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DIY Professional Development: Resource Roundup
Why wait for a formal workshop environment to start improving your teaching craft, when there are so many opportunities to build your network and learn new skills on your own? We've compiled a list of the best resources for do-it-yourself PD to get you started.
Originally Published: December 13, 2012 | Updated: April 2, 2014
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The Un-Conference Model
- Edcamps: Remixing Professional Development, by Andrew Marcinek (2014)
Edutopia blogger Marcinek gives us a personal perspective on how the Edcamp model changed his professional focus and provides examples of how he's adapted this model for staff, students and community. Thinking of organizing an Edcamp? Check out "Resources for Organizing an Edcamp" for a curated list of resources to help you on your way.
- Make. Write. Remix. Share. by Paul Oh (2013)
Oh, program associate with the National Writing Project, discusses the Educator Innovator initiative, the Summer of Making and Connecting, and opportunities for educators to make, learn, and share. If you're unfamiliar with Maker Faire, you may want to check out VideoAmy's "Five-Minute Film Festival: DIY Education at the Maker Faire."
- Join the Big Conversation of Learning 2.0, by Suzie Boss (2012)
Edutopia blogger Boss takes a look at some of the highlights of the Learning 2.0 virtual unconference that happened in August 2012.
- Empowering Teachers with DIY, by Betty Ray (2011)
Ray, Edutopia's director of programming and innovation, shares how DIY community and events -- like Mini-Maker Faires, TEDx events, and edcamps -- can empower teachers.
- How to Use the Startup Model to Ignite Innovation, by Elana Leoni (2011)
Leoni reports from Startup Weekend EDU and emphasizes the need for innovation and the entrepreneurial spirit in education.
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Building a Professional Learning Network (PLN)
- Adding a Spring to Your Step: 4 Ways to Beat the Winter Blues, by Nicholas Provenzano (2014)
Edutopia blogger Provenzano makes four suggestions for ramping up after the low energy of winter, including more teacher interaction in the building and online.
- How Do I Get a PLN? by Tom Whitby (2013)
Guest blogger Whitby, a 40-year veteran of the teaching profession and an extremely connected educator, offers some basic, practical wisdom about what a PLN is and how to get one.
- Resources from Connected Educator Month, by Ashley Cronin (2013)
Seek out opportunities for informal professional development and building your PLN in this curated guide to websites, events, and other resources from Connected Educator Month.
- 21st-Century PLNs for School Leaders, by George Couros (2012)
School district administrator Couros encourages social media newbies to expand their PLNs for their own professional development, as well as for the benefit of their students.
- Resources for Growing Your Professional Learning Network, by Edutopia Staff (2011)
This excerpt from our Summer Rejuvenation Guide will help you get ideas and tips for creating connections and developing a network.
- Edutopia's Community
Visit Edutopia’s community to connect and exchange ideas, resources, and information to further your own learning. Also, for a list of upcoming professional-development opportunities, see Edutopia's events page, updated weekly: "Educational Webinars, Unconferences, and Conferences."
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