Welcome to the Collaboration Age, where even the youngest among us are on the Web, tapping into what are without question some of the most transformative connecting technologies the world has ever seen. These tools are allowing us not only to mine the wisdom and experiences of the more than one billion people now online but also to connect with them to further our understanding of the global experience and do good work together. These tools are fast changing, decidedly social, and rich with powerful learning opportunities for us all, if we can figure out how to leverage their potential. For educators and the schools in which they teach, the challenges of this moment are significant. Our ability to learn whatever we want, whenever we want, from whomever we want is rendering the linear, age-grouped, teacher-guided curriculum less and less relevant.
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World Without Walls: How to Teach When Education is Everywhere; Edutopia, December 2008.
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“Tapped In allows real time communication in a “risk free” environment. My students seem more comfortable asking questions online than in class. It is also a valuable tool when natural or manmade disasters interfere with class meetings. Tapped In can be used to develop class discussions to make up missed class time. Analysis of transcripts help me, as an instructor, see patterns of student misunderstandings and help me improve my instruction. The flexibility of time allows student who work to participate according to their schedules. Overall this is a valuable tool which I now include in every course I teach.” – Dr. Sally Blake