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The 13 MUST Know Professional Development Websites for Teachers

Professional Development is a life-long  learning process that  involves different activities including individual progress, continuing education, inservice education, peer collaboration, study groups, and peer coaching or mentoring. The importance of professional development lays in the fact that it is closely related to the overall quality of education and students achievements. Teachers who stop learning and suffice themselves with the curriculum content soon turn into hard working students only a step above their actual students.




Given this huge weight of professional development in our life in general and in the intellectual one in particular, I am sharing with you some great resources that will help you grow professionally and expand your knowledge. But before that let me quote you what Grant ( n.d ) thinks about professional development :

"Professional development ... goes beyond the term 'training' with its implications of learning skills, and encompasses a definition that includes formal and informal means of helping teachers not only learn new skills but also develop new insights into pedagogy and their own practice, and explore new or advanced understandings of content and resources. [This] definition of professional development includes support for teachers as they encounter the challenges that come with putting into practice their evolving understandings about the use of technology to support inquiry-based learning.... Current technologies offer resources to meet these challenges and provide teachers with a cluster of supports that help them continue to grow in their professional skills, understandings, and interests."



1- Education World



This is a great website that offers all the resources you need to grow professionally. It has different sections with each one full of PDFs, books, articles an many more .



2- Discovery Education



There is no way that you did not hear about this awesome website. Discovery Education provides high quality, dynamic, digital content to everyone be it a teacher, an administrator,student or even parents.



3- Staff Develop



This is another great resource for professional development.It provides articles, books, workshops, and many resources links.




4- Ed Week



Ed Week is a also one of the leading websites in education. It helps teachers and educators grow professionally by providing all kinds of resources for free.



5- Educators Professional Development



The title says it all. EPD is the largest online database of professional development conferences and workshops for educators and teachers from Early Learning to Grade 12.



6- Read Write Think



This is one of my fourites too . It has a separate section dedicated to professional development resources . check it out , it is really great.



7- Teacher Vision



Teacher Vision provides a wide range of professional development resources for educators such as articles, lesson plans, links and many more.



8- Teachers Domaine



This is a free digital media service for educational use from public broadcasting and its partners. You will find thousands of media resources, support materials, and tools for classroom lessons, and teacher professional learning communities.




9- Getting Smart



Getting Smart offers several resources for professional development. It has links, innnovative ideas, books, articles and many more.



10- Common Sense Media




CSM is dedicated to improving the lives of students and educators by providing some great resources, information, education, and independent voice they need to thrive in a world of media and technology.



11- Teacher Trap



Teacher Trap 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.



12- Teachers Network



Teachers Network provides great resources on professional development such as lesson plans, how-to-articles, free videos and many more.



13- Intel Teach Elements



This is a free professional development platform from Intel that provides a series of compelling courses on the 21st century learning concepts.

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  1. Check out EdReach.us too. This is a grassroots effort by educators across the country to change education for the positive. They have 15-20 different education podcasts and blogs and are growing every day. A great resource for PD on current trends.

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  2. Med - I'd like to ad www.edWeb.net to your list. edWeb.net is a completely FREE social network and professional learning community that makes it easy for teachers and all educators to connect and collaborate with peers, share information and best practices, and spread innovative ideas to improve teaching and learning. edWeb hosts professional learning communities with free webinars on key topics in education. Popular program right now are Game-Based Learning, Emerging Technologies for School Libraries, Mobile Learning, Common Core Standards in Math, and TechTools. We currently have 36,000 members and we invite all educators to join us!

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  3. Great List! Don't forget TeachersFirst, a collection of reviews of web resources by and for teachers, lesson plans, and other resources. http://teachersfirst.com/

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  4. Youk you Artruger, Lynn and Franc for your additions, those are indeed great links as well

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  5. Hi Med,

    If you think it might be a good fit. Please consider letting teachers know they can get any self-study course for free (5 clock hours!) through http://ProfessionalLearningBoard.com just by using the coupon code: plbchoice

    Thanks,
    Pamela

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  6. Great list! Thx for curating it. I'd also add two more: The Infinite Thinking Machine (www.infinitethinking.org) and EdSurge (www.edsurge.com).

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  7. A great List. Thanks

    I just came across www.GoogleInEducation.com. They are doing some great stuff with Google in Education.

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  8. Thanks for the list.. I would also add Edutopia!

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  9. Looks awesome! Don't forget simplek12 for technology pd.

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