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Five Great Resources for FREE Online PD

Check out these resources for engaging and FREE online professional development courses and webinars to help you fine tune your skills, while keeping up with the newest and best practices in our field! 


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.  A free registration is required for general access, and for those that would like extended access, there is a “members only” option that will earn you year-round access to all available webinars (and their archives), complete with handouts and eBooks.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Sophia’s site in general provides affordable online courses for college credit.  However, Sophia for Teachers is completely free with registration.  For example, Capella University’s “Professional Development Courses for Digital Age Classroom” section covers a wide range of 21st century topics, all live, full online courses, easy-to-access, and all directed toward practitioners in the field.  Their webinars boast of “real teachers teaching teachers,” and seem to mostly center around EdTech resources and best practices, including year-round sessions from education superstars like Bill Nye.

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Compiled by Keith Lambert, Education World Associate Contributing Editor

Lambert is an English / Language Arts teacher and teacher trainer in Connecticut.