Sue Levine ROCKS. Here is her reflection about how she wants her students to be able to say "Hello World." So many teachers want to connect globally and it can be done. It doesn't have to be challenging and you can follow the patterns of other teachers who have done it safely while still meeting standards. Read Sue's post as she reflects upon her journey with her students into the world. (See the book Flattening Classrooms, Engaging Minds for more information.)
"For at least a year, I have been frustrated because my students and I did not have an opportunity to "get out into the world" or "bring the world to us." In facilitating an after school technology club, I got to experience the joy that the students felt as they studied and created technology integrated projects and posted them to School Tube. However, this is as far as they got. It's like they hit a wall. They mainly interacted with one another. The webwasher prohibits any form of interactive media so the students could not blog about their projects or post comments to interesting online findings so there was no "Hello World" for them!
Now that I am a part of the Flat Classroom community, I am going to advocate for my students and their involvement in global projects."
"Our Pathways to Learning - ways we built knowledge"
Three teachers share how they have build their pathways to learning. I love the wonderful stories and serendipitous experiences that have shaped their lives. These would make great case studies for discussing the modern, connected teacher and how they are connecting online. If you have a college class and study them, you could ask them questions on the Ning as well. (Anyone can join.)