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Teachers hot for professional development — via video

September 8, 2009
at 4:19 pm PST

Video conferencing is fast becoming the standard delivery method for professional development in schools across the country and around the world. This is helpful, given that teachers are expected to attend professional development courses and workshops to maintain their certifications.

In a recent article, the professional development division of Cooperating School Districts in St. Louis pointed out that teachers who have been in the classroom all day are often expected to drive in heavy traffic to attend certification courses. Using video conferencing technology that is already in place in many schools has alleviated that added time and stress. Instead of driving across town to attend a session, teachers can join from the comfort of their campus, school or even their own classroom.

Organizations that conduct professional development workshops on topics ranging from learning disabilities to making math fun are delivering the sessions over video conferencing more frequently – making it easier and less time-consuming for educators to access the programs they need for their own development.

In fact, professional development courses over video have become so popular with providers and schools that the Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration (CILC) has implemented a Professional Development Marketplace, giving teachers and administrators a resource to find programs that are delivered over video.

What types of professional development does your agency offer? Can you access it through video conferencing?

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