Who can be a telementor? Probably anyone. Pre-service teachers would have the opportunity to practice using the technology with a class of high school students who make their own webpages and would provide the pre-service teacher with practical experience in using the technology, to see how it can be done. It is ideal for retired teachers, any and all professionals.
Telementoring is quite simple actually. It is mentoring via the internet. We use the web and email. The telementor has decided to assist another in the process of learning and growing. The other is this case is a scholar in my cyber english class in nyc. These scholars are 9th graders in Information Technology High School in Long Island City, Queens, NY. Queens is the most culturally diverse community in the world and ITHS is a perfect reflection of that diverse community. All of these scholars have created webpages that contain all of their work, notes, and more. They have performed the first tenet of scholarship: make your work public. They have been engaging in peer review, the second tenet of scholarship. Another dimension of peer review is telementoring. that is where you come in. You become a telementor. Don't panic. It is simple. First you need to see what I have asked them to do. Then you have to see what they have done. At this point it will become clear to you what needs to be done. What do you like? Can you explain to the scholar what you see hir doing? Is it the content? Is it the mechanics? Is it not satisfying the assignment? Is it the design? What do you like and what do you see needs improvement? Email these thoughts to the scholar. Maintain communication on work. Ask the scholar to email you when more work appears or at your request in a previous email. What makes this work is constant communication and paying attention. One of the powers that the internet provides the young scholar is interactivity. The internet is interactive, unlike many of the other pedagogical tools: lecture, textbooks, tv/vcr, radio, paper... which are one-way and not interactive. They know how to use it and so we should accomodate them. Look at their work and then email them about what you liked and what suggestions you could make to improve it. that's it. Simple, right? Finally, they have something to pass on, the third tenet of scholarship.
The next step is telementoring. The telementors, you, may survey the scholars' work and select a scholar based on your own criteria or you may ask for suggestions. When asking for suggestions, please give me some hints as to your criteria.
How long? Well, considering that telementoring has an etymological link to Telemachus, the son of Odysses, you tell me. I have telementors stay with the scholars to college. Oh and changing scholars or taking more than one is allowed.
Please cc me in your first contact with a scholar.
After that telementor and scholar communicate. If you wish to cc me, fine, but that is not necessary. Either party should feel free to email me at anytime to discuss any issue.