I have used both Google Docs and Skype to plan and reflect on our ongoing residency with a national consultant. We have used Skype to connect the consultant with the classroom teachers in order to brainstorm and plan for the exploration lessons designed for their students. This year, we will also use Skype sessions to debrief our next steps after each of his visits. In addition, we have used Google Docs to share our thoughts and responses to the residency with our colleagues in order to bring closure to a visit.
Both Google Docs and Skype facilitate ongoing communication between our campus/literacy team and the consultant. Skype, in particular, has helped to streamline the communication and planning process and eliminate the time delays in planning that typically occur via email.