There are still ideas left over from the National Writing Project Annual Meeting that I keep meaning to get back to. This is one of those. I was a co-presenter at a workshop around finding ways to use technology to reach out to teachers and students (and mostly, in this context, NWP teachers) who are geographically apart from others. Given how isolating that experience can be, we wanted to explore the options for teachers to connect with others (again, mostly in context of NWP).
Here is the website that we built (NWP: Across Geographic Boundaries) and shared for the session. But I wanted to share out two things.
First, we had a good discussion at the end of the of the session, where participants shared out some ideas that were on their Action Plan. We created a podcast as a way to archive and share the thinking going.
And a colleague from Oregon talked about how their NWP site is using Second Life as a virtual meeting space, all in context of deeper integration of technology across their writing project site. Peggy also shared this video, which is certainly worth watching:
Peace (in the sharing),
I was at the conference and I agree with you on this topic. There are several small school districts in Texas that are 45 minutes to at least 3 hours to the nearest NWP site. Good job on having an open discussion on this topic.