Professional Learning The Division of Digital Teaching and Learning provides professional learning opportunities aligned to the Digital Learning Initiative as outlined in the current Digital Learning Plan. The Digital Learning Competencies for Educators as well as the North Carolilna Digital Learning Standards serve to guide offerings as professional learning is delivered in various modalities and settings. While utilizing data from the Digital Learning Progress Rubric, PSUs are able to customize by their local needs the opportunities participated in by both PSU administrators and teachers. Successful professional development programs are: embedded in ongoing work differentiated to meet individual needs enable digital-age learner experiences leverage professional learning communities Current and future events and offerings can be found below. Please consult your regional DTL consultant with any questions. NC VR Adventures Learn how to positively impact student learning with NC VR Adventures. These teacher and student-created virtual reality experiences illustrate the power of this engaging instructional strategy. Virtual reality fosters engagement, critical thinking and creativity, and engenders something unique to this instructional strategy: empathy and a connection to the beauty and rich history of our state. These interdisciplinary NC VR experiences are aligned with North Carolina learning objectives and can be used with the technology teachers may already have in their classrooms and media centers, like Google Cardboard, goggles, or a simple link. NC VR Adventures is designed for K-12 educators, school counselors and anyone eager to take learners on adventures. Visit the NC VR Adventures site for more information. Micro-credentialing Micro-credentialing is the non-traditional education path where the learner gains skill sets in a specific area and receives a credential. The micro-credential is what you earn and the badge is what you display. Innovative districts across NC are already piloting the use of micro-credentialing and offering digital badges as a way for educators to demonstrate competency and application in their classrooms. Why choose Micro-credentials? Teachers incorporate these newly acquired skills in their practice. Depth of learning is increased as mastery is demonstrated. Offers a personalized learning experience through evidence of mastery. Demonstrate mastery in many ways, from industry credentials to class badges. Demonstrate a desire to learn even more. Formally recognize achievements, often in digital portfolios. Credentials may be utilized to evaluate candidates for advanced positions. Learn more about micro-credentialling. NCBOLD The Division of Digital Teaching and Learning hosted NCBOLD, a virtual conference, on July 21-22. Sessions were free to all active North Carolina educators and designated for earning digital learning credits. Session recordings and resources are posted below. Please contact Lauren Boucher or Brian Whitson with questions. #NCBOLD Resources Learn more about NCBOLD including links to previous sessions.