Opening Your Classroom, Flattening Walls with Skype & Google +

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Stephanie Laird's presentation at the 2013 Iowa 1:1 Institute conference.

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Opening Your Classroom, Flattening Walls with Skype & Google +

  1. 1. Opening Your Classroom, Flattening Walls with Skype and Google+ Stephanie Laird Mitchellville Elementary Contact Information: Stephanie.Laird@southeastpolk.org Lairdlearning.weebly.com @SLaird2
  2. 2. Overview • Introductions • Why Skype or Hangout • Examples • Teacher as a Professional • Classroom • Interact with Students • Other Lesson Ideas • Helpful Resources • Question/Answer and Sharing Time • Work Time
  3. 3. Introductions • Stephanie Laird – 4th and 5th Grade Title 1 Math and Reading Specialist – Co-teacher in 1:1 Classrooms • 4th Grade 1:1 iPads • 5th Grade 1:1 MacBooks – Masters candidate in Curriculum and Instructional Technology at Iowa State University • 5th Grade Students: – Abbie – Jordan – Lucas – Via Skype • Hanah • Valley • Kennedee
  4. 4. Why Skype or Hangout? • Bring experts into classroom • Virtual fieldtrips • Collaborate with classes around the world • Student research and interviews • Face to face editing a document from a distance
  5. 5. Tied to ISTE NETS ISTE NETS-Students – Communication and Collaboration – Research and Information Fluency – Critical Thinking, Problem Solving and Decision Making – Digital Citizenship
  6. 6. Tied to ISTE NETS ISTE NETS-Teachers – Facilitate and Inspire Student Learning and Creativity – Design and Develop Digital Age Learning Experiences – Promote and Model Digital Citizenship – Engage in Professional Growth and Leadership
  7. 7. Teacher Uses • Parent Involvment – Parent teacher conferences – Quick showcase of work • Readers Theatre • Share a piece of writing • Watch a student’s presentation – Positive communication connection – Celebration Planning
  8. 8. Teacher Uses • Teacher Absence • Present a lesson • Showcase vacation information • Catch up with what you’ve missed • Supplemental Instruction • After school • Reteach or Demonstrate skills • Absent Students • Keep up with class • Limits potential for information to be misunderstood • Maintains connection with students who are frequently absent
  9. 9. Teacher Uses • Teacher as a Professional – PLC and PLN Meetings • Book Discussions • Goal Setting • Support System • Mentor Teacher Feedback – Course Refreshers – Virtually Attend Workshops – Conference Speaking Opportunities
  10. 10. Slideshow of Skype and Google+
  11. 11. Poet Skype • Skyped with four poets o Caroline Starr Rose o Irene Latham o Mary Swander o Debbie Levy • Located through: • Poet’s personal websites • Poetry4Kids • Skype an Author • Students generated interview questions beforehand
  12. 12. Google+ Google Hangout Poetry Slam • Connected with 3 classrooms at once • Arranged through Twitter • Students shared original poetry • Provided an audience other than classroom peers • Learned new poetry types
  13. 13. What is Mystery Skype? Video Created by: Jennifer Regruth
  14. 14. Mystery Skype • Two classrooms Skype • Student roles • Clues/Questions Given • Determine location • Benefits: – Map Skills -- Collaboration – Following Directions -- Student Leadership • How to set up: – #mysteryskype – Global Classroom
  15. 15. Skype and Google+ Map
  16. 16. Iowa History Skype • A unique and motivating way to learn Iowa History • Arranged by Miranda Kral, Wellman Elementary • Goal to Skype with all 99 Iowa counties • We represented Polk county – Students generated research questions – Located information – Shared facts and learning with Wellman 5th graders • Kral’s class shared about Washington County
  17. 17. Student Connections • Over Skype, two wheelchair bound students shared – stories – common experiences – future hopes • Resulted from our Google Hangout • A great way to connect and support all students
  18. 18. What Students Think…
  19. 19. Other Skype/Google Hangout Ideas • Fellow Educators have suggested: – Readers Theatre/Plays – Mystery Reader – Book Clubs – Foreign Language Learning – Social Studies Region of the U.S. – Science or Technology Fairs
  20. 20. Helpful Resources Twitter: @SkypeClassroom #mysteryskype Websites: Skype in Education CybraryMan’s Website Global Classroom’s Wiki Mystery State Wiki Blogs: TheEduBlogger The Global Classroom Project Blogging through the Fourth Dimension Skype Blogs
  21. 21. Tips • Set a goal • Test the Technology • Prepare Students • Provide Jobs and Expectations • Debrief After • Enjoy Collaborating! Skype Add ons: • Call Graph • Record Skype Calls • Talk n Write • Free writing/screen sharing • Unyte Application Sharing • Screen sharing
  22. 22. Troubleshooting Based on our experiences: • Know your bandwidth • Exit all other webcam programs Skype: • Make sure you’re privacy is set to “available” not “invisible” • Use the “Skype Test Call” Google Hangout: • On Air Hangouts are recorded to the host’s YouTube account • Verify time zone the Hangout was created in • Choose appropriate audio setting • If collaborating on a document, share through GoogleDocs first
  23. 23. Questions? Ideas to Share?
  24. 24. Take this time to explore and sign up for: Contact Information: Stephanie.Laird@southeastpolk.org Lairdlearning.weebly.com @SLaird2 Collaboration and Work Time • Resources included on 1:1 wiki • Skype Classrooms • Global Classrooms • Twitter

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