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Blackboard Debuts Educator Central Professional Development System

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Blackboard has launched Educator Central, a new solution for K-12 teacher professional development. It's a hosted system for building education communities and managing professional development programs, as well as delivering and evaluating these programs.

Educator Central is designed for managing both online and in-person professional development programs and includes technologies from MyLearningPlan, with whom Blackboard has partnered for the service. MyLearningPlan--a Web-based service for professional development--provides management functionality for the system.

Features of the system include:

  • Registration, tracking, and reporting;
  • Support for uploading course materials, including original and third-party materials; and
  • Support for collaborative curriculum development.

The system is fully hosted, and Blackboard supplies training for administrators and teachers on the use of the system. More information can be found here.

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About the author: David Nagel is the executive editor for 1105 Media's online education technology publications, including THE Journal and Campus Technology. He can be reached at dnagel@1105media.com.

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Executive Producer David Nagel heads up the editorial department for 1105 Media's education publications — which include two daily sites, a variety of newsletters and two monthly digital magazines covering technology in both K-12 and higher education.

A 21-year publishing veteran, Nagel has led or contributed to dozens of technology, art and business publications.

He can be reached at dnagel@1105media.com. You can also connect with him on LinkedIn at linkedin.com/profile/view?id=10390192 or follow him on Twitter at @THEJournalDave (K-12) or @CampusTechDave (higher education). A selection of David Nagel's articles can be found on this site.


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