There are great online professional development courses out there on the web for teachers with initiative who want to further develop or learn new skills.
I’ve listed a few of my favourite sites/courses below.
Teacher Challenge - this is a free blog that is all about 'connecting teachers through professional learning.' The great thing about it is that it is free. The PD sessions are focused on supporting students and teachers in the use of web 2.0 technologies. These PD sessions are called Teacher Challenges. These are free 30 day professional development challenges where participants are stepped through weekly tasks that increase their skills while working together as part of a global community. They are currently doing one on Free Web Tools for the classroom. Their upcoming professional courses will cover:
- 30 days to a whole new PLN
- 30 days to use the best of the web’s free resources
- 30 days to ensuring privacy and student safety on the web
- 30 days to increased parent involvement
Think Tutorial is a site providing over a 1000 free, easy to follow tutorials on a variety of web services, software, and mobile applications.
Think Tutorial could be an excellent resource to send to friends and colleagues who aren't as proficient with technology as you are. The next time you're about to create a software tutorial for the faculty at your school, check Think Tutorial first and you could possibly save yourself from trying to reinvent the wheel. Along the same lines, you may want to check out Learn It In 5 for some good web services tutorials designed for use by teachers.
Annerberg Learner contains educational video programs with printed materials and focuses on professional development for American Teachers. The majority of the resources can be accessed for free. Click here to view resources on teaching Literature and Language Arts
Panhandle Area Educational Consortium has made a variety of U.S Teacher workshops. Click here to view resources on teaching Literature and Language Arts.