The educator reflects on how technology supports his or her own professional learning by creating a professional learning plan.
Research shows that educators value choice in the direction of their professional learning and when that learning is the result of personal inquiry, it is most effective and lasting (Beavers 27). Self-Directed Learning (SDL) is a centuries-old concept that continues to be relevant today as educators seek out their own professional learning opportunities using technology (Beavers 6). With the help of technology, educators can now access additional content information, materials for classroom use, and current research on pedagogy or content to facilitate their own learning.
Technology affords educators the opportunity to design and launch their own professional learning plan. Educators can begin the process of developing a professional learning plan by analyzing student needs and determining a topic that may assist the educator in improving outcomes for students. The educator can also begin professional learning by focusing on a topic of interest, for example a new pedagogical practice or a specific tool to use in the classroom.
Depending on the professional learning goal, the educator may choose from a variety of online options that allow for varying levels of autonomy. The following serve as examples of how an educator might engage in professional learning using technology:
(The sites listed above are examples. Refer to the article How Teachers Are Learning: Professional Development Remix in the research section for additional professional learning options.)
These additional resources provide information on tech tools that assist teachers in directing their professional learning.
To earn the micro-credential, you must receive a passing evaluation for each component in Parts 1 and 3 as well as a “Yes” for each component in Part 2.
(300-word limit for each response)
The educator will submit a professional learning plan that is focused on his or her individual learning goal. The professional learning plan should include the four components detailed in the
Your artifact will be assessed on the following rubric. You must earn a “Yes” in order to earn the micro-credential.
(250 word limit)
Please reflect on your experience while drafting your professional learning plan and whether or not your plan had an impact on student learning, using the following questions as guidance:
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