I have seen many changes in education in the past 30 years. Some good, some not so good. Over all the changes I have seen, the best one, the one I feel has impacted learning the most has been technology. When I first started, there were no computers. Hard to imagine that!
Yesterday was one of those amazing days. That you look back and are glad that you were apart of it. It started with my daughter Kelsey FaceTiming in to our class from South Africa. She spends Thursdays at University of Cape Town and uses their WiFi to connect. The students were able to ask “in person” their questions about her bungee jumping, lion meeting and other adventures. She showed them her university and then turned the camera around and showed them the mountains. You know she has been making a difference when one student said, “Oh, I see Table Mountain.”
The second exciting thing to happen was because of Wonder . We have been reading the chapter book and I stumbled across a Facebook Group of teachers reading it. Through that group, Megan Brown contacted me and said she was willing to Skype from Washington with my class to discuss her life as someone who has craniofacial issues. Megan presented to my class for about 15 minutes about her life and then my students asked her questions.
Also part of the day, which I didn’t think about until after because it is becoming so common place (which is crazy) is we checked Twitter. On Twitter our friend Carl DeStefano from Australia had tweeted pictures of his alpaca at us. I then told the kids a story that Carl was tell me that morning in a twitter chat and we tweet back to him. We have been corresponding with Carl all year, but how crazy is that?! My students saw alpaca pics from Australia?!
In one day, my students traveled to Cape Town, South Africa, Washington State and Australia. Wow! Just Wow!
Maybe because 30 years ago I could never imagine even talking on the phone during the day to South Africa or Washington let alone Skype and FaceTime, but yesterday was one of those magical, special days. It is one of those days that make me feel lucky to be able to do what I do and keeps my faith that I have the greatest job in the world.