What PD+ Offers
VEX Professional Development Plus (PD+) provides ongoing, year-round, personalized professional development, so you can get a jump start on your robotics education today. PD+ is an online, streaming learning platform designed to enable every educator to be successful teaching and integrating STEM with VEX.
No matter where you are on your STEM teaching journey, the network of resources within PD+ allows you to curate your own professional learning according to your needs, interests, and time. As a PD+ subscriber, you join a world-wide community of VEX educators to learn from and with as you grow your teaching practice and keep STEM learning engaging, relevant, and equitable for all your students.
This article provides a brief overview of the featured resources available in VEX PD+.
Training Courses are video-based, expert-led courses that take the model of hands-on, in person training and workshops and bring them to you through videos and activities that you complete with your VEX materials in your space, at your own pace.
Training Courses are paired with Community discussion threads so that you can engage with other learners in PD+ as you work through a course to ask and answer questions, and learn from other participants who have taken the course. Courses cover all VEX platforms and range from introductory level ‘Getting Started’ courses to more advanced and pedagogy focused courses.
Features of a Training Course
Each Lesson in a Training Course is centered around an instructional video. These videos are designed to give you practical experience with your VEX materials, and to prepare you to teach with VEX confidently in your setting. PD+ will track your progress through a course, so you can complete individual Lessons on your own timeline, and at your own pace.
Everything that you need to complete a Lesson will be shown in the Lesson description, as well as links to materials used in the video, resources to extend your learning, and a Community thread for the Course. Additionally, formative assessment prompts, like Check Your Understanding questions, are provided to help you monitor your progress.
View this article to learn more about how Training Courses are effective professional development.
The Professional Learning Community in PD+ offers a network of VEX educators to engage with throughout the school year. Brainstorm lesson ideas, gather teaching strategies, learn more about a particular STEM Lab concept or coding challenge, and more. The Community enables new and veteran VEX educators to come together in dialogue and discussion about STEM teaching and learning.
Even if you are the only STEM teacher in your school, in the PD+ Community – you are not alone. Join a conversation about collaborative learning, ask a question about a coding problem, read a thread to learn about an upcoming Live Session, offer reflections and share stories from your classroom – the Community connects you to other educators who are learning alongside you.
The Community is like a discussion-board based "Teacher's Lounge" for VEX, that enables you to dialogue directly with other educators and experts. You can ask questions about anything from building to coding to facilitating a STEM Lab, brainstorm with other educators using your platform for lesson ideas or teaching strategies, share stories from your classroom to inspire others, and more.
Posts can be added to specific platform threads, or posted in the general VEX category, and you can tag other PD+ educators or experts to bring them into the conversation. You can also reply to a post at any time, and you should check the Community often to find new conversations to join.
See this article to get started with your first post, with instructions on how to introduce yourself to the community.
Take your teaching and learning further with Live Sessions! These thematic, hour-long, expert led sessions offer insights, inspirations, and practical takeaways about teaching with VEX.
Session content is derived from and in response to PD+ Community discussions, and gives you a chance to ‘peek behind the curtain’ to learn new things you can do with VEX in your setting. Choose the session that sparks your interest, and attend one or a whole series – each session is unique, so you can join when it feels right for you.
There are hundreds of videos spanning the VEX Continuum that you can watch to help you find the answers to questions, learn more about a certain concept, or grow your teaching practice. With on-demand learning at your fingertips, you can find videos across a variety of topics and VEX platforms when you need them, with access anytime, from anywhere.
Videos range in length, topic, style, and VEX platform, and are accessible at any time. This gives you the opportunity to set your own professional learning path, and view the videos that are most meaningful and relevant to you, or go back and revisit videos over time.
The Video Library can be filtered by platform, and new videos are added often, so you can check the Video Library for new content. Have an idea for a video you'd like to see? Post about it in the Community!
Your PD+ All Access subscription includes registration to the annual VEX Robotics Educators Conference. The conference brings the PD+ Community together for in person, hands-on learning, as well as inspiring Keynotes, featured speakers in the field, and learning sessions with educators and experts. Held in conjunction with the VEX Robotics World Championships, see first-hand the passion, enthusiasm, and engagement of STEM education at the world's largest robotics competition!
Build confidence, become inspired, interact with your VEX Community and experts to take your professional development to the next level.
When registration opens for the VEX Robotics Educators Conference, you can register through your PD+ Dashboard. The conference not only enables you to meet the PD+ Community, but to engage with features like the VEX Showcase, where you can get hands-on with the VEX Continuum and get inspired to take your teaching beyond the STEM Labs.
Conference sessions, like Keynotes and Featured Speaker sessions, will be recorded and added to the Video Library after the conference, enabling you to view or revisit conference content anytime throughout the year.
Hear from a PD+ educator...
“Logging into VEX PD+ is part of my daily teaching routine. From videos, tutorials, and a vast community of teachers to talk with, VEX PD+ gives me the ability to teach computer science and STEM at the next level. You liked an article on student-centered assessment? Great, you can chat about it with the author – I can tell you how amazing it is to be able to talk to the experts at VEX. I think we're in the age now where sharing is learning.”
-Anna Blake,K-5 Elementary Technology Integrator, Elizabeth Forward School District
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