Professional Development

Low Cost Tech Professional Development: Finding Conferences & Support For Innovating In Your District

A challenge to many educators is finding out about many of the opportunities to go out and get professional development in areas of high need or to come across sources of inspiration or to network with other educators. In this presentation I have attempted to organize a list of opportunities in Massachusetts or with national organizations to connect with other educators and get empowered by learning about a new topic.

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Daniel Downs, Ed.D.    @danieldowns    

MassCUE Board & Coordinator Of Digital Learning North Reading, Ma

ITS/Technology Teacher Challenges

  • Licensing Needs: PDP’s & Content Knowledge
  • Classroom Technology Shifts In Devices & Software
  • Digital Curriculum
  • Supporting Teachers With Classroom Content
  • District Initiatives (1:1, Personalized Learning,GAFE)
  • Time For In-Person PD
  • Cost Of Conferences & Classes

Organizations To Consider Joining Or Following

Professional Organizations

COSN/METAA (Tech Directors & Administrators)

MassCUE Membership includes an Atomic Learning Account

New England ISTE

BATEC Summer Institutes

CSTA-Computer Science Teachers Association Email List (Western Mass & Boston Lists)

EdTech Teacher

November Learning



EDCO Collaborative (accepts non EDCO members)

SEEM Collaborative

Salem State “The Collaborative Project”

Member Districts

Initiatives & Events Which Keep You In The Loop

EdCamp Calendar

#GoOpen Initiative: Summits and Open Group

Future Ready

District Based Innovation Summits: Natick Innovation Summit

Office Of Digital Learning

ODL Blog

Present, Present, Present………

Fall Conference, Spring Leadership Conference & Sponsorship For District Events Worcester & Foxborough

Online & Community Based

Free Webinars

New England ISTE

November Learning

EdTech Teacher Webinars

PBS Learning Webinars

Education Week Webinars

Google+ Groups & Communities

Google Educator Training

Intel Teach Elements

PBS Teacherline

Annenberg Learner

International Society For Leadership In Education

Library Of Congress Teacher Modules

Online PD Courses


Focus Areas


Teach For Google

STEM/Computer Science

Boston STEM Network

MassCAN Workshops


Massachusetts Exploring COmputer Science Partnership

Exploring Computer Science Summer Trainings

MIT Scratch, App Inventor and STarlogo training for teachers

Personalized Learning

The Friday Institute

The Friday Institute Math & Technology

SIG Groups Through MassCUE

  • Makerspaces
  • Personalized Learning
  • Computer Science

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