I was in the middle of doing some Web 2.0 studying this evening (Furl, Spurl, and Diigo) and lo and behold, I received an email from one of my partners in crime inviting me in here! Since I'm always game to see what possibilites lie in wait--even tho my husband isn't always as patient with my studies--I thought I'd take a gander. I'm very interested in learning interesting new tools to share with students, but I'm also game for a good, thoughtful conversation about where this world is heading. Sometimes I'd prefer to discuss the trajectory of this proverbial "handbasket" we're in, but most of the time, when talking about education, I try to keep it positive and solutions-oriented. Please feel free to add me as a friend and let's get to talking about how to use these tools in an academic content, but keeping the learning as real as possible for my students. Oh, incidently, I've also decided to no longer use the terms "in school" vs "in the real world" because it's now going to be my #1 goal to find a true and lasting connect between the two. A couple of months ago, I discovered the value of having students participate in teacher-trainings and conferences about schooling (how could we do this stuff in the absence of students??) and have decided to continue to have my compass move us in those 2 basic directions. If you think you have some ideas for how to help, PLEASE break in and leave a comment or two!