I believe that with the technology available to us and the range of services to connect students all around the globe there is no excuse for teachers to be confining their students to just one learning community. When we read the same books and are able to share our notions about how those books reflect our own experiences we are beginning the process of connecting. IBOB is an exciting idea... I believe that it is an idea worth taking time to pursue. Will our kids benefit from it? Will they learn more about themselves as readers and learners? Is it worth connecting our students to learners around the globe? The answer to all these questions, in my opinion, is unequivocally "Yes!"
Let the battle begin!