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Sent: Sunday, April 01, 2007 2:46 PM
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Cc: Lee Baber; [log in to unmask]
Subject: [DDN] An incredible Web 2.0 Experience
Last week, I had a wonderful experience that I think represents one of the
really useful ways that Skype is being used in the classroom. Perhaps it
goes a long way in saying something about Web 2.0 and how it enhances our
Brian Crosby and his Nevada class of 4th graders include a student whose
medical condition precludes her from attending regular classroom activities.
So with a little leg-work and hand-shaking, Brian got some community members
to provide a home link-up for the child who can't attend.
The story of how it was done and what the class is doing got my attention
and I wanted to learn more. I contacted him, and having talked it over with
his class, they agreed to be interviewed by Lee Babers 8th class in Virginia
who man the webcasts at YouthBridges (the student version of WorldBridges).
WIth a bit of thought and collaboration, we finally succeeded in connecting
all the dots, and met last Thursday via Skype. There were a number of
connection and production problems but under it all was a humane interest in
how one class continued to include a student that otherwise would have been
disconnected. This was truly a "No Child Left Behind Story".
In the end, I was able to edit out most of the technical glitches which
eventually resulted in a 21 minute interview of one class by the other. The
story is greater than that, and I have tried to piece together most of it in
a blog post. You can see any one of three versions of the story among the
Knowplace Blog - http://knowplace.ca/blog
(These first two blogs are both my contributions and are essentially the
Learning is Messy Blog - http://learningismessy.com/blog/?p=233
(This is Brian Crosby's Sparks, Nevada Blog)
YouthBridges - http://youthbridges.net/?q=node/35
(and this is Lee Baber's Virginia YouthBridges edition)
These kids would love it if you would post your thoughts to the various
blogs (and I would too).
Be sure to watch the videos, one was produced by the 4th grade class and the
other is news coverage of the same story.
Thanks to all those who participated in the actual experience, and thank you
-- Helping folks understand that it's never too late to become all they ever
wanted to become.
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