I posted a Tweet in the middle of class today.
It contained an error. A grammar error. A small error, none of my students picked up on it.
My friend did though. She picked it up almost instantly. She corrected me for all my students to see.
The real story is that she corrected me instantly, from Ghana. From around the world, she was able to see what I was doing in my class and be a part of it.
It was that simple.
Anyone who tries to say that the internet and our connectedness hasn’t changed things is completely wrong.
My classroom door is open. Radically open.
The possibilities for my students are immense. They have an opportunity to stream the TED conference happening in Palm Beach live, in class. They can hear and learn from experts in the field. They can hear new ideas and witness what is happening anywhere in the world.
On the other hand, the world can be part of my class. They can ‘walk’ right in. I’m hoping to have @erinantcliffe join my class as she talks about the work she is doing in Ghana with Engineers without Borders.
For many teachers, that might be the scariest of thoughts. You never know who is watching. For me, it’s liberating. It allows my students access to the world. Connection and community.
The only thing I have to worry about is … my grammar.
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