Educator + Isolation = BURNOUT
We can now connect with others around the globe quickly and easily. The time has come for all educators to fully embrace the opportunities the Internet and social media offer us. We should be using this amazing resource to share our thoughts and ideas with others who can actually relate to our crazy world--b/c no one but a teacher can understand the real life of a teacher!
Sometimes connecting may not even be sharing great ideas...it's just the realization that you're really not alone.
Beyond explaining the importance of staying connected with other educators, the authors move on to convincing the readers that outside and inside the classroom, we must stop pretending it is a notebook paper and 3-ring binder world out there.
Do we truly "get it" ? Schools typically move at incremental, linear rates of change, but everything around us is moving at an exponential revolutionary rate of change.
Do we really understand what our kids are doing with social media, or is what we know primarily from the news media? Are we intentionally and purposefully modeling these new technology literacies? In our efforts to teach students safe technology use, are we teaching them empowered use?