Jeff made a good point - I teach and the students understand, but they can't change their habits for cultural reasons. As a minor example, Koreans often use domestic software that doesn't always work with international equivalents.
I host and participate in a lot of online PD and one of the biggest challenges I notice is when so many teachers/participants aren't able to use the tech tools and spend much of the meeting time dealing with audio/video/bandwidth issues, etc. and little time on the topic.
you're all making me really think about what PD really means. :-) I think of it as professional learning not just participating in conference, webinars, workshops where there are presenters and conversation leaders. What do all of you consider "PD"? :-)
Vance is reminding me about the amazing online participation this past year during ISTE by people who weren't able to attend physically. They used the hashtag #notatiste and many people were sharing links, photos, ideas being shared at the conference. Sharing and extending conversations went both ways.
The K12 Online Conference is coming soon!! Pre-conference keynote is Oct. 13th: Wes Fryer and the conference runs for 2 weeks from Oct. 20-31. http://k12onlineconference.org/?p=2429 All FREE and asynchronous so time zones aren't an issue :-)
My personal favorite way to compile my own resources and easily share out individual links is Diigo (same as Jeff) but I don't tend to share those bookmarks as lists like I do with Livebinders or scoop.it.
Steve Hargadon's Learning Revolution site also has a fabulous calendar that brings together events from many groups/organizations including all of the great virtual conferences. http://learningrevolution.com/