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I have to say, I was feeling a little bummed out that Shanghai was holding it’s LAN parties and I wasn’t going to be a part of them. My school here in Bangkok is on break for the week, so with everyone on vacation, it just wasn’t happening here this year. Of course little did I remember that in today’s world, there is always a way to connect. Last Thursday, and again today, I had the pleasure of being invited to the LAN parties via Skype. Of course that wasn’t enough for me, I had to take it one step further and try and Ustream the event (yes, I feel a need to share all). Wrap your head around this: A LAN (Local Area Network: Both a computer term and a term that has been coined as the network you create around you with people that are local to your school/community) party that is hosted in Shanghai, is streamed to Bangkok where it is broadcasts around the world. We know the internet connection in and out of Shanghai has a hard time supporting Ustream, but it does support Skype really well. We Skype out to Bangkok, where I can then broadcast to the world. Are you following this? Is it just me or is it even crazy to think that something like this can happen with a guy sitting in his home office in Bankok creating the connection. We’re talking free software and a Mac Book…that’s it. Here is the video (not sure if the sound works…we had issues). At the end of today we went around and talked about what we were thinking at this point. Here were my take aways after today’s discussion. Learning happens through connections We learn when we connect ideas, people, thoughts. This isn’t new, but the more I’m in a connected world the more I realize that it’s through connections that learning occurs. Is it just me? Or should we not be teaching students how to connect information to create new knoweldge. Niche Knowledge Today’s world is about niche markets. Knowledge is fast become a niche market. You know something, I know something, together we know more. I don’t need to know it all I just need to know where to go to find the knowledge I don’t know and then learn that knowledge and apply it to my own understanding. We all...

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