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How to digitally supplement a PLC

I’m having a little trouble wrapping my head around an idea, so I thought I’d throw it out to the edublogosphere (hello?  anybody home?).

I’m trying to figure out the best way to support a face-to-face professional learning community with an electronic personal/professional learning network.  So, imagine that in my workplace we have monthly f-2-f meetings to discuss a book or a journal article.  I’m looking for the best way (digitally) to foster additional (synchronous/asynchronous) communication between those sessions.  We could enroll everyone in a Blackboard course, but Bb just isn’t right for that.  I could also develop a Google Space for us.  But, I’m certain that folks don’t want another place to have to “go” to see if there is new information or new communication. 

Is Ning the right answer?  Or, is that overkill?  What is the best way to electronically supplement a professional learning community?

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