A colleague remarked this week that she doesn’t like sitting at the computer more than necessary, the way I do.
A co-teacher said we shouldn’t be encouraging kids to sit at the computer, they should be out playing.
See the common theme? Sitting at the computer is a passive activity. None of them is even beginning to envisage what’s going on here…
In the past few days, these are just a few of the things that I did, while ‘sitting at the computer’ …
- Kept in close touch with my son and daughter-in-law who are currently volunteering in India.
- Published a blog post in which I shared a wonderful global collaboration between 5 year olds, the result of a chance meeting while ‘sitting at the computer’ with a like minded educator in the US
- Interacted with children in India on Skype through the SOLES and SOMES project, which I found out about ‘sitting at my computer’.
- Actively participated in the blogging conversation with people in Australia, USA, the UK, Brazil, Portugal, Romania, Switzerland, Singapore and more.
- Established a connection with a PYP teacher in Thailand, whose Year 6 students have offered to share their PYP exhibition experience with students at my school in order to assist with their exhibition unit.
- Interacted on Twitter with educators from all over the world, learned from them, followed links to new learning, gave and received help and encouragement.
- Engaged in conversation with my friend in India, whom I met ‘sitting at the computer’ and have since met twice in person.
- Maintained my connection via Skype with a co-teacher who’s studying in Israel for a year and collaborated on a project for students at my school.
- Learned more from my online PLN than I have ever learned in any professional development session or course that I have ever attended!
That’s just a taste… I’m sure there’s a great deal more I could add. But I don’t want to sit here at my computer for too long! Going for a walk around the park 🙂