This past month, I pitched some Pro-D resources to a gathering of principals at a regular monthly meeting. My goal was to talk about custom DRC ordering and to highlight the ASCD ebooks we have available.
1) Since DRC has many DVD and print resources available on a range of topics, my suggestion was that administrators could order up a bin-to-go of materials on a specific topic and have this delivered to their school for their Pro-D committee to review, for their study group to peruse or even to have on hand for a Pro-D day as a "browsable" resource pack. I brought some Leadership resources and signed out a few on the spot.
2) I spent a few moment highlighting the elibrary of ASCD books we currently have via Gale-Cengage. These resources offer a perfect (and free) source of content for school-based study groups. Participants can view individual chapters from a wide range of materials, read them on any number of devices or even print a chapter for tech challenged members. I hope to expand on the series in the future. (There are also a number of recommended ISTE titles as well.)
My first presentation was on the Learn360 platform, which we are currently using to deliver some CBC content we subscribe to via ERAC. Here is a link to the "how to" page. The basic login is the same as with any of the databases we use in Richmond. (Each school TL has the building ID and password.) In order to download the clip for off-line viewing, teachers need an additional login ID, also provided by the TL.
Once logged in, teachers can find the CBC content by searching for either "CBC" or "Radio Canada." While there are not many clips at the moment, we hope to increase the number of videos available as time progresses. Some generic material (ie Bullying) is available to all subscribers.