Professional Development

iTeach21 Available Courses
Kagan's Cooperative Learning - Professional Development around Cooperative Learning in the classroom
Kagan Australia
Virtual ConferencesVIC Department of Education and Early Childhood Development. Daily VCs, free, easy to assess and login, usually no bookings required. You can watch the conference from the convience of sitting at your desk!

How to guides - DIY - for people who like to teach themselves

Free Video Lectures - Free Video Lectures from Universities around the World, topics such as Calculus, Computer software
Video Conferencing - Resources, innovative ideas and support documents
OneNote Resources
CommonCraft - Explanation Videos in Plain English about a range of topics
Annenberg Media - Free Online Professional Learning Videos and Resources, Literacy, Numeracy, Science and Humanities
Free ICT Courses Online - Aimed at students in Yr 7 - Yr9 but suitable for anyone wanted to improve their skills in ICT
GeoGebraOnline Training
TED - Ideas worth spreading - Free online Videos about a range of topics
Reform Symposium - Virtual Conferences with videos accessible online to watch anytime. Available via google docs.

Classroom Teacher Project - accessible for DET staff via the intranet. Can be scheduled as registered courses through myPL@DET
Topics include:
  • Professional learning for improved practice
  • Effective learning and classroom management
  • Professional expectations and responsibilities
  • Planning, assessing and reporting student learning
  • Understaning student achievement data (NAPLAN)
  • Engaging all students in learning - LOTE
  • Engaging all students in learning - Special Needs

Coming Soon - New modules under development:
  • Exploring a Process for Explicit and Systematic teaching
  • Understanding modelled, guided and independent teaching strategies
  • Supporting diverse learners
  • Exploring the critical aspects of literacy
  • Using the critical aspects of literacy to assess, plan and teach literacy
  • Enhancing classroom practices: questioning and discussion
  • The roles and responsibilities of an ESL teacher
  • Making the learning meaningful for ESL students
  • Understanding second language acquisition theories, principles and pedagogy
  • Collaboratively planning, implementing and reflecting on an ESL teaching and learning program
  • Gaining and maintaining accreditation

Research and Professional Discussions

ASCD - Online Teacher/Leader Professional Reading, Online courses available
TES - Provides resources, discussions and recent developments
Great document developed by CAP - Links QT, ICT and Active Learning Styles
Research about Learners in the 21st Century and Thinking Skills - Extensive list of websites and articles about thinking, education and the 21st Century Learner
Learning for the 21st century -
A Revolution in Knowledge Sharing -
Knowledge Management in Education -
Literature Review in Thinking Skills, Technology and Learning -
The Weariness of the Flesh: Reflections on the Life of the Mind in an Era of Abundance -

Whole School Development

Building Professional Learning Communities A Resource to support Professional Learning in Priority Schools

International Society for Technology in Education - Professional Development Podcasts about Technology in Education - Great to listen to on your iPod or in the car.