Student insight from Horizon & another video you’ve got to see!

A student and I were having just this conversation on Friday. In this student's evaluation of Don Tapscott‘s keynote for horizon, Sarah H in her blog post “Modern Revolution” says:

we control our screen instead of watching it as our parents did. Kids around the world use their voices through YouTube, blogs, and wikis. We work together to showcase our opinions on what is happening to the world.

Collaboration is not just a word in the dictionary that we have to recite to a chalkboard. It’s something that we have become accustomed to; it is as natural to us as breathing.

We collaborate daily with our peers, classmates, and sometimes even our teachers. Instead of looking at a list of instructions in a book, we figure things out by learning together.

In the digital age, we do not have to strike in front of the White House. We effect change by telling the world the truth from the comfort of our own homes using the Internet with facebook, myspace, blogger, and so much more.”

Sarah's prophetic and insightful words (she's in 10th grade!) really resonate with me as I see one of the latest movies making the rounds. (hat tip Scott McLeod).

And as I reflect on this, I think of Kate Olson's comments on “the cocktail party theory” — Kate says:

“Now, what inspired me to write this post was first noticing that everyone who wrote ABOUT Jon got more comments than he did, as well as his next post “The conversation is getting away from me…..” (more reflections)

I’m going to do the classy thing and close comments here – go show Jon some blogger love and tell HIM how you feel – he’s the one who started all of this……….”

I think that again, Jon is going through the typical feeling of all of this. For example, Flat Classroom project has generated a lot of conversation. I do not control it, I do not try to track it all. I cannot!

The whole mentality of how this thing works is not the idea of someone bringing their favorite toy to school and then hording it in the corner during playtime saying, “Mine Mine!” These conversations are not owned by anyone.

Although O'Reilly coined the term Web 2.0 and Bernie Dodge (did you know he has a blog?) created Webquests — they'll tell you that their own terms are often misused.

I think that books such as Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything have helped me truly understand the societal dynamics of all of these things.

I don't like the idea of ever closing a conversation on a blog post — I still get comments on very old posts and it also makes me realize that sometimes I need to revisit a topic.

This is about a new place for conversation and we cannot be everywhere at once! It is about sharing conversation and ideas and if any of us don't like the idea that our things might be remixed or talked about somewhere else, then we need to rethink participation in the blogosphere, that is the way the whole thing works!

I'm planning to rewrite 10 habits of bloggers that win to help newcoming bloggers understand how to track these conversations (using backlinks), and how to know that they shouldn't move their blog and how authorities work, etc.

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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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Kimberly April 12, 2008 - 7:07 pm

I’m looking forward to reading your revised “10 habits of bloggers that win”. I really could use a lot of help navigating the “edublogosphere.” Thank you for taking your time to share.

Sue Waters April 12, 2008 - 10:11 pm

Excellent idea re- 10 Habits post, it’s still one of my favorite posts. Although lets be honest I’m still struggling with the old cut in half tip :) .

Can you please also add in there is nothing wrong with paragraphs :) ? I can’t believe the number of posts I read by educators that are just one large paragraph. The post is probably so full ideas but it makes so hard to read.

I’m going to be writing my post on tips plus a follow up post of my readers tips in response to Share Your Blogging Experience & Tips For Participants From Open PD but family duties and holidays call first. So hopefully when I do get back I can link to your updated post otherwise I will use your original one.

Anonymous April 13, 2008 - 2:41 am

What a wonderful “school 2.0” combo! I’d missed Scott McLeod’s posting, bumped into this on your site from your comment to him on his “Reclaiming My Blog” post, then on to Leadbetter and his TED talk. What an evening you’ve given me! Leadbetter’s now in my collection and you’re a new flake in Pageflakes. Thanks so much!

Anonymous April 14, 2008 - 6:32 pm

Thanks Mrs. Vicki,
I’m glad my words interest you. I’ll use the tip about paragraphs you gave me in the next one!

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