Today is especially busy, as I attend sessions at the worldwide Library 2.0 Conference, the Discovery Educator Network (DEN) Virtual Conference (How cool is this: if you agree to host a F2F event, they'll even reimburse you for lunch!), and EDSCAPE at New Milford High School in New Jersey. I watched the opening conversation at EDSCAPE via ustream, and then George Couros's inspiring keynote via TeacherCast. I will post the link to Couros as soon as it is added to the TeacherCast youtube channel. It's well worth watching; my stream kept breaking up, but I was finally able to see it all. You sometimes have to be a little patient with the stream at these events. I hope that George Couros is booked to come to Indiana some time soon.
What if you're not "connected' yet? Where do you start? I know it can be overwhelming. Just pick one thing. I had a twitter account for a few years before I really "got it". I let this blog languish for years before others encouraged me to revive it.
The next challenge is to decide what to do with all of the information you accumulate. How will you remember where you put it? What makes it easiest to find? It's so easy to start a system, read about a new one, and then have pieces all over cyberspace. I've used livebinders, scoopit, diigo, google docs, and probably others I've forgotten. Now I seem to be pinning things everywhere. For years I simply emailed links to myself and then searched my email (don't ask how many emails I still have) Don't worry about having the newest tool; just pick one and stick with it for awhile.
So, I have all of these outside connections, but what does that mean for my school? How do you share and collaborate with teachers who have an ever-expanding list of things they already have to do? How do you add "just one more thing"? It doesn't matter how many things I've pinned, bookmarked, and saved unless something happens to them.
Yeah, I can be a connected educator, but if I don't complete the arc and make it reach students, it's all for naught. What works for you?