To be online and learn online is not the same as being “tech savvy”; rather, it is about being an active contributor.
– Julie Lindsay and Vicki Davis in Flattening Classrooms, Engaging Minds
Contribution and Collaboration. So many of us consume in the digital world. We read, scan, listen, watch, download, sync. Global projects are about moving beyond consumption of information, music and videos and instead actively collaborating with others and making a contribution. I found the 90-9-1 principle that was outlined in this chapter eye-opening. The fact that 90% of us watch while only 9% of us show some activity and 1% are left to create and contribute really made me reconsider my own online activities and where I fell in those percentages.
Chapter Six provides loads of helpful guidelines about how to move from the 90% to the 1% and, more importantly, move your students from consumer to contributor. What new ways will you engage with “weapons of mass collaboration”? And how will you set expectations for your students so that they don’t lurk in the shadows of a global project but instead join the conversation? Share your thoughts here!