This morning Donna Farren, Linda McDermon, and I were part of a panel discussion for the NCSSM Interactive Videoconference Workshop. We talked about projects we’re doing, how we train teachers, how we advertise programs, and how we “hook” teachers on distance learning.
I was delighted to hear Linda McDermon tell about her Read Around the Planet connections this year. They had 4 kindergarten classes participate, and one of their fourth grade classes was lucky enough to be matched with a school in the United Kingdom. Linda had brought along to the workshop a bag of items that the UK class had mailed to them. She always has her collaborative partners exchange packages. She pulled out all kinds of interesting things: a flag, a soccer jersey, a medal for the Queen’s 80th birthday, and more. Their classes emailed each other every week after their RAP connection in March. They videoconferenced every three weeks including a session in June!!
We don’t always get to hear the follow-up stories of Read Around the Planet, and this one was especially neat to hear. Thanks Linda for sharing!!