Telecommuting may not be a new idea—the term was first coined in 1973—but we’ve come a long way since the conference call. Avoid the travel expenses (and traveling time!) spent on conferences, professional development, and school meetings without giving up the benefits that come with these events.

Consider using Skype, one of many free video-conferencing softwares, to participate in district or regional meetings from your school or home office.

Use the Internet to provide professional development, like the free webinar series Ahead of the Class, and connect your teachers to education experts around the world. You can also encourage teachers to join Twitter and begin building their own personal learning networks.