Things to be precise. I can not believe how “fast” this web2.0 journey is going! It’s amazing, it’s exciting, it’s motivating, it’s ….. it’s …….. it’s mind boggling! Today we had our first ever inaugral international skype! Up until today we’d only ever skyped with Simon’s class down the road. Today we skyped with Columbia, South Carolina! How cool is that? My students met Mr Craft (who was enjoying a nice Sunday afternoon whilst we were working hard out at school on Monday morning!) the teacher who’s been working hard over the weekend on a wikispace that will help his students and my students and students from other countries compare their worlds. It looks fantastic (but I won’t link it until it’s ready to go). I don’t think it sunk in for some of them that it was still yesterday and this was someone who was actually half way round the world, not down the road.
We’ve started working on our class wiki, beginning with a wiki warm up task. I’ve had to add another task already! “This is way cool” (a comment I overheard today). We’re also looking into the way round blocked YouTube that CoolCatTeacher blogged about a couple of days ago (just scroll down a bit). I think we just might be able to do it that way too. Otherwise there’s this suggestion to try from Chris Lehmann over at Practical Theory I’ll keep you posted. Next will be trying to unblock the edtechtalk chatroom so I can participate in the WOW2.0 chats. I’ll be missing this week’s one too though – First Aid Course to attend. Hopefully that will give me some time to try getting into the chat from school otherwise I’ll just have to wait until the holidays!
Our online collaborative project (thanks OP4T & Jen Wagner) with another Intermediate in Te Awamutu, New Zealand and Kuala Lumpar, Malaysia is just about ready to begin. Watch this space.
I’ve watched my fellow colleague Simon step right out of the shadows lately to post more and reply to other’s posts. He got a mention by the reflective teacher too after posting on Your Days in Sentences! And he’s been getting some pretty amazing emails lately.
When I stop and reflect for just a moment, it just blows me away at how far things have progressed since our wonderful trainer Jenny at Sitech mentioned that word web2.0 to us. It was only in October 2006. Unreal!
I’ve been listening to the Tech Chicks podcasts. (I’m a lurker podcast subscriber). These ladies are just awesome to listen to. Fantastic simple, easy to follow, and downright useful tips and tricks! A must subscription over at itunes podcasts. You’ll definitely need your google notebook open to take notes – or if you’re listening to it on your ipod like me – best you settle down with a big piece of paper and a pen with lots of ink in it! It’s not a good idea to be driving while listening to these two!