Monday, July 27, 2009

52 Teachers, 52 Lessons #26: Collaboration on a Massive Scale

Big thanks to Patrick Black, who jumped in at the last minute with this week's entry. He teaches special education, specifically students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities, in Mount Prospect, IL. Check out his blog, Teaching All Students, which is aimed towards anyone interested in assistive technology and special education issues.

At this time, you have the unprecedented opportunity to collaborate on a massive scale. In years past you had the chance to collaborate with teachers in your school, and even once and a while with teachers from throughout the district. This is an important part of being a new teacher, but now we can collaborate whenever we want. We have Twitter, blogs, Nings, Facebook and more, all these tools that allow us to be connected with many more people and share so much more. These shared experiences that were once limited to local contacts, and once yearly conferences (if they could be afforded) are available to us all the time. We have the ability to affect change with our students, and share that with students around the globe. Using these tools effectively will help us to be the best teachers we can be.

Read more about this project here or add the 52 teachers 52 lessons tag to your favorites. Email your entries to teachforever AT gmail DOT com. Week 27 is scheduled for next Monday, August 3rd (but that spot is still open right now)!