Shall We Dance?

image of home "Where the hell is matt"Image via Wikipedia

I find the traveling, dancing self described “deadbeat” from Connecticut, Matt, and now spokesperson for Stride gum to be a fascinating study of both personal brand and social media.

Particularly of most interest is this part of his bio:

“Matt was a very poor student and never went to college. When he got older, he was pleased to discover that no one actually cares. Matt doesn't want to imply that college is bad or anything. He's just saying is all. There's other ways to fill your head.

Matt is left-handed.”

Matt may have been a poor student, but he's a social media genius, creating a viral frenzy about himself and the product he represents.

I'm not saying we should encourage kids to be like Matt… or should we?

I'm saddened that Matt saw himself as a poor student, that no one looked at him and saw the genius lying underneath – I mean anyone who can get a gum company to send you on a world tour can't be feebleminded!

Understanding social media is as much a part of life as understanding public speaking, writing on paper AND blogging online as well was editing a wiki, or working with your avatar in a virtual world.  These are permanent parts of our lives and the sooner we just accept it and get on with using the things that can help us teach better:  the better off we'll be and the less disenfranchised our kids will be as well.

Perhaps the part I like best is seeing all of the people around the world just dancing from the fish to the African tribesmen:  just fascinating.

And if you watch the lectures he gave about himself, he's quite well versed.  Somehow, Matt has not only traveled the world, but it looks like he's found an education somewhere along the way.

Lecture Series from 2006

I particularly love how he talks here about what he does in foreign countries.

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Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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remove antivirus studio 2010 November 29, 2010 - 9:53 am

Great videos!

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