Richard Kassissieh (kassblog.com ) shared and interesting post about Global Ed and Technology. I agree with his assertions that the use of lower quality connections as being as valuable as higher tech solutions. One reason is that it is more easily accessible in other parts of the world. You are more likely to find someone in Africa who can download skype (for free) and connect than to expect them to be able to purchase a more costly solution.
Jim Heynderickx, ( k12converge.com) commenting on Richard’s post, brings up a great concern of mine, which is finding partners outside of our schools. Right now, I am striving to find partners for a number of projects which are ripe for collaboration outside of the classrooms. Because of the connections that I am making using web 2.0 tools (blogs, wikis, and podcasts), my universe is expanding and I am beginning to find partners for a few projects. The other option that we have is to post projects in the public web 2.0 space (wikis, blogs, YouTube, Google video) and then either let connections serendipitously arise or promote your projects so that others will gravitate towards them.
t would be wonderful to have a few clearinghouses to help teachers, who do not have the time to seek connections or be afraid of venturing out of their comfort zones, be able to find willing partners. Not being able to easily find these connections may provide the excuse not to venture forward and attempt a project such as this.
Maybe this is an idea that someone would be willing to help me develop. Utilizing a wiki or some other connections, to provide a clearninghouse so that teachers or classrooms seeking other classrooms can find projects to collaborate on. Anyone game to take on this challenge with me?