On-Line Professional Development
Notes

K-12 Learning 2.0 – Online course for educators.
  • Very cost-effective $60/each
  • 10 weeks
  • Weekly assignments
  • Wonderful experience for teachers at Poughkeepsie Day School, optional, teachers really enjoyed, some claimed it was best prof. dev. of their careers.
  • Next course starts in May 2011, registration opens April 2011

Online Schools for Girls – PD for teachers focusing on blended learning
  • Learning basic skills, get teachers up and running
  • Lauren/Westover/Harper Hall/Holten Arms started it.
  • 12 consortium members
  • Holy Child schools using NING network for member schools around the world
  • Became the place to connect
  • Not fully public b/c of student access
Webinars – way for teachers with time demands, personal commitment to learn specific topics

Independent School Educator’s NING – large community of independent school

“Technology buddies” – faculty pairs – peer-to-peer observing in other areas of the school

How can this connect to “Critical Friends” groups? Great to have supportive colleagues.

Edmodo – tool for on-line collaboration and learning

On-line learning really pushes schools and all of us to conquer “sage on the stage” mentality in schools.

On-line communities and virtual networks

TED Talks – used in school, linked to portals, shown in full faculty meetings

Edutopia

Tech department posting how-to videos of what they used to have to teach teachers in person.

Twitter is an amazing tool for professional development and adult learning.
  • Infinitely customizable
  • 24/7 access
  • Connect teachers with world of opportunities and peers
  • Builds community.

Twitter4Teachers

K-12 Online Conference