Professional Development Resources From Common Sense Media

Common Sense Media returns again and again as an invaluable source of information and materials for educators. Previous posts have pointed to Graphite, where educators can read and post reviews of various resources, and the topic of digital citizenship and how to address it in the classroom. Today, as promised, I have information on part of the professional development component of Common Sense Media.

From the main site, click on “Educators” and then select “Webinars” from the “Professional Development” drop-down menu. That gets you to a landing page that seems to be linked to Graphite while also being a product of, so it is not entirely clear how everything is connected.

From here, you can scroll through more than 70 webinars covering a wide range of topics. There are webinars on digital citizenship, flipping, cyber bullying, BYOD (bring your own device), and so much more. There are also resource-specific topics, for example Minecraft, and content-specific topics, such as math. You can also RSVP for upcoming webinars. At the time of writing, the next webinar is Bring Joy to the Classroom with Passion Projects, with Tamara Letter, targeted toward K–8 educators.

Additionally, you can join free professional learning communities (PLCs). Currently, there are two titled Digital Classroom: Teaching with Tech and Digital Citizenship. While you can access the webinars without joining a PLC, registering for one or more of the PLCs allows you to receive more information on topics of interest and engage more fully with like-minded educators and experts via discussion boards and live webinars.

To learn more, visit the site and see what it has to offer. What is your go-to professional development resource? Let us know by leaving a comment below!

About Tara Arntsen

Tara Arntsen
Tara Arntsen recently completed her Master's degree in Teaching-TESOL at the University of Southern California. She currently teaches in the Intensive English Program at Northern State University in Aberdeen, South Dakota. She has taught ESOL in China, Japan, and Cambodia as well as online. Her primary interests are communicative teaching methods and the use of technology in education.
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