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Keeping Up: EdWeek E-Blasts

It took me about an hour to go through all the relevant articles and resources that came to my email today from Education Week.  I hope this doesn't keep happening...

It's important to stay abreast of what's happening, of course, and helpful to rely on a publication to do the initial searching and sifting. Before the blogosphere, I would just pick one or two sources and read every issue (it was Education Week and ESchoolNews back then, I think). 

Now, I've learned to use RSS readers (was iGoogle, now Thunderbird) to pull in blog feed streams, occasionally dipping in, and unsubscribing from individual streams that get stale.  And I allow it to okay if I don't do this daily.

But now, having recently reconnected with Education Week's online feeds, I'm overwhelmed by the volume of timely information just about online professional development and professional learning communities. It feels more important to keep up with than the blog RSS.

I've got to get to some time-sensitive, production-required work now...I'm using this blog to remind myself to get back to what's below, none of which I've read yet.


Can digital technology help break the decades-long hold of generic “sit-‘n-git” professional development?
Some educators are finding that helpful ideas and advice can come in 140 characters or fewer.
Data snapshots of the ways teachers are using interactive technology for professional learning.
A group of educators in North Carolina find connection and support in an online PD project.
A former teacher and education-technology consultant says today’s professional development needs to immerse educators in experiences that promote reflection and relationship-building.
An explosion of offerings and evolving methodologies have made Web-based training a viable choice for many teachers.
An education-technology scholar discusses the current state and promise of online teacher PD.
A top course facilitator provides a behind-the-scenes perspective on online training.
A Ning group for English teachers reveals the potential of online social networking to break the culture of professional isolation.
Videoconferencing is gaining attention as a way to connect teachers and expand knowledge-sharing.
A selection of professional development events.

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