What the heck is Blended Professional Development?

#edtech #edchat The other day I was talking to a colleague about a new course I was working on for Atomic Learning as part of their Blended Professional Development series, when he stopped me and asked, "What the heck is Blended Professional Development?" Often times in education we teachers have a language of our own, so I backed up a bit and started from the beginning.

I started off by explaining how some schools really struggle to find good professional development -- something that can truly help the teachers. And then the other side of the coin is to find someone that can deliver it. Often times professional development falls short with either really bad content or a really bad instructor -- to the point of now leaving a bad taste in teacher's mouths when it is brought up.

This is where the blended part comes to the rescue...

Atomic Learning has put together a list of the latest and greatest courses that schools are begging to learn more about, and has tied those courses to masterful instructors who know how to get the job done. Yes, I am one of those instructors! ((shameless bragging))

So with these courses, teachers do some preliminary studies with the online component of the course (this is the new flipped classroom idea that everyone is talking about) which the instructor moderates from afar. A date is set and the instructor then comes to the teachers and they get together to do things face to face.

Atomic Learning has found a way to insure great content and great instructors so that teachers get the PD they deserve.

It is truly the best of both worlds and it makes for great professional development (finally!!!) which is why I jumped at the idea when Atomic Learning told me about it. Full list of Blended PD Courses

Gotta go, I have to finish a video for back to school night tonight.

- Brad Flickinger, Tech Teacher, Bethke Elementary School