TxDHH Learning Bites 1/22/2018

Learning Bites Purpose

Learning happens anytime we reflect on something we have experienced. That experience could be a formal professional development workshop we have participated in, or it could be a quote we heard or read, a video we watched, or book we read.

The TxDHH Learning Bites addresses a topic relevant to deaf educators by providing resources in various sized bites! Whether you have 1, 5, or 15 minutes, or you choose to dig much deeper, you will find resources to help make an impact on you and your students.

For more information, check out our Video!

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Why this topic?

Micro-learning is quickly becoming known as a game changer in the eLearning world. So, what exactly is micro-learning? Micro-learning is a way of training and presenting small, very specific objectives to your learners in short bursts.

How will this work?

Below are four different learning opportunities on the weekly topic, each requiring a different level of time commitment and involving different types of materials. Think about how you prefer to learn and how much time you want to commit. Then choose one (or more) of the activities or articles below.

If you prefer a topic other than the weekly topic, we have included Mental Health Musings, Terp Topics, and Learning Tech Bytes for you to consider.

When you complete your PD, follow the directions at the bottom of the Learning Bites Smore to apply for your Continuing Professional Education credits.

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Watch the video below. What does it mean to you? Think about what it says as you answer the reflection questions below.

The Microlearning Trend: Accommodating Cultural and Cognitive Shifts

“All told, a regimented diet of strict rules and linear learning can over-stuff trainees and leave them feeling bloated and overwhelmed. But by slicing training down into its most essential, wholesome, bite-sized chunks—that best serves a growing population of teaspoon-sized attention spans—I predict the feast of content you prepare for your audience will be far more appetizing.”

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Micro Learning: A Modernized Education System

"Learning is an understanding of how the human brain is wired to learning rather than to an approach or a system. It is one of the best and most frequent approaches for the 21st century learners. Micro learning is more interesting due to its way of teaching and learning the content in a small, very specific burst. Here the learners decide what and when to learn. Content, time, curriculum, form, process, mediality, and learning type are the dimensions of micro learning. Our paper will discuss about micro learning and about the micro-content management system. The study will reflect the views of different users, and will analyze the collected data. Finally, it will be concluded with its pros and cons."

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Jomah, O., Masoud, A. K., Kishore, X. P., & Aurelia, S. (2016). Micro Learning: A Modernized Education System . BRAIN. Broad Research in Artificial Intelligence and Neuroscience , 7(1), 103-110. Retrieved from https://www.edusoft.ro/brain/index.php/brain/article/viewFile/582/627

White Paper on Micro-Learning

Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning

"To most of us, learning something “the hard way” implies wasted time and effort. Good teaching, we believe, should be creatively tailored to the different learning styles of students and should use strategies that make learning easier. Make It Stick turns fashionable ideas like these on their head. Drawing on recent discoveries in cognitive psychology and other disciplines, the authors offer concrete techniques for becoming more productive learners."


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Mental Health Musings

Excessive self-criticism can lead to poor self esteem and impair your quality of life. The first step to beating negative self talk is to become aware of your internal dialogue.

It is also important to be mindful of the words we say to others. Words carry enormous weight and can be used to build up or destroy. Your words reflect who you are and can greatly contribute to your success. So, taking some time to think before you speak can make all the difference!

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Check out the entire presentation:

Sign Language Interpreting: Pain, Injury and Prevention

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Twitter is the most popular micro learning tool that helps create and share information with people, thereby building relationships. Check out the hashtags #DeafEd #TxDHH and #personalizedpd for more ways to learn on the go!

From - eLearninghistory.com

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What does this look like in action for me?

For any learning experience, our learning is equal to our effort. In order for us to grow from our learning, we need to take the time to pause and reflect. How does our new learning fit in to what we already know and do?

Each of you reading this has a different role, with different responsibilities. Think about what you learned today through the lens of your particular role, as well as your personal and professional learning needs. This is an important part of the learning process!

Take the time to think about a new idea you learned, a new approach you want to try, or a new skill you have acquired. Consider how to put your new insights, skills, and abilities to work! That's where the real learning happens.

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Texas Deaf/Hard of Hearing Services

Susie Tiggs, State Lead DHH Services

Anne Darr, ESC Region 11 DHH Services

Twyla Loftin, Texas DHH Services

Danielle Battle, Sensory Impairment Services Birth to Three

Miriam Ackerman, DHH Services Technician