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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, find inspiration, and build your knowledge of the best teaching practices with these rich professional development sites and online communities.

BetterLesson Visit Website: http://betterlesson.com/
Exemplary Common Core-aligned lessons from rock star peers at large
Grades Pre-K-12
Type Website
Price Free, Paid
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
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
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
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
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
ReadWriteThink Visit Website: http://www.readwritethink.org/
Excellent free resource for all things reading and writing
Grades Pre-K-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Teaching Tolerance Visit Website: http://www.tolerance.org/
Thought-provoking classroom resources support diversity education
Grades K-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 4
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
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 3
LearnZillion Visit Website: http://learnzillion.com/
Quality Common Core-aligned lessons with great modeling for teachers
Grades K-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Digital Is Visit Website: http://digitalis.nwp.org/
Engaging space for tech-forward instruction, teacher collaboration
Grades 5-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
KQED Visit Website: http://www.kqed.org
Great news and classroom resources support both teachers and students
Grades 7-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 5
KQED: MindShift Visit Website: http://www.kqed.org
Thoughtful articles address current, important educational topics
Grades K-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
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
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating 5
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
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 3
Twitter Visit Website: http://www.twitter.com
Smart classroom tool if used with care; priceless for PD
Grades 9-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating 4