Thursday, April 27, 2017

Top 5 Reasons to Use Ermarie




As Spring is quickly approaching, many teachers are looking to plan their professional development schedules for the summer months. With different websites for locating PD opportunities, finding speakers for in-house PD, and managing all of the clock hours associated with professional development all pile up to be a headache! This is where Ermarie steps in to simplify the life of a teacher!


Let’s dive into how using Ermarie can simplify your life!


5) Locating Professional Development Opportunities
Ermarie has a growing catalogue of current professional development opportunities. These opportunities are often run by local teachers and educational organizations. Ermarie makes it easy to sort by paid or free opportunities and has a simple to use search feature. After attending events, organizers can deliver your clock-hour forms/CEUs directly to you for use.


4) Publishing and Managing PD Events
Ermarie offers FREE* management tools required for hosting PD events! If you are running a free professional development event, all of the registration, organization, emailing, and management of your event is completely free. These management tools provide a simple set of features that are useful to any organizer, plus the Ermarie development team is always working to make tools even better for everyone!
*If you are hosting an event with paid registration a simple to understand fee is passed on to your registrants - so there are no upfront or end of event costs to the organizer!


3) Storing Clock Hours
One of the key features of Ermarie is offering a simple solution to the dreaded CEU folders required for relicensure. Ermarie makes the life of any teacher easier by storing clock hours/CEUs in a easy to manage online tool. Clock hours are either received through events managed by Ermarie or uploaded as an image or pdf to your personal and secure management system.Ermarie works great on Chromebooks, MACs, PCs, and Mobile Devices! Long gone are the days of manilla folders filled with creased CEUs and event registration - Ermarie is the answer for today’s teachers looking for a better way to track their PD!


2) Tracking Relicensure Requirements
When uploading CEU’s to Ermarie, users tag each artifact with which state licensing requirements each event met. By tagging each event, Ermarie is able to automatically calculate how many pd hours you have completed in each requirement bucket. This streamlines your work when you apply for relicensure as you no longer need to calculate any hours or chronologically order your forms. Ermarie tracks your requirements with ease.


1) Automatic Organization and Summary
One of the most dreaded tasks when applying for relicensure is organizing your pd folder full of clock hour forms and adding up all of the hours of events you have attended. Ermarie turns this task into a few simple clicks. By organizing your CEUs after each professional development event you attend (or by registering for your events through Ermarie), you are able to easily download a summary page, a professional reflection entry, and copies of all of your pd clock hour forms! All of your pd event hours are listed by state categories and simply organized in a table, ready for the relicensure committee to approve, if your state does not have a template already created you can add your own requirements or apply to be an ambassador and help us create your state template!
Ermarie makes renewing your teaching license as easy as a few simple clicks!

Have you started using Ermarie and have a great success to share? Want to learn more about this tool? Do you have a feature you would like to see Ermarie include? Reach out to us via twitter (@Ermarie_) or on our website (www.ermarie.com)!

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