Of #pencilchat and more…igniting the spark

A couple of days ago, I couldn’t help but seeing this new #pencilchat going round in my twitter feeds on tweet deck. So I couldn’t help but become intrigued. At first glance it wasn’t much but then, the amounts of tweets piqued my curiousity…finally my curiosity got the better of me and I started trying to trace its origins. The more the tweets kept coming, the more I couldn’t really trace how it all started the more curious I became. Then edteck curated a series of #pencilchat logs, that served to add more info to what was happening.

View the story “#Pencilchat Log” on Storify

However today I finally managed to come across the whole point of where it all started from. The article was submitted by John Spencer and you can read more about his: Meme, Myself and I and it presents an interesting perspective. However what is really remarkable and worth thinking about in this case, is this…
Once again we come across a phenomenon whereby one person lights a spark…and the subject matter, although central to the conversation is rather irrelevant. One person triggers this domino or viral effect across a social network and that’s it… suddenly the argument, the topic, the content, whatever it is, comes alive… really it takes a life of its own. As the original author put it, he merely started something as a “light-hearted satire” to voice out his thoughts on a matter, that so many people have implied in so many ways and yet… only this person managed to ignite the right spark.

The chat logs about this issue say it all. So many people want to participate in, so many people want to contribute in their own ways. If we can initiate this type of attitude in the classroom, if we manage to ignite the spark that catches fire, and takes a life of its own, led by the people, by everyone, then I think we can unlock this rubic puzzle of how to improve learning in the classrooms. Why do teachers keep persisting that they are at the centre of all knowledge? Why do parents keep insisting that the teachers should be the centre of all knowledge? Why can’t we appreciate that everyone can have some knowledge to contribute to? What can’t we appreciate that teachers are far more intelligent beings with a passion and a vocation to help people but not to have to be told exactly what to do? We need teachers to ignite the spark and we need learners to catch up to the spark…

The gist of my 2c worth of thoughts is this: let’s start igniting sparks so that maybe we light a fire that can propagate throughout. It’s infectious, and it’s also fun… read the threads for the pencilchat… they’re entertaining at the least…


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