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The answer to small district PD prayers?

I've recently been thinking hard about how to get quality professional development opportunities to the teachers in my very small one-school district.  Since we are tiny and don't have a great deal of money to spend on "name brand" workshops or speakers, nor do we have an unlimited pool of staff who are comfortable leading workshops, we really struggle to make PD meaningful.  I took my Moodle course with an…

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Added by Beth Barnhill on March 25, 2011 at 2:35pm — 1 Comment

Surfin' the Wave

I'm having a bit of an epiphany these days.  Online learning is more than just a cool tool; it's the future of education.  I'm not saying that all students are eventually going to receive all their learning sitting at a computer, but certainly the blended learning model makes a great deal of sense.  As educators, we know that we should be customizing learning experiences to each student's individual needs, but until recently it's been a real challenge to provide significant…

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Added by Beth Barnhill on March 21, 2011 at 3:44pm — No Comments

Practice Makes Perfect (maybe)

So I find myself a bit anxious, asking myself, "What am I doing here?"  As a brand new blogger, I am embarrassed that I don't know how to do it properly.  This has long been a failing of mine and something that often has stopped me from diving into interesting new things.  I might not do it right the first time and therefore look foolish.  That's a crazy idea for an educator; we tell the kids all the time that it's…

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Added by Beth Barnhill on March 16, 2011 at 11:00am — No Comments

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