I love how Kathy starts by stressing how important it is to teach our children how to be safe on-line instead of limiting their access. And that access to an abundance of technology is not needed to get started on this journey. A lot of what Kathy talks about can be done with just one device with internet access.
What inspired me when I first met Kathy is how she has her young learners blogging from the very first day of school. Her chapter on blogging clearly explains the how and the why behind this thinking. She writes:
In her chapter on digital portfolios Kathy reminds the reader how powerful making learning visible is and how important it is to have the child involved with making decision about the sharing of their learning.
Throughout the book Kathy continues to remind us that having students connected provides them with authentic literacy opportunities. Using twitter is about reading and skyping is about listening and speaking. Connecting with real people whether through skype, blogs, wikis etc.. is a powerful way to learn. In her words...
But in true Kathy style she remains humble. She talks about many of the errors that she's made along the way but stresses that it's okay to make mistakes. This genuine honesty makes it easy for the reader to connect to her writing.
Kathy is a truly gifted educator. Her book provides many examples of ways to connect a primary classroom with the world. It is an inspiring read, and one that should be read by all primary teachers.