Free Professional Development Opportunities for 2012

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The link below is a great blog post that offers over 20 free professional development opportunities for 2012.  Which one(s) will YOU do?!  Have any others to share?  Leave a comment!


Global Collaboration Online “Course”

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Check out this online course to learn more about global collaborations and how to go about getting your students involved.  The blog post below was borrowed from

Global Collaboration Course

January 6 to 11

It has never been easier to connect classrooms around the world, and lots of teachers are doing it in different ways. In this course we will explore how you can turn a connection into a global learning experience for your students. We will look at ways to make this experience authentic and real, and discuss what it takes to collaborate with other classes in other countries. Ultimately our contention is that authentic global collaboration has less to do with the tools and more to do with approaches to teaching and learning.

As part of this course you will have a chance to examine the different global collaborative opportunities available to teachers, and explore the teacher skills, student skills and appropriate pedagogy needed to turn those connections into an authentic, collaborative learning experience.  We will also review some of the tools that help classrooms connect effectively.

The course has been designed by Phil Macoun (@pmacoun) and Brad Ovenell-Carter (@braddo).  Phil has participated in the Digiteen project for 4 years and is currently enrolled in the Flat Classroom Certified Teacher program.  Brad spent last year as head of Think Global, a school where students explore our world, studying in three new international cities each academic year.

We are also very excited to have Julie Lindsay joining us for a webinar on Saturday January 7th at 4:00 pm PST (click here to find out the time where you live).  You do not have to be registered in the course to attend the webinar.  Julie will be talking about her new book called Flattening Classrooms, Engaging Minds: Move to Global Collaboration One Step at a Time.

The course is in Moodle and runs from January 6th to 11th.  If you haven’t participated in a Moodle Meet before here’s your chance!  Except for the webinar the course is asynchronous.  This means that you can pop in and out of the course at times that suit you best.

The course should offer something for everyone.  For those new to Global Collaborative Projects there will be information on some of the most useful  tools, a chance to explore different kinds of Global Collaborative Projects, and opportunities to have your questions answered by other educators.  For those that have some experience with these kinds of projects we hope to provide a venue for further discussions about best practice and a chance to network with like minded educators.

To register go hereThe course is free,but you will be prompted to set up an account with LearnNowBC.  LearnNowBC is an entity funded by the BC Ministry of Education to provide professional development opportunities for educators.

Please pass this information along to other educators who may be interested.  If you have any questions about the Moodle Meet please leave them in the comments area below or contact me via e-mail at phil.macoun at gmail dot com.

Instructional Technology Collaboration Tuesdays Webinar Series

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Come join in on this great opportunity for collaboration, learning and professional growth, without having to go anywhere at all!

Dan Maguire, Kennett Consolidated School District Instructional Technology Coach and Debbie Lugar, Chester County I.U. Educational Technology Specialist are co-hosting virtual collaboration, via Elluminate webconferencing, for educators throughout Pennsylvania.  The goal is to bring educators together to share ideas and experiences, ask and answer questions, and learn about new (and some not-so-new) instructional technologies and if/how they can be used to enhance classroom instruction.

These webinars are open to educators of all grade levels and subject areas–high school level educators will meet from 3:00-4:00 PM and elementary educators from 4:00-5:00 PM.

Tuesday collaboration webinars can be accessed at  No prior registration is required.  Participants are asked to login with their name and school district.  (Example:  Jane Doe, Kennett)

Global Education Conference

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Bienvenue! Welcome! 歡迎! Willkommen! Benvenuto!
반갑습니다! Seja bem-vindo(a)! Bienvenido!

The 2011 Global Education Conference will be held November 14 – 18, online and free. Sessions will take place in multiple time zones and multiple languages over the five days. The 2010 Global Education Conference had 15,028 unique logins and presentations from 62 countries.

To attend and be kept informed of the latest conference news and updates, click HERE and join the Ning.

The sessions schedule is now live and available in multiple time zones HERE.

The conference is a collaborative, world-wide community initiative involving students, educators, and organizations at all levels. It is designed to significantly increase opportunities for building education-related connections around the globe while supporting cultural awareness and recognition of diversity.

The conference seeks to present ideas, examples, and projects related to connecting educators and classrooms with a strong emphasis on promoting global awareness, fostering global competency, and inspiring action towards solving real–world problems. Through this event, it is our hope that attendees will challenge themselves and others to become more active citizens of the world. Let us learn, question, create, and engage in meaningful, authentic opportunities within a global context!

Our goal is to help you make connections with other educators and students, and for this reason the conference is very inclusive and also provides broad opportunities for participating and presenting. We have expert presenters and keynote speakers, but we also encourage presenters who either have not presented before or have not presented in Blackboard Collaborate (Elluminate).

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Discovery Education Fall Virtual Conference

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Hi, everyone.

A week from now Discovery Educators from all over the world will dressing up in their best Tech or Treat costumes and getting together, virtually and in person, for the DEN’s Fall Virtual Conference.  We have an amazing lineup of presenters including Wes Fryer, Joe Brennan, and PA’s own DEN Guru Traci Blazosky.

Check out the schedule at:

The focus of this year’s Fall Virt Con is Digital Storytelling.  I hope you can join us, and if you are interested in getting together in person we are hosting a free event in Harrisburg, PA.

  • Saturday, October 22, 2011
  • Foose Elementary School, Harrisburg, PA
  • 9 AM to 12 PM
  • Lunch and prizes will be provided courtesy of the Discovery Educator Network!
  • Register at:  

Join us for hands-on digital storytelling sessions, networking, prizes and food.  Come spend the morning with us and invite your colleagues as well.  Share the flyer below.

And, when you decide to join us, think about taking it to the next level by dressing up in costume.  We are giving away some serious prize packs for the best costumes!


on behalf of the PA DEN Leadership Council

Lance Rougeux
Vice President
Discovery Education

Virtual Field Trips/ Video Conference PD Opportunities

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Would you like to break down the 4 walls of your classroom and bring the outside world in?  Read on!

Magpi is once again offering FREE professional development opportunities for learning more about virtual field trips and video conferences.

A brief outline of offerings is below.  Click HERE for the flyer with more complete information and registration info.

Enhance Your Teaching with Virtual Field Trips
Date:October 4, 2011
3:15 PM – 4:15 PM EDT
Target Audience:
K12 Educators, Educational Technologists, IVC Integrators
More Info/Registration:

Supporting Interactive and Advanced Video in the Classroom: A Workshop for Technology Integrators and Network Specialists
October 6, 2011
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM EDT
Target Audience:
K20 Technology Integrators and Support Staff and Network Specialists
More Info/Registration:

Best Practices for Videoconferencing in the Classroom: The Educator’s Edition
October 25, 2011
3:15 PM – 4:15 PM ET
Target Audience: 

More Info/Registration:

Jazz Up Your Interactive Presentatons or Distance Learning Sessions!
November 10, 2011
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST
Target Audience:
K12 Teachers, Higher Education Faculty and Technology Integrators
More Info/Registration:

The Social Side of Videoconferencing: Enhancing Collaboration and Moderating
Tuesday Nov. 15, 2011
3:15 PM – 4:15 PM EDT
Target Audience: 
K12 Teachers, Higher Education Faculty, and IVC Integrators interested in incorporating social networking and other interactive tools to increase interactivity
More Info/Registration:

** If you cannot attend any of these but want to learn more about video conferencing, please contact your librarian or Dianne Krause!  **

9/11 Resources from Discovery Education


Dear Teachers,

This year marks the tenth anniversary of September 11th, 2001.  Education is key to understanding and Discovery Education is proud to support your efforts to share these historic events with your students.

This year, we celebrate the courage of one nation, four communities, and the thousands of individuals affected. We will also highlight the innovations, rebuilding, and resurgence that have ascended in the aftermath.

Visit to access our exclusive September 11th educational content and offerings:

  • Comprehensive lesson plans, discussion guides, and curricular content to accompany live webcast events from communities most impacted by September 11th.  These events will be streamed to schools nationwide and available online.
  • A robust 9/11 Theme Page will be available to Discovery Education subscribers featuring curricular content aligned to grade level and episodes from Discovery Channel’s RISING: REBUILDING GROUND ZERO.

We are proud to provide these exclusive learning opportunities as you go beyond the walls of your classroom in remembrance of September 11th, 2001.


Discovery Education

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