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Friday, February 23, 2007

Classroom Collaborators by John K.Waters

JOHN CHAMBERS, CEO of San Jose, CA-based computer networking giant Cisco Systems, paced the main stage in San Francisco's Moscone Conference Center, admonishing the members of his audience like a Southern preacher, warning them to prepare themselves for a revolution.
"Do you ever watch your children doing their homework?" he asked. "They're listening to music, instant messaging, and chatting on the phone at the same time.
These aren't distractions you're seeing, but new forms of collaboration. You may not like it. You may say, ‘That's not for me.' But believe me, that'll be you in five years.
You will change your form of collaboration, in your business and in your personal interactions....Collaboration is the next frontier. It will be enabled by different concepts and different devices, but it will be about the power of the human network in ways we are just beginning to understand."

Source: THE Journal