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  • 1. Communicating with 21st Century Learners Going Digital: Teaching and Learning with Technology Shadybrook Elementary School Presented by: Leah Grasty, Lisa Gurley, Gale Kelly and Amy Zarachowicz
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    • Our children live in a global, digital world – a world transformed by technology and human ingenuity. Many of today’s youngsters are comfortable using laptops, instant messaging, chat rooms, and cell phones to connect to friends, family, and experts in local communities and around the globe. Given the rapid rate of change, the vast amount of information to be managed, and the influence of technology on life in general, students need to acquire different, evolving skill sets to cope and to thrive in this changing society.
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      • Internet
      • E-mail
      • Instant Messaging
      • Text Messaging
      • VoIP/Videoconferencing
        • Skype
      • Social Networking
        • MySpace
        • Facebook
        • Twitter
        • Blogs/Wikis
    How has technology changed how we communicate in the 21st century?
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  • 5. What is Skype?
      • Skype  is a free piece of VOiP software, that can connect computers together to allow free telephone calls.  
      • User and operator friendly
      • Inexpensive – just need inexpensive headset or desktop microphone and headphones.  Download software from skype.
      • Allows chat and video conferencing
      • May be used to call landlines
  • 6. Classroom Ideas for using Skype
      • Connect your students with experts worldwide
      • Connect your students with other students studying similar and related content
      • Allow parents to see their student make a class presentation
      • Hold a poetry reading at which the poet reads to your class (or vice versa)
      • Add new life to a pen pal project.
      • Provide instruction for a homebound student.
      • Have government students conference with an elected official in Washington, D.C.
      • Brainstorm with teachers at other schools (content, project ideas, textbook adoption, etc...).
      • Meet with incoming Honors / AP students (classes) over the summer.
      • Have foreign language students converse with students who normally speak that language.
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  • 10. How do we communicate with  other classes?
    • Community, connections, solutions - ePals, the global platform for learning online.
    • ePals is a Global Community  of collaborative learners, teachers, and academic experts in 200 countries and territories.
    • ePals provides Connections  to students, classes, and school districts worldwide that are safe and secure.
    • ePals provices Communication by providing translation for speaking to students that are non-English speaking.
    • When students write for a real audience they produce higher quality work....
  • 11. How to Get Started
    • Register for an account.
    • Obtain parental permission.
    • Create accounts.
    • Match with other classrooms.
    • Begin communicating!!
  • 12. Similar Websites
    • E-Mail for Students