Back to School with Edutopia

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Many of you may already be frequent visitors to but for those of you who have never visited, it’s time to check it out!

At Edutopia you can find the following…

  • grade-level resources
  • core strategy resources for assessment, interdisciplinary studies, project-based learning, social & emotional learning, professional development and technology integration
  • videos
  • 12 different blogs
  • community groups for different educational levels, classroom management, new teachers, administrators and more
  • schools that work area that highlights successful programs and their strategies
  • several classroom guides on topics such as 21st Century Learning, Brain-based learning, classroom management, thinking green and more.



The Teaching Channel

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Check out this GREAT website full of instructional videos of best practices in the art of teaching. 

From their website..

At Teaching Channel we believe what makes teachers inspiring is how they became experts — the hours and years they’ve dedicated to improving their craft to benefit their students. Our mission is to capture their technique on video so that all teachers — new or seasoned — have a place to find inspiration. Of course you could just lean back and admire great stories, but we also provide tools to take a few notes, trade ideas, and even build your own personal workspace. And because we know teaching is not one-size-fits-all, we tailored our technology so you can find what works best for you.

These are two of the videos you can find there, more motivational than instructional… but great nonetheless, and a bit of inspiration to get you started in the new school year!

What Do Teachers Make?

Miracle Workers

Good luck as you start your school year!

WSD Online Resource Changes

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Welcome back everyone!

As summer winds down and our thoughts return to our classrooms, I wanted to update you on some of the changes that have occurred with a few of the online resources.  Take some time now, before the school year begins, to check out the changes.  Read on to find out what has changed and what’s new!

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The eToolbox’s left menu has been considerably shortened.  When you visit the eToolbox, you will now see buttons on the left for the different headings of links.  Click on each button to access the listing of tools, resources, and links that used to all exist on the left menu.  Hopefully this is a welcome change and it helps you navigate the eToolbox more efficiently.  Suggestions are always welcome!

By the way .. If you see big areas of whitespace on the eToolBox, those are embedded YouTube videos.  To view the videos, open YouTube in another window/tab, click proceed on the Barracuda screen, and then reload the eToolBox page.


Although the Ning hasn’t changed much at all, I wanted to  re-iterate the purposes of the Ning and its uses.  

  • The Ning is here for us to collaborate and communicate with each other outside of email.  It is essentially Facebook for WSD.
  • You can post photos and videos, write blog posts, participate in online discussions, and more.
  • There are groups for every school and every grade level (elem) or department (secondary). Some schools are making great use of the Ning for storing documents for the faculty and using their group for online discussions during in-service time.
  • The Trojan’s List Group is used for the buying and selling of just about anything.
  • The Opportunities Discussion Forum is used for posting professional development opportunities, webinars, technology trainings, and so forth.  Be sure to check it out often!
  • The Events calendar lists upcoming events and new events can be added by anyone.  Feel free to add your own events too!
  • Quick Links on every page to the websites you need the most as a teacher in WSD.

So, be sure to check back to the Ning frequently, start a discussion forum, write a blog post sharing something with your colleagues, communicate, collaborate, and learn!

NEW WSD Professional Development Blog 

Check out the announcement below this one to learn more, but there is a new blog that will be updated by the WSD Instructional Coaches.  Check it out at


No changes to the Moodle, but just a few reminders for those of you who are using and/or would like to:

  • To have a new course created for you, email me ( the name of the course.
  • If you are no longer teaching a course that you used in the past, please email me to either delete or hide the course.  We only want current courses visible to the students.
  • Parents only have access to the Moodle through their child’s login.  There are no parent or guest accounts in the WSD Moodle.
  • All courses should have an enrollment key set on them and they should be blocked from access to anyone who does not have that key.  If you are unsure how to do that, please just email me.

Thanks and remember, if you have any questions at all about our online resources here at WSD, please just ask!!


What will you learn this summer?

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Check out this great blog post about summer professional development opportunities.

Which one(s) will you do??

The MCIU is also once again offering many workshops and sessions this summer.  Check out their catalog to find something that might interest you.

Here is another post highlighting 77 web resources for educators to try out this summer.

Which ones will you try to integrate into your teaching in the fall?

Are you aware of other summer learning opportunities for teachers?  If so, leave us a comment so others can benefit!

Image Credit: ‘School Stops for Summer: Learning Never Should!”

Welcome to the Wissahickon Professional Development Blog

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We hope to use this blog as a place for all things Professional Development in the Wissahickon School District. Check back soon for updates and to find out what’s going on with PD!