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The Global Educator, by Julie Lindsay

David Warlick - Flat Classroom 10-3 Keynote

David Warlick - Flat Classroom 10-3 Keynote

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Comment by Hannah T. on October 23, 2010 at 1:22am
I think it's amazing how quickly the internet has caught on. So much stuff is out here now, and I think it will only continue to grow. I also liked the point that point that it didn't matter that people were from different countries, cultures, etc., it matters on what people know and what they care about. Everyone is the same in one way or another, and I think this project will help others begin to understand that.
Comment by Sarah M. on October 23, 2010 at 1:21am
I like the idea of people sharing ideas regardless of where and who they are.
Comment by Lucas on October 23, 2010 at 1:18am
I believe everyone is becoming aware that the world is becoming flat connectivity wise, and with us all contributing to this big cluster of data. Were just gonna speed up the process of everything happening this era. Its amazing to think of how far we have all come from the time microwave and cars were invented. To us sharing information around the world with just a simple click of the mouse.
Comment by Chris M on October 22, 2010 at 1:31pm
It's amazing how quick the internet came about. 1990 doesn’t seem like that long ago, even though it was a couple years before I was born. To think that the internet wasn't available to everyone in 1990 seems crazy. You look at it now,and you ask "Who doesn't have internet?" You can go to New York City and there is not one public place where you can’t find wifi access, excluding the subway and maybe Central Park. The internet has just expanded at such a rapid pace in the past two decades.

An amazing thing about the internet is how someone from anywhere with any ethnical background can "chat" with someone else from anywhere with any ethnical background, free of price. There are more than enough websites that allow you to do that. These websites connect individuals from around the world. A Student from the United States can communicate, over the internet, with a student overseas from China at a click of the mouse, hence the world is flat. There are no physical boundaries anymore keeping people from talking and learning about one another. That to me is a fantastic option that the internet provides. To have this opportunity be a part of this program, that will introduce me more to the world outside of my country’s borders, is incredible.
Comment by Tirus T on October 22, 2010 at 11:56am
You made alot of great point on how we all truly live in a flat world. Mr. Warlick, your choice to do the video in Iowa was genius.Its amazing how close we all truly are through the internet. With the click of a button I could be speaking with someone across the country,across the world.
I very much enjoyed your story. Because I always wondered how anyone knows that they're speaking with someone across the world. I'm glad to be apart of the flat classroom project to celebrate the flatness of the world.
Comment by David Warlick on October 22, 2010 at 9:46am
I had a conversation with my grandfather during the last months of his 96 year life. He told me a story about how he and his girl friend (later to become my grandmother) got into trouble while they were in college, because he returned her to her dormitory after curfew. It seems that they got caught in a rain storm, and the horse that was pulling his carriage wouldn't move in the rain.

In his lifetime, he knew transportation by horse drawn buggies and watched people walk on the moon. What you youngsters will see, in terms of advances in communication, transportation, and perhaps avenues that we aren't even considering right now, will make his life look short.

This is one reason why "what you know" is so important, and perhaps what is even more important is "what you can learn."
Comment by Suzie Nestico on October 22, 2010 at 5:01am
David, thank you so much for sharing your experiences with our students. It is interesting to think about the fact that this type of communication, albeit in a not-so-friendly-user capacity, was alive and well twenty years ago. Like you, I am also a social studies (although my focus is government versus history). Listening to your keynote address reminded me of a lesson I taught earlier today about England's progression from the Magna Carta to the English Bill of Rights. Students were amazed that it took over four hundred years for a society to move from one political ideal onto the next. I mention this because you speak of an example of how far we have come in twenty years, however, it initially seems to our students that twenty years was such a long time ago. When we put it in perspective, 1990 was not so long ago.

I cannot express my agreement enough with your statement, " Where you live does not matter nearly enough as what you know." I am so glad you said this as I try so very hard daily to show my students how this is true. We are in a very small, rural town in Northeast Pennsylvania. last year, some of our students attended the FCP Conference in Mumbai and, of course, experienced something truly life-changing. My ability to take my students there had nothing to do with where I live and everything to do with what I knew... that the possibilities are endless when you are open to them. I researched the project and jumped in with a class nearly two years ago. It all happened because of what I learned and what I know. It certainly did not happen because of where I live.

Thank you again for doing this for the project!
Comment by Fred F on October 22, 2010 at 4:35am
I found this post very amazing that someone from a different country was talking to another person from a different country and shared common interests. It shows that it doesn't matter your background or where your from that you can share common interests with anybody. It also interests me how he had no idea that they were from Iceland until they told him, 40 minutes into the conversation.
Another thing that I find very interesting is that this was in 1990 that they were chatting. I didn't know people could communicate over the internet back then. The reason this is hard to believe is because i wasn't even alive. This post made me realize that it doesn't matter where you are from anyone can talk to anyone and share ideas together.
Comment by Cassandra N. on October 22, 2010 at 4:33am
"Where you live does not matter nearly enough as what you know." I strongly agree with that quote, just because you live at a certain place doesn't mean anything on how much knowledge you may have. When you also said the you have talked to people in Iceland through a chat room is something i would have never thought people could do back in the 1990s.
It is very interesting to me that individuals around the world can talk to each other by the press of a button and that it doesn't matter where you may live. You are right, during this project I am going to come across things that I myself would have never known but that is why I am learning, like you said. You have inspired me to want to learn more about how the world is flat and the different things that we can do by using a computer.
Comment by Sarah J. on October 22, 2010 at 4:32am
I liked the part where he said that it doesn't mater where people live but what they know. I completely agree with that. We as people tend to stereotype people based on where they live. When you talk to people you could get one impression from them, but when they say where their from that can sometimes alter the way we perceive people. For example, if someone tells you that they're from Beverly Hills you might make the impression that they are stuck-up rich people, but they might truly be a very nice person. With the internet we can all now talk to people and get to know them without knowing where they live or what they even sound like.
Another thing that i found interesting how much technology has evolved in just the past 20 years. We went from having to tell the internet what to do, to typing in one word and getting a million answers for what we want. The way he talked about how only a few amount of people has access to the internet amazed me. Now of days it is the complete opposite, almost everyone has access to the internet and only a few people don't. Now it wouldn't shock us to learn that we were chatting with someone from a different country.

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