Not Such a Big Deal

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.

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One Response to Not Such a Big Deal

  1. I think that is what amazes me the most about where technology has gone in the last 5-10 years. The fact that you can collaberate on a projet with someone that you have never met before, and this person lives in a different part of the world, should be a big deal, but it isn’t. The internet has made the world a much smaller place. I am from the US, but live in South Korea and frequently people ask how I deal with being so far from family and friends. To me, it is not all that different than when I am in the States. I call people, talk online, check facebook, skype; and rarely do I feel all that disconnected or far away. The internet has made it “not such a big deal.”

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