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Free Teacher PD

Free Teacher PD selects the best webinars from SimpleK12's teacher professional development learning community and provides audio snippets to let you listen to audio webinars on the go. We cover every topic of interest to teachers, administrators and schools, and include topics that range from iPads and mobile learning to bullying, classroom management, and everything in between.

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Episode 034: Improve Creativity and Critical Thinking with Problem-Based Learning (1)

Welcome to a new episode of Free Teacher PD:  Part 1 of Improve Creativity and Critical Thinking with Problem-Based Learning, with Melissa Edwards. Are you looking for ways to engage all of your students and stretch their thinking?  Would you like to cultivate their creativity and reinforce their critical thinking skills? Problem-Based Learning (PBL) is a strategy that plays to the strengths of all students, from gifted to struggling, while still providing the challenges needed for learning to happen. Our speaker today, Melissa Edwards, takes a look at the critical and creative thinking skills that can be addressed using PBL. She also shares some PBL resources and examples of projects that you can use in your classroom. While the examples covered will focus primarily on elementary students, they can be easily adapted and used with students in a variety of subjects and grade levels. Let’s get learning!

13mins

21 Jul 2015

Rank #1

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Episode 032: Teaching Reading in the Digital Age (1)

Welcome to a new episode of Free Teacher PD:  Part 1 of Teaching Reading in the Digital Age, with Jayme Linton. Have you been looking for practical, user-friendly ways to inject technology into your reading instruction while digging deeper into authentic texts? In this podcast episode, and the one to follow, Jayme Linton will share new strategies, resources, and tools for integrating technology into your daily reading instruction. You will get the chance to explore a variety of Web tools you might use to meet the needs of today's learners Let’s get learning!

17mins

14 Jul 2015

Rank #2

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Episode 020: Student Projects that Promote 21st Century Skills (1)

Welcome to a new episode of Free Teacher PD:  Part 1 of Student Projects that Promote 21st Century Skills, with Kim Munoz. Do your class projects help your students develop 21st century skills? You've likely heard of "21st century skills," but maybe you aren't sure exactly what they are or how best to promote them. Join Kim Munoz as she defines 21st century skills, and then shares several student projects that foster some of the 21st century skills our students need to cultivate. She will present examples of student work, discuss the tools used to complete them, and provide step-by-step instructions for putting everything together. Let’s get learning!

15mins

2 Jun 2015

Rank #3

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Episode 016: Free iPad Apps for Classroom Management (1)

Welcome to a new episode of Free Teacher PD:  Part 1 of Free iPad Apps for Classroom Management, with Monica Burns. Whether you're a teacher with one iPad or are working in a 1:1 classroom, there are plenty of free apps you can use to keep your students in check. So, please join Monica Burns as she shares free apps for classroom management for teachers with access to an iPad, iPod Touch or iPhone. These apps will help ease transitions in your classroom, hold students accountable, and make your life managing a classroom of students much easier! Let’s get learning!

15mins

19 May 2015

Rank #4

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Episode 028: Transforming Education with Personalized Learning and Differentiated Instruction (1)

Welcome to a new episode of Free Teacher PD:  Part 1 of Transforming Education with Personalized Learning and Differentiated Instruction, with Naomi Harm. Would you like to be able to deliver a more personalized, relevant learning experience to each of your students? This episode and the next will showcase creative ideas, reflective practices, and various technologies that can transform your teaching. Join Naomi Harm as she shares innovative instructional strategies that will allow for differentiation approaches, educator choice, challenge-based learning, and mobile learning opportunities.  Naomi will discuss collaborative teaming and active learning activities along with virtual brainstorming, "bumping" of ideas, and augmented reality mobile learning. Let’s get learning!

17mins

30 Jun 2015

Rank #5

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Episode 008: Why Should You Flip Your Classroom? An Introduction (1)

Welcome to a new episode of Free Teacher PD:  Part 1 of Why Should You Flip Your Classroom? An Introduction, with Monica Burns. You've likely heard the buzz about the Flipped Classroom, but do you know what flipping your classroom really means? Here's your chance to learn all about this exciting movement in education, and how you can use it to gain more hands-on time in class. Join Monica Burns as she discusses the Flipped Classroom concept, how it works, why teachers are trying it, and where you can get started. Let’s get learning!

12mins

21 Apr 2015

Rank #6

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Episode 036: Facilitate a Writing Workshop Using Google Docs (1)

Welcome to a new episode of Free Teacher PD:  Part 1 of Facilitate a Writing Workshop Using Google Docs, with Susan Oxnevad. How would you like you like to improve your students' writing skills along with their technology skills? In this podcast episode, and the one which follows, you will learn how to utilize the many features available in Google Docs to facilitate a digital writing workshop and maximize writing instruction in the 24/7 classroom. Please join me to welcome Susan Oxnevad as she covers how to: Use sharing and commenting tools combined with cooperative grouping strategies to provide students with immediate feedback. Help students improve writing skills by teaching them to use the integrated reference and writing tools available. Monitor student progress using the revision history feature. Put the tools together to enjoy the benefits of using these online digital writing tools to support all learners. Let’s get learning!

15mins

28 Jul 2015

Rank #7

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Episode 004: Foster Creativity and Innovation with Digital Storytelling (1)

Welcome to a new episode of Free Teacher PD. Today we will feature teacher-trainer extraordinaire, Mr. Jerry Swiatek and his topic: Part 1 of Foster Creativity and Innovation with Digital Storytelling. As educators, most of us recognize the importance of helping students develop their creative and innovative abilities. One really fun, interesting, and useful way to do this is with digital storytelling, where students use digital tools to create and share their own stories. In this episode, we'll discuss specifically how digital storytelling can be used in the classroom. Digital storytelling provides an excellent way for students to tell who they are, share their experiences, and reflect on what they've learned. Jerry will also share some of the many web tools available to help make digital storytelling a breeze. Kids love to be creative and share stories about themselves... Digital storytelling is the perfect way to let them do it! Let’s get learning!

18mins

14 Apr 2015

Rank #8

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Episode 025: Virtual Explorations and Field Trips with Google Tools (2)

Howdy do, and welcome to a new episode of Free Teacher PD:  Part 2 of Virtual Explorations and Field Trips with Google Tools. Jerry Swiatek is our presenter today, and he needs no introduction, so I won’t say another word, after this: Take ‘er away, Mr. Swiatek!

15mins

18 Jun 2015

Rank #9

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Episode 026: Designing and Implementing Formative Assessments, It's Easier than You Think (1)

Welcome to a new episode of Free Teacher PD:  Part 1 of Designing and Implementing Formative Assessments, It's Easier than You Think, with Jayme Linton. It seems like everyone is talking about formative assessment these days, but do you know how to design and implement formative assessments in your school or classroom? This episode and the one following will help you develop a clear understanding of what formative assessments are, how they differ from summative assessments, and what they look like in classrooms. Join Jayme Linton as she shares examples of formative assessments and templates for creating your own. You'll also learn strategies for analyzing formative assessment data and using it to inform your instruction. Let’s get learning!

14mins

23 Jun 2015

Rank #10

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Episode 037: Facilitate a Writing Workshop Using Google Docs (2)

Welcome to a new episode of Free Teacher PD:  Part 2 of Facilitate a Writing Workshop Using Google Docs, with Susan Oxnevad. Susan Oxnevad is an educator, EdTech consultant and designer who is passionate about using technology as a tool for learning. Susan has been a classroom teacher and an active instructional technology facilitator in the Chicagoland area for more than two decades. She provides professional development for busy teachers via a variety of online and in-person opportunities. Susan writes about thoughtful ways to incorporate technology as an efficient and effective tool for learning on her own blog, Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners, and as a SmartTeacher on GettingSmart.com. Of course, you can always follow her on Twitter @soxnevad . Let’s get learning!

15mins

30 Jul 2015

Rank #11

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Episode 006: Make Google Forms Work for You! (1)

Welcome to a new episode of Free Teacher PD:  Part 1 of Make Google Forms Work for You, by one of our most popular presenters, Jayme Linton. You're probably familiar with Google Drive and may have used Google applications to create online documents, spreadsheets, or presentations, but have you ever used Google Forms? Google Forms is probably one of the most useful and often underutilized Google tools. In this episode, Jayme will teach you how to put Google Forms to work for you! Google Forms can be used for surveys, process checks, formative assessments, contact logs, exit tickets, and a lot of other interesting things! And, Jayme will share sample classroom and administrative forms. Educators and administrators from all grade levels will enjoy this episode. So, please welcome Jayme Linton as she shows you how to create, use, and share Google Forms. Let’s get learning!

17mins

14 Apr 2015

Rank #12

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Episode 014: Save Time and Paper, Collecting Student Work in a Paperless Classroom (1)

Welcome to a new episode of Free Teacher PD:  Part 1 of Save Time and Paper, Collecting Student Work in a Paperless Classroom, with our old friend, Jerry Swiatek. Running a paperless classroom sounds great, but figuring out how students will turn in their digital work can be tricky. Many school districts do not allow students to use email during school, and do we really need to know our students' personal email addresses? In this podcast episode, join Jerry Swiatek as he explores how you can use Dropbox or Google Drive to collect your students' digital works. In addition, Jerry will explore several tools that can be used with these services to help transform the way students turn in their work. So, please join us to learn how easy it can be to begin the transition to a paperless classroom using Dropbox or Google Drive. Let’s get learning!

15mins

12 May 2015

Rank #13

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Episode 033: Teaching Reading in the Digital Age (2)

Welcome to a new episode of Free Teacher PD:  Part 2 of Teaching Reading in the Digital Age, with Jayme Linton You already know Jayme quite well, and if you don’t please check out SimpleK12’s Teacher Learning Community, or earlier episodes in this Free Teacher PD podcast series… Jayme’s a popular presenter and speaker, and… best of all, she’s a great teacher trainer. Welcome back, Jayme, and… Let’s get learning!

15mins

16 Jul 2015

Rank #14

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Episode 017: Free iPad Apps for Classroom Management (2)

Great to have you back for a new episode of Free Teacher PD:  Part 2 of Free iPad Apps for Classroom Management, with Monica Burns. We’ve met Monica before, and you learned about flipping classrooms with her in episodes 8 and 9 of this free Teacher PD podcast. Monica Burns is a well-versed educator and teacher trainer, and the best way to keep track of what she’s up to beyond her work with SimpleK12’s Teacher Learning Community is to check out her website at ClassTechTips.com or on Twitter @ClassTechTips. So, here we go… Monica Burns and more on free iPad apps for classroom management. Let’s get learning!

16mins

21 May 2015

Rank #15

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Episode 038: Prevent or Defuse Bullying, Strategies for Reining in Bullying (1)

Welcome to a new episode of Free Teacher PD:  Part 1 of Prevent or Defuse Bullying, Strategies for Reining in Bullying, with Susan Brooks-Young. How many times have you heard a child counseled to ignore being picked on, to toughen up, or to fight back? Many adults often fail to understand the impact bullying has on a child, and some may view it as a rite of passage. Even adults who empathize with a victim tend to shift the responsibility for correcting the situation onto the victim by suggesting that he or she change his or her behavior to make the bullying subside? Please join me in welcoming Susan Brooks-Young as she explores tactics for identifying instances of bullying, challenges adults face when defusing and/or preventing bullying, and common strategies and tactics that can be used to rein in bullying. Let’s get learning!

15mins

4 Aug 2015

Rank #16

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Episode 018: 10 Google Search Tips to Help You Find the Info You Need (1)

Welcome to a new episode of Free Teacher PD:  Part 1 of 10 Google Search Tips to Help You Find the Info You Need, with Paula Naugle. With so much information on the Internet, it can be difficult to sift through search results to find just the information you need… Unless you know some tricks to narrowing your searches. In this fast-paced audio selection from one of our most popular webinars in SimpleK12’s Teacher Learning Community, you will learn some Google search tips and tricks that will help you and your students search more effectively and efficiently. Join Paula Naugle as she shares how to become a better online researcher. Let’s get learning!

14mins

26 May 2015

Rank #17

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Episode 027: Designing and Implementing Formative Assessments, It's Easier than You Think (2)

Welcome to a new episode of Free Teacher PD:  Part 2 of Designing and Implementing Formative Assessments: It's Easier than You Think, with Dr. Jayme Linton. You will remember Jayme from episodes 6 and 7 on Google Forms and episodes 11 and 12 on Marzano’s instructional strategies.  Yes, she’s that popular around the halls of the SimpleK12 Teacher Learning Community. And, with reason… she brings tons of accolades to everything she does… but when you boil it down, Dr. Linton is just one fine teacher-trainer and we’re thrilled and proud to have her as a friend of the Teacher Learning Community. So, I’ll stop my introduction so you can listen to one of the best in the business, Jayme Linton. Let’s get learning!

15mins

25 Jun 2015

Rank #18

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Episode 024: Virtual Explorations and Field Trips with Google Tools (1)

Welcome to a new episode of Free Teacher PD:  Part 1 of Virtual Explorations and Field Trips with Google Tools, with Jerry Swiatek. While Google is widely known for its search engine, Google Docs, Google Drive, and Gmail, many of its lesser known tools can be just as useful for teachers. This and following podcast episode will cover several of the street-view products that provide a unique, up-close view of everything from art museums to the Great Barrier Reef to the White House and tons more! So, please join one of the Community’s most popular presenters, Jerry Swiatek, as he shares these tools and explores how they can be used in the classroom for almost any subject. Learn how to open your classroom and travel virtually to physical, historical, and cultural locations and landmarks with your students like never before. This will be fun, so… Let’s get learning!

16mins

16 Jun 2015

Rank #19

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Episode 009: Why Should You Flip Your Classroom? An Introduction (2)

Welcome to a new episode of Free Teacher PD:  Part 2 of Why Should You Flip Your Classroom? An Introduction, with Monica Burns. Monica’s background is extensive. She is an Education Consultant, EdTech Blogger, and Apple Distinguished Educator. In her role as a classroom teacher in general education and Integrated Co-Teaching (ICT) settings, she used iPads one-to-one with her students, while aligning her instruction to the Common Core State Standards. Monica is a regular contributor to Edutopia and appoLearning, in addition to sharing favorite apps and lesson ideas on her blog ClassTechTips.com. In her current role as an independent education consultant, she works with teachers to make technology integration exciting and accessible at all grade levels and she provides support to organizations looking to use technology to reach children and families in need. Check her out at ClassTechTips.com or on Twitter @ClassTechTips. Let’s get learning!

13mins

23 Apr 2015

Rank #20