This year Clarence’s eighth grade students will be working with Lucy’s eighth grade class. But they’re not in the same school, same city, or even the same country.

Clarence’s kids live in a small town in Manitoba, Canada while Lucy’s are in a suburb of Los Angeles, California.

We want these kids to quickly get used to working across the continent. We want this to be business as usual. We have a common time period built into our schedule (11:15 – 12:15 L.A. time / 1:15 – 2:15 Snow Lake time) where our two classes will have the opportunity to work together live each and every day. We will be exploring how to open a window between the classes during this hour.

I’ll bet that everyone, teachers included, will be learning a whole lot more from their long distance collaboration than they will from any textbook.

I hope to learn as well by watching what happens between the two groups of learners, virtually speaking of course.

education, skype, long distance