- Do not let your deeds belie your words, lest when you speak in church someone may say to himself, ‘Why do you not practice what you preach?’
- – Saint Jerome
I do a lot of talking around here about collaboration. I push it pretty much daily; to teachers, to friends, to students, and to administrators. This week has been a great reminder to me as to the power of collaboration. As a member of the World Virtual Schools project (driven by the Department of State) i have had the opportunity to meet many tech directors from a variety of schools around the world. I have been equally amazed at both the similarities and differences of the schools involved. This week i have got my moneys worth of SKYPE in conecting with Zagreb, Croatia working through some issues that were arising within our Moodle server. The goal is to have a secure Moodle connection and mirror site up and running quickly – looks like we will get there much sooner than we had originally hoped. In return i was able to share some of the lessons we learned during our implementation of PowerSchool last year. At the same time as i was working on this situation i was in text chat with Kim Cofino in Thailand helping to launch a 4th grade BlogPals project spanning Europe, Asia, North America, Australia and the Carribbean. I was stumped launching Mrs. Castro’s blog and it only took about 3 minutes for Kim to straighten me out. Without her it would have taken much longer and without my friend in Croatia i would still be experimenting to see why our moodle was malfunctioning (it turns out our AntiVirus had corrupted a portion of the data base).
At the end of the week it was very clear; i advanced further, faster by working with other people – collaboration works and is a new norm. The direct instruction of collaborative skills and modeling collaboration is crucial to what we are trying to do in the modern school.I’m sold (again)
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