“Lip-dub” or how to deal with the context
Yesterday I attended part of the session with Alec Couros in Blackboard. Towards the end there is a proposal for a lip-dub. With my clumsy English I did not know what it was. From the context I assumed it was something connected with their lips, these I know them, mouth, teeth, lips … To my amazement a waterfall frantic words began appearing on the shared whiteboard. All familiar songs, Help, The Yellow Submarine, The Beatles, Queen, other classics. I listened with one ear with an eye I read and what remained of me, at that time of night (latitude problem), opened another tab in my browser. Lip-dub, Lip-dub, google, wikipedia …. ok I have it!
At that point everyone was thanking and saying goodbye Alec.
I imagined how many times in a classroom, some of my students would feel just as lost as me. How often we take for granted that we all find ourselves in the same context. Far from being a situation to complain, today we have tools that allow us to find the meaning of things that make us feel stumped.
Very quickly we can approach a context that is unknown. We can begin to make sense of things that we can learn and discover many things you did not even know existed.