Are you starting to see teachers who are doing more than one videoconference in a year? It’s not just a novelty one time thing? They are doing a bunch! For example….
- I have a kindergarten teacher who has done 10 videoconferences this year (4 with content providers, rest collaborations & projects)
- Another kindergarten teacher who did 12 (only 2 with content providers, the rest collaborations & projects)
- a second grade teacher who did 18 (3 content providers, a couple ASK programs, mostly collaborations and projects)
- I had an email from a teacher in TX who was doing MysteryQuest USA. She was confused on the preparation and her excuse was that her schedule was jammed with a bunch of videoconferences…. (teacher this is – not a media specialist coordinator)…
- a middle school teacher who did 9 (all content providers who offer free programs)
Why are they doing so many? It can’t be “just for fun” or for the novelty’s sake. Multiple collaborative projects with the same teacher and/or different teachers. These videoconferences have become an integral part of their teaching. Why!? What made them use it so much? What value do they see in it? Clearly they’ve found that this technology makes an impact on student learning. I want to ask them more about it.
Are you seeing this in your area? What stories do you hear?