Inclusion — helping a classmate join the classroom from home

In: VoIP

27 Apr 2007

Here’s an interesting and hopefully inspiring use of Skype in education. (Thanks to the one who sent me the email ) ) This time, it doesn’t come from a university — instead, it comes from K-12 where we have seen many similar great stories and a lot of innovation happens. I’m not even ten years out of high school, but I’m already feeling old here. (And I’ve always been wondering what’s this “K-12” thing. With K meaning “kindergarten”, it’s nothing more than simply a shortcut for referring to the whole education system from kindergarten up to the 12th grade in the US. I guess you could also call it “everything before college”. So no further magic.)

Anyway, through the Infinite Thinking Machine and Learning is Messy blogs, we travel to Agnes Risley Elementary School in Sparks, Nevada.

After learning of a new, homebound 4th grade student in his class who has leukemia, Mr. Crosby found the resources to connect the student to her classroom from home using Internet connected computers, webcams, and Skype.

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Photo reposted from “Learning is messy”

Just watch the video produced by the 4th graders. There’s not much that I can add here.

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