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23 Excellent Professional Development Tools for Teachers

23 Excellent Professional Development Tools for Teachers
Today we are sharing with you some web tools to help you grow professionally. These are probably the best you can ever find online. Check out the list below and share with us your suggestions and additions. This is a work in progress. Enjoy 1- Education World This is a great website that offers all the resources you need to grow professionally. 2- Classroom2.0 In this networking group, you can get connected with other educators who are interested in Web 2.0, social media, and more in the classroom. 3- Diigo Collect, highlight, remember, and share all of the great resources you find online with your PLN on Diigo, and annotation and online bookmarking tool. 4- Discovery Education There is no way that you did not hear about this awesome website. 5- Google Rss With Google Reader or any other great RSS tool, you can subscribe to blogs and stay on top of it all. 6- Twitter 7- Staff Develop 9- Ed Week Ed Week is a also one of the leading websites in education. 11- Educators Professional Development

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3 Great Professional Development Guides for Teachers Are you looking for some free professional development guides to read in the coming Christmas break? Edutopia has generously put up these three guides to help teachers and educators better improve their practice and enrich their instructional knowledge. I have just finished reading the second guide in this list and I must say they are really wonderful. Let me share with you a brief synopsis of each of them together with the links where you can access them. 1- Project-based Learning Professional Development guide This guide is divided into three parts: the first part is an introduction to project based learning in which the authors argue for the importance of PBL in learning together with some explanation on how it works.

The National Academy for Academic Leadership: Faculty Development in Higher Education In marked contrast with the K-12 sector of American schooling, we in higher education have traditionally come to our careers as teachers and managers of learning with little, if any, formal professional training or experience other than in the content of our various disciplines and perhaps employment as graduate teaching assistants. Our lack of professional training as educators was perhaps understandable as long as relatively little was known about how learning occurs, how college students develop, and what the effects of the college experience are on that development. Our lack of training was perhaps irrelevant as long as most of our students were similar to us culturally and as learners and relatively advantaged both socially and financially. Trends in College and University Teaching

Providing Professional Development for Effective Technology Use ISSUE: Whether technology should be used in schools is no longer the issue in education. Instead, the current emphasis is ensuring that technology is used effectively to create new opportunities for learning and to promote student achievement. Educational technology is not, and never will be, transformative on its own, however. It requires the assistance of educators who integrate technology into the curriculum, align it with student learning goals, and use it for engaged learning projects. "Teacher quality is the factor that matters most for student learning," note Darling-Hammond and Berry (1998).

5 Effective Ways Teachers Can Use Twitter for Professional Development June 10, 2014 What has started as a simple answer to the question "what are you doing?" has now developed into one of the most popular online social networking platforms with 255 million Average Monthly Active Users (MAUs) as of March 31, 2014 . The potential of Twitter in education is uncontested and the research literature in this regard abounds with accounts of teachers leveraging it in their instruction. Twitter is also a powerful medium for teachers professional development and below are some of the ways you can use it to enhance your PD.

The Teacher Tap: Professional Development Resources for Educators The Teacher Tap is a free, professional development resource that helps educators and librarians address common questions about the use of technology in teaching and learning by providing easy access to practical, online resources and activities. Check out the Project Overview for more information. For a more indepth look at these topics, go to our online courses including: college faculty development Archives From Rusty to Robust: Overcoming the Challenges to Effective Faculty Development The past 10 years have witnessed some massive growing pains in education. Nearly all aspects at all levels have been touched by efforts to reform in an attempt to create meaningful learning opportunities for today’s students. New tools, skills, approaches, and media have redefined the way we create those experiences, and educators who don’t learn and engage in them will see themselves become increasingly irrelevant. In short, faculty development now more than ever is necessary to an institution’s viability. Learn More »

Using Technology to Train Teachers This handbook is intended to help decision makers in developing-country governments and donor agencies in their efforts to utilize information and communication technologies (ICT) to improve and expand teacher professional development (TPD) activities. To the extent possible in a brief work, the handbook combines a global perspective—including information about best practices and successful projects from both developing and developed countries—with attention to the challenges faced by education policymakers, teachers, and students in Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and countries attempting to meet the goals of Education for All (EFA). This handbook helps decision makers improve their abilities to:

Writing for the Web: Blogs and Wikis to Support Literacy The use of classroom blogs and wikis can have social and educational implications for students with disabilities and struggling students. Nearly universal access to mobile and wireless technologies means that today's students regularly e-mail, IM (instant message), participate in chat rooms, and post to blogs and social networking sites as a means of communication and social interaction. Harness these technologies (link is external) to help boost your students' writing skills! Blogs Blogs can serve as a medium for recording thoughts and impressions on a particular topic. Blogs are (mostly) free and easy to create, so you can have a blog set up and running in minutes. Top 8 Web Tools for Teacher's Professional Development I have been recently posting about teacher's professional development using web technologies and each time I do I would get emails asking for the tools I use personally. I compiled a list of the top 8 platforms I use almost daily for expanding my knowledge and staying updated about the topics that interest me the most. Being a graduate researcher in the field of educational technology and from my own experience of several years blogging in Educational Technology and Mobile Learning, I highly recommend the tools below and I personally view them as the most important platforms for growing professionally.

St. Mary's U. presents model for cyclical faculty development ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA -- Faculty development is like a computer. Unless maintenance is performed at a regular basis with relevant updates, both risk becoming outdated to the point where students are unable to benefit. That was the analogy used by two technology officials from St. Professional Development That Works If you're not capitalizing on the expertise of members of your school's teaching team, your staff is missing out on the most effective professional development around. It's professional development tailored to your school's culture and needs. Included: Education World's "Principal Files" team of principals shares their experiences with and enthusiasm for teachers-teaching-teachers PD. It wasn't very many years ago that all of a school's curriculum expertise was housed in the district's offices. Curriculum coordinators and department heads made the curriculum decisions and passed them down to teachers; then they trained the teachers in new curriculum and strategies. School principals today are a very different breed from principals of a generation ago.

Technology Across the Curriculum Blogging, Wikis and Social Networking. Have you thought about incorporating these technologies into your course? We have worked with a number of teaching models using these interactive technologies and will be happy to share our experiences and expertise. Blendspace - Create lessons with digital content in 5 minutes Make mobile learning awesome! Student creation Share materials Free! Get our new app!