Teacher Professional Development Formats: A Fast Reference Guide

 

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A Fast Reference Guide

 


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Teacher Professional Development Course Formats:

A Fast Reference Guide

 

teacher professional development classesIt can be confusing to sign up for teacher professional development classes today because course formats have evolved into a wide array of choices. You may come to find that you can’t fluently speak the new language of professional development. Here at Youth Change Professional Development Workshops, we get lots of questions like “How does an online class work?” and “What’s the difference between a streaming and recorded class?” In this high tech era, professional course delivery options are many, and it can be hard to keep up.

In this quick reference guide, I will run through the most common questions we get and do my best to help you nail down all the terminology so you can make informed professional development course selections. Hi from Ruth Herman Wells, M.S. That’s me in the image at right, as shown in our video Breakthrough Strategies to Teach and Counsel Troubled Youth Online Class. I’m a course presenter, keynote speaker and the Director of Youth Change Professional Development Workshops. I hope our quick manual will be a good guide to staying current with all the terminology that you need to know to take full advantage of today’s ever-changing teacher professional development choices.

 

Professional Development Class Terminology

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In-Person Professional Development Classes

Think of these courses as analog or legacy professional development classes. This is the old school or old style, conventional method of training. You show up at selected site and hear and see the speaker live. You know this format. Examples of live courses include our professional development classes (click) coming soon to Portland and Seattle. Live courses are interactive and you can usually ask questions and exert some control over the content. On the negative side, you have to get to the event site regardless of weather, traffic or competing demands.

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Online Professional Development Classes

This term obviously applies to professional development classes delivered via the internet, but the term can include an assortment of formats, all delivered online. When someone uses the term “online class,” they usually mean that the course is a pre-recorded video. Usually, the video will play just like any video you find on the internet, and you can fast forward, stop, rewind and save the video to watch at a later date. But, there are other kinds of online professional development classes. You can see PDFs, audiobooks and ebooks used as online classes. Instead of watching a video, you read an ebook or PDF, or you might listen to an audiobook. “Online class” can also be used to describe another format that varies a bit from video, the Powerpoint presentation. Usually, the Powerpoint presentation is automated and plays like a video. It may even be a video but instead of viewing a class or lecture as you might during a video, you see only or mostly slides that advance on their own. Typically this format does permit you to stop, fast forward, rewind and stop the class, and return to it later.

Not everyone learns well from online professional development. You have to have discipline or motivation to sit hours watching a screen. Most online professional development classes will play on most any internet-connected device but it can be trying to watch a 10 hour course on your little cell phone. These courses are all pre-recorded so you can’t ask questions or control the content of the class at all. There may or may not be a mechanism to reach out to the instructor. On the plus side, you can take classes while you jog on a treadmill or eat breakfast. See examples of our online professional development classes. Online courses are often cheaper than in-person professional development classes but not always. Online courses may or may not hold your interest. It is a lot easier for a presenter to hold your attention when she is live, standing right in front of you versus when she is a not even a half inch tall on your little iPhone.

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Streaming Professional Development Classes

This term seems to confuse people the most. Streaming means that the professional development class is happening live in real time but that it is being delivered online. Typically, you are asked to attend by going to an online meeting website link, often a site like GotoMeeting.com. You may listen and see the professional development course by yourself perhaps using your desktop computer monitor or your phone. Another variation: You might watch on a large monitor as part of a group or staff watching together. Sometimes, you can interact with the presenter, sometimes by phone or by using a microphone. Sometimes you can only interact through a human monitor who relays questions to the instructor, or you might type your questions into your device and that is relayed to the teacher. People can participate from any geographic location all at the same time, or the professional development class can be restricted to members of a school or agency.

Streaming is great because you don’t usually have to go anywhere to attend. The cost can be less than a comparable in-person class, or the class can even be offered free. On the negative side, it can get dull pretty fast. You may find it hard to stay engaged especially if the course is many hours long. It is tough for instructors to project their personalities or a sense of excitement through a screen. If you are sitting at work, you are vulnerable to distractions and interruptions. The course may stream at a time that is not convenient to you. Interacting with the instructor may be slow or difficult. There is always the possibility of technological problems like poor quality video, poor quality sound, lost connections and so on. You can not necessarily save the streamed class, rewind, stop or pause it. You may not be able to return to it. Instructors can generally provide a recorded copy of the completed streaming class, but that is not always done. One real limitation is that you are either watching at the designated time or you miss the course. Learn about our streaming professional development classes.

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Recorded Streaming Professional Development Classes

As you read above, once the streaming professional development class is over, it is often provided to you as a recorded course. Typically, this means that the once live online course now is a recorded online course. This progression can confuse people. Here is how you can understand it: When you are filming live with your cell phone, that is similar to the class streaming live on the internet. After you finish filming live with your cell phone, you may play back what you just recorded. The recorded streaming professional development class is simply the playback of the live streaming course. Because recorded online streaming classes are fixed, you have all the drawbacks of any online course. Once the streaming stops being live, you may or may not be able to reach the instructor, ask questions or make comments.

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Other Professional Development Terms to Know

 

Here are a few more terms to be sure you remember:

Self-paced: This just means you can take the class at your own pace. Online classes and recorded streaming courses allow for this if you can stop, pause, and rewind at will. 

eLearning: This umbrella term just means that the course is delivered electronically. That could mean the professional development course is provided online, on a CD or some other electronic method.

Hybrid or Blended Learning: This is a course that uses both electronic and in-person formats, or some other combination of virtual formats. For example, a learner might take an online course then email back and forth with the instructor, or meet with the teacher in person.

Synchronous Learning: This term means that all of the students are taking the professional development class at the same time.

Asynchronous Learning: This term means that not all the students are taking the class at the same time. So, this type of learning results in a single learner interacting directly with the content via a technology system. The learner can go as fast or slow as desired instead of progressing in unison with others or as a part of a group.

Distance Learning: This is another umbrella term that encompasses almost any professional development format that is not sitting in a classroom in person on a set schedule. Online classes and streaming are both types of distance learning, for example.

 

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Professional Development: The Fastest Fix for Classroom Management Problems

 

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Professional Development:

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teacher classroom managementDo you ever dread going into work because of serious, persistent classroom behavior management problems? If you're like many teachers, the focus of your day is not teaching academics. The truth is that much of your day may revolve around discerning how to best manage  defiant, disrespectful, apathetic, non-compliant, misbehaved, disruptive and rude students.

Hello from Youth Change Professional Development Workshops director, Ruth Herman Well, M.S. I'm going to explain both virtual and in-person professional development options and ease any confusion or apprehension you may be experiencing. After 25 years providing professional development to teachers, counselors, court workers and social workers, I think I'm getting to be an expert on the topic.

Years ago, you had to wait for a solution to discover how to best prevent and manage the worst classroom management problems. You could wait for an inservice workshop to come near you or you could hope that your school district scheduled a professional development inservice day that would provide answers. Now, you can access solutions immediately. The good news is that help is immediately available. The bad news is that it can be confusing trying to understand and locate all the newest professional development options for your specific classroom management issues. This article is going to quickly help clarify all of that.
 

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professional development courseOnline Professional Development Courses
 

Courses now can come to wherever you are. No more trudging out to a university classroom or a conference room. You can take most online courses in your classroom at school or while you are home or at the gym.

Online courses come in different types. You may prefer one format over another. Most commonly, online courses are videos that operate just like a YouTube video. You can start, stop, pause and replay them at will. Normally, online courses play on most electronic devices including smart phones, computers, tablets and laptops. Sometimes, online courses are PowerPoint presentations that you click through frame by frame, or the PowerPoint slide show may play like a video. Occasionally, online courses simply require that you read an online book or series of web pages. Typically, the online book is in PDF format.

Most online courses require that you take a test or quiz to receive clock hours, CEUs or college credit. Usually, the entire process is completed electronically. That means that your homework or quiz is completed and transmitted online, as is your certificate of completion or other documentation.

If you have never tried an online professional development course, here is your chance to try one free. This free online professional development workshop will give you immediate help to solve one of your worst classroom management problems: poor motivation.  Auditing this free online training class will help you get acquainted with newer professional development formats without spending any money. This sampling will show you how easy it is to immediately solve classroom management problems online with the right professional development course.

The free online course is called Maximum-Strength Motivation-Makers and is geared for teachers and counselors who work with elementary, middle and high school students. This online class is a PowerPoint presentation that plays like a video. Through February 25, 2016, you can watch the online class free– this link has been removed since it has expired. (Clock hours will not be available for this free online class but you can purchase the online course here to earn 1 clock hour if you wish. The free course will not be available after 2-25-16 when the link here will be disabled. This is a limited time opportunity.) If you read this article after the link has expired, you can consider taking a look at our many low cost online courses to help you better prevent and manage K-12 classroom management concerns. You can view all of Youth Change's online professional development courses for teachers and counselors.

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teacher professional development Professional Development Webinar
 

A webinar is an online professional development course that happens live. This term confuses a lot of people because live webinars are often recorded and then offered later as pre-recorded online courses that play like a video. Both the live and pre-recorded formats can provide you quick help to prevent or stop classroom management dilemmas.

In a live webinar, the course streams live to people who are scattered around the world, the country, state, city, school district or school. Everyone is hearing and seeing the same content at the same time. Communication can be two way, meaning that participants can talk to the instructor and ask questions or make comments. If the webinar is being viewed by a large number of people, there is often a moderator who will arrange for the questions to be posed and answered at pre-set times. Or, questions sometimes are answered right when they are posed.

It is necessary to have special software, or to use a special web platform to present or participate in a webinar. Participants watch on their computer screen, tablet, smart phone or TV screen after logging on. The presenter can be seen teaching, or slides, video or other content can be shown on the screen at other times. Participants are not usually recorded visually, but questions can be offered verbally and that verbiage recorded. Often, questions are typed by the participant and the moderator verbally communicates the question to the presenter and the audience.

Participants can enroll individually or as a group, so an entire school staff could all watch a webinar together. Absent staff could eventually view the recorded webinar. This option can ensure that even absent staff members receive the same professional development training. Webinars can focus on any topic and when presented to a single school or district, for example, they can quickly target a top classroom management issue and zero in on solutions that will be heard by the entire school or district staff. View Youth Change's professional development webinars.

 

online professional development coursesIn-Person and On-Site Professional Development
 

In-person and on-site professional development workshops are still available to solve classroom management problems. No virtual format can compare with face to face contact and actually meeting and experiencing a presenter. In-person professional development allows for individuation in a way that virtual formats don't. Participants can ask privately about delicate situations, something that would be problematic during electronic instruction.

A common complaint about virtual professional development for teachers is that it is hard to focus and concentrate. When a teacher participates in a webinar or online course, it is easy to be distracted by the usual work problems. When a teacher travels to a conference or the school closes for inservice training, the distractions are usually greatly reduced.

Virtual professional development isn't always customizable. Pre-recorded online courses are not customizable at all. Live courses, whether on-site or in general session, can be completely customizable. For example, our live courses always begin with participants naming the student behavior problems that they wish to cover during the workshop. Live webinars can be similarly customized. Youth Change's next live workshops are coming soon to Seattle and Portland. Find information on those live workshops here. You can register 2 for 1 until 5-4-16. Scholarships are also offered by calling 503-982-4220.

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