Thursday, February 11, 2010

Skype

 
We had a lot of fun in fifth grade today - I have Skype unblocked on my
classroom computer so I can videoconference with one of my students
who is out of school for a long-term medical reasons. She watches the
math lessons from her bed at home (not quite as bad as it might
sound). We can all see her and talk, ask questions and make her feel
like she is part of the classroom again.

I had a teacher gift card I won from Walmart so I ordered a HP webcam
a couple of weeks ago, and now we are connected to the world.
We went ahead and Skyped a school down in Alabama who wanted to
partner read a book. We found out that kids in New York are just like
kids in Alabama. They have a unicycle club and we have a ukulele club,
so one of my uke kids went home and got a unicycle on eBay. School is
cool again.

3 comments:

Lainie said...

Skype is an amazing tool, and using it this way is pretty cool. Conversely, I hope I never have to do math in bed while being broadcast on the internet, it wouldn't be pretty.

Shelley Rickey said...

Hi Kyle,
Wow, What a fantastic story. Very inspiring!
Keep up the swell work.
Friendly greetings,
Shelley.

Kyle Leonard said...

I'm going to have to figure out a way to connect uke students with this cool technology :)
Thank you both for your supportive comments.
All the best,
Kyle

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