Friday, August 03, 2007
Today while at work, a little boy recognized me and was very excited to see his "blogging buddy." During one of my classes last semester (Elng to be exact) we were each paired with a young blogger from Moose Jaw. Over the course of the semester we frequently checked in to our buddies blogs and commented positive feedback as well as questions. Finally at the end of the semester our whole class made the trek to Moose Jaw for a morning with these students. In the beggining I felt this was maybe not the best idea, but as I got to know my student i felt that it was very positive. We were able to first hand see the progression and improvement of a student. I started to enjoy this so much that even after the University year had ended i still continued to leave a message now and again for my buddy. Kathy Cassidy, the teacher of the particular class also had her students doing some amazing things. They were making videos, clips, editing things as well as making wiki's. A lot of the time we were totally amazed at what each child could do! Kathy proves that kids can pretty much do anything if they are taught and are allowed a chance to "fool" around on the computer teaching themselves certain things. I think that way to often in our classrooms we limit what the child can do on the computer simply because they are "expensive." Overall, I was very glad also to see my little blogging buddy and was pleased with the experience of having a blogging buddy.