Educators from across Long Island began with a groupware tool, Team Focus, to facilitate brainstorming, sorting, and presentation of ideas. Novices along with experienced computer users inputted responses to questions about what they valued in teaching/learning/community, dreams they had for the future, how they might create a shared vision of the future with others, and what they might need to move from their shared vision to a future they desired.
Nine hundred statements were inputted on networked computers during our first 45 minutes session. In that time, statements inputted appeared randomly on others’ computers as triggers for new thoughts. All statements were printed and small groups of people sorted and categorized them. The groupware software was used to link those in categories and move a process along that most agreed would have taken months without the tool. In addition, every participant had a voice and all were part of the generation of ideas. We had a place to begin. The vision drove what we did. The technology tool changed the nature of what we could accomplish, how, and when. We intermixed the day with conversations off the computer. Those conversations determined how we used the software. We directed it and our future.
One outcome of our session was consensus that we wanted to be continually linked via telecommunications as we built our learning community. Our next technology step, therefore, was to put in place a telecommunications infrastructure accessible to anyone who wanted to join us with little or no cost to them. We did this. Although in-person sessions were encouraged, online forum conversations were our first requirement to be part of the Village. Newsday helped with its telecommunications gift.
After a few years of blending telecommunications with in-person action, we added a multimedia dimension to the Village. Constructivist, learner-directed, activities were designed by participants on and off the computer. We are now headed toward streaming video, virtual reality environments, video conferencing, blended, again, with in-person experiences out in the community for purpose. Opportunities to learn what is currently available and what we can expect or create permeate our atmosphere. Rather than learn in more traditional class sessions, technology users support one another as a technology network of varied levels of expertise builds dramatically over time.
With tools in hand, we have many possible directions. We choose those offering portability and the sharing of resources. Our technology goal is to offer the capacity to link to the Village as we build the Village. Culture building and support come with the giving of all that we have.
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