Monday, September 10, 2012


noun /ˌserənˈdipitē/ 
serendipities, plural
The occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way

Many wonderful opportunities lie latent in our connected world. 

A few years ago, I had the pleasure of meeting two other educators (Tania Sheko from Australia and Sinikka Laakio-Whybrow from Finland) via the Flickr online community.  Participating in a daily photo submission, we were sharing perceptions and thoughts which eventually led to our own photography/writing project with students called Through Global Lenses

Once again, I stumbled upon a conversation in Facebook (yes, it can and is used professionally among some of us!) between my two global colleagues who were planning a blog post/comment interaction for their classes.  Since this class is also blogging and discussing in online groups, EME 2040 students will have the unique opportunity to experience this blogging project by participating in the comment role.  Serendipity at its best!

Photo Credit to Mario on Flickr

You will be visiting the students blogs via a central webpage for each school.  There you will find introductory and general informational posts from the respective teacher.  If you scroll down, you will get a history of the blogging project from each school.  On the right column, you will find a list of links that indicate the individual student blogs. 

Please provide a respectful and meaningful comment to the student blogs that you visit. The focus for them is peer interaction and the focus for you, as a prospective e-teacher, is to see how technology is seamlessly used to enhance learning in the traditional classroom...with the bonus of doing so across the world! 

However, since these high school students 'may' visit your blog as well, please post your introduction (with a high school visitor in mind) and include a photograph that is not of you, but represents you (using a Creative Commons licensed image with appropriate attribution).

1 comment:

  1. Hello from Finland! I have known your teacher, Ms Coleman, for a few year now, through various joint online activities, and educational discussions. I couldn't agree with her more about the ever-present online serendipity!
    I welcome you all to check what we are doing in my new EFL class this year. You will find information about this special blogging group on the 'About' page of our class blog. Feel free to check out the students' individual blogs. Comments are more than welcome if you find anything interesting there. My students are quite new to blogging, and only 16 years old, plus using a foreign language - just to give you a perspective to what to expect. I'm quite proud of them, though, considering!
    Look forward to hearing from you. And good luck with your studies!
    best regards,
    Sinikka Laakio-Whybrow
    Kaarina Senior High School, Finland