It’s difficult to know which ones will if you don’t know what the ideas are. But there is one thing that seems to ring true for education: faculty have a passion for learning and there is no shortage of opportunities for professional development.


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eMINTS™ Professional Development: Changing How Teachers Teach and Students Learn

Posted by Joe Clarkin on May 21, 2015 11:56:00 AM

Since 1999, the eMINTS National Center at the University of Missouri has offered research-based professional development programs to educators of all levels. The eMINTS instructional model is based on four basic principles: High-Quality Lesson Design, Community of Learners, Powered by Technology and Authentic Learning.

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The Best TED Talks for Educators

Posted by Joe Clarkin on Dec 8, 2014 5:05:00 AM

TED Talks are some of the best educational materials out there. With numerous topics from hundreds of brilliant people, you can learn about nearly anything you want to know. Over at Edudemic, they've put together 10 TED Talks that they believe should be watched by every educator. We've re-posted the first of those videos below, but we encourage you to check out all of them, which you can find here.

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