Friday, April 24, 2009

Tweeting Opportunity

A week ago today I was in Massachusetts.

Well, not really. I was actually in my kitchen right here in Maryland's beautiful Patapsco Valley.

Home on Spring Break, I was up early reading some blogs when a Tweet came in that there was gonna be a cool Blue Ribbon Institute ed tech development day broadcast online. Will Richardson was giving the morning keynote, so I headed over to Ustream and caught the video feed. The backchannel was already chatting away and I found out that many of the day's events would be covered both via video feed and live blogging on Cover it Live.

In and out throughout the morning, I spent about four hours watching live feeds, taking part in discussions, sharing links with teachers. Discussions spilled over onto Twitter and into chats. And I wasn't the only one. Folks from Canada to China were online that morning, all sharing; all learning. We were all in Massachusetts.

Turned out to be one of the most powerful professional development experiences I've ever had. And I wouldn't have even known about it if it hadn't come through on Twitter.

We are living in an age where opportunity is in front of us all of the time despite our best intentions to think otherwise.

Opportunity doesn't work on a schedule. We are living post-schedule.

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