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Summer has arrived! What are you doing for professional development over the summer? Are you reading any good books, following an expert on Facebook, or attending any conferences? I am taking part in my first MOOC. I can't wait to see what it's like from a students' perspective!

This thread was posted on June 21, 2013 at 4:38 PM ET by Miranda Byse.
  |   7 Replies   |   Last on 7/29/2013 at 2:53 PM ET
Re: Summer Professional Development

What does MOOC stand for?  I haven't heard of that acronym before or if I have I can't recall it.

This was posted on June 25, 2013 at 10:32 AM ET by Georgia Everett.
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MOOC = Massive Open Online Course. Sorry for not defining it! :)

This was posted on June 26, 2013 at 7:14 PM ET by Miranda Byse.
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Universities are giving free access to some of the best lecturers. Want to learn about economics from a Nobel Laureate for free...you can do that in a MOOC! Same for science. You can Google for "MOOC" and also look in iTunes University if your have iTunes.

 

This was posted on July 9, 2013 at 10:58 AM ET by Marsha Matyas.
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Massive Open Online Course. Many big universities are starting to put their podcasts and other learning materials online for people not enrolled at their U.

This was posted on July 29, 2013 at 1:18 PM ET by Diana Darnell.
Re: Summer Professional Development

I always try to get professional development hours in the summer.  My district have week-long activities that I have really enjoyed.  Animal Science was a great session that I enjoyed.  The Dallas zoo hosted the session and they shared great activities and labs to get kids more involved in science.  A lot of kids like animals and they showed many ways of connecting the two.  Love it!!!

Julia

This was posted on July 8, 2013 at 7:14 PM ET by Julia Lawrence.
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That sounds like a lot of fun! Does anyone else know of zoos, museums or aquariums that host sessions for teachers? 

This was posted on July 8, 2013 at 7:18 PM ET by Miranda Byse.
Re: Summer Professional Development

I found an article with suggested summer readings for teachers. The titles covers common core standards, teaching strategy, etc. Has anyone read any of the books on the list?

http://www.lessonplanet.com/article/teacher-education/summer-reading-to-encourage-professional-development 

This was posted on July 29, 2013 at 2:53 PM ET by Miranda Byse.