Resource: Professional Development Tools From EdSurge





EdSurge Reports: PD Tools





The Free EdSurge PD Report

Read about PD Tool ComparisonsTrends & Themes, and Methodology & Framework Details.











The PD Learning Cycle Framework: 28 Tools




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.







Engage


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.










Free

For Teachers

Online community that connects  teachers to one another, to resources, and to free online courses about how to incorporate media creation into the classroom




Engage

Learn







Free

For Teachers

A social network that connects educators and education industry professionals, enabling them to share resources and ideas through themed groups and monthly webinars




Engage

Learn







Paid

For Teachers

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




Engage







Freemium

For Teachers

A social network that allows educators to share resources, connect with each other, view webinars and online courses, and receive badges for their activities




Engage

Learn







Freemium

For Teachers

Marketplace where teachers can buy, sell, request and share original lesson plans and supplemental classroom materials




Engage








Learn


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.










Freemium

For Teachers

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




Learn







Freemium

For Teachers

Collection of courses, resources, and webinars created by education experts to train teachers on new techniques, Common Core methods, and hone new skills




Learn







Paid

For Teachers

Online courses and resources that help teachers differentiate their instruction based on Universal Design principles




Learn







Free

For Teachers

Bank of training videos and resources to help teachers learn various teaching techniques compatible with Pearson products




Learn







License

For Administrators

A platform guides lesson plan and assessments creation, and connects users with experts to get answers to the questions they have




Learn







Paid

For Teachers

Facilitated professional development courses and online tools for instructional coaches




Learn







License

For Administrators

Gives administrators the ability to assign teachers PD videos with customized follow up questions




Learn







Free

For Teachers

Video library that allows teachers to view videos of expert teachers in action, share comments, and ask questions of the online community




Engage

Learn







Free

For Teachers

A research tool that provides teachers with classroom strategies to differentiate for students with diverse needs




Learn








Support


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.










License

For Administrators

Teacher development tool in which third party coaches give feedback on classroom video




Support

Measure







License

For Administrators

Interactive simulation where administrators control an avatar to test out and learn how to give feedback to teachers on their performance




Support







License

For Administrators

Third party mentors tutor new teachers through a platform that allows 1:1 tutoring, grouping with other similar educators, and special online courses




Learn

Support







License

For Administrators

Connects teachers to coaches via an online platform with video recordings and commenting tools




Support







License

For Administrators

Matches teachers with outsourced coaches who engage in a coaching relationship through video sharing and commenting platform




Support







Freemium

For Teachers

Lets teachers upload classroom videos & receive timestamped feedback from coaches & peers




Support

Measure







License

For Teachers

Supports mentoring and rubric based assessments of teacher practice by letting teachers upload videos, share with peers and administrators




Support

Measure







License

For Administrators

Private site created for schools or districts to share video, group teachers, and share resources online




Engage

Learn

Support







Paid

For Administrators

Software that simulates classroom student-teacher interactions, allowing a live teacher to control a classroom of virtual students