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Building a class community with Free Tools
In an increasingly globalized world social inclusion is
an important con...
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she will create a class blog which will build a community within the class since they can all contribute directly f...
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3. You could run an activity where your students have short discussions with other members of the class and use
the...
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and to show their parents at home. See how easy it is to use Photosynth at this web link.
Further Resources and Ide...
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Teaching with Technology: Building a class community with free tools

  1. 1. Page 1 Building a class community with Free Tools In an increasingly globalized world social inclusion is an important consideration in all aspects of life, not least at school. The start of a school year is quite often decisive for social integration. This tutorial will help you set up introduction activities to enable you to understand your students and to build a positive community in your classroom from the very start of the school year. In this tutorial you will: 1) Learn to create a set of activities for social integration. 2) Learn to create a class blog where students can contribute through Microsoft Word. 3) Learn how to create a visual link between the class environment and the home by using Photosynth. Tools: AutoCollage; Photosynth; Microsoft Word; WordPress ICT Skill Level Required: Educator Scenario Nancy is a teacher of 12 year olds. Every year she has new students joining from other schools. She wants to facilitate social integration in the class by organizing safe activities. She knows that some students can be very shy and sometimes don’t want to speak up in a new group. Nancy wants them to feel at home at school and to develop their social and digital literacy skills. Nancy plans to have students create an AutoCollage in which they present themselves by means of pictures. In addition,
  2. 2. Page 2 she will create a class blog which will build a community within the class since they can all contribute directly from Word. The blog could include elements like a Photosynth of their classroom. 1. In the first activity students select a set of pictures about their hobbies and interests. You could ask students to bring their own digital pictures, but a more practical idea might be that the students select pictures from the Internet or the Clip Art section in Word. Preferably a picture of the student is added to this collection too. 2. In the next activity the students use these pictures to create a collage using AutoCollage, which creates picture collages automatically. The result (example below) can be printed out. See how to use AutoCollage by watching the video at this web link.
  3. 3. Page 3 3. You could run an activity where your students have short discussions with other members of the class and use their AutoCollage print out to discuss the things they have in common. 4. To conclude the activity you could organize an individual writing activity to describe expectations and hopes for the new school year. This would be a good way to start building a class blog. 5. Now create a free blog as a bonding tool for social integration. Free services like WordPress can publish blog posts through Word. See how to do this at this web link 6. Create different user accounts for all the students and provide passwords. Your students can create and send their own posts straight from Word. 7. With the use of Photosynth you could create visual simulations of their classroom activities to add to your blog
  4. 4. Page 4 and to show their parents at home. See how easy it is to use Photosynth at this web link. Further Resources and Ideas  Get ideas for class blogs at this web link Framework Alignment  UNESCO CfT – Technology Literacy (Pedagogy, Integrate Technology) and (ICT, Basic Tools) and (Organization and Administration, Collaborative Groups)  ISTE – Facilitate and Inspire Student Learning and Creativity (1c,d) and Design and Develop Digital-Age Learning Experiences and Assessments (2b,c)

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