How do you access and use Professional Development in the 21st Century?

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You seek professional development that will help you grow even if it is not offered by your school district. Even if you don’t get PD credit.You can’t “clock” these hours.

You build your own personal/professional learning network using social networking tools

You guide your teacher colleagues in setting up their own professional learning networks.

You read both ed tech journals and edtech blogs,not just the print literature of our own profession.

You follow selected educators,experts, authors,etc. with microblogging apps like Twitter

You use Twitter to mine realtime chat about your professional interests. You use hashtags
like #tlchat and #edchat

You learn by visiting the webcast archives of conferences you cannot attend. (For instance, ISTE)

You share your new knowledge with others usingsocial bookmarking tools like Delicious and Diigo.

You set up feed readers to push the blog of experts and educators you respect to you on a regular basis.

You join a Ning or other social network for instance:`Classroom20Ning, TeacherLibrarianNing,`English Companion, NCTE Conference Ning `ISTE Ning, Future of Education`

You are contributing to the development of a new`brand for our profession. When your students move on to the next library, they are going to expect visionary service and instruction and caring, helpful relationships.