It is day two of this course and I have a couple things going on thus far. In my mentor role I have contacted my mentees who are from all over the world, literally. They have responded and we are connected in that fashion. Today I will take a peek at where they are in their blog spaces and comment.
I am also offering a Google+ session in twenty minutes and I only know I am still trying to figure out the invite process and what public really means in terms of having a hangout. So I am partly lost, but I’ll not get any better if I do not get out there and try. You can see upcoming synchronous session here. I am also excited to participate in the Collaborate session this afternoon with some of the POT folks.
This morning I watched the video below and was again inspired by the potential of this class to help me connect to people and learn from them. I could sit here in my office and read a book. In fact, I do that too. Or I could from a group and talk with them around a table. I guess I do that too. But I can also use this internet thing to see, hear, and exchange ideas with others. That is helpful to me and my role at this college and as a community educator in the broadest sense of the word.
I read this article last night about Blackboard and was interested in how hard it is to turn large ships. I am worried that we will continue to use tools that do not really do what the internet is supposed to do. Which I think, is to connect, not secure. I am very interested in risk management and how it relates to learning and how teachers can allow for risk without letting kids fall and injure themselves.
Some ramblings on this Friday morning! Let’s go!
Here is a great video about change and a wonderful way to start your day!