edWeb.net is a highly-acclaimed professional social and learning network that has become a vibrant online community for exceptional educators, decision-makers, and influencers who are on the leading edge of innovation in education.
edWeb members are teachers, faculty, administrators, and librarians at K12 and post-secondary institutions. edWeb is a place where educators who are looking for ways to improve teaching and learning can gather and share information and ideas with peers and thought leaders in the industry.
Any educator can use edWeb for free to create a personal learning network or professional learning community to make it easier to collaborate, share ideas, and move forward faster with new ideas and initiatives, particularly those than leverage technology to accelerate improvement.
Schools, districts, associations, non-profits, and education companies are using edWeb for online collaboration, and spreading the word about our easy yet robust platform. edWeb has 75,000 members who have created over 800 online communities.
In a world that offers a plethora of online social tools, edWeb fulfills the need for a professional social and learning network that is:
• Focused exclusively on professional collaboration in education
• Provides outstanding free professional learning programs
• Has privacy options to support educators’ needs
• Is not blocked by schools/districts
• Provides easy, yet robust Web 2.0 tools
• Provides the personal training and support that educators need to move forward faster with technology
The Need for Professional Development and Support
Most educational institutions lack the time, money, and expertise to provide educators with the professional development and support they need to explore new ideas and resources, and to continuously improve their practice.
edWeb offers a new model for providing high value, interactive, and free professional development for educators – any time and anywhere in the world. edWeb integrates live webinars with online professional learning communities that provide educators with ongoing professional development support.
Most often, professional development is provided in one-time bursts of activity – whether delivered face-to-face, or online. The value of a “day” of PD fades as time passes.
edWeb changes this model by providing continuous support for educators who participate in an online professional learning community, with free monthly webinars, over an extended time period. The community becomes a “family” of educators who look to each other for support, and who engage in live webinars and chats with experts and peers who bring new ideas, practices, and case studies for discussion.
edWeb’s model is embraced enthusiastically by educators. edWeb members write daily about how much they love the community, the webinars, the support, and the CE (continuing education) certificates we provide. edWeb CE certificates are accepted by many schools and districts who are increasingly requiring that educators participate in regular, personal professional development. Many edWeb members are education leaders who share the information they learn on edWeb with their staff.
edWeb.net won the 2012 Edublog Award for Best Free and Open Professional Development for Educators. edWeb is a finalist for the CoDIE Award for Best Professional Learning Solution for Education. edWeb was ranked the #1 professional social network specifically for educators by the SIMBA PreK-12 Professional Development Market Forecast 2012-2013, CoSN’s K-12 IT Leadership Survey 2013, and the 2012 Survey of K-12 Educators on Social Networking, Online Communities, and Web 2.0 Tools.
More than anything, we value the comments from our members, who write to us every day to tell us how much they appreciate the opportunity to participate in free online professional learning with their peers. Read some of the comments.