Making Connections is a group of educators helping each other understand new ways to integrate technology into the daily lives of teachers and students as well as creating contacts so our classrooms can connect to one another. The show is hosted by Cathy Evanoff from eastern North Carolina along with interaction from regular visitors.
Cathy used Yugma to show her desktop as she explored a site called Greenbush Labs about Edusim, where teachers can build 3D interactive whiteboard lessons. But that's not the important part; what blew me away was the fact that I heard Cathy talk us through her exploration of the site while watching her do it on my screen. It was like I was looking over her shoulder while she was doing this. It made me think about what we are able to experience now with web 2.0 technologies. Just like a hearing aid extends the sense of hearing and binoculars extend the sense of sight, so these technologies extend the way we can be human in the world. It extends the person without regard to time or space. It feels like magic (even though it can be explained scientifically). No wonder people are afraid of this potential. No wonder there are questions of terminology, of what we should call this new power. It really is "awesome".
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