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

Thank you so much for the recommendations. I DO have projectors available and some classrooms have them mounted. So now I'll just have to find a screen or blank space. Easy enough!

I have many more thoughts/questions about this...I'm sure your article would answer many of them, but when I click on the link to your article, it says "page cannot be found". Do you have another way to access it?

Amelia

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

My article seems to have disappeared! Feel free to post any questions you have. Or if you prefer, you can send me a direct message. I am more than happy to share my experiences, insights, and recommendations.

Elvira

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

Thank you for your offer to help me through a project like this. I first need to be sure what grade level I am teaching next year. It is going to be 1st or 3rd...which is a big difference in which direction I would take this project. After I know for sure, I will be delving around that "Around the World in 80 Schools Website". One thing that IS on my mind, though is....how did you work out Skyping in regards to the time differences in your school and the school you were working with?

thanks!

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

Ameila,
Once I found teachers/schools willing to collaborate with me, I would give them a quick summary of my schedule or possible dates/times to Skype. Of course, I asked what the time difference was and dismissal times. I lucked out this year in that I Skyped with Argentina, which is only 2 hours ahead and with Spain who is 7 hours ahead of us. With the school in Spain I had to Skype literally first thing in the morning (around 8:30am) because that was the end of their school day (they release at 5pm!). It's just a matter of finding the time differences and school schedules. If you're with the same class, it might work out better than in my teaching setting, where I have different classes for 45-minute blocks. Don't worry, it'll work out!
If you want to, we can Skype sometime this summer to get you started and comfortable with the program. If you don't have a webcam, we can still use the software to make a "regular" call through skype (without video). The best part is that it's free to download and make calls through Skype. Just let me know if you're interested.
For some great project ideas for young learners, check out my posting titled "The Internet for Young Learners." Although this book is geared is for young English language learners, I think all young learners can benefit from the projects. I plan to adapt the activities by incorporating Skype and turning them to global collaboration projects.
Elvira

Dalia's picture

I went into the new site for the 80 schools that will participate with my classroom for skyping. We have a webcam, is that possible? I also am not finding how we contact the school we are interested in. Can you help? I really want my students to get a bit of exposure to this and integrate it into my classroom. Please help.

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

[quote]I went into the new site for the 80 schools that will participate with my classroom for skyping. We have a webcam, is that possible? I also am not finding how we contact the school we are interested in. Can you help? I really want my students to get a bit of exposure to this and integrate it into my classroom. Please help.[/quote]

Hi Dalia,

I'm glad to help. Have you installed Skype to your computer? If so, we can set up a chat and I can show you how to get started on the 80 schools website or other sites. Please let me know what days you are available this week- you can send me a private message.

Elvira

Renee' Williams's picture
Renee' Williams
1st Grade Teacher in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Thank you for sharing this website Elvira!

I have been looking for ways to integrate technology, specifically in the area of global communication. I serve in a high poverty school, so my kids' never get out of their neighborhood. I would love to expose them to the world....even the country or state! My district is anything but tech-savvy, and I am just starting on my technology integration journey (being quite intimidated by it up until now). I am hoping to use Skype this year, but I am curious about my district's/school's security concerns. I am going to check that out, and I am hoping they will allow it. Do you have any suggestions on how to convince reluctant school systems???

I wish your article was still available. I would love to read it! Anyhow, I would love to stay in contact with you along my journey =)

Renee'

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

[quote]Thank you for sharing this website Elvira!

I have been looking for ways to integrate technology, specifically in the area of global communication. I serve in a high poverty school, so my kids' never get out of their neighborhood. I would love to expose them to the world....even the country or state! My district is anything but tech-savvy, and I am just starting on my technology integration journey (being quite intimidated by it up until now). I am hoping to use Skype this year, but I am curious about my district's/school's security concerns. I am going to check that out, and I am hoping they will allow it. Do you have any suggestions on how to convince reluctant school systems???

I wish your article was still available. I would love to read it! Anyhow, I would love to stay in contact with you along my journey =)

Renee'[/quote]

Hi Renee,

Check with your school about setting up Skype and possibly unblocking it if it's not allowed. I would approach your principal first and make a case for its benefits and then set up a class/school account. Next, I would talk and keep in constant contact with your school site or district IT person.

Feel free to join my session on Skype in the Classroom at the Reform Symposium's Summer E-Conference. This conference is free and open to all educators around the globe. Here is their homepage for more information: http://reformsymposium.com/

You can invite your principal to attend or share the recorded session. Feel free to share my blog on how I use Skype in classroom too at: http://languagejourneys.blogspot.com/

I also have other resources to help you get started in case you can't make it to the conference. I will gladly help you in your journey to integrate technology. Let me know if you have other questions.

Sincerely,

Elvira

Cindy Rodriguez's picture

Hi Elvira

I saw your article about taking my class to another country (free) in the current issue of the e newsletter. I read your entire thread and am very excited about the idea of communicating with a school from a different country. I found the current resource you suggested, http://aroundtheworldwith80schools.net/. I will begin my journey.
I do know I have to check out the Skype capabilities at school. I can use my own personal computer which does have a web cam. The Skype idea alone is fantastic. It opens up collaboration to, not only another country, but perhaps another state or even in our own district. I wonder if becoming a Skype buddy with a school board member would be one way to 'share' the benefits of integrating 21st century skills in the classroom with the community.

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

[quote]Hi Elvira

I saw your article about taking my class to another country (free) in the current issue of the e newsletter. I read your entire thread and am very excited about the idea of communicating with a school from a different country. I found the current resource you suggested, http://aroundtheworldwith80schools.net/. I will begin my journey.

I do know I have to check out the Skype capabilities at school. I can use my own personal computer which does have a web cam. The Skype idea alone is fantastic. It opens up collaboration to, not only another country, but perhaps another state or even in our own district. I wonder if becoming a Skype buddy with a school board member would be one way to 'share' the benefits of integrating 21st century skills in the classroom with the community.[/quote]

Cindy,

I'm so happy you are exploring Skype as an option for your school/class. I highly recommend it as a tool to open up the walls of your classroom.

Elvira

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