Beware! The learning that took place for this post began on a social media site (Facebook), took place in an exchange that lasted less than 30 minutes, engaged two individuals located in different states and from different generations… the teacher turns 15 later this year. This is how the exchange began.
I read a post on Facebook and watched the YouTube video embedded within the post. [Asynchronous]
I commented, “This is really cool!”
The creator of the video replied within minutes. [Synchronous learning begins]
I asked a question, “What software are you using for the video?” and was immediately introduced to one new website (http://en.softonic.com/) and two new software programs:
Drawn using (free download) http://mypaint.intilinux.com/
Captured using (free download) http://camstudio.en.softonic.com/
I thanked this young artist/designer/creator/innovator/techie for sharing information, communicated that I would share it with current/future teachers, and offered brief recognition/feedback; my post, “I’ll check both out – thanks – also will post for teachers. You’re doing some really great stuff! Your drawings keep getting better and better.”
I offered that softonic is a really useful site and received the following reply, which is an echo of my IT colleague: “Softonic is great because all the stuff is open source, so lots of people can develop the software on it and improve it; another good one is sourceforge.com.” #Love_it.
In less than 30 minutes I learned about new technologies to try out and to share with leaders and educators. Our immediate friends (229 unique between us) also had an opportunity to learn about these sites and software; my friends in the academy got to see what their future students bring to their classrooms now. And, in less than one hour these sites and this exchange, “What Students Can Teach Us About #Technology,” will be available to more than 500 individuals connected via this blog and social media pages (Facebook, Twitter)… and more than that via the web. How cool is that?
Video produced by HDKdesigns. Shared on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=6mYyNoBW3_E. Be a Fan on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Hdkdesign.
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