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Small World

  1. 1. Jennifer Saccoccio Pam Cranford saccoccioj@woisd. cranfordp@woisd. net net It’s a Small World After All Creating a Glob al Learning Community within the ClassroomTuesday, May 24, 2011
  2. 2. smallworld lease join us in our backchannel room P where you m ay comment or ask questions during th is presentation.Tuesday, May 24, 2011
  3. 3. What is a global learning community? It is a setting that promotes learning through communicating with people from differing towns, time zones, or even continents.Tuesday, May 24, 2011
  4. 4. The ABC’s of Creating a Global Learning Community A - Affable B - Bravery C - CommitmentTuesday, May 24, 2011
  5. 5. A - Affable Others should view your classroom as one that is easy to talk to and friendly. Otherwise, if others view your classroom in a negative light, it will hinder your ability to grow your global learning community.Tuesday, May 24, 2011
  6. 6. B - Bravery This is going to be uncomfortable! Trying new things ALWAYS is! Bravery comes from taking risks. It comes from stepping out of our comfort zones and, for some, incorporating technology into their classrooms is WAY out of their comfort zone! will be worth it!Tuesday, May 24, 2011
  7. 7. C - Commitment STICK WITH IT!! Problems will arise, but the more you are committed to incorporating these technologies into your classroom you will realize that the kinks will work themselves out!Tuesday, May 24, 2011
  8. 8. So ... where do I start? 3 programs that can immediately be used to create a global learning community: Twitter Skype Classroom BlogsTuesday, May 24, 2011
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  11. 11. Protect Your Tweets! Click on Settings Then click on accountTuesday, May 24, 2011
  12. 12. PROTECT YOUR TWEETS! Scroll down until you find the box that says Protect my tweets and put a check in that box. What will this do?Tuesday, May 24, 2011
  13. 13. Why should I use t witter? Imagine the possibilities!Tuesday, May 24, 2011
  14. 14. Gathering Data How can I gather data? You can propose a question on Twitter and ask people to respond. Ideas of How to Use The Data You Collect Graphing Science Experiments Writing - Topics or Better Words Ideas about Books to Read Reports Compare and Contrasting Mapping Skills What language do you speak?Tuesday, May 24, 2011
  15. 15. Communicate with Experts There are a number of experts on Twitter that are willing to talk to kids. You can find many authors, scientists, and historians.Tuesday, May 24, 2011
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  17. 17. Short and Tweet Stories First...Set your guidelines. How many words do they have to stay below? Do you want to assign a prompt or give them the freedom of choosing? Short Have them first write it in a writing journal and and edit for correctness. Tweet Then...ready, set, TWEET!Tuesday, May 24, 2011
  18. 18. Examples Our guidelines: Their stories had to have LESS than 100 words and contain all the story elements.Tuesday, May 24, 2011
  19. 19. Tweet Story This type of story differs from the Short and Tweet version because it is a collaboration of tweets from various sources. Your classroom first decides on a genre (fairy tale, mystery, realistic fiction) and then starts the story. Your class should only start the first few sentences and then invite your followers to keep it going. Extension Activity: Work on editing skills by combining the tweets into a coherent story and edit for grammatical errors.Tuesday, May 24, 2011
  20. 20. Word Morphs Send out a word to your Twitter followers and ask them to give you synonyms or other meanings of the word. From there, students can create Wordle clouds of the original word. These Wordle clouds can be displayed in the classroom to be used during writer’s workshop to help students find ‘better’ words. Other Ideas Antonyms Homophones Traits of a Good Friend Character TraitsTuesday, May 24, 2011
  21. 21. Book Responses After reading a book, ask students to respond with a personal connection that they were able to make to the book. This could also be an option during Read-to-Self time. After a student finishes a self-selected book, they can tweet their response to the story. Alternate Activity Instead of writing reflections, you could ask students to write a summary of the story.Tuesday, May 24, 2011
  22. 22. Twitter Pals Encourage students to find a twitter pal and regularly converse with them via Twitter. They should tell their Twitter Pal about their culture, hobbies, friends, etc. This will enable students to see how they may differ from students in other parts of the country or world. Looking for Twitter PalsTuesday, May 24, 2011
  23. 23. How Do I Work Twitter Into Our Schedule? Just send me a Tweet. MrsS2grade COConnectionsTuesday, May 24, 2011
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  25. 25. SKYPE Skype is an application that allows users to make “phone calls” over the internet. When calling other Skype users, it is FREE! So what do you need? You need internet connection, a microphone, and a camera. (Many newer computers come with cameras and microphones built in.)Tuesday, May 24, 2011
  26. 26. Privacy Tips for Using Skype Only answer calls from your contact list. Set up Skype calls in advance so that you know when to have your Skype account logged in.Tuesday, May 24, 2011
  27. 27. Why should I use Skype? Imagine the Possibilities!Tuesday, May 24, 2011
  28. 28. Chat With An Author Many authors are willing to Skype into a classroom if you contact them. I would recommend that you come up with questions in advance so that the interview goes smoothly.Tuesday, May 24, 2011
  29. 29. Guest Speakers When you are learning about different concepts, you can Skype-in an expert on the topic. For example, during Fire Safety month, Skype-in a fireman. During Dental Awareness month, Skype-in a dentist to demonstrate the proper way to brush your teeth.Tuesday, May 24, 2011
  30. 30. Global Awareness Skype enables us to visit classrooms all over the world and learn about the ways they differ from us. Raise global awareness of: different cultures traditions holidays time zones seasons languagesTuesday, May 24, 2011
  31. 31. Global Awareness Skype enables us to collaborate with classrooms ANYWHERE! SKYPING with Third Graders in MassachusettsTuesday, May 24, 2011
  32. 32. Global Awareness Skype enables us to connect when it is most important to us.Tuesday, May 24, 2011
  33. 33. Virtual Field Trips Due to budget restraints and gas prices, classrooms are having more trouble going on field trips. However, by using Skype, students can go on a field trip right from their classrooms. Nasa Buffalo Zoo San Diego Zoo National Constitution Center Carnegie Museum of National History Amon Carter Center Children’s Health Education Center Coca-Cola Space Science CenterTuesday, May 24, 2011
  34. 34. More Virtual Field Trips! Museum of American Indians and Western Art Elephant Sanctuary Georgia Music Hall of Fame Great Barrier Reef Australia HQ Holocaust Memorial and Education Center Independence National Historical Park Institute of Texan Culture Marine Education Center and Aquarium Melbourne Zoo Museum of Television and Radio National Aviary National Baseball Hall of Fame National D-Day Museum Neil Armstrong Air and Space Museum Ocean Institute President Benjamin Harrison Home Queens Botanical Garden Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum Wetlands InstituteTuesday, May 24, 2011
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  36. 36. How do I find other classrooms that Skype or Tweet? There are sites that help connect teachers with other classrooms around the world. http://www.epals.comTuesday, May 24, 2011
  37. 37. Or Just SKYPE with Us! COConnections MrsS2gradeTuesday, May 24, 2011
  38. 38. Why should my class Blog? Imagine the Possibilities!Tuesday, May 24, 2011
  39. 39. Classroom Blogs www.coconnections.wonecks.netTuesday, May 24, 2011
  40. 40. Getting Started Add widgets to track the number people visiting your site. This will help you gauge whether your efforts to reach a global audience are being effective. How can you use this information?Tuesday, May 24, 2011
  41. 41. Participate in Online Projects... Pumpkin Seed Project St.Patrick’s Graphing Project Holiday Card ExchangeTuesday, May 24, 2011
  42. 42. ...and Blog Challenges. These opportunities allow you to connect and collaborate with classrooms around the world.Tuesday, May 24, 2011
  43. 43. Suggested places to START online collaboration Online Project Hosts Projects by Jen - Online Creative Projects for PreK-6th grade Think Quest - The Power of Project Learning Monster Exchange - Reading and Writing Projects for PreK-8th grade Teacher Tap - Online Collaborative Projects Challenge Yourself to Blog - International Student Blogging ChallengeTuesday, May 24, 2011
  44. 44. Add others to your Blogroll and request they add YOU. A blogroll is a compiled listing of links (descriptions) to recommended or favorite blogs. Increase your blogroll by visiting other classroom blogs. When you find one that your class enjoys, link that blog to your blog under your blogroll. When visiting other sites encourage communication by commenting on their posts. Invite other blogs to add your blog link to their blogroll. Register your blog with educational directories.Tuesday, May 24, 2011
  45. 45. This was SO over whelming! Should I tackle it ALL at the beginning of the year? NO! Start with something that you feel comfortable about. Use some time this summer to become familiar with Twitter and Skype. Create accounts and play around with it. Encourage your coworkers to Skype with you. Commit yourself to participate in one online project next year.Tuesday, May 24, 2011
  46. 46. Thoughts to Leave With A man is but the product of his thoughts. What he thinks, he becomes. - Mahatma Gandhi Just like laughter, technology is contagious!Tuesday, May 24, 2011
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