Connecting Globally with CCK08

Since returning from Africa, I confess that it has been hard for me to express myself online – whether through twitter, my blog, Facebook and all the other social networks to which I belong. I am still processing the experiences of Africa, the “what’s next” with maintaining meaningful contact with my colleagues in Africa, and how to resume living in my here and now. And, of course, I have started a new teaching position at The Study – this has become a new priority as well.

I have been weighing in on the value of online social networks and all the other tools of what we call web 2.0 as well as reassessing to which network or community I will give my time and effort. It has been a valuable time of sifting and sorting and I suppose it will continue for a while.

Quite a while ago, I signed on for the Connectivism and Connective Knowledge Online Conference hosted by George Siemens and Stephen Downes. Just reading through the introductions of several of the 1600 (!) who have also signed up has been like a breath of fresh air to me. I will be using my blog as a place to reflect on the content and experiences of the conference.

It seems there are a few people who are also viewing the conference through the lens of connecting developing nations. Below are some links that address these issues of digital and education divide:

The Impact of Social Media on now-developing Countries a slideshare presentation by Inge de Waard

Digitally Divided – a video shared by Tom Wambeke