My “Digital Classroom” Hangout

Today I participated in a G+ Hangout called “The DigitalClassroom”. This was a general discussion by a really good group of educators, as follows:

1. Sean Cavanagh:@EdWeekSCavanagh(Moderator)
Assistant Editor for Education Week

2. Angela Maiers:@AngelaMaiers
Founder and President of Maiers Education Services

3. Troy Hicks:@hickstro
Associate Professor of English, Central Michigan University

4. Jackie Gerstein Ed.D.:@jackiegerstein
Online Adjunct Faculty for Departments of Education

5. Darren Burris:@dgburris
Teacher & Instructional Coach at Boston Collegiate Charter

I was able to follow the discussion and participate by making comments as I watched. I therefore found myself responding to details of the discussion by the speakers and also to respond to my fellow participants.

There was general agreement by us all that new technology is a game changer but, as Jackie Gerstein stated, the mere fact that it exists in a classroom does not mean that it is effective. Angela Maiers talked about the need to realise that Web 3.0 is about “contribution”.

By the end of the discussion I felt that I had gained more than any Twitter discussion that I had participated in before. I strongly recommend you to look at the YouTube video of the Hangout. It shows the power of the media and the potential for this kind of thing for students as well as teachers.

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