Why Collaborative Inquiry Matters to Future Teachers #EDU106

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Inquiry never works better alone. Whether you bury yourself in a book or attend a #hackjam you seek answers with others. As a teacher I find how I participate on the Web influences my personal growth more than what I contribute to my networks.

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Check out this recent conversation started by David Quinn. He asked if I and a few friends had advice to students who were nervous about blogging. Dave noted that there were concerns around privacy and employment.

As a community we explore tips and practices for teaching in open spaces. We discuss and share great teaching activities. Most importantly we collaborate on problems that matter.

I believe teacher preparation programs (all fields really)  have a responsibility to help candidates shape their online presence. The benefits of learning in the open go beyond skills and knowledge acquisition. If schools use job placement as a key metric of success than helping teachers build up a distributed and networked Web presence is central to  our mission.

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Its simple really.

You have two otherwise equal prospective employees. Candidate one can read, write, and participate on the web. She has a website, demonstrates reflective growth through blogging,  and engages in relevant and current educational topics.

When you Google candidate two you only find private social media silos.

Who would you choose?

4 responses on “Why Collaborative Inquiry Matters to Future Teachers #EDU106”


  • @EduQuinn @wiobyrne @Storify @anterobot Here is my quick reflection: bit.ly/1US6mAr

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