1. I work as a parent liaison, I’m trying to get people to think, that listening to people’s stories is an interesting and free knowledge. when we approach others, we are connecting with ourselves in a deeper level. we may discover how we really think about life through the different emotions that we experiencing while learning about others.

  2. Monte Munsinger

    It seems a vital step in the process is to help teachers see the benefits of making their own connections through virtual networks. I think without this step, the idea is so abstract that teachers have a hard time seeing the value. Helping teachers find a way out of isolation is a necessary step in the process.

  3. Our school system (in Melbourne, Australia) has created teachers who are too exhausted and curriculum-focused/content-focused to even care about connecting outside the school. The desire isn’t there, it’s extra work, they don’t see a need. Of course, this isn’t everybody but I think it’s most people. Just my observation.

  4. Tracey Thomas

    I wish I could have viewed the picture, but as our school district has blocked almost every site that offers anything visual it was not available. There is a definite disconnect between what are students are capable of doing and what we are allowing them to do with that knowledge.

  5. Elena Blume

    Excellent article. What are the possibilities of technological collaboration by students in the classroom?
    Some high school students are creating mobile apps which correlate directly to the subjects they are studying.

    One fun example was a biographical study mapping specific locations of the biographical historically significant incidents occurring during a studied life.
    For instance, a famous Artist or Architect’s studies in Tuscany with specifics relating to that Genius’ works alongside corresponding locations.

    I wish school would have been so technologically savvy years ago! Wonderful to get to see things moving creatively forward!

    It is thanks to progressive innovators like you who boldly seek challenges, ask the best questions, and share educational technology successes with others

  6. Once again George, your question is timely and appropriate. Fear of the unknown, restrictive environments, and misguided pressures are keeping many educators from becoming inspired, connected learners. Once educators experience the learning revelation fostered by self-regulation and social connection, (The Born-again Learner) they will be able to guide and join students in more meaningful, long-lasting learning experiences. School leaders need to get to the front of this line, and remove the constraints that keep others from following.

  7. I love this picture, and I remember when you were taking knowing exactly how you were going to use it. I think the fact it came up in a stranger’s presentation only cements the fact that media is SO fluid in this moment in time. That kind of blows me away actually.

    It made me think about how cool experiences, such as the Beiber concert…(which, can I clarify you LOVED) are no longer exclusively for the few, but perhaps how the role of the crowd has changed from the ‘special’ few, experiencing it as one person, to agents of social media; the ground crew per se for the rest of the world.

    I know these videos/photos were uploaded instantly, we were doing the same with friends in America following in real time.

    There are massive implications, both terrifying and exciting for teachers in this.

    A post that has long had me thinking since the very time we shared this moment with The Beibs….

    …for research, of course. 😉

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