Twitter and Facebook might soon replace traditional professional development for teachers. Instead of enduring hours-long workshops a few times a year, teachers could reach out to peers on the Internet in real time for advice on things like planning a lesson (or salvaging a lesson that's going wrong), overcoming classroom management problems, or helping students with disabilities, the Huffington Post reports. Or, at least, that's what a group of Internet-savvy educators who convened in New York City this week are hoping.

"Being connected [through social-networking sites] is an opportunity for growth anytime, anywhere," said Steve Anderson, director of instructional...

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