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Professional Development

Continue your education and learn about the latest technology available to teachers through our online courses.

With your Decatur Public Library card, educational resources are available wherever you are, whether at home, in the classroom, or at the library.

Gale Courses

Gale Courses are six-week, engaging, instructor-led online courses taught by college instructors and experts in the field, ensuring a high-quality, high-impact educational experience.

Courses for teachers cover:

  • Classroom Computing
  • Languages
  • Mathematics
  • Reading and Writing
  • Science
  • Test Prep
  • Tools for Teachers

Log in to Gale Courses has educational videos for teachers from K-12 through college level, with a focus on tech tools.

Videos vary by skill level from beginner to advanced, so there is something for everyone.'s Education and Elearning Library includes over 266 courses and 10,129 video tutorials with topics covering:

  • Teacher Tools
  • Student Tools
  • Educational Technology
  • K-12 Education
  • Higher Education
  • Instructional Design
  • Teacher Professional Development
  • Learning Management Systems offers one time courses or weekly series like "Teacher Tech Tips Weekly" which covers lesson planning, engaging students, grading, and more.

In addition, the entire video library is searchable to easily find videos on any subject from "ClassDojo" to "Internet Safety for Students" to "SAT Test Prep."

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Mango offers access to 60 foreign language courses and 17 English courses taught completely in the user’s native language.

Mango can be accessed at the library, remotely, or even on-the-go with apps for iPhone®, Android™, Kindle® and Nook®.

Each lesson combines real life situations and audio from native speakers with simple, clear instructions. The courses are presented with an appreciation for cultural nuance and real-world application by focusing on the four key elements of language learning: vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar, and culture.

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