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I'm Networked, Now What?

(photo from langwitches Flickr photo stream, based on Alec Couros' "The Networked Teacher")

At the Missouri "Access FCCLA" Conference this week, teachers had the opportunity to attend "The Networked FCS Teacher" workshop. During this workshop teachers Debra Price, Susan Herbert, Tracey Newman, Stephanie Krupa and Krystle Gremaud demonstrated some of the technology tools they each use for both personal learning and classroom instruction.

At the risk of "information overload" I wanted to share with you two tools from the Richard Byrne, of the Free Technology for Teachers blog. Richard digs through hundreds of blog feeds to find the most useful web 2.0 tools for education.

He has recently released two guides that I think you will find very helpful - whether you are in the awareness stage of web 2.0 tools for education or whether you already implement these tools and are learning even more.

"Twelve Essentials for Technology Integration" - Richard reviews 12 tools for document and presentation creation, tools for communication with parents and students, colloborative project tools, and educational alternatives to YouTube.

In "Beyond Google" Richard explores 15 tools and strategies for better search results. If you've been frustrated with regular Google searches in the classroom, then this is the guide for you.

If you attended the workshop and are interested in using Twitter, you might be interested to know you can follow @rmbyrne @debraprice81 @hello_newman @shaybert - as well as @chollingsworth and @MoFCCLA. Also remember to check out Twitter4Teachers and the Missouri educators TweepML list (from @stevejmoore).

So what's next after this workshop? Choose something that was presented that day, and start learning more about it. Set a goal for yourself - it doesn't have to be a big, fancy, stress-inducing goal. Just choose ONE thing to learn about and go from there. Network with other teachers that are learning that same tool. I really think you'll be glad you did.

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