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Re: [evonline2002_webheads] An excellent interview regarding the use of Distance Education in today's schools. Join us.

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  • Maria Jordano
    Hi everybody, Talking about the possibilities of Skype, I would like to show you this link that was sent to me last week about the same topic. It is a network
    Message 1 of 4 , Mar 22, 2007
      Hi everybody,

      Talking about the possibilities of Skype, I would like to show you this link that was sent to me last week about the same topic. It is a network of people to practice languages with many users from all around the world. http://www.soziety.com/Welcome.do;jsessionid=4AA961DBC17A955EA6F48728C1EBA4A8?locale=es

      I haven't had time to try it yet, but I'll do. Meanwhile, you could do it on our own...

      Best regards from Madrid,



      ----- Original Message ----
      From: cristina costa <cristinacosta_pt@...>
      To: evonline2002_webheads@yahoogroups.com
      Cc: Lee Baber <lbaber@...>; Frances Long <flong@...>; Vance Stevens <vance_stevens@...>; Nancy White <onlinefacilitation@yahoogroups.com>
      Sent: Thursday, March 22, 2007 10:12:23 AM
      Subject: Re: [evonline2002_webheads] An excellent interview regarding the use of Distance Education in today's schools. Join us.

      Dear Elderbob,

      this is just a great motivating example on the effective use of e-tools within the education setting. Skype to aid and fulfil the educational purposes and not to replace education itself.

      I have recently started to work in the UK as a Learning Technologies Development Officer and have faced some resistance by the teachers that are supposed to start moderating. The feeling that I have is that they were thinking a Virtual Learning Environment and a couple of video recorded lectures would suit the purpose of an online distance program and that they wouldn't have to worry about it anymore. In order to fulfil my job, I have had several meetings with them, trying to dissuade them from this tragic idea.I am now their worse enemy!!!!

      Thank you so much for reporting about this. This gives me some confidence about what I am doing. This is a good example to show.


      Elderbob <elderbob@elderbob. com> escreveu: I know this is short notice, but I just now got final word on it myself. I

      also know that a lot of you folks are in Seattle at TESOL, so I am not

      really sure who can be a party to this event, but it will be well worth your

      time if you can make it.


      A few weeks ago, I came across a fascinating story about a school in Nevada

      that had included a classmate who was having to stay at home for an extended

      period of time for medical reasons. The bright teacher in that class had

      realized that by using Skype as platform, he could bring that student into

      the classroom from a remote location, her home. It was so successful, that

      the class 4th graders had made a very appealing short movie about it. I

      really recommend you view the movie here:

      http://www.arisleys chool.org/ Inclusion. mov .

      Of course, for me that brought to mind the endearing efforts of Lee Baber in

      Virginia, teaching her students how to webcast via YouthBridges (

      http://youthbridges .net/?q=node/ 3 ). After all, YouthBridges was all about

      the kind of bridges that were occuring between students everywhere by

      building on high tech platforms. It thought it would be a terrific match,

      to have the YouthBridges class (8th graders) do a short piece on the Nevada

      School (Alice Risely Elementary, Spinks, Nevada).

      Having finally gotten Lee and Brian Crosby (the teacher in Nevada) together,

      a scramble for time fraimes was on. There was only a two time zone variance

      which made matters somewhat easier.

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      Late today, I got an email from Lee that everything is on for March 22, at

      12:30 EDT or 9:30 PDT, to do the interview between the two classes. It's 12

      midnight, here in Dallas now, and I am not really sure where all this is

      going to happen, but I suspect that YouthBridges will be webcasting the

      interview on their site ( http://youthbridges .net/?q=node/ 3 ) where you can

      sign in to listen to join in a text chat conversation.

      ------------ --------- --------- --------- --------- --------- -

      So I want to encourage any Webheads who are out there that can get to a

      computer, to visit the YouthBridges site and listen to the live audio and

      join in the text chat. I also want to extend this invitation to any of the

      folks at Knowplace, or any other group that might have interest at seeing a

      glimpse of the future of education, to join us. There will only be two way

      audio between the two classes, to lessen the confusion, so you won't be able

      to Skype in on this one.

      If you miss the interview, I will be posting a recording to the Knowplace

      blog (http://knowplace. ca/blog ), and I am sure that Brian Crosby will be

      posting a copy to his class blog, Learningismessey (

      http://www.learning ismessy.com/ blog/ ), and I am just as certain that

      YouthBridges will also archive the event. You might have to wait a day or

      two for these podcasts to go up on blogs, but check back often.

      Lee, if you are reading this, if I got any details wrong, please respond to

      this email, so folks can change their plans.

      Let's all really support these young folks in their efforts.


      Coordinator, Open Weekends @ Knowplace


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