Collaborations Around the Planet Janine Lim Berrien RESA [email_address]
“ Curriculum Videoconferencing”
If your principal or superintendent walked into your classroom during a videoconference, give five adjectives to describe what they would see happening.
school-to-school collaborations professional development collaborations
“ We bought VC. How do we get teachers to use it? ”
Most closely matches curriculum
Can be most powerful VCs
“ What ’ s the value to my students? ” Owston 2007
multicultural understanding and greater positive self-concept Cifuentes & Murphy 2000
greater understanding of time, distance, and other children Yost 2001
learn from other viewpoints Martinez & MacMillan, 1998
“ How does VC meet state curriculum standards? ”
tailored to curriculum goals
adapted to curriculum goals
created from/within curriculum goals
“ Did anyone think about the learning theory? ”
social constructivism - we learn by talking to others Vygotsky
constructivism - use of VC has a positive relationship with teachers ’ preference for constructivism Sweeney 2007
authentic audience Warschauer 1997
Middle School Science
International where possible
Background science knowledge Analysis of scientific method's use Environmental perspectives Economic perspectives Local perspectives Recommended actions / solutions Carbon Dioxide Emissions Climate Change Warmer Oceans Environmental Clean-Up Fresh Water Water Bottles
My students absolutely LOVED IT. You know they really liked it when they are telling other teachers and students about it!!! Talking to another country is by far the best VC out there!! When you have students like those here in Dowagiac who have maybe been as far away as Detroit or Chicago (many not that far) they are fascinated with the accents, language usage…….very cool, I would talk to another country any time it was available!
Eco-Conversations: Carbon Emissions
Halloween and Diwali Exchange with India
Presentation of Clues
Time to Research
Revealing the Answer
Mars Elementary, Berrien Springs
“ While trying to get my teachers interested in having VC Pals, I had to make a point to let them know I only wanted them to share things they already do . Many times when the students do their writings they share as a classroom but that’s it. By sharing during a VC, maybe the work will become more meaningful because they are sharing it with another group of students.”
Developed by ESC 12, Waco, TX
Descriptive writing & use of wiki
RESA to ESC collaboration (125 classes)
A few of my reluctant writers shocked me with the quality of their writing and enthusiasm for the project. I think having an audience that goes beyond the building’s walls helps too. It makes the project seem more important.
“ Gobbling Up Descriptive Writing”
What is TWICE?
K12 videoconferencing organization
Volunteer board members, mostly from educational service agencies
Read Around the Planet
ASK Programs and Michigan Week
Discounts with providers
Read Around the Planet
Read Around the Planet
Verification Registration Opens Nov. 1
Teacher Registration Opens Dec. 1
Teacher Registration Closes (mid Jan)
Matches Announced (end of Jan)
English & World Languages
February 23 - March 6, 2009
A directory based on Read Around the Planet
A way to add VC friends & find new VC friends
A way to create collaborations
More tools to come…
What is my required curriculum?
What can my students learn from connecting to another class?
How does it add value to the lesson?
What benefit is gained in greater curriculum understanding because the students collaborated with another class?
ISTE NETS Standards
Technology communications tools
Students use telecommunications to collaborate, publish, and interact with peers, experts, and other audiences.
Students use a variety of media and formats to communicate information and ideas effectively to multiple audiences.
Other Collaboration Tools
CILC Collaboration Center www.cilc.org/c/community/collaboration_center.aspx
Global Leap, UK www.global-leap.com
Internet2 K20 Muse k20.internet2.edu
Janet Collaborate, UK www.global-leap.com
K12 Videoconferencing in Ontario videoconference.commun-it.org
VC Alberta vcalberta.ca/socialnetwork
Planning Interactive Curriculum Connections
Cost: $150 (bulk discounts available)
1 graduate semester credit
1 week intro to VC; 1 week on content providers; 1 week on preparation; 1 week on projects
"As a media specialist, I think this course would be extremely useful for my teachers and staff."
Cifuentes, L., & Murphy, K. L. (2000). Promoting multicultural understanding and positive self-concept through a distance learning community: cultural connections. Educational Technology Research and Development, 48 (1), 69-83.
Martinez, M. D., & MacMillan, G. (1998). A Joint Distance Learning Course in American Government (No. ED428005).
Owston, R. (2007). Contextual factors that sustain innovative pedagogical practice using technology: an international study. Journal of Educational Change, 8 (1), 61-77.
Sweeney, M. A. (2007). The use of videoconferencing techniques which support constructivism in K-12 education. Dissertation Abstracts International .
Warschauer, M. (1997).Computer-mediated collaborative learning: Theory and practice. Modern Language Journal, 81(3), p. 470-481. Also at http://www.gse.uci.edu/person/markw/cmcl.html
Yost, N. (2001). Lights, Camera, Action: Videoconferencing in Kindergarten. Paper presented at the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education International Conference.