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Good question, Corinne. Finding this type of professional development - a fluid, meaningful type of discourse in different formats, is not hard. There are easily 5 sessions a week that are available between School Leadership 2.0, Classroom 2.0, and the Twitter #edchat where teachers can test the waters. In some of my PD sessions I've supplemented face to face sessions with Elluminate or Skype video conferences. Teachers find those very beneficial because it's something that they get to experience with people they already know, who can help them with the "skill" building while they learn about strategies, tools, etc.
My first online session was with people from around the world who I had never "met" before. They were knowledgeable, considerate and very helpful. It's those types of experiences that we need to make available; allowing teachers access to networks in school can help. If schools didn't block Twitter and social networks (even if just for teachers) it'd show that administrators were trying to support them in staying connected. It's important that we provide and not hinder those opportunities.
Jeong-eun, tell me more!