To begin, there are three articles that show students and educators how to learn and teach outside of the classroom. ◦ Social Network for Learning To Lauch Next Week ◦ Technology Turns Students into Educators in Distance Learning Program ◦ Skype Community Comes to the Classroom click on a technology to learn more Conclusion
Xplana.com ◦ Social Networking Site ◦ Students share academic resources ◦ Similar to Facebook.com ◦ Allows for powerful searches ◦ Free!
Account ◦ Simple Interface ◦ Sharable Features Upload audio/video Save websites Upload documents ◦ Editorial / Educational Content ◦ Web 2.0 for Education
Very useful for Teachers/Students ◦ Articles/Information from Editors/Educators ◦ Ability to search resources such as print books is fantastic ◦ Web 2.0 Feel, Easy to Use ◦ Promotes Collaboration between Students and Teachers ◦ Link Your Facebook Account! ◦ Mobile Site Version – Increased Accessibility
Community for teachers ◦ Allows collaboration and sharing ◦ Draw expertise from each other ◦ Sharing of video lesson plans ◦ Locate like minded teachers 5600 teachers enrolled International community
Student communication and collaboration ◦ Video conference two classrooms together ◦ Student presentations ◦ Virtual classrooms ◦ Engages students to exchange ideas ◦ Cross cultural Free to students and teachers!
Useful for teachers and students Collaboration between educators and students Powerful technology for free! Teachers can learn from one another Academics can use for research and development
Stamford High School ◦ Use of video-conferencing ◦ Teaching technology-based conferences ◦ Teach unique knowledge to elementary students Access to places they’ve never seen ◦ Virtual field trips ◦ Local places (Texas)
• Denise Harrison stated, “ Using tools like videoconferencing, the students are able to experience the United States far beyond the confines of the cotton-growing region in which they reside.” ◦ The students at Stamford high school were able to teach elementary students about cotton, which was locally grown. The virtual field trips were great resources for elementary teachers to show their children how to experience new technology in the classroom.
Video-conferencing breaks geographical barriers for students ◦ Allows free travel in the classroom ◦ Students can visit foreign places everyday ◦ Learn about different cultures High school students can teach ◦ Learn and teach the information they see ◦ Traveling to different places
3 New Technologies - Xplana, Skype Community, and Virtual Field Trips ◦ All allow new forms of communication in classrooms ◦ Connect students and teachers across the world ◦ Allow sharing of learning strategies between teachers ◦ Engages students to learn new technology ◦ Helpful in breaking cultural barriers Click For Citations
Tassistro, E. (2010). Social network for learning to launch next week. The Journal, Retrieved from http://thejournal.com/articles/2010/08/03/social- network-for-learning-to-launch-next-week.aspx? sc_lang=enHarrison, D. (2010). Technology turns students into educators in distance learning program. The Journal, Retrieved from http://thejournal.com/articles/2010/03/04/technolog y-turns-students-into-educators-in-distance- learning-program.aspx?sc_lang=enNagel, D. (2011). Skype community comes to the classroom. The Journal, Retrieved from http://thejournal.com/articles/2011/03/30/skype- community-comes-to-the-classroom.aspx