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Monique - The model of an unconferece sounds very interesting and I think it would be a great way for people to be very engaged in their learning. Thank you also for your ideas about how to teach teachers about technology. I am very interested in the tech tv shows that your district uses as well as a tech field trip to allow time for collaboration amonst co workers.

Professional Development & Early Learning Technology Resources

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Check out our collection of Early Learning PD resources and information, via our blog: http://blog.hatchearlychildhood.com/summer-reading-in-video-form-profess...

Fifth grade teacher from Salt Lake City, UT

I, too, love this idea. I

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I, too, love this idea. I have been to several "workshops" that were pretty much a waste of time. This would be a wonderful way to get down to the most pertinent information for improving my classroom. I have taken several classes on technology and like to implement it as often as possible in my class. I really liked the idea of taking a short time at the end of a meeting to talk about a favorite app. Every teacher has an Ipad and several have been trained on the use of Ipods in the classroom. We have a class set of Ipods that we get to use in our rooms one day a week. I agree that we need baby steps to understand technology, at least I do, even with the training that I have had.

5th grade teacher in Delaware

Wonderful ideas!

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This is so much better than having a consultant come in and talk to over 100 people, more than half of who have never used tech in their classrooms. The other half were administrators. The consultant was tossing out tech tools like candy, and they didn't know what he was talking about or what to do with it! Baby steps is the best way!

6th grade special education teacher from Phoenix, Arizona

I too have never heard of an

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I too have never heard of an unconference before, they sound wonderful. I bet if this model was used during our PDs we would have much more participation.
I love the idea of having each grade level explore a different area of technology. I would like to have something similar to this at my school!

Learn so much without being there!

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I am a librarian and can think of so many useful ways to use this information! Thank you for sharing. I met Brad at last year's ISTE. He led a session I attended and he taught me so much. Could not attend this year but it is so wonderful that I can learn so much from your article without being there! I am sharing this with my PLN and getting a lot of positive responses. Will also share with my teachers when I get back to school. Thanks so much for extending my learning!

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Thank you for sharing these great tips! Technology integration is a piece that I really want to focus on in my coaching role this year. There are many items on your list that are easy to implement that will help teachers feel comfortable about integrating technology into their instructional day.

Attend and Coordinate

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I would love to attend an unconference. I need to see if they are around my area. I would love to coordinate one as well. Thanks for the great tips!

Professional Development - Online

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You may want to consider checking out our webinars about Early Learning topics and Technology in Early Learning. We feature experts to discuss issues, funding, special education, technology in the classroom, effective early education practices, and more. Info at: http://www.hatchearlychildhood.com/Pages/early-learning-technology-webinars

Adjunct Instructor at Missouri State University

Just presented a webinar

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Just presented a webinar about Ed Camps, hoping to get everyone fired up about the one in Springfield, MO this September! I wrote an article about why the Ed Camp movement is gaining momentum here http://www.newteacherhelp.com/Why_Most_PD_Stinks.html

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