Thursday, April 21, 2011

Emma and the Perfect Storm

The term "perfect storm" commonly refers to a worst-case scenario caused by the combination of significant phenomena.

In this case, the contributing elements are all good, and the perfect storm is a best-case scenario.

Emma Durflinger is a 12-year-old student at Van Meter School, in Van Meter, Iowa. We first met when I became co-advisor to Club Click, the school's photography club; now we're Twitter friends and Skype contacts.

Emma is comfortable with all those 21st century skills that the education community values: collaboration, communication, critical thinking, creation. She has participated in conference presentations, most recently the Iowa 1:1 Conference.

These accomplishments didn't just "happen." One component is, of course Emma herself, a bright and articulate young lady. But she might not have blossomed so early, if it hadn't been for a few key factors:
Emma isn't merely posting chaty Twitter updates. She is using her connectivity to stretch her wings and expand her horizons but with adult supervision and parental permission.

Emma is learning to ride the winds of change.

"I'm not afraid of storms, for I'm learning to sail my ship." -Aeschylus

"Sailboat # 8444" by Nemo's great uncle

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