Professional Learning Resources
Training to Fit Every Need
The district is committed to providing resources for staff to use as part of professional development days, in the Professional Learning Communities (PLCs), and on their own. In the past we have all had access to expert facilitators/trainers, professional libraries, book studies, UEN resources, CACTUS approved courses, and conferences to provide information for our Professional Learning Days.
There are now multiple training resources available through online video libraries. TED Talks, the Teaching Channel, Connected Learning TV, and Creative Commons are making great contributions. Some of you have explored Kahn Academy, Code Academy, Common Sense Media, YouTube and Google for answers to specific questions. Others have taken online courses through endorsement programs or explored resources through university MOOCs like Udacity, Edex, and Corsera. Perhaps you are an iTUNES University buff. You may have even found your way to Mozilla's http://openbadges.org, BYU's free tech training at http://iptedtec.org, online professional communities like https://edshelf.com, a Twitter group, or some teacher blog. Great resources abound if you have time to look for them.
Grants and Other Funding Sources
Tech PD Phases for Teachers
Knowing Where to Start
Our goal as a district technology department is to provide reliable and straight forward access to quality training resources. Below are some resources currently available and others being considered to assist teachers with effectively using technology for learning.