Classrooms are learning communities. Technology encourages learning 24/7. Students need places to go that extend their face to face contact with teachers beyond the classroom to the real world and a global audience. Roxanne Clement as the Media Specialist at Bay Farm School in Alameda, CA develops multiple projects and activities that extend the learning and application of skills beyond the school day. Since she sees over 540 students weekly, My eCoach is a perfect tool for her to not only create differentiated projects but provide interactive solutions that connect students, encourges them to share ideas, and gives them a voice. One of her projects, Dr. Seuss Birthday Bash!, shares videos, images, podcasts, learning links, and embeds Web 2.0 tools such as VoiceThread and allows students to safely participate interactively on the web accessing content, praticipating in student developed activities, and even evaluating the celebration all in one place.
Donna Blanton from Pinellas, Florida set up her own website, Mrs. Blanton's Class, where her students participate daily using the commenting feature on her site.