way to do this, because it enables anytime/any place access to courses, instructors, colleagues and resources that may not be available locally or conveniently. It also provides an important opportunity to follow-up face-to-face professional development with ongoing learning and support. Because online professional development can be extended over time, it allows educators to build strong learning communities and engage in deep, reflective discussions which as you say, are critical elements of effective professional development. This important form of technology enhanced professional development also prepares teachers to bring 21st century skills into the classroom and to be prepared for how educational models are changing.
I would like to see the new administration support increased opportunities for online learning for teachers (and also for students).…
"class" in reality & on-line at the same time. I beleive in manners and respect (an old-school belief), to my children I am "dad," my friends may use my first name, I prefer my students and people I don't know to call me Mr. Madsen. Familiarity breeds contempt.
I use social networking and I am expanding how I use it, my experience so far:
* Facebook - friends & relatives, people who are (or were) in my social circles during my life; won't "friend" anyone I don't know directly (won't add friend-of-friend unless referal comes too)
* Linked-In - professional network, former colleagues I've had direct experience working with and whom I respect in their professional behavior / career path; occassional (but rare) overlap with Facebook friends; have used for job searching
* Ning - new to this service; private network option is wonderful! Member of my Corporate Library Group (nationwide spread so this is ideal for us) happy to apply "limits" to who joins & when
I can't see expanding my social networking too extensively because I am not a fan of multiple-multitasking and, frankly, I like to "unplug" and enjoy reality without an electronic tether... For all the "immediacy" of current business practice, unless the field is medicine, most stuff is simply "not that important"…