In this session Joshua Neff, Erin Downey Howerton, and Brenda Hough described some of the tools they find most useful for collaborating and connecting with colleagues. Among the technologies they highlighted were:
Blogs. Erin showed the blog she uses for communicating with K-12 teachers (she is the K-12 liaison for the Johnson County Public Library): http://schoolingdotus.blogspot.com/
Wikis. They mentioned the wiki created for Library Camp KS as an example: http://librarycampks.wetpaint.com. They also highly recommended the video Wikis in Plain English as a good introduction to what wikis are about.
Discussion Forums. They suggested using Tangler to embed live discussion forums on websites.
Twitter. All three recommended Twitter as a useful tool for soliciting ideas and opinions from a community of friends. Twitter is a micro-blogging application that supports RSS feeds and has a limit of 140 characters per post.
Other sites (not necessarily tools for staying connected) they recommended were:
Cyber 6 Pack 4 Educators. This is a wiki intended to keep K-12 educators informed about useful Web 2.0 tools for the classroom.
Library Society of the World. A wiki "dedicated to furthering the role of librarians, archivists, information professionals, and information educators through communication and collaboration."
Icanhaz.com. A tool for converting long urls to short ones. This tool allows you to choose part of the short url.