Postcards From Afar - A Request From My Daughter

[Quick note: This blog post has been written by my daughter - cross posted on Drape's Takes]

My class is doing a project. We're learning about the world. We're trying to get postcards from all over the globe. I think it will be really neat to learn about places I've never been. It will be amazing to see all the beatiful sites. If you send me a postcard, I will write you back when I get the card.

You can send it to my dad's work (and then he'll pass them on to me):

Darren Draper
9361 S 300 E
Sandy, UT 84070-2998

Thank you so much!

[My take: While I'm happy to see that my daughter's teacher is thinking globally, I have to sigh because post cards are so Web 0.0. Nevertheless, I have passed my daughter's request on to you because I think that we have an opportunity here to show this teacher exactly how powerfully effective online communication can be. Furthermore, knowing my daughter, she'll gladly send you a postcard in return, post a comment on your blog, or even babysit your kids - if that's what it takes to get a box full of postcards from wonderful people around the world.]

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Comment by Darren Draper on August 28, 2007 at 8:45am
Thank you, ladies. Your points are valid and I appreciate your participation. My daughter will love it!
Comment by Diane Hammond on August 25, 2007 at 1:07pm
Darren, there's a post card on the way from Collingwood, Ontario, Canada.

Don't get too discouraged by the teacher. As you say she is thinking globally. I don't know the age of your daughter, but I have reservations about rushing children through the concrete stage of thinking. While you and I both know the tremendous benefits to using Web 2.0 technologies in our classrooms, there is still a place for more concrete, in the literal sense, hands-on experiences. There is a thrill to be had from bringing in a box of postcards received from around the world. You can physically pass them around, look at the postage stamps, figure out how long the cards took to get there, what the cost of the stamps are, what currencies are used, enjoy the scenes from both a geographic and aesthetic sense and on and on...

Where the teacher may need help is getting to the next step. Invite her here! There are many of us who can help connect her students online with other students from around the world. I know I can find her classes in my part of the world who would like to learn about life where you live.
Comment by Angeles Berman on August 24, 2007 at 6:17pm
I love to receive postcards, even though e-mails are faster and have lots of advantanges, the feeling is so different.
Your daughter is so lucky to see both parts of the story. :-)
Hugs from Mexico

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