My second group of students did their web conference with Dean Groom on Friday. This time I invited several members of my twitter PLN and to listen in and also provide feedback for my students. They included Gerald Aungst, Kim Harrison, Scott Merrick, Bronwyn Stuckey, Crista Anderson and Susan Wanke. Although we experienced a few technical difficulties and it was a bit hectic having thirty students in my closet sized classroom, things went off very well. The fact that I was able to increase my students’ audience to the extent that I did (with the help of what has become a very powerful PLN) may have been one of the coolest things I have ever done in my classroom. I have tried to get teachers in my school district involved in Twitter and Second Life type virtual environments for this very reason. It provides me with the opportunity to shrink the world for my students and show them that there are teachers in this world willing to truly go out of their way to help others.
In the first web conference Dean and I did, I didn’t ask a bunch of teachers to come, for fear that things would not go off well. That was probably a mistake, but I am learning to take more risks with web learning tools as I see the benefits of sharing my students’ work with other teachers on a global level. My students think it is so cool that not only did one Australian get to see their presentations and read their stories on our wiki, but other teachers around the world are looking at and evaluating their work. If you would like to read their stories and comment in the discussion tab on our wiki, please click here. Each chapter is linked at that page, and written on a google doc.