Summertime is here... or nearly here for some of us. While society tends to believe that teachers do not do anything for the two months of summer holidays, we all know that is not the case! If you are wondering what kinds of professional development are available in your area or are thinking of beginning a new project next year but need to learn more, why don't you check out Coursera?
If you haven't heard of, or checked out, Coursera before, they describe their idea as:
"Coursera is an education platform that partners with top universities
and organizations worldwide, to offer courses online for anyone to take,
We envision a future where everyone has access to a world-class
education. We aim to empower people with education that will improve
their lives, the lives of their families, and the communities they live in."
The Coursera network is an awesome options for educators who:
- want PD options they can complete from home
- want PD options that are FREE!
- want PD to prep for a new content-area
- want PD to prep for a new project
- want PD to help meet a Professional Growth Plan
There are currently 82 courses listed under the Education tab and 55 courses under the Teacher Professional Development tab! Don't let these two groups limit you, however, if you want to learn more about a specific subject area, Coursera features almost 650 options that spans across 25 different subject areas!
Personally, I am signed up for two options this summer:
What kind of Professional Development are you participating in this summer?