Part 4 - Accessing Resources and Participating in the PGP Meeting
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This is the fourth of a 5-part series of short videos that guide you through the process of creating your Professional Growth Plan in the EdReflect platform. The videos are intended to be viewed in sequence. Click the link that displays at the end of the video to view the next segment in the series.
This fourth video walks through the process of accessing professional learning resources that fit your goals and participating in the PGP meeting with your observer.
Video Time: 04:44
EdReflect centers educators’ goal work in one place; allowing you to map, track and support your growth in a focused manner.
The Goal Progress area at the bottom of the Goal Details page allows learners to attach goal-specific notes, reflections, activities, websites and professional learning resource URLs.
When you click on Add New Post, you can use the text field to enter a reflection or action statement that provides narrative about your goal, or that documents current or upcoming professional learning activities.
When you click on link to websites you can enter websites you use to support your goal and you can also use the freeform text area to describe the site or note how you use it.
You can attach links to professional learning resources from BloomBoard that you’ve used or intend to use to support your goal.
Let’s take a look at using BloomBoard to find collections of professional learning resources to support your practice.
BloomBoard offers collections of resources organized around problems of practice created by teachers for teachers.
You can click on Topics to begin your search on BloomBoard or click directly on the link.
You can also click on Explore Resources at the top of any EdReflect screen to open BloomBoard.
Notice that BloomBoard opens in a separate tab.
Some teachers have a BloomBoard enterprise account and their view differs, but everyone has access to the same materials we are viewing.
You can learn more about using BloomBoard by going to help.bloomboard.com.
If you don’t have a BloomBoard account, you can click on Create an Account at the top.
Setting up an account is quick - there are just a few questions to answer so BloomBoard can help tailor resources to your interests or grade level.
To find resources, you can browse topics or use the search bar at top.
Let’s look at the home page.
When you have an account, you can see a featured collection at top and some collections chosen for you based on your identified interests.
You can even apply for micro-credentials to demonstrate competency in a specific practice or skill set.
Let’s take a quick look at a collection.
We’ll perform a quick search for lesson closures… and
Scroll through the results…
and let’s look at this one
Collection curators choose resources that they’ve identified as useful in their own teaching practice and provide commentary in the resource description area to let you know what they’ve found valuable in the resource or how they’ve used or been inspired by it.
When you find a collection you like, you can save it to your BloomBoard profile.
You can also share it with your colleagues or a broader audience via Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook and email.
We’re going to add a link to this website in our Goal Progress Post, so we can click this link to copy the short URL of the collection.
And we’ll paste it in a Goal Progress Post.
Notice how the short URL is replaced by the title of the collection.
Also notice that you can edit and delete posts you make.
Over time, your posts build a story around your efforts toward achieving your goal, which is visible in a read-only way to your observer.
Now, let's look at the PGP meeting.
The PGP Meeting with your observer occurs after you have completed your self-reflection and created actionable goals with detailed information for achieving them.
The purpose of the PGP Meeting is to review goals with your observer and work collaboratively to refine them.
The observer may use the PGP Meeting form to note feedback; suggestions for goal-setting; new or different measures; or next steps.
Any comments or notes the observer makes in the form are automatically visible to you.