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Take your classroom to another country (for free)

Take your classroom to another country (for free)

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A very interesting article featuring our own Elvira Deyamport that describes how she took her 3rd grade class to Spain via Skype, and a partnership with a school in Barcelona. http://bit.ly/ab4TBh She used a site called Around the World in 80 Schools to find a school to "visit." Very exciting! (And Skype is free.) http://aroundtheworldin80schools.com/schools/schools.php
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Elvira Deyamport, Ed.S.'s picture
Elvira Deyamport, Ed.S.
2nd-6th Gifted/Talented Teacher
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Thanks for posting, Betty! The experience was very enriching for my students! I hope to continue this collaboration and expand my use of Web 2.0 tools. We plan to follow up our Skype chat by creating a voice thread, where our students bring something they collect and explain why they collect that item. I can't take credit for this idea, my contact in Spain is the one with the amazing ideas! I will ask her to join our group soon. ;-)

Laura Roberts's picture

Skype is a great resource to use in the classroom or for personal use. This sounds like a great experience for the students and teachers. I would definitely love to start this in my Technology Class. It would be a great way for students to learn how to use Skype but also learn about a new country and what they have available to them technology wise. Thank you for sharing the article!

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Carol Parker
7/8 Drama, Film, Honors & Regular Language Arts

I have gone on this and looked for a middle school. I emailed a few schools and they never answered. This looks so great, I would love this resource for my students, it would be the most fabulous experience

Elvira Deyamport, Ed.S.'s picture
Elvira Deyamport, Ed.S.
2nd-6th Gifted/Talented Teacher
Blogger

Hi Carol,

The ning for Around the World with 80 schools has been replaced with the following site: http://aroundtheworldwith80schools.net/

You may want to sign in again and join the Middle School group. Some of the members from the previous ning haven't made it to the new site, but if you're patient, I think they will join us.

I also recommend you join these two other sites to search for collaborations. I have come across some pretty cool projects aimed at middle school students- one will be in June and hosted by NASA! Feel free to join these and create a description of what you want your students to get from the experience.

Sites:

Collaborations around the Globe
http://projects.twice.cc/

Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration (the NASA session is listed in this one)

http://www.cilc.org/

I hope this helps and I wish you luck in your virtual travels.

Ms. Amelia Brown's picture
Ms. Amelia Brown
Kindergarten Teacher

I am so excited about this! Thank you so much for sharing the websites. I am desperately seeking to get on the "up and up" in regards to technology. I have been working for a district that currently is not...so it's up to me to seek this knowledge out on my own. And I LOVE the idea of skyping with another class in another region.

My school does not currently have interactive white boards. What other ways would work to effectively display to the class?

Elvira Deyamport, Ed.S.'s picture
Elvira Deyamport, Ed.S.
2nd-6th Gifted/Talented Teacher
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[quote]I am so excited about this! Thank you so much for sharing the websites. I am desperately seeking to get on the "up and up" in regards to technology. I have been working for a district that currently is not...so it's up to me to seek this knowledge out on my own. And I LOVE the idea of skyping with another class in another region.

My school does not currently have interactive white boards. What other ways would work to effectively display to the class?[/quote]

Amelia,

I'm so glad you're interested in Skype! I am in the same situation as you are- my district is fairly new to technology but very willing and supportive of my projects. I have received much of my ideas and information from people I follow on Twitter. So if you're not already signed up, I recommend you do. They have some amazing people that are willing to share their ideas, insights, and recommendations.

About your Skype question- you don't necessarily have to have an interactive whiteboard to display your partner class. What I recommend is a data/LCD projector and a screen or blank wall to project your image. The projector makes it easier to see the whole class, which can be better than having your class huddle around one computer screen. Hope this helps.

Elvira

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