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Kathy Cassidy’s Blooming Bloggers @ primarymath.wetpaint.com

I absolutely LOVE receiving emails from people who are as 2266407279 9e72963a19 Kathy Cassidys Blooming Bloggers @ primarymath.wetpaint.compassionate 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.

Amy,

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!]

2388294105 52c7647c64 m Kathy Cassidys Blooming Bloggers @ primarymath.wetpaint.comCassidy’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.

Readers, if you are interested, you definitely need to check out Kathy’s Flickr pages, and if you are a primary teacher, new members are encouraged to join her global community

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.

Comments

  1. Kathy Cassidy says:

    Thanks for mentioning our wiki. My students are thrilled when they see that someone has put something on the math wiki. They seem fascinated that kids in other places are learning the same things as they are, and are excited when they understand the concepts the other children are sharing. It’s great to see them learning from children who may be far away.

  2. Cindy Blakely says:

    Hi,
    My students and I participate in the Primary Math Wiki and I must say I totally agree with Kathy’s comments. The children are always interested to see what other kids, their age(s), are learning. They are amazed with the similarites of concepts as well as materials used in classes all over the world. I appreciate the time and effort Kathy puts into making such opportunities available for sharing & learning among young students.

    Cindy & The kids of Kindergarten Tales

  3. Cindy Blakely says:

    Hi,
    My students and I participate in the Primary Math Wiki and I must say I totally agree with Kathy’s comments. The children are always interested to see what other kids, their age(s), are learning. They are amazed with the similarites of concepts as well as materials used in classes all over the world. I appreciate the time and effort Kathy puts into making such opportunities available for sharing & learning among young students.

    Cindy & The kids of Kindergarten Tales