Happy December Chrome Warriors! This month, we'll be taking a look at digital badges and how districts are using them to encourage and evaluate professional development. We'll also be highlighting some of the great work our partner districts have been doing this school year, and share more PD resources. We've also rounded up a list of professional development opportunities that are happening this month locally and online. Check them out!
December 2 – 3, 2016
Google Education on Air
It Takes a Teacher
“Sessions around the clock, around the world. Join us for a free, online conference. Share with and learn from other educators. Hear from inspiring speakers. Get tips and tools to help boost student engagement, collaboration and productivity and in the classroom.”
Click here for a list of keynote speakers and breakout sessions.
December 4 – 7, 2016
San Jose, CA
Big Ideas Fest 2016
“Big Ideas Fest convenes all education stakeholders in redesigning the future of education. ISKME's annual event is an extraordinary immersion into collaboration and design that focuses on transformational change in K-20 education. Creative doers and thinkers from diverse levels of education gather to learn from and share with each other. Breaking down silos and empowering champions, Big Ideas Fest places learning at the front and center of all that we do. The participants are inspirational. The work is dynamic. And the results are revolutionary.
Big Ideas Fest's unique format includes RapidFire talks from leading innovators; interactive networking with education's movers and shakers; and Action Collab design-thinking labs that engage groups to brainstorm, prototype, and ultimately create scalable solutions to cumbersome issues in education.”
December 7, 2016
Napa Valley EdTech TeachUp with Edmodo
“We invite you to join us as we bring together tech-savvy teachers from all around Napa Valley. Looking for a community of fellow educators to discuss new tech and new ways to support student outcomes? This TeachUp is for you.”
December 15, 2016
INACOL Assessments and Grading Webinar
“This webinar will provide answer to questions such as: How do teachers design and grade assessments in competency-based systems? How do schools provide students a consistent experience of grades both inside and across classrooms? How do they ensure that students develop genuine mastery of competencies prior to moving on to the next level of learning?Join this webinar to hear from educators in New York City’s Mastery Collaborative for ways to design assessments and enhance grading practices for competency-based learning. Learn how these schools design the grading and assessment experience to teach rigorous competencies while simultaneously developing a positive learning identity in their students. Explore examples of assessments, techniques for equitable grading practice, and best practices for communicating grading systems to students and families. Participants will come away with a deeper awareness of how grading and assessment can enrich and motivate deeper learning.”