People often ask how I keep up to date with what is happening online, with Google tools, etc. The simple answer is I cannot possibly know all there is to know about all of these tools. Perhaps if they all stopped changing, virtually every day... and time could stand still... perhaps, but doubtful.
Here are some things I use and you will also find links to some free online courses you can check out for Google Apps Skills. But... wait... what if you hate learning online? What if you want a blended course- meet in person and work online? What if you need 1:1 training? My calendar is online... you can schedule time and we can see how to best meet your needs.
I attend edcamps when possible. Edcamps are a great way to choose your own PD. If you come away from an edcamp without meeting some of your PD needs, you have only yourself to blame. I have Edcamp Access, Edcamp Boston, Edcamp Grafton and possibly Edcamp Quabbin on my schedule for the next few months.
I keep up with my PLN on Twitter. No, I don't spend my life on twitter, although one could. For those of you who are just starting out on Twitter, it takes time to find interesting people to follow, so be patient. I use PaperLi, Scoopit and other curation tools to pull the best from my contacts and deliver it to me via email. I do engage in educational twitter chats on Wednesday evenings, for an hour, and catch up on all things Assistive Tech, UDL and Computer Science K-8 by using TweetDeck columns or I can catch up with the Storify edition if I don't have time to participate.
I also use Google+ communities to keep up with topics of interest. I find it much easier to follow the threads of conversations on Google+ than on Twitter. The communities I follow include: GEG Massachusetts, CSTA K-8 Computer Science, EdTech Team Global Community.. and more. It is an excellent place for educators of all levels to find and build a PLN. I get notifications of updates, which aren't intrusive and can choose to look at articles or skip them.
Social Bookmarking and RSS
One other way I stay connected is to get a daily or weekly digest from Diigo communities. These social bookmarking communities offer an excellent way to stay up to date or as a way to curate or vet information when searching on topics for classroom use. I also follow several bloggers and either use Feedly to get the current posts or for a few that I find really useful, get emails with updates.
Below are 2 series of free self-paced modules offered by Steve Wicks.
Teach for Google_
These are free or low cost courses from Texthelp- creators of Read & Write for Google. you get the first 2 courses free and then it's a subscription- I think ~$ 39 for the rest of the 25 courses. They track your progress, give you badges, certificates, etc.
More training modules than you can shake a stick at. What are your goals? Where is your starting point? Google Training can take you from beginner to expert and all stops in between.
Synergyse Training (free trial)
This is a Google Chrome Extension which offers Just In Time training. They also offer a free 20 lesson interactive Google Classroom Course.