Shortly before attending ISTE in San Antonio four years ago, I joined Twitter on the recommendation of Judy O’Connell. I remember people at the conference talking about it in the blogger’s cafe just before I went to hear Konrad Glogowski talk about his PhD research in digital-literacies, which I still remember of one of the most inspiring presentations I’ve ever seen. I remember to, Will Richardson UStreaming it and how packed the room was as Konrad talked about rethinking his role in the classroom, before he headed off to his first Teachers Without Borders trip to Africa. Today Konrad is their Director of Programs and Will is running what is probably the most transformative professional development consultancy in the USA and me, well I’m thumping trees.
I also remember listening to a crazy woman, who I later learned was the Guild Leader of Cognitive Dissonance talk about using Warcraft to teach and Al Upton inventing a new cocktail via Wikipedia, the Fiery Red Leather. Little did I know then, how important all these seemingly unconnected events were. And that – friends and followers – is the total point of connectivism, and why kids need to know how it works, why it works and how they too can put it to work.
Four years doesn’t seem like a long time. I calculate that I’ve pinged Twitter with over 5 million characters and had the absolute privilege to meet and work with some amusingly creative and visionary people that I would otherwise never have collided with. I think Konrad, in 2009, was somewhat visionary when he said that digital communities simply need someone to talk to, and what they create together is a nexus of independent learners, writers and researchers that removes hierarchical and structure to focus the learning process itself. Konrad said it’s like this …
Here’s my plan – could you comment?
Work in progress. Please comment everyone.
Rough draft. Comments would be greatly appreciated.
My essay unfolds … any thoughts?
Thesis improved (again). Tell me what you think.
If this isn’t the day to day experience that will change the world, then I don’t know what is. As the year draws to a satisfying close, I can reflect on Konrad’s ideas, which permeate our community of learners in Massively Minecraft. This is how they learn inside a complex and interactive process of knowledge building. This has been my window, a product of what was happening between 200-2005. So I figure I’ll keep writing my blog, keep tinkering with game-worlds with my #perma-list and helping anyone where I can, but as to Twitter, I figure I’ve had my day and dumped enough characters into the meta-verse, time to create space for others. There are some amazing people out there – I suggest we give them a go, and not for heavens sake fall into the trap of getting people to talk on any other basis that they currently have a GREAT story to share.
As for Twitter, I’ll still be around, but I won’t be adding another 5 million characters.