Nothin' Like a Good Template
Today one of my 4th grade teachers wanted to meet with me to plan a videoconference on Lighthouses in Michigan. She's done Michigan Week and Read Across America, so she knows the "exchange" format. She's also done Where in Michigan, and understands the MysteryQuest format.
So as we discussed the possibilities, it was clear quickly that these had given her an idea to do a MysteryQuest: Lighthouses.
Having a template format ready to go really helps teachers who want to try their own planned videoconference! And having experience with an "official" project like MysteryQuest or Read Across America helps teachers see the possibilities for creating their own projects!
That makes the headaches, challenges, and trials associated with these big projects all worth it!! (I'm in the middle of matching "leftovers" for Read Across Amercia. Fun fun!)