Choose Your Own PD Adventure

March 12, 2015 - Initiative Development

Make Sure You Sign Up At MyLearningPlan

In order to receive credit for today you must sign up at MLP and complete the activity on the Padlet linked on the bottom of this Smore.

Your Chance to Focus on Something That Matters to YOU

Pick something to learn more about. Sign up and work on a MOOC. Read one of those educational articles you get in your inbox (but never have time to read) and think about how you can apply it to your classroom. Watch a webinar. The time is yours to choose how you can grow. Then share what you did. Some ideas follow.

Take Something

The Canvas Network has a bunch of MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses). Titles are everything from Teaching Online: A Reflection on Practice , Gaming, Literacy and Learning, Introduction to Public Speaking, Science Fiction/Science Fact: Predictions and Math, Tinker, Make & Learn...honestly, a whole bunch of options. Find a course, sign up, and get started today. Note: Don't worry if a course has already started...catching up is not an issue.

Google for Education has a number of modules you can take to advance your Google skills.

Read Something

Maybe you get newsletters from a professional organization that you never seem to get to...or a blog you're subscribed to that you can't find time to check out. Spend this time exploring what like-minded professionals have to say, and see how you can apply it to your professional practice.

Some other places you might want to check out...

NCTE (National Council of Teachers of English)

NCTM (National Council of Teachers of Math)

NSTA (National Science Teachers Association)

NCSS (National Council for the Social Studies)

November Learning


Education Week

T.H.E. Journal

Connected Educators

Watch Something

We don't always have time to go to the interesting webinars that are offered throughout the year. Luckily, most organizations archive them so you can access them any time.

Education Week has a large offering of archived webinars on everything from

"How Teachers Can Build Social-Emotional Learning Skills," "Digital Math Strategies to Personalize Learning in K-8," "Student-Generated, Cutting-Edge Technology for Learning," "The Rise of Kindergarten-Readiness Testing," "Reading to Learn: Creative Supports Beyond 3rd Grade Retention," "How Much Digital Literacy Do Students Need?"...and tons more. To view these, go through the sign up process and then you will be able to watch the recording.

iNACOL also has a large repository of archived webinars, solely focused on issues related to blended and online learning. Titles include "Tech Tools to Enhance Student Engagement in Blended and Online Learning," "Examining K-12 Online Teachers Educational Practices for Effectiveness and Student Success for Critical Need Algebra I and Biology Courses," and "The Students Speak About Online and Blended Learning."

Create Something

We do amazing things here, every day. There are a lot of teachers out there who would love to see, experience, and learn from what you do. Create something to show off your talents and classroom.

Start a blog. Some great ideas of other teachers' blogs are here and here.

Create a podcast. Think that no one wants to hear what teachers have to say? Don't tell these people or these or these.

Write an article. All of those places that you love to read articles also accept them. Write one - you ARE an expert - and submit it. See what happens!

Create a presentation. Think about something you'd love to present. It could be here - to your department, your division, or the school at large (maybe at the conference this summer?). It could be at a conference outside of PALCS. If you had to design a presentation, what would it be on? Start working on it. See where it leads you.

Share Your Adventure

On the Padlet you'll share what you did today. Directions are on the page. Follow the directions to share in order to receive your Act 48 credit for today.