Finding it difficult to fill your Professional Development hours for the year? Have no fear; we have you covered! Not only are all of these short courses accessible online but they all offer FREE courses. And we know how much teachers love free things ;p
So read on and take your pick and know that you will be covered for another year with the content that these course providers offer.
“To develop professionally: Adopt a beginner’s mindset, stay teachable, seek feedback, teach others, embrace teamwork.” – Dan McCabe
This website is an initiative funded by the Victorian Government. It provides a wide variety of free options for teacher professional development, including webinars and on demand learning sessions. Click through using the link above to find out what free goodies they have on offer!
“Take time to invest in yourself as much as others… By doing so, I have seen that the impact I can have on others is greater when I am in a better place and space.” – Jimmy Casas
CSER MOOC courses
These programs are run by the University of Adelaide and are designed to support Australian teachers with implementing the Australian Curriculum: Digital Technologies. These are free online courses that provide teachers with background knowledge about concepts and topics in the curriculum, as well as practical examples that can be tried in the classroom.
“Who dares to teach must never cease to learn.” – John Cotton Dana
Join millions of people from around the world learning together. Future Learn offers courses in a variety of categories with most courses accessible for free. The variety of their courses offers a fun way to explore subjects you’re passionate about.
“Life is growth. If we stop growing technically and spiritually, we are as good as dead.” – Morihei Ueshiba
Be You – Beyond Blue
Be You is a free, evidence-based online professional development package that provides educators and learning communities with the building blocks to support good mental health in children and young people.
“Professional development to support teachers is our greatest need. It’s important to scaffold what is expected of teachers as much as it is of students.” – Michael Soguero
Microsoft offer a wide variety of courses, all categorised from Beginner to Advanced, to support teachers in learning new skills and discover classroom activities aligned with integrating digital technologies in your classroom.
“Expecting excellence from yourself is a choice. Striving for excellence each day is a lifestyle.” – Jimmy Casas
Apple Certified Teacher
Apple Teacher is a free professional learning program designed to support and celebrate educators using Apple products for teaching and learning. As an educator, you can build skills on iPad and Mac that directly apply to activities with your students, earn recognition for the new things you learn and be rewarded for the great work you do every day.
“The most valuable resources that all teachers have is each other. Without collaboration our growth is limited to our own perspectives.” – Robert John Meehan
Happy learning! If you have any other suggestions please feel free to leave a comment below.