Read a great article in Edweek on professional development and conferences that resonated with me.
The essence of the article is the need to move away from the 3 day marathon conference where you pick sessions and sit and get from a speaker who plows through powerpoint slides. Is this the best way to learn?
Also noted in the article is the way that almost all conferences are using Twitter hastags to make the conference more interactive and extend the learning.
Take some time to read this article.