- Quote: “As I’ve said before (and I said it again at the conference), we don’t just “deliver information” like it’s a Fedex package. We inform each other. That is, we literally form what other people know. If you tell me something I didn’t know before, I’m changed by that. I am not merely in receipt of a box of facts. I am enlarged by knowing more than I did before. Enlarging each other is the deepest calling of journalism, whether it’s done by bloggers, anchors or editors. We are all authors of each other.Â
- Note: As noted by Stephen,
this is just a great way of articulating the changes that are occuring. And I think it has implications for educators. We have to open things up, because if we don’t our students will miss out on a huge amount of learning.
– post by willrich
Brad George says
I can truly say that I have more information to affect change in my district today than I had yesterday. Part of that comes from attending conferences and sessions where learning is set as a premium. The other part is being cooped up in a vehicle with my co-workers for 10 hours and being able to verbalize what we heard.
I am sad that I could not stay and listen to your Keynote. I hope to be able to read about it soon.
Mrs. Durff says
And our students will bypass us…speeding on to teachers who will teach them what they need to know. Are we servers (like good waiters) or are we facilitators? I know what I want to be. I’m learning what I need to know from all of you. Now the trick is to convey that excitement to my students. Has anyone else noticed a digital division somewhere between 7th and 9th grade, or is it only here? Those above the line are immigrants like me and those below the line are natives. Or is there something else at work here that I’m not seeing?
Carolyn Foote says
Thanks for sharing. Just by putting out there something I might not have seen otherwise, you’ve informed my thinking.
I was thinking today how much our experiences online or with written texts are like our lives–we alone carry in our heads the memory of every person we have ever met, the snatches of conversation, the connections. Just as we alone carry in our heads all the things we’ve read online, conversations we’ve had on blogs or email, sites we’ve seen. That learning is so personal and unique.
The social networking types of tools allow us to share our pathways at least, but our own unique learning experiences can’t ever be replicated. We truly are all our own authors as well as each others, as Stephen said.