Today, I am reporting on the second Skype session my class conducted with Mrs. Moser's fourth graders in which the blog buddies "met" each other. Mrs. Moser and I met in advance and paired up the students into blog buddies and I distributed the list to the preservice teachers in class.
On the day of the Skype visit, each of the preservice teachers stood and introduced them self to Mrs. Moser's class and announced the name of his/her blog buddy. When the fourth grader's name was called, s/he stood up. In this way, the two buddies "met" each other via Skype.
|Preservice teachers viewing the Skype session with their fourth grade buddies.|
These pictures are certainly not the greatest in the world, but you get the idea.
|Close up of screen showing Mrs. Moser's fourth graders viewing the Skype session.|
This was an exciting day! Both groups seems to be thrilled to be participating in the project and ready to get started blogging.
The fourth graders' blog, Spilling Our Ink, is finally up and running. Mrs. Moser chose to create the blog using Blogger because of its ease of use. Her previous experience using a blog on E-pals was difficult to use at best. However, getting permission to use Blogger was a long battle with the school/district's technology resource people. Like many schools across the country, Blogger is blocked by the district. Though Mrs. Moser asked and received permission to create a private blog for her students using Blogger, it took many frustrating weeks to finally get it cleared. The public often accuses schools of lagging far behind the rest of the world in the use of technology, but it is easy to see from all that Mrs. Moser went through, why teachers throw up their hands in frustration or never even try in the first place.
Last Friday, the fourth graders posted their first response to the "I Dare You" prompt in Spilling Ink on page 52. Hopefully, some time in the future, we can make the blog available to everyone so you can see the amazing writing of the blogging buddies.
If any of my students are reading this, leave a comment if you would like to share your thoughts on meeting your buddies via Skype or anything else about the project.