Recently I saw a tweet come across my feed and one of the teacher's I follow from Ontario, Canada. Her name is Angie Harrison or @TechieAng on Twitter. She tweeted, "Looking for an adult who loves Dr Suess & is willing to read aloud one of his stories via Skype tomorrow to our grade 3 class
I then saw her interaction with another elementary Twitter teacher I follow @Grade1 and Aviva was lining up a time to Skype in and read to Angie's class so I thought, what the heck, I could do it. So I tweeted Angie and told her I was up for it. In a matter of minutes I was lined up to read the following day, Hooray for Diffendoofer Day! My personal, all-time favorite book to read to kids. As a principal, on #drseussbday's I was always asked to come into lower elementary classrooms and read to them. I always enjoyed it.
This experience was no exception. It was fantastic! I was skyping into an amazing teacher's classroom in Canada who thinks outside the box, she uses Twitter to flatten the globe, and on this day I was in Canada for a little while. How cool is that? I busted out a CAT in the HAT hat and surprised the kids with that! Ha!
Within this great idea of Angie's, her husband Brian Harrison or @bharrisonvp on Twitter, came up with an idea called #FarAwayFridays to go along with it. And from that a Google Spreadsheet was born. See it here: #FarAwayFridays This idea was to continue on with setting up educators skyping into classrooms all over the world from Far Away on Fridays. What a great idea and a fabulous use of a #hashtag in twitter! I love it! I am so glad I tweeted back to Angie and got involved with it. I will encourage and share this with as many teachers as I can because what a great way to show kids a love of reading and learn from others "Far Away".
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