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The State of Connectivity

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I am on the road frequently. Invariably, whether in the airport, in transit, in meetings or in my hotel one of my first questions is, “How good is the Wi-Fi connection?”

The quality of Wi-Fi determines how well I can share information, strategies and analysis from my interactions as well as stay current with colleagues.

I am sure I am not alone in seeking quality Wi-Fi connectivity to effectively carryout my work responsibilities. In fact, quality Wi-Fi connectivity also ensures connecting with family, friends and colleagues through FaceTime, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and other social media.

Our eagerness to ensure quality Wi-Fi connection leads me to consider how committed we are to ensure quality social relationships with family, friends, peers, colleagues and others are sustained.

We identify the sense of social connectedness as a major attribute of resiliency and the ability to effectively function within and contribute to our social institutions.

Considering the imbalance/balance of technology connectedness and social connectedness leads me to ask:
  • If Wi-Fi/internet connections are critical for our effectiveness shouldn’t personal and social connections be more important for us to develop to our fullest potential?
  • If we immediately recognize reduced quality of Wi-Fi/internet connectivity shouldn’t we as quickly recognize and address social relationships that wane?
  • When we experience reduced wi-fi/internet connectivity we immediately troubleshoot to find solutions, do we act similarly when we sense reduced social connectedness?
Our answers to these questions can lead us to or away from re-establishing social connectedness as critical attributes, practices and measures of our individual and collective success.

About the author: Terry Pickeral, president Cascade Educational Consultants has extensive experience in policy development, advocacy, education reform, youth leadership, teaching and learning strategies, education collaborations and civic development. His commitment is to ensuring schools create and sustain quality teaching and learning environments for all students to be successful in school and contribute to their communities as active principled citizens.

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