Chrome Warrior Blog

A blog about professional development

16Feb

Completed Sorties Report

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One challenge for Chrome Warrior administrators is the ability to see how all district players are doing. While we’ve made a lot of improvements to Chrome Warrior over the past year, one area that still needs improvement is reporting. Today, we’re addressing this by releasing the Completed Sorties report. The completed sorties report tells you […]
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16Feb

Open Badges are Coming to Chrome Warrior

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I’m excited to share a new feature we’re working on in Chrome Warrior. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be releasing support for open badges. What Does This Mean? Currently, Chrome Warrior allows districts to award badges when players complete sorties, missions, or levels. Our districts have created some really cool badges that show alignment […]
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15Feb

Personalized PD & Adult Learning: Facilitation & Support

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Personalized professional development supports adult learning tendencies. It embraces project-based, incremental learning experiences, and gives teachers autonomy and choice in the content, pace, and method in which they learn. However, implementing a personalized PD program at a school district takes much more than simply letting teachers pick a topic and run with it. It takes […]
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09Feb

TCEA 2017: Educational Technology, PD & More

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This week, educators from all over the country have been gathering in Austin, Texas for the 2017 TCEA Convention, one of the largest annual technology and education conferences in the US. “Hailed as the must-attend event of the year by passionate educators of all levels and specialties, this educational technology integration and best practices conference offers […]
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08Feb

Getting out of Twitter’s spam filter

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It happens very rarely, but we recently had a district get caught in Twitter’s spam filter. When this happens, you lose the ability to tweet achievements. Unfortunately, Twitter’s privacy rules prevent us from doing it for you. If this happens to you, here’s how you get out of the spam filter. Log into your Twitter […]
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07Feb

Watch It, Read It, Share It: Maker Ed Movement

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This week’s Watch It, Read It, Share It is all about the maker education movement. Maker education revolves around hands-on experiences, project-based problem-solving, and learning through making. There is no one-size-fits-all curriculum for maker education–it can be applied to any subject area, although it’s often associated with STEM fields due to it’s emphasis on experimentation […]
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03Feb

Personalized PD & Adult Learning: Autonomy & Choice

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We’re exploring how personalized professional development can support adult learning theory, a concept developed by educator Malcolm Knowles. In last month’s post, we took a look at how project-based and incremental learning experiences support the five principles of this theory (self-concept, experience, readiness to learn, orientation to learning, and motivation to learning). Another way that […]
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01Feb

Chrome Warriorland at San Jacinto Unified School District

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This month we’re exploring how personalized PD supports adult learning theory, through incremental learning techniques (chunking), and self-directed study. At San Jacinto Unified School District, teachers and administrators are putting these techniques into practice, using our blended learning platform as a resource. SJUSD, one of our partner districts and a Chrome Warrior early-adopter, serves over […]
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31Jan

February PD Events

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February 11, 2017 Tustin, CA C-STEM 2-Day Academy on Integrated Computing and STEM Education The C-STEM 2-Day Academy on integrated computing and STEM education provides teachers with hands-on experience on how to use freely available C-STEM Studio and RoboBlockly as well as C-STEM integrated curriculum with interactive computing and robotics for their classroom teaching. The […]
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26Jan

Read It, Share It, Try It

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Read it: Kids Deserve It!: Pushing Boundaries and Challenging Conventional Thinking When likeminded teachers Todd Nesloney and Adam Welcome met on social media they realized they were kindred educator spirits. They began writing together, and eventually formed the Kids Deserve It community, “a place for passionate educators who don’t allow their circumstances to limit them.” They host […]
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