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A more social form of professional development

A more social form of professional development

New platform weaves social media into important professional development resources

professional-developmentLast fall, the state of Utah adopted an innovative online platform for its 25,000 teachers that reinvents the notion of how professional development is experienced.

The platform, called Teaching Channel Teams, combines video and social media in a single solution that helps educators collaborate and improve their practice as they prepare for the Common Core. Teaching Channel, which offers a library of more than 700 free videos showing exemplary teaching practices, launched the subscription-based social media platform during the 2013 International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) conference in San Antonio in June.

Teaching Channel’s community of professional development already includes more than 260,000 educators, but the new Teams platform comes in response to educator requests for a secure platform through which to collaborate, be mentored, and learn.

(Next page: Watch a video about how Teams is being implemented)

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