Monday, 7 January 2013

CPD Opportunities in 2013

Now is the time to plan your Continuous Professional Development for this new year.  There are many excellent opportunities available, both free and payable.  Whichever option you choose, rest assured you won't regret developing your skills and extending your knowledge of teaching.

Electronic Village Online
Registration for EVO 2013 begins today, January 7th.  Sessions begin on January 14th. They last for 5 weeks. You can find out more information from the EVO Call for Participation main page here.

 There is a great variety of subjects to choose from, so there is bound to be one that will interest you.  I have attended an EVO session every year since 2009 and each one has been truly excellent.

  1. 2009 Digital Portfolios
  2. 2010  Images for Education 
  3. 2011 Digital Storytelling
  4. 2012 Podcasting.
The sessions this year include Becoming a Webhead 2013, Multiliteracies Mooc and many others!
The Neuroscience in Education - Braining up your English Lessons and the session on Mentoring look very interesting, and I am tempted to choose one of them....

The Consultants-E
Professional Development courses with The Consultants-E begin on January 10th, and you can find out more information here. The Consultant-E's blog also contains a lot of useful insights about the courses on offer and you can read more about them in this post called Upcoming January courses. I can recommend these sessions very highly indeed.

 Below you can view an informative Youtube video clip on Tips for Online Trainers, created by the Consultants-E.

 

 You can also access information on a wide range of free tools and resources from the page called Tools & Resources List.

SEETA
In the past few years I have attended many free CPD courses with SEETA, the South Eastern Europe Teachers Associations. Sessions I have enjoyed immensly have been the following:

  1.  mLearning
  2. Creative Reading
  3. Digital Storytelling
  4. Humanism & Modern Technology
  5. Digital Literacies.
Have a look to see what they have to offer in 2013 here.


Lake School of English
The Lake School of English offers many professional development courses in Oxford throughout the year.  I teach on Teacher Refresher courses whenever I am back in England. I can personally say that the courses are of a very high level and sessions are given by highly trained and experienced tutors.  You can view the online brochure with more information on professional development courses here.
You can connect with the Lake School via Twitter.


American Tesol Free Friday Webinars 
For free webinars on a great variety of topics, you really should attend Shelly Terrell's Free Friday Webinars with American Tesol.  Link to upcoming webinars in 2013 and past resources here. 
Have a look through some of Shelly's inspiring Slideshare presentations here.

Final Thoughts
I hope I have inspired you to take up one of these exciting CPD opportunities for 2013. You will come away feeling recharged and refreshed with lots of excellent ideas to use in your teaching situation.  The most difficult part is having to make a choice.  Remember - you are in charge of your destiny.

If you are in need of more information, then look no further than this excellent post by EFL Classroom 2.0. called 50 Professional Development Tips for the New Year.

Good luck!!


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