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Massive Online Open Courses 
With a lack of time, money, and resources, crafting quality staff development for teachers has become a difficult task. Through the development of Massive Online Open Courses, or MOOCs for short, teachers can now get quality staff development without missing instructional time with students, on their own time, from world renowned instructors, and it is all FREE! 

MOOCs, which are a recent development, take a course that is currently offered at prestigious universities and offer these courses to anyone with Internet access across the planet. This is your opportunity to take classes from Harvard, Duke, Stanford, the University of Virginia, and many others. These courses can last three weeks and more, and they are the real deal! The courses offered are not as simple as login and get credit... You have to do real deal work in order to successfully pass the course. 

Also, if you are a Floyd County Schools employee, you have the ability to receive PLU credits if you register for courses through the Coursera website. Sign up for a course in PDExpress, sign up for the course in Coursera, complete the assignments within the course, and turn in your certificate of completion along with a summary of how the course will assist you in your profession. Follow those steps and you can get between one to three PLUs depending upon the length of the course. 

Also, I recently received word that Georgia Tech is getting into the MOOC game. They are offering FREE, self-paced, online STEM courses for middle and high school teachers in Georgia. Sign up for the course through Georgia Tech and they will take care of your PLU credits upon completion of the course. 

Take advantage of these opportunities, and if you see any other MOOCs out there you would like to try pleas let me know! 

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