Free Teacher PD

Free Teacher PD selects the best webinars from SimpleK12's teacher professional development learning community and provides audio snippets to let you listen to audio webinars on the go. We cover every topic of interest to teachers, administrators and schools, and include topics that range from iPads and mobile learning to bullying, classroom management, and everything in between.
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Jun 30, 2015

Welcome to a new episode of Free Teacher PD:  Part 1 of Transforming Education with Personalized Learning and Differentiated Instruction, with Naomi Harm.

Would you like to be able to deliver a more personalized, relevant learning experience to each of your students?

This episode and the next will showcase creative ideas, reflective practices, and various technologies that can transform your teaching.

Join Naomi Harm as she shares innovative instructional strategies that will allow for differentiation approaches, educator choice, challenge-based learning, and mobile learning opportunities.  Naomi will discuss collaborative teaming and active learning activities along with virtual brainstorming, "bumping" of ideas, and augmented reality mobile learning.


Let’s get learning!

Jun 25, 2015

Welcome to a new episode of Free Teacher PD:  Part 2 of Designing and Implementing Formative Assessments: It's Easier than You Think, with Dr. Jayme Linton.

You will remember Jayme from episodes 6 and 7 on Google Forms and episodes 11 and 12 on Marzano’s instructional strategies.  Yes, she’s that popular around the halls of the SimpleK12 Teacher Learning Community.

And, with reason… she brings tons of accolades to everything she does… but when you boil it down, Dr. Linton is just one fine teacher-trainer and we’re thrilled and proud to have her as a friend of the Teacher Learning Community.

So, I’ll stop my introduction so you can listen to one of the best in the business, Jayme Linton.


Let’s get learning!

Jun 23, 2015

Welcome to a new episode of Free Teacher PD:  Part 1 of Designing and Implementing Formative Assessments, It's Easier than You Think, with Jayme Linton.

It seems like everyone is talking about formative assessment these days, but do you know how to design and implement formative assessments in your school or classroom?

This episode and the one following will help you develop a clear understanding of what formative assessments are, how they differ from summative assessments, and what they look like in classrooms.

Join Jayme Linton as she shares examples of formative assessments and templates for creating your own. You'll also learn strategies for analyzing formative assessment data and using it to inform your instruction.


Let’s get learning!

Jun 18, 2015

Howdy do, and welcome to a new episode of Free Teacher PD:  Part 2 of Virtual Explorations and Field Trips with Google Tools.

Jerry Swiatek is our presenter today, and he needs no introduction, so I won’t say another word, after this:


Take ‘er away, Mr. Swiatek!

Jun 16, 2015

Welcome to a new episode of Free Teacher PD:  Part 1 of Virtual Explorations and Field Trips with Google Tools, with Jerry Swiatek.

While Google is widely known for its search engine, Google Docs, Google Drive, and Gmail, many of its lesser known tools can be just as useful for teachers.

This and following podcast episode will cover several of the street-view products that provide a unique, up-close view of everything from art museums to the Great Barrier Reef to the White House and tons more!

So, please join one of the Community’s most popular presenters, Jerry Swiatek, as he shares these tools and explores how they can be used in the classroom for almost any subject.

Learn how to open your classroom and travel virtually to physical, historical, and cultural locations and landmarks with your students like never before.

This will be fun, so…


Let’s get learning!

Jun 11, 2015

Welcome to a new episode of Free Teacher PD:  Part 2 of The Lowdown on Bullying, Understand and Identify Bullying, with Susan Brooks-Young.

Susan Brooks-Young is an experienced educator, having spent 23 years as a classroom teacher (in grades pre-K to eighth) and as an administrator (an assistant principal, principal, and technology specialist).

Susan has written hundreds of articles and several books about using instructional technology in schools. She is keenly interested in the use of mobile technologies for teaching and learning, and is currently working on several mobile touch technology projects.

Susan is currently an educational speaker who offers training both in the U.S. and internationally.


Let’s get learning!

Jun 9, 2015

Glad to have you with us for a new episode of Free Teacher PD:  Part 1 of The Lowdown on Bullying: Understand and Identify Bullying, with Susan Brooks-Young.

Do you, like many people, think bullying consists primarily of older boys targeting younger children?If so, that isn't always the case.

You see, many instances of bullying occur between children who are the same age or in the same grade level.

And, while direct bullying is typically the work of boys, a lot of bullying does occur between girls, too.

Are you able to identify the three most common forms of bullying?

Please join me as Susan Brooks-Young helps educators prepare to deal with bullying by offering a clear definition of bullying, shares common characteristics of bullies and their victims, and dispels some bullying stereotypes.

Let’s get learning!

Jun 4, 2015

Welcome to a new episode of Free Teacher PD:  Part 2 of Student Projects that Promote 21st Century Skills, with Kim Munoz.

Kimberly Munoz holds a special place in the hearts of all SimpleK12 staff and Teacher Learning Community members, as she was one of the first presenters in our webinar series when we started the Community in 2011.

In fact, Kim holds the record, or is close to it, for the number of live webinar sessions she’s done.

Aside from SimpleK12, Kim has another life.

She is an Instructional Technologist for Franklin ISD and a former Bryan ISD middle school technology teacher with 15 years of teaching experience.

Kim’s experience also includes being a TAP Mentor Teacher, as well as serving as a member of the Bryan ISD iSupport Team, which aids teachers and students in their use of technology.

Kimberly also enjoys sharing her favorite tools, ideas and resources on her blog at  But, her favorite thing of all is spending time with her three beautiful girls and wonderful husband.

Here she is, Kim Munoz and Student Projects that Promote 21st Century Skills.


Let’s get learning!

Jun 2, 2015

Welcome to a new episode of Free Teacher PD:  Part 1 of Student Projects that Promote 21st Century Skills, with Kim Munoz.

Do your class projects help your students develop 21st century skills?

You've likely heard of "21st century skills," but maybe you aren't sure exactly what they are or how best to promote them.

Join Kim Munoz as she defines 21st century skills, and then shares several student projects that foster some of the 21st century skills our students need to cultivate.

She will present examples of student work, discuss the tools used to complete them, and provide step-by-step instructions for putting everything together.


Let’s get learning!