This special report, another installment in Education Week's series on virtual education, examines how K-12 professional development is taking a more digital and freewheeling approach to educator training. The report—which also features a webinar and online chat—shows how professional development programs are now blending face-to-face and online training, incorporating social networking tools, offering administrators more flexible ways to hone their skills, and developing online PD to prepare educators for the common-core standards and assessments.
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Oct. 27, 2 p.m. EDT: Tapping the Power of Online PD
Social networking and other online tools now provide a full menu of professional development opportunities that range from discussions on Twitter to personal learning networks on Ning and sharing of useful classroom resources on Google+. The online offerings are also spawning new types of professional development opportunities that provide face-to-face interaction.
Nov. 2, 2 p.m. EDT: Training the Hybrid Educator
This chat addressed the kinds of professional development are available to hybrid educators, as well as the key factors they need to know to be successful in the classroom. Our guests shared their experiences as hybrid and virtual instructors and talk about the role that hybrid education is playing in K-12 today.