Friday, June 15, 2012

Professional Development

This summer break has started off with lots of professional development.  Our school district along with a nearby school district hosted the first ever SC Midlands Summit.  It was a great two days of learning.  I attended sessions about learning Chromebook ninja skills, how to use Picasa in the classroom, using photographs for visual storytelling and the programming language Scratch.

Starting next week, I am going to begin three PBS Teacherline courses.  I highly recommend PBS Teacherline courses for professional development.  It's not free, but definitely worth the investment.  So far, I have completed three online classes and always learn information & skills that I apply to my practice.  I've never taken three online courses at one time, so I may be MIA for a bit as I try to juggle online work & family life.

Along with reading blogs, Twitter and Facebook, I like to watch webinars to help me with my practice.  I usually sign up for email reminders and catch an archived webinar when I have a moment.  For example, this summer I want to learn about Common Core & flipped classrooms because those will be hot topics in my school this coming fall.  I'm going to watch a few webinars to help me get started.

Here's a list of sources for free online webinars:
The Future of Education
eSchool News
TL Virtual Cafe
NCompass Live
Library Journal
                                                     School Library Journal

Where do you go for professional development?


  1. Thanks for sharing these links. There were a few I didn't know about and a few I had forgotten. I've already seen several I want to watch. I really like the Library 2.0 online conference and K12 Online Conference for free webinars.

  2. Yea! I'm happy you found some helpful stuff.

  3. I'm looking forward to reading your thoughts and learning from you! Thanks for compiling the list of free online webinars; I'll be looking into them over the next few weeks.

    1. Hi Fran,
      Thanks for reading and adding my blog to the SC list.

  4. Thanks for sharing those links!