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Before I share links about the Olympics- I have 3 quick things to share.
Duck Duck Moose
You may have known this for months, but I just happened across an article about Khan Academy and apps for littles. Did you know that Khan bought Duck Duck Moose? Did you know that all 21 of those apps are now free?
Unicheck Plagarism Checker
Richard Byrne has an interesting post on his blog about a plagiarism checker that is integrated right into Google Classroom- via an add-on from UniCheck. The article was written by a staffer at unicheck. Read the post here.
2018 Winter Olympics
My colleagues in 3rd grade who are doing a unit on the Olympics kindly haven't complained yet about all the resources I have been bombarding them with, but there are so many fantastic ideas out there.
There's a whole set of 16 videos from the National Science Foundation to illustrate the math and science of some of the sports.
Today I happened on this series of photos and links on Twitter. These math related ideas come from Desmos. Dennis Sheeran has a great collection of links on his site, all nicely collated on a hyperdoc. Check it out here.
The folks over at SpheroEdu have been hard at work coming up with a new video, using Spheros participating in curling.
Olympics Hyperdocs are all the rage online. Please remember that if you use these to #FILEMAKEACOPY.... and then give credit to the original creator. When I use a hyperdoc that someone else made, I make sure to go through each and every link to make sure they all work and to be sure that any info being collected from students is only being collected by me, not another school or teacher.
Here's some links to check out:
Just in case you haven't visited BreakoutEdu recently, the platform has changed a bit- with a free section and a premium section. You must register on the site for access. These are both Free.
Other Olympic Collections
Global Ed & Empathy
One of the most effective ways I know to foster empathy is to demonstrate the similarities we share. Global education projects provide a great pathway. One of the nicest projects I came across last week is the Kindness Rock project. Our 4th grade teachers have embraced both global ed and several kindness projects which actually just enhance and continue their longstanding excellent class projects. For those who haven't seen the Kindness Rock project:
Two of my champions of Global Ed have been hard at work this past week. Both Lucy Gray and Julie Lindsay have new projects in the works. Julie, over at Flat Connections, is offering a new PD program for educators that looks really interesting. After having taken her Flat Classroom course (twice), I know that I can recommend her professional development offerings for all who are interested in expanding their horizons with their students. This new series is called Playbooks and is divided up into 4 strands. You can read much more about it here.
Flat Connections is also starting a new round of projects for students. The new project this round is Windows to the World for grades 3-6, as well as the familiar favorites. This looks like an updated, revamped model of the A Week in the Life project, which I helped moderate 5 or 6 years ago. Lots of fun, lots of learning. Check out all the projects that are on offer here. These are well managed, global projects that really help you and your students connect around the world.
Lucy Gray is on the road again, currently at TCEA in Texas, then moving on to Mumbai, D.C and Boston. She and Steve Hargadon offer an incredible wealth of opportunities for teachers and students at all levels. Check out her upcoming work here.
Scratch 3.0 Preview
For all of the Scratch fans out there... it's almost here. Scratch 3.0 is due to be released in August, but... you can preview it now!
Check it out herescratch.mit.edu/preview-faq. Lots of info on the FAQ page too. Even more info is available on the wiki.
This is also the summer of the Scratch conference at the MIT media lab in Cambridge. Lots of fun, lots of learning. Amazing group of international educators. I can honestly say that I have met more people from other countries at the Scratch conferences I have attended than at ISTE conferences. I can sit and talk with folks from across the Connecticut River or sit and chat with friends from Mexico, France, Russia, Sweden, or Brazil. More info here.
Curation, Fact-Checking and More...
I had tagged a great article from Joyce Valenza- one of the world's greatest librarians- to share and then I listened to an excellent webinar from the folks over at Common Sense Media about a new game they are creating for middle and high school... but then I saw this image and post from Cult of Pedagogy by Jennifer Gonzalez. I am a dumper. I'll give you the links and maybe do a second blog post on our snow day tomorrow- but enough! I know I tend to overwhelm teachers I work with at times, but at least then I can go in to the classroom and help, can sit down and talk it through. After reading the examples she cited- oh, yeah. That's me. So... maybe tomorrow.
H/T to all the gracious members of my PLN who share resources every day!
Code for Life
I had not seen Code for Life until Richard Byrne wrote about it in his blog. Although it does seem that we have a plethora of coding resources to choose from, I liked both the simplicity of the drag drop interface as well as the curriculum alignment for the teachers.
I'd been hearing about this since last spring and finally took the time to check it out. Since I don't teach in a traditional classroom, I sometimes don't spend the time to check out some tools that I would otherwise find indispensable. This is a quick and easy way to let students know what the expectations are, to help teach, and has a pretty extensive, easy to use tool bar. Even if you love your current tool set, check out all that this classroomscreen has to offer. Lori Gracey over at TCEA wrote up a great post about this tool today. Check it out here.
I had hoped that the 3rd grade would be able to try some of these, but with the NGSS transition, perhaps not. If you are working on anything to do with space- check out these really cool STEM challenges from VivifyStem. I hope to be able to take some of these ideas and use them for STEAM challenges as well.
Black History Month
There are some excellent resources online for Black History Month. One of my favorite new resources is the hyperdoc shared by Randi Merritt. ReadWorks has featured Reading Passages for the month. PBS has an excellent collection-Black America Since MLK- And Still We Rise. Our local station is hosting a special screening of More Than a Month- Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart on Thursday 2/1 at 1pm ET
Storyboardthat offers a collection of storyboard ideas for students to learn from or use to start their own creations. We also have 2 tabs on our HES symbaloo for Black History month. The 2 tabs are pinned to the beginning of the navigation tabs for the month.
Last, but certainly not least- Adobe Spark
When I read about the changes in Adobe Spark for students under 13 last week, it really made my day. Adobe Spark is a beautiful, easy to use tool, but the TOS was limited. Teachers essentially had to create one account and then have all of the students log in and use it. Now, beginning in April- students under 13 will be able to use Adobe Spark. You can read the whole announcement here. Many different bloggers wrote more about this, but perhaps you'll enjoy Monica Burns' post here
One of my big goals this year has been to develop a STEAM/makerspace in the old computer lab in my elementary school. The old lab had Gateway E series, 15 year old computers, and needless to say, the space was not utilized by most of the teachers, unless they had to do mandated testing. With a lot of help from my PLN, Eduporium, the Edward Hopkins Foundation and the Helping Hearts organization in my district, we are building a space that kids and their teachers are beginning to use. It's fun, it's educational and I think we are getting kids engaged, giving them agency and a voice... all in baby steps. Time, as usual, is the cross we all bear, but this is by far the most authentic way I have seen to integrate technology and the engineering design process into the curriculum. We are not yet at the true "maker" stage. Much of what the students are doing is assigned by the teacher. I see a few students coming in to use the space in the "off hours" to create on their own, and hope that this will build momentum as they find new ways to create, new passions to follow. My next step, as an educator, will be to step back and try to follow in the footsteps of others by challenging students and allowing them to take more control, to try, to succeed, to fail, to learn. Here a few things I have seen recently that I am trying, or plan to introduce.
Monday Maker Challenge
When I read John Spencer's post back in the beginning of the month, I was excited. Yes! This is what I will do. Well, almost a month later- I still want to do it, but haven't yet. Maybe it's the name- Maker Monday. I don't work Mondays... But I love the ideas John has inhis post He offered 3 options: Maker Stations, Maker Challenges and Divergent Thinking Challenges. If you haven't picked up John's book- Launch, Using Design Thinking to Boost Creativity and Bring Out the Maker in Every Student, written with A J Juliani check it out- I found it to be worth my time. If you're in my district and want to borrow it, let me know.
Using greenscreens in video production is not new, but is one easy way to get students producing their own work and gives them a different way to show what they know. Miguel Guhlin over in Texas wrote up a nice blog post with some great examples, especially for STEM projects. Be sure to follow some of his links to see even more.
Need more examples? Wes Fryer, an amazing educator, has a Google Site full of great ideas for Green Screen and more. Check it out here.
I have been compiling a list of sites with great project ideas- some to have kids try, others for them to check out and be inspired to create their own. One of thes sites is Lance Makes. Lots of great ideas, with good clear directions to follow for those who are new to the engineering piece, or as a baseline for students with some experience. Think Instructables for kids.
Another favorite that I need to do more with isDestination Imagination. They, too, have a great set of challenges, which could fit nicely into a Monday Maker type of thing. You can check out their resource library here. One caveat: lately the links open to a sign up for the newsletter link, and then get stuck in that loop. Simply right click on the image/link and choose to open in a new tab to view it or save link as to save it.
A couple more: Curiosity Machine design challenges. Some of the challenges on the site are free- full directions, etc. Others require a subscription, but they show you the basic idea and often that is enough to get you started. They have a special free section for educators, with ties to NGSS.
For example, these are the standards covered in the 5 free lessons for grades 6-8.
Process vs Product
As you can probably guess from the links I shared, I am still vacillating between controlling the lessons and allowing students more freedom to choose/create. Maybe I'm wrong, but I believe that elementary students, especially, need some of the basics before they rush off to "make". This is a process for my school, adding more choice for students, giving up more control, but balancing this with the admin push for "standards", assessments. When I hear colleagues say that it's great to see their students having to make choices, to independently decide what to do, I swing towards student agency. When I see gaps in knowledge, I want to do a "lesson" on it and swing back into "teacher" mode. I am so lucky to have others to follow. Jackie Gerstein is one of my heros. I love her blog post entitled: Focusing on the Process, Letting Go of Product Expectations. However, I also love and freely steal from her Maker Camp series and appreciate having explicit direction. I want it both ways and still have not found a good balance for my newly created STEAM lab.
Before I get to the notebook topic... check out my friend Mike's podcast on Assistive Tech.
Assistive Technology- what is it? Is it just for SPED? Check out this podcast from my friend Mike Marotta with Jennifer Cronk. He is an AT specialist from New Jersey and is well known both nationally and internationally for his AT expertise. I love hearing him talk about Google Keep, one of my favorites. This is part 2 of a series. You can check out Part 1 and all the other podcast episodes here.
Notebooks- Paper or ?
You can read all sides of the paperless classroom debate online, (here, here, here) Should we all be paperless? Do students retain information best when they interact with it by writing it down or ? I would love to get rid of so much of the paper that clogs up my life as an educator. Do we really need to fill out paper forms, keep the pink copy, send the blue one here, the white one there and oh yeah, the yellow one goes to so and so? Do students need to print out all of their assignments that they created digitally and turn them in? Everyone has their own answers. Today, as I play catch up- writing my Tech Tuesday post on a snowy Wednesday, I was looking again at the Rocketbook and other "new notebooks".
I am a believer in writing things down to remember them. I like to have notes from meetings. It kind of gives me something to do while I sit there. I don't mean looking at the board or slide deck and writing all the stuff down that I will also have a digital copy of later, but writing down the highlights, writing down my questions, drawing myself a picture. I also need to write down reminders to myself. I like to make lists. I am a big fan of Google Keep. However, sometimes, having your computer open on the table makes people think you're not listening and honestly- it can be a distraction. This may be just the culture at my current school, but I think not. I have tried out Livescribe Pens and love them- but, I don't usually need to go back and listen to that recording again. Maybe if I was using them in a class I would find them more useful. I did find the little recording dots useful to make books more accessible. There are also some privacy issues around recording in a meeting or a classroom setting.
So- Rocketbooks. I first saw these on Kickstarter a while back. They were the kind you put in the microwave to erase. I thought it was clever, but a bit silly. However, the new version seems to have potential. These are notebooks that feel like real paper, and supposedly can be infinitely reused by simply wiping the pages with a damp cloth after uploading the scanned pages. You can upload the notes to Google Drive and many other cloud platforms- not Google Keep- yet. It does not OCR the notes. This is something I would love to see. If only you could upload to Google Keep... OCR and flip to Google Drive. But- check them out here.
Blackboard™ by Boogie Board™ is an alternative electronic writing tool which can be used to plan, sketch, and design featuring Liquid Crystal Paper™. I first saw this at Hopkins when the rep from Barnes and Noble came to demonstrate tech tools. It did not overwhelm me, but since then I have heard good reviews from other educators. Check it out here.
Google Edu in 90
It is pretty much impossible to keep up with all the changes in edtech. I depend on my PLN. I get daily emails from the bloggers that I choose to follow, check in on Twitter, Google +, various FB groups, and on and on... Google Edu in 90 can help. It can give you a quick overview in 90 seconds. You can read more about it here. Here's one of the most recent examples. You can sign up to get the Google Edu newsletters and see the past issues here.
As we look forward to the celebration of the birthday and the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr next week, it is a good time to help our students reflect on lessons learned since the 1960s and goals we are still striving toward. I created a hyperdoc for upper elementary-middle school students which can be accessed here. It is in a Google Slide format so that you can have each student create a graphic to share with peers. Feel free to use/modify. One caveat: this document is set up as view only. This means that you will need to go to File>Make a copy in order to create one for your own use. Remember #FileMakeaCopy
Kids Discover Online
I attended a webinar this evening put on by Kids Discover to showcase their resources and ideas on how to use them in the classroom. These are aimed at upper elementary and middle, although some could easily be used in high school. This unit is free this week.
Once again, Readworks has an excellent selection of articles about Martin Luther King Jr as well as the civil rights movement. These passages range in lexile from K-12. If you are unfamiliar with Readworks, this is a wonderful site with a wide-range of articles, some with Human-voice Audio. some with StepReads (differentiation), others with Question Sets and Vocabulary as well as Paired Text. A goldmine of resources for reading teachers, ELL teachers, and special educators, as well as subject area teachers.
PBS: Black America and Still I Rise
You can view video clips and see lesson plans on our local PBS site. These are geared to High School age students.
This is the "official site", but I believe that you have to be a member to view.
Google- Arts and Culture Institute
There are two beautiful collections about Martin Luther King on the Arts and Culture site. One focuses on him as an historical figure, while the other is a collection from The Martin Luther King, Jr. Research & Education Institute at Stanford University. You can also view an excellent collection of civil rights photography.
Martin Luther King, Jr.: Freebie Activities and Printables
Laura Candler, one of the co-founders of Donors Choose and Caring Classrooms community has put together a free packet of materials to go with the Brain Pop video. These are aimed at grades 3-6. Here's the note from Laura: "Have you planned any activities for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday which is right around the corner on Monday, January 15th? If not, I've got you covered! A few years ago I discovered an awesome free BrainPOP video about Dr. King, and with permission from BrainPOP, I created a free packet of resources to supplement the video. Click over to TpT to download Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In that packet, you'll find a sentence practice activity, vocabulary words and definitions, sequencing cards, and discussion cards. "
Share My Lesson
The folks over at Share My Lesson have pulled together an incredible collection for all age students and across several disciplines. This is a quick slideshow- each image represents a lesson on Martin Luther King Jr and/or civil rights.
What can you do?
There are as many ways to celebrate Dr. King's work and his dream as there are people. Some of the classes at HES are using a hyperdoc and learning about his work. Others are making their #oneword bracelets as a token to focus on these ideals and follow through on their plans to make 2018 the best year yet. One wonderful project that is coming up- starting next week on January 15th- MLK Jr's birthday- is the Global Kind Project. The Global Kind Project invites preK-12 classrooms to reflect on our individual and collective roles in building a more empathetic, positive and inclusive society.
Image CC: By Rebeca Zuñiga
I recently read an article about Esther Wojcicki's work, watched a few of her videos and then saw that there is now an actual Moonshot in Education movement, a little like the 20% time that many of you have heard about. One of the primary goals is to give students agency in order to help prepare them for the real world. This really resonated with me as several of my colleagues were just talking about this today- allowing students to make decisions, to work collaboratively on real projects. The Washington Post recently ran an article about the skills Google was looking for in their employees: same skills that Esther is promoting: "Project Aristotle shows that the best teams at Google exhibit a range of soft skills: equality, generosity, curiosity toward the ideas of your teammates, empathy, and emotional intelligence. And topping the list: emotional safety. No bullying. To succeed, each and every team member must feel confident speaking up and making mistakes. They must know they are being heard." You can learn more about her work, her goals and maybe sign up to get more info and resources here.
H/T to Leslie DiChiara for sharing Hillary Goldwaith-Fowles' article: Digital Does Not Equal Accessible. As more districts incorporate digital tools into the mainstream student population, we often get the impression that the tech or the digital access will magically cure all. Needless to say digital ≠ accessible. OER ≠ accessible. UDL ≠ accessible automatically. Check out this wonderful article and all the crowd-sourced comments to help bring this issue into focus for all.
Diana Benner down in Texas has published the first in a series of articles on accessibility on chromebooks. Nicely categorized, features a short list of chrome extensions to check out. If you are looking for a more complete listing, or other options, check out Eric Curts' work here.
#Ditch Summit report
I ended up binge-watching all 9 hours of Ditch Summit on a couple of those frigid days of the vacation week. As usual, it was worth my time. Two of the presentations really stood out. My favorite as far as potential gold mine of resources was Jon Corippo's EduProtocols: What They Are and How They Can Impact Learning. You can get in touch with Jon on Twitter: @jcorippo. He has so many great ideas to help streamline your workload and get more time with the students. You can get a quick synopsis from the notes Matt Miller provided. The other presentation I really enjoyed, although I have to say just picking 2 is hard, was Tanya Avrith and Holly Clark's presentation on Technology and Pedagogy. "How can we use technology to amplify great teaching instead of just putting technology on top?" Contact them: Website: hollyclark.org Twitter: @HollyClarkEdu & Website: tanyaavrith.com Twitter: @TanyaAvrith. These two amazing women are doing the work, not just talking/writing about it, and it shows in the way they approach the topics and in their solutions to the problems we all face. Here's the quick synopsis from the notes Matt Miller provided.
Storytime from Space
I saw this site referenced the other day and thought it was the coolest thing! Astronauts are reading/videoing children's books from the International Space Station. You can learn more about it here. Here's a short blurb from NASA: "Story Time From Space combines science literacy outreach with simple demonstrations recorded aboard the International Space Station (ISS). Crew members read five science, technology, engineering and mathematics-related children's books in orbit, and complete simple science concept experiments. Crew members videotape themselves reading the books and completing demonstrations. Video and data collected during the demonstrations are downlinked to the ground and posted in a video library with accompanying educational materials." You can read more about the research involved in this project here.
Excellent PD Opportunity
I attended this digital conference last year and this year it looks even better! I didn't have a chance to attend this weekend, so I have some catching up to do. "The Ditch That Textbook Digital Summit is a nine-day, FREE virtual event. It brings together some of the brightest minds in education to discuss technology, pedagogy and more." Sign up here. There are new speakers featured each day. The videos will only be available online til December 31st. Try it- great PD, on your schedule, and it's free.
New Assistive Tech Book
Chris Bugaj has a new assistive technology book coming out in April, but you can pre-order now. I have had the opportunity to read a bunch of different books on various aspects of assistive technology and to be honest- most are just "textbooks"- read 'em once and done. Chris's first book was the standout in a series of typically informative, but boring, textbooks. It was funny; it was informative; it was inspirational. I kept it. I even still look inside it. Now how many textbooks have you used for college or post college courses that you can say that about?
Here's the blurb: " School districts often struggle to develop consistent practices for meeting the assistive needs of special education students. This playful yet professional book will help public school educators select, acquire and implement technology to help all students, but especially those with special needs."
What's blog post without #FlipGrid?
I got to introduce Karly Moura and Sean Fahey on Classroom 2.0 live this weekend. These two educators have been at the forefront of #Flipgrid Fever and have come up with so many ideas that you can take and use tomorrow. This is thelivebinder link from the show. There are resources for all age groups and disciplines. Here's a whole padlet full of ideas embedded below.
But- what I wanted to tell you- something new this month is the ability to get
transcriptions of the videos- automatically- in 26 different languages!! You can set up captioning in the admin panel. It worked well for me in English- although I don't know how to tell it to put in punctuation, etc. I tried speaking English and having it transcribe in French. It didn't look to me like it translates and transcribes, only transcribes, but I could be wrong. Play with it and see. My thought was that this could be a way to make the videos more accessible- with the captions. Have to check this one with my AT experts and let you know.
A Welcome Addition to Osmo
I just got myCoding Duo game pieces and downloaded the new app. This is the latest game from Osmo and I think it's one of their better games. It is a "collaborative coding experience that features Awbie and Mo, and is designed for all kids who love Osmo Coding. " The coding game introduced last year is fun, but it's meant for an individual to use. This game is collaborative by design. You do need to have both the Awbie coding game and the Coding Jam game in order to play (you use those game pieces). While I am not a fan of the Coding Jam game, not having a musical bone in my body, using the pieces for this collaborative game was fun! With the exception of the Hot Wheels Mind Racer game (what were they thinking??), the entire line of Osmo games can be a welcome addition in the classroom.
Last week I attended an NEISTE webinar called Making Rough Drafts Easier: Integrating Writing, Review, and Revision with Writable. "Writable is a writing practice tool for 3rd-12th grade students that uses feedback to drive more purposeful revision. Troy Hicks and Heidi Perry have an excellent product to help teachers help develop strong writers. You can find the webinar recording here. Troy also shared links to his wiki.
Another writing/teaching writing resource that I hadn't seen, was mentioned recently by Heather Marshall (on Twitter @MsMarshallCMS). Not being an ELA or English teacher, I hadn't seen this site before. "826 National is a network of seven nonprofit organizations dedicated to helping underserved students, ages 6-18, with their creative & expository writing skills." Follow them on Twitter, but check out their web page and join for access to some great lessons. The book store looks great too. You can learn more about the organization here.
What got me really interested was this book: From STEM to Story! Check out the promo:
National Writer's Project
You can check out more resources for teaching writing here- with the Educational Innovator project. Western Mass is fortunate to have an excellent program and a very accessible liaison via Kevin Hodgson, who teaches sixth grade in Southampton, Massachusetts, and is the technology liaison with the Western Massachusetts Writing Project. You can catch up with Kevin on Educational Innovator webinars or @dogtrax on twitter, on his blog or class website.
Book Snaps?? How to...
For those of you who haven't used BookSnaps as a way to have kids quickly show what they have been reading... Kevin had one on his site that I will show as an example.
How to create Book Snaps Tara Martin is the booksnap guru. You can find all the how tos here... Don't worry, they do not have to be created with snapchat... lots of ways to do this! You can use SeeSaw, BookCreator, Google Slides and more. Tara has step by steps for you!
This is just a very small sampling of some of the PD that is available. I subscribe to blogs to stay up to date- FreeTech4Teachers, CrtlAltAchieve, and many more. I am no longer on Twitter 24/7, but check in on a few edu chats that I learn from. I try to attend every Classroom 2.0 Live session that I can, on Saturdays at noon, but if I have to miss it, I know that I can catch the recording and check out Peggy George's famous livebinders with amazing resources for the topic. Vicki Davis creates a 10 minute podcast, just for busy teachers. Matt Miller and Kasey Bell put together an excellent podcast, the Google Teacher Tribe. I follow folks on Twitter, on Facebook, etc- to learn from. Teachers all over the world are willing to share their expertise and make connections. There is no "one-size" fits all PD, but there are so many choices, you can be sure to find something that works for you. Try a podcast, try an edcamp, subscribe to a blog or a facebook group like Breakoutedu, Hyperdocs or GlobalEdCollaborators. Make connections, forge your own pathways. Show your students how to be a learner, by example.
Read & Write for Google Chrome- Texthelp
As I mentioned at an HES staff meeting, we have a district-wide subscription to Read& Write for Chrome. This is not just a tool for special education, but an excellent UDL tool for all. Students will not naturally "just know" how to use this extension. They will need to be shown, or at least pointed to either the self-paced course or the playlist for older students.
I saw this article the other day, and since information literacy is such an important topic, clicked through to see what this bootcamp entailed. I had been to KQED Teach before, but the offerings have been expanded dramatically. Well worth checking out.
You may have checked out Coursera in the past, but once again- courses change and I love the course I am "enrolled" in. It's called Tinkering Fundamentals: Motion and Mechanisms, by the good folks at Exploratorium. I pop in and out, not taking it for credit, but learning a lot as I go. There are courses for whatever you would like to learn. Exploratorium is a favorite of mine, with 3 different courses offered.
MassCue offers all it's active members a free subscription to Hoonuit, formerly Atomic Learning. This is an excellent resource, especially for teachers, with resources like Integrating the 4 Cs into Your Classroom, Flipping the Classroom Training or Tech for Students with Dyslexia. If you are a new Massachusetts teacher this year, you can even get the membership to MassCue for free for a year! Check it out here.
Simple K12 can offer one stop shopping for quick shots of PD with a short video, or you can spend an entire day listening to various experts- other teachers- talk about how they are using tools or strategies in the classroom. It's a subscription site, but they continually offer free one day PD deals. This coming Saturday, 12/9/2017, brings an online Google Event called The Ultimate Guide to Google Basics: Using Google Tools in the Classroom.
EdWeb offers a series of webinars on topics of interest to educators across all disciplines, preK- higher ed. I love the variety of topics and speakers and the fact that these are recorded to view at my leisure. You can earn PD certificates by attending live or by watching the recorded session and taking a quiz. They also have online PLC groups that you can join. Check out the amazing schedule here. Below is just a screenshot of the webinars coming up- this week and next.