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Assessing Professional Development Programs: Impact on Teaching and Learning
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Professional Development (PD) is a process which helps teachers to maintain the quality and efficiency of teaching by improving their skills and updating their knowledge. However, many countries are not able to carry out professional development for their teachers due to many reasons. Issues such as budget and releasing teachers are challenges faced by many countries. The government of Maldives gives a high priority, for improving the standard of teaching and strongly accepts that the quality of teaching can be improved when school-based professional development (SBPD) of teachers is institutionalized in the school system.

The Centre for Continuing Education (CCE) strives to support the schools to established SBPD across the nation. Under the Ministry of Education’s professional development policy, a government policy, it is required for every teacher to complete a minimum of 15 hours of professional development every year. These PD hours are conducted by schools as SBPD. Three days are allocated in the academic calendar to conduct PD.
The purpose of this research is to assess the impact of professional development programs carried out in a secondary school on teaching and learning.

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Education
Material Type:
Case Study
Reading
Author:
Aishath Shibana
Date Added:
07/29/2019
CALL Principles and Practices
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Since the first version of this book came out in 2005, the field of computer-assisted language learning (CALL) has grown and changed. This update is the result of some of those changes. Our intent is to place pedagogical goals before technologies, as the literature advises but is not always followed in classrooms. In revising this book, as in the original, we assume that good teachers teach well because they bear in mind certain principles about how they can best help learners to learn language. Placing these principles at the center of attention makes it much easier for teachers to concentrate on the question of what constitutes effective computer-enhanced pedagogy and why.

This book takes as its organizing principles both the system of conditions that are known to support effective language learning and the goals that a variety of standards in the field have set out for us and our students.

Examples throughout the book underscore the need to consider theory in every aspect of the teaching and learning process. Some of the points in this book we have made in other places; other we discovered during the revision process. All told, this text provides a brief picture of what CALL classrooms can be like today. Of course, that could change tomorrow.

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Arts and Humanities
Languages
Education
Educational Technology
Elementary Education
Higher Education
Language Education (ESL)
Special Education
Material Type:
Textbook
Author:
Joy Egbert
Seyed Abdollah Shahrokni
Date Added:
12/10/2020
Commonwealth Certificate for Teacher ICT Integration (CCTI) Course Modules
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The Commonwealth Certificate for Teacher ICT Integration (CCTI) has been developed to improve teachers’ experience teaching in the classroom using a range of information and communication technologies (ICT) appropriately, and increase school manager’s involvement in the ICT implementation process in the school. It challenges school managers and teachers to constantly reflect on what they do in their school and classrooms and how ICT can be integrated into their evolving management and teaching styles. The CCTI has been designed as a distance education course and is aligned with the UNESCO ICT Competency Framework for Teachers. It is an open educational resource (OER) that the Commonwealth of Learning (COL) is making available to teacher training institutions throughout the Commonwealth and beyond. The material can be used as is or can be adopted and/or adapted into existing programmes. The learning materials are developed, tested and revised by SchoolNet South Africa (SNSA) through extensive consultations with teachers and teacher educators around the world. COURSES 1. Professional Development with Technology 2. Designing Learning 3. Technology-Enriched Teaching 4. Education in a Digital Society 5. Innovative Approaches to Learning with Technology 6. Planning Learning Through Projects 7. Managing Technology-Rich Learning Spaces 8. Planning for Technology Integration 9. Change Leadership for Technology Integration

Subject:
Educational Technology
Material Type:
Full Course
Provider:
Commonwealth of Learning
Author:
SchoolNet South Africa
Date Added:
05/26/2022
Educational App Development Toolkit for Teachers and Learners
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The Educational App Development Toolkit for Teachers and Learners is designed to introduce the basic and some intermediate concepts of Android app development on the App Inventor (AI2) platform. It provides hands-on activities and tutorials to use the Designer and Blocks Editor components of App Inventor to create apps that can be readily downloaded and used on any Android smartphone or tablet. Furthermore, the hands-on sessions will guide you on how to use features such as text-to-speech, accelerometer, speech recognition, drawing, video, games and music playback. The Toolkit also provides guidelines on how to package and distribute your app. For teachers a training plan is also provided that can be used to provide training to students in an instructor-led environment.

Subject:
Computer Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Commonwealth of Learning
Author:
Ishan Sudeera Abeywardena
Date Added:
11/01/2015
Elementary Abstract Algebra: Examples and Applications
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This book is not intended for budding mathematicians. It was created for a math program in which most of the students in upper-level math classes are planning to become secondary school teachers. For such students, conventional abstract algebra texts are practically incomprehensible, both in style and in content. Faced with this situation, we decided to create a book that our students could actually read for themselves. In this way we have been able to dedicate class time to problem-solving and personal interaction rather than rehashing the same material in lecture format.

Subject:
Education
Mathematics
Material Type:
Textbook
Author:
Chris Thron
Justin Hill
Date Added:
11/18/2021
Every Teacher is a Language Teacher
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This book disseminates practices shared at the annual event Every Teacher is a Language Teacher held at the Faculty of Education (University of Ottawa) for all first-year Bachelor of Education teacher candidates. This resource responds directly to calls from attendees for a resource that synthesizes the content shared at each workshop, enabling them to access and implement the rich pedagogical knowledge shared. The book is meant to serve as a textbook for Teacher Education courses, graduate courses, as well as an ongoing promotion of research-based practices created by Faculty of Education partners (faculty and graduate students alike) that should be shared more widely with Canadian language educators, teachers and consultants, particularly in its bilingual format. This publication is unique and particularly useful to both pre- and in-service teachers, as it offers modes of practice based on both research and theory. This means it is neither exclusively a lesson plan nor a theoretical analysis; but rather a synthesis that aims to show how the two domains inform one another. We see it as being immediately valuable for teacher and teacher educators, while also filling a gap in the field of language education more widely -- one that embodies anti-racist, ethical paradigms within current interdisciplinary practice in its responsiveness to challenges of modern technology and globalization.

Subject:
Language Education (ESL)
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
University of Ottowa
Author:
Heba Elsherief
Masson Mimi
Date Added:
09/10/2020
Every Teacher is a Language Teacher: Social Justice and Equity through Language Education (Vol. 2)
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This volume is a result of our annual event, Every Teacher is a Language Teacher, held in 2021 and 2022 at the Faculty of Education of the University of Ottawa. Every year, we organize professional learning workshops for teacher candidates in our program. We invite seasoned teachers and young researchers (many of whom are also teachers!) doing their graduate work at the faculty to share methods, ideas, strategies and activities. Together, our community explores how to work with English and French language learners, as well as learners who come to the classroom with multiple languages in their repertoire. As research and experience have shown us, accessing students’ funds of linguistic and cultural knowledge is a powerful way to include students in the curriculum and center their contributions, identities, and experiences in the learning process. As a community of committed educators, we practice teacher learning with this same mindset – we draw from the personal and professional experiences of our guest presenters and teacher candidate attendees. Together, we speak to the social, cultural and political issues that matter in the classroom and share cutting-edge practices. The chapters in this book are intended for teachers who may or may not have a language teaching specialization. So as to promote equitable access to knowledge, we asked our presenters to write chapters based on their workshops and the experiences they had with our teacher candidates. They write in direct, accessible language and draw on the literature about language learning and teaching grounding their work in tried and tested initiatives. As such, for the reader, we hope the chapters will provide insight into what occurred during the workshops and how they can benefit from these professional learning sessions.

Subject:
Language Education (ESL)
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
University of Ottowa
Author:
Heba Elsherief
Mimi Masson
Shelina Adatia
Date Added:
11/24/2022
Exploring and Implementing Anti-Biased Principals in Early Childhood Education with Pre-service and In-service Teachers
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In 1989, Louise Derman-Sparks, Lousie Derman Sparks published her groundbreaking book on Anti-Bias Education: Tools for Empowering Young Children. Subsequently, she co-authored Anti-Bias Education for Young Children  and Ourselves and updated it in 2020 with Patricia Ramsey. The module is focused on the four main tenets of Anti-Bias Early Childhood Education, as set forth by Derman-Sparks and Ramsey. These are: a) Identity, b) Diversity, c) Justice, and d) Activism. The goal of this module is to provide a resource for early childhood teacher educators to facilitate their student’s exploration of Anti-Bias Education in Early Childhood Education. This curriculum may also be useful to early childhood professionals who provide professional development for in-service early childhood educators and caregivers (I.e. public and private early education and care providers including but not limited to Head Start teachers, home care providers, after school program instructors, etc.).  

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Beth Powers
Date Added:
08/02/2022
Implicit Bias
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This resource was created to help students understand that implicit biases are mental shortcuts that all brains do. They happen without awareness and are socially conditioned and unconscious. A person's conscious mind might not truly agree with the implicit bias that they harbor and could unintentionally act upon.It is important to learn about implicit bias to prevent the negative consequences of these biases. To thrive in this world, we all need to know how to work together. Unfortunately, some barriers need to be overcome. Teamwork skills are vital, and a positive, inclusive environment helps greatly in the development of teamwork skills.

Subject:
Information Science
Arts and Humanities
Visual Arts
Career and Technical Education
Elementary Education
Psychology
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Author:
Kim Crayne
Date Added:
10/27/2022
K-12 Blended Teaching
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This book is your guide to blended teaching in K-12 spaces. It was designed to help both pre-service teachers and in-service teachers prepare their classes for blended teaching. This book begins by orienting you to the foundational dispositions and skills needed to support your blended teaching practice. Then you will be introduced to four key competencies for blended teaching:

Online Integration – ability to effectively combine online instruction with in-person instruction.
Data Practices – ability to use digital tools to monitor student activity and performance in order to guide student growth.
Personalizing Instruction – ability to implement a learning environment that allows for student customization of goals, pace, and/or learning path.
Online Interaction – ability to facilitate online interactions with and between students

Subject:
Education
Educational Technology
Material Type:
Reading
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Author:
Cecil R. Short
Charles R. Graham
Jered Borup
Leanna Archambault
Date Added:
08/26/2020
The K-12 Educational Technology Handbook
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This textbook provides a set of high-quality resources to university educational technology courses. All chapters are written by professionals in the field, including university researchers, teacher educators, and classroom teachers.

The book in its entirety and each chapter can be freely accessed, downloaded, printed, and remixed. Professors of educational technology courses can select the chapters that will work best for them when creating course packets, and preservice and inservice teachers can use relevant chapters for trainings and professional development purposes.

Subject:
Education
Educational Technology
Material Type:
Textbook
Author:
Anne Ottenbreit-leftwich
Royce Kimmons
Date Added:
08/26/2020
Learners and Learning Module
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As its title suggests, Learners and Learning is a module that addresses most directly the central, core business of schooling. The aim of the module is to improve the teaching abilities of teachers. It accordingly promotes a theoretically informed understanding of what learning is,how it takes place, and how teachers may go about organising systematic learning. The module enables teachers to analyse learning, and, in so doing, to reflect on what they can do to improve it. Thus, while the module draws on the learning theories of writers like Piaget and Vygotsky, it grounds these examples, practical exercises, and case studies drawn from schools.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Case Study
Textbook
Provider:
OER Africa
Author:
Gisela Winkler
Ian Moll
Jill Bradbury
John Gultig
Lynne Slonimsky
Maggie Tshule
Merlyn van Voore
Date Added:
01/01/2010
Learning to Teach Online – An Open Educational Resource for Pre-Service Teachers
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"Learning to Teach Online" is an open educational resource available to anyone with an interest in designing high quality online teaching and learning experiences for K-12 students. It is a self-paced course, designed to meet the needs of preservice teachers in Ontario, Canada and particularly those enrolled in the Bachelor of Education program at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Education. The course is composed of six modules (Relationships, Equity & Accessibility, Planning, Assessment, Modelling Norms, and Standards of Practice). Each module is designed around a central theme, practice, or idea. Generally, each module takes about two hours to complete. Estimated reading, reflection and practice times are provided at the start of modules 1-6.

Subject:
Education
Educational Technology
Material Type:
Full Course
Author:
Hugh Kellam
Michelle Schira Hagerman
Date Added:
12/10/2020
Linguistics for Teachers of English
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The primary goals of this text are to acquaint prospective teachers of English with certain aspects of the history, structure, and use of the English Language. Through considering the nature of the English language; how language and culture are interconnected as well as how it is acquired and how and why it changes, readers will come to a fuller understanding of sociolinguistics. This text discusses the nature of language, as well as how it is acquired; how and why languages change, and how the English language in particular has changed (and continues to change); why different varieties of English have developed, and why they continue to be used; how linguists have attempted to account for the (ir)regularities of English; how language and culture are related; and how linguistics can be used as a tool in the classroom. This text presents important topics for English teachers to know: the relationship between “standard” and “nonstandard” dialects, how and why language varies, how we can make informed decisions about what is “right” and “wrong” in language use, and generally how a sound knowledge of how language works can inform and benefit the pedagogical strategies needed to develop as a teacher. Ultimately, I want readers to think about language in ways not thought of before: objectively, passionately, critically, analytically, and logically. This allows readers to move beyond memorization of facts to original thought (which is sort of like the difference between knowing how to add and subtract, and being able to balance a checkbook).

Subject:
Linguistics
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
New Prairie Press
Author:
Carol Russell
Date Added:
01/07/2019
Math Unit Planning using Backward Design
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This website will help you understand and apply the Understanding by Design (UbD) or Backward Design planning process to develop equitable units of math instruction. The UbD content will draw from the work done by Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe, digitalcommons@trinity.edu., OER Commons, other resources and from Granite State College math and methods instructors.

We will examine each of the 3 main stages of unit planning and apply these concepts to planning math instruction for K-12 students.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Module
Author:
Gail Poitrasts PhD
Paula Lombardi M.Ed
Date Added:
05/18/2018
Royal Blind Learning Hub 'How To' videos
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Videos covering topics such as how best to assist a blind person, how to communicate using on-body signing and what resources are available to visually impaired students and how they can help them learn and understand more about the world around them.

Subject:
Applied Science
Education
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Case Study
Lecture
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Author:
Royal Blind Learning Hub
Date Added:
04/06/2016