Wednesday, January 12, 2011

The Skype visit

Over the years I have had quite a few opportunities to visit classrooms to talk about history. No two visits are ever the same, and I always learn new things about kids and schools and history. Today I did a classroom visit in Calgary, while sitting in my room in Toronto.

Classroom visiting via Skype: Here comes the future present. I owe a big thank you to Nicole Ramsdale of Calgary Islamic School, who got in touch with me and set up my "visit," and to two terrific groups of Grade 7 and 8 students. We had a lively discussion and Q&A about the history of the fur trade in Canada. Skype has its drawbacks, to be sure, but this works, this works.

It's official, teachers. I have a webcam and I can be recruited.
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