Last night was a somewhat surreal experience around our house. My husband, a physicist working at 3M, had an online conference call with people in Singapore, China, Korea and Japan. Because of the time difference it was scheduled for 8:00 pm central time. At the same time I joined an Elluminate session sponsored by the Classroom 2.0 Ning. Julie Evans presented the Speak Up 2008 results and since our students took part in the survey I was very interested in what Julie had to say.
It was very strange. Both of us sat totally absorbed in what we were doing yet we were only a few feet away from each other. I was amazed when I thought about all the people we were connected to, from literally around the world, sitting in our family room on a quiet February night. It occurred to me that this was the kind of world our students will be living in. They will be even more connected to the rest of the world and it will not seem like a strange experience to them. How do we get them ready for this world? I missed the first half of the Elluminate session so I really need to go back and see the rest of it. Our students are trying to tell us how to help them but are we listening?