The presenters are Jan Wells from Kansas and Paula Naugle from Louisiana.
In the summer of 2009, both Jan and I were pondering the same question. "How can I connect my fourth graders to other classes around the country?" Within days of each other, we had joined a Ning (started by Jen Wagner) which we both hoped would help us find an answer to that question. A short while later we decided that our two classes needed to become Skype buddies. Our story of connection and collaboration is told in this video presentation. Jan and I would like to extend a great big THANK YOU to Jen Wagner for helping us connect. She continues to be a mentor and great inspiration to both of us. Check out her collaborative online projects here.
We have also included other resources you might find useful as you get started using Skype in your classroom. Click on the left sidebar links.
Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.
Paula L. Naugle Jan Wells
6818 Kawanee Ave.
Metairie, LA firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com
plnaugle on Skype janwells on Skype
The complete recording of the Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs Skype call is here.
The collaborative VoiceThread we made after doing the Skype call on "The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere" is here.
Update: On November 22, 2010 we were invited to be the kickoff session for the K12 Online Conference Echo series. It was hosted by Susan van Gelder and Jose Rodriguez. (Scroll all the way to the bottom for the audio recording of the session.) Our presentation was streamed and then a question and answer period followed.
Another Update: Jan and I were invited by Peggy George to be guests on the Classroom 2.0 Live session on February 5, 2011. The archived session can be found here.