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Great Article and the

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Great Article and the tips.
We are trying to teach using online tools to graduate students as we also feel that “Education is not one size fits all.” Check our teachings at http://beyond.insofe.edu.in and give us your inputs.

Thanks for sharing this

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Thanks for sharing this useful tips with us. Its really useful. I will definitely follow all your tips.

Social Media Specialist for Georgia Virtual School

Thanks Jennifer! I agree,

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Thanks Jennifer! I agree, there is so much out there for virtual teaching when it comes to higher learning, but it's often tough to find the right resources for K-12 teachers to get PD on this subject. We are hoping that the TOOL will help fill that gap. We hope you will join and give us your thoughts-we'd love to have them. If you need any more information, or would like to talk to one of our program directors any further about the program, please don't hesitate to email me directly, and I can put you in touch. leslie.houck(at)gavirtualschool.org #eteacherTOOL

Online English teacher and teacher leader from Hilliard, Ohio

Jennifer: Stumbled on this

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Jennifer: Stumbled on this article today about networking: http://www.edutopia.org/blog/how-do-i-get-a-pln-tom-whitby?utm_source=fa...
Some great ideas to help get connected with other educators!

Online English teacher and teacher leader from Hilliard, Ohio

Looks like a great resource!

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Looks like a great resource! I've not heard of #eteacherTOOL before, but I plan to sign up. It seems like the information is applicable to all levels of online teaching. That's huge, because most of what's out there is targeted at teachers and students in the post-secondary setting. If the program is as good as it seems, I'll definitely share it with our online teacher team! Thanks for sharing, LesliewithGAVS!

Online English teacher and teacher leader from Hilliard, Ohio

In Ohio, we have several

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In Ohio, we have several organizations that can help with PD and networking (ITSCO, eTech Ohio, ODE). You're in Maryland, right? It might be good to check with your state's Department of Education to see if they have any support systems in place.
I also met many other teachers through PD offerings by Quality Matters. Quality Matters is the best PD I've ever had -- and I didn't know about until I had been teaching for 8 years. They offer PD courses that teachers/administrators can take (on-site and online).
As a district, we've also put out feelers to other local districts to see how they handle online courses so we can collaborate with them. We've gone on site visits to see what they're doing and have hosted many here. That can be tough if you're ahead of the game, though.
Even though the idea of online is not new, it can be challenging to find other teachers who are going through the same struggles. You have to actively look for them and try to develop a collaborative relationship.
I hope this helps! Good luck!
Jennifer

Technology Integration Specialist, Calvert County Public Schools

Thanks for the great article.

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Thanks for the great article. It was extremely helpful and informative. In the article, you mention online communities and non-profit organizations that can be of help to districts. I am wondering....can you share the names of the resources that you used to give me more of an idea of where to turn for help from a non-profit or community? THANKS!

Social Media Specialist for Georgia Virtual School

Great article and good tips

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Great article and good tips to follow. If teachers are also looking to gain more skills in teaching online, we have just launched a professional development program where they can do so-casually, or more seriously, in order to earn badges. The #eteacherTOOL is open to everyone-ck it out https://www.openteachertraining.org/

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