When you look around online these days, it seems as if there always something happening for teachers. There’s so much that at times it can be a bit overwhelming to choose from the number of webinars, courses, workshops, conferences, chats, and blogs available. Much of it is free. And yet, whenever I travel to do face-to-face workshops, most of the teachers I meet are still not online for their own professional development.
Why? I’m not sure.
I know some of the stories, but not enough. I’d really love to know more about your own experience, and have created a short survey to help me learn more. Whether you do most of your professional development online, are limited only by the number of hours in a day or whether you rarely go online except to check what your friends are doing on facebook, I’d like to hear from you. The more responses I receive, the more accurate picture I can paint.
Here is the link to my survey: Access to Online Professional Development
Thank you in advance for doing the survey, and for sharing the link to the survey with your own network of teachers. Survey responses are anonymous — I won’t know your name or email address, or retain any personal information about you.
What am I going to do with this information?
I’ll be giving a free webinar on Saturday, February 8th, at 13:00 GMT (What time is this for you?). The title is “Of Icebergs and Whales” and it’s about teacher access to professional development. The results from this survey will help me share current, accurate information about the ways teachers like you do, or don’t participate in online teacher training. You can read more about the presentation here. You can check the schedule and get a link to the adobe connect room here.
Why icebergs and whales? For me, they are accurate analogies about things that help and hinder access. If you are interested in hearing more about why I think they are helpful images, or you’d like to hear more about the results from this survey, I hope you’ll join me on Saturday for the webinar.