Below are some free professional learning sites you might be interested in. There are archived webinars about an hour in length, articles, videos and more. You will need to register at each site in order to access the resources. You already belong to Discovery Education.
As a DEN member, you can experience a variety of flexible learning events—choose the format that works for you, at a time and location that’s convenient. Participate on your couch, from a coffee shop, with your colleagues in a staff meeting, or at an in-person DEN event. When you’re ready for professional learning, we’re here.
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- Webinars, virtual field trips, and online events
Self-paced, interactive modules, and packaged professional learning programs
In-person local and national events, learning summits, and international summer institutes
ASCD has a huge archive of past webinars from some of education’s top minds, not to mention a variety of upcoming live webinars you can register for – and much of it is absolutely free. Obviously, the interactive element of the live webinars is extremely beneficial, but if time does not allow, the archived videos are comprehensive and incredibly engaging. Certificates are available for those live-viewing the sessions.
TeachersFirst’s “OK2Ask” series is extremely easy to access and user-friendly. Search through webinars by keywords, subject, and grade level to access the material you are looking for. OK2Ask gives you access to literally thousands of phenomenally facilitated archived webinars. A free membership can give you access to some other extremely useful features such as access to exclusive content and the ability to “favorite” sessions. The biggest benefit of OK2Ask is how extensive and well-organized its library is. Access their upcoming webinar schedule here.
TeachingChannel doesn’t follow the “webinar” format, but it does a great job of creating video-based PD sessions that get the camera in the classroom, allowing you to watch strategies in action with real students and real educators. An extremely practical resource. Your free membership gives you access to hundreds of videos, outlining the newest classroom strategies. The site also has a phenomenal blog, where educators in the field share their ideas and reflections on practice, and an online “Q & A” community. This is the PD resource for educators who need to hear it from other educators, and see it in the classroom to believe it
edWeb is great, as they look not only to provide PD webinars for those interested, but they also facilitate online PLC communities. These communities can request and create webinar sessions, learn from each other, trade ideas and strategies, and workshop new ideas. Although edWeb does not allow access to the webinar archives, the sessions are year-round, and members can join a number of the PLC communities organized around a variety of focus areas, from Blended Learning to Digital Citizenship to Teaching Students with Autism. All free. Access the complete list of edWeb PLCs here.