The Two Worlds of Education

A great piece by Tom Whitby @tomwhitby on the need for a convergence of what is happening with educators online and what is happening offline on the ground. Tom eloquently makes the case for how online PD has the potential to actually transform professional practice in real life. A very timely piece as we head into the new academic year. Thanks Tom!

My Island View

Being connected as an educator offers a unique perspective. It is almost as if there are two different world’s in education, and a connected educator must travel within both. Technology in our computer-driven society has enabled collaboration to occur at a level and pace never before available in the 19th and 20th century versions of education. For the modern educators who have embraced the idea of connectedness, the world of education looks very different from it has been in previous centuries.

Regardless of technology, many educators express a curiosity about what it would be like to talk to and engage people from history. How often have we heard the expression “ I wish I could pick his/her brain for ten minutes”? The whole idea would be to collaborate with individuals who in some way have made a mark on history or education. We could all benefit from discussing…

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