Staff Development vs. Professional Learning

Teachers across the world are required each year to complete a specific number of hours of “professional” or “staff development.” Many times they are all funneled into a single room where they everyone is presented with the same topic, strategy, or technology tool. This is a very over generalized way to help educators to grow … Continue reading “Staff Development vs. Professional Learning”

Why Should I Be a Connected Educator?

As the Internet has become more and more pervasive in our everyday lives educators from around the world have been looking for ways to harness this to continue their professional growth outside of the traditional professional development that their districts and schools have provided. This has led to the growth of being a connected educator. … Continue reading “Why Should I Be a Connected Educator?”

#EdCampNSV

#EdCampNSV On September 22, 2018 #EdCampNSV was hosted at Johnson-Williams Middle School in Berryville, VA. Following up the event, I was able to sit down with four other educators at the event and reflect a bit on the things we experienced during the day. The four educators joining me for this discussion are Patrick Hausammann … Continue reading “#EdCampNSV”

Technology in the Music Classroom w/John Shawler and Highlights from #WVSTC17

Today’s episode of The Randall Black Show features John Shawler. John Shawler is the Band Director at Winfield Middle School in Winfield, WV. He recently presented on Tech Tools in the Music Classroom at the West Virginia Statewide Technology Conference and shares some of that same information on this episode. Also on today’s episode, several … Continue reading “Technology in the Music Classroom w/John Shawler and Highlights from #WVSTC17”

Being a Connected Educator w/Derek Oldfield

Derek Oldfield is the Assistant Principal/Athletic Director at Wirt County High School in Elizabeth, WV. Derek is a former classroom teacher of mathematics and a strong proponent of Personalized PD and being a Connected Educator. Derek and I discuss his journey through education and the #WVEdChat. This Episode’s Links & Info: Derek Oldfield Derek’s Blog … Continue reading “Being a Connected Educator w/Derek Oldfield”