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on May 23, 2007 at 9:35:46 am


I've created this wiki--which will forever be a work in progress--for my students and for teachers attending any of the workshops I'm teaching at the Northcentral coop. Use the sidebar at right to navigate the site. Note the sidebar has two tabs:  one for students and one for teachers attending workshops.

 What's in a name?


Walt Whitman's Noiseless Patient Spider inspired my title Filament Launchpad.


Whitman, writing in the 1800's, observes how a spider ceaselessly launches forth filament to explore his surroundings, to travel from one place to another, to bridge his world. Whitman notes mankind's similarity to the spider. We too ceaselessly seek to connect, to make sense of the world, to reach out to others. 


The 21st century social networking revolution is connecting us like never before. We blog, we podcast, we collaborate via wikis, webcams, e-mails, discussion boards. We explore endless information easily summoned with a few clicks. We are living in the midst of sweeping technological changes that are reinventing the way we live, learn, laugh. At the heart of this change, however, is the basic spirit of exploration--that same spirit Whitman captured some two hundred years ago.


I'm passionate about embracing the explorative spirit of mankind. I'm passionate about harnessing the power of technology to improve my own teaching and excite and engage my students. I'm passionate about helping other teachers realize the power of technology to change and improve education. 


My passions, however, are grounded in reality. For many of us, integrating technology can seem daunting--another thread to weave into our already overwhelming and overworked professional lives.


Hopefully, the workshops and this site will fling a thread or two your way that you can latch on to and integrate into your own classroom teaching.

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