From video lessons to full courses, there's an enormous amount of professional development available online. But where does it fit in with districts' existing delivery methods?
- By Jennifer Demski
As part of the New Mexico Public Education Department's four-year plan to adopt Common Core State Standards across all its districts and schools, the organization has chosen a service provider for Common Core-specific professional development for its educators.
Blended Schools Network, a non-profit focused on online learning, will launch a massive open online course to help teachers improve their curation of online learning materials and strengthen their professional networks.
In an effort to better prepare the state's K-12 educators for online instruction, Indian River State College (IRSC) will create a series of courses designed to overview the various methods associated with teaching and learning in the virtual environment.
The Alliance for Excellent Education and the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at North Carolina State University have launched a massive open online course for educators called Digital Learning Transition, which is designed to help school district leaders develop a set of digital learning goals and strategies to meet the needs of their students.
The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium has given a $12.5 million contract to Amplify Insight (formerly known as Wireless Generation) to develop a digital library of formative assessment practices and professional learning resources for teachers.
- By Dian Schaffhauser
Nonprofit organization Learning Forward has released four free online professional learning units focused on implementing Common Core State Standards.
Teachers learn how to build lesson plans and increase student learning using iPads through a new free certification course from Sophia.org
Since launching in 2011, Eduplanet21 has leveraged user feedback to inform continued improvements to their social learning platform. According to a recent announcement, the company has rolled out new features and user interface changes intended to improve user engagement and collaboration.
Following a site analysis and evaluation of user feedback, Adobe has re-launched Education Exchange, its free online community for educators with new features, including social media capabilities, and a new design. is available now, after the company evaluated user feedback and conducted a site analysis.