Hi.

My name is Darren Kuropatwa. I'm originally from Montreal, Canada. Currently I teach high school mathematics at Daniel McIntyre Collegiate Institute (DMCI) where I serve as Dept. Head in Winnipeg, Canada. DMCI is a grades 9 through 12 school of about 1200 students (students aged 14 to 17+). I've been online since 1995. In December of 2004 I stumbled upon a blogshop by Alan Levine which launched me into the world of social media and I've never looked back.

My main interest in teaching and learning on the web centers around exploring the effective use of social media to deepen our pedagogy and our students learning.

In Clay Shirky's recent book, Here Comes Everybody, he closes by saying that there are three "rules" behind the effective use of any social tool: it "relies on a successful fusion of a plausible promise, an effective tool, and an acceptable bargain with the [students]".

The promise is about why would you use a certain tool. i.e. begin by asking yourself, what do you want to accomplish with your students? What do you want them to learn?

The tool is about answering the question: how do you want them to learn it?

The bargain, in Clay's words, "sets the rules of the road: if you are interested in the promise and adopt the tools, what can you (the students) expect and what will be expected of you?"

This is not a recipe for success. It's more of a framework to pin your thinking on. There are infinite paths to any goal; every teacher and student may start and end a course at the same place but the path they follow to get there is unique to each individual.

Working from the assumption that your participation in our community is motivated by a desire to improve yourself professionally and deepen the learning of your students these three ideas can serve as a framework to guide our discussion as we try to answer the question: So, exactly what am I going to do differently with all this stuff in class tomorrow?

I try to live by the motto "the more you give the more you get." I'm looking forward to learning with you all.

Cheers,
Darren

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