Educator Development

Educational Learning Theory

Jean Lave and Etienne Wenger’s theory of Situated Learning discusses that learning is highly effective when conducted within communities of practice. These communities can include social applications that teachers may use for educational purposes.


Goodwill Community Foundation International’s website has over 250 videos that explain information in a easy to understand manner. There are more than 750 lesson plans available for download. Teachers are able to earn CEU credits through classes that are designed for the user to learn at their own pace.  Mobile Apps allow teachers to learn while on the go. GCF allows access to all of these features for free.


The Teacher’s Guide is a website that has links for professional development, classroom management ideas, lesson plans, thematic units and much more.  The website is user-friendly and highly informative.


TeachersFirst is a website that offers free online live professional development sessions. Teachers are also able to select and watch archived sessions that they may have missed. These sessions are specifically designed to be short to fit within a teacher’s busy schedule. Search options include key words or by grade level. has a section especially designed for teachers to participate in the U.S. Department of Education’s Teacher-to-Teacher initiative.  There are 23 free online professional development courses that focus on the core subjects of reading, math, and science.,,cf_other_pop_teaching-online-dev,00.html


Intel Teach Elements is a website that offers free online professional development courses. Teachers are able to select from classes that focus on integrating technology into the classroom lesson plans, critical thinking, problem solving, and much more. There is an online community that allows teachers to communicate, seek guidance, or exchange ideas with their peers. Courses are available in several languages.


Animoto is a website that aids teachers in making a professional looking presentations and videos. is a website that allows teachers to create diagrams, activities, quizzes, and games. Teachers can download additional lessons for immediate use.


eXe eXeLearning is a important tool for teacher who want to create webpages. This website helps to convert the information into an internet ready file for uploading. Teachers do not have to be proficient in website building technology to use this website.

 Jeopardy Labs is a website that helps teachers to create their own Jeopardy games. Previously created games are available for download.


Slideshare is a website that has a tremendous amount of presentations on a variety of subjects available for immediate use. You can also create your own slideshows and share with other teachers around the world.