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Listen and learn : Panel

Sunday, June 23, 9:00–10:00 am
Location: Room 125

Robert Furman   Rachel Langenhorst   Michelle Luhtala   Lisa Schmucki  
A panel of innovative educators in different leadership roles in the school community will present ideas and PD plans for using the free professional learning platform,, Google and other free tools to provide a PD buffet of learning that inspires and motivates teachers and impacts learning.

Audience: Principals/head teachers, Technology coordinators/facilitators, Library media specialists
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Windows, Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Nothing needed
Focus: Professional learning
Topic: Professional learning models
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: For Administrators:
Excellence in Professional Practice
  • Facilitate and participate in learning communities that stimulate, nurture and support administrators, faculty and staff in the study and use of technology.
For Education Leaders:
Connected Learner
  • Participate regularly in online professional learning networks to collaboratively learn with and mentor other professionals.
For Educators:
  • Pursue professional interests by creating and actively participating in local and global learning networks.
Additional detail: ISTE author presentation
Disclosure: The submitter of this session has been supported by a company whose product is being included in the session

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

The objective of the presentation is to share a variety of ideas for how educators in different roles in a school community can foster a collaborative, personalized professional learning culture that energizes teachers and makes a significant impact on teaching and learning, using free, anytime anywhere, resources that provide convenience and also global collaboration. will be featured as the hub for this activity but other free tools will also be included. The session will be live streamed to the global edWeb audience to demonstrate the power of real-time global collaboration.

Panelists include a school principal, a tech integrationist, and a teacher/librarian who will show how their leadership roles can have a significant impact in fostering high level of enjoyment in personalized learning for educators, in the same way personalized learning addresses individual student needs and styles.

Every attendee can leave the presentation signed up for a free account and access to the global community and resources, and with easy ways to encourage colleagues to join in the collaboration. Educators will learn how they can easily set up an online learning community for their school, district, or group - and can event start this in the session.

Attendees will receive a Personalized PD Guide prepared specifically for the session with many ideas for ways to implement personalized PD: webinar of the month club, 1/2 or full day free-range PD, pajama PD day, and more.

Here are research reports that document and high ratings and success of for free personalized PD:


The session will be live streamed to the edWeb global community during the session and we will use so ISTE attendees and a global audience can connect in real time during the presentation.

5 mins: Introduction of panelists and importance of PD from 3 perspectives: school leader, tech integrationist, teacher/librarians.

Presentation of models for personalized PD for the school community. Each model will include specific ideas, PD lesson plans downloadable in the session:
10 mins: Principal role and models
10 mins: Instructional Coach/Tech integrationist role and models
10 mins: Teacher/Librarian role and models

15 mins: Q&A and ideas from the audience to create new ideas for personalized PD during the session.

Supporting research

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Robert Furman, Southpark Elementary School
Rachel Langenhorst, Rock Valley Community School
Michelle Luhtala, New Canaan High School
Lisa Schmucki,

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