Uncover Free/Low Cost Online Professional Development Modules for AT, SPED, STEM, More
EduTools4U is a newly launched Internet site for teachers, administrators and other professionals by George Mason University's College of Education and Human Development. The online learning opportunity is growing. It is a free and low cost option for professional development that seeks to add excellent modules from many sources.
This unmoderated site offers learning opportunities across the curriculum—from special education to chemistry; and no course is more than $20 at this time. The courses are based on recent work by course authors.
Update Skills Information on several subjects is packaged into modules that can update skills and knowledge of educators striving to improve educational outcomes and close achievement gaps. Highly qualified university faculty and experts created each of the courses to be educationally rich, useful, and fun.
Have An Idea? EduTools4U is looking for experts to develop additional modules on a range of topics. Course developers will be paid royalties based on use. Propose module ideas at firstname.lastname@example.org. Here are the available modules to date:
- Assistive Technology Overview
- Supporting Our Military–Connected Children in School Settings: Moving them from Risk to Resilience
- Pecha Kucha for Special Education Teachers
- Making Special Education Work for Adoptive, Foster and Kinship Families
- Resolving Disputes between Parents and School Personnel
- Online Learning Success Explore the evolution and various terms associated with different types of online learning in six modules: 1: Online Learning Definition & Scope, 2: Self Motivation & Self-Direction, 3: Technical and Logistical Readiness, 4: Time Management, 5: Communication, 6: Staying Connected
- Chemistry What is a mole? And who is Avogadro?, Molar Mass, IDEAS Strategy for Molar Conversions, IDEAS Strategy: 1 Step Conversions, IDEAS Strategy: 2 Step Conversions, IDEAS Strategy: Mixed Practice 1- or 2-Step Conversions.
Click to view the full EduTools4Umodule catalog. Course will be added during the school year.
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