I consider myself a connected educator. However, I’m still blown away by what that means in today’s world.
Earlier today, in Texas I GHO’ed with a cool lady in Tennessee and Voxered with a cool principal in Minnesota. Then, I helped a student get their bearing via Twitter while I talked to my wife about my day.
None of it was planned and it all happened with little effort!
I was in a meeting today when the topic of Google Hangouts came up. Some questions were bandied about and I thought about Googling them. But my leaders at work Linda ( @LindaMac65) and Tracie ( @TracieGCain) have been pushing me to model, model, model what I expect.
So I put a call out on Twitter:
and within minutes… Who comes to my rescue but the venerable (I’m not sure I know what that word means) and sassy Samantha Bates (@sjsbates) from Tennessee with…
and she did and we chatted and she answer questions and it was cool!
A while later, I had a question about a Twitter chat format that might mix a GHO and Tweeting… so I Tweeted the venerable (still not sure what that means) and crazy energetic Brad Gustafson ( @GustafsonBrad) in Minnesota about his TouchCast based show. So I used the Voxer app to send him a voice message that would hang in the ether until he was ready to hear it.
Within two hours he sends back four crazed, but, as always, genius messages with details. He then voxes me back and continues throwing out gamification this and edit video that… It was more than I asked for and I loved it!
Ten years ago, none of this could have happened or it could have happened with tremendous effort.
I love being a connected educator and I hope to bring so many more over to the dark side in my new position as Digital Learning Consultant at ESC Region 11.
(Cue Jackson’s Thriller Music)