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Professional Learning & Development (PLD) tracker for school teachers in New Zealand

03 Oct 2022

PLD for NZ Teachers

Do teachers need a better way to record their PLD?

We’ve been talking to a lot of teachers lately, trying to find out how they manage and track their PLD, especially given their heavy workloads and lack of spare time. What really surprised us was the completely different methods taken by teachers to capture and record their PLD activities, these included Google Docs, Excel spreadsheets, Power Point presentations and Word documents, to name a few. We saw a full array of software and methods used, highlighting to us, the need for a more streamlined and systemised approach.

Another big take-out from this research was the real lack of time that teachers had allocated to the actual recording of what they did, many told us that it was time consuming and often left to the last minute. Having to open up a spreadsheet or make notes on a Google document made it less appealing and they naturally pushed this task further down their To-do lists.

Centralise everything and make PLD easy?

This initial research has convinced us to create a PLD tracking system within PD able (other systems are on the drawing board) that teachers can use to help streamline this whole process. PD able’s cloud-based toolset is perfect for teachers who are always on the go, they can quickly record their activities from their mobile phone, tablet or when in class, on their laptop or desktop computer.

All activities are recorded under the correct standard and kept in their online diary ready to share as a PDF download. Also included is the ability to write up an overall plan, set goals and write reflections. A dashboard keeps you well informed of what’s happening and if you connect to your school you get access to resources and recommended activities that are pre-approved by management.

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What types of activities can I record?

There are 30+ forms for you to record your activities. This includes:

  • Tutorials
  • Workshops
  • Seminars
  • Webinars
  • Short Courses
  • Lectures
  • Research
  • Reading
  • Movies
  • Podcasts
  • Peer Reviews
  • Publishing
  • Mentoring
  • Qualifications and more

How much does it cost?

There is a free version for you to try, click the 'START FREE' button above.
View pricing information here.

If your school has registered as an Employer in PD able and your PLD manager has enabled staff to be PD PREMIUM level users, you get PD able for free (your school pays).

Coming soon

The ability for a supervisor or senior manager to oversee staff and monitor their progress is not far away. Currently only high-level administrators can do this.


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