This is a reblog of a post from Scott McLeod’s terrific Dangerously Irrelevant blog. His post is a reblog itself of a Facebook post by Laura Gilchrist.
Both ask an important question – what is your reasoning NOT to connect your students? It’s a really good question.
As of the time of this writing, (Sunday morning), there were no replies to Scott’s post or to Laura’s message.
I’m hypothesizing a few reasons:
- anyone who wouldn’t isn’t connected themself and so wouldn’t read the question anyway;
- it’s none of our business;
- being connected is in vogue and so being a dissenter might not be a pleasant experience;
- there are some people who actually teach in a non-connected environment so this is not an option;
Regardless, it’s an important question that I think is worth asking and I look forward to reading an answer. With this post, the question is now asked in at least three places.
From Scott’s blog…
Laura Gilchrist said:
Twitter allows educators to connect and interact with resources, ideas, and people from around the world. Twitter allows educators to share their stories – positive stories included. We need more positive stories because, I’m telling you, there’s a lot of good going on in our schools – good that doesn’t get shared. Those walls you see around you do not have the power to isolate you and your kids any longer.
My question to you: If you have in your hands a tool (phone, computer, tablet + Twitter) that, by just moving your fingers, can connect you, your students, and your communities to resources, ideas, and people from around the world – a tool that can empower kids and educators to learn, create, grow – why would you choose NOT to start using it? What would be your reasoning?