As the title suggests, I just finished my first Skype session, and I wanted to get out some of my thoughts. It was a totally weird but rewarding experience. I felt like I was on a phone call, and I kept having to remind myself that the other person could see me. It felt a little more personal than a typical phone call.
The educator whom I spoke with was from another state, which added an interesting element to our first conversation. Did I mention that this was the first time we’d spoken face-to-face? We’d e-mailed back and forth to set up a Skype session, and I had a couple of questions on hand.
Speaking with an educator from a different state was a bit of a new experience for me. There’s the common lingo that we all use, but I realized that sometimes each state uses tools differently. Since she’s a technology specialist, Ms. R (name has been changed because this is my blog, and I can do that) and I ended up talking about IEPs. I’ve had the chance to sit in on a CSE meeting and see a “real-life” IEP (as opposed to the practice ones I’ve read and written for classes). Hearing her perspective of how her state handles the same situations and the same paperwork gave me a bit of an outsider’s perspective on New York State and a new understanding of the educational system as a whole. It seems to me that as educators, we’re all just trying to do the best we can for our students.