edWeb.net, the professional social and learning network for the education community, has received the 2012 Edublog Award for ‘Best Free and Open Professional Development for Educators.’ edWeb hosted over 140 free webinars in 2012 on a wide variety of topics.
Schools and districts are using edWeb as a high quality, convenient, and free way to provide professional development for teachers, librarians, and school staff. Here is an excerpt from the Central Dauphin School District newsletter:
“Remember the days of in-service- sitting for hours, while some topic is broadcast to the masses. It didn’t matter what the topic, as long as you were present to put in the time, you either walked away gaining some insight or you just walked away. As we move through the 21st century, more and more teachers are becoming responsible for their own professional development. The amount of education related material that is available on the Internet is incredible and if you are not already connected to something education related, you are already behind the times. Listserves, 140 conferences, unconferences, edcamps, webinars, and even online communities like Nings, Twitter, RSS Feeds, Social Bookmarking and edweb.net can provide professional learning anytime – anywhere. But if you are looking for a place to start, edWeb can be that first step. edWeb.net is a learning community dedicated to educators. After a quick sign in process, you can search for and join any of hundreds of communities. Within these communities are blog sites, discussion forums and chat areas. You can post questions to your community or follow /participate in any of the discussion topics of interest to you. The great thing that edWeb also has is webinars. Click to join these and engage in the discussions that take place during the show. Most take an hour to complete and the best part is that they should be about a topic you want to explore further. Most webinars take place after 3 pm and if you miss one it will be archived for anytime viewing. If you are looking to get more from your PD, edWeb is a great place to start.”
– Doug Alichwer, Librarian, Central Dauphin School District, Harrisburg PA
edWeb hosts professional learning communities that are new models for free and open PD for educators. edWeb can help your organization or company create an online community for your target audience of educator – with free webinars – aligned with your area of expertise. An online community is like a virtual conference, without the travel and trade show expenses, where you can:
- Provide thought leadership to help educators improve teaching and learning.
- Increase brand awareness of your products and services.
- Capture leads for your marketing and sales teams.
- Create valuable content that can be used on your own website.
- Gain insight on the challenges and needs in education today.
- Gather feedback for product development.
edWeb provides all the services to help you create your own professional learning community. It’s easy to integrate an edWeb community into your overall marketing program and social media. MCH Strategic Data is a partner of edWeb.net. We help edWeb reach 500,000 educators per month with their controlled circulation e-newsletters to promote sponsors’ webinars and programs. edWeb provides leads, data, and monthly reporting to help you grow your business.