Online Professional Development

From Thirteen Ed Online, Educational Broadcasting Company (Channel 13, WNET New York) comes the online PD series, Concept to Classroom. Initially funded by a grant from the Disney Learning Partnership, you are offered ten different very detailed interactive tutorials. The choices include:

  • Afterschool Programs – From Vision to Reality
  • Assessment, Evaluation, and Curriculum Redesign
  • Constructivism as a Paradigm for Teaching and Learning
  • Cooperative and Collaborative Learning
  • Inquiry-based Learning
  • Interdisciplinary Learning in Your Classroom
  • Making Family and Community Connections
  • Tapping into Multiple Intelligences
  • Teaching to Academic Standards
  • WebQuests
  • Why the Net? An Interactive Tool for the Classroom

Each course is divided up into four sections:

  1. Explanation provides concepts about the topic and highlights differences between the topic's approach and other approaches to education.
  2. Demonstration allows you to see how other educator's are using these ideas and applying them into their lesson planning. In this area, you will have access to video, audio, lesson plans and other materials that show you how real-life teachers implement the ideas presented in the Explanation section.
  3. Exploration provides you with ideas on ways in which you can apply the skills you have seen demonstrated into your own curriculum.
  4. Implementation provides you the tools build lesson plans, activities, and projects using their online guides. You can also share your lesson ideas, curriculum innovations, and newly discovered resources with other educators.

Each course takes approximately 30-35 hours to complete and best of all, they are all FREE! They even supply teachers with form letters to request professional development credit hours from your district. Check it out today!
In order to access the content, you will need to meet the following:

PC:
Operating System: Windows 95 or higher
Pentium Processor
32 MB of RAM or higher
Sound Blaster compatible sound card
56.6 Kbps modem or faster

Mac:
Operating System: 7.5.5 or higher
Power Mac or compatible Power PC
32 MB of RAM or higher
Built-In Sound
56.6 Kbps modem or faster

Software
Browser: Netscape Navigator 4.0 or Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.0 or higher Quicktime 4.0 (download for free from the Apple Computer Web site) Macromedia Flash 5.0 (download for free from the Macromedia Web site)

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