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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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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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Much Needed

By Chris Davis @BehindTheNote - May 11 2015
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Teachers need this. I’m passing this on. Thanks a lot!

I wish my teachers had this!

By The Marketing Book Podcast - May 10 2015
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Teaching is a calling, and this is a great resource for those dedicated souls who answer the call!

iTunes Ratings

42 Ratings
Average Ratings
33
5
3
0
1

Much Needed

By Chris Davis @BehindTheNote - May 11 2015
Read more
Teachers need this. I’m passing this on. Thanks a lot!

I wish my teachers had this!

By The Marketing Book Podcast - May 10 2015
Read more
Teaching is a calling, and this is a great resource for those dedicated souls who answer the call!
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Free Teacher PD

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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.

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

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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!

Jun 02 2015

15mins

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Rank #2: Episode 032: Teaching Reading in the Digital Age (1)

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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!

Jul 14 2015

17mins

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Rank #3: Episode 034: Improve Creativity and Critical Thinking with Problem-Based Learning (1)

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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!

Jul 21 2015

13mins

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Rank #4: Episode 004: Foster Creativity and Innovation with Digital Storytelling (1)

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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!

Apr 14 2015

18mins

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Rank #5: Episode 014: Save Time and Paper, Collecting Student Work in a Paperless Classroom (1)

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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!

May 12 2015

15mins

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Rank #6: Episode 027: Designing and Implementing Formative Assessments, It's Easier than You Think (2)

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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!

Jun 25 2015

15mins

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Rank #7: Episode 006: Make Google Forms Work for You! (1)

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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!

Apr 14 2015

17mins

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Rank #8: Episode 008: Why Should You Flip Your Classroom? An Introduction (1)

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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!

Apr 21 2015

12mins

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Rank #9: Episode 035: Improve Creativity and Critical Thinking with Problem-Based Learning (2)

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Welcome to a new episode of Free Teacher PD:  Part 2 of Improve Creativity and Critical Thinking with Problem-Based Learning, with Melissa Edwards

As a teacher, gifted education specialist, instructional technologist, blogger and learning facilitator, Melissa Edwards has seen ways in which creative thinking skills can make connections for learning.

She believes there is creativity in each of us and we just need to figure out the best ways to let it out! Melissa also believes that for technology to be most effectively used in the classroom there has to be a curriculum reason to support it.

Melissa likes to share things that appeal to a multitude of learning styles and which can be used to allow for differentiated instruction at all levels. She also enjoys reaching out and connecting with other educators through various blogs, including her own, "Figuring Out How the Pieces Fit."

Let’s get learning!

Jul 23 2015

13mins

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Rank #10: Episode 005: Foster Creativity and Innovation with Digital Storytelling (2)

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Welcome to a new episode of Free Teacher PD:  Part 2 of Foster Creativity and Innovation with Digital Storytelling  and our presenter, Jerry Swiatek.

Let me take a moment to tell you a tad more about this talented presenter.

Jerry is a Google Certified Teacher, as well as a Google Apps Certified Administrator.

He is a also a District Technology Specialist for the Citrus County School District in Citrus County, FL, where he works with teachers and students helping them to integrate technology into their classrooms.

He has spent time in the classroom as well, teaching World Geography to high school freshmen.

Jerry is the founder and organizer of EdCamp Citrus, an education unconference designed to bring educators together to discuss education issues and technology that works.

He is also very involved in the #edchat movement on Twitter.

Each week, Jerry archives each of the #edchat discussions, making them available to educators all over the world. He often presents at educational technology conferences across the nation.

Jerry has an Associate's Degree in Computer Network Systems and a Bachelor's Degree in Information System Security, and he has been in education for over 10 years.

He lives in Inverness, FL with his wife, two children, a dog, and a snake. 

So, let’s welcome back Jerry Swiatek and Part 2 of Foster Creativity and Innovation with Digital Storytelling

Let’s get learning!

Apr 14 2015

17mins

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Rank #11: Episode 028: Transforming Education with Personalized Learning and Differentiated Instruction (1)

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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!

Jun 30 2015

17mins

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Rank #12: Episode 037: Facilitate a Writing Workshop Using Google Docs (2)

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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!

Jul 30 2015

15mins

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Rank #13: Episode 021: Student Projects that Promote 21st Century Skills (2)

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Welcome to a new episode of Free Teacher PD:  Part 2 of Student Projects that Promote 21st Century Skills, with Kim Munoz.

Kimberly Munoz holds a special place in the hearts of all SimpleK12 staff and Teacher Learning Community members, as she was one of the first presenters in our webinar series when we started the Community in 2011.

In fact, Kim holds the record, or is close to it, for the number of live webinar sessions she’s done.

Aside from SimpleK12, Kim has another life.

She is an Instructional Technologist for Franklin ISD and a former Bryan ISD middle school technology teacher with 15 years of teaching experience.

Kim’s experience also includes being a TAP Mentor Teacher, as well as serving as a member of the Bryan ISD iSupport Team, which aids teachers and students in their use of technology.

Kimberly also enjoys sharing her favorite tools, ideas and resources on her blog at techmunoz.edublogs.org.  But, her favorite thing of all is spending time with her three beautiful girls and wonderful husband.

Here she is, Kim Munoz and Student Projects that Promote 21st Century Skills.

Let’s get learning!

Jun 04 2015

14mins

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Rank #14: Episode 036: Facilitate a Writing Workshop Using Google Docs (1)

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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!

Jul 28 2015

15mins

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Rank #15: Episode 011: Going Google, An Overview of Google's iOS Apps (2)

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Welcome to a new episode of Free Teacher PD:  Part 2 of Going Google, An Overview of Google's iOS Apps, with Jerry Swiatek.

At this point, our Going Google presenter, Mr. Jerry Swiatek needs little introduction.  You likely just completed part 1 of this topic with Jerry, and you probably listened to him in episodes 4 and 5 on digital storytelling.

Speaking of storytelling, Jerry’s as good a storyteller as there is in the teacher professional development arena, so I’ll close my yapper and turn this baby over to Jerry.

Let’s get learning!

Apr 30 2015

14mins

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Rank #16: Episode 009: Why Should You Flip Your Classroom? An Introduction (2)

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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!

Apr 23 2015

13mins

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Rank #17: Episode 010: Going Google, An Overview of Google's iOS Apps (1)

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Welcome to a new episode of Free Teacher PD:  Part 1 of Going Google, An Overview of Google's iOS Apps, with Jerry Swiatek.

Is your bookshelf full of old, dusty three-ring binders?

Well, get those binders off of your bookshelf and create a virtual space to store your favorite websites, documents, and videos where you can share them with your students and colleagues.

LiveBinders allows you to create virtual three-ring binders using tabs to keep your resources organized.

In this session, please join Jerry Swiatek as he discusses how to set up and maintain a LiveBinder. He will also take a look at some examples of how educators are using LiveBinders to stay organized.

Let’s get learning!

Apr 28 2015

16mins

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Rank #18: Episode 029: Transforming Education with Personalized Learning and Differentiated Instruction (2)

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Welcome to a new episode of Free Teacher PD:  Part 2 of Transforming Education with Personalized Learning and Differentiated Instruction, with Naomi Harm,

Naomi Harm is best known as a 21st century educational technology literacy specialist. She welcomes every opportunity to share her expertise and best practices relating to technology-infused teaching and learning environments.

Her dynamic career focus includes many cutting edge jobs which include: Intel National Senior Trainer, Google Certified Teacher, 1:1 Mobile Learning Specialist, certified online instructor, and her own "Innovative Educator" consulting corporation.

She also has a well-known specialty of delivering motivational international keynote presentations.

Naomi is truly passionate about building global relationships with educational technology leaders, while engaging in meaningful and collaborative conversations to meet the needs of today's diverse learners.

Let’s get learning!

Jul 02 2015

13mins

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Rank #19: Episode 018: 10 Google Search Tips to Help You Find the Info You Need (1)

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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!

May 26 2015

14mins

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Rank #20: Episode 022: The Lowdown on Bullying, Understand and Identify Bullying (1)

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Glad to have you with us for a new episode of Free Teacher PD:  Part 1 of The Lowdown on Bullying: Understand and Identify Bullying, with Susan Brooks-Young.

Do you, like many people, think bullying consists primarily of older boys targeting younger children?If so, that isn't always the case.

You see, many instances of bullying occur between children who are the same age or in the same grade level.

And, while direct bullying is typically the work of boys, a lot of bullying does occur between girls, too.

Are you able to identify the three most common forms of bullying?

Please join me as Susan Brooks-Young helps educators prepare to deal with bullying by offering a clear definition of bullying, shares common characteristics of bullies and their victims, and dispels some bullying stereotypes.

Let’s get learning!

Jun 09 2015

14mins

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