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Presentation for the Western Australian Catholic Education Primary Curriculum Conference, July 30th, 2012

Presentation for the Western Australian Catholic Education Primary Curriculum Conference, July 30th, 2012

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  • 1. Using ICT to Collaborate on a World Scale Lisa Gallin St Joseph’s Primary School WaroonaLisa Gallin 2012
  • 2. Why Collaborate? • Provides a wider, authentic audience. • Learn from “experts”. • Raise awareness of global issues. • Highlight similarities and differences. • Learn about culture, geography, climate and language. • Sharing learning makes it more memorable and meaningful. • Make the most of some amazing tools available to us. • It’s how things are done in “real life”. • It’s fun!Lisa Gallin 2012
  • 3. What are some ideas for collaborating with other classrooms?Lisa Gallin 2012
  • 4. Blogging http://thesmarties2.blogspot.com • Class and individual student blogs. • Model and teach commenting skills. • Articulate and show-off learning. • Follow other blogs from around the world to learn new things.Lisa Gallin 2012
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  • 6. www.kidblog.orgLisa Gallin 2012
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  • 8. Pass the Blog http://passtheblog.creativeblogs.net • Project set up by a teacher in the UK. • 52 classes from around the world take responsibility for a shared blog for one week, creating a year-long project.Lisa Gallin 2012
  • 9. Lunch Project http://lunchboxexchange.wikispaces.com • Each class writes about what they eat for lunch at school in a week and the routines associated with it. • Shared on a wiki with photos. • Make comparisons. • Mail favourite snacks.Lisa Gallin 2012
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  • 11. Snail and the Whalehttp://snailandwhaleproject.edublogs.org • Project run by a New Zealand class. • Based on a book. • They send the toys around the world and the host classes send them photos and details of their adventures. • Snail and Whale have their own blog!Lisa Gallin 2012
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  • 13. Flat Stanley http://www.flatstanley.com • Links to literacy. • Connect with another class and send Flat Stanley, writing about his experiences with your class. • Flat Stanley app available.Lisa Gallin 2012
  • 14. Monster Project http://monstermayhem.wikispaces.com • Authentic literacy task, focusing on descriptions and interpreting text. • Each child draws a monster and describes it. • Exchange the written descriptions with the other class and they draw the monsters based on the writing. • Share original drawings and compare.Lisa Gallin 2012
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  • 16. Postcard Project http://leakeysblog.edublogs.org/the-postcard-project • Leave a comment on this blog and you’ll receive an email confirming your access to the google doc with the contact details of schools in the project. • Send some postcards and wait for some to be sent back!Lisa Gallin 2012
  • 17. Photo Challenge • Class takes photos based on daily topics. • Share via a blog or wiki. • Fun way to practise taking photos. • Interesting to compare interpretations of topics.Lisa Gallin 2012
  • 18. http://marvellousmerewetherheights.edublogs.orgLisa Gallin 2012
  • 19. Sharing Culture http://eastertraditions.wikispaces.com • Invite other classes to share their traditions and post on a wiki. • Learn from the “experts” instead of from a book, or website. Romania UkraineLisa Gallin 2012
  • 20. Collaborative Story-Writing http://yollisclassblog.blogspot.com.au/2012/05/tale- trail.html • Six classes collaborated to write a story together and published it on their blogs. • Made it into an audio book.Lisa Gallin 2012
  • 21. Other Ideas • Virtual book club – Study the same book at the same time as another class and share your work. • Practise LOTE –Find a class in Italy to communicate with so students can practise Italian. • School Environments – Compare the buildings and surrounds of your schools.Lisa Gallin 2012
  • 22. • Share skills – Create videos, or write explanations to teach others a skill (eg. dance, recipe, etc). • Native Animals – Research native animals of Australia and communicate with a class somewhere else so you can teach each other about your local animals. • Weather – Record daily weather for a few weeks and compare the results to a class in the Northern Hemisphere.Lisa Gallin 2012
  • 23. Where do I find other classrooms to collaborate with?Lisa Gallin 2012
  • 24. Blogging http://theedublogger.com/ check-out-these-class- blogsLisa Gallin 2012
  • 25. Skype in the Classroom http://education.skype.co m • Register on this website to join in a range of projects. • Classes organise to Skype each other to share ideas, experiences or knowledge. •Search by age, language, or project.Lisa Gallin 2012
  • 26. ePals www.epals.com • Create a class profile and connect with other teachers and classrooms around the world. • Ready made projects to participate in, or simply contact a teacher to organise your own.Lisa Gallin 2012
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  • 28. Projects by Jen http://projectsbyjen.com • A range of projects including Oreo towers, weather and a Christmas card exchange.Lisa Gallin 2012
  • 29. Twitter https://twitter.com • Create a professional twitter network. • Follow other teachers. • Keep an eye out for projects to join, or invite others to join yours.Lisa Gallin 2012
  • 30. School Web Sites • Email schools directly to ask if they have any teachers interested in collaborating.Lisa Gallin 2012
  • 31. How do we collaborate?Lisa Gallin 2012
  • 32. Wikishttp://www.wikispaces.com/content/teacher • An easy to use method of publishing on the web. • All teachers involved can have access to post and edit, so it’s not all left to one person! • Create pages for different aspects of the project. • Ad-free and cost free when you sign up through the teacher page.Lisa Gallin 2012
  • 33. Blogs • Read and interact with other bloggers by commenting on their posts on a regular basis. • Create blogs for specific purposes. Eg. Use a blog as a platform to publish video, audio, photographs and text about books your class reads.Lisa Gallin 2012
  • 34. VoiceThread http://voicethread.com • Free for a basic account. • Upload a picture and have students leave audio, or video comments. • Embed in blogs or wikis and have other classes comment too.Lisa Gallin 2012
  • 35. Skype http://www.skype.com • Collaborate via video chat. • Time zones can be tricky! • Plan the chat, or have questions ready to ask.Lisa Gallin 2012
  • 36. Email • Create a class email account, or have students use individual accounts to correspond with e-pals.Lisa Gallin 2012
  • 37. Google Docs https://docs.google.com • Allows documents to be shared, or written collaboratively. • Create a spreadsheet to record weather observations. • Create a text document to jointly publish stories or poems.Lisa Gallin 2012
  • 38. Snail Mail • Use it to send small gifts, shared resources, letters, etc. • Can help to make the other children more “real”. • It’s very exciting to receive something in the mail!Lisa Gallin 2012
  • 39. My Tips • Communicate clearly with the other teacher(s) and make your aims and objectives clear. • Set time frames, but be flexible. • Communicate often. • Follow up the project with student reflection. • Say thankyou! • Aim for 1-2 projects per year.Lisa Gallin 2012
  • 40. Lisa Gallin St Joseph’s, Waroona gallin.lisa@cathednet.wa.edu.au http://lisagallin.wikispaces.com http://thesmarties2.blogspot.comLisa Gallin 2012