Last week I attended #BIT14 with a team of teachers from my school. It was a great conference and my attendance at this conference once again reminded me that technology brings us together and it doesn't drive us apart. Technology (social media and twitter et al) is about connections.
At this conference I was able to find several teachers I had taught with over 10 years ago by finding them on the #BIT14 hashtag. I would have never looked them up had it not been for a conference on technology. I found them using technology.
I renewed a friendship with a colleague from another board that I worked with on OHASSTA. I think it had been about 4 years since we last talked. Lots of great face-to-face conversations occurred and great ideas shared once technology let us find each other again.
Even though I work in the same school board as many of the attendees at the conference and have had twitter convos with them, it was our common desire to effectively use technology to reshape education that brought us together. Twitter helped us find each other when we were in the same workshops together.
Finally, people I had followed and have been followed by on twitter were able to find me, and I them. I was able to meet people from across Canada, people I would not have known even existed if it were not for technology.
Technology brings people together, so that we can share ideas and learn from each other.