Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Global Conversations

Christian Long comments on David Warlick's blog:

The moment we begin to re-focus our energies, expertise, and voices in helping people generate the compelling question on their own terms…the sooner we’ll see true global change.

He really summarizes the issue well. It is not the name, it is not the geeks, is not even the US Presidential debates. It is about facilitating others to enter the global conversation.
So if global change can be effected by assisting others to express their own voice then we need an action plan. What is it (I like lists) that we need to be doing, who will measure our effectiveness, and by when must it be done?
Must we be:

* blogging
* wiking
* podcasting
* webcasting
* bookmarking
* twittering

Must we be doing all to be effective or is one or a few okay? What items are missing from this list?
According to Wes Fryer, the need to engage, not enthrall, is imperative. He applies this to students, but it needs to be applied to all learners, regardless of age, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, or any other label I have forgotten here. Differentiation for all learners, not just those labeled students
As a wise proactive principal once remarked, who did you pull into the echo chamber this week? (Apologies if I already posted this, I'm New Year's cleaning the Scribefire...)
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