Tool #2: I would really have to make an effort to keep up with a blog. I have never really commented on the blogs I visit, until now. I definitely see the benefits of actively participiating in online communites. After reading the commenting advice, I see the potential meaningful comments can have. This would be something that I would share with my students so that the comments they make lead to purposeful conversations as opposed to random and disconnected comments. I don't really mind sharing my thoughts in public, it's just something you have to get used to.
I subscribed to "ipads in the classroom" and found LOTS of resources such as: