Archive for September, 2013

5 Free Online Courses Designed For Teachers by Jeff Dunn

5 Free Online Courses Designed For Teachers
By  on September 24, 2013 Tweet: @edudemic

There are plenty of options for teachers looking to boost their skills a bit. You could hop on Twitter and participate in a hashtag chat, ask a colleague, or participate in some good ol’ fashioned professional development. But what happens when you don’t really feel like doing any of those things and just want to learn at your own pace on your own time? Then some of these free online courses are worth knowing about.


Basically, these courses are designed to help you bolster your skills, learn something new, and basically improve your life. From Modern Lessons toEdX to Coursera, there is no shortage of places to tackle some new ideas and skills you’ve been putting off. Best of all, they’re all free and easy to take!


Use the arrows below to scroll through the many free online courses teachers are taking. I’ve added in the supplied descriptions to help you out. You might find something great!

Topics include:

Crafting an Effective Writer: Tools of the Trade

Surviving Your Rookie Year of Teaching: 3 Key Ideas & High Leverage Techniques

Video Games and Learning

Accountable Talk®: Conversation that Works

Accountable Talk®: Conversation that Works

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3 Rubric Makers That Will Save You Time And Stress By Katie Lepi on August 18, 2013

Rubrics can be an incredibly useful tool for your classroom. Aside from being one of those cool words that sounds a little weirder every time you say it, using a rubric can help your students understand the assignments in your classroom, and will make your grading process clearer, faster, and more objective and consistent.

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10 Free Online Courses For Technology Novices By Jeff Dunn on August 17, 2013 tweet@edudemic

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The story is familiar. You’re a teacher who loves to make a difference in a student’s life. You’re happy to keep doing what you’ve been doing for many years because it works. But there is a continually growing call to push technology into the classroom. YOUR classroom. While you use a smartphone and are happy to try out an interactive whiteboard, shoving technology into all facets of your class day is downright absurd. It can never replace a teacher (nor should it) and technology can only do so much until it becomes a distraction.

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