I had a neat collaborative experience a few days ago with Mark Wagner over at Educational Technology and Life. He was on Skype, and I needed a fresh pair of eyes to look at the abstract I was writing for my keynote in New Zealand-. We collaboratively edited the piece down to 150 words. The whole time I am thinking-- I really can collaborate with the best minds on Skype from anywhere in the world. Man -- what a time is this to be alive. The trick is having an array of disruptive P2P tools available and then being skilled and brave enough to network with others. Of course this is all contingent on going one step further making sure those who aren't using these powerful tools - start.
So anyway, back to Mark- after we finished working on my abstract and pairing it down, he was able to take some key ideas and phrases and work them into a piece he was writing. How efficient is that?
The key to true innovation is engaging collaboration. And the key to effective virtual collaboration is connectivity and skill at networking.
Here is my New Zealand keynote abstract- if you have any resources or ideas that relate please share them in the comments or if you would just like to talk a little about unleashing student passion then let's start the conversation here.
Keynote Address: Schooling for the 21st Century: Unleashing Student Passion
Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach, Adjunct Instructor of Educational Technology, College of William and Mary & Educational Consultant, Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA
A passionate student is a learning student. As the people of the world are becoming increasingly connected, the nature, use, ownership, and purpose of knowledge are changing in profound ways. Our goal as educators is to leverage these connections and changes as powerful means to improve teaching and learning in our schools. Using digital media and web-based tools, students are building their own learning experiences, constructing meaning, and collaborating in teams to solve authentic content-based problems. Many teachers who use these empowering technologies are now discovering we can have rigor without sacrificing excitement. The secret: Focus on student passion and interest, not the machines and software.
Come listen as Sheryl stirs a sense of urgency for shifting classroom practice toward more engaging approaches that unleash the passion that lies within each learner. Sheryl invites you to discuss this and (other 21st Century teaching and learning topics) on her blog: http://21stcenturylearning.typepad.com/blog/