I was introduced to Friedman’s book “The World is Flat” by one of division’s consultants, Dean Shareski, about two years ago. At first, some of the ideas were hard to internalize because they really disrupted my reality. However, over time, I have become more familiar with his work through experiences in grad studies, reading blogs, and hearing Dean and others speak about the topic. However, to date, I have yet to actually read the book – but it is on the list.
Yesterday I had my own little “flattening” epiphany while participating in a online connectivism online conference. I was truly stunned by similarities around the globe in how schools are challenged by a data and connection rich reality. Over 1300 teachers, administrators, researchers, and others from the U.S., Canada, U.K., Australia, Japan, China, and so forth all talking about how connectivity is changing learning. It truly opened my eyes to how small our big world can become when we connect. So, when did your world go flat?