North Carolina Digital Learning Initiative

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Professional Learning Resources


Professional learning represents one of the greatest opportunities to change a school district from within. Taking the time to develop thoughtful, aligned, research-backed learning opportunities for faculty and staff can yield great dividends. These resources have been carefully selected to help your district develop your most important assets: your people.

Professional Learning in the Learning Profession: A Status Report on Teacher Development in the U.S. and Abroad 
Source: National Staff Development Council
Pages 3–13 provide an excellent summary of the key research findings that should inform professional development for educators. The rest of this report is also highly recommended.
Digital Learning NC 
Source: NC DPI
The Digital Teaching and Learning division of the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction provides program planning, support, and instructional resources to public schools of North Carolina. Digital Teaching and Learning is part of NCDPI Academic Support and Instructional Services.
Tapping Technology's Potential 
Source: Learning Forward
This resource summarizes ways in which technology can enhance professional learning and provides criteria for selecting technology-enhanced professional learning.
How to Use Role-Play in Teaching and Training 
Source: Mohan Kumar
Immersing teachers in experiences as a student through role-play that can then be unpacked, can create great and impactful moments of learning and self-realization for educators. Mohan Kumar provides an in-depth look at role-play in learning and training, as well as tips for success.
The 4Cs: Making 21st Century Education Happen 
Source: Gerry Curtis (Vimeo)
Through this documentary by Gerry Curtis, observe how several different education systems integrate the 4Cs into all levels of their schools. Students, teachers, and school leadership provide a reflective insight into the value and positive outcomes from incorporation of the digital age skills throughout the school.
Myths and Realities About Technology in K-12 Schools 
Source: LNT Perspectives
This article dates back to 2000 but much of it resonates still today. Take the time to review and reflect on what the authors describe as the myths and realities we will face in the transition to digital learning.
Innovate to Educate: System (Re)Design for Personalized Learning 
Source: Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA)
Read p. 8–16 of this report from a 2010 Symposium of education and technology leaders organized by the Software and Information Industry Association, ASCD, and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). The focus is on creating a personalized learning system for all students. The table on p. 13 summarizes the contrasts between the current system and a personalized one, and then five essential elements are summarized.
What Is a Learner Profile?
Source: Public Impact
On August 14–15, 2014, Public Impact convened 40 parents, teachers, students, technology and learner profile developers, researchers, neuroscientists, and policy experts to consider the potential for learner profiles to help students become agents of their own learning success and equip teachers and the educational environment to better understand and respond to diverse learners. This resource defines learner profiles and outlines considerations for leaders.
Blended Learning Definitions 
Source: Christensen Institute
The Christensen Institute is an expert on blended learning and provides a succinct description of the four models of blended learning (Rotation, Flex, A La Carte, and Enriched Virtual) on this page.