E-elt and 33Posted: April 23, 2010
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the journey begins here:
i’ve decided to become a more connected, more effective and more inspired English teacher.
thanks to the overwhelmingly influential world of web2.0 – although not fully understood or utilised yet – we don’t need to travel or leave the comfort of the home or office anymore. all the brilliant inspiration, action and information is available right here, wherever and whenever in the world it might be.
while i’m doing my first steps on the virtual e-way, see my ESP blog and Twitter account, the flagships of my endeavours, i feel a little cautious about the one negative side-effect it’s having: the ever-widening devide between the Web “haves” and “have nots”.
nevertheless, one can’t but admire the pioneering minds that drive this incredible movement forward.
what will it all bring in the long run, positives or negatives? can it improve the critical state of affairs worldwide with ecosystems threatened, human rights ignored, wealth and opportunity unequally distributed and E-waste piling up, to name but a few?
the world has changed a lot since i started my journey in elt and i’m not THAT old (33, fyi).
33 is an age that bears a lot of weight. in biblical times, men were considered fully mature only after they’ve reached 33. jesus was crucified at 33. it’s half-way towards 66 and quarter of the way towards 99.
so this is where the world and i are now.
whatever happens next, today feels great again, with opportunities, freedoms, collaboration and ideas shared online in a way never seen before.
whatever the outcome, it’s great to be here, realising the potential for good.
hope at 66, and perhaps at 99 too, i’ll look back to the present moment with warmth and great feeling of achievement.
i really do.