As I continue to read and write more about crowdsourcing, I understand the value and benefit that it presents for educators on multiple levels. It is one thing to teach about something; it is quite another to be actively engaged with it. Engaging with new social media tools and experiencing the new literacies that we want out students to embrace meaning in a way that is tangible and real. While I more fully develop my own constructs regarding the constantly changing media tools that are available, it is intensely rewarding to reflect on it in action.
Chronicled today is a Storify article (still deciding if I want Storify to work as a noun of adjective) created by Lee Skallerup. Serving an archival purpose, it displays a record of the collaborative discussion among practioners, some of whom have never met. Despite not being in the same room, or on the phone, or even able to exchange glances over Skype, the conversation devloped and collaboration blossomed. Through the sharing of resources and brainstorming, this is a great example of crowdsourcing in action.