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Unlearning with Nick Polyak
Nick Polyak: @npolyak
Superintendent Nick Polyak discusses the concept of “unlearning,” professional learning, technology and more in this episode.
We discuss technology integration and professional learning with Amber Heffner, Executive Director of the Illinois Digital Educators Alliance (IDEA - formerly Illinois Computing Educators).
Some definitions... ISTE = The International Society for Technology in Education - Learn more at https://www.iste.org/SAMR = This model describes how technology is used, as Substitution, Augmentation, Modification, Redefinition - Learn more at http://hippasus.com/blog/archives/227TPACK = This model describes how Technical Knowledge, Pedagogical Knowledge, and Content Knowledge work together - Learn more at http://tpack.org/
UPDATE: We've had a couple questions since this episode was first published...
Q: How much does membership in IDEA cost? A: Educators can join Illinois Digital Educators Alliance for FREE! Visit www.ideaillinois.org for details!Q: If I was a member of Illinois Computing Educators, what do I do to join IDEA? A: You don't have to do a thing. Your membership will transfer a…
Our guest this week is Jodi Scott, Superintendent of Regional Office of Education #33 in Henderson, Knox, Mercer, and Warren counties in Illinois.
Jodi talks with us about her experiences in professional development, the growth of technology, and the teacher & paraprofessional shortages. Jodi also discusses rural broadband and the growth of instructional coaching and other areas her regional office supports.
Jodi closes by discussing how Regional Offices support both teachers and administrators in their professional learning and networking opportunities.
We really enjoyed our chat with Rae Hughart, 6th grade educator, Director of Training and Development for the Teach Better Team, and Illinois State University Instructor. We think you will, too!
In this episode, Rae discusses mastery learning, her growth as an educator, and some innovative ideas for any classroom looking to make connections with their community.