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Teacher Development

21st century teachers have web2.0 ways to learn by sharing and collaboration online. That’s why we put the “community and educators” at the top of this section. The resources curated in this page are free! Also in the Educational Resources page, many listed websites have free teacher professional development resources, remember to check it out !

Community of Educators

Connected Educators is the online home of the Connected Online Communities of Practice (COCP) project. In collaboration with a wide range of educational organizations and educators, COCP is increasing the quality, accessibility, and connectedness of existing and emerging online communities of practice.You can find a community best suited for your interest in Educator Community Directory.

Disruptive Innovation – From flipping the classroom and mobile learning to social media and students as creators, let’s examine some real-life educational innovations, try out some interesting technologies, share from our own experiences, and brainstorm ways to move forward despite institutional lethargy and the chorus of nay-sayers who claim innovation is impossible. – resources, network, forum, groups, events (sponsored by Elluminate) ; join free webinars and discussions in real time or participate with members asynchronously; host a group of up to three participants for free; develop networks with colleagues across town or around the world (Top 25 websites selected by ALA, 2010)

Discovery Education Network (DEN) – with over 100,000 members providing teacher development to over 600,000 educators worldwide, the DEN connects 21st century teachers both on-line and in-person.

The Educator’s PLN – the personal learning network for educators on Ning, there are podcasts from education leaders, special groups, resource links, and events for teacher development.

ISTE Community – International Society for Technology & Education is a great place for educators to come together and collaborate on technology issues.

Classroom 2.0 – the social network for those 21st century teachers interested in Web 2.0 and Social Media in education. It’s created by Steve Hargadon and used by thousands of educators on a daily basis.

SocialEdCon (formerly EduBloggerCon) is the six-year-old unconference on social media, technology, and education change that is held a couple of times a year at different ed tech conference, and annually in its largest incarnation the Saturday before the ISTE conference.

EdCamp Philly is an unconference devoted to K-12 Education issues and ideas. It is free (or very cheap), democratic, participant-driven professional development for teachers. Check out all the events here.

Other participant-driven PD: EduConTeachmeetNT Camp

Virtual Conference:

EDUTOPIA – a Web site published by The George Lucas Educational Foundation (GLEF). Founded in 1991 by filmmaker George Lucas and venture capitalist Steve Arnold, the Foundation celebrates and encourages innovation in K-12 schools. Edutopia serves its Foundation’s non-profit mission to highlight what works in education through the creation of media featuring creative educators, parents and others who are making positive change.

PBL-Online was created under the leadership of the Buck Institute for Education, with major contributions by the George Lucas Foundation, the Department of Educational Technology at Boise State University, and a group of University partners. Initial funding for this web site was provided by the Fund for the Improvement of Post Secondary Education (FIPSE), U.S. Department of Education. There are free online course for teachers and students. is a professional social network for education community, there are different interest groups like  Exploring eBooks for K-12 EducationGame-Based LearningLearner-Centered School LeadershipNew Mobile Learning ExplorationsNew Teacher Help, PD in ActionTechnology and SchoolsTechTools for the ClassroomUsing Your Student Data for Student Achievement

UDL Exchange is a place to browse and build resources, lessons and collections. You can use and share these materials to support instruction guided by the UDL principles.

universal design for learning

Global Education Conference is a community on Ning working together and exchanging experience about facilitating global education in digital classrooms. The conference is held online for free every year.

iEARN offers both face-to-face workshops and online professional development courses for educators seeking to integrate online global project work into their classrooms.  Since 1988, iEARN has equipped more than 100,000 educators with the technical, collaborative and organizational skills needed to participate fully in a global, collaborative Internet-based learning environment.

Google Teacher Community – the Google for Educator Discussion Group

Apple Distinguished Educators (ADE) community – a select group of K-12 and Higher Education professionals possessing an identified expertise in educational technology leadership.

Teachers Engage Community by INTEL Education, for 21st century teachers

Teacher Experience Exchange – with lots of free teacher development courses, hosted by HP

The 21st Century Teacher is a new community for teachers to exchange thoughts and resources.

BetterLesson – Browse a wide array of documents, presentations, full lessons – even complete units and courses. Share your curriculum and connect with fellow educators arounde the world. BetterLesson was founded by a group of teachers from Atlanta and Boston public schools to connect educators and help them create, organize, and share their curricula.

Sophia – a free online community connecting learners, teachers, experts and parents to share and rate the contents for quality and academic soundness. There are free lesson plans, private group (study) creation, and online tutoring. It encourages members’ participation by Sophia score according to your contribution in several aspects. It has been described as a mashup of Facebook, Wikipedia, and YouTube focused solely on education, allows educators create a customized learning environment in a private or public setting. The mantra is to flip the student-teacher ratio on its head. Sophia had announced that it acquired Guaranteach, a web-based service that provides tens of thousands of tutorials and assessment tools and offered its collection of tutorials on a pay-per-use basis, but Sophia will offer them at no cost.

teachers without borders

Teachers Without Borders is a leading nonprofit in the field of international education and teacher professional development. TWB works to advance the quality of human welfare globally by empowering teachers as local leaders in their own communities. Programs are locally led and member driven, and online membership is free.

Twitter4Teachers wiki – a wiki built for teachers to start building their own PLN, you can add your own twitter account, too

Using Facebook as a Professional Development Tool – a list of facebook resources for educators

Social Learning Handbook from C4LPT by Jane Hart, here you can find more resources, articles and presentations about social learning from her.

Online bookmarking networks : Delicious or Diigo , you can find educator communities


Professional Development Resources

Resources from US Department of Education editor’s pick

Open Training Platform – UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Science and culture organization)  facilitates a collaborative access to existing free training courses and promotes open licensed resources to specialized groups and local communities for development.

ISKME’s OER Commons Teacher Training Initiative offers teachers a collaborative professional development model centered on engagement with Open Educational Resources (OER). Visit: (watch this video for more info. ISKME’s OER Commons Teacher Training Initiative)

The Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources program provides primary source-based professional development to teachers across the country.

Annenberg Media professional development workshops and courses provide teachers with content and pedagogical learning to strengthen their professional credentials.All materials may be accessed for free from

e-Learning for Educators is funded by a Ready to Teach grant from the U.S. Department of Education. Participating states and organizations are: Alabama, Delaware, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. Boston College and Education Development Center (EDC) are providing technical assistance, consultation, and evaluation. Alabama Public Television is administering the grant.

New iTunes U curates a lot of professional development resources for teachers. Free Professional Development Content from ASCD Now Available on the New iTunes U, too.

Teacher Challenge is connecting teachers through free professional learning, it is made up of free 30 day professional development challenges where participants are stepped through weekly tasks that increase their skills while working together as part of a global community.

LessonCast is to enable teachers to make short, two-and-a-half minute videos explaining a particular lesson or classroom management strategy.  A lessoncast is a spreadable example of the what, why, and how of effective teaching. Its mission is helping teachers share content, but it’s also about helping foster mentor relationships.

Bloomboard has free observation and evaluation tools and a big library of online professional development.

Project Share utilizes a collection of Web 2.0 tools and applications to provide professional development resources for teachers across the state and build professional learning communities where educators can collaborate, share resources and participate in online learning opportunities. It’s an initiative for Texas teachers, and will be available for students.

Teaching Channel collects videos of teachers demonstrating their best practices. The videos are categorized according to grade level, subject, and topic, accompanied by documents detailing the lessons.

Teacher Training Video provides free technology training videos for teachers, including learning ICT tools(very detail videos of how-to), tools for teaching other languages and resources for learning languages.

The Texas Computer Education Association (TCEA) is devoted to the use of technology in education. TCEA was established in 1980 to support technology in education and has grown to a membership of more than 14,000 educators. TechNotes is their newsletter providing rich information about techie tools for 21st century teachers.

Learning Center of NSTA for teacher professional development, 5,200 different resources that cater to your preference for learning, over 1,400 resources, such as journal articles, science objects and web seminars are available for free.

Focus on Effectiveness brings together two powerful resources to improve classroom results: research about effective instructional practices, and carefully selected technology tools and recommendations for their use. Research and technology play an increasing role in curriculum development and school decision-making. This Web site brings the two together in a context that is useful for teachers.

Google Teacher Academy – a FREE professional development experience designed to help primary and secondary educators from around the globe get the most from Google’s free product and other  technologies.

Microsoft Partners in Learning Portal – Microsoft professional development communities for teachers, best practices, free software, and online training materials. Microsoft has some great Teacher Guides available for free. The guides have teaching tips and step-by-step instructions on a variety of topics and tools and technologies. They are all free and downloadable in PDF form. Topics include: Critical Thinking in web searches, Windows Movie Maker, Free tools from Microsoft, Digital Storytelling, Microsoft Office, web apps, OneNote, Bing and Mathematics, and Accessibility in the Classroom.

PBS Teachers – online professional development, TV programming and multimedia web content, lesson plan ideas, and ways to connect with other educators is supported by the Goodwill Community Foundation, Inc. , it exists to serve the educational part of the GCF mission, It’s your free learning source with over 750 lessons and 250 videos covering computers, reading and math. There are even free mobile Apps that let you learn on the go !

ALISON – free online Courses & Certification. ALISON offers free independent interactive multimedia training courses.

YALSA Academy YALSA Academy is YALSA’s online educational video initiative. YALSA Academy provides short training videos on a range of teen services topics completely free of charge. The videos are created by school and public teen librarians and library staff workers from around the country.

Becoming an eTeacher – for any teacher who want to have a website for their educational work

Learn it in 5 is a how-to instructional video library for teachers using technology in the classroom. Learn classroom strategies for Web 2.0 teaching technology with how-to videos on most Web 2.0 social media applications. The library is constantly growing

Five Things I’ve Learned is a new website that shares the personal insights of education leaders who are working to improve learning for students, both inside and outside the classroom. The site launched in June 2012 with 54 educators, thought leaders, and innovators who are shaping the face of education today, including the Cooney Center’s Executive Director Michael H. Levine.

Teaching 2.0 – a teacher professional development recourse blog

Centre for Learning and Performance Technologies (C4LPT) – a resource site for the use of new technologies for working and learning

National Staff Development Council (

Teacher PD Sourcebook – a directory by Education Week

Educators Professional Development – online database of professional development conferences and workshops for educators and teachers from Early Learning to Grade 12.

Bookmark : Top 50 Education and Technology Journals (by Ben Betts)

Open Courses

OpenCourseWare Consortium – a free and open digital publication of high quality university‐level educational materials, from a community of hundreds of universities and associated organizations

Academic Earth – online courses from the world top scholars like Harvard, Stanford, and Yale, also online professional certificates are available

OpenLearn is the UK Open University’s contribution to the Open Educational Resources (OER) project. It is part-funded by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

MIT Open Course ware – a web-based publication of virtually all MITcourse content – Almost 7000 video lectures, with a high emphasis on Computer Science. This site makes good use of Web 2.0 tools, having a Facebook Group and Twitter account

Free Video Lectures – 790+ Online Courses, 18400+ Videos from Top 30+ Universities on 35+ Categories

Lecture Fox – a central link respository with a very simple interface in which they indicate whether each lecture has video, audio, and/or notes available

VideoTalks – a massive repository of free inspirational talks from 58 publishers, including TED, BigThink, PopTech

YouTube EDU – not only lectures, more resources

Learners TV – Video Lectures, Video Courses, Science Animations, Lecture Notes, Online Test, Lecture Presentations. Absolutely FREE.

More information about Open Educational Resources organized by Wikiversity

MoodleShare is a community of Moodlers sharing their Free Moodle courses, Moodle Sites, and Moodle Units/Lessons. There are lots of courses for teacher development, online instruction and teaching with technology. Several examples like:

Courses and course materials produced by the Open High School of Utah are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Content shared via under CC license.

Creating e-Portfolios with Google Sites by Jen Hegna is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.


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