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Straws and Connectors


Woah! I am finished day two of three where I am learning how to document my learning AS a learner. Still trying to wrap my head around all of the information that is being hurled my way by experts and those passionate in their roles. Silvia Tolisano is inspiring me to reach beyond my comfort zone and to realize that straws and connectors are of no use alone. They need to be put together to build something that can make learning more meaningful, more current, less linear. We are the straws, and the world wide web, and all of it’s tools are our connectors.

I was way too shy to volunteer to be a moderator, but since these amazing ladies made it look so easy, I may just volunteer next time!


Today we had the opportunity to skype with the connector maven, Jocelyn Blumgart, in the field of documenting learning. How amazing that this woman, literally on the other side of the world, was able to have a live conversation with us. Imagine how I could connect with teachers all over the world to share ideas about what we teach in the classroom without even leaving my brand new living room couch!

As I slowly creep into the 21st century, I’m hopeful that I’ll be blasted off into the 22nd, with just a little more confidence and a little less panicking. Can’t wait to see what my straws and connectors can build!

This is before I realized I better stop taking pictures and listen to Jocelyn!

Josh was my rock star! As a brand new “twitterer” he volunteered to tweet out our skype date. So brave!


Ok, for some reason this picture won’t save after I rotate it. Hmm. Help!






One Comment to

“Straws and Connectors”

  1. October 22nd, 2018 at 2:10 pm      Reply Jon Mitzmacher Says:

    So…how can you connect with teachers all over the world and do you have a plan to do so? How might you think of other “Skype-ortunities” for both your professional growth, but also for your students to experience? What professors in Israel could you connect with? What musicians, rabbis, students, etc? What could you virtually tour?

    Can’t wait to see what comes next!

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