To evaluate emerging edtech professional development tools, EdSurge created a "framework of a continuous cycle of learning."
More than 50 educators contributed to and reviewed EdSurge's Professional Development framework. Its four stages--Engage, Learn, Support and Measure--form a continuous cycle. Where in this cycle teachers begin and how they will proceed will vary. Some will get more out of one stage than another. That’s fine, too. Teachers will discover the tools that work best for them--and when those tools are most useful. It’s all about giving teachers a more personalized professional development.
Here, we evaluate and share 28 emerging and well-known tools, placing them into our continuous cycle of learning framework. We call those tools used independently by individual teachers "professional learning" products. By contrast, we categorize those that require some administrative support as "professional development" products.
You can find detailed reports using this framework and the methodology described below on each of these products by clicking on the name of the product or by searching the EdSurge site using the product name.
We hope this list and framework make it easier for educators of all stripes find the right tools for every stage of their learning process. Let us know! Weigh in in the comments section below.
These tools enable teachers to join groups, ask questions and share resources. Most tools that allow educators to engage also include a "Learn" component, such as webinars, online courses, and modules.
Online community that connects teachers to one another, to resources, and to free online courses about how to incorporate media creation into the classroom
A social network that connects educators and education industry professionals, enabling them to share resources and ideas through themed groups and monthly webinars
Web-based software that allows teachers to create their own "screencasts" on professional learning topics, and share those screencasts with peers for feedback and collaboration
A social network that allows educators to share resources, connect with each other, view webinars and online courses, and receive badges for their activities
Marketplace where teachers can buy, sell, request and share original lesson plans and supplemental classroom materials
These are content-rich tools presented in a variety of ways including online courses, webinars or self-paced modules. Some of these tools also provide "Support" capabilities that help teachers implement skills and ideas.
A bank of videos, online courses, and educational resources through which educators can earn continuing education credits and find tools to use in the classroom
Collection of courses, resources, and webinars created by education experts to train teachers on new techniques, Common Core methods, and hone new skills
Online courses and resources that help teachers differentiate their instruction based on Universal Design principles
Bank of training videos and resources to help teachers learn various teaching techniques compatible with Pearson products
A platform guides lesson plan and assessments creation, and connects users with experts to get answers to the questions they have
Facilitated professional development courses and online tools for instructional coaches
Gives administrators the ability to assign teachers PD videos with customized follow up questions
Video library that allows teachers to view videos of expert teachers in action, share comments, and ask questions of the online community
A research tool that provides teachers with classroom strategies to differentiate for students with diverse needs
These tools help educators connect and share their practice with experienced mentors for feedback and coaching to improve their practice. Some tools in the "Support" category also allow teachers to also "Engage" with their peers, as well as "Measure" their learning.
Teacher development tool in which third party coaches give feedback on classroom video
Interactive simulation where administrators control an avatar to test out and learn how to give feedback to teachers on their performance
Third party mentors tutor new teachers through a platform that allows 1:1 tutoring, grouping with other similar educators, and special online courses
Connects teachers to coaches via an online platform with video recordings and commenting tools
Matches teachers with outsourced coaches who engage in a coaching relationship through video sharing and commenting platform
Lets teachers upload classroom videos & receive timestamped feedback from coaches & peers
Supports mentoring and rubric based assessments of teacher practice by letting teachers upload videos, share with peers and administrators
Private site created for schools or districts to share video, group teachers, and share resources online
Software that simulates classroom student-teacher interactions, allowing a live teacher to control a classroom of virtual students