CPD for busy teachers with MicrosofEDU

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MicrosoftEDU offers a number of courses (click here ) on a range of topics/areas. Some courses teach you how to use specific tools (e.g. OneNote here) while others offer a broader perspective and teach how to incorporate technology in your teaching practice. The courses last between 1-3 hours.

Here are some courses that I, personally, found interesting and useful. There are many, many more.

If you have ever wondered why there is a need for ICT in teaching and/or if you personally teach in the 21st century environment, try 21st CENTURY LEARNING DESIGN and learn about 21st century skills and how to develop them.

Definitely, one of my favourite: a 1-hour BUILDING GLOBAL CITIZENS course teaching how to engage students in working together on real world problems.

As part of global citizenship, DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP is a crucial element of 21st centrury education. Learn about it in just 30 minutes. Learn about three pillars of digital citizenship and how to prepare your students for living in a digital society. Click the image to get there.

Learn about the tools you can use to address a range of diverse needs and make your teaching inclusive HERE  and take an 1-hour course on DYSLEXIA AWARENESS (here)

There is much more MicrosofEDU has to offer:

  • Spend 90 minutes to learn about PROBLEM BASED LEARNING and how to encourage students’ critical thinking and collaboration while solving complex problems.
  • See how ICT can be used in class to teach about small and big ideas.
  • Take your students on a VIRTUAL FIELD TRIP with Skype.
  • Choose from a number of webinars HERE.
  • Watch quick tips videos HERE.
  • Use MicrosofEDU resources HERE.





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Professional development with ADOBE? For FREEEEE?

“Choose from dozens of free collaborative courses, taught by educators for educators, to learn how to integrate creativity into your curriculum and take your skills to the next level.” 1

The only thing you have to do is to create a free Adobe ID (Adobe Account). You can do it HERE

Some of these courses might seem more useful than the others. Below the table, you can find how I am planning to utilise the skills I will, hopefully, develop on my English classes.

Certifying Adobe Skills in the Classroom You’ll explore the value of the Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) program, and learn how to integrate Adobe certification into your curriculum. Self – paced
Get Started with Publishing using Adobe InDesign Learn the basics of publishing; create and teach students to create business card, students ID cards, e-documents; photo books, e-books and many, many more. Self – paced

60 Second Documentaries with Adobe Premiere Rush

Learn how to incorporate 60 second documentaries in your curriculum 10 hours; From  September 9, 2019  and runs until October 4, 2019
Photojournalism Learn the basics of photojournalism to create amazing photographic stories 10 hours, COURSE BEGINS JUN 24, 2019
Podcasting Learn the technical skills to create your own podcasts with Adobe Audition 10 hours, COURSE BEGINS JUN 10, 2019
Publishing for Educators using Adobe InDesign Learn how to teach your students the design and technical skills they need to use digital publishing in their projects. Start publishing yourself 😊 25 hours;  The course opens on June 3, 2019 and runs until July 19, 2019
Video for Educators Learn to create your  create your own video projects with Adobe Premiere Pro and Adobe After Effects The course opens on  April 1, 2019 and runs until May 17, 2019
Explainer Videos Learn the technical skills to create your own explainer videos with Adobe Premiere Rush 10 hours, COURSE BEGINS MAY 27, 2019
Spark Train the Trainer Lear how to successfully design and deliver effective professional development with Adobe Spark. Create your own CPD and share with colleagues. 15 hours, STARTS APR 29, 2019
Train the Trainer Level 1, 2 and 3 Gain the knowledge and skills to successfully design and deliver effective professional development with Adobe tools. 10, 30 and 35 hours respectively; The course opened on February 4, 2019 and runs until May 3, 2019
Infographics in Adobe Illustrator Learn how to create infographics. 10 hours; The course opens on April 15, 2019 and runs until May 10, 2019
Visual Effects for Educators using Adobe After Effects  The technical skills to create your own visual effect projects and  gain a collection of teaching materials for use with your students 25 hours; advanced; STARTS JAN 21, 2019
Mobile Photography for Educators using Adobe Lightroom CC How to enhance your programme with elements of mobile photography 25 hours; COURSE BEGINS SEP 23, 2019


Get Started with Publishing using

Adobe InDesignFOR Educators using Adobe InDesign

With my students: posters,  digital magazines, eBooks.

As a teacher: interactive pdfs with lesson plans

60 Second Documentaries with Adobe Premiere Rush

With my students: create a road show


Photojournalism With my students: digital stories; interactive articles
Explainer Videos

With my students: how-to video clips

As a teacher: how-to video clips with instructions on a range of programs or projects

Infographics in Adobe Illustrator

With my students: infographics; charts; posters

As a teacher: infographics; classroom rules;

Mobile Photography for Educators using Adobe Lightroom CC With my students: digital stories; interactive articles; writing on “DESCRIBE….” …


STUDENTS and TEACHERS can save 65% on Creative Cloud. CHECK THIS OUT. 



MOOCs for teachers of English as a foreign language….. and not only.

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Techniques for Teaching Adjectives and Adjective Clauses (Coursera) University of California. STARTS on 18 February2019 

This is the second course in the Teach English: Intermediate Grammar specialization. In this course, you will learn how to effectively teach adjectives, adjective phrases, and adjective clauses to your students. MORE HERE

Teach English Now! Technology Enriched Teaching (Coursera) Arizona State University STARTS on 18 February2019 

This course focuses on the key concepts you need in order to effectively integrate technology into your teaching, without letting it overshadow language learning. MORE HERE.

Teaching Tips for Tricky English Grammar (Coursera) University of California. STARTS on 18 February2019 

You will learn about some specific problems students have learning intermediate grammar. You will learn why students have trouble with this tricky grammar and find out new ways to help students conquer it. MORE HERE.

Instructional Learning and Technology (OpenLearning) University of Technology, Malaysia STARTS on 01 March 2019

This course presents the principles and the concept of Educational Technology, Instructional and Learning Technology as well as the teaching and learning process. It also deals with the utilization of Instructional Media from the conventional to the most up-to-date digital media. MORE HERE.

Blended Learning Essentials: Getting Started (FutureLearn) University of Leeds STARTS on 18 February2019

If you are working in further education, skills training, vocational education, workplace learning, lifelong learning or adult education, this free online course is designed to help you understand the benefits of blended learning and how to make more effective use of technology to support your learners. MORE HERE.