..Then you haven’t been to the exhibit hall. I took time to walk down about three quarters of a single row yesterday in the NECC Exhibit hall, and saw no fewer than five new social network or community products — “This social network is going to revolutionize physical education!” I actually found myself standing and listening to the eloquently delivered pitch for the latest in routers, just for the rest.
Now don’t get me wrong. Social networks are great. I think we need them as much as our kids do, and for a lot of the same reasons. But I still don’t think we get it. I don’t think we need new rooms to close ourselves into. We’re trying to get ourselves and the others teachers we work with out of our rooms — out so that we can see at a distance. I can’t help but believe that if students saw this, they’d be laughing so hard, well you get the picture. [Image from Stephen Clark ((Clark, Stephen. “Kids Laughing At Bread Line Sculpture.” Sgclark’s Photostream. 22 Dec 2007. 2 Jul 2008 <http://www.flickr.com/photos/sgclark/2129494643/>. ))]
I mentioned something at the EduBloggerCon that I really want to put more thought into and maybe even writing some a little more substancial than a blog. I can’t help but believe that the real power of the social network is not the container. The real power is in the individual, through his or her profile.