Communicating and collaborating online
I am not sure of the exact moment of our meeting, but I know it was online. The Ed Tech Crew ran a Hangout at the end of last year focusing on the question: what advice would you give a new teacher just appointed as an ICT coordinator? I put down my thoughts in a post, Steve commented and wrote a response of his own. The rest is history.
Since then we have connected online - sometimes on Twitter, other times in the margins, sometimes even within blog posts themselves, via a few emails - growing the connection each step along the way. For example, Steve set me the 11 question blog challenge, which he had already taken the time to complete himself. I was lucky enough to meet Steve face-to-face when we both presented at Teachmeet at the Pub in February. What a enjoyed about connecting with Steve was that although we teach in different sectors on different sides of the track, we shared an undeniable passion - student learning and how technology can support this.
What is interesting about our bond is that we have only meet once in real life. The rest of our connections and conversations have been online. A passing comment here, an email there, collaborating via a Google Doc, building using OneNote. It has slowly all come together.