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Learning with blogs and wikis

Technology has made it easy for educators to embrace continual professional development, writes Bill Ferriter in the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development’s publication, Educational Leadership. "Adult learning is often pushed aside in schools as educators sprint through the day, worried about leaving no child behind," Ferriter writes. "The few moments that we can steal for professional development are usually spent in sessions with experts pitching the latest silver bullet. Teachers rarely get to self-select learning opportunities, pursue professional passions, or engage in meaningful, ongoing conversations about instruction." But times have changed in two significant ways, he writes: First, there’s a new emphasis on the importance of collaborative learning among members of close-knit teams in schools. Second, digital tools are now helping to fulfill this need: "Specifically, thousands of accomplished educators are now writing blogs about teaching and learning, bringing transparency to both the art and the science of their practice. In every content area and grade level and in schools of varying sizes and from different geographic locations, educators are actively reflecting on instruction, challenging assumptions, questioning policies, offering advice, designing solutions, and learning together. And all this collective knowledge is readily available for free…"

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