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more voicethread brilliance

i’ve had the good fortune to participate in several of bill ferriter‘s asynchronous voicethread discussions.  he has moderated a few and while the name recognition of his guest authors are great, it doesn’t hold a candle to the fantastic discourse i am able to take part it in.  the most brilliant part about it all is that the greatness of the discussions that i am able to have is a direct parallel to what so many tech ed folks have been banging on for quite some time…the tool not only enabled me to engage in thoughtful discussion as a learner, bit it would NOT have been possible otherwise.  there were some fantastic threads in this most recent discussion and one of them looked at the ‘tool discussion’ getting in the way.  the question that i was thinking about this week wasn’t how can i use the tool voicethread? it was how can i have thought provoking conversation with others, around the world? the tool made it possible, but the goal was far greater.

perhaps it should sadden me?  why aren’t i able to have these types of discussions more often?  why don’t i seek out the opportunities to engage on a more regular basis?  are the tools that i currently employ not getting the job done?  this past discussion has got me thinking not only about the content, but who and how i am having my conversations with.

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Posted by on August 29, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

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the brilliance of voicethread

i have the good fortune of participating in bill ferriter’s most recent asynchronous voicethread conversation with rick and beck dufour.  (technically, so do you, but you just aren’t showing up:) this time it is around their work regarding response to interventions and the conversation is fantastic.  as i participate in discussions that really matter to what we do i am overwhelmed with a sense of sadness that there are teachers who never have these conversations.  there are teachers who get to school, shut their door, lunch in the lounge, grade papers and go home.  it sounds terribly hokey, but they are being deprived of something very simple that would invigorate them and effect real change in their teaching practice…conversation.  intelligent conversation.  i’m going to set aside the AMAZING things that a tool like voicethread can mean to a classroom and just talk about us as educators and professional learners.  although, perhaps this is more about the type of person that i am?  i have always thought that all teachers have an inherent love of learning, but i guess that doesn’t mean we all have an inherent love of conversation.  although, shouldn’t we?  we would be pretty lousy model learners (which is how students see us, like it or not) if we consumed knowledge/ideas/etc and never shared them; never showed our students the excitement that comes from thoughtful exchange.  stop by the voicethread here, you won’t be sorry.

 
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Posted by on May 20, 2010 in cube life

 

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