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World Languages Next Gen Standards – Connections,Comparisons, Communities Tuesday April 9th, 2012 Michelle Olah
7. Connections: The student will be able to acquire, reinforce, and further his/her knowledge of other disciplines through the target language.8. Comparisons: The student will be able to develop insight into the nature of the target language and culture by comparing his/her own language(s) and cultures to others.9. Communities: The student will be able to use the target language both within and beyond the school setting to investigate and improve his/her world beyond his/her immediate surroundings for personal growth and enrichment.
Introduction to the ePals Global CommunityLearning Objective: To know what ePalsGlobal Community can do for your classroom.
What is the ePals Global Community?The ePals Global Community is: Global Citizens, Digital Citizens • The worlds largest network Authentic Learning of K-12 classrooms Global Awareness • Committed to core concept Digital Literacy of creating Global Citizens, Collaboration Digital Citizens • Safe and protected environment • Free to classrooms worldwide Students in Kenya write to their ePals in Connecticut, USA
Who is the ePals Global Community?Who belongs to the ePals Global Community? • More than half a million educators • Millions of students who speak 136 different languages • Parents and home school families • In 200 countries and territories
Why use ePals?• Students live in a world increasingly digital and global• Students VERY likely to email, chat, video conference, etc. with someone who speaks another language.• Meets Communication AND Intercultural Standards!
ePals Helps Build Global, Digital Citizens•ePals allows students to: •Use 21st century communication skills •See authentic material from teens like themselves •Participate in a global community •Compare languages with another English language learner •Broaden their understanding of other disciplines based on data collected from students in another country.
What You Can Do with ePals? On ePals, discover: • School-safe email, SchoolMail® with teacher monitoring • Classroom Match, a tool to find collaborative partners • Email-based collaborative projects • Member-created projects – easy to replicate • Forums for students, teachers and families • Media galleries for uploading, sharing and viewing student work • Students Speak contests and more! ePals’ Mission: Support Learning through Collaborative Experiences
How to Navigate the ePals SiteLet’s tour the ePalswebsite and see thevarious activities inwhich you and yourstudents can .participate.
The ePals Homepage Sign in | Help | Join NowThe purple navigation bar, always available, maps the ePalswebsite: • Projects • Collaborate • Teachers • Students • Families • About ePals Sign In, Help and Join Now are above bar, on upper right
The ePals Homepage Sign in | Help | Join Now Sign In: If you already belong to ePals, log in here. New to ePals? Join ePals! here
Projects TabePals projects offer various standards-basedcollaborative projects ready to use in your classroom• Choose a Project ePals/National Geographic Projects Teacher-Created Projects• Talk About It Find a partner and discuss in Project Forums• Share Your Work Upload the project you created to share with other teachers
Teachers TabTeachers tab has ePals activities for educators• Choose a Project • Ongoing Projects• Talk About It (Forums) • Other • Administrators/IT • Research Coordinators • Special Education • ePals Teacher Spotlight • Teacher Resources • ePals Wanted • Technology • Global Issues/Current Events • Literature in the Classroom Please note: you must be • Mentoring logged into ePals before• Share Your Work uploading any work.• Resources
Students TabStudents tab has ePals activities for studentsLearn About It• Student Explorations• eFilmsTalk About It• ePals Book Club• Student ForumsShare Your Work• ePals Video Vault Please note: you must be logged into ePals before uploading any work.
Family TabFamilies Tab has ePals activities for families• Projects • Digital Storytelling • The Way We Are• Talk About It • Family Forum • Homeschool Forum• Share Your WorkPlease note: You must be logged into ePals before uploading any work.
Help Link Gives Online Support• FAQs – Frequently Asked Questions• The Administrators Guide to ePals SchoolMail• ePals Parental Permission Forms• Tips on Building Great Classroom Match• What can a Teacher Do with ePals?• ePals Skillbuilder Library • Using email in literacy activities • Internet etiquette Still have questions? • Best practices for student email Email us at• ePals SchoolMail Guide firstname.lastname@example.org• Internet Safety Tips (in English and Spanish)
Task: Join ePals Global Community1.Go to www.epals.com2.Click “Join Now” and fill out information3. Create your classroom profile (see Example)
Please write a brief profile description including anyinformation that you think might help potential ePalspartners find your profile.Describe the types of correspondence andcollaboration you are seeking, including the age,language and location of the ideal partner. Includeany relevant keywords that someone might use in asearch.
What is ePals SchoolMail?ePals SchoolMail is anemail system wasdesigned for K12 usewith safety featuresbeyond mass marketemail systems.
What is ePals SchoolMail? A webmail communication tool built specifically for the K-12 education market Offers opportunity to email with peers in 200 countries, part of the ePals Global Community Safe and secure student communication tool Has TRUSTe certification of student privacy
What is ePals SchoolMail? Like regular email with the addition of “policy management” and monitoring Teachers can monitor mail written by their students, a feature not available in general market email systems Features different types of accounts, with different roles and abilities for each
Share Your Email Exchange DigitallyShowcase your students’email collaborativeexchange in a digitalformat.
Digital Presentation of ExchangesExchanges Can be Captured Digitally into aVariety of Products and Formats • PowerPoint Presentation • Video • Glog (digital poster) • Blog or Wiki • Website • Wordle (word frequency count) • Prezi
1.Go to “Teachers” tab2.Choose “Skill Builders”3. Review Email Safety and Etiquette4. Think about what information you need to teach your students BEFORE starting your collaborations
Create a PowerPoint The French / American Alliance Sarah Lacomb, New York, USA
Create a PowerPoint French-American Alliance Email Exchange http://www.epals.com/media/p/234516.aspx
Create a VideoVideo of StudentsSending Itemsto Their ePalsStudents in one classcreated a video sayinghello, as they prepared tomail a package to theirePals’ classroom. http://www.epals.com/media/p/237096.aspx
Create a VideoBelarus Students Create Video for ePals in USAAt the end of theemail exchange,the Belarusstudents sent avideo showing atypical school day.They all spoke inEnglish. http://www.epals.com/media/p/237099.aspx
Create a Glog – Online PosterePals from USA and Poland Exchange Glogs The 8th Grade students are ePals with students from Poland. Since October 2009, the students have been exchanging information describing themselves, their families, and a day in their lives. Information was exchanged through email. A Glog is an online poster with creative effects. - Dawn Krueger, Wisconsin USAhttp://www.epals.com/blogs/teacherspotlight/archive/2010/05/28/the-way-we-are-glogs-online-posters.aspx
Create a Blog or WikiStudents from USA and Lebanon Share Letters in a Blog Young students from Beirut, Lebanon, exchange book marks, letters and cultural information with students from Colorado, USA in this blog. This project was a winner in the Microsoft Innovative Educator Forum contest, announced in July 2010. http://www.epals.com/media/p/234620.aspx
Create a WebsiteBill Reilly, Bethlehem Central Middle School, NY, USA has used this website tocollect the exchanges in his ePals global projects since 2000. http://bcsd.k12.ny.us/middle/Global/global.htm
Create a Wordle Which words did students use most often?Use www.wordle.net to give a visual representation of each student’s email exchangeThis is made from text from one letter in a US-French student exchange
Create a Prezi Create nonlinear presentations with Prezi.comPrezi.com offers nonlinear presentations. Viewers can zoom in and out of a visual map that includes word, links, videos, or images. Prezi created about an ePals collaboration between English Language Learners in Paris, France, and students in Massachusetts, USA. Students in both classes were ages 11-14. http://prezi.com/jgochpsfg9ns/epals-workshop/
TASK: Teacher Resources and Exploration TimeGo to Teacher Tab and review Teacher Guide/Student Guide and best practices resources AND/ORGo to “collaboration” and start finding possible collaborators and/or projects