Looking to up your tech skills? Adobe has fantastic online professional development- for educators- on their products.
Here's why I love it (after taking just one course so far...):
1. It's free.
2. It's totally online and done in your own time and space.
3. It's free.
4. Collaborative environment with Adobe professionals as the teachers
5. Classroom Applications galore (your imagination is the only limit!)
6. It's free.
7. The cool badge you get after completing the course.
I've used Adobe products for quite some time but am totally self-taught. I was looking for something to spur my creativity and found Adobe's online Collaborative Courses one day.
The first course I took was on Adobe Muse and I am currently taking a Publishing course using Adobe's InDesign. Both courses are about 4 weeks long. You can 'attend' the live class each week OR (as I do) go through the week's class on your own time. Each week the teachers go over content and give you an assignment to create and post for other participants to see and give feedback. You also get to see and give feedback to other's work, which, can in turn, inspire a more ideas!
Here's my product from the first class- totally NOT done- but a work in progress as our district moves to create a technology continuum that will 'live' online. This is a website created in Adobe Muse- web authoring software. You can see how I've organized our work here: http://cusdedtech.businesscatalyst.com.
Check out the upcoming courses:
- Train the Trainer: Creative Cloud
- App Design
- Digital Storytelling with Adobe Mobile and Web Apps
Visit the Adobe Education Exchange at http://edex.adobe.com/professional-development/courses for more information.