Not a single person has all the answers, so we must rely on the kindness and knowledge of strangers (and sometimes not so unfamiliar faces). I gain the majority of my great ideas from the conversations and inspiration I get from Twitter and Blogs. Professional Development is not something that is scheduled by the school for random days during the school year. Professional Development is something that can happen anytime a device is connected to the internet, which to be honest, is all the time. Trying to find connections is initially challenging, but there are some suggestions below.
- Twitter4Teachers – list based by subject area
- Twitter Teacher
- Seven Ways to Find Teachers on Twitter (from Free Technology for Teachers blog)
Twitter hash tags, and chats
Of course, if you are going to keep track of your favorite blogs, it is useful to have some where to store all the interesting links.
There is a flip side of the social networking. You also want to share your contact information with others. There are some sites that simplify the process.
There is also the PETE&C Ning for everyone to connect with and continue the conversations and learning after the conference has finished.