Merging Social MediaWith EducationBy Cindy Greco and Vivian Davis
Educators around the world are using YouTube toreach students. From Edutopia, to Khan Academy, tothe YouTube movement for education, learnerseverywhere can learn virtually anything.Edutopia
South Seneca, NY SchoolJanuary 2011, students at South Seneca Middle Schoolbegan corresponding with students in Slovakia andPoland, sharing their experiences of life in central NewYork and learning about life in the partner countries.SlovakiaStudents conducted distance learning usingSkype, wikipages, email, videos & websites,which are vital skills for 21st century literacy.
This e-twinning project wasfunded with a grant fromthe European Union anddesigned to foster learningexperiences that will inspirenew generations tounderstand and appreciateEuropean diversity &culture.
‘We make use of state of the art-videoconferencing technology, allowing both Yaleand Cornell students to participate in the sameclass taught by me, while being in differentlocations.We can all hear and see each other and havedifferent ways of classes in the future, andcollaborate in group study, much like in any“normal” language classroom.’Chrissy Hosea, Lecter in Dutch, Yale Univ.Visiting Lecturer in Dutch, Cornell Univ.In Fall 2011, Cornell & Yale universities launched apilot program for teaching Dutch courses by videoconferencing via Skype from Yale University.A CORNELL - YALECOLLABORATION
BASED ON THESUCCESS OF THEDUTCH DISTANCELEARNING PROGRAM,CORNELL HAS JOINEDWITH COLUMBIAUNIVERSITY TO ADDROMANIAN TO THEIRCOURSE LIST.THE CORNELL-YALECOLLABORATIONADDED MODERNGREEK TO THE ROSTERAND EXPANDED WITHEVEN MORE DUTCHCLASSES.http://education.skype.com/A community to help teachers connect theirstudents to the world