Technology supported Professional Development

TPD PlayDeveloping a Personal Learning Network (PLN) is a great way to keep your professional skills and knowledge fresh, to connect to educators working in your field and share to your own resources, ideas and effective practice. You can find links about PLNs and using technology to support your professional development here. 

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Andrew Campbell: Hacking Your Professional Development

“Want more useful, meaningful, self-directed and convenient professional learning?” How to get started with your own Personal Learning Network (PLN) (2013).

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TeachMeet

A TeachMeet is an informal meet up of people working in and passionate about education – they support grassroots professional development. Events are framed by short talks and demos from people working within education – sharing practice that works. You can check out the Wikipedia definition here.

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Top 10 don’ts for wannabe teacher bloggers

This Guardian article was written by blogger, head and physics teacher Tom Sherrington. Tips for getting started with blogging (2013).

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LCC SchoolTech

Resources, updates and reports from Leicester City Council’s BSF ICT Team.

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Futurelab at NFER

The Enquiring Schools Programme, CPD workshops, projects and Resources from Futurelab.

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Vital

Vital aims to support practitioners in sharing their expertise and enhance the quality of teaching and learning. Their remit includes the embedded use of new technologies across the curriculum, digital literacy; computing (the discipline), IT (the subject) and the use of data (e.g. MIS). Their site houses subject and specialist forums, and events calendar and a range of resources.

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Naace

Naace is a professional association representing the voice of the UK education technology community in the schools sector. They provide a range of resources, activities and run events and CPD opportunities.

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Edfutures

Research and case studies relating to models of technology provision in schools, including 1:1 computing, Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), Digital Leaders programmes, Cloud Computing and Flipped Classroom.

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Connected Educator Starter Kit (PDF)

Simple things to do every day for 31 days to get connected. This kit was created as part of the US Education Department’s Connected Educator Month 2013.  You can find a huge wealth of resources over at the Connected Educator site.

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Guide to Building a Professional Learning Network (2012)

Learn how to use web 2.0 and social media tools to become a connected educator.

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Ideas Factory: Using Twitter and the Personal Learning Network in Education

Round up of links to information and resources looking at using Twitter in the classroom, for Professional Development, and for sharing, co-operation and collaboration.

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George Couros: 21st Century PLNs for School Leaders

3 ways of getting started with Personal Learning Networks (2012)

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Twitter Workshop

Presentation on using twitter for learning and teaching, and to develop personal learning networks (2012). Josie provided further workshops for staff in March 2014, details of these, along with resources can be accessed at the LCC School Tech blog.

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Tweeting for teachers: how can social media support teacher professional development?

This report looks at the ways in which teachers and other educators are using social media to develop personal learning networks (PLNs) and supported continuous professional development (CPD) (2011).

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Classroom 2.0

A free, community supported online network for educators who want to develop their skills and confidence in using technologies – beginners especially welcome!

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This page was last updated in September 2014. We welcome suggestions for our next review –  if you would like to contribute any Technology supported Professional Development resources to this page please submit these via the comments, including a link and a short introductory paragraph.

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