Are You a Connector? | Will Richardson | 3 Min Read

It happened to me in 2002, that moment when I knew my role as a teacher had to start moving away from a content expert to a connector. 

It was, of course, the moment when the Web was becoming a read AND write technology (Web 2.0). That six-year or so period between 1997 and 2003 that transitioned in the 21st Century also moved us into a whole new world of networks and connections that have since changed almost every aspect of our lives. We became creators, not just consumers of knowledge and information.

That moment in 2002 for me was profound. I had started my first blog in early 2000, and I immediately saw the potentials for blogs as writing tools in my high school English classes. At some point, I wondered if I could connect my students to writers and authors from outside the classroom. Since we were reading a brand new novel titled The Secret Life of Bees in my Modern American Literature class, I took a shot at asking the author, Sue Monk Kidd, to collaborate with my students in a book study blog to answer their questions and provide some backstory about the writing process.…

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Will Richardson

A former public school educator of 22 years, Will Richardson has spent the past 15 years developing an international reputation as a leading thinker and writer about the intersection of social online learning networks, education, and systemic change. Most recently, Will is a co-founder of The Big Questions Institute which was created to help educators use “fearless inquiry” to make sense of this complex moment and an uncertain future. In 2017, Will was named one of 100 global “Changemakers in Education” by the Finnish site HundrED, and was named one of the Top 5 “Edupreneurs to Follow” by Forbes. He has given keynote speeches, lead breakout sessions, and provided coaching services in over 30 countries on 6 continents. He has also authored six books, and given TEDx Talks in New York, Melbourne, and Vancouver.