One of the nice things about summer is the time and headspace to explore the 'net a bit. I like taking time to visit a site from my sidebar---and then work through the recommended reads that they have listed. Lather, Rinse, Repeat.
Doing this today took me down an interesting rabbit hole...one which I knew existed, but not with quite the diversity and depth that I saw today. I'm talking about the ultimate techie teachers. The ones who are out there on the bleeding edge of things. They're talking about using twitter with their classes (and having kids message in class from their phones)---groups "tweeting" to the smartboard. Wiki type sites for uploading class projects. And all manner of acronyms and other things that made my eyes glaze over in a hurry because I was clueless (and embarrassed about my cluelessness) as to what was being talked about. WTF is "Library 2.0"?
So here's another whole circle of the edusphere: one leading the front of implementing the latest tools with students. I don't know that I can or will ever catch up to them, but it made me think about preparing students for the roads they'll travel once they leave high school. The teachers I read about today are closer than I am in terms of familiarizing students with the next generation of "stuff" for learning. I need to connect my circle of comfort with these other teachers. I think it will be a major learning curve for me...but I like a challenge.