Building up further on using Voicethread as a tool to collaborate with schools around the world, here is something that I plan to work on soon. This is a collaborative project with the Burke school and another school in Japan.
Goal is to do a small share on Voicethread about what they kids have for lunch? Kids would draw or construct (on or off computer) a picture of what they have for lunch.
If it is a drawing the teacher would either scan or take a photo of it and post it on Voicethread. The kids would narrate the parts and then kids in other places would ask questions or make connections.
This project is in planning stage and could tie in to either the KG unit about ‘Myself’ or First grade unit about “
Another example – As part of the Grade 4 Peace Unit – students will use Skype to collaborate with an NGO in Central America.
A couple resources for collaborative literacy projects for Grade 1 and 2 http://www.literacy.uconn.edu/k2apply.htm#gr1
iEarn iEARN (International Education and Resource Network) is the world’s largest non-profit global network that enables teachers and youth to use the Internet and other technologies to collaborate on projects that enhance learning and make a difference in the world.
Technology has made learning free from the clutches of time zones and distances. Evidence is right here, right now with one of our colleagues being able to attend the class via Skype!
In the recent past we used Skype at school to help lil’ first graders connect with their teacher who was not on campus for the first few weeks of school. The power of that connection between the kids and their homeroom teacher was evident when she stepped in school the first day!, they just got along together as if they had been meeting every day. Technology brought together and helped strengthen their bond as she used Skype sessions to read books and she even addressed the parents at back-to-school night, wow!
Elementary school kids are using blogs to document and share their learnings with parents and others in the community. Evidence of their child’s learning is just a click away, and it’s the child’s sense of ownership that needs to be celebratedJ
Another great example of how use of technology helped bridge distances – 4 year olds connecting with a ‘Fireman’ in the US via a live Skype session, and he spoke about his life and adventures . All this was part of their unit on ‘Role plays’
One last example – KG – the 5 year olds get really excited around the time when finally, after days of waiting, the eggs in the incubators start to hatch. The families, smiles, counting of the chicks, naming the chicks – all part of learnings, and the kids can’t stop talking. We connected a webcam and had the eggs + chicks + hatching+ celebrations live feed on to the school’s website. And now the kids were connecting with grandparents and other family members and talking about their experiences. Technology made the experiences come liveJ