Professional Learning (recommended)

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Professional Learning

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There are three main ways that Professional Learning is organized.

  1. Professional Development
    Structured classes and assignments
  2. Coaching/Mentoring
    Empower master teachers to offer better guidance.
  3. Professional Learning Communities
    Teacher groups intent on sharing knowledge to grow together.
    1. Peer Support
    2. Learner Lounge

1. Professional Development

Structure PD classes and material using PlayPosit or through your LMS.  Create classes with Instructors as Students, and assign them Bulbs to be taken for credit.  Monitor progress and instructor responses, and gather important data about instructor mastery and assignment efficacy.

If you are using a LMS, follow the instructions here.

If you will be using PlayPosit's website without a LMS, follow the instructions here.

Try our Share for Professional Learning Link to allow for instructors to complete Bulbs as learners. Click here for more information on how to assign and share links for professional development. 

Please note that instructors must have a PlayPosit account to access material using this method.


2. Coaching/Mentoring

Use Learner Made Bulbs to have instructors submit recordings of their lessons. Both instructors and coaches can then add annotations at important time points to the recordings.

Coaches can then copy submissions and assign them to cohorts to showcase best practices or truly exemplary lessons.

To assign a Learner Made Bulb, click on the arrow next to ADD NEW BULB and select ADD LEARNER MADE BULB.  Then, follow the directions in the  Professional Development section to assign and share it. 

3. Professional Learning Communities

Peer Support

Instructors can share Bulbs that they have created, either to solicit feedback or to showcase their best work.  The PREVIEW LINK lets other instructors preview the lesson as a Student would see it.

There are many great ways to publicize this content:

  • Embed Bulbs in a shared intranet website
  • Post links in a LMS group
  • Use an internal newsletter to regularly share highlights

Learner Lounges

Learner Lounges can be a very effective way to inspire innovation.  Highlight the best teachers and lessons, and reduce workload by sharing resources and expertise.

Content shared in Lounges can be formally graded assignments (using the PD workflow explained above), or informative Bulbs shared using the Preview Link option.

  1. Create digital resource banks and pre-approved curriculum
  2. Post samples of best practices
  3. Post Bulbs showcasing new pedagogical practices
  4. Tweet links and tag your PLC group for even more exposure