General PD Resources

Sites for professional development resources:

Association for Talent Development (ATD/ASTD)

Formerly the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD) , the Association for Talent Development (ATD)  is the world’s largest association dedicated to the training and development field.  Their mission is to empower professionals to develop knowledge and skills successfully.  Check out the free Trainer’s Toolkit App!


Businessballs is a free ethical learning and development resource for people and organizations, run by Alan Chapman, in Leicester, England.  Businessballs includes  a wealth of teambuilding games, quizzes, video’s, posters of inspirational quotes, and much more.


Coursera is an education platform that partners with top universities and organizations worldwide, to offer courses online for anyone to take, for free.

Creative Training Techniques: The Bob Pike Group

The Bob Pike Group trains trainers in their interactive, participant-centered instructional system designed to ensure transfer of knowledge.  They offer a Train-the-Trainer Boot Camp, online webinars,  a conference, and a store of training resource materials.   Check out the free podcasts!


Dipity is a free digital timeline website. Their mission is to organize the web’s content by date and time. Users can create, share, embed and collaborate on interactive, visually engaging timelines that integrate video, audio, images, text, links, social media, location and timestamps.


Doodle is a free online scheduling tool. Use it to identify a common meeting time for a group.


Edutopia’s professional development blog is part of the George Lucas Educational Fund. Edutopia’s mission to to be the leading voice illuminating and showcasing what works in education. They show people how they can adopt best practices and tell stories of innovation and continuous learning in the real world.

The eLearning Guild

The eLearning Guild is a member-driven organization providing information, networking, and community for eLearning professionals. The Guild produces conferences, online events, eBooks, research reports, and Learning Solutions Magazine. Their goal is to create a place where eLearning professionals can share their knowledge, expertise, and ideas to build a better industry—and better learning experiences—for everyone.

Free Conference Calls

Free Conference Calls offers free conference calling (audio conferencing) as well as online meeting capability. Phone carriers may apply normal long distance charges.


JotForm is a free online form builder.  Use it to create your own form or choose from existing templates.


This free site is a compilation of over 50 icebreakers and group activities.

Making Training Stick

This website provides support for trainers interested in increasing the transfer of training. Sign up for Sticky Notes, a free monthly e-newsletter providing tips and ideas, and take a look at the free icebreakers, closers, and other materials for trainers.

Oriental Trading Company

Oriental Trading Company is a great source for purchasing training tools and toys such as large dice, beach balls, koosh balls, awards, etc.


Puzzlemaker is a free puzzle generation tool.  Create and print customized word search, criss-cross, math puzzles, and more-using your own word lists.

Results Matter Video Library – Early Care and Education

The Colorado Department of Education and producer Larry Edelman have created a set of video clips on a variety of early childhood topics including early intervention, use of technology and observation skills.  These are available for free download.

Survey Monkey

Survey Monkey is a free online survey development tool with data collection and analysis capabilities.

TeachersFirst’s Copyright and Fair Use Resources

This collection of reviewed resources from TeachersFirst is selected to help people understand concepts of copyright and Fair Use.  This collection includes instructional activities about copyright and collections/tools to use images, music, and texts legally, either through Fair Use or Creative Commons licensing.  Use these resources to find copyright-safe raw materials that may be appropriate for professional development.

Trainer’s Toolbox

Trainer’s Toolbox is a publication of the  Office for Victims of Crime Training and Technical Assistance Center,  a component of the Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice located in Fairfax, Virginia.  The toolbox is a resource for icebreakers, closers, techniques for dividing groups or selecting a reporter, etc.  These ideas can be used with any type of professional development and are not specific to victims of crime.

Trainer’s Toolbox

This toolbox was developed by Human Resources at the University of California, Riverside.  Sections include designing a course, course template, activities, and icebreakers.

Trainers Warehouse

Trainers Warehouse offers hundreds of effective, innovative and fun products for trainers and educators.   Popular products that improve retention and make training more engaging include game show templates and buzzers, icebreaker and team-building games,”fiddles,” presentation software, debriefing tools, tactile memory joggers, and achievement rewards.

Word Search Labs

Word Search Labs is a free web application built by Matt Johnson.  Word Search Labs is the simplest way to build, print, share and solve word searches online.


Wordle is a free online tool for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. You can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts, and color schemes.