I use Google Hangouts and have also used Skype to connect with other educators. I’ve found the immediacy of chat and face to face interactions to be incredibly helpful in my learning. I regularly use Google Hangouts to connect with a business educator friend of mine. We use it to discuss all sorts of helpful teaching tips, technologies, and strategies. I’ve also used Google Hangouts to connect with my student teacher. We met via Hangout 3 times a week for the first couple of weeks of her student teaching and then 1-2 times after that. Normally I meet with my student teachers right after school, but since she came in the fall, I was coaching. If we didn’t have Google Hangouts it would have been very difficult to mentor her after school hours.
In the future I’d like to connect with more educators in this way. My students and I Skyped a student in Ireland last year that went very well. I’d like to do more of this so my students can connect with other students all over the world!