I met someone online this week. I know where he works and what he does professionally. I have never seen him and only corresponded with him via email. Yet we were able to complete a UbD together, literally together, working on a Google doc online regarding students and digital piracy.
When I finished I felt like I had a small glimpse of what students do everyday. They meet people online, play online games with them, share personal information about themselves and may even eventually meet the new person. They entire a dimension of unknown without hesitation (or seemingly less hesitation them myself).
When finished I appreciated and was grateful for my partner’s contribution to the UbD. It was easier working and completing the project than I anticipated. And, now that I have completed a project with a partner online, it doesn’t seem to be such a big deal. I have a better understanding why teens feel comfortable giving out or sharing information, after you do it the first time, it is not such a big deal.