Today I had the really awesome experience of bring a teacher to her students even though she was at home recovering from a surgery. Yesterday she had contacted me with the idea of using a video chat tool to be able to connect with her students. She wanted to reassure them that she was recovering well, hear about what was going on with them and just overall check in. We worked on getting her home computer set up with a video chat service (iChat) and scheduled a time that I would go into her classroom and we would "call" her.
You should have seen the faces light up when her face popped up on the screen and the kids realized they could see and talk to her! And not only the students faces lit up, but hers as well!
The kids took turns asking questions about how her surgery went and what she was up to at home. A few of the kids took the opportunity to share some tidbits about what was going on in their lives outside of school with her. It was really interesting to see the connection between the teacher and the students and how much the opportunity to touch base meant to both sides.
Later on in the day the teacher contacted me again through video chat and shared how she wished we had thought earlier about this idea and how she may have been able to read aloud the story for the day. How cool would that have been?!