Are you Google-ready?

Discover what your digital footprint says about you -- Innovative Educator (blog post)

Footprints in the Digital Age -- Will Richardson
Positive Digital Footprints -- William Ferriter

Step 1. Access the digital conversation...
(a) Blogging: Choose a blog from the recommended list, read the latest post, and comment; discover a new blog on a topic that interests you, read the latest post, and comment.

Recommended Blogs
Connected Principals
Voices from the Learning Revolution
HASTAC: Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Advanced Collaboratory (See especially Cathy Davidson)
Free Technology for Teachers
Langwitches Blog
apophenia (dana boyd)
Teach Paperless
21st Century Teaching and Learning
Wright's Room
Think Thank Thunk
The Flying Trapeze (Susan Davis and Renee Hawkins)

(b) Tweeting: Start following people; check out the list of suggested tweeters and choose some to follow; search for possible people to follow by tracking the following hashtags (#s): #isedchat, #edchat, #plpnetwork.

Recommended Tweeters
@snbeach, @whatedsaid, @JonathanEMartin, @langwitches, @rhawk, @larrykahn, @dgende, @WendyDrexler, @willrich45, @dlaufenberg, @suludavis

Step 2. Create content...

(a) Blogging: Post to your own blog.

(b) Tweeting: Compose a tweet about something you have read or observed lately; read a few tweets by some of the people you have started following (see 1B) -- then add value and share or retweet the post with your network.

Step 3. Manage, maximize, and mine your network...

(a) Blogging: Add widgets (tag cloud, clustrmap, blog roll, etc.); use RSS aggregators; follow bloggers on Twitter.

(b) Tweeting: Join a synchronous educational chat and mine it for information as well as new tweeters to follow.

Wednesday's chats include:
#web20chat (6pm EST): devoted to web 2.0 tools
#ntchat (8pm EST/5 pm PST): dedicated to helping new teachers become acclimated to the teaching profession
#ctchat (7 pm EST): Critical Thinking chat

Cybraryman's Educational Chat Hashtags (#)

4. Grow your network's potential...

Starter Kit:
Quick Web 2.0 Glossary
How to create a blog on Blogger
More Complete Web 2.0 Glossary
Glossary for Beginning Bloggers
20 common mistakes that Bloggers make and how to avoid making them
Seven Ways to Find Teachers on Twitter
A Twitterholic's Guide to Tweets, Hashtags, and All Things Twitter