More Connected but Farther Apart

The previous post documented my leap into social media applications and initial thoughts on how I can use different platforms to become more connected personally and professionally. In my travels on the Internet, I came across two videos that present interesting perspectives on being connected.

The first is a short video by Shimi Cohen called “The Innovation of Loneliness” that I found by way of an engaging post by Knowledge Worker, Luis Suarez.

I did contact Shimi Cohen about using the video in this space and in the classroom and the response was both immediate and positive. In the past, I have often e-mailed photographers or digital artists to borrow their images for education-related endeavours and they have rarely gotten back to me, and never within one day. That brief exchange is encouraging on two fronts: first as a novice blogger trying to observe etiquette and copyright legislation, and secondly, as an educator who wants students to understand intellectual property legally and conceptually. As students and teachers embrace Web 2.0, they must become aware of the importance of requesting permission to use digital works.

The second is a video that I learned about after reading Nick Bilton’s blog post entitled Disruptions: More Connected, Yet More Alone.  According to Nick, this video has been viewed by over 15 million people and it is funny, true, sad and perhaps a lesson for us all.  Charlene deGuzman is the creator and lead actress in the video. She has made a funny and poignant film about missing out on experiences in our attempt to record them.

This video reminds of taking photos while travelling years ago–sometimes you have to sacrifice recording a moment to experience it fully.

I look forward to hearing, seeing and reading student responses to each of these videos.


Diigo and Evernote and Twitter–Oh My…I Will Take Lions and Tigers and Bears…

As stated in the about section, this space is dedicated to learning. For me, students, colleagues, friends, and anyone who stumbles in by action or accident.  So this past week has been a whirlwind of reading, lurking (I am not actually ready for full-fledged tweeting) and trying to negotiate my way through a myriad of technology and social media applications that might transform me into a “connected teacher”.

I have learned a new vocabulary: Flipboard, Evernote, flipped classrooms, flat classrooms, Diigo, tweetchat, pro-sumer, webclipper

I have enrolled in “Emerging Trends & Technologies in the Virtual K-12 Classroom” on Coursera.

I have created a Personal Learning Network list on Twitter.

I have read up on blog etiquette and design.

I have lurked through chats on Twitter that made me dizzy. (#engsschat, #edchat)

I have decided that Evernote with EverClip works for me and my various gadgets…for now.

And, I am of two minds:

This is absolute insanity.                        OR                               This is absolute genius.