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Best Professional Development Websites and PLNs for Teachers

Though our reviews look at a tool's learning potential for students in the classroom, many of these resources offer learning opportunities for educators as well. Expand your teacher network through a PLN (professional learning network), find inspiration, and build your knowledge of the best teaching practices with these rich professional development sites and online communities.

Also check out these tips from educators on personalizing your professional learning, as well as our video on how to get your teacher PLN started on Twitter.

BetterLesson Visit Website: http://betterlesson.com/
Exemplary Common Core-aligned lessons from rock star peers at large
Grades Pre-K-12
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Price Free
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Common Curriculum Visit Website: http://www.commoncurriculum.com/
Sleek lesson planner replaces bulky binders, promotes collaboration
Grades Pre-K-12
Type Website
Price Free, Free to Try, Paid
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PBS LearningMedia Visit Website: http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/
Impressive collection of classroom-ready, free digital resources
Grades Pre-K-12
Type Website
Price Free, Paid
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PowerMyLearning Connect Visit Website: http://www.powermylearning.org
Lots of quality educational content wrapped up in a tidy website
Grades Pre-K-12
Type Website
Price Free
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ReadWriteThink Visit Website: http://www.readwritethink.org/
Excellent free resource for all things reading and writing
Grades Pre-K-12
Type Website
Price Free
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Smithsonian Science Education Center Visit Website: http://www.ssec.si.edu/
Teacher-geared site outlines steps for innovative science instruction
Grades K-10
Type Website
Price Free
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LearnZillion Visit Website: http://learnzillion.com/
Quality Common Core-aligned lessons with great modeling for teachers
Grades K-12
Type Website
Price Free
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Teaching Channel Visit Website: https://www.teachingchannel.org
See colleagues in action with digital PD for discussion and reflection
Grades K-12
Type Website
Price Free, Free to Try, Paid
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Teaching Tolerance Visit Website: http://www.tolerance.org/
Thought-provoking classroom resources support diversity education
Grades K-12
Type Website
Price Free
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Edmodo Visit Website: http://www.edmodo.com/
Manage classes, content, and communication with social LMS platform
Grades 4-12
Type Website
Price Free
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Digital Is Visit Website: http://digitalis.nwp.org/
Engaging space for tech-forward instruction, teacher collaboration
Grades 5-12
Type Website
Price Free
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KQED Education Visit Website: https://ww2.kqed.org/education/
Great news and classroom resources support both teachers and students
Grades 6-12
Type Website
Price Free
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Voxer Walkie Talkie Messenger Publisher: Voxer IP, LLC
Voice- and text-messaging app is a teacher PD standout
Grades 7-12
Type App
Price Free, Paid
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
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Pinterest Publisher: Pinterest
Visually appealing, endlessly creative gallery of images and ideas
Grades 9-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Kindle Fire, Nook HD, Chrome, Windows Phone, Apps for Windows, Mac Apps, Fire phone
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Twitter Visit Website: http://www.twitter.com
Smart classroom tool if used with care; priceless for PD
Grades 9-12
Type Website
Price Free
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