Today, I use Skype to video-conference with my (famous) friend, Kathy Schrock. Kathy bought a new phone for using Skype and her voice came through clear as a bell. Skype-ing is a fun emerging technology for many teachers and you can make long distance (what does that mean anymore, anyway?) for free until the end of 2006.
Previously, Kathy and create a virtual office atmosphere for a day. It was just like being there with her but without the school lunch. Thanks to Mimi Gilman for alerting me to this great tool and now I can use my ancient Webcam to chat with my Lesley buddies (and see them too). I think only the Windows version does this so that leaves my Mac friends without video but not without a voice.
I must buy a webcam and microphone for my new laptop. Oh, I see we have a shopping trip assignment later in the semester.
In her spare time (right...) Kathy is helping me get up to speed on the emerging technology Web 2.0 tools. She and I are going to FETC in January. Today, we discussed the social bookmarking sites, Furl and del.icio.us (on my plan for next week's emerging technology work) and an application called PhotoStory 3. I told her about Google Notebook, which I am working with and like very much.
Checking in to my course page, I see we have a new face, Kathy from Las Vegas. Where are all my other new friends?
Today, I also focus on organizing my amazing amount of information on handhelds, and work on my cemetery transcriptions. I received an email from a nice gentleman who visits the grave of my second-great grandfather and we instantly become email pals. He's going to locate the grave (in the same cemetery) for another Civil War veteran, another 2nd great grandfather, Joseph Schofield. Where would we be without the Web?