I was in the middle of doing some Web 2.0 studying this evening (Furl, Spurl, and Diigo) and lo and behold, I received an email from one of my partners in crime inviting me in here! Since I'm always game to see what possibilites lie in wait--even tho my husband isn't always as patient with my studies--I thought I'd take a gander. I'm very interested in learning interesting new tools to share with students, but I'm also game for a good, thoughtful conversation about where this world is heading. Sometimes I'd prefer to discuss the trajectory of this proverbial "handbasket" we're in, but most of the time, when talking about education, I try to keep it positive and solutions-oriented. Please feel free to add me as a friend and let's get to talking about how to use these tools in an academic content, but keeping the learning as real as possible for my students. Oh, incidently, I've also decided to no longer use the terms "in school" vs "in the real world" because it's now going to be my #1 goal to find a true and lasting connect between the two. A couple of months ago, I discovered the value of having students participate in teacher-trainings and conferences about schooling (how could we do this stuff in the absence of students??) and have decided to continue to have my compass move us in those 2 basic directions. If you think you have some ideas for how to help, PLEASE break in and leave a comment or two!

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Comment by Sylvia Martinez on April 23, 2007 at 1:17am
You might like some of the posts on my blog - here's one in particular http://classroom20.ning.com/profiles/blog/show?id=649749%3ABlogPost%3A2647
Comment by Durff on April 23, 2007 at 4:22am
Hi Ginger! Teachers often attend trainings more willingly if they know no students will be there. A leftover attitude from the industrial age. I do agree with your point, once everyone is on board.
Comment by Ginger Lewman on April 23, 2007 at 5:11am
Durff, I think you may be right, but if we can start by inviting in a few, select students, or by having students present at a few strands at a conference, I think that may help some. But of course, for others, change comes so much more slowly... How do we help them along a little more urgently?
Comment by Carolyn Foote on April 23, 2007 at 4:11pm
I like the idea of training students and teachers together sometimes because I think it creates more of ""a guide on the side" or collaborative feel to the classroom.

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