When I stepped away from the Powerful Learning Practice Conference, I knew I had found something unique. Its uniqueness, however, was not the lessons about the impact of Passion-Based Learning or Project-Based Learning; it was not the impetus of Connected Learning and following one’s passions (these I had already experienced before); No, it was the connections and people, the influx and out-flux of ideas, the flow of challenge-meets-support and the “why not” attitude.
Connectivity as defined as the combination of Collaboration and Interdependence is an integral part of gaining Intrapersonal and Interpersonal Intelligences. Not a “Quid a Pro” of sorts, but an deep understanding of Humility.
I do have to say that I did find the Lino website a practical tool for brainstorming. I will use this tool to have my students brainstorm their ideas.
Simply having ideas is enough. I want to encourage my students to see how they orient themselves to their ideas, to follow them, listen to them, for it is only when we truly let an idea run wild through us can we gauge its feeling and effectiveness. So, too, may they understand like Jonathan Livingston Seagull the art of pursuing excellence.
I believe the Collaborize Classroom is a good place to start, but I have to remember that there are only three students in this school, right now. Building relationships means offering the floor to them and then taking a step back. Offerings are better served as palpable for the students to mess about with, and then I offer myself as a guide to whatever is being asked.