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Experiential and Discovery Learning in Teacher Professional Development

After looking at Experiential and Discovery Learning theories, I explored how they can be used in professional development settings for teachers.  Of particular focus, I looked at professional development studies that aimed at helping teachers to use technology more broadly in their classrooms. Examples of Teacher Professional Development In the studies reviewed (cited at the bottom), researchers looked at the impact of using experiential
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Exploring Learning Theories: Discovery learning

What is Discovery Learning? Discovery learning has its origins from theorist Jerome Bruner in the 1960’s, and is based on the student being an active participant in the learning process. The learning theory is based on inquiry and discovery; both in the content to be learned and the process of acquiring the knowledge.   In a discovery learning classroom, students are encouraged to figure
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Exploring Learning Theories: Experiential learning

What is Experiential Learning? “In its simplest form, experiential learning means learning from experience or learning by doing. Experiential education first immerses learners in an experience and then encourages reflection about the experience to develop new skills, new attitudes, or new ways of thinking.”  Lewis and Williams (1994, p.5). Experiential learning theory is based on the premise that knowledge is effectively acquired through learning
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Edcamp for early educators

After learning about the concept of an edcamp training during a course I am taking at the University of Saint Joseph; I knew this was something I wanted to organize for preschool teachers and staff in my local area.  I put together the following educational video (below) to explain the idea of an edcamp; and how I applied the model to deliver a professional
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A few of my favorite #DigCitSummit things!

The Digital Citizenship Summit is a conference that focuses on engaging in conversations about kids and technology use. This organization brings together parents, educators, industry organizations AND students to talk about positive ways to address social media and technology use as a community. The latest DigCitSummit took place in Utah on November 3 & 4, 2017.  If you follow #DigCitSummit, you can see the conversations that
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Being MAKERS in preschool!

Today, October 24, 2017 is #GlobalMakerDay! Did you know that? Global Maker Day is a day of learning, sharing and MAKING!  You can take a peek inside other classrooms and view presentations to inspire your students to create. Their theme is to “Create locally and share globally“!  During the online Youtube presentations, elementary and middle school classrooms around the world participate by sharing what their students
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DigCitKids Challenge: How do you help your neighbors?

If you read my first post on digital citizenship, I shared what it is and how we can start by teaching our kids that when it comes to technology … it’s important to BE GOOD and use it FOR GOOD. Using technology FOR GOOD As a way to get started, I encourage you to check out the DigCitKids Monthly Challenge: How do you help your neighbors?  This
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Digital Citizenship: What is it and why is it important in the education of our children

It’s back to school time!  But this year, it’s not just my kids who are in a classroom.  I have taken the plunge to go back to graduate school again; this time pursuing a degree in educational technology.  For me it’s a perfect fit, as it blends my career history and interests.  While I am both excited and terrified at the same time, I
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Using social media to build your preschool classroom

Is your school or child care center on a tight budget?  Silly question, right?  The answer is always “YES”, and we know many times teachers and early childhood staff are using their own money to purchase needed supplies to build a dynamic and engaging classroom. Tressa had an even bigger challenge in her role at youth services … she had a space to hold
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After Christmas tree bird feeders

Here is an activity to go with the story “The After Christmas Tree” by Linda Wagner Tyler.   The story is about happens to the family Christmas tree after Christmas is over.  What do you do with it?  Family members and friends take their Christmas tree into the backyard and decorate it with edible trimmings for the wild birds and animals. This is something that
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