Can you afford 30 minutes every few weeks to chat with someone from another country on subjects of mutual interest? Can you NOT afford to take the time? Can you say your school has a “global” focus if you collectively don’t?
After a fast and full day at #fuse14 yesterday, teacher/innovator/leader Meghan Cureton from Mount Vernon and I chatted via Google Hang Out with three colleagues from New Zealand: Claire Amos, Steve Mouldey, and Karen Mehluish Spencer. Have never met these folks face to face; this was even our first video connection, but we have been connected via Twitter and mutual blog following for the last 6 months or so. There is a growing hotbed of transformed, student-centered learning in New Zealand, particularly at Hobsonville Point School where Claire and Steve work. Follow their blogs.
(The chat space was a little noisy until we moved rooms; sorry for that if the background noise comes through on the video.)
I have another chat scheduled for next week with Steve, Bo Adams, and Thomas Steele-Malley. Do we know what we are going to talk about? Not really. Just know we have tons to share and good things come from like-minded and focused people sharing, like what is taking place at #fuse14 this week.