edWeb Guide: Personalized Professional Learning
“When you have administrators, teachers, and people in my position who are planning PD do so in a way that is meaningful to each and every teacher, in any content area – it’s really exciting. edWeb has been instrumental in helping us achieve this, because it’s easy to get to, easy to maneuver, and there’s something for everyone. To me those are absolutely immeasurable qualities.” Rachel Langenhorst, Instructional Coach and Tech Integrationist, Rock Valley School District (IA)
edWeb.net was founded 10 years ago, and in that time we’ve grown into an award-winning professional learning network that helps engaged and innovative educators share their best ideas and practices – anytime, anywhere – with educators around the country and the world.
It’s been 10 years since the dawn of the “connected educator” movement. In 2010 the U.S. Department of Education issued a National Education Technology Plan. The plan included the first statement officially endorsing the use of social networks for professional learning in education. “Social networks can be used to provide educators with career-long personal learning tools and resources that make professional learning timely and relevant as well as an ongoing activity that continually improves practice and evolves their skills over time.”
That statement remains as relevant as ever today, but equally relevant is the need for a space dedicated specifically for professional collaboration in education. General social networks have never been a good place for educators to come together to focus on how to improve teaching and learning.
edWeb has realized the dream of personalized professional learning at scale. The edWeb community has over 300,000 members of our professional learning network. They are engaged educators from preK through higher education who are committed to lifelong learning for themselves and to help their students learn more, achieve more, be more creative, and be better prepared for life.
edWeb has accumulated a body of research and practice to help educators get the most value from our free professional networking platform and our award-winning edWebinar programs. We hope this guide gives you inspiration and ideas to expand the ways you can offer personalized professional learning for educators, and make the learning more relevant, more immediate, and more fun.
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