My Nespelem teacher wife’s class will get a call from Antarctica scientist tomorrow, but her kids are already engaged at her blog, where they’re practicing how the written word is used for making a point.
Kids don’t necessarily get the connection between writing and communication. They often just view it as a subject they have to take in school. When they engage with real people out in the real world online, not face to face, it forces them to use the skills teachers are trying to teach. Suddenly it all becomes relevant, and kids try harder.