I’d wager the best place to find both remain on educators' blogs. I wonder if, in fact, "the future of professional development" might be a "return to blogging."Though I am new to blogging, I have been regularly reading tremendous blogs for almost five years. Every day someone asks me where I learn about all the things I have tried, how I keep up with our changing profession. I follow 40 or 50 blogs, on education, edtech, and a number of other subjects, using feedly. Feedly is an RSS aggregator - usually I get about that far in a description to a colleague or group when the huh?s start. I like feedly a lot, but there are lots of ways to follow blogs. For people who are just getting started and want a simple, clean platform for following blogs they like, I recommend bloglovin'. It has the tiled, familiar look of Pinterest and is very easy and intuitive to get started. Looking for some great blogs to check out and follow? Try starting with Edtech magazine's Honor Roll of IT blogs. There are many great ones listed, including Watters' Hack Education. Looking to start blogging or start your students blogging? Check out these resources from the Goodwill Community Foundation. With just a few clicks, you will be on your way!
I wholeheartedly agree that educator blogs are the best place to find community and professional development. Meaningful professional development is always going to take more than 140 characters. When I am looking for a new idea, the right tool for the job, or education rejuvenation, I will always "return to blogging."