MY THOUGHTS IN CAPS LOCK
Presenter: Kim Lord of Bellbrook Middle School and Tony Breen of Plockton High School
The two teachers met at Space Camp in Alabama.
Starting with a video (made on Blabberize) that appears to be for the oversea’s classroom to introduce the American town/teacher. Also shows videos/still pics of around the middle school. Shows sports, programs, classrooms, hallways, etc.
Now showing the video the teacher from Scotland made to show the students in the American classroom. Shows lots of clips from the space camp adventure of the two teachers. The video shows the average day in the lives of the Scotland teacher.
VIDEO IS A LITTLE GRAINY, AS IS THE SOUND. I’M NOT SURE IF THAT’S THE VIDEO QUALITY OR THE PRESENTATION MATERIALS QUALITY.
Presenter is now going over the objectives of the presentation. Also going over the other presenters.
Going over Skype.com. Free distance learning. IM, share files, interactive chats. Pro: video files are too big to email but can be shared on Skype.
Now skyping with the teacher from Scotland. Fun to chat with. Discussed the delay that comes with Skype. THIS WOULD TAKE STUDENTS A WHILE TO FIGURE OUT AND GET USED TO.
Showing webcams. She uses Logitech 9000 for about $80. Tony uses the HueHD for about $50. Free-standing camera is better in a classroom because you can use a USB extension cable to take it anywhere in the classroom.
Showing “share screen” options in Skype.
Now discussing the use of student-made videos that can be shared with other teachers. The students appear to have made videos about topics that are shared. The Scotland teacher is giving data to the American students.
Time challenges: American kids only hook up with one of the Scotland classes.
IT IS A LITTLE DIFFICULT TO HEAR/UNDERSTAND. THIS WOULD BE A CHALLENGE FOR SOME OF MY STUDENTS WHO HAVE ENOUGH TROUBLE UNDERSTANDING ME WHEN I’M STANDING IN FRONT OF THEM!
New presenter now talking about the book “Life As We Knew It,” a book about life without the sun. Students read the book and discussed the concepts within the story with the Scotland students. A GREAT CROSS-CURRICULAR, TECHNOLOGY-BASED LESSON.
Showing a video of the students interviewing and asking questions of the Scotland teacher.
Presenter mentioned that using Skype is a great lesson for the students in diction and speaking out/up.
“There is a lot more interaction with smaller groups [using Skype]”
Permission slips were sent home to allow for video/voice messaging.
Planning is an important part of it – working together.
Now discussing WeAreTeachers. This is a social networking website (account required (COSTS?)) They have microgrants to assist teachers in getting flip cameras and other tools.
DigitalWish is a site for lowering technology prices for teachers.
More Skpying with Scotland teacher.
GOOD SESSION WITH SEVERAL IDEAS FOR USING SKYPE IN THE CLASSROOM. THESE TWO HAVE OBVIOUSLY FOUND SEVERAL SUCCESSES WITH USING SKYPE.