Ineffective professional development wastes teacher time, district resources, and most importantly, affects student results. In “Teachers’ Skills in the Digital Age and Personalized PD for Teachers,” hosted by edWeb.net and sponsored by 2gnō.me, Lynn Gershman, Educator at, 2gnō.me, explored issues in PD and the importance of personalizing PD for teachers.
To provide the best possible teaching and learning environment, school leaders need to provide their teachers with professional learning opportunities that are personalized and engaging. This is not an easy task when there are so many areas to cover, very little time, and limited funds. edWeb.net is free and can help school leaders provide teachers with personalized PD that meets teachers’ needs and interests, and promotes collaborative learning with peers. Shannon Holden, Assistant Principal at Republic Middle School, MO, provides a guide for school leaders to demonstrate how edWeb.net can be used in any school or district.
edWeb.net has been named a finalist for the 2015 SIIA Education CODiE Awards for two categories: “Best Collaborative Social Media Solution for Educators” and “Best Professional Learning Solution for Education.”
Access the recording from the Classroom 2.0 LIVE show with Lisa Schmucki, edWeb.net CEO as the special guest, along with some enthusiastic edWeb.net educators.
Rachel Langenhorst, Technology Integrationist at Rock Valley Community School District in Iowa, was interviewed by edWeb about the importance of keeping up with your own learning in order to provide valuable professional development for others. Rachel first came across edWeb as part of her graduate program, and found that it has helped her with her own personal learning as well as guiding the educators in her district through their professional development.
Dr. Robert Furman, Principal of South Park Elementary, was interviewed by edWeb to gain an administrator’s perspective on providing quality professional development for teachers and the social aspect of learning. While Robert first discovered edWeb as a webinar presenter, he quickly realized the site’s potential as a best-practices research platform, an affordable source of teacher PD, and an opportunity for growth-focused evaluation.
Are you in charge of providing PD in your district? In this webinar for the edWeb.net Connected Teaching and Learning community, presenter Ashley Hurley, Professional Development Specialist, discussed differentiating PD for all stages of the tech adoption curve.
While many people understand professional development to be drudgery at best, many others have discovered a spring of excellent PD, to the degree that it can feel like one is drowning in a flood of options.
One of the goals of professional development should be to provide meaningful, effective professional development, where teachers are invigorated and inspired.
Online professional learning helps solve the problem of time constraints because the time and place can vary. Educators can connect with other people who share similar concerns to deepen their learning by obtaining worldwide perspectives.