Summer is a time for rejuvenation and relaxation. It’s a time to focus on our lives outside of education and recharge.
It is also the perfect opportunity to focus on ourselves both professionally and personally. So many of us, as educators, look forward to summer as a time to do the things we didn't have time to do during the school year. That includes learning some new tips, tricks and ideas for the next school year.
Whether it’s through a conference, online course, reading, or catching up on all of those podcasts you haven’t had time to listen to yet. The long break can leave us time to focus on our own learning.
Ditch That Textbook Summer PD BINGO
That's why we created this interactive summer PD BINGO board. Each of the links takes you to a the PD resource. Many even have certificates of completion or badges that you can earn!
You may want to just try some short tutorials to learn about a new app or tool or you may be looking for a full online course. Whatever you're looking for, we've got you covered!
In this bingo board, you'll find a mixture of edtech tools, Google tools, Microsoft tools, and non-tech resources. We tried to vary it as widely as possible to reach everyone -- and to help you broaden your horizons.
This bingo board is customizable! Make a copy of the document where it was created. Just click use template and create your own. Then change out links and images to suit your needs. Share it with other educators that would enjoy playing along!
Be sure to scroll down for more details and links for all 24 options on the bingo board. PLUS see an entire collection of FREE conferences and events that you can take part in over the summer at the very bottom of the post!
This summer PD bingo board gives you lots of FREE options to improve your practice!
Want to use the board as is? Click here for the PDF version of our 2023 Summer PD BINGO board.
Looking for past year's BINGO boards? Check out our 2022, 2021 and 2020 versions below.
2. Engage and Amplify with Flip
Flip, the video response platform, offers the "Engage and Amplify with Flip" course. Learn the basics and ideas for using Flip. Click here to get started!
3. Take your presentations to the next level with genially
This introduction course will show you how get started with genially. Learn how to access the templates, add animation and interactivity and publish beautiful content. Click here to get started!
4. Learn and play with Canva
Canva has some really fun interactive workbooks that teach you how to design by actually doing it. Genius right? Click here to get started!
Want to learn more about Canva? Check out our Getting Started with Canva in the classroom online course!
6. Explore self-care for summer
In this webinar from The Teaching Channel join Growing Minds in a conversation about self-care as they discuss what it looks like to strike a balance and take care of yourself during summer. Click here to view the webinar.
7. Teach creativity with Adobe & Khan Academy
Infuse creativity into your classroom with these FREE Adobe, Khan Academy, and Pixar in a Box lessons, activities, and projects. Learn from expert teachers and get access over 100 FREE lesson plans, activities, and projects. Click here to get started!
8. Use media literacy and other tools to respond to hate
In this webinar from Learning for Justice you'll learn about the ways hate has shown up in schools and communities, past and present, and explore the connections between media literacy and combating hate and bias. Click here to view the webinar.
9. Take a Chromebook training course
Chromebooks are easy to use and a cheaper alternative to other laptops which makes them a favorite choice for classroom use. But there are lots of features beyond the basics that can make them even more useful. Learn how to take advantage of these devices in the classroom. Click here to get started!
Looking for basic Google tool trainings? Click here for product specific tutorials.
10. Learn through video production
This self-paced lesson by PBS Learning Media is designed for teacher professional development and lets you experience what it's like to go through the video production process so that you can guide your students through the process. Click here to start the interactive lesson.
11. Get Google Workspace fundamentals
By reading, watching videos, and doing activities, you'll learn how to integrate Google tools in your classroom. By the end of this course, you'll be ready to take the exam to become a Google Certified Educator Level 1. Click here to get started!
Looking for basic Google tool trainings? Click here for product specific tutorials.
13. Flip instruction with PowerPoint Recorder
Learn to use PowerPoint Recorder to flip instruction, provide content for students outside of class, and help improve student outcomes. Click here to get started!
14. Become an excellent editor with Screencastify
Screencastify's editor allows you to add, merge and cut clips in your videos to make your videos look just how you want them. In this course you'll also learn how to maximize engagement and personalize learning through editing. Click here to get started!
16. Earn a Canvas Basics badge
Explore Canvas as a new user and Learn how to become First Day Ready with Canvas LMS. Click here to get started!
17. Help students find their genius
In this self-paced course from the Canva network, you will learn how to help students find their authentic voice, their inspiration, an increased sense of belonging, and their genius. Click here to get started!
18. Create a playful classroom
The Playful Classroom shows readers how to reconnect with students, parents, and your profession. In this mini course, join The Playful Classroom co-author Jed Dearybury as he takes you through some of the best take-aways from the book. Click here to start the course!
19. Create integrated STEM lessons
In this self-paced course from the Canva network, you will learn how to best integration practices and will be provided with tools necessary to plan iSTEM lessons. Click here to get started!
20. Harness TikTok, YouTube, and Video Games
In this webinar from EdWeb, you'll learn how educators can teach parents to leverage social media and video games to further comprehension development in a way that comes naturally. Click here to get started!
21. Learn to teach computer science with CS First
Take an in-depth look at all of the resources available for teachers and students through CS First and learn how to use them in the classroom. Click here to start the course!
22. Learn how to use PBS Learning Media interactive lessons
This self-paced lesson by PBS Learning Media provides strategies and tips that will help educators utilize interactive lessons to engage students and enhance their teaching. This tutorial features interactive lessons from the Interactive Lessons collection. Click here to start the interactive lesson.
23. Learn about copyright and fair use for educators
In this digital world copyright and fair use are important and relevant topics to address with our students and to be familiar with ourselves. Click here to get started!
24. Explore the science behind mindfulness
Mindfulness is more than just a buzzword. This webinar from The Teaching Channel highlights the impact mindfulness-based strategies can have in your school. Click here to view the webinar.
BONUS 🎉 Even MORE free PD!
In addition to the self-paced resources we shared above there are also many live conferences and webinars available throughout the summer. You can take advantage of even more PD in your PJs with these fun live, virtual PD opportunities. Can't make them live? If you miss them you can still view the recording!
What was your experience with any of these? Have any resources you'd add to the list? Please share your thoughts in a comment below!
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