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Top Sites for Educator Professional Development

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Professional development is an ongoing process for any educator. As we teach others, we’re always learning ourselves. We’re also always looking for the best ways to impart knowledge to our students, and want to stay current with the latest learning trends.   

10 Sites for Educator Professional Development 

  • Answer Garden - A free brainstorming solution that allows users to gather feedback in real time via online chats and other tools.
  • Edthena - Edthena provides an innovative video coaching approach to support best teaching practices, offers educators a safe place to learn, and allows for self reflection. 
  • NBC Learn - The education division of NBC News delivers award-winning educational content for grades K-12, including resources, lesson plans, and PD advice. 
  • Teacher Professional Development Sourcebook - Offers numerous online resources for educators, including articles, news, tips, and more. 
  • Teq - A new site that showcases more than 30 educators who specialize in best practices and how-tos for integrating technology such as digital whiteboards, Google Apps for Education, and Microsoft Teams. 
  • PBS Learning Media - Free resources for PD including standard-aligned videos, interactive activities, lesson plans, and virtual PD learning events. 
  • UMU - A site and mobile app (iOS/Android) to create lessons for any subject, share knowledge, and interact with peers.  
  • Unhangout - A new site from MIT for creating back channel chats with the ability to host videos, create breakout sessions, and get feedback. 
  • Wakelet - Wakelet lets educators easily bookmark any item on the web (i.e. article, blog, tweet, etc.) to be used for digital storytelling, collaboration, newsletters, and more. 
  • Yo Teach - One of my favorite sites for creating a back channel with multiple features for educators that is ideal for PD. 

David Kapuler is an educational consultant with more than 10 years of experience working in the K-12 environment. For more information about his work, visit his blog at cyber-kap.blogspot.com.