I’m willing to bet that professional development really revs your engine. No?
Well I probably should have guessed that, since I have a number of teacher friends and relatives who are always happy to regale me with stories of calling out sick on staff/professional development (‘inservice’) days, or dreading them wholeheartedly if they can’t manage to get out of them. Descriptions of these dreaded days are often adorned with adjectives like ‘boring’ or ‘lame’, sometimes even ‘irrelevant’.
So in an ideal world, professional development for teachers would:
So while you may not be able to get out of your school’s staff development days, you CAN use the plethora of other resources available to you on the internet to provide yourself with your own professional development.
And if you’re in the market to brush up on your EdTech skills, it might be worth checking out Lynda.com, which provides training on a wide variety of software and web based programs.
A subscription costs $25 per month, but if you consider that you can view as many training videos as you’d like, and can watch and re-watch them as you wish, it’s not a bad deal – especially compared with other types of professional development courses that you’d take in person, or experience in conference type format.
There are training videos for things like WordPress, iBooks, Evernote, Moodle, iPads, Keynote, and PowerPoint. If there’s a software or web based product that you’re not sure how to use, this is a great place to learn how to use it for a really reasonable price. You might even find something that you’re interested in learning that doesn’t relate to your teaching (Photoshop, anyone?).
I’ll give a brief disclaimer here, which is that we haven’t been paid by the site, I just happen to think it offers good information that can be relevant to teachers who are looking to make their professional development relevant and useful for themselves.