I absolutely LOVE receiving emails from people who are as passionate about technology in education as I am. It tells me that little by little – with innovative educators – we will reach the 21st century learners and use a global audience to help teach our everyday lessons. So with his permission, Community Evangelist, Troy Morris
I, allowed me to share his inspiring email.
It says it all.
I knew that in December you came across Kathy Cassidy and her 1st Grade bloggers. I just had the fortune of finding out about Ms. Cassidy’s efforts to unite technology and teaching. She has a number of wikis on our network, but one in particular grabbed our attention.
While her class is in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, she’s teaching them some primary math skills with some help from classrooms in Deerfield, New Hampshire, Commerce City, Colorado and Brisbane, Australia and Whangarei, New Zealand.
The teachers of each classroom, separated by thousands of miles, collaborate in primary math education using an internet tool called a "wiki." Wikis are web-pages which thrive on community involvement and can be edited by anyone. Primary Math uses the Wetpaint platform because of how easy it is to edit.
[IT'S ALSO FREE!]
Cassidy’s class has begun to consider the students they collaborate with on the wiki to be an extension of their local friends. They recently checked a book out of the library which the children in Mrs. Marrinan’s Australia classroom had recommended.
She’s really doing some amazing things and I think her newer wiki efforts could be interesting to your readers. Their site is primarymath.wetpaint.com
Troy Morris I Community Evangelist (primarymath.wetpaint.com)
Thanks, Troy, for your email.
I welcome comments from the teachers from Deerfield, New Hampshire, Commerce City, Colorado and Brisbane, Australia and Whangarei and New Zealand to share their experiences using Kathy’s wiki in their classes.