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It is no secret that professional development for education is important, even though it can be a “hit or miss” experience with little or no follow up or, despite the name, development. Below are links to help either introduce a topic, or to provide important, ongoing help.

National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

Alison. Welcome to ALISON – a five million-strong, global online learning community, filled with free, high-quality resources to help you develop essential, certified workplace skills.

Coursera. Coursera is an education platform that partners with top universities and organizations worldwide, to offer courses online for anyone to take, for free. There is an Android app, a Windows app and an iOs app for Apple.

Deeper Learning MOOC. A free, flexible, nine-week online course that will allow K-16 educators to learn about how deeper learning can be put into practice. (The course was offered in January 2014, but there are links to resources still accessible.)

Edudemic. A vast collection of resources for teachers and students.

Edudemic Teacher’s Guides. Guides that explain various topics in educational technology.

Edutopia. A comprehensive website and online community that increases knowledge, sharing, and adoption of what works in K-12 education. We emphasize core strategies: project-based learning, comprehensive assessment, integrated studies, social and emotional learning, educational leadership and teacher development, and technology integration.

edWeb.net. edWeb.net is a highly-acclaimed professional social and learning network that has become a vibrant online community for exceptional educators, decision-makers, and influencers who are on the leading edge of innovation in education.

Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education. ISKME is an independent, education non-profit established in 2002, whose mission is to improve the practice of continuous learning, collaboration, and change in the education sector. Based in Silicon Valley’s Half Moon Bay, California, ISKME supports innovative teaching and learning practices throughout the globe, and is well-known for its pioneering open education initiatives.

Learn Out Loud. LearnOutLoud.com weeks to showcase the best audio & video learning content on the Web. The site seeks to provide links to the vast expansion of audio & video learning on the Internet with the rising popularity of audio book downloads, podcasts, YouTube, free colleges courses, and many other great resources that have become available.

Mindsteps. At Mindsteps, we don’t force you to become someone else or require you to throw out everything you’ve already learned in order to be successful with students. You can be an amazing educator in your own style and in your own way. Through our workshops, consulting and online resources, we teach you the principles we know make great educators even better and give you tools to apply what you learn to your own classroom, your own students, your own school.

NPTEL. NPTEL provides E-learning through online Web and Video courses in Engineering, Science and humanities streams. The mission of NPTEL is to enhance the quality of Engineering education in the country by providing free online courseware.

Open Educational Resources. Open Education Resources (OER) are teaching and learning materials freely available for everyone to use, whether you are a teacher or a learner. This includes full courses, modules, syllabi, lectures, homework assignments, quizzes, lab activities, pedagogical materials, games, simulations, and many more resources contained in digital media collections from around the world.

Open Ed. Billing itself as the world’s largest stop for K-12 resources, the site is free with registration.

Peer to Peer University. Peer 2 Peer University (we mostly just say P2PU) is a grassroots open education project that organizes learning outside of institutional walls and gives learners recognition for their achievements.

Sophia. Sophia provides paid and free college readiness resources for students, including test prep and refresher courses, as well as professional development resources for teachers.

Udacity. Udacity brings accessible, affordable, engaging, and highly effective higher education to the world. We believe that higher education is a basic human right, and we seek to empower our students to advance their education and careers.

By Topic

Common Core

Open Educational Resources. A list of resources to help with implementation and understanding of the Common Core.

The Teacher’s Guide to the Library of Congress. The U.S. Library of Congress has just swooped in and unveiled an enormous new (and free!) resource that’s all about the Common Core. It’s located at http://www.loc.gov/teachers and worth checking out.

Game Based Learning

Open Educational Resources. A collection of websites about game based learning.

The Teacher’s Guide to Digital Scavenger Hunts. If you’ve got a smartphone or a tablet in your classroom, you’re ready for the adventure to begin! By adventure I mean, of course, the world of active learning through digital scavenger hunts. In this hunt, students are tasked with finding a particular physical object, person, or place and have to use technology to track it down. Note: an ‘online scavenger hunt’ usually implies that you’re hunting around online and not physically with classmates. For the purpose of this article, I’m focusing on the physical version I’ve dubbed ‘digital scavenger hunts’.

Flexible Learning

Flexible Learning. Flexible Learning is a type of curriculum design applied in formal education and training so as to offer people more choice, personalization and control of their learning to suit particular needs.

Online Safety

The Teacher’s Guide to Keeping Students Safe Online. Most students are familiar with and active users of mobile technology. While it does facilitate sharing and knowledge exchange, it can be a dangerous tool if improperly used. By this I mean students using their smartphones (or dumbphones, for that matter) to share things they would never normally share. From inappropriate comments to sexting, it’s a dangerous minefield. So rather than viewing the problem as something that has to be blocked, teachers can view the ‘over-sharing’ by students as something that needs to be acknowledged.

Primary Sources

Open Education Resource. A collection of websites helping with using primary sources.

Social and Emotional Learning

Open Educational Resources. This is a list of links from the Open Education Resources. If you are just starting out, this is a good site to visit first.

Social Media

The Teacher’s Guide to Twitter. Twitter has proven itself to be an indispensable tool for educators around the globe. Whatever skill level you may be, Twitter is downright fun and worth your time. So here’s a useful guide that we curated from Edudemic’s archives in an effort to put something together that was a bit easier to read than random blog posts. We hope you enjoy and will be regularly adding to this guide so feel free to leave your ideas down in the comments or by, what else, tweeting us @edudemic anytime!

The Teacher’s Guide to Pinterest. Pinterest has quickly become one of the biggest ways for teachers to share resources and information short of Twitter. It lets you build ‘boards’ and easily ‘pin’ parts of the web (text, images, videos, websites, etc.) onto those boards. Simple enough, right? Here’s our Teacher’s Guide To Pinterest that gives you a few more ideas about how to properly use Pinterest in an education setting.

Teachers as Makers

Open Educational Resources.


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