Summer is a great time to relax, recharge, go to the beach, and also have some fun engaging in professional learning. Many educators are finding that the growing world of online professional communities is not only a great way to find resources and ideas (especially tech ideas), but also a place to meet up and have fun!
edWeb.net is a community built especially for educators and provides free professional learning communities (PLCs) and webinars on a wide range of really forward-thinking topics like assessment, game-based learning, mobile learning, techtools for the classroom, school gardens, digital citizenship, and much more. Unfortunately, most schools and districts don’t have the time, money, or expertise to provide information and training on these exciting new frontiers in education. edWeb provides just-in-time PD by educators and for educators that accelerates learning for everyone!
What’s a MOOC?
Have you been reading about or tried to take a MOOC? It’s been the latest craze in online learning – a “massively open online course.” edWeb’s programs are like a MINI-MOOC. We average 275 live attendees on our webinars – just the right size to have a very active live chat that provides a fantastic forum for collaboration with our dynamic presenters, and with each other. With edWeb you can drop in anytime – there are no start and stop dates – and all the resources are free and always available in our online communities, so you never miss a thing.
Angela Maiers, who just presented on edWeb this week, says, “The smartest person in the room is the room!” Love that. edWeb provides “rooms” on all kinds of innovative topics in education and brings in such a passionate and motivated group of educators who are delighted and thankful to have the opportunity to share and learn from each other.
Join the Assessment for Learning Community!
We are delighted that one of edWeb’s most popular communities – Assessment for Learning – is now hosted by Triumph Learning!
The goal of this professional learning community is to provide ideas and resources to help you with instruction and formative assessment. It will also help you to use technology to change the process of student assessment to improve, differentiate and personalize instruction. Assessment for Learning is a forum for educators to come together online to engage, innovate, and discuss best practices for the classroom.
Sign up for one of the upcoming free webinars!
Tuesday, July 29th - 2PM Eastern Time
Presented by Eileen Depka, PhD, Director of Continuous Improvement and Assessment for New Berlin Schools in Wisconsin and author with Samantha Bunting, Vice President, Digital Content for Triumph Learning
Thursday, August 14th - 3PM Eastern Time
Presented by Kelly Goodrich, Director of Policy and Advocacy, Northwest Evaluation Association and Peter Grunwald, Founder and President, Grunwald Associates
Monday, September 22nd - 3PM Eastern Time
Presented by Damian Cooper, Education Consultant, Plan-Teach-Assess
Join the community and you’ll participate in online discussions and be invited to all future events – and it’s all FREE!
Giving credit where credit is due!
Educators who are motivated and take the time to use social media for professional learning get many perks just for being part of an online community with fellow educators who share the same passion. But let’s be realistic, we all need recognition for going the extra mile. edWeb provides CE certificates to educators who attend our live webinars, or watch the recordings that are archived on edWeb.net. Fortunately, many educators are beginning to get credit for informal professional learning, so our certificates are accepted in many districts and some states for PD and certification requirements.
Snack on some PD this summer
One of our members calls edWeb a great PD “snack” – it’s so fun and satisfying! Join in the collaboration and fun this summer by participating in these great programs:
Do you know a new teacher? Pass the word on about our great PLC for new teachers – New Teacher Help.
Want to try an edWeb PD snack?
Explore the explosion of technology education apps and how they can be great tools for you and your students. Here is a link to a recent webinar that rocked our edWeb world – over 700 educators attended this webinar live: