My school has been extremely busy this year with piloting new technologies that will enhance student achievement and engagement. Currently, we are piloting eClass (digital Content, Learning, Assessment, and Support System) and next year we will pilot BYOD (Bring Your Own Device). The following resources will aide in integrating technology through videoconferencing both inside and outside school.
This project is hosted by TWICE (Two Way Interactive Connections in Education) and celebrates NEA’s “Read Across America” by reading interactively with other classrooms around the world using video. The project website gives teachers easy to follow steps that range from deciding if this project is for you to registering and “making it happen”. Since “Read Across America” is an event for K-12, this project could be easily implemented in the 6th grade classroom to engage students in reading.
I really like this idea for my classes and even our school. Every Monday morning we have 30 minutes set aside for reading. At this time, everyone in the school is expected to stop what they are doing to read. “Read Across the Planet” would take our morning reading time to the next level as well as demonstrating the importance of reading.
This site provides many different resources for implementing videoconferencing in the classroom. Digitally Speaking provides tools and resources to help teachers structure meaningful learning experiences with videoconferences. Specifically, the site provides checklists, tipsheets, and activities to assist with telecommunications using Skype. I like that this site breaks down the idea of videoconferencing into manageable parts.
Since I have never participated in videoconferencing with my students, this guide would help me step-by-step in implementing this in my classroom. The resources provided would be beneficial to teachers that have varying experiences with using technology.