This has been a very trying week for me and the next week seems to be heading in the same direction. Last weekend my daughter broke the tibia, fibula, and talus bones in her foot and ankle. Needless to say, she is in a lot of pain. She will have surgery next week and after the healing, physical therapy. I am running behind in my work and classes, and probably will be for a few days. In the meantime, I will do the best that I can to keep up with everything.
I researched the topic of thin walled classrooms and came across some of the same blogs as some of my classmates including the ones at Remote Access, which I think is definitive of the concept. As most of you have also said, the idea of this classroom seems to be that the possibility to link our classrooms with other classrooms – anywhere in the world – is entirely possible using the Internet, World Wide Web, and our web toolbox.
For the class that I teach, Spanish, I think this is a fantastic idea. The benefits that students would reap, especially if we were linked with students in Spanish-speaking countries who are interested in learning English, would be enormous. Not only could students use blogs to improve their writing of the different languages, using Skype, they could improve speaking and listening, and the cultural exchange would naturally occur as students learn more about each other. They could serve as mentors to each other and I can imagine even a visit to the different countries (with ready-made guides) would not be out of the range of possibility.