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. (Updated: 4/2014)
Resources by Topic:
- All About Twitter
- The Un-Conference Model
- Tech Tools on Your Own Time
- Building a Professional Learning Network (PLN)
- Additional Resources on the Web
All About Twitter
- Five Tips for Taking Advantage of Twitter Over the Summer, by Elana Leoni (2013)
Edutopia's director of social media strategy and marketing provides us with five summertime tips for taking advantage of Twitter as a professional learning network in preparation for the new school year.
- Five-Minute Film Festival: Twitter in Education, by Amy Erin Borovoy (2012)
Twitter has become a powerful tool for teaching and learning. VideoAmy offers up a playlist of videos that will help you learn to use the social platform for networking, sharing resources, and more.
- 12 Reasons to Get Your School District Tweeting, by Joe Mazza (2012)
Blogger and elementary principal Mazza suggests (at least) 12 reasons why it's essential for school districts to open a Twitter account and start tweeting.
- On Twitter: To Follow or Not to Follow, by Nicholas Provenzano (2012)
Blogger Provenzano offers his three basic rules for keeping teacher-student Twitter communications reasonable and appropriate.
- How to Use Twitter to Grow Your PLN, by Betty Ray (Updated 2012)
Ray discusses how to get started using Twitter to expand your personal learning network and provides a list of education-based "chats" on Twitter. You might also want to read Suzie Boss's early introduction to educational uses for Twitter, "Twittering, Not Frittering: Professional Development in 140 Characters."
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)
- 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.
Tech Tools on Your Own Time
- Social Media Savvy? Four Tips to Help You Get Started, by Lisa Michelle Dabbs (2013)
Edutopia blogger Dabbs provides a helpful, encouraging guide to developing your social-media savvy.
- How Educators and Schools Can Make the Most of Google Hangouts, by Mary Beth Hertz (2013)
Edutopia blogger Hertz gives us the basics on how educators and schools can make the most of Google Hangouts.
- Five-Minute Film Festival: Learn to Use Web 2.0 Tools, by Amy Erin Borovoy (2012)
Ready to start exploring some new technology tools to help your students be better creators and collaborators? VideoAmy hunted down the best video tutorials for many popular free Web 2.0 tools.
- Pinterest for Educators? by Eric Sheninger (2012)
Principal Sheninger reviews this social-media bulletin board tool to discover some exciting educational opportunities. Also check out VideoAmy's "Five-Minute Film Festival: Pinterest for Teaching and Learning" for a playlist of videos about Pinterest.
- Join The Web Tools Collective, by Eric Brunsell (2011)
- How to Use New-Media Tools in Your Classroom (Video Playlist) (2009)
In these brief user-generated video clips, educators from around the country give lessons about specific technology and social-media tools you can use with your students.
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 Groups
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."