Just wanted to say thanks to those of you from around the world that contributed to the wiki for our presentation yesterday. (For those who may still want to play, it will stay public for the near future.) It took me a good part of last night and this morning to read through the wonderful responses. Suffice to say, my brain is reeling. The messages and resources and ideas that you left were absolutely powerful, and I know I speak for Karl and Anne when I say that it definitely brought the potential of collaborative, global, social tools home to our audience. As I was reading off the list of countries represented, the amazement was palpable. We really appreciate the help.
Also, just a public thanks as well to Clarence Fisher and his students in Manitoba, to Anne’s students back in Colorado, and to Jeff Utecht in Shanghai for Skyping in with us during the session. As one of the technology directors said to me at the lunch break, “The Skype stuff was the best. I turned to my headmaster and said ‘see, we can do this now. What are we waiting for?'” Amen to that.
I’ve been writing for a long time here and elsewhere that one of our changing roles as teachers revolves around the idea that we are now connectors as much as content experts. I think that holds true for presenters and presentations as well. We who travel around evangelizing these technologies are for the most part simply trying to start some conversations, conversations that are going to be unique for every school, every community, every district. Nothing does that better than making our own practice transparent to the people in the room. One of the less often noted aspects of the people who are nodes in this network is their willingness to help put a real face on the message. I’m constantly amazed by how generous people are with their time and ideas all in name of simply getting people to think and reconsider the state of their worlds.
My continued sincere thanks to all of you.
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