Connected Educator- Are you a connected Educator? Have you created a learning environment that enables you to pursue your own curiosities, become an active participant in your own educational goals, design a relevant learning experience, and promote creativity, utilizing digital tools and resources?
Kidblog (http://www.kidblog.org) -- Kidblog is a robust student blogging site. Create a class and individual blogs for every student. Then students have their own web space to journal, respond to writing prompts or just express themselves. Commenting on each others' blogs is half the value of student blogging! Teachers have lots of control of blog privacy (public or private blogs) and comment privacy (public/private comments and previewing incoming comments before they're seen by students). Check out my session resources on student blogging for ideas and how-to's.
Twitter- (https://twitter.com/twitter) Twitter is a free microblogging service founded in 2006 by Jack Dorsey and Biz Stone. Tweets are 140-character blurbs of information. Users can include links to other content in their tweets, pictures, and broadcasts can be public or private. For basics on how to use the social network, check out The Beginner’s Guide to Twitter.