DLD Join ETLO in Celebrating Digital Learning Day!
posted 1/27/14

In honor of Digital Learning Day, ETLO is hosting a live Twitter chat focused on blended learning on Tuesday, February 4th from 1–2 PM Eastern Time. Join the conversation by sharing your ideas and experiences with blended learning and responding to the questions we post during this live event using the hashtag #ETLODLD. ETLO's director, Barbara Treacy, and a group of blended learning experts from ETLO and beyond will be a part of this live Twitter conversation. Follow ETLO on Twitter at @edteachleaders for more details.

Be sure to visit the Digital Learning Day Schedule of Events to see all of the events taking place in celebration of digital learning and follow #DLDay hashtag on Twitter.

Looking forward to celebrating Digital Learning Day with you!



ETLO Logo Now Enrolling for Upcoming Cohorts of Online Facilitator and Online Course Design Online Courses
posted 1/23/14

Are you looking to learn how to be an effective online facilitator or would you like to learn how to design amazing online courses? ETLO's award-winning cohort-based online professional development courses may be for you!

Space is available in cohorts starting on January 29th for two of our most popular online courses, Online Facilitator Training and Online Course Design. Both courses can be taken for graduate credit. Please contact us at or call (800) 225-4276 ext. 2721 to register or for additional information. Looking forward to learning with you!

OLI Roundtables Call For Proposals: 10th Annual Online Learning Institute
posted 1/17/14

Planning is underway for the 10th Annual Online Learning Institute at the ISTE Conference in Atlanta on Tuesday, July 1, 2014. This dynamic day-long event, sponsored by ETLO, ISTE, SREB and iNACOL, features roundtable discussions, a keynote presentation, and networking with online and blended learning practitioners from around the world. Breakfast and lunch are included, providing additional networking opportunities for participants.

Proposals are now being accepted to lead roundtable discussions on online and/or blended learning topics of your choice with colleagues in the fields of online and blended learning. Please visit the submit a roundtable proposal section of the Online Learning Institute website and complete the brief proposal form by Monday, March 3rd.

Visit the Online Learning Institute website at for more details.Registration information will be available the beginning of February. We hope to see you in Atlanta!

Webinar on Models of Online Professional Development Webinar on Models of Online Professional Development
posted 12/2/13

Looking to learn more about different models of online professional development? Terri Pérez and Joh Ezzell from the University of Texas at Austin's Institute for Public School Initiatives recently shared their experience with providing online professional development to educators in Texas in both self-paced and facilitated models.

Visit the ETLO Webinar Series page to view the webinar recording and slideshow.

ETLO Newsletter ETLO Newsletter
posted 11/18/13

Read about what's new with ETLO in our November 2013 Newsletter. To join the ETLO mailing list, please visit:

Visit the links below to view past ETLO newsletters. 

ETLO Newsletter: July 2013 | ETLO Newsletter: March 2013 | ETLO Newsletter: January 2013

Blended Learning Webinar on Blended Learning
posted 11/18/13

Are you challenged with scaling a blended learning program in a large high school or across your district? Educators from Crown Point High School in Indiana recently shared their experience with implementing blended learning. During the webinar, school leaders discuss all aspects of their growing blended learning program including strategic planning, content acquisition, teacher professional development, technology, and evaluation. 

Visit the ETLO Webinar Series page for webinar recording and slideshow.

ETLO 's Work with TEC Featured at Administrator Conference
posted 11/6/13

ETLO's Kirsten Peterson will be presenting Virtual Teaching and Learning: The Future is Here! as part of a panel at the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents (MASS) and Massachusetts Association of School Committees (MASC) joint conference in Hyannis, MA on Friday, November 8th at 9:00 AM

The panel discussion will focus on the lessons learned from the development of a virtual program offered by The Education Cooperative (TEC) from concept to implementation including building school board support, designing and executing a professional development plan to support online teachers, implementation strategies and what the future holds for additional online and blended learning opportunities.

Conference information available at:

Learn more about ETLO's consulting work with TEC and other organizations by visiting:

What Does it Mean to be a Connected Educator?
posted 10/28/13

Nevin Katz, online learning specialist for EdTech Leaders Online, shares his thoughts in celebration of Connected Educator Month in the following post that was featured on EDC's Learning and Teaching Blog.

Supporting "Connected Educators"

What does it mean to be a connected educator? In this day and age, it brings to mind using social networking platforms like Twitter to share resources with colleagues, or perhaps bringing Skype into the classroom to get students to talk to an expert zoologist. It might involve learning from colleagues across the globe via webinar how to use iPads for fieldwork. Or, it might involve a class contributing to an online data collection project with schools from other parts of the country. For many teachers, picking up these techniques is not a trivial task. There is much to learn about education in the digital era and, for a teacher, sometimes the best way to acquire new techniques and stay connected to other colleagues is through facilitated online courses.

Over the past five years, for EDC’s EdTech Leaders Online (ETLO) program, I’ve designed and facilitated online courses for educators from a range of backgrounds. In this role, I have had the opportunity to help teachers, administrators, and support specialists enhance their science and math teaching practices, bring blended learning into the classroom, and design their own online courses. I have seen many benefits to bringing educators together online—particularly in the blended learning cohorts I have recently facilitated, in which high school and middle school teachers learn how to integrate technology and online learning into their classrooms.

Online discussion forums are a central part of the courses I facilitate. These forums usually focus on a weekly discussion prompt—a generative, open-ended discussion question that invites responses from educators who teach a range of subjects at different grade levels. In response to the prompt, a participant responds ("starts a thread"), others contribute their own posts, and the group ultimately builds a conversation to which everyone can contribute. I find that these conversations can become very vibrant and often allow teachers to dig more deeply into a topic than they could in a face-to-face professional development setting, where the constraints of time and space limit how deeply a group can discuss a particular topic.

Checking into the forums on a given afternoon, I find teachers continually sharing ideas—how to make their lessons accessible to students with special needs, how to assess student work in the online environment, how to bring mobile devices into their classrooms. While facilitating online courses on Weather and the Earth-Moon-Sun system with teachers from New Bedford, Mass., I was amazed at how many resources and ideas they shared with each other on topics such as teaching shadows, modeling eclipses, and relating the tilt of the earth to the seasons. Unlike a daylong workshop, I was also able to learn about some of the participants' outcomes—such as a successful wiki that a teacher developed or students wanting to stay in from recess to try out an interactive their teacher introduced them to during the course.

The fact that educators are able to connect with each other online at their convenience without having to be in a physical location is huge. Teaching is an all-consuming endeavor, and with all of the day-to-day demands of teaching, planning, grading, and organizing, the prospect of venturing out on a regular basis to a physical professional development setting can be daunting. But being able to log on at your convenience—in the evenings, on the weekends, before class—helps educators find the time to develop professionally while meeting the demands of their hectic schedules. I have also found that teachers will log on if they know they can access resources that will be useful to them now. While there is great value in including current research written by experts in the field, it is important to complement it with online tools and pedagogical techniques that teachers can readily pick up and apply to their curriculum—such as wikis, online interactives, and teacher-creation tools such as Geogebra.

To make the on-ramp to classroom use as smooth as possible, it is key to show teachers how to use new techniques and tools and to have them apply what they learn. I have found clear screencasts to be invaluable in showing teachers how to use techniques and tools (here's a screencast I did on Geogebra). We embed a good amount of screencasts in our ETLO courses—always testing to make sure instructions are clear before we launch a course—but I often find myself making ad hoc screencasts to help a teacher use a particular feature in a tool like Google Earth. To enable teachers to practice and apply their learning, we give them a chance to use new tools/techniques in a final project of their own design.

While massive open online courses (MOOCs) are growing in number and help meet the increasing demand for anytime-anywhere education, I have seen tremendous value in a learning community whose numbers are small enough so that people can get to know everyone, learn about what others bring, and share resources and ideas through continual dialogue. As an online course facilitator, I am excited to be a part of these learning communities—clarifying concepts for individual educators, helping educators connect with each other, and supporting all in mastering new tools and techniques. For the motivated connected educator, this learning model can be nothing short of transformative.


Cover of Case Study Newly Released Case Study by Christensen Institute Features ETLO
posted 10/28/13

A newly released case study from the Clayton Christensen Institute on scalable online professional development focuses on ETLO's capacity-building model. The case study found that, "online professional development delivered in what is essentially a train-the-trainer model can have a significant impact on teachers’ knowledge, skills, and practices."

The full case study can be downloaded here.

As shown in the case study, ETLO's programs support the professional learning needs of educators through effective and scalable professional development programs. ETLO is currently enrolling participants in our capacity-building Online Facilitator, Blended Instructor, Online Course Design and/or Common Core online professional development courses. Please contact us if you are interested in enrolling in these courses, licensing our Common Core courses for local facilitation, or want more information about our custom development and/or consulting services.

Download the Christensen Institute Case Study
Enroll Today: Common Core Online Courses
posted 9/27/13

Enroll today or license for your organization the new series of Common Core online professional development courses developed by EdTech Leaders Online. These fully online courses are designed to help educators succeed during times of change and transition your school may be going through with the Common Core.

Each online course includes six sessions with an additional orientation session. Individual or group registration is available and we also offer licensing of these courses for your organization.

Learn more about these courses through these webinars:

To view more details about each course including start dates, course outlines and graduate credit information, please visit our Common Core website or contact us for additional information.

We look forward to learning with you!


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