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A listing of many providers of online professional development primarily for school media specialists and librarians, but some could also be useful for teachers, administrators, and support staff.
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Contact information

Mrs. Amy J. Stickney Simcick

School Media Specialist
John Williams School No. 5

Rochester, New York  14608



Use this form for RCSD 2014-2015 PD requests.  Please follow directions carefully and submit to the appropriate person for your SBPT or department.  


   Although primarily of interest to school media specialists and librarians, some listed resources may also be useful to classroom teachers, administrators, and support staff.  
   Most are free, but some must be purchased.  Some are free to members of the sponsoring organization.  I have not found it to be true in online learning that "you get what you pay for;" instead, I have found most free PD to be very well done, and worth a lot more to me than the cost of a few minutes of my time!  
  • AASL
    Upcoming webinars for school media specialists.
  • ASCD
    Upcoming and archived educational webinars are listed here. Some are free and some are members-only.
  • Booklist Online--archived
    Free archived webinars.
  • Booklist Online--upcoming
    A listing of upcoming free webinars.
  • CILC - Center for Innovation and Collaboration
    Many online webinars. Some are free (with membership), but many are for purchase.
  • Connected Learning
    The Connected Learning Alliance (CLA) is a startup project spinning out of the DML Research Hub, dedicated to advancing the spread and scale of connected learning, as well as supporting individuals' and institutions' adoption of connected learning. The CLA is based in Santa Monica, CA and is also supported by the MacArthur Foundation as part of MacArthur’s broader Digital Media and Learning Initiative.
  • Discovery Education
    A calendar listing of all Discovery Education webinars. Another tab lists archived webinars.
  • Easybib
    Upcoming webinars. They also have a large webinar archive.
  • Eduwebinar
    Some free, but most are for purchase. I believe that you can purchase annual membership for unlimited webinar viewing, or purchase individual webinars.
    An amazing community of communities of educators. Webinars are free to members (and membership is free to each community!), and they've just begun a "premium" membership with a cost involved for (I'm guessing) easier access to their archived webinars. Live webinars attended will provide an emailed certificate of participation; they will also provide certificates if you pass a quiz after watching an archived webinar.
  • GLA--Georgia Library Association
    Carterette Series
  • Google powersearching
    Classes to improve google search results.
  • Imagine Easy Solutions
    Archived webinars.
  • InfOhio
    Upcoming webinars. See also their archive and other PD opportunities.
  • Infopeople
    List of upcoming webinars geared toward public librarians, but some useful information for all. See also their archived webinars.
  • ITSE SIGMS Austrailia Series
    ISTE SIGMS is proud to partner with the Australia Series to provide a wealth of timely international professional development webinars for our members. This partnership allows us to offer events in a wider variety of time zones to meet the needs of our international members. These webinars will focus on topics related to educational technology for school, community college, and higher ed librarians; teachers, administrators, and other members.
  • MOOCs (Massive Online Open Courses) from great universities
    Free courses which provide certificates.
  • NAGC Archive
    Archived webinars. You can watch them, but not purchase them or get certificates.
  • NAGC--National Association for Gifted Children
    Free for members, single webinars can be purchased by non-members.
  • Nebraska Library Commission
    A provider, but also lists webinars offered by other providers, by subject listing and chronological order.
  • OEDB - Open Education Database
    Database of more than ten thousand of free online courses at major universities, searchable by subject or university.
  • Ohio Library Council
    Archived webinars. For purchase.
  • Pearson Ed
    Subject listing of archived webinars.
  • Proquest training
    Calendar listing Proquest training events. I believe they are free, but I am not certain. Some may only be available to subscribers of a particular database.
  • Public Library Association (ALA)
    Archived webinars available for purchased viewing. Lower price for members. They also offer live webinars at; there is a link in the left column of the website linked here.
  • SENG (Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted)
    Upcoming webinars, for purchase. Look for links to their archived webinars, also for purchase.
  • SLJ
    List of upcoming webinars. I believe they also archive webinars.
  • TechSoup
    A calendar of webinars of interest to librarians.
  • TL Virtual Cafe
    Free interactive webinars.
  • Verizon Thinkfinity
    Although Thinkfinity has changed significantly, these archived webinars are still available.
  • Webjunction
    Upcoming webinars. Free for any library staff member. Also archived webinars which can be viewed if you set up an account (free), and login.
    A selection of webinars offered free from YALSA. They offer many more free to members.

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PD opportunities in other formats.


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