NetflixPD

Self-Paced, On-Demand Professional Development for Today's Busy Learners

NetflixPD is a collection of online modules designed to easily help you stay up-to-date on technology-infused instructional practices.

How It Works For You

Instead of looking at how to use a specific technology tool, we'll look at sound instructional practices and the tools that support them. All courses are project-based; that is, at the end of viewing and learning, you'll get a chance to show what you know and share it to our project board.

Watch.

30 Minutes

Watch a video explaining the instructional practice and the educational technology supporting it.

Explore.

60 Minutes

Follow links embedded in the video, creating accounts if necessary.

Create.

90 Minutes

End-of-module task creation + reflection.

Why It Works For You

NetflixPD is designed for you to watch whenever and wherever you choose to do so: in PLCs, during team planning times, for PD days, or even faculty meetings. You can also choose how you want to learn: alone, with a group, or with a crowd. Course licenses can be purchased at discounted rates.

Go Solo.

Learn on your own and at your own pace.

Get Together.

We provide course licenses so that your colleagues can participate alongside you.

Get a Crowd.

Purchase a subscription for your building or district.

Pick & Choose Your PD

This is my current list of NetflixPD options. And of course, I'm happy to customize learning modules specifically designed to meet the targeted needs of your district, building, team, and classroom.

MODULE ONE

Collaborative Learning: Student Ownership of Knowledge

In the digital classroom, it's easier than ever to allow students opportunities to explore and discover on their own without direct instruction. In this module, we'll look at how student groups can create a publishable ebook in BookCreator to learn while doing and to teach each other!

MODULE TWO

Screencasting: Really Showing What They Know

Screencasting involves recording videos directly from your computer screen, and there are numerous uses for both you and your students. We'll explore some content-based ideas using Screencastify.

MODULE THREE

Digital Formative Assessment: Pulse Checks for Data-Informed Instruction

Assessment is crucial to instruction, but it can also be time-consuming. If done right, however, you can get an immediate read on your students' understanding of content and have the grading done for you! In this module, we'll learn how to use the quiz version of Google Forms to create a self-grading formative assessment.

MODULE FOUR

Visualizing Information: Infographics

Visual literacy is an element of the Common Core Standards and infographics can enhance literacy instruction as well. Through the use of images, words, and charts, infographics offer complexity and provide a message. We'll take a look at how both you and your students can use Google Slides and Canva to create your own infographics.

MODULE FIVE

It's Good to Hear Your Voice: Giving Students Choice in Learning

Educational reformer Chris Lehmann has this to say about traditional class projects: "If you assign a project and get back 30 of the exact same thing, that's not a project. That's a recipe." In the digital age, let's give students more options in presenting their ideas. To that end, we'll explore Choice Boards from Kasey Bell and Digital Menus from Tommy Spall.

MODULE SIX

Collecting Our Thoughts: Why Curation is Important

Curation, unlike collection, is a higher-level thinking skill. Think about it: museum curators carefully select high-quality items and organize them according to a theme. In this module, we'll consider curation as an alternative to traditionally collecting facts in a research paper by using Wakelet.

MODULE SEVEN

Using Videos Effectively as a Learning and Assessment Tool

When you show a video to students, how do you know they all got the message? When you use Edpuzzle, you'll know. And you'll have the documented facts to prove it. By the end of this module, you'll have created your first Edpuzzle video--and you'll discover how to provide each student his or her very own unique viewing opportunity.

MODULE EIGHT

Toss the Tri-Fold Board

The problem with tri-fold boards, posters, and dioramas is that they lack interactivity. With Google Drawings, your students can create clickable, 21st century versions of traditional projects.

MODULE NINE

Student Creativity: A Necessary Skill for the 21st Century

The new Bloom's Taxonomy lists creativity as the highest level of thinking and learning, and educational reformer Sir Ken Robinson claims that "creativity is as important now in education as literacy." When we allow students the opportunity to create to provide evidence of learning, they're engaged, they're focused, and it often results in scores of new and insightful ways to solve problems. In this module, we'll look at how students can use Google Drawings and Google Slides to create comics that take the place of multiple-choice, end-of-unit exams.

MODULE TEN

Gamification: How to Make Learning Fun

Have you ever wanted to take the dry, boring content you have to teach (comma splices, anyone?) and toss it out the window? With Quizizz, you can make learning fun again and put it in the hands of students. In this module, we'll explore a way to convert content into a game that students love and a way to increase and retain knowledge.

Have Questions?

Why should I purchase NetflixPD?

In the digital age, learning is available anywhere and anytime, and yet, our current model of "sit-and-get" professional development isn't aligned with that philosophy. Plus, you've got faculty meetings, an inbox bursting at the seams, IEP conferences, building committee commitments...well, you get the point. You simply want to explore and master a quick win for your teaching and their learning.

NexflixPD is designed for fun-sized learning. (Kinda like those Milky Ways I used to steal from my kids' trick-or-treat bags!) Work on a module during your planning period. Pause it and return to it later. Collaboratively work with your team during planning periods or during teacher-based team meetings/PLCs. Ask your building administrator to purchase a module (or more) for a faculty meeting or for an in-service day!

When does the course begin? When does it end?

Like any streaming service, each of our modules is available to you whenever you want it to be! Start it, pause it, rewatch it, fast forward through it. As soon as you enroll, you have access. And, you've got six whole months from the time of purchase before your access to the module expires! If you choose to purchase a subscription or a bundle, though, you have even more time to get it done!

What if I need help from the instructor?

Check-ins, support, and virtual office hours are available.

Can I get PD credit?

The short answer is "yes." Let me explain...

Upon completion of each module--and the successful completion of the final task for that module--I will issue you a certificate that indicates three hours of work were accomplished. This certificate stipulates that three hours of regular time, but not credit hours, were attained. You'll need to submit your certificate to your district for approval. I cannot guarantee that your district will award you credit.

So, I've got a question, but I don't see it listed here. What do I do?

I love chatting with real people, so please reach out, and I'll be in touch super soon!








Image credits courtesy of the Noun Project: View by Millenials; explorer by Richard; Mouse by andriwidodo; person by Sergey Demushkin; group by Graphic Tigers; crowd by Magicon; collaboration by Kidiladon; Monitor by artworkbean; test by Adrien Coquet; infographics by Alfredo @ IconsAlfredo.com; Megaphone by catyline_Icon; gallery by Sarah JOY; Video by Aybige; Poster by Fahmihorizon; creative by David; Game by Vladyslav Severyn