A second grade teacher, Beverly Ladd, from North Carolina is teaching Geography in a whole new way: Skype! Her classroom is trying to find 50 classes from other states to Skype with and share geography and cultural norms. She set up an open Google doc where classrooms can sign up to do a mystery Skype with her classroom. This is a wonderful way to use technology to extend learning and make it more authentic. Rather than reading about other states, learning from the local "experts" in an inquiry-based way is something that these students will remember, and this would be very difficult to do without the aid of technology!
Liz Kolb is a clinical associate professor of education technologies at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. She works with over 150 preservice teachers every year on integrating technology into K-12 teaching.
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