I think Youth Voices is based on student choices that accomplish required objectives. Creating this venue provides students with a place and tools that allow varied responses to project work.
My responses in the vialuges are:
Why? It connects us; use the platform that works to make those connections of people and ideas.
Connecting, always connecting: ideas, words, movies in a fluid process back and forth, together in parts to build on one idea; Paul then shares those connections and acknowledgments in his blogs and posts. This is a model of learning and sharing.
Blended. Mixed. Remixed. Anywhere. Anytime. Reconnect. Find face to face -- online webinars and hangouts. All of us who are connected do this.
Youth Voices offers a venue with boundaries to participate as a global citizen, following interests and passions from the local to global, from pleasant hobbies to problem solutions.
For a classroom, Youth Voices will be one option; if a student can make a connection with ideas and people there to help them pursue their passions while demonstrating their "school knowledge," then I think we have provided the student a path and the school an authentic platform to demonstrate learning, as we are required to do.