“What can I learn this vacation break?” As a lifelong learner, I like to ask myself this question when I have some spare time. Balance quiet family moments your next vacation with anytime, anywhere learning. Below, you will find suggestions for self-paced professional learning this winter break. These will deepen your technological and pedagogical knowledge without impacting your budget.
Microsoft Education Community
The self-paced classes available will garner you badges and certificates you can print and share. In a profound way, these courses deepen your understanding of teaching and learning with technology in your classroom. Take these three steps to maximize your holiday learning.
Step 1 – Get a free account.
Your first step involves setting yourself up with a Microsoft Education Community account. Don’t lose your username and password. Some of the options that you have include a free Microsoft account (you can create one with your Gmail or Apple email account), Twitter, Facebook, and Office 365 account connected to work.
Step 2 – Select topics of interest.
Once you are logged in, you’ll see a menu bar running down the left side of the screen featuring several links. Click on the Badges and Points to see what options are available.
Recommendations for Microsoft classes are shown below, followed by more courses focused on pedagogy:
Learn More About Coding
If you’re interested in developing your coding chops, then definitely check out Prepare to Teach Creative Coding Through Games and Apps. Join the TCEA Microsoft Innovative Educators (MIE) Facebook group (with 210+ members) to tap into a dynamic community!
Step 3 – Share Your Learning
Take a moment to share your learning insights via a blog entry, record a voxercast and tweet it, or present at the next staff meeting. Principals could certainly create a Padlet to facilitate sharing.
TCEA Professional Learning
Need more human interaction? Check out all the available options at TCEA.org. These for-cost options feature TCEA Professional Development directors to support your learning efforts. Here are a few certification courses:
Mapping your vacation learning gets easier every day. Treat yourself with anytime, anywhere learning!
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