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Notes from the March 24 Webinar: Connecting Classrooms

March 24th, 2011 No comments

Great big thanks to Nadene Mathes, who took us through the projects she has been working on with her First Grade students, connecting with students in Europe and collaborating on some excellent work. Her work really exemplifies the power of connecting with other classrooms and teachers: her students got to experience life in a culture separate (but similar!) to theirs; they exhibited excellent digital citizenship skills and picked up many good habits that will sustain through their school careers.

Please check out the sites where you can see the work of Nadene’s students:

http://booksmakefriends.blogspot.com/

http://myfriend-thebear.blogspot.com/

To find classrooms and teachers that are looking to connect, try the following sites:

http://www.epals.com/

(MLTI’s Epals page: http://www.epals.com/connects/usa/maine/)

http://teachersconnecting.com/

http://www.classroom20.com/

Also try Google Earth Community – try looking under the ‘Education’ forum:
http://bbs.keyhole.com/ubb/ubbthreads.php/Cat/0

Great places to find teachers on Twitter (thanks to Richard Byrne for this information):

http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2009/03/seven-ways-to-find-teachers-on-twitter.html

The Flat Classroom project is inspiring in so many ways, and gives a great view of how large collaboration projects can grow. The site has much to explore and learn from:

http://www.flatclassroomproject.net/

Some tools that were mentioned as a means to connect included iChat, Skype, and Voicethread. In addition, using wikis to collaborate and blogs to host information are great tools for students to get involved with. Check out wikispaces and edublogs for free wiki and blog hosting.

Other means of sharing work:

http://www.youtube.com/


https://www.dropbox.com

Thanks to all those who took part in the webinar. Please get in touch if you have any further comments or questions.

March 24 Webinar: Connecting Classrooms

March 23rd, 2011 13 comments

This webinar will focus on the connectivity of our classrooms: getting our students in touch with other students, educators and experts outside of our school buildings. There is tremendous learning to be gained from discussions and collaborative work with people outside of the immediate environs. Differing perspectives, language practice, sharing lifestyle and culture information can all lead to a rewarding experience for students.
I will be joined by my special guest Nadene Mathes, first grade teacher at Atwood Primary School. She will take us through a project her students worked on with students in Europe, helping us to understand the work that goes into connection projects and the benefits her students gained from taking part. The webinar will also look at places to get started on connection projects, some ideas for ongoing projects and tools that can be used to smooth the way.
The webinar will take place on Thursday, March 24, at 3.15 and again at 7.15. To register for the webinar, click on the ‘Webcasts’ tab above and follow directions.

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