Clone the Teacher

In the spirit of encouraging wacky ideas, why not clone the teacher!?!

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There is never enough time.  Some parents can't get to school for a conference.  These and so many more barriers keep us as teachers from being able to connect with our students and parents on as personal and meaningful level as we'd like.

So, why not just clone the teacher?  These clones would share one mind, one heart (kind of like a hive- think Borg you Star Trek peeps- without the ill intent of course).  This means all of the   "original" teacher's knowledge, wisdom, and insights would be shared with the Hive.  Due to the ability to have more time with each student, this knowledge would obviously grow exponentially. Some of these clones could be out doing home visits at times that work for families.  These clones would also be able to speak multiple languages so that this not a barrier of communication.

Although the idea of cloning the teacher seems pretty wacky (at least in 2016), HMW find insights, ideas, or juicy nuggets we can pull from this crazy idea that might actually be applied to this experience?

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I'm still trying to get the 3d hologram 

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I would if a 360 VR experience would work as well (and could we create VR of our classrooms to help with communication?)

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Where's the 'like' button? :)

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You're getting all sci-fi/Star Trek holodeck on me!! :)

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Hmm, you're making me wonder why we don't use more Skype sessions? That tech now has the ability for instant translation and if it's done in the home (by parent/student) at the beginning of the year, it could be similar to a quick "home visit" because students could walk the phone/camera around for a little tour ... maybe the first conference of the year should be done this way? 

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True. Funny because before email I generally communicated with parents by phone which was much more meaningful than email because it was so interactive.  E-mail made communication a bit more disconnected.  Almost like we are trying to re-capture (and improve) older ways of communication. :) 

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I post my back-to-school nights on Periscope and put the link on Twitter so they get the same tour as our parents that come.

You could also use Google Cardboard with some virtual reality 360 degree so parents see each classroom.

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Great idea!  Could be have fun to have kids create be tour guide for something like this throughout the school year too!

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Your ideas makes me ask the question, how do we maximize teacher contact with parents and students in meaningful ways.  

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Blah--can't like comments. It would be interesting to determine when it is necessary that it's actually the teacher and when a teacher-bot works as well. Basic info vs trust (you know my child so your feedback is relevant).