There are actually several research articles that suggest mentoring is the best way to help teachers learn new technologies. This makes sense. Since teachers vary with their knowledge of computers and technology, holding Inservice trainings or workshops may leave some teachers bored or be too advanced for others. By using a mentoring system, teachers can be trained one-on-one or in small groups. Regular meetings and trainings would take place, so much more could be learned and retained than a one time professional development course.
One article I read about technology mentoring was Development of a Technology Mentor Survey Instrument: Understanding Student Mentor Benefits by Sonmez Pamuk and Ann D. Thompson. They put a plan in action and found both mentors and mentees benefited from this type of technology exchange. They also found that once teachers learned a new technology tool, they were quick to adapt it into their classroom curriculum.
I think this is a great idea! I think the biggest hurdle would be to get the support of administration. Since Alabama is adopting the Common Core Curriculum, many hours professional development hours are spent training teachers on the Common Core. But if we really look at the Common Core Standards, we will see that the main goal is to prepare students for college and career in the 21st Century, and isn’t that the same goal as technology integration?