Daily Bookmarks 05/27/2009

  • Jane Hart has collected this list of examples of social networks for learning professionals, including many groups on Ning and Facebook.

    tags: socialnetworking, education, collaboration, facebook, ning, pln

  • Articles and research on professional learning communities. This all seems to be from the more traditional view of PLCs as within schools or districts; I don’t see anything about online communities here.

    tags: plc, education, k-12, research

  • Three “big ideas” about professional learning communities

    tags: plc, education, k-12

    • To create a professional learning community, focus on learning rather than teaching, work collaboratively, and hold yourself accountable for results.
    • Big Idea #1: Ensuring That Students Learn
    • The professional learning community model flows from the assumption that the core mission of formal education is not simply to ensure that students are taught but to ensure that they learn. This simple shift—from a focus on teaching to a focus on learning—has profound implications for schools.
    • Big Idea #2: A Culture of Collaboration

      Educators who are building a professional learning community recognize that they must work together to achieve their collective purpose of learning for all. Therefore, they create structures to promote a collaborative culture.

    • For meaningful collaboration to occur, a number of things must also stop happening. Schools must stop pretending that merely presenting teachers with state standards or district curriculum guides will guarantee that all students have access to a common curriculum.
    • Big Idea #3: A Focus on Results
    • Schools and teachers typically suffer from the DRIP syndrome—Data Rich/Information Poor. The results-oriented professional learning community not only welcomes data but also turns data into useful and relevant information for staff.
  • Mostly common sense type stuff if you’ve done scenarios before, but if you’ve never created them this is a good way to break it down so it seems more manageable

    tags: scenarios, e-learning, instructionaldesign

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

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