Wednesday, June 13, 2007

How cool is this!!!

I have been podcasting with my class since the end of 2005. I can not stop telling people about how powerful podcasting is in the classroom. It provides an authentic context for learning and gives students an authentic audience. Well, today we had something really exciting happen. Over on our podcast page from last year, Room5's podcast we received a comment on one of our book reviews. Now this is nothing new, we get lots of comments on our book reviews but this one was special... It was from the author herself! Check it out! Click on the image for a better view.

Imagine how the producers of this podcast now feel! They have put together a podcast reviewing a book they enjoyed reading and then received feedback from the person who wrote the book, how powerful is that. What a great motivator to not only keep reading, but producing scripts (writing) and recording podcasts (oracy). This is only made possible by the power of using the internet. I would love to hear of any similar experiences you have had. Let's celebrate.

1 comment:

Dougald Hine said...

I had a similar experience a few years ago, when I wrote about Indra Sinha's wonderful non-fiction work, 'The Cybergypsies'. A few weeks later, he turned up in my comments - there was something exhilarating about it, even as a grown-up, so I can imagine how great it is for your students.

I love the way the internet renders the one-way mirror of the book porous.